Coconut Flour Cookies

My favorite paleo cookies! I’ve made them several times and I’m gonna make them again tonight because why not? (Update: I shouldn’t have asked that, as I immediately got an answer: I only have one egg. I’ll make them tomorrow then!)

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These cookies were actually made for my toddler.

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But they tasted so good that i find my hand dipping into her little “snack catcher” repeatedly.

If you are a mom, and you didnt know what a snack catcher is, you’ve been seriously missing out.

A snack catcher, is like a bowl. But instead of a tight fitting lid, it comes with these neat plastic flaps that allow your toddler to reach into the snack without having to fuss over how to loosen a lid.  As the name implies, the flaps also act like a “catcher”. They stop the snacks inside the bowl from falling out should your toddler decide to rattle it about.

Anyway, enough about snack catchers. Let’s get back to cookies.

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Because these cookies were for the most part healthy, i do not feel all that guilty reaching for an extra cookie or two. What i do feel…

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Good news and good deals

I’ve been giddy all day today because, for the first time since I graduated, I have an actual in-person interview for a great job! It’s tomorrow afternoon so wish me luck and stay tuned!

The good news must have stayed with me all the way to Sprouts, because I got some great deals! Bananas are 3 lbs for $1, nectarines are 2 lbs for $1 (!!!), Larabars are $0.88 each, and ground beef is $2.99/lb. I also found a bottle of Napa Valley olive oil for $10 (regular price $16). If you need any of these, head on over to your local Sprouts (I can’t promise you that the olive oil will be there though).

Tip: Current prices are good until August 24th; their weekly ad comes out every Wednesday and I believe on Wednesdays you can use the ads for both the week before and the week after, so double the sales.

Sprouts is my favorite grocery store; they carry the food I need for my diet and they always have good sales on produce. I basically lived there in Flagstaff. So far it’s the best place I’ve found to buy healthy food (like all those dang coconut products; last week was Coconut Frenzy so I got a lot of stuff for 25% off; it was also Frozen Frenzy so all the frozen foods were 20% off; that’s a recurring thing, so watch out for it). Whole Foods is nicer and has more selection (sometimes), but it’s also pricier (usually). When I was living back at home, we of course didn’t have a Sprouts so we would usually go to Safeway. Safeway is alright. They’re the only supermarket chain at home that has Ezekial 4:9 bread, so if you live in a town that doesn’t have a Sprouts or Whole Foods, Safeway is probably your best bet for alternative options. Fry’s also has a pretty good selection of health foods. It’s the closest grocery store to my apartment so I’ll probably be going there a lot. Grapes are $0.88/lb at Fry’s right now, by the way. And Bashas’ has watermelon for $0.17/lb which is just ridiculous (that’s about $3 for your average watermelon).

But enough about boring grocery ads!

Want to know what I’m cooking?

I’ve been using two paleo cookbooks exclusively: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook by Arsy Vartanian (I wish my name was Arsy; it would be more accurate than ‘Andrea’) and Against All Grain by Danielle Walker. The day I got the Ultimate I was in heaven; I had no idea I could make so many different things and stick to my diet! I’ve only tried a handful of the recipes, because the cookbook is a realm of possibilities with over 500 pages and 900 recipes, but they’ve all turned out with varying degrees of success. I’m looking forward to cooking more from it, like the maple bacon pancakes… yum!

Against All Grain is much easier to handle and every recipe actually has a picture (the author also has a website where you can find recipes). I’ve had hits and misses with both cookbooks, the misses probably due in large part to my failure as a cook (my roommates used to joke that I should have a cooking show and call it ‘Andrea: Can She Actually Get It Right?’ or something like that; they meant well), but Against All Grain is a pretty solid collection of recipes.

The Slow Cooker Sesame Orange Chicken is probably my favorite, which is what I’ve just finished cooking (yes, at 12AM).

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I cooked the rice with a little coconut oil, which turned out to be a delicious twist and I’ll probably cook my rice that way all the time now.

The recipe can be found on this other WordPress site, paleoyummers, where, funnily enough, I actually found the recipe. I didn’t figure out til later that it was from that book I have.

Frick it’s good, and a lot spicier than normal… Why is it you can make a recipe a thousand times and it always turns out a little different? The joys of cooking.

 

What I’m all about

Scrolling through all my blog posts thus far, I realized I haven’t actually said anything about myself. So, here’s Andrea 101:

  • I am not a small town girl but I am from a small town (though I wouldn’t say I’m a big city type, either)
  • I moved to the valley almost two weeks ago. If you’re not familiar with what “the valley” is, my brain mushes together Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, etc. all together into one idea and two words: “the valley” (which has made getting around pretty problematic).
  • But I’ve been applying to jobs (two today) and getting kinda bummed out about it. I mean I’ve been looking for a job since I graduated in May (with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Marketing).
  • So if the job thing works out and I get my foot in the door, eventually I want to advance my career into international business. Immersing myself in new cultures and having the means to help people out a lil’ along the way seems super duper.
  • I would also love to be a writer; I suppose in a way I already am a writer because I’m writing, but to write something really great that resonates with people and puts my name out there would be dream.
  • All of this post is more-or-less personal meta, so please don’t judge my writing skills from it.
  • I love to travel, but I suppose that’s obvious from my last blog posts so I won’t go off on that right now
  • International marketing is really cool though; in that class at NAU I got to pretend like I was creating a marketing plan for Odwalla (Coke brand of NAKED juices basically) to expand into Russia. It was awesome. It made me excited about life, and also more excited than I already was about Russia.
  • I like books. Right now I’m reading The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.
  • I have a habit of reading two or more books at once and getting distracted and not finishing one or more of them.
  • Neil Gaiman is my favorite author. My favorite novels are Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, because they changed me. Every book I read changes me, but those more than others. My favorite series are Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien and the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor.
  • I like reading weird fantasy and sci-fi, but I’m also really into nonfiction, mostly of the historical sort.
  • I have a lot of books about Russia, most of which I haven’t read yet, but that could be said about a lot of my books. I’m a slow reader.
  • I like music, too. Currently on repeat is Bon Iver’s new song, 22
  • I dig folk,  indie, post-rock (I guess that’s what the Sigur-Ros-type-music I like is called; I’m not a genre guru), singer/songwriter, instrumental, classical, atmospheric, etc. I’ll also listen to punk and a little pop and electronica and veeery little rap.
  • My favorite singers are Ben Howard (finger-picking legend with a voice that transports me to England) and Alexi Murdoch. Favorite band is Sigur Ros. Keaton Henson also deserves a mention (and check out his instrumental album – probably my second favorite album in the world (second to Ben Howard’s debut album)).
  • But don’t think I only listen to sad  music.
  • What else can I tell you? Oh yeah…
  • In 2014 I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and while it’s currently flaring up again, it’s gotten so much better than it was, which is mostly due to the lifestyle change my doctor advised
  • I’ve cut out grains (for the most part; I’ve added back steel cut oats and sprouted grains like Ezekial 4:9 bread, but I don’t eat any other kind of bread), dairy, refined sugar, processed meat, preservatives and artificial ingredients….I’ve also severely limited my intake of starches like corn… I don’t drink alcohol or caffeine…if you want an easy way to think of it, I’m basically paleo.
  • It might be easier if I told you what I CAN eat – coconuts in all shapes and forms – like seriously, coconuts. Coconut flour, coconut milk (which is amazing because pretty much all Thai curries are made with coconut milk so I can actually EAT them), coconut sugar (I should probably do more research on that one, honestly), palm shortening, coconut OIL of course, coconut AMINOS (that stuff is like tasty soy sauce it’s the bomb; ah yes, soy, another thing I don’t eat)…  But enough about coconuts. I can also eat fruits, vegetables, nuts (although I don’t eat them much because I think peanuts may affect me and I don’t much like any other kind of nut by itself, plus they’re expensive), potatoes (sweet potatoes are much healthier than white potatoes, but white potatoes are totally fine under moderation), eggs, and unprocessed meat (lean meats like chicken and fish are the most ideal, but I also eat beef, lamb, and very little pork; bacon is actually okay as long as it’s uncured and no sugar added – there’s actually a paleo brand of it you can find at Sprouts). I guess that’s pretty much it, really, besides everything that I’ve forgotten.
  • For the first few months I was on the diet it was much worse. I couldn’t even eat tomatoes or eggs or white potatoes or high-sugar fruits like bananas or melons. And also bell peppers, eggplants, and other things I didn’t like. According to my doctor those foods (including peanuts) are more likely to cause inflammation, and as inflammation was part of my problem they were no-go’s for a while. I’m happy to report I’m eating bananas in excess now, and my eczema is still gone so no inflammation I guess?
  • Anyway, I’m kind of miserable every time I think about pizza or french fries, but I’ve survived.
  • And I’ve lost 60 pounds so that’s encouragement enough.
  • Did I mention that Neil Gaiman is my favorite author?
  • I did… but I didn’t mention that I LOVE Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter!
  • Seriously, LOTR is my life. Neil Gaiman said it’s probably the best book ever written.
  • I’ve just remembered another of my favorite books – Jonathon Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke. Bloody brilliant.
  • If you can’t tell, most of the stuff I read and listen to originates from the UK, mostly unintentionally.