Veggie, Apple, and Bacon Hash

I came up with this recipe by accident one day when I didn't feel like another trip out to the store. I had all of the ingredients on hand and a hash sounded good as a side for dinner that day. What I discovered is that all of these flavors really combine well together. And everything tastes better with a little bit of bacon :) ! This works well as a side for lunch or dinner or as an alternative to eggs in the morning for breakfast.

Ingredients:

3 slices of bacon

1 apple (I used melrose, but you can use any variety that cooks well), diced into 1/2 in. pieces

1/2 head of cauliflower, separated into small flowerets

1/2 pound of brussel sprouts, halved

Salt and pepper- To taste

Directions:

1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.  Using a skillet (preferably oven-safe), cook bacon over medium heat until browned.  Remove from skillet and chop into 1/2 pieces.  Set aside.

3.  Combine the remaining ingredients in the skillet with the leftover bacon grease.  If necessary, add more lard to assist with cooking.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes until the vegetables are softened.

4.  Add chopped bacon to the skillet and place in the oven.  Bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly browned.

5.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Coconut Banana Ice Cream (Paleo, SCD, GAPS-friendly)

Being that it is such a cold, rainy day in the midwest today, I figured what better day to post an ice cream recipe!?!  Afterall, everyday is a good day for Paleo ice cream!  Before I started following the Paleo lifestyle, ice cream was a special treat reserved for the rare indulgence.  In contrast, this recipe uses real food ingredients and no added sugars and it is one of my quick and very easy, go-to snacks that I usually prepare daily.  I've experimented with many different types of frozen fruits and I've found that bananas work best to create an ice cream texture.  To freeze a banana for use in the ice cream, peel it, cut it in half, and then store it in the freezer until ready for use. Ingredients:

1 frozen medium or large banana

3/4 cup canned coconut milk (ensure that the ingredients contain coconut only or make homemade coconut milk)

Optional topping:

Blueberries, raspberries, or nuts

Directions:

1.)  Place frozen banana and coconut milk in blender and blend together.  If using a smaller banana, adjust the amount of coconut milk accordingly.

2.)  Add optional toppings if desired.

And that's it!  This is ridiculously easy, but so yummy!  I hope you enjoy it!