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Almond Peach Cobbler

I’m a major hypochondriac. (Major Hypochondriac. HIMYM? Anyone?) And while I realize this may have nothing to do with an almond peach cobbler… it has everything to do with peaches. Stick with me.

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About 2 years ago I ate some raw almonds and got this weird scratchy sensation in my throat and my mouth. Which was super weird because I’ve been eating nuuu…nope, not gonna say that… I’ve been eating almonds, cashews, and other foods of that nature, for years without ever having a problem. The only thing that changed was these were raw and not roasted, which I had just switched to for the nutritional benefits. Cut to a few days later, when eating an apple, SAME THING. So I did the only thing you can do in this situation. I googled that shit.

I found something called “OAS”, or “oral allergy syndrome” (shut up), and I thought perhaps I had somehow developed this never-before heard of disease. So I begrudgingly stopped eating the two things that bothered me, raw nuts and apples. And until recently, I actually forgot about it. A few weeks ago I bit into a delicious juicy peach and almost stopped breathing. (Ok, maybe I just had a really scratchy, swollen mouth and throat, but it FELT like I was about to stop breathing.)

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As I read more about this alleged OAS affliction, it appears it’s rather common for people with seasonal allergies to develop this in their 20’s and 30’s. And it turns out that by cooking the foods that ail you, you kind of kill/break-down the proteins that cause the issues so you can go back to enjoying beautiful summer fruits.

So there I was.

Just a girl.

Standing in front of a bowl of peaches.

Asking what to do with them.

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Oh! And also I made this paleo and gluten-free, just because I like to make all my meals extra difficult.

Almond Peach Cobbler
(inspired by Taylor Made it Paleo)
Serves 6
Time: 30 minutes
You’ll Need:
5 large peaches, peeled and sliced
2 T coconut oil
1 cup almond flour
2 T almond butter (I mixed almond and cashew, you can use whatever you like)
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
2-4 T agave nectar (add more if you want this sweeter, I used two and it was mildly sweet)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup chopped almonds for crunch

Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350. Toss peaches with 1 T coconut oil and lay in shallow baking dish. Combine the other T of coconut oil and the rest of the ingredients to make the topping – I suggest you mix with your hands to ensure everything is completely combined and forms a nice “crumbly” texture. You may need to add a little more oil if it’s too dry. Spread evenly across the peaches and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until topping is golden brown. If you’re feeling froggy, serve with a dollop of greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

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Oh, and just so you know, Brandon doesn’t like peach cobbler (I know, I married a crazy person. He doesn’t really like bread either). This means I ate almost this entire thing. Thank god for my mom and dad who took the last serving before it got REAL embarrassing.

 


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GF Mexican Casserole

So y’all know I love me some Mexican food. And if you don’t know… now you know. (Thanks, Biggie.) I actually had it in one form or another three times last week, almost four, but me and my girlfriends cancelled dinner plans one night. Besides pizza, it’s my favorite thing to eat. I’m talking stretch-pants-mandatory-no-room-at-the-inn eat. Basically I like it.

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So when I tried to stop eating gluten, one of the hardest things for me to give up were flour tortillas. (No, I didn’t stop eating gluten just because I’m a trendy hipster, I read it helps with hypothyroidism and some other health issues, also I’m a little bit of a trendy hipster). Slowly and begrudgingly, I made the transition to corn tortillas, one burrito at a time, and it’s safe to say that I am now a full-blown corn tortilla convert. Sure you have to double-up on most them because they tear so easy, but they’re also drastically less calories, so I hardly feel guilty about that.

And also that just means I can add more cheese. #JessMath

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The rest of the ingredients in this dish came from a few of my kitchen staples and a need to use up the remainder of the most delicious corn on the planet that we brought home from our cabin a week prior. And as I hoped, it created a beautiful, cheesy, Mexican-inspired mess.

Gluten-Free Mexican Casserole
Serves: 4-6
Cook time: about 45 minutes

You’ll Need:
1lb lean ground turkey
1 sm. red onion, chopped
2 jalapenos (or other pepper of your choice), chopped
4 T taco seasoning, or 1 packet, + 3/4 cup water, (I use Penzeys bc I love them)
2 ears fresh corn, cut off the cobb
1 can diced chiles
2 cups sharp and/or mild cheddar cheese
1/2 cup salsa of your choice, plus more for serving
1 pack small corn tortillas

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. In a large pan, sprayed lightly with oil, heat onions and chopped peppers for about 5 minutes over med-high, until softened. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about another 8 minutes. Stir in taco seasoning and water, and simmer over medium heat until liquid is absorbed. Stir in corn and can of chiles until combined. In a baking dish, spoon about 1/4 cup of salsa onto the bottom and layer with corn tortillas (about 5-6) to cover the bottom. Add half the turkey mixture, half the cheese, and another layer of tortillas. (You can use less this time if you want, I used 6 again.) Then add another 1/4 cup of salsa, turkey mixture, and the final layer of tortillas (again, up to you how many you’d like to use here) and the rest of the cheese. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted. (If you make this ahead of time and refrigerate it, give it a little longer to heat through.) Garnish with avocado, lime, cilantro, , sriracha, sour cream or whatever other fixins’ you like!

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This was so insanely flavorful and such an easy dinner to make. You guys know I love meals you can make ahead of time, but it also made for killer leftovers. I’d like to say we ate this three days in a row, but we hogged out so hard that the leftovers only lasted the next day.

No judgement.


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A Few Things Friday.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Too much? Sorry. If you can’t tell I’m super excited for the weekend. Why you ask? Because we have NOTHING (count it… zero things) going on this weekend. Why is that so rare anymore? It’s like you pass 25 and all of a sudden there is some kind of event going on every second of your life for the rest of eternity. Not that I’m anti-birthday or wedding or cookout, but momma needs her down time.

Speaking of, the picture above is from our family’s cabin that we just got back from last weekend. I always forget how beautiful it is there until I’m standing back in the rock-bottomed creek, being hugged by trees and mountains. Sure there was a black bear sighting one day and at one point I think I had 47 mosquito bites, but there is nothing quite like a night out on the deck laughing with family and watching the little ones run around like we did 20+ years ago. With wine, of course.

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Also, when did rosé become so delicious? I feel like I always stayed away from it because it looks like it came from a box that starts with “F” and ends with “ranzia” and would rot my poor teeth, but turns out the dry ones are pretty awesome. Because you know what I needed, an excuse to drink more wine. (I got this one at Trader Joe’s and 100% forget what kind it was… zero help.)

Also for those who have been asking (mom), Ace is doing really well, and he and Mac are still best buds. They actually have both been sleeping in bed with us and while I think Brandon is ready to move into the guest room, I think it’s just about the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Although I will tell you that I found something so vile in our bed the other week that I can only assume one of those fur balls brought in. Ready for this?  A FREAKING SLUG.

I know.

But look at this face…

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Yeah, it’s still pretty terrifying.

(PS In case you think I’ve totally forgotten how handsome Mac is, let me assure you he is still my number one guy, he is just terrified of having his picture taken and runs into the next room as soon as I even try.)

Enjoy your weekends, friends!

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