Tootsie Rolls!

Jun 16th, 2013 Posted in My own recipes | no comment »

Partial credit for this recipe goes to Paleo Parents, because one of the recipes found in their book Eat Like a Dinosaur was the springboard for these.

I wanted to make a treat for my husband, but I didn’t have the right ingredients to make grain free donuts or chocolate chip cookies, so I flipped through my cookbooks looking for something that wouldn’t be too horrid that I still had all the ingredients for and that looked good. ELaD to the rescue! Their section on Larabar knockoffs (which they don’t call that for obvious reasons) caught my attention with simple two to five ingredient recipes you could make a fruit and nut bar that tasted like a treat! (seriously, why are larabars so damned expensive?) I started with the “sugar cookie” recipe and then got it into my head to add some chocolate. What I ended up with was something with a similar taste and texture of a tootsie roll, but without the high fructose corn syrup and other gross chemical additives that are found in that treat.

Please note that these are a TREAT and should not be consumed all the time. Yes, it’s somewhat healthier for you to use dates in place of sugar, but it’s still candy!

Homemade Tootsie Rolls…

This recipe made about 30 small sized tootsie rolls/balls


1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup medjool dates (please take the pits out! the ones you find in bulk still have pits in them even though they look like they don’t)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use enjoy life brand. they’re soy, dairy and nut free. I buy them in bulk on the amazon, but they sell them in the hippy section of supermarkets.)



  1. Shove everything in the food processor and let it go until it forms a “dough” all on its own.
  2. put the dough between two pieces of parchment (or wax paper, or plastic wrap) and roll it flat.
  3. cut with a knife or pizza cutter into small squares.
  4. roll into balls or the classic tootsie roll shape.
  5. put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Keep em in the fridge.

You’re welcome.

Tom Burgers

Jun 12th, 2012 Posted in Recipes from friends & family | no comment »

These burgers are meaty, tangy, sweet and spicy. With or without cheese (or buns for that matter), they are a winner. They don’t even need condiments!

Please flatten your patties so they cook all the way through. ;)


  •  1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. Mix the ground beef, onion powder, honey mustard, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Shape into 4 patties.
  3. Heat  a large skillet over medium heat. (Or grill them, if that’s how you roll)
  4. Cook the burgers, turning occasionally, to desired doneness.
  5. If you want, top each patty with a slice of  cheese shortly before removing from the heat (it’s really good with provolone!)
  6. Serve on hamburger buns… or don’t.

Beef & Mushrooms

May 23rd, 2012 Posted in My own recipes | no comment »

I cooked this up one night when I didn’t feel like fussing much. It went through a bit of evolution over the years until I was finally happy enough with it to write it down.

Generally I will serve this dish as you see it in the photo, alongside (or on top of) some rice, and sometimes with a salad or a warm vegetable such as brussels sprouts. Sometimes I’ll even throw some feta in with the beef for a little bit of tang. If you’re avoiding grains, it’s also really good on it’s own (or you could make that cauliflower rice thing that everyone seems to be raving over).


  • 1 lb steak cut into thin strips (it’s easier to slice thin if you freeze it slightly)
  • package of mushrooms, sliced (white or baby bellas) (8oz)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced (two if you like onions)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste (generally I use 1/8 cup)
  • Black pepper to taste.


  1. Pan on medium heat.
  2. Melt the butter slightly and then add the onions and mushrooms and saute until onions are clear and mushrooms are browned.
  3. Add the beef and cook until done.
  4. Sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce (somewhere around 1/8 of a cup, usually)
  5. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.
  6. Nom!

This is a major comfort food for me and a quick go-to when I don’t have much time to cook and I’m massively hungry!