Before I went Paleo, I was a baking FIEND. I didn’t actually eat 99% of what I made since all my food vices were (and still are!) savory, but I LOVED any excuse I could find to make and test out sweet treat recipes on other people. There’s just something about a homemade cookie, or cake, or pie that makes people happy. I was the sort of person who when I saw, “please bring something to share”, would turn up with three varieties just to make sure I could please everyone. When I first transitioned over to Paleo, though, I stopped all of that. And sadly learned that some people were far less interested in me when I stopped turning up to events with cake. Ouch. The thing is, that my aim when first turning to Paleo was to break the habit of eating food-like things. I also wanted to keep cooking simple so that the increased amount of time in the kitchen wasn’t so overwhelming that I’d want to quit. And, lastly, I didn’t want to just start replacing one kind of junk food for another. So there were no “paleo” pizzas, cookies, cakes or really anything that involved any kind of special, expensive “paleo” ingredients like arrowroot starch, almond flour or gluten free chocolate chips.
That is what worked for me. Having never had much of a sweet tooth, that was actually rather easy for me. (My potato chip addiction? Whole ‘nother story). I’m pretty sure it was much harder for Mr Meatified, but I think in the long run it also made it easier for him – there were no junk food-like things in his diet to trigger cravings for other junk food. These days, I’m starting to explore a few of the treat items a little more. Honestly, it’s been kind of fun to make “special” foods again – but I am still trying to keep them as simple as possible. Not to mention them still being treats, every few weeks or so. As you can imagine, Mr Meatified is thrilled! This week, I made the Orange Scones from the cookbook Gather and topped them with grass fed butter and this deliciously simple Peach Preserves from the Nourished App. I tweaked the recipe a little as they were supposed to be Peach Strawberry Preserves and I was sorely lacking the strawberries. I did, however, have plenty of frozen peaches that I had saved from last year – yay!
If you haven’t come across the Nourished App, it’s pretty awesome. It’s an app that is available for iPhone and iPad which currently features over 75 recipes that are free of grains, gluten, soy, legumes, and refined sugar. You can even filter recipes in accordance with whether they are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nightshade-free, and FODMAP-free. The app even features recipes from many of the most prominent grain free bloggers and authors out there, such as George Bryant of Civilized Caveman, Sarah Fragoso – author of Everyday Paleo – and Bill Staley & Haley Mason – authors of both Make It Paleo and Gather!
Awesome features in the Nourished App include:
- Ability to see recipes and instructions in both US Measurements and Metric – just change your preference in the Settings Menu.
- Switch between several serving sizes per recipe at the touch of a button.
- Cooked History feature which keeps a running history of the recipes you have cooked. Never wonder again, “What was that recipe I made last month?”
- Cooking Queue feature which allows you to queue up specific recipes to try before marking them as favorites. Could also alternatively be used as a weekly grocery planner where you can queue up the recipes you want to make that week.
- Interactive shopping list which allows you to view items by Recipe and Store Aisle and then email them.
- Add your own notes to each recipe.
- A comprehensive Resources section which shows you where to get many of the items you would want on a grain-free diet.
- Recipes searchable by ingredient and name, course, specific allergen (nut, egg, dairy, nightshade, FODMAP), season, time to make, whether they are freezable for later use, and whether they are portable for easy on-the-go snacking.
- The only sweeteners used are honey and maple syrup (either can be used according to your preferences and dietary restrictions).
- Currently the only dairy used is butter/ghee but most recipes include a conversion to a non-dairy alternative.
- All recipes suitable for those following the principles of Weston A. Price
And my absolute favorite? The App is updated with new recipes at no extra cost! Yay! If you want to read more about the app and see where to buy it, visit the Nourished App’s website here!
Paleo Vanilla Peach Preserves from Nourished App – the recipe!
I used to make a lot of jam and can it as homemade gifts. This no refined sugar version is just as good as any I used to make with sugar and pectin. In fact, it’s even easier because I didn’t have to worry about the temperature of the mixture while cooking it – I just kept it simmering until it thickened to the texture I like.
- Peel the peaches by placing them in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds to a minute to loosen the skins. Remove from the water and the skins should easily come off. Cut the peaches into several pieces and remove the pit. Place the peaches in a large pot.
- Add the lemon juice and raw honey to the pot.
- Using a small paring knife, slice the vanilla bean down the center and scape the seeds into the pot.
- Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it starts to boil.
- Turn the heat down to medium and let cook for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let the bottom of the mixture burn.
- The mixture should cook down to a thick, gooey mass and when it looks like jam it is ready.
- When done, you can put it in a jar and enjoy right away, freeze it for later, or can it.
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