I had intended to post my favorite 21-day sugar detox recipes a couple weeks ago, but life with three little ones is busy, to say the least. It took me a week to write my recent reads post. Any hope of blogging is done during nap time, but when nap times don’t overlap for more than 20 minutes or a particular toddler goes through a rough nap spell after cutting out the pacifier cold turkey, that means Mama is lucky to eat lunch and eek out a little bit of her Bible study. So blogging is on the back burner right now in life, and I have to remind myself that as much as I enjoy it, that’s ok. Because blogging isn’t my job; raising little ones is my job right now.
It’s no secret I love to cook and bake. I used to create several new recipes a week before I had kids. Nowadays, I typically tweak recipes I find online to my liking or just wing it. That’s exactly what I did with many of the 21dsd recipes I found on Pinterest. Even if you’re not cutting sugar out of your diet, many of these recipes are really good–and often easy. Just because they are paleo or primal doesn’t make them any less tasty. I made one recipe for my family a couple weekends back and they loved it.
Pumpkin Pancakes: I love making pancakes–paleo pancakes and sometimes a gluten-free mix on occasion. These were good. I paired one with bacon and eggs and I loved how just a touch of the sweetness from the pumpkin was just enough for me to get by.
Banana Vanilla Bean N’oatmeal: I’m not a big oatmeal person. I take that back. Oatmeal in cookies: yes. Oatmeal for breakfast: no. This recipe was just OK for me. It was a nice change-up to eggs for breakfast, but the one morning I ate just this N’oatmeal I was starving an hour later and found myself starving the rest of the day. Bacon and eggs don’t leave you starving–ever.
Lemon Poppyseed No-Grainola: I’ve made many versions of homemade granola bars over the years, but never granola. I absolutely loved this recipe. It was so so good. The lemon flavor really came out and added a bright note. Just last week I made a version of this in chocolate, but I think I actually prefer the Lemon Poppyseed version. When I wasn’t popping it in my mouth by the handful, I mixed it with plain full-fat Greek yogurt.
Extra Crispy Waffles: If lots of fat doesn’t bother you, then you’ll love this recipe. True to their name, these waffles were extra crispy, thanks to 1/2 cup of butter/oil. I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil, and they were delicious.
Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins: I made a double batch of these and froze one batch the day before I began the detox. They are good and very dense, but I got tired of them by the time it was ready to eat batch No. 2. Sometimes bulk isn’t better, especially if you’re the only person eating them.
Chicken Tortilla Soup: I have yet to try a Paleomg.com recipe I don’t love. This one is so simple, but so tasty. The key is fresh lime juice. I’ve made tortilla soup numerous times but never thought to add fresh lime juice. It’s a game changer.
Thai Butternut Squash Soup: I make my own version of Butternut Squash soup quite often, but it wasn’t 21dsd-approved, so I came across this recipe and it sounded interesting. It’s really good, but I honestly don’t think it takes too much to make butternut squash good. I loaded up a bunch of toppings to make a meal out of it!
Smoky Bacon Chili: I made this chili a couple times last fall. I learned my lesson the first go-round after putting the 1 tsp of cayenne the recipe called for. It was so spicy I couldn’t eat it. So I cut it in half this time and it was still plenty spicy! Such a delicious recipe though. The spices are spot-on.
Crispy Parmesan Rosemary Sweet Potato Stacks: I made these as part of our Valentine’s dinner, and they were so good. A little oily (but we like oil!), but I love the sweet/savory combo.
Parmesan Zucchini Rounds: If you put cheese on any vegetable, it tastes delicious. These were no exception. Just be careful not to slice your fingers if you use a mandolin.
Crockpot Carne Guisada: This recipe is delicious. And bonus points because it uses the crockpot. I made it on the detox and again for my family a couple weekends ago. The ingredients are ones I use quite often, but somehow it came out with just a little different flavor than most of my foods. My favorite way to eat this is atop half a baked sweet potato and topped with cheese. Perfect sweet-savory pairing.
Crockpot Thai Beef Stew: This was the first dinner I cooked (in the crockpot) on the detox and James and I both loved it. I don’t eat or cook a lot of cultural foods, but this Thai recipe was fairly mild in flavor but super tasty at the same time. I put it on top of cauliflower rice. I raved about it so much my sister made it, except the Thai flavors were too strong for her and her husband. But if you like Thai you should love this.
Crockpot Pork Carnitas: Looking at all the ingredients for this recipe in the crockpot made me wonder if it would turn out ok. But it was very simple and tasty. The Rowdy boys are it (always a good sign) and I loved it atop fajita veggies and topped with guacamole.
Baked Chicken Meatballs: We don’t eat a lot of chicken mainly because James isn’t a big fan. But when I came across this recipe I knew I had to try them. The meatballs are good, but the real kicker was the homemade marinara sauce referenced in the recipe. I didn’t read the marinara instructions properly and diced my onion (and therefore never removed it from the pot), but it was delicious. I actually made a triple batch of the marinara a few weeks later and froze it for future meals. And yes, who can resist a meal with spiralized veggies. #oodlesofzoodles
Coconut Butter Salmon: I received a gift card to Whole Foods from two sweet friends after Scarlett’s birth. So I splurged for salmon from Whole Foods to make this recipe and I loved it. I’ve already made it again! Maybe I never cooked salmon properly before, but it was cooked perfectly after following this recipe. I loved the coconut butter on top a lot more than James did, but once again, any savory-sweet combo wins me over every time.
Chicken Parmigiana: A friend told me about this recipe months ago, and it is so delicious. This was probably the sixth time I’ve made it. I ate it atop sweet potato and zucchini noodles and it was perfect.
Triple Decker Cups: There are several non-sweet treat recipes on Pinterest and in the 21dsd cookbooks. I made up my own version based on the ingredients I had in the pantry. I stored mine in the freezer and actually didn’t delve into them until after the first week, but it was great to have a little treat when a craving pops up.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse: As a self-proclaimed chocolate lover, this recipe is a perfect semi-sweet treat on the 21dsd. I made it for Valentine’s Day dessert and I could have eaten the small batch myself, even though it was meant for two 🙂