Paleo Chocolate Muffins (aka sugar/dairy free muffins)

<img src="paleo-chocolate-muffins.jpg" alt="paleo-chocolate-muffins" />My husband has decided to try the paleo diet, which is all great, minus the fact that I’m 8 months pregnant and all I want is carbs, carbs and more of them! In all honesty though I am enjoying trying out the recipes and came across this little gem the other day.

Paleo Chocolate Muffins

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup coconut oil – melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped (85% cacao and higher)

Combine wet ingredients then add the dry ingredients. Place heaping spoonfuls in muffins cups and bake for 20 mins at 350.

DIY Crayons!

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Got a bunch of old crayons lying around the house? This is the perfect activity to do with your kiddies. Plus, pulling off the crayon wrappers will not only take a while but will also work on their fine motor skills. In addition, your kids can learn about different states of matter! There are five simple steps to this activity.

1) Pull off any paper from the crayon.

2) Break the crayons in half and place in a muffin tin.

3) Bake in the oven on a temperature lower than 250, should take about 15 minutes to melt the crayons.

4) Pop the muffin tin with the melted crayon in the freezer.

5) 30 minutes later crayons should set, voila! Brand new crayons 🙂

Spaghetti Bolognese

IMG_3191Our teen cooking class made this a few weeks ago and not only was it super easy it was also delicious. Plus, if you make a big enough pot, there are lots of leftovers, and this is the kind of pasta that tastes even better the next day!

Ingredients

• 2 medium onions

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 2 carrots

• 2 sticks of celery

• olive oil

• 2 heaped teaspoons dried oregano

• 500g good-quality minced beef, pork, or (even better!) a mixture of the two

• 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

• a small bunch of fresh basil

• 100g Parmesan cheese

• 400-500g dried spaghetti

Directions

Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Place a large pan on a medium to high heat and add 2 lugs of olive oil, the oregano and the vegetables.

Stir every 30 seconds for around 7 minutes or until softened and lightly coloured. Stir in the minced meat breaking it up with your spoon and brown, now add the tinned tomatoes.

Fill one of the empty tins with water and add to the pan, stir in a good pinch of salt and pepper. Pick the basil leaves and place in the fridge for later. Finely chop the basil stalks and stir into the pan. Bring the sauce to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer with a lid on and slightly askew for 1 hour, stirring every now and again. Take the lid off and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on the sauce as it cooks, and if you think it’s starting to dry out, add a splash of water.

Remove the Bolognese sauce from the heat and finely grate the Parmesan and stir half into the sauce. Tear and stir in any larger basil leaves, keeping the smaller ones for sprinkling over before serving. Season with a little more salt and pepper if needed. You can allow it to cool, bag it up and freeze it, or keep it warm while you cook your pasta