Super Paleo Bowl Snacks

Happy almost Super Bowl! Super Bowl XLIX will be an epic battle not only between the Pats and the Hawks (go Hawks!) but also between the snacks and your gluten-free diet. Your ability to resist will be “deflated” when you see the sliders, the nachos, the mini pizzas….so what do you do? YOU BRING YOUR OWN AMAZING APPS. Interception! You bring your own gluten free and dairy free snacks that are so delicious that those once-tempting mini pizzas will be passed up for your paleo treats. Today we have some amazing and (mostly) paleo-friendly snacks that will help you BEAST MODE past tempting non Paleo appetizers.


Paleo meatballs with spicy asian sauce. Bowl by Crow Canyon Home

Mom’s Meatballs (Paleo)

These meatballs are a paleo-friendly version of my mother’s amazing crock-pot recipe. Thanks mom, for allowing me to steal the recipe!

16 oz ground beef
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4c onion, small dice
1 tbs parsley
1 egg
1/4c almond flower
1 tsp olive oil
1/2c Heinz chili sauce
2 tsp sambal oelek (found in the Asian section)
1/2c grape jelly

Using your hands, mix beef, salt, pepper, onion, parsley, almond flower together in a bowl. Form into uniform, golfball-sized meatballs. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a salute pan. Brown meatballs on all sides (I turned three times for about 4 minutes each) in batches. Once all meatballs are seared, place all meatballs in a crock-pot or enamel pot over low heat and cover with chili sauce, sambal oelek and grape jelly. Heat until cooked through, about 10 minutes, mixing meatballs and sauce every few minutes. Meatballs are best when cooked in sauce, refrigerated overnight, then re-heated the next day. Can also be frozen for 1 week and re-heated.

Turkey Bacon Asparagus. Eat your veggies!!

Turkey Bacon Asparagus. Eat your veggies!!

Turkey Bacon Asparagus

Need a way to get the kids or yourself to eat greens? And be paleo-friendly? Repeat after me: wrap in bacon. WRAP IN BACON. These delicious little buggers are so easy and can be prepped for party-time beforehand and cooked right before serving. Turkey bacon makes them healthier than traditional bacon and the maple sugar adds sweet to your salty. A super crowd-pleaser!

1 bunch large asparagus
1 package turkey bacon
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap asparagus in bacon and place on a cooking sheet. Mix olive oil, salt and sugar in a small bowl. Brush olive oil mixture over asparagus and bake in oven until browned, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately. Pat yourself on back for easy paleo snack.


Paleo Green Goddess Dip

This dip is creamy, spicy and chock-full of vitamins, healthy fats and minerals without dairy or guilt. This recipe is a version of Green Goddess dressings, but eliminates the need for the traditional ingredient of yogurt.

1 avocado
1 cup spinach
1/4c parsley
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeno, seeded
1/4 green pepper
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4c water

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or Vitamix (preferred). Serve with veggies for a paleo-friendly snack.

Paleo Lamb Meatballs with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Plate by Crow Canyon Home.

Paleo Lamb Meatballs with sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Plate by Crow Canyon Home.

Paleo Basil & Sun Dried Tomato Lamb Meatballs

These little gems are so delicious if I do say so myself! Similar to mom’s meatballs, these can be made ahead, frozen and reheated for game day.

1 lb ground lamb
1/4c finely chopped basil
1/4c chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4c finely chopped onion
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oil from sun dried tomatoes
1 egg
1/4c almond flour
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Using your hands, mix all ingredients except BBQ sauce in a bowl. Form into uniform, golfball-sized meatballs. Place on a baking sheet and bake in oven until no longer pink in the middle, about 15 minutes. Serve alone or with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. Can be pre-made and frozen before baking 1 week in advance.

Mom's famous "Pig's Guts"

Mom’s famous “Pig’s Guts”

Pig’s Guts

Alright, so this isn’t Paleo, but it’s gluten-free and just about the easiest, most delicious dip I’ve ever had. This is my mom’s recipe, and famously named “Pig’s Guts” by my sister.

1 8oz package 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/4c Pace Picante Sauce (hot)

Heat up cream cheese in microwave 10 seconds at a time until hot, then mix in hot sauce. Serve with tortilla chips. So easy!

With these simple recipes, you can satisfy your cravings for all the delicious Super Bowl food without compromising your healthy-living gluten free/paleo lifestyle. So whoever you’re cheering for on Super Bowl Sunday (Hawks, right!?), you can enjoy the cheering you’ll receive for showing up with your gluten-free appetizers!


Paleo Crab Cakes


Paleo Crab Cakes credits to Scott Jones, Cocktail Sauce credits to my dad, and plate credits to Crow Canyon Home

Happy New Year and happy Crabby Patty season! Those dates around November – January are known in the Bay Area as Crab Season. Farmers Markets and local grocers are chock full of crab fresh from our bay. These little buggers are delicious just by themselves, but why not dress them up for a little fun? I love crab cakes, but in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, I wanted to come up with a version that was Paleo-friendly and delicious. This recipe eliminates gluten and mayonnaise, leaving only fresh, healthy, and satisfying ingredients. The recipe and sauce are adapted versions of two family recipes: Dad’s cocktail sauce and bro-lo Scott’s Northwest Crab Cakes. Ready to get all healthy and crabby? Okay let’s go make Paleo Crab Cakes.

Crabs at the local Farmer's Market, thanks to From The Sea To You (

Crabs at the local Farmer’s Market, thanks to From The Sea To You (

Paleo Crab Cakes

This recipe is a version borrowed from my bro-lo (aka, brother in law, Scott) and adapted to be gluten-free. Because the original version is so incredibly delicious, I’ve also included bro-lo’s original recipe below (thanks, Scott). These little gems can be served in many ways. I’ve provided a few suggestions below to get more creative, but the recipe as written below is with my dad’s original and simple cocktail sauce. 

Ingredients for Crab Cakes
Makes six medium sized crab cakes, serves 2
1 whole dungeness crab, pre-steamed, cleaned & cracked*
1 tsp stone ground mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tbs green onions, chopped
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning (can be found at your local grocer)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp worchester sauce
1 large egg
salt & pepper
1/2 – 1 cup almond flour
1 tsp olive oil or butter
1/4 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp parsley, chopped, for garnish
lemon, for garnish
*ask your butcher – they do this for you!

Ingredients for Cocktail Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 lemon, juiced
1/4 – 1/2 tsp horseradish (to taste)
1/4 tsp worchester sauce
Directions: mix this stuff together. Ta-da

Optional ingredients for serving:
spinach, tossed in olive oil & vinegar
poached eggs
chardonnay (actually, not optional)

Start by cleaning out your crab meat. One entire dungeness crab should yield you about a pound of meat. Add all ingredients down to salt & pepper and mix with a fork. TASTE. It should taste like crab with hints of mustard, heat, and a little zing from the lemon.

Cracking crab can be easy without tools: have your butcher pre-crack the crab and use the claws to get hard-to-reach pieces of meat. Hand model: mom.

Cracking crab can be easy without tools: have your butcher pre-crack the crab and use the claws to get hard-to-reach pieces of meat. Hand model: mom.

Ingredients ready to be mixed together

Ingredients ready to be mixed together

Add about 1/2 the almond flour, mix, and continue to add until it becomes slightly course. You should be able to create a patty in your hand and have it hold together. Too little almond flour and it will be too liquid-y. Too much almond flour and it’ll fall apart in your hands.

All ingredients mixed together plus the almond flour. Add until it starts to look

All ingredients mixed together plus the almond flour. Add until it becomes slightly course and you can smooth it together to create a patty

Now, create some patties! This recipe yields about six 2-inch diameter patties. At this point, you can refrigerate and keep for one day until cooking.

Crabby patties all ready to go! Plate by Crow Canyon Home.

Crabby patties all ready to go! Plate by Crow Canyon Home.

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, heat up olive oil or butter. Pat both sides of the patties with rice flour. The easiest way to do this is to put the rice flower on a small plate and press both sides of the patties to it. Immediately fry the patties for about 3 minutes on each side. They should be golden brown and crispy.

I'm crispy!

I’m crispy! AND golden brown!

I'm saucy!

I’m saucy!

Serve these little buggers with the simple cocktail sauce, chopped parsley and a wedge of lemon. These can also be dolled up as an excuse for breakfast by adding poached eggs or justified as being super healthy by serving over a fresh salad. But please, whatever you do, enjoy your crab season and enjoy your new year, new you, and New Year’s resolutions!

Paleo Crab Cakes over spinach (tossed with olive oil and lemon juice) and topped with poached eggs

Paleo Crab Cakes over spinach (tossed with olive oil and lemon juice) and topped with poached eggs

Scott’s original Northwest Crab Cakes
2 whole dungeness – I’m not sure what this equates to in lump meat, but I usually figure about 3 cups of meat per crab.  And don’t use lump meat, it’s expensive, and is usually freeze-thawed too many times
3 egg whites
1/4 red onion
1/2 jalapeno
1/4 green pepper
1/4 orange pepper – use whatever color peppers you want, this isn’t a racist recipe, I just like the green and orange because they make the cakes look pretty
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 lime
2 cups bread crumbs
2 tbsp light mayo
1 tbsp brown or spicy mustard – I like the beaver brand, because it’s good, and because it’s called beaver.
1 tsp old bay seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder – I also sometimes use minced garlic, but that can sometimes get chunky and overwhelm the flavor
A pinch of black pepper, salt and cumin, and then any additional seasoning you want to add, but I’ve found the old bay and garlic powder to be plenty
Shell the crab.  Don’t worry about the size of the chunks, but be diligent in keeping shells out.Dice all the veggies, til they’re about the size of your pinky nail.  Do the jalapeno a little smaller. Chop the cilantro.  Use as much as you want.  I love cilantro, so I’ll usually add about 1/3 cup, but some people like less. Mix the crab meat, diced veggies, cilantro, juice from half a lime, mayo/mustard, seasoning and ½ cup bread crumbs.  BE SURE to not use too many, as too many can cause the cakes to not stick, and be too mealy. Turn the egg whites in to the mixture.  Make sure to get it good and mixed, but try not to destroy the fiber of the crab meat too much. Throw the whole damn thing in the fridge for an hour or so. Go for a run. Put the rest of the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Heat a small amount of oil in a large pan or skillet over med-high.  I’ve tried cast-iron, but I really think the all-clad works best. Hand form the cakes.  Make sure to squeeze them, and drain some of the moisture out.  If they’re too moist, they’ll fall apart when you cook them. Bread both sides of the cakes with the bread crumbs, then set them in the pan. Cook both sides until golden brown.  Usually 4-5 minutes per side??  But it’s different each time. Favorite sauces are the simple hollandaise with lemon, sriracha and tartar or ginger peanut.  I’ve made some pretty wild sauces, and they’re always awesome. Drink lots of wine and whisky.