Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes with Homemade Maple Syrup

For the last 15 weeks, Justin and I have been on an extremely low-carb diet {for many personal and health related reasons}.  We completely cut out bread and pasta and seriously lessened our sugar intake.  The first few weeks were a bit tough, but after awhile, it became really easy.  I don’t even miss bread and pasta the way I was so sure I would.  I think what makes it ‘easier’ is our “treat meals.”

Every weekend, Justin and I partake in what I so lovingly call our “treat” meal {instead of “cheat” meal}.  A few weeks back, we decided to use our treat meal for a breakfast recipe I’ve had tagged in my favorite cookbook for months now.  I’ve never less than absolutely loved anything I made from Deb Perelman’s “Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” and these peach pancakes did not disappoint!  They are fluffy and yet somehow creamy at the same time and who would have thought to use a peach of all fruits, in a pancake?!

Now you’d think that after planning for such delicious pancakes for our treat meal, we’d have remembered to buy some maple syrup.  But alas, we did not.  I started to reach for some honey when Justin decided to try and make his own syrup.  I was skeptical at first, but oh.my.golly.  I don’t think I will every buy store bought syrup again!  And we’ve actually made this syrup twice now, once with the maple extract and once without.  I loved it both ways as I’d never had vanilla syrup on pancakes before and it was SO good.

Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes
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Homemade Maple Syrup
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Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes from UnrulyBliss.com

Homemade Maple Syrup

Peach and Sour Cream Pancakes from UnrulyBliss.com

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Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree with Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad

This pork chop meal was absolutely delightful!  Not only was it incredibly easy to make {in less than an hour!}, but it was so perfect for a gorgeous summer evening.  I’m not a big fan of cucumbers {I think I’m cucumber-traumatized from our huge juicing fail} or radishes, but the lime juice in the salad gave them that special zest that made me enjoy them.  I ate a bite of salad with each bite of pork chop and the cool citrus salad offset the spicy pork perfectly.  I very highly recommend this delicious meal for a weeknight dinner!

Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree
with Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad

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Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree With Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad from UnrulyBliss.com

Pork Chops and Cotija Corn Puree With Radish, Cucumber, and Lime Salad from UnrulyBliss.com

 

 

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Whole-Wheat Almond-Butter Sandwich Cookies

Almond butter.  I’ve always wondered, “Why all the fuss?”  Well, I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago when a friend brought it to work as a dip for her veggies and crackers.  I’ve never liked almonds so I didn’t have high expectations for “butter” made from them.  Sadly, my expectations were correct when I ate a dollop on a cracker.  It just tasted so boring and bland to me, but I’ll gladly admit that this was probably due to my overly sugar addicted taste buds.

I thought it might be a good time to try almond butter again since Justin and I have been about 90% sugar free for 2 months now {we stopped eating high carb foods and anything with added sugar}.  I’m happy I didn’t completely write it off because this cookie recipe was delicious and the filling was just amazing…cream cheese, honey, and vanilla, oh my!  I still dislike the taste of raw almonds, but I definitely like them blended and cooked into other things!  {I plan on making this recipe for Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with my left over almond butter and then maybe this one for Almond Soba Noodles too.}

*Not only were these {air quote} healthy {air quote} cookies delicious, but they were fun to make as well.  I can see this being a great recipe to make with a “mini” chef…kids would have a great time making the cookies into sandwiches!

*Want to make your own almond butter??  Check out this recipe for plain almond butter or this one for almond walnut coconut butter!

Whole-Wheat Almond-Butter Sandwich Cookies
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Whole-Wheat Almond-Butter Sandwich Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

Whole-Wheat Almond-Butter Sandwich Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These.  Are.  The.  Best.  Cookies.  EVER.

I mean, there are some AMAZING cookies out there…but when it comes to your classic chocolate chip cookie, this one is my absolute favorite.  They are chewy, slightly peanut buttery, and choc full of chocolate bits.

*Justin is the baker in our house and he never lets me down.  Here are a few of my other favorites that he’s mastered…
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake
Rosemary Pretzels with Rosemary Cheddar Sauce
Triple Citrus Cupcakes with Citrus Glaze

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from UnrulyBliss.com

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Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso

I love, love, looooove burritos.  Breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  No matter.  All burritos are amazing in my book and great when eaten for any meal.  I found this recipe from Laura at Tide and Thyme {she found the original recipe from Elly at Elly Says Opa!} and we made a few adjustments.  I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy foods and these burritos have just the perfect amount of zest to ‘em.

A funny thing…both Laura and Elly must have magic burrito fingers.  We’ve made these a half dozen times now and I can never get them all long and skinny like those ladies do.  In true TiAn form, my burritos come out all short and stubby.  {Hey, they still taste amazing.}  They’re not healthy.  They’re not paleo, low-carb, or free of anything really.  They are however, damn delicious.  Make them.  You know you want to…

Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso
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Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso from UnrulyBliss.com

Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso from UnrulyBliss.com

Beef Burritos with Poblano Queso from UnrulyBliss.com

 

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