Mixed Berry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (Paleo-Whole30)

 

As much as I love fall and winter produce (and I do!) I am always so happy when spring and summer berries come into season. One of my favorite ways to use these colorful, antioxidant rich little fruits is in salads, like this Mixed Berry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette!
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Greens, Berries and Healthy Fats!

This salad is so fresh, so light, and so nutrition packed! It’s also so delicious it almost feels like a dessert.

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The Strawberry Vinaigrette:

Avocado oil, fresh strawberries, lemon juice and a little white balsamic combine to make a beautiful, bright pink dressing. So easy, healthy and naturally sweet. (I love this white balsamic and a close runner up is this one)

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It’s always a hit!

I often make this salad for parties and family get togethers, there is never any leftover. Never.

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The Recipe: Mixed Berry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (Paleo-Whole30)

What you need: a good quality avocado oil and a blender. This is my favorite white balsamic, but I like this one too. Whole 30 friends be sure to use a wine free mustard.

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Mixed Berry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (Paleo-Whole30)

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A colorful salad that looks and tastes like a dessert!

Ingredients

The Salad:

2 small heads butter leaf lettuce, shredded by hand (or if you prefer 5oz baby greens)

1/2 cup fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries

1/3 cup toasted nuts, your choice

1 ripe avocado sliced

The Dressing:

1/2 cup avocado oil (or olive oil, I just prefer the milder taste of avocado oil for this one)

3 whole large fresh strawberries

1 tablespoon white balsamic

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon mustard

1 generous pinch sea salt and a few turns of  pepper to taste

Instructions

Shred lettuce and place on platter, add whole and sliced berries, nuts and avocado slices

Place all dressing ingredients into blender and blend until smooth

Dress salad, serve

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Apricot Sesame Chicken Skewers with Grilled Asparagus

The sauce on these Apricot Sesame Chicken Skewers with Grilled Asparagus is so good people want to drink it. No. Lie.
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The Chicken and the Sauce:

Tender, boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes and skewered, grilled to perfection and then drenched in a fabulous sweet and spicy sauce! The sauce is made with sweet shallots, tangy apricot preserves, ginger, teriyaki, orange juice and spicy red pepper flakes! Yum!

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The Asparagus:

Brushed with olive oil and sea salt, then grilled right alongside the chicken skewers this asparagus is so easy, simple and delicious. I love to serve this chicken and asparagus with my Jeweled Moroccan Couscous….dipping the couscous into the sauce….divine!

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The Recipe: Apricot Sesame Chicken Skewers with Grilled Asparagus

Tips and what you need: You can use traditional apricot preserves or sugar free (sweetened with stevia) for this recipe. I prefer the thick syrupy teriyaki sauce, like this!

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Apricot Sesame Chicken Skewers with Grilled Asparagus!

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This is a Spiker family favorite! I use organic low sugar apricot preserves, but the sweeter works well too. If you use more than 3 large chicken breasts be sure to make more sauce, people practically drink this stuff!

Ingredients

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into 1 ½” cubes and skewered
  • 1 med shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 Cup teriyaki sauce (I prefer the thicker glazes)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp- ¾ tsp red pepper flakes (1/4 t for mild,1/2 t for med ¾ t for hot!)
  • 2 lbs asparagus, stalks trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into cubes and skewer, set aside.
  2. Pour sesame oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Add minced shallot and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add salt, pepper, teriyaki and apricot preserves. Whisk until well blended then add orange juice, ginger and red pepper flakes. Simmer for about five minutes to thicken sauce. Let cool.
  3. After sauce cools place in a covered dish and put in the fridge if not using right away
  4. Preheat grill to 375 degrees. Place kabobs on grill and cook for 18- 20 minutes, turning every five minutes.
  5. While chicken cooks, brush asparagus with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Add to grill with chicken the last 4 minutes of cooking. Turn asparagus once, halfway through cooking time
  6. Place on platter when done. Remove apricot sauce from fridge and heat in sauce pan, drizzle over cooked kabobs and asparagus and serve.

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Jeweled Moroccan Couscous an Easy Side Dish!

I am about to share with you one of the easiest side dishes ever: Jeweled Moroccan Couscous! Pretty too, don’t you think?!
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What is Moroccan Couscous?

Basically it’s really tiny pieces of pasta. If you have ever tried any of my recipes featuring Israeli Couscous you know it’s more like pearls of pasta, Moroccan couscous on the other hand is tiny, and fluffy and can be seasoned or garnished with whatever you have on hand. For this recipe I use cranberries, chives and sliced almonds.

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Even Easier to Cook Than Rice!

There are so many great things about couscous…it goes with just about anything, it’s pretty, somewhat underused (so it impresses people) but best of all it’s virtually no fail. Just sauté some shallots in a pot, add broth and bring to a boil, then add the couscous, cover and take off heat. No risk of over or undercooking. I love to serve it alongside these chicken skewers!

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The Recipe:Jeweled Moroccan Couscous an Easy Side Dish!

What you need: I love this Moroccan Couscous and make it in this pot.

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Jeweled Moroccan Couscous an Easy Side Dish!

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Couscous is a pasta from the Middle East. It is easy to prepare and makes a great side dish to any meat. And the best part is you can add whatever you have on hand! Raisins, cranberries, nuts, greens, mandarin oranges....whatever floats your boat. Couscous is almost impossible to mess up because you take it off heat and let it cook! 

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chopped shallots (or red onion)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups Moroccan couscous
  • toasted almond slices, pine nuts, or walnuts,to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons chives or parsley, chopped
  • Small handful dried cranberries, currants, or raisins

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large sauté pan on medium/high heat, add shallots, salt and pepper and cook, stirring for 3 minutes
  2. Add stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, add couscous, cover and let sit for 10 minutes
  4. Add nuts, parsley and currants etc...toss with a fork and add more sea salt or pepper if needed, eat!

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Cuisine Moroccan

 

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The Chicken Club Salad with Ranch! (Paleo/Whole30/Keto)

Complete meal salads make me happy. Especially this Chicken Club Salad with Ranch, not only is it delicious, it’s also Paleo, Whole 30, low carb and Keto complaint! And if that weren’t enough, I am going to give you options to make this as easy as you want! Because I am nice like that.
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The Chicken Club Salad:

Like the traditional chicken club sandwich, this salad has roasted chicken, tender butter leaf lettuce, crispy bacon and fresh ripe tomato, but I throw in avocado hard boiled eggs for good measure. To keep this meal simple I use organic rotisserie chicken, but if you prefer you can make my super moist chicken breasts!

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That Ranch Dressing:

Alright, I am just going to come out and say it, my homemade dairy free ranch is bomb.com, but I know not everyone has the time or inclination to make their own ranch dressing, so you can also buy Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen’s Ranch Dressing and have it delivered to your door. Both Tessemae’s and Primal Kitchen’s Ranch Dressing’s are Paleo and Whole 30 approved. That said if you want to make your own, I’ll show you how easy it is!

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HOW TO MAKE THE RANCH FROM SCRATCH:

I start by making a mayonnaise base. It’s really easy but it is important to follow all the directions I give you in the recipe. Skipping any of them can cause your mayo to not set up. It’s happened to me and it’s a bummer.  I know some people have success using a regular blender to make mayo, I do not. I use an immersion blender. So here is how it’s done:

  1. Place room temp egg, lemon juice and extra light olive oil or avocado oil into a jar with a wide enough opening for an immersion blender to fit in.
  2. Keep the blender at the bottom of the jar and whirl. Immediately you will see the oil and egg thicken up…it’s mayo magic! Once it’s ‘set’ you can move the blender up a down a couple of times to mix in the oil at the top.
  3. Then add the cashew cream, herbs and spices and voila! Homemade dairy free ranch that is both Whole 30 and Paleo compliant!

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Put it All Together and It’s Magic!

Greens, protein, healthy fats, and low carb, it doesn’t get better than that! And it’s truly delicious and satisfying, not to mention beautiful. Oh…I mentioned it.

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The Recipe: The Chicken Club Salad with Ranch! (Paleo/Whole30/Keto)

Tips and what you need: you can use rotisserie chicken to keep this recipe simple or use my super moist chicken breasts! If making my homemade ranch (recipe below) you will need an  immersion blender.  If buying ranch I recommend using Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen’s Ranch Dressing.

 

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The Chicken Club Salad with Ranch! (Paleo/Whole30/Keto)

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A delicious complete meal salad with Keto, paleo, and Whole 30 options!

Ingredients

If making dairy free ranch, make cashew cream (if not living dairy free you can skip this step and use buttermilk)

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup filtered water

If making homemade ranch:

  • 1 cup light olive oil 
  • 2 eggs, the second is back up ( both eggs need to be room temp, very important!)
  • juice of half a lemon (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream (If you aren't living dairy free, you could use buttermilk)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

For Salad:

2-3 boiled eggs, peeled and quartered

6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

2 heads butter leaf lettuce, shredded by hand

2 chicken breasts, skin on and sliced (rotisserie or link to my recipe above if you want to make your own)

2 roma tomatoes, diced

2 avocados, sliced

Instructions

If making your own dairy free ranchdressing: 

Cashew Cream:

Bring 1 cup water to boil, turn off heat and pour 1/2 cup cashews into hot water. Soak for 3-4 hours or overnight. Strain and rinse. Place into blender with a half cup of filtered water and blend until smooth. Store in fridge until ready to use (expires in 4 days)

  1. Place a room temp egg (have a second egg as back up) and olive in a narrow jar that is wide enough to accommodate an immersion blender. The egg must be room temp. If you forget to take the egg out of the fridge in time, you can place it in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to bring it to room temp.
  2. Add the juice of half a room temp lemon.
  3. Place an immersion blender into jar with the blender touching the bottom. Turn on immersion blender keeping it at the bottom of the dish. In about 30 seconds or less you will have mayonnaise! Stop blending. If mayo doesn't set up, use that second egg. Add it to the jar and mix again, it almost always saves the day. Add chopped herbs, spices and cashew cream (or buttermilk) and give one more quick blend to incorporate herbs and spices! Ta-da!

Salad Prep:

Boil eggs: place eggs in a pot of cold water making sure eggs are covered by several inches of water. Bring to a boil. Boil for three minutes then turn off heat. Allow eggs to sit in hot water for 8 minutes. Run eggs under cold water and peel.

While eggs boil and cool, cook bacon, allow to cool then chop

Place shredded lettuce on platter, add eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and avocado, toss with ranch dressing. Add sliced chicken, serve.

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‘Almond Joy’ Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie! (Gluten free option)

When I was a little girl my mom would give me a dime and allow me to walk to the local grocery store to buy an Almond Joy. I loved the combination of coconut, almonds and chocolate. Years later I would pilfer my kids Halloween candy looking for my favorite candy bar. No lie. Fast forward: I don’t eat Almond Joys anymore, but I still love that wonderful classic flavor combination today. So, I decided it was time to pay homage to my favorite childhood treat with this ‘Almond Joy’ Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie! (Gluten Free Option)
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The Dough:

There is pretty much nothing better than a giant cookie! Basically it’s every child’s (and possibly adult’s) dream.  I add shredded coconut, and sliced almonds to a fairly traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe to make this Almond Joy Skillet Cookie. I use Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour, because it’s the best for baking!

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The Toppings:

Of course you can eat this cookie as is, warm and gooey straight out of the oven. But if you would like to top it I have some suggestions: place a big scoop of your favorite ice cream (my ‘no churn vanilla ice cream’ works nicely) and then drizzle with hot fudge! So fabulously delicious!

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So much better than a candy bar! And certainly feeds more people, unless you eat it all yourself…no judgement here.

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Besides how fabulous this dessert tastes (and looks and smells) you know what I love about it? It’s easier to bake “cookies” in a skillet and takes less time to make!

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The Recipe: ‘Almond Joy’ Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie! (Gluten free)

What you need: a10″ skillet or oven safe pan, a hand mixer or stand mixer, organic hot fudge if desired. If you want to make this recipe gluten free I recommend Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour

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'Almond Joy' Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie!

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All your (or my) childhood dreams come true! 

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups gluten free or all purpose flour ( I highly recommend Jovial GF Pastry flour, linked above)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 soft stick butter (1/2 cup) plus 1 tablespoon more for pan prep

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1/2 teaspoon extract

1 large egg

3/4 cup shredded coconut

3/4 cup sliced almonds

1 cup chocolate chips or chunks (I like dark, but milk chocolate works too)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place oven rack in center position

Use a paper towel to wipe bottom and sides of skillet with one tablespoon butter, set aside

Place flour, baking soda and sea salt in a bowl, whisk and set aside

Place softened butter and sugars into mixer and mix for two minutes

Add egg and vanilla, mix well

Add dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated

Add almonds and coconut, mix well

Add chocolate, depending on your mixer you may need to mix by hand

Place dough in skillet and press dough evenly into the pan

Bake for 16 minutes or until cookie is slightly golden and center is set

Remove from oven. You can serve warm or cool. Top with ice cream and hot fudge if desired

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Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

Last week I showed you How To Make Sweet Potato Rice. So it stands to reason that this week I would show you just one of many things you can do with it. So many ideas are popping into my head, but I am starting with this one: Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30!
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Oh Goodness Gracious…

My love of Mexican food knows no bounds, so my first thought after coming up with sweet potato rice was “how am I going to Mexican this baby up?!” I’ll tell you how, onions, bell peppers, jalapeño chilis, and tender pulled pork that’s how!

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Instant Pot or Crock Pot, It’s All More Than Good…

You can make this pulled pork in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot. It will be tender and juicy and perfect for topping this spicy sweet potato rice. Of course, I added some greens: chopped romaine and avocado and then garnished with some pickled cabbage. But pico de gallo is a great choice too!

Paleo and Whole 30!

I know many of you watch your grain intake. After reading Grain Brain I certainly do! This is a great way to get those complex carbs without the grains. And of course it has protein and healthy fats.

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The Recipe: Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

Tips and what you need: learn to make sweet potato rice here. You will need an Instant Pot or Crock Pot. If you need a tutorial on working with hot pepper click here.

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Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

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A delicious grain free, dairy free way to enjoy Mexican food! You can make this meal in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, cooking time will vary.

Ingredients

Pulled Pork:

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1~ 4 pound pork shoulder (also known as pork butt, bone in or out)
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth 

Mexican Sweet Potato Rice:

olive oil, butter or ghee

6 cups 'Riced' Sweet Potatoes (see link in blog post above for instructions)

1 small red onion, peeled and diced

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1  jalapeño pepper, minced (use as little or as much as you want (I use 2 teaspoons)

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Toppings:

4 cups chopped romaine

2 avocados peeled and sliced

pico de gallo, purple cabbage...whatever floats your boat

Instructions

The Pork:

  1. Combine all spices and mix well.
  2. Place onions and broth in crock pot or instant pot.
  3. Rub pork on all sides with spices.
  4. Add pork to crock pot or instant pot.
  5. For Crock Pot: Set crock pot on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours. I prefer low for 10, it turns out a bit more tender. When done, remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard all but 1/2 cup liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way. Add pork back to crock pot with remaining liquid and onions
  6. If needed, season with more of any of the spices you rubbed on the pork and mix, but remember, the sweet potato rice is somewhat spicy:)
  7. If you want those browned crispy edges, sear in a hot pan for a few minutes!
  8. For Instant Pot: Close lid and make sure release valve is sealed.
  9. Press 'meat' option and set to 60 minutes. When meat is done, carefully release valve with oven mitt or spoon to release pressure.
  10. Remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard all but 1/2 cup liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred pork, discarding fat along the way. Add back to Instant Pot
  11. If needed season with more of any of the spices you rubbed on the pork, but remember, the sweet potato rice is somewhat spicy:)
  12. If you want those browned crispy edges, sear in the Instant Pot using the saute feature for a few minutes!

The Sweet Potato Rice:

Prep all ingredients. If you need to see how to work with a hot pepper see link in blog post above.

Place large pan on high heat for two minutes, When pan is very hot add olive oil, butter or ghee

Add onions and bell pepper to pan and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally (lower heat to medium if necessary

Add sweet potato rice and jalapeño. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 more minutes

Season with sea salt and pepper to taste

Plate 'rice', top with lettuce and avocado, then pork. Add pico de gallo or purple cabbage. Enjoy!

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Mexican

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How to make Sweet Potato Rice! Paleo-Whole 30

Every once in a while I have a good idea. The other night was one of those times. I was making my Spiralized Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce  and I thought “I wonder if I could make these spirals into sweet potato ‘rice’?” Yeah…food bloggers think about things like that. Five minutes later I found out the answer is yes, and that there are two ways to do it!  So let’s get to it: How to Make Sweet Potato Rice!
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Sweet Potato Rice: The Other Grain Free Rice

I assume by now most of you have seen or at least heard of cauliflower ‘rice’. It’s a life saver for those that try to avoid grains or just want to amp up the use of veggies in their diet. I happen to love it, and use it often (see here, here and here). But what I love about this sweet potato rice is that it feels more like real rice!  And the color is so appealing, Making Mexican food? Use this as a rice substitute. Have extra? Cook it up in a pan with eggs the next morning! It tastes great alone or served with beef or chicken. You can even use it inside a taco!

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How to Make It:

We start with spiralized sweet potatoes: in a perfect world everyone would live near a store that sells prepared spiralized sweet potatoes. But if your local store doesn’t carry them, don’t worry, you can make your own. You can use an affordable hand crank spiralizer, BUT I am going to lay some truth on you, the plastic spiralizer is great for softer foods like zucchini and white potatoes, but not so much for sweet potatoes. So if you think you may want to spiralize frequently (and I highly recommend you do!) you may wish to invest in the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer. It’s much sturdier than plastic and can handle hard veggies like sweet potatoes easily. Plus, you can walk away while the machine does the work!

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After Spiralizing the Sweet Potatoes You Have Two Options…

…the easiest option is popping them in your food processor for literally 5 seconds.

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The second option is super easy too. Just chop up those orange spirals with a good knife. It  takes 2-3 minutes. So either way, it works perfectly!

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The great thing about sweet potato rice is, you can make it ahead of time! Just  “rice” it, place in a covered container, and pull out of the fridge when you are ready too cook. It keeps well for 5-6 days. To cook, just add olive oil, butter or ghee to a hot pan and cook until slightly crispy. Season with salt and pepper and voila! A delicious side dish in minutes. Be sure to check back next week because I have a Mexican Sweet Potato Rice with Pulled Pork coming your way!

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The Recipe: How to make Sweet Potato Rice! Paleo-Whole 30

Tips and what you need: if you have a store in your area that sells pre-spiralized sweet potatoes, you can use those and save time. If not make your own with the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer.You can use a food processor or a a good knife to make the spirals into “rice”.

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How To Make Sweet Potato Rice: Paleo-Whole 30

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Easy rice substitute made with sweet potatoes

Ingredients

6 cups spiralized sweet potatoes ( about 3 potatoes) see instructions in blog post

olive oil, butter or ghee

sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Place spiralized sweet potatoes in a food processor and pulse for five seconds. If using a knife instead of processor, chop spiralized potatoes until they resemble large grains of rice

Place a large pan on high heat, wait 60 seconds, then add enough olive oil to generously coat bottom of pan

When oil is hot but not smoking add riced sweet potatoes

Cook, stirring frequently for 8 minutes or so. Turn heat down if needed. "Rice" should be cooked but a little crispy so it has a 'bite'

Season to taste with sea salt and pepper, serve!

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Upside Down Orange Almond Cake

I have been making traditional Orange Almond Cake for years. But recently I turned this recipe upside down. Literally. This show stopper is my Upside Down Orange Almond Cake!
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Naturally Dairy and Grain Free!

This isn’t a cake recipe where I have replaced flour and dairy with substitutes, Orange Almond Cake is a traditional recipe that was always made with very few ingredients: fine almond meal, eggs, whole oranges and sugar. It has a bit of a custardy texture and served warm straight out of the oven it is quite heavenly. It’s also delicious the next day for breakfast!

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To Make The Traditional Cake Even Prettier I Turned it Upside Down…

…and used blood oranges for their deep, rich color. Of course if you don’t have access to blood oranges just use regular oranges. It will still be delicious, and beautiful!

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Two Versions: Traditional and Low Carb…

In the past I always made this simple cake with organic granulated sugar. But this week I tried a low carb version by using powdered stevia and it was fantastic! The texture was perfection and the taste, lovely. I was very pleasantly surprised. So feel free to make whatever version floats your boat! When I used a nutrition calculator the carb count came out to 6 grams of carbs per serving.

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Perfect for Parties…or Breakfast!

Honestly, this little cake makes quite the impression. Perfect for parties, brunches, showers or dessert and then breakfast the next morning! When a cake is made with oranges, eggs and almonds, there is no reason not to eat it for breakfast.

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Don’t Be Nervous About Turning That Cake Upside Down…I Got You!

To make ‘the flip’ foolproof I use a springform pan and parchment paper. If you don’t have a spring form pan, that’s ok too. Parchment and a good 9″ round cake pan will work too. You’ll just need to follow the tips in the recipe below to ensure success.

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The Recipe: Upside Down Orange Almond Cake

Tips and what you need: Regular almond meal works fine for this recipe but “fine” almond meal works even better! If making the low carb version, you will need stevia powder. I almost always recommend using parchment paper when baking but for this recipe it’s a must! It not only prevents sticking but makes the turning process easier. I also recommend a springform pan, but if you don’t have on you can use a 9″ round cake pan and pray. (Just kidding, you’ve got this!) You will need a blender and as always a good knife!

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A show stopping dessert that is naturally grain and dairy free! Low carb version offered. And be sure to allow enough time to boil oranges in advance.

Ingredients

Organic cooking spray or 1 tablespoon butter for pan

5 whole organic oranges, 2 boiled, the rest sliced for the top of cake (if using blood oranges I buy 2 navel oranges for boiling and 3 blood oranges for a pretty top)

6 large eggs

3/4 cup organic granulated sugar plus more for dusting (If making low carb version use powdered Stevia. All brands are different so check the conversion chart for your brand. For my brand 2 Tablespoons subbed for 3/4 cup sugar)

2 cups almond meal (I use 'fine' almond meal for a fluffier cake, but regular works fine too)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

Instructions

To do ahead: fill pot with water and boil two oranges for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and move oven rack to lower third of oven. Wipe side of cake pan with butter or spray with organic cooking spray. Cut parchment paper into a circle and place it in the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with generously with organic granulated sugar. Set aside.

Take the two boiled oranges, cut in half and remove seeds if there are any. Place in blender and blend until smooth

Slice remaining oranges very thinly and place in a single layer into the bottom of pan, overlapping a little, set aside (you may have extra)

Use a stand or hand mixer to beat eggs and sugar (or stevia) until they become a little fluffy (4-5 minutes)

Add almond meal, baking powder, orange puree and vanilla, beat another 60 seconds

Pour batter into pan (over sliced oranges)

Place in oven for 45 minutes or until center of cake is firm

Remove from oven, allow to cool for ten minutes. Use a knife to separate the cake from edges of the pan. When cake is cool enough to touch, remove from pan, set cake on plate, remove parchment and dust with sugar. Serve.

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Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles – Whole 30/Paleo

Looking for healthy? Looking for delicious? Looking for Paleo-Whole 30-gluten and dairy free recipes? Well I have them and this recipe for Whole 30/Paleo Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles is all of the above!
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To Get the Most Tender Flavorful Chicken Breast…

…I will encourage you to brine the chicken breasts in salt water for at least 30 minutes because this renders the most tender, flavorful and moist chicken. There is a scientific explanation, like the salt water changes the molecular make up of proteins…blah, blah, blah, science, science, let’s eat! If the word ‘brining’ intimidates you, don’t panic. Brining is the simple process of soaking the the breasts in salted water. I use pink Himalayan Salt: After brining, you sprinkle with seasonings, brown in a pan and pop in the oven!

While Chicken Cooks, Prep Bruschetta Topping and Zoodles!

This bruschetta topping is the perfect, flavorful topping for chicken! Diced tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped basil and a little balsamic is all you need! Then we top with a few toasted pine nut and voila! A gorgeous healthful meal.

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For the Zoodles…

For those unfamiliar, zoodles are zucchini noodles. Many super markets now carry zoodles already spiraled, as they have become very popular. But if your local store doesn’t carry them, don’t worry, you can easily make your own. You can use an affordable hand crank spiralizer….

Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles - Whole 30/Paleo/GAPS

…BUT, If you Think You Might Want To Spiralize Other Veggies…

…you may wish to invest in the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer It’s much sturdier than plastic and can handle hard veggies like sweet potatoes easily!

Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles - Whole 30/Paleo/GAPS

To Cook Zoodles:

Just toss in a pan with a little olive oil and sea salt. You only need to cook them long enough to warm them up, 2-3 minutes. Then top with chicken and smother in the bruschetta topping. Yum! An incredible meal, and you’ll never miss the carbs!

Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles - Whole 30/Paleo/GAPS

The Recipe: Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles – Whole 30/Paleo

What you need: if you don’t have a store near you that carries premade spiraled zucchini you will need a hand crank spiralizeror the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer .

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A simple, delicious Paleo/Whole30 meal in the oven or on the grill!

Ingredients

If you want the most tender breasts possible, brine chicken in salt water for 30 minutes before cooking: fill a large bowl with 4 cups water and 1/3 cup kosher or Himalayan sea salt. Stir. Add breasts and allow to soak in brine for 30 minutes.

  • 4 bone in/skin on medium sized chicken breasts
  • 4 zucchini, spiralized (if buying premade use 6 cups)
  • Tomato topping:

  • 2 cups organic diced Roma tomatoes (about 5 tomatoes)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (separated)
  • 8 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use two)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon roasted pine nuts (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. If using brine: Place chicken in brine and allow to rest for 30 minutes. When chicken is done brining, preheat grill or oven to 400 degrees and place oven rack in upper third of oven. 
  2. Remove breasts from brine (if using) and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Brush both sides with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
  4. If using oven method: heat an oven safe pan or skillet on med/high heat for two minutes. Add olive oil to pan (enough to coat pan) When oil is hot add chicken to pan, skin side down. Cook chicken until golden brown (five minutes or so) turning heat down if needed. Place pan in oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes depending on size of breasts, turning skin side up last 10 minutes of cooking.
  5. If using grill method: Place breasts skin side down onto preheated grill. Cook for ten minutes, turn breasts skin side up and cook for 15 minutes (or more if using larger breasts.)
  6. While chicken cooks, make bruschetta topping and zoodles:

  7. Add tomatoes to a bowl, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with 2 pinches sea salt/pepper, stir in garlic and basil. Add balsamic. Stir and set aside

  8. If making your own spiralized zucchini, do it now.
  9. Just before chicken is done, place large pan on medium heat for 2 minutes. When pan is hot, add enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan. Add zucchini and heat, tossing for 2-3 minutes (just long enough to heat them up. If you cook them too long they will get soggy) Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Plate zucchini.
  10. When chicken is done remove from grill or oven, set on zucchini and top with tomatoes, garnish with pine nuts and serve!

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Five Greens Salad ~ Paleo/ Whole 30

Sometimes food surprises you.That was certainly the case the first time we tried this Five Greens Salad. It looks totally unassuming, but wow is it delicious! And so simple to make.
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Inspired by an East Coast Trip!

In October of 2017 we spent two weeks on the East Coast. Being life long ‘left coasters’ it was the first time either of us had been on the ‘right coast’ to see the fall colors. And Autumn did not disappoint!

Vermont

The colors were spectacular. We drove from Boston to Maine, Maine to Vermont, Vermont to the Berkshires (Mass), then the Berkshires to Rhode Island, and finally Rhode Island to NYC to see our oldest son and his family. Phew!

Inn by The Sea, Maine

On our drive we passed through New Hampshire and Connecticut stopping to apple pick, shop, meander through small towns, and of course, eat!

New hampshire

What a fantastic vacation! The colors were amazing, the history was incredible and we ate a lot of fabulous New Eanglan sea food.

Connecticut

The Salad, Not Just For Fall!

As we passed through Greenwich CT, we stopped at a local Mediterranean restaurant for lunch. We ordered, and soon a salad was dropped off at our table. We both just stared at it. We didn’t think it was the salad we ordered. We were expecting a salad with lettuce greens. But what we got was even better, we just didn’t know it yet!

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We were intrigued by the combination: apples, cucumbers, avocado, pistachios, golden raisins and chive vinaigrette. So we grabbed our forks and it was love at first bite! The Five Greens Salad is fresh, crispy, light, delicious, healthy and so unique. I don’t ever remember eating or even having seen a salad quite like it! We finished it off in two minutes flat. Of course when we got home I had to come up with my own version.

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Every time we make this sweet, tart, salty salad it reminds us of our fantastic east coast trip. Which is one of the great things about food, at least for me. I connect pleasant food experiences with the places I have been and the people I love. Even if you never make it to the east Coast in fall you can certainly enjoy this salad any time of year!

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The Recipe: Five Greens Salad

Tips and what you need: Dicing everything uniformly makes for a prettier salad. You will need either a white balsamic vinegar or a champagne vinegar. My first choice is this white balsamic (I also like this one)  Most grocery stores carry white balsamic and champagne vinegar, I encourage you to choose a quality brand (in other words, don’t go too cheap or your salad will suffer:)

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A light, delicious, healthy salad that can be enjoyed almost any time of year! Paleo with a Whole 30 version.

Ingredients

Salad:

1 cup granny smith apple, diced (usually 1 large ribbon)

1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced

1/4 cup roasted salted pistachios

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 avocado, diced

sea salt, to taste

Dressing:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon white balsamic or champagne vinegar

1 tablespoon chives, sliced

2 teaspoons honey (omit if on Whole 30)

sea salt, to taste

Instructions

Try to dice all ingredients uniformly:

Prep all salad ingredients (except avocado) and place in a bowl, stir and sprinkle with a pinch  or two of sea salt, toss

Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad, toss

Add avocado and gently toss, add a little more sea salt if needed, serve

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