Lemon Basil Spritzer~ Non Alcoholic “Mocktail”

Let’s just get this out of the way, we don’t drink alcohol. As in ever. But we do like to enjoy holidays and parties with a little something special and festive in our glasses. That’s where this Lemon Basil Spritzer~Non Alcoholic “Mocktail” comes into play!
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Bubbly, Delicious and So Easy!

This drink is a favorite anytime we want something a little more celebratory than plain old water. It’s made with muddled basil and lemon, a simple syrup or sugar free Stevia option, and sparkling water.

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How to Muddle a Lemon or Lime…

A muddle is a bartenders tool used to crush ingredients so flavors release and blend, in this case lemon and basil. You will need a muddling tool, but in a pinch you could use the flat end of a wooden spoon…awkward and not as convenient and your friends might make fun of you…so, on second thought get the muddler.

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You start by rolling your citrus on a hard surface to soften. Then you cut the end off your lemon, set it on the flat side, and cut lemon into six equal wedges. Drop two lemon wedges and a few leaves of basil into the glass and smash with the muddler. You have now muddled. Good for you. … by the way my gorgeous cutting board is from Small Axe Woodshop and it’s like buttah! It would also make a great holiday gift, hint, hint… honey I want the dark walnut board in my stocking…now back to our spritzer…

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Simple Syrup or Naturally Sugar Free Stevia Option:

After muddling, you add some fresh squeezed lemon juice and tonic water for a fizzy, liver friendly drink! You can sweeten this drink with a simple syrup made ahead of time, or with liquid Stevia drops. It’s fantastically delicious both ways!

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The Recipe: Lemon Basil Spritzer~ Non Alcoholic “Mocktail”

Tips and what you need: if using simple syrup, make ahead of time so it is cooled and ready to use. If you prefer Stevia drops,<—we use these. You will need a muddling tool and a hand held juicer for squeezing lemon juice.

5 from 15 votes
Lemon Basil Spritzer
Prep Time
1 min
 

A light bubbly Lemon Basil Spritzer~ Non Alcoholic "Mocktail" with a simple syrup or low carb, keto friendly, naturally sugar free option. The amount of simple syrup included in the recipe will make 6-8 drinks. And just a reminder, all ingredients can be adjusted to taste!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup water (use only if making simple syrup, if using Stevia skip this ingredient)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (use only if making simple syrup, if using stevia skip this ingredient)
  • 3 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup (or 4 drops liquid stevia, or to taste)
  • 3/4 cup cold sparkling water, seltzer, san pelegrino etc..
  • basil leaves or lemon wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. If using simple syrup, place water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil, lower and simmer for 6 minutes. Allow to cool. If using liquid stevia, skip this step

  2. To make drink: place a few basil leaves and 2 lemon wedges in bottom of glass, muddle, crushing the lemon wedges and basil together

  3. Add lemon juice and either simple syrup or stevia drops, and muddle more. Then pour tonic water into glass.


  4. Add a few ice cubes, and garnish with additional basil and lemon wedges if desired.

 

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Roasted Carrots with Cashew Cheese Sauce (Vegan-Paleo-Whole30)

Honest to goodness, if carrots are roasted correctly they are almost like candy. Sweet, crispy perfection in my book. When set atop a good Cashew Cheese Sauce, well, they are even dreamier!
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We Love Our Roasted Carrots!

Roasted carrots are so easy to make. Simply toss with olive oil and spices and pop in the oven until the edges are crispy and browned. We serve ours roasted with gremolata, drizzled in honey and ginger, and piled on top of a salad with couscous! But this is the first time we have featured them with a creamy cashew cheese sauce!

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The Cashew Cheese Sauce: Paleo, Whole 30 , and Vegan!

Cashews make a great dairy substitute, and while this sauce is dairy free, it still packs packs the protein and some healthy fats! Click here for the the recipe.

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Delicious, Beautiful and Healthy!

Serve as an appetizer, side dish or main course. Even the kids will be asking for more veggies.

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The Recipe: Roasted Carrots with Cashew Cheese Sauce (Vegan-Paleo-Whole30)

Tips and what you need: click here to make cashew cheese sauce. You will need a rimmed cookie sheet and unbleached parchment paper. I always recommend using a good quality, sharp knife!

5 from 7 votes
Roasted Carrots with Cashew Cheese Sauce (Vegan-Paleo-Whole30)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Sweet roasted carrots topped with chives and set atop a creamy cashew cheese sauce! You will need to make cashew cheese in advance. 

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into 2-3" segments (I used Rainbow Carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped for garnish
  • 1 serving cashew cheese sauce (recipe linked above)
Instructions
  1. Make cashew cheese sauce ahead of time.

  2. Position oven rack in the center of oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto rimmed cookie sheet, set aside.

  3. Peel carrots and cut them into 2-3 inch segments. If the tops of the carrots are really thick, cut them in half lengthwise as well.

  4. Place carrots onto parchment covered cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil until all the veggies are glistening with oil. Generously sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Toss. Arrange in a single layer. Place in oven and roast until tender and slightly browned 45-50 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven. Plate cashew cheese sauce and top with carrots, garnish with chopped chives, serve!

 

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Cashew Cheese and Cheese Sauce: Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, Keto

Living dairy free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the creamy goodness of cheese and cheese sauce. Believe it or not cashew cheese makes a great substitute in all kinds of dishes, And this Cashew Cheese and Cashew Cheese Sauce is Vegan, Whole 30, Paleo and Keto friendly!
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The Key to Delicious Cashew Cheese and Cheese Sauce:

When living dairy free you can miss out on some creaminess and flavor. But I’ve got your back. Our soaked and blended cashews provide the creaminess for our ‘cheese’ and sauce, but it’s Nutritional yeast that will give it that cheesy flavor. And is loaded with B vitamins, trace minerals, and all nine amino acids making it high in protein too!

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The Cashew Cheese:

My recipe for Cashew Cheese is basically the same as my Chipotle Cashew Dip, except we replace the chipotle pepper with Nutritional yeast. Simply soak cashews, blend or process with garlic powder, sea salt, olive oil, lemon juice and nutritional yeast and you have creamy cashew cheese.

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How To Make That Cashew Cheese Into a Sauce:

Once you have your cashew cheese prepared, you can turn it into a sauce by adding a little more water and olive oil, until it’s pourable.

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How to Use It:

You can use cashew cheese or cashew cheese sauce on anything you use real cheese or sauce for: pastas, pizzas, lasagna, etc. You can also use it as a dip for veggies. I love this cheese sauce with my Roasted Carrots with Chives…

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The Recipe: Cashew Cheese and Cashew Cheese Sauce: Vegan, Whole 30, Paleo, Keto

Tips and what you need: Cashews need to soak for at least three hours before making recipe, so allow time for that. You will need Nutritional yeast and a good blender or food processor.

5 from 4 votes
Cashew Cheese and Cashew Cheese Sauce: Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, Keto
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A dairy free cheese substitute that is high in protein and healthy fats! Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30 and Keto friendly

Course: Condiment
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1-2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (1 for 'cheese' 2 for cheese sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (1/4 cup for cheese, 1/2 cup for cheese sauce)
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Note: Allow time for cashews to soak. They need to soak for at least three hours or as long as overnight


  2. Boil two cups water, turn off heat and add cashews


  3. Allow cashews to soak for at least three hours or as long as overnight


  4. Strain and rinse cashews, discard boiling water


  5. Place cashews, olive oil (options for cheese and cheese sauce) brewers yeast, lemon juice, water (options for cheese and cheese sauce), sea salt and garlic powder in food processor or blender.


  6. Blend until smooth. If making sauce you can add more water and olive oil until desired consistency is achieved. Taste. If you need to add more of anything, do it! 

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12 Mouthwatering Whole 30 Salmon Dinner Recipes

Salmon lovers and healthy food enthusiasts are going to love these12 Mouthwatering Whole 30 Salmon Dinner Recipes. Each is loaded with protein, veggies and those incredible omega three fats we all need for tip top heart and brain health. As always I encourage you to use wild caught salmon instead of farmed. Better for you, the environment and the fish!
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TIPS FOR BUYING SALMON:

1. It’s best not to buy fish wrapped in plastic. You should be able to smell the fish you are buying. I always buy mine from a fishmonger I trust. If he is handling it, cutting it etc… he will know if it’s not fresh.

2. Always buy fish the day you plan on making it, that way if your meal gets pushed back a day or two you cans till use it.

3. When selecting fish always point to the piece you want. In stores the freshest fish is placed in the front of the window, closest to you, and the fish from the day before is placed in the back, closest to the fishmonger. So when you are looking at the fish closest to you and ask for it, he pulls it from the back. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with that fish from the day before, it’s just not the freshest…and you want the freshest.

The Recipes: A Collection from My Favorite Food Bloggers!

Each of these beautiful salmon meals are Whole 30 compliant, meaning they contain no grains, dairy, soy, legumes or sweeteners. Enjoy!

Salmon with Roasted Butternut Squash and Basil Vinaigrette from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Whole 30 Salmon with Avocado Salsa from The Cookie Rookie

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Whole 30 Salmon Cakes from My Salad Daze

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Greens with Crispy Salmon and Roasted Potatoes from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Baked Salmon with Cucumber Mint Salsa from Salt and Lavender

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This Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower Rice from The Organic Kitchen can be made under the broiler too!

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Keto Griiled Salmon Kabobs with Tomato Salsa from Appetite for Energy

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The Blackened Salmon Burger with Summer Dill Cucumber Spread from The Kitcheneer

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The Everything Salmon Salad Nicoise from This Healthy Table

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Citrus Glazed Salmon from Paleo Scaleo

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Pistachio Herb Crusted Salmon with Asparagus from The Whole Cook

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Spicy Cilantro Lime Baked Salmon from The Tasting Page (serve with steamed broccoli)

 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Bread (Gluten free option)

It’s not officially fall until the pumpkin bread is baking, so start preheating and get ready for the house to smell heavenly because we are popping this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Bread perfection in the oven, stat!
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 Sweet Spices, Chocolate and Crunch…Swoon!

This perfectly textured pumpkin bread has hints of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, rich dark chocolate and the crunch of salty roasted pecans.

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Wanna Make it Gluten Free? No problem!

If gluten free living is your thang, you don’t have to sacrifice taste or texture. I use Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour, because it’s the best for baking and works perfectly in this decadent pumpkin bread. It’s also soaked for easy digestion!

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The Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Bread

Tips and what you need: if you want to make this recipe gluten free I recommend Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour. You will need cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla paste or extract, and two loaf pans.

5 from 9 votes
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Sweet chocolate pumpkin bread with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and salty pecans

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Servings: 24 slices
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of your favorite flour I use Gluten Free Jovial Pastry Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup butter room temp (plus 1 tablespoon for pan prep)
  • 3 cups granulated organic sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin purée plain, not pumpkin pie mix (1 can)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla paste
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped roasted salted pecans (reserve 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate ordark chocolate chips (reserve the 1/2 cup for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, place oven rack in center position, use a paper towel to wipe sides and bottom of pans with butter, then dust with flour, set aside
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl mix butter and sugar, then add eggs, vanilla and pumpkin purée and mix until smooth
  4. Add dry ingredients a little at a time, and mix until well combined
  5. Using a spatula, add 1 cup pecans and 1 cup chocolate chips and mix well (reserve remaining 1/2 of each for top of bread)

  6. Separate batter into loaf pans, tap pans on counter firmly and smooth top with spatula. Sprinkle each bread loaf with remaining chocolate chips and nuts

  7. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until inserted toothpick comes out clean
  8. Allow to cool before slicing, serve

 

 

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