Dairy Free Basil Pesto! (Whole30-Paleo-Keto-Vegan)

I am a big fan of pesto. It makes just about everything taste better, the color is exquisite and the smell is heavenly! For most people my traditional homemade pesto with Parmesan recipe works great. But for those of you that live dairy free I wanted to offer this version:  Dairy Free Basil Pesto (Whole30-Paleo-Keto-Vegan)!
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How Do We Keep The Flavor Without the Dairy?

When it comes to making pesto dairy free, there are two options: you can just skip the parmesan or replace it with nutritional yeast. I think the second option is the way to go and here is why…

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Flavor and Nutrition…

When living dairy free you can miss out on some creaminess and flavor. Nutritional yeast will make your pesto just as creamy and just as flavorful (if not more) than Parmesan. Nutritional yeast has a very nutty/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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Simple to Make:

Just pop basil leaves, garlic, sea salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, and olive oil in the food processor or blender and process until smooth.

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Use It On…

…pasta obviously! Or my Whole 30 Roasted Pesto Baby Potatoes

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…or in my Italian Meatballs with Pesto Zuccini Noodles!

 

The Recipe: Dairy Free Basil Pesto! (Whole30-Paleo-Keto-Vegan)

Tips and what you need: I like to buy a small basil plant at the grocery store to make pesto because it saves money and you can keep using it. Plus the plant leaves are much fresher that cut leaves. You will need nutritional yeast, and a food processor or blender. (<—I love my Blendtec!)

5 from 5 votes
Dairy Free Basil Pesto (Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Vegan)
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A quick, easy, basil pesto recipe made without Parmesan cheese!

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil pesto, vegan recipes, weeknight dinner
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 large clove garlic peeled
  • 2 cups fresh organic basil leaves packed
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast optional but highly recommended
  • Sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place garlic in processor or blender and pulse until chopped. Add all other ingredients and process until almost smooth
  2. Toss with pasta, zoodles, roasted potatoes or use to top steak, chicken, or salmon

 

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10 Incredible Whole 30 Steak Dinner Recipes!

Life on Whole 30 can be a wonderfully flavorful experience. But toward the end of that 30 days you may be feeling in need of a little boost to your standard Whole 30 fare. I have 10 Whole 30 Steak Dinner Recipes that are going to shake up your menu plan in the best way possible!
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Steak Kabobs with Dijon Green Beans from Cook with Me Darling!

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Whole 30 Easy Steak Fajitas from The Movement Menu!

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Filipino Skirt Steak by I Heart Unami

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Argentinian Steak Kabobs with Chimichurri and Grilled Zucchini from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Grilled Chermoula Marinated Strip Steaks from Garlic and Zest!

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Grilled Peach Steak Salad from Healthy Little Peach

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Garlic Butter Steak Bites with lemon Zucchini Noodles from Eat Well 101

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Grilled Steak Fajitas Veggie Bowl from Nutrition to Fit

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Steak with Chimichurri and Roasted Harissa Sweet Potatoes from me, The Organic Kitchen

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 Asian Sesame Steak Kabobs from Whole Kitchen Sink

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THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP!

One of my favorite parts about the Whole 30 program is that it turns you into a better cook! I hope you enjoy these recipes and your Whole 30 learning experience ~ Linda Spiker

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Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

I love all things macadamia nut. I love them roasted and salted, dipped in chocolate, made into nut butter, or used as a crispy crust for for fish or chicken. These Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders are a great example of the latter.
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We Recently Took a Trip to Hawaii…

And by “we” I mean 70 of us. No lie. My sweet mother in law wanted a huge family trip for her upcoming 83rd birthday celebration, and literally EVERYONE showed. Her children, grand children and great grand children all flew to Maui to celebrate her, and we happen to have photographic proof!

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 Not Only Did We All Show Up…

…but we got out of bed at 6am for family photos on the beach…no make up, and plenty of bed head. That’s how much we love this woman!

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Maui, The Inspiration For This Recipe!

After returning home to Southern California with lots of macadamia nuts, I needed to come up with creative ways to use them. Which is how I came up with these tasty, crispy, chicken tenders.

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Dip Them, Put Them On a Salad, or Dress Them Up!

You probably don’t need suggestions on what to do with these delicious bites of chicken, but I will still give them to you anyway.. I have no problem offering unsolicited advice. I love to dip these nuggets in my homemade ranch dressing…

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

…or serve them on top of my Chopped Chicken Salad (just leave the rotisserie chicken out of the salad recipe..obviously)…

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

…and sometimes I love to add sweet Butternut Squash ‘Fries’ on the side.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto Compliant!

And because I dip the chicken tenders in egg, and then dredge in macadamia nuts and almond flour, these nuggets are perfect for anyone on Paleo, Whole 30 or Keto eating plans!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

The Recipe: Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Tips and what you need: a food processor or blender, almond meal, and a good pan.

5 from 14 votes
Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Quick, easy, crispy and delicious! The best chicken tender recipe ever...bold claim, I know.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kid-friendly recipes, Paleo recipes, whole30 recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders if you can't find tenders, slice boneless, skinless breasts 1/2" thick
  • 1 1 /4 cups roasted salted macadamia nuts processed into meal
  • 1 cup almond flour I use fine almond flour
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle both sides chicken tenders with desired amount of sea salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, set aside
  2. In a food processor or blender, process nuts until they resemble large bread crumbs (don't over process or you will have nut butter)
  3. Pour processed macadamia nuts into a shallow bowl, add almond flour and use a fork to mix well
  4. Crack eggs into another shallow bowl, whisk with 1 tablespoon water
  5. Now, dip each tender into into eggs, then dredge in nut mixture until well coated, set aside
  6. When all chicken is coated, heat a large pan (preferably cast iron or a stainless steel skillet) on high heat for two minutes
  7. Add enough olive oil to pan so bottom is nicely coated
  8. When oil is hot but not smoking, add chicken tenders (working in batches if needed) and cook 5-6 minutes a side, lowering heat when necessary. Chicken should be golden brown, crispy and cooked through when removed from heat. If you are working in batches, carefully use a paper towel to clean pan and add more olive oil to pan between batches. Serve!

 

 

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Five Minute Creamy Ranch Dressing- Paleo, Keto, Whole 30

Fresh, homemade Creamy Ranch Dressing. It’s the best for salads, dipping veggies, and topping burgers. And you know what’s even better? When you can make that dreamy dressing in five minutes and make it Paleo, Whole 30 or Keto compliant. Yup I believe I just knocked it out of the ball park!
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Let’s Start at The Beginning…

A great ranch dressing starts with a great mayo. Honestly I think a good quality store bought mayo is fabulous for certain things but I don’t love it for Ranch Dressing. In my opinion it’s just too ‘mayo-y’ for lack of a better word.

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But Don’t Panic, Making Mayo is Super easy!

Simply put extra light olive oil (or avocado oil), room temp egg, and a little lemon juice in a narrow glass container or mason jar with a lid wide enough to accommodate an immersion blender (affiliate link). 

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Important tip: Make sure the blender touches the bottom of the jar and stays there until the last few seconds of blending. Within a few seconds you will see the mayo emulsifying.

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And, voila! Rich creamy mayo in less than a minute! For a complete Mayo Tutorial <—click!

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Now How Do We Turn That Mayo Into Ranch?

By adding herbs, spices and either a little buttermilk or if choosing the non dairy option, some blended cashews!

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Ways to Use This Dressing!

Dip my Whole 30  Home Fries, toss with the Best Chopped Chicken Salad or drizzle on Chicken Tenders!

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The Recipe: Creamy Ranch Dressing- Paleo, Keto, Whole 30

Tips and what you need: If making this recipe non dairy, allow time to soak cashews before hand. For making successful mayo it’s important that ingredients are room temperature. Some people have success using a regular blender, I have much better success using an immersion blender (affiliate link). You will need a good knife for chopping herbs.

 

5 from 3 votes
Creamy Ranch Dressing- Paleo, Whole30, Keto
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Fresh, homemade creamy ranch dressing, made in five minutes with Paleo, Whole30 and Keto options. If making this dressing dairy free, allow time to soak cashews.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade ranch dressing, kid-friendly recipes, whole30 recipes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
(If making dairy free:)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup extra light olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1-2 large room temp eggs the second is back up (if you forget to leave eggs out, place in bowl of very warm water for at least ten minutes to make room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk shake well  or use 1/2 cup cashew cream if making non dairy
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or more if you like more!
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder or more if you like more!
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon chives chopped
Instructions
If Using Cashew Cream to Make Recipe Non Dairy:
  1. Bring 1 cup water to boil, turn off heat and pour 1/2 cup cashews into hot water. Soak for 3 hours or overnight. Strain and rinse. Place into blender with a half cup of filtered water and blend until smooth. This is cashew cream. Store in fridge until ready to use (expires in 4 days)
Make the Dressing:
  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 lemon juice 
  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, move blender up and down a few times. 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.
  4. Add chopped herbs, spices and cashew cream or buttermilk and give one more quick blend to incorporate herbs and spices! Taste and make any additions needed. Ta-da!

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12 Fabulous Whole 30 Chicken Dinner Recipes!

Being on Whole 30 can change your life and your health, but it can also get a little dull unless you know how to shake it up with flavorful spices, sauces and sides. These 12 Fabulous Whole 30 Chicken Dinner Recipes are colorful, full of flavor, delicious and visually stunning!. And to keep your taste buds hopping I’ve included Italian, Thai, Portuguese, Indian, Moroccan, Grilled and good old fashioned southern chicken recipes in this collection. Each has a tasty sauce, dressing, gravy, dip or topping to keep things interesting!
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One Skillet Keto Portugese Style Chicken from Beauty and The Foodie

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Grilled Chicken With Strawberry and Arugula Salad from Cook with Me Darling

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Whole 30 Nashville Chicken Salad with Hot Mama Dressing from The Kitcheneer

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Herbed Chicken Breasts with Asparagus and Mustard Vinaigrette from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Chicken Tangine with Lemons, Dates and Apricots from Calm Eats

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One Pan Spicy Lime Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Guacamole from Cook with Me Darling

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Instant Pot Sesame Orange Chicken over Cauliflower Rice from Paleo Scaleo

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Whole 30 Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles from me, The Organic Kitchen

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Italian Chicken Meatballs and Sweet Potato Spaghetti from Strength and Sunshine

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Easy Moroccan Chicken with Cauliflower Rice from The Organic Kitchen

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Thai Green Curry Paleo Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables from What Great Grandma Ate

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Tandoori Style Chicken with Mango Chutney and Cauliflower Rice from me, The Organic Kitchen

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That About Sums It Up!

One of my favorite parts about the Whole 30 program is that it turns you into a better cook! I hope you enjoy these recipes and your Whole 30 learning experience ~ Linda Spiker

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Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp!

Last week I shared our Swiss mountain adventures and a recipe for delicious Traditional Swiss Rosti. Today we are heading into the beautiful city of Lucerne and sharing a recipe for Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp. I know, Paella is a Spanish dish, so why would I include it in a post about Switzerland? It will all make sense in a minute, I promise.
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The City of Lucerne:

The city of Lucerne is the second stop on our 2018 European vacation (see Italy here and here). Lucerne is lovely, and quite the contrast from the more rural mountain regions of Switzerland, but just as beautiful! During the day, we visited the historical sights…

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…spent time in, on, and around beautiful Lake Lucerne…

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…toured the local gardens and castles…

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…and even spent some time at local farmers markets where we had the best strawberries we have ever tasted!

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In the evenings we strolled the beautiful streets, walkied along the river…

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… and attended festivals and firework shows.

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We were surprised to see that the architecture in Lucerne is a mix of old European Brownstones, modern homes and traditional Swiss chalets. Sometimes the city of Lucerne even reminded me of New York City.

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Why Paella???

On our last night in Lucerne our family ate at a Spanish restaurant called Bolero where we enjoyed the most delicious and beautiful Paella. In my mind our trip to Switzerland will forever be linked to this classic Spanish rice dish. I decided I wanted to share a Paella dish on the blog, there’s only one problem, I have never made Paella!

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So I Enlisted a Little Help from My Spanish Daughter in Law

Being that I am from California, and not even remotely Spanish, I was a little intimidated to include a traditional Spanish paella recipe on my blog. Luckily my son is married to a beautiful girl of Spanish decent. Her name is Octavia, maiden name, Escamilla, and she just happens to know how to make a fabulous Paella. She’s also pretty easy on the eyes.

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What is Paella?:

Paella is a classic Spanish rice dish made on the cooktop, in a single pan. The Escamilla family recipe calls for rabbit and mussels, which is wonderful and adventurous but I adjusted the recipe to be a little more USA grocery store friendly by using chorizo, chicken thighs, and shrimp.

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What You Need To Know About The Rice and The Pan

Authentic Paella is made with a special rice called “Bomba”. This short-grain rice variety is grown near the village of Calasparra, Spain and is known for it’s ability to absorb large amounts of water while remaining firm. If you’re lucky, you can find Bomba in some grocery stores, I find it easier to just buy online. If you live near a Cost Plus World Market, they often carry it too. Paella is made in a Paella pan (<—this 15″ pan is non-toxic carbon steel and easy to clean) That said you can use a 15″ cast iron pan if you have one, and see how it goes. If it turns out you love Paella and want to make it frequently, you can buy the paella pan when you are ready!

Soccorat, The Secret to Fabulous Paella:

Let’s talk soccorat. Soccorat is the crispy, crunchy, caramelized rice created at the bottom of the paella pan! It’s really one of the best parts of eating Paella. To achieve that crispy goodness you stop stirring your paella and leave it untouched for roughly 20 minutes while it simmers. As the moisture is absorbed by the rice, the pan caramelizes the rice at the bottom of the pan. Take a look below. Notice the crispy soccorat? And the tender chicken, spicy chorizo and perfectly cooked shrimp. Swoon!

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The Recipe: Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp!

Tips and what you need: Paella is best if made in Paella pan (<—this 15″ pan is non-toxic, carbon steel and easy to clean). Authenic Paella is made using a short grain rice called “Bomba” (<—buy online or you may find it at Cost Plus World Market) You can usually find saffron at any grocery store but Trader Joe’s has a reasonable price. You can also click here to buy Saffron from Amazon.

5 from 16 votes
Paella Valenciana with Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A flavorful classic Spanish rice dish made in one pan! Please see notes about using Bomba rice. Cooking time will vary due to burner heat, altitude and pan used, so be sure to keep an eye on your rice. You want that crispy soccorat, but you don't want to burn it:)

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: classic recipe, easy dinner recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 threads saffron toasted
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small white or yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 8-9 oz pork chorizo no casing or casing removed
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in half
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 oz chicken broth four cups
  • 2 cups paella rice or "bomba"
  • 8 raw shrimp deveined and shelled
  • 5 artichoke hearts packed in water quartered
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 2 lemons quartered for garnish and squeezing
Instructions
  1. Prepare all ingredients
  2. Take a small piece of foil, fold into a little envelope or pouch. Place saffron inside and seal.
  3. Heat paella pan on medium heat, when pan is hot place foil pouch in pan. Heat both sides for 15 seconds, remove from heat and set aside
  4. Immediately add olive olive to hot pan, add onions, chorizo, and chicken thighs to pan, cook stirring frequently for 12 minutes
  5. Add garlic, saffron threads, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper, stir and cook, stirring for 2-3 more minutes
  6. Add chicken broth and rice, turn heat up to high, stir well and to pan bring to a boil
  7. Once boiling, turn heat to medium and let it simmer untouched and unstirred for about 20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed This is how the soccorat is created.It can be helpful to turn pan every 5 minutes to avoid hot spots. Be sure to watch and use your nose so rice doesn't burn. You want the rice at the bottom of the pan crispy but not burned
  8. Once liquid is absorbed, tuck artichoke hearts and shrimp into rice, sprinkle with diced tomatoes, cover with lid or foil (again keep an eye on the heat)
  9. Uncover, turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes
  10. Sprinkle with parsley, serve, scraping the bottom of pan to get that crispy soccorat! Add lemon wedges for squeezing. Enjoy.

 

 

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Three Super Easy Back To School Breakfast Recipes!

After a summer of late sleeping, leisurely mornings, and eating breakfast whenever the mood strikes, it can be tricky getting into that “back to school” morning routine. I remember the days of getting five kids ready for school, fed, and out the door by 7:40 am. No easy feat! That’s why I have come up with Three Super Easy Back to School Breakfast Recipes that parents and kids will love!
Recipes created in partnership with Clover Sonoma!

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Quick, Easy, Delicious and Holds Everyone Over Until Lunch

Each of the following recipes are quick (as in 3-6 minutes quick), nourishing, filling and delicious. And each includes delicious, smooth, creamy Clover Sonoma Organic yogurt! All three easy to print recipes are included below.

The Oatmeal, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit Bowl:

Warm and filling, not to mention pretty, this bowl can be enjoyed anytime of year by simply changing the fruit topping with the season! For this summer bowl I topped hearty rolled oats with Clover Sonoma Organic Blueberry Yogurt, fresh peaches and berries. But when fall rolls around, I will change it up by using Clover Sonoma’s Maple ‘Cream on Top’ Yogurt, pecans, apples and cinnamon!

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The Pineapple Almond Butter Smoothie:

Just combine Clover Sonoma Organic Vanilla ‘Cream on Top’ Yogurt, frozen pineapple, Clover milk (or your favorite milk), and almonds or almond butter into the blender and in two minutes flat you have a slightly sweet, protein rich smoothie everyone in the family will be happy to drink!

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The Simple Greek Yogurt Granola Bowl With Seasonal Fruit and Chia:

This one is so simple, but so good the kids might just want it for dessert! The perfect way to send your kids off to school and parents off to work with a belly full of antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fats.

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Why I Love Clover Sonoma Yogurt!

Besides providing absolutely delicious, creamy, dreamy yogurt and other other dairy products, Clover Sonoma is a family owned and operated business. Located in Petaluma, CA., Clover Sonoma is a 100 year old brand that prides itself on elevating dairy to new heights. They are passionate about and support animal welfare, sustainable business practices, and the local community.
● Clover was one of the first dairies in the U.S. to say no to Monsanto and the use
of the rSBT hormone. I LOVE that!
● Clover was the first dairy in the U.S. to become American Humane Certified for
the humane treatment of our cows.
● Certified as a B Corporation, Clover meets the highest standards of verified social
and environmental performance. Clover is excited to become part of the B-Corp family,
a collective of companies on the forefront of using business as a force to do good.

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Three Super Easy Back To School Breakfast Recipes!

5 from 15 votes
Three Super Easy Back To School Breakfast Recipes!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Three super easy back to school breakfast recipes parents and kids will love. Each can be made in  minutes and only one requires a little cooking!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Oatmeal, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit Bowl:
  • Desired amount and variety of oatmeal I used rolled oats
  • Desired amount and flavor of yogurt I used Clover Sonoma Blueberry Cream on Top (Suggestions---spring/strawberry, summer/blueberry, Fall/maple, winter/Vanilla)
  • Desired amount of seasonal fruit spring:strawberries/bananas/coconut. Summer: blueberries, peaches, berries. Fall: cinnamon, apples, pecans. Winter: figs, walnuts, pomegranate
The Pineapple Almond Butter Smoothie
  • 1/2 cup your favorite milk I used Clover Sonoma Whole Milk but you can use almond milk, coconut milk etc
  • 8 oz vanilla yogurt I use Clover Sonoma Vanilla Cream on Top!
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or raw almonds
The Greek Yogurt, Granola, Fruit and Chia Bowl:
  • 1 cup desired flavor of greek yogurt I used Clover Sonoma Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola of choice I used gluten free
  • Seasonal fruits Suggestions-- spring:strawberries/bananas/coconut. Summer: blueberries, peaches, berries. Fall: cinnamon, apples, pecans. Winter: figs, walnuts, pomegranate
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Instructions
The Oatmeal, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit Bowl:
  1. Cook oatmeal to package directions. Top with yogurt, seasonal fruit (see suggestions above) and favorite milk if desired
The Pineapple Almond Butter Smoothie:
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
The Greek Yogurt, Granola, Fruit and Chia Bowl:
  1. Fill bowls with greek yogurt, top with seasonal fruit (see suggestions above) sprinkle with chia seeds

 

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Traditional Swiss Rosti (Potato Fritter) ~ Whole 30

The Spiker 2018 European vacation (and recipe sharing) continues with a “Part 1” visit to Lucerne Switzerland where almost every meal includes Traditional Swiss Rosti!
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The Hills Are Alive!

We left the beautiful beaches of Italy for the incredible mountains and lakes of Switzerland. I have truly never seen a more majestic landscape. We took gondolas up to the top of Mount Pilatus…

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…and were rewarded with an unbelievable view!

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We hiked through gorges with the most beautiful ice blue rivers…

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…where we came upon spectacular bridges, mountainside sculptures and water falls!

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And Then We Ate!

The food in Switzerland was better than I expected! In Lucerne we found plenty of amazing restaurants like Garten Haus 1313 where they serve fresh, organic, family style meals that had a fresh take on traditional Swiss food. It was there that we fell in love with rosti.

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What is Rosti?

Rosti is similar to American hash browns but rosti is cooked giant pancake style, sort of like a giant potato fritter. Look at that crispy potato goodness!

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Crispy Outside, Creamy Inside!

The secret is cooking rosti is cooking the first side covered with a lid or foil until crispy, then carefully turning and cooking the second side without the lid to golden perfection! We can’t get enough of rosti. Thank you Switzerland! Be sure to come back next week for Switzerland Part Two…Paella! Yes, Paella is a Spanish dish…I’ll explain next week.

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The Recipe: Traditional Swiss Rosti!

What you need: you will need a good non stick pan, see my favorite choices in safe, non toxic, non stick pans! You will need a food processor or box grater to grate potatoes.

5 from 19 votes
Traditional Swiss Rosti!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A traditional Swiss Rosti that is Whole 30 compliant! Serve for breakfast lunch or dinner with a side of Brats! NOTE: while I love cast iron because it browns so well, you may want to use a lighter non stick pan for this recipe. At one point you have to flip the potatoes and that can be tricky in a heavy pan.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: cast iron, easy side dish recipe, Whole30 recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil butter or ghee, divided
  • 6 green onions roots trimmed, sliced (sometimes called spring onions or scallions)
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet or Yukon gold potatoes peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Trim and slice green onions, separating 1 tablespoon of greens for garnish
  2. Heat a non stick pan on med-high heat
  3. Add 1tablespoon olive oil, butter or ghee
  4. When pan is hot add all the onions except reserved garnish
  5. Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently
  6. Place onions into large bowl, don't clean pan
  7. Peel, then coaresly grate potatoes using a food processor or box grater
  8. Squeeze potatoes between paper towels to remove excess moisture (you may have to do this 2-3 times)
  9. Add potatoes to bowl with onions, stir, add sea salt and pepper, stir again
  10. Reheat pan on medium heat, adding more olive oil, butter or to coat entire bottom of pan. When pan and oil are very hot (but not smoking) add potato mixture, use spatula to form into a nice disc, pressing on the top to flatten
  11. Cook for ten minutes, covered with lid or foil, and rotating every few minutes to avoid hot spots
  12. Remove lid/foil and cook for 4-5 more minutes or until rosti is nice and golden on bottom
  13. Carefully work a spatula under the edges to loosen rosti, then place a plate over pan and using oven mitts carefully turn pan over so rosti ends up on the plate. If needed add a little more olive oil, butter or ghee to pan and slide rosti cooked side up back into pan
  14. Cook, covered for five more minutes, then uncover and cook for five more minutes or until second side is golden brown. Add more sea salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with remaining inions and serve!

 

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Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Ricotta

Hello again. Today you’ll see just how easy it is to make this simple and delicious “Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes” inspired by our trip to the beautiful white washed island of Capri, Italy!
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Our 38th Wedding Anniversary

This was our first trip to Capri. We took a boat from The Amalfi Coast to Capri for a single day excursion to celebrate our 38th anniversary…. we even had a chance to get a photo in front of the kissing arch.

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The scenery along the way was amazing, incredibly blue sea, sheer cliffs and some pretty spectacular boats! As you can see, our son made the most of it!

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The Leisurely Little Community of Anacapri:

Once we made it to dry land, we left the crowded oceanfront for Anacapri, a quiet little portion of Capri where life is a little slower paced. We strolled the streets….

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…did a little wedding shopping (our daughter got married the next week in Paris) and of course we ate!

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We enjoyed classic Caprese salad at a stunning little restaurant called La Zagarai in the middle of a lemon grove and a garden of the most amazing hydrangea!!

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Go if You Can!

Capri is so lovely. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it! I wish we could have stayed longer.

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Let’s Dish About This Dish:

Capri is known for Caprese Salad of course, but I have several Caprese recipes already on this blog here, here, and here. So today I am opting for a Caprese inspired meal of Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Ricotta!

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Gorgeous, full of flavor and so easy to make, this pasta will certainly become an ideal favorite for hot summer nights, and makes great leftovers for lunch.

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TIPS FOR COOKING PASTA:

When cooking pasta there are only a few things to remember. 1. Follow pasta box cooking instructions, they usually are right on. 2. Salt the water for flavor. 3. To keep pasta from sticking be sure to have lots of water in your pot, at least several inches above the pasta to allow room for expansion, and 4. stir frequently.

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Making This Meal Gluten Free and Just as Good!

If you live without gluten you don’t have to miss out on exceptional pasta! Jovial Foods makes the best gluten free pasta around. I am lucky enough to live by a store that carries it, but if you aren’t you can order it here!

The Recipe: Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes and Ricotta

What you need: parchment paper and rimmed cookie sheet for roasting tomatoes, a stock pot, a colander and microplane for grating garlic.

5 from 6 votes
Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A quick and easy pasta made in minutes!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta recipe, weeknight dinner
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes'
  • 2 large cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt pepper
  • 16 oz pasta any kind you wish
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Garnish optional: roasted pine nuts a sprinkle of chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place rack in upper third of oven
  2. Place a large pot of salted water on high heat. While oven and water heat place parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet, add tomatoes and minced garlic, drizzle with olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of sea salt and a few turns black pepper and toss again
  3. Place tomatoes in oven for 8-12 minutes until blistered and starting to burst
  4. While tomatoes cook, add pasta to boiling water and cook to package instructions
  5. When pasta is 'al dente' RESERVE ONE CUP PASTA WATER and then strain pasta in a colander (do not rinse)
  6. Pour pasta into a large bowl, sprinkle with a couple pinches of sea salt, add ricotta and pasta water, toss well
  7. Add tomatoes and garnish with pine nuts and basil if you wish, serve!

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Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!

We just got back from Europe. Our daughter got married in Paris so we decided to visit the Amalfi Coast of Italy as well. While there we enjoyed plenty of sun, sea and fabulous meals like this Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!
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The Amalfi Coast…Land of Beautiful Beaches, Amazing Food and Fun!

I think I was meant to be Italian. The whole Italy vibe is my jam. The weather, the beaches, the language, the pasta and salads, I love it all!

We took two boat excursions along the coast to see the sights… (Sorrento above and Positano below)

…view castles and caves…

…and play in the water to our heart’s content. (That’s me taking the plunge with the bride to be). See the second installment of our trip from the Island of Capri here <—!

After a Hard Day of Play…

…we came back to our Air BNB hungry and ready to eat but didn’t want to make anything time consuming or extravagant, so several nights we opted for a version of a salad like this: greens, creamy burrata, seasonal fruits, nuts and salty prosciutto tossed in lemon vinaigrette and drizzled with a quality balsamic glaze..

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An ‘Assembly Only’ Complete Meal Salad in Minutes!

This salad comes together super quick, making it a summer go to. It also tastes great with rotisserie chicken tossed in addition to or instead of prosciutto.

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The Recipe: Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!

Tips and what you need: a good knife, a hand held juicer and a quality balsamic glaze.

5 from 12 votes
Peach, Berry, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad!
Prep Time
8 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

Assembly only, no cooking required. And made in minutes! If desired add rotisserie chicken instead or in addition to the prosciutto.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: light recipe, no cook, weeknight dinner
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces baby spring mix
  • 1-2 ripe peaches sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 6 oz burrata cheese separated into 1-2 tablespoon chunks
  • Salted or caramelized nuts of any kind to taste
  • 10 slices prosciutto and or rotisserie chicken
  • Balsamic glaze
Instructions
  1. Whisk olive oil and lemon juice with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, set aside
  2. Place greens on a platter and toss with lemon and oil, add peaches, berries, burrata, prosciutto and nuts, drizzle with desired amount of balsamic glaze leaving it on the table for people to add as they wish. Enjoy!

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