Italian Caprese Salad

Italian Caprese Salad

Italian Caprese Salad

-5mins

The Goods:

1 hot house tomato

1 buffalo mozzarella ball

A drizzle of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

½ tsp of dried oregano

A pinch of salt

A bit of love

The Steps:

Core the tomato with a knife.

Slice the tomato and mozzarella into thin circular pieces and place on plate(mozza on top of tomato).

Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with the oregano and a pinch of salt.

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GF and V Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

GF and V Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

GF and V Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

-approx 30-40mins

The Goods:

2 cups GF oat flour

1 cup GF flour (Pamela’s)

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tbsp ground cinnamon

4 ripe bananas - mashed

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1 cup maple syrup (the real stuff)

1 tsp vanilla extract

vegan chocolate chips – the more the merrier

a bit of love

The Steps:

Preheat your oven to 350deg. Use paper towel and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper.

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and in another bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, syrup, EVOO, ACV and vanilla.

Combine wet and dry ingredients then fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour into your loaf pan (9”). Bake for 30 minutes, until toothpick/fork comes out clean/dry.

Let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes.

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Fruit Parfait (Keto)

Fruit Parfait (Keto)

Fruit Parfait

-5mins + 8hrs

-serves 2

The Goods:

2 cups of organic blueberries

1 can coconut cream

3-4 drops of liquid stevia

Cinnamon

A bit of love

The Steps:

Keep your can of coconut cream in the fridge overnight.

Put blueberries in the bottom of 2 cups/bowls. Whip the coconut cream and stevia in a blender or food processor. Pour over blueberries and top with a pinch of cinnamon.

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GF Chocolate Maple Glazed Doughnuts

GF Chocolate Maple Glazed Doughnuts

GF Chocolate Maple Glazed Doughnuts

-approx 30mins

-makes 12

The Goods:

Doughnut:

1 ½ cups GF flour (Pamela’s)

1 heaping tbsp raw cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk warmed

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup (the real stuff)

1 tsp vanilla extract

a bit of love

Glaze:

1 tbsp ghee

1/3 cup maple syrup

The Steps:

Preheat your oven to 350deg. Use paper towel and grease 2 doughnut pans (12 doughnuts worth) with coconut oil.

In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk the ghee and maple syrup together. Remove from heat and let cool.

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and in another bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla.

Whisk the wet and dry ingredients together and pour into doughnut pans with a ladle.

Bake for 18 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before turning upside-down onto a baking sheet. Let cool another 10 minutes. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze and let dry. These are so cute.

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*If your coconut oil is solid melt first in bowl before adding other wet ingredients to it

Buffalo Chicken and Squash Casserole

Buffalo Chicken and Squash Casserole

Buffalo Chicken and Squash Casserole

-from a famous paleo recipe

-serves 6

-approx 1hr 30mins

The Goods:

1lb ground chicken

1 medium spaghetti squash

1 large carrot diced

3 celery stalks diced

½ a yellow onion diced

1 red pepper diced

1 tsp sea salt

¾ cup hot sauce

¼ cup organic mayonnaise

3 tbsp coconut oil

3 eggs whisked

a bit of love

The Steps:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Place the squash cut-side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until the skin softens. Then cool for 5 mins.

Set the oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 12-inch rectangular glass baking dish with 1 tbsp of the coconut oil.

In a large pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 2 tbsp coconut oil. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the ground chicken and salt and cook until no more pink is visible.

Remove the pan from heat, add the hot sauce, mayo and whisked eggs. Remove the seeds from the squash, and then use a fork to remove the squash and add to pan. Stir up all ingredients and place them in the baking dish.

Bake for 1 hour or until the top is crispy. #yumaste

Keto Krackers

Keto Krackers

Keto Krackers

-approx 30-40 mins

The Goods:

2 cups ground flaxseed

1 cup water

1 tbsp dried rosemary

1 tsp sea salt

A bit of love

The Steps:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients in to dough.

Spread the dough out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet keeping your hands wet with water so they do not stick to the dough(approx 1/8-1/4” thickness).

Cut the dough into squares before putting in the oven.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until crisp and edges are brown.

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Grass-fed Steak and Blue Cheese Salad

Grass-fed Steak and Blue Cheese Salad

Grass-fed Steak and Blue Cheese Salad

-15mins

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-serves 2

The Goods:

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

EVOO

1lb grass-fed steak cut into strips/chunks

Salt and pepper

1 6oz bag of chopped and washed romaine lettuce

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced or shredded carrots

A bit of love

The Steps:

In a small bowl mix ½ cup EVOO and ½ cup blue cheese and set aside for dressing.

Get two plates and put lettuce on them followed by the carrots, celery and the blue cheese dressing.

In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp EVOO over med-high heat. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and sear the steak for 2-3mins per side depending on how you like your steak cooked(this gave me medium steak). Place cooked steak on the salad and top with the rest of the blue cheese.

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Sweet Meat bowl

Sweet Meat bowl

Sweet Meat bowl

-makes 4 servings

-approx 50mins with prep

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The Goods:

1 tbsp EVOO

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 package of ground Turkey(1 lbs)

1 medium sweet potato cut into ½” cubes

½ cup chopped pancetta or bacon

1 small onion chopped

2 green apples

1 cup vegetable stock

3 cups of chopped brussel sprouts

2 tsp of thyme (fresh or dry)

1 tsp cinnamon

a bit of love

The Steps:

Heat EVOO in a large pan over med-high.

Add turkey, salt and pepper. Once cooked through, put turkey(5-10mins) on a plate lined with paper towel.

In the same pan cook the pancetta on med-low until a bit crispy(5-10mins). Place on a plate lined with paper towel leaving a tbsp of bacon fat in pan.

Put the heat back up to med-high and cook onions, brussel sprouts and sweet potato until onions get translucent(5-10mins).

Add apples, thyme, cinnamon and cook for 1 min.

Add ½ cup broth, let it boil and evaporate (2mins). Add the turkey and remaining broth and cook until heated through.

Stir in pancetta and serve.

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*EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oi

Organic Guacamole

Organic Guacamole

Organic Guacamole

-10mins

The Goods:

3 large avocados

½ cup diced tomatoes

½ cup diced red onion

1 tbsp diced fresh cilantro

1 serrano chili diced with seeds removed

1 tsp salt

Juice of ½ a lime

A bit of love

The Steps:

Mix all ingredients up in a medium size bowl using a fork to mash up the avocado. Make it as chunky as you like.

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Ketogenic Pizzzzzzzza

Ketogenic Pizzzzzzzza

Keto Pizza

-approx 1hr

The Goods:

1.5lbs riced cauliflower (buy already riced at Trader Joe’s/Costco/Kroger)

3 tbsp ground flax/chia

6 tbsp water

¾ cup almond flour

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp dried oregano

Drizzle of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Your favorite pizza toppings(tomato sauce, shredded mozza, pepperoni, veg, etc. Keep it keto with low carb toppings such as peppers, meat, mushrooms, and greens).

A bit of love

The Steps:

If you did not find pre-riced cauliflower, buy 2 heads and pulse in your blender or food processor to get riced cauliflower.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place riced cauliflower in pot, cover it in water, bring to a boil and cook for 5mins.

In a small bowl stir together the flax/chia and water and let stand for 5mins(this makes a vegan egg mixture – can sub for 1 beaten egg).

Once cooked, strain rice and let cool. Once cool place in the center of a tea towel and squeeze out the water.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients into dough.

Spread the dough out over a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a drizzle of EVOO (make sure there are no holes and the ideal thickness is ¼”).

Bake for 30mins until golden on top and dry to touch. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and flip to bake on the other side for another 10-15mins(the longer you bake the more likely you will be able to eat this pizza with your hands!).

Once golden and dry, dress with a drizzle of EVOO and all of your desired pizza toppings.

Bake for another 10mins or until cheese is bubbling.

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-idea taken from Detoxinista, original recipe can be found here: http://detoxinista.com/2014/02/vegan-cauliflower-pizza-crust/

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Crispy Cod Salad

Crispy Cod Salad

Crispy Cod Salad

-serves 1

-30mins

The Goods:

2 cups spinach

½ cup diced bell pepper

1 cup shredded carrots

salad dressing of your choice

Cod filet

1 egg

1/3 cup almond flour and ground flax

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp cayenne pepper

a bit of love

The Steps:

Prepare spinach, peppers and carrots on a plate. Whisk the egg in a shallow bowl. Place flour and spices in another bowl. Soak your cod in the egg then dip in the flour bowl until covered. Place on a baking sheet drizzled with oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 mins. Top the salad with your dressing and your cod filet. #yumaste

Zia's GF Apple Bundt Cake

Zia's GF Apple Bundt Cake

Zia’s GF Apple Bundt Cake

-approx 1hr

The Goods:

2 1/2 cups peeled and diced apples

3 cups GF flour (Pamela’s)

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 cup coconut sugar

¾ cup coconut oil

3 eggs

½ cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 cup maple syrup (the real stuff)

1 tsp vanilla

a bit of love

The Steps:

Preheat your oven to 350deg. Use paper towel and grease a bundt cake pan with coconut oil.

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and in another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and apples.

Pour into bundt pan.

Bake for 50 minutes, until toothpick/fork comes out clean/dry.

Let cool for 30 minutes before turning upside-down onto a dish. Let cool another 10-15 minutes.

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*If your coconut oil is solid melt first in bowl before adding other wet ingredients to it

Is your flatware clean?

Is your flatware clean?

Have you ever thought about how the plates that you put your food on can contaminate your meal?

If you are going to eat clean, consider eating on clean plates too.

I recently purchased new plates and got rid of my old ones. It took some online research and some shopping around. From what I read, glass is the best material to put your food on so I went with Corelle plates. Corelle plates are locally made in the United States. They consist of 3 layers of glass that are chip resistant and microwave safe. As a bonus they stack well and take up little room in my cupboard.

Here are some tips when shopping for plates:

-avoid plates containing plastic, lead and cadmium

-stay away from colourful plates – these colours can contain lead

-if you see some flatware you love but are not sure if the material is safe, do some research online about your specific brand of plate or call the company and see if they can help you