Thursday, August 14, 2014

Easy 5 ingredient Salsa {Paleo, Sugar-Free}

This salsa is super easy and yet very tasty.  It started from our attempt to make fresh salsa when we didn't have any fresh tomatoes on hand.  Cheating a bit by using canned Organic tomatoes ended up tasting great and makes for easy 5 minute salsa any time of the year.  The bright lime juice and fresh cilantro give it great flavor and a fresh taste.  There are many more ways to enjoy this salsa than just with chips, I love this over chicken, eggs and salads, although it's great with chips too.  Enjoy!

Recipe: (Makes about 2 cups)
1 (14 oz) can Organic No salt added diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/4 cup diced red onion
the juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 teaspoon salt plus more to taste

Put all ingredients in a small but somewhat deep vessel.  I like to use my glass batter bowl or a small soup pot with tall sides.  Then pulse with an Immersion Blender about 6 times until smooth but still chunky.  If you don't have an Immersion Blender you could also use a food processor or even a blender, just pulse until you get the consistency you like.  Season to taste and enjoy!

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Chocolate Coco-Roons {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free}

So everything is better with a little chocolate right?  These are the cocoa version of my lemon coco-roons and they are super tasty as well.  When you want a sugar-free treat give these a try!  Enjoy!

Recipe (Makes 8-10)
1/3 cup finely shredded, Organic unsweeted coconut 
2 tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons Organic, Blanched Almond Flour
2 tbsp Creamy Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Organic coconut sugar
3 teaspoons cocoa powder

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Using a 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon scoop out mixture and form into balls.  Set onto a Silpat lined baking sheet then refrigerate for 1 hour and enjoy.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

No Bake Lemon Coco-Roon Cookies {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

I've been trying to recreate my hubby's favorite Raw Coco-roon cookies for awhile now and I think these fit the bill.  I'm not usually the baker in the family and these fit in line with that since they are no-bake!  If you are looking for a new cookie option, give these a try.  These use coconut sugar, which looks similar to brown sugar but has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.  The kiddos love them too.  Enjoy!

Recipe: (yields 12-14 cookies)
1 cup Organic Finely Shredded Coconut, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup Almond Meal/Flour
3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons melted Organic Coconut Oil
2 tablespoons Organic Coconut Sugar
1/4 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon good quality salt

1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl using a fork to combine.

2. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out the mixture and form it into a ball.  Roll and sprinkle with extra coconut flakes and place on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet (or have a helpful 4 year old help you).

3. Pop tray into the fridge for 1 hour to firm up then enjoy!

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Bison Burgers {Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

So how many of you have tried Bison meat?  I was in the mood to try something new and when I saw All Natural Bison meat, free of antibotics and hormones, I decided to take the plunge and try it out.  My hubby was thrilled!  The meat is super easy to prepare and doesn't need anything but a bit of salt added.  They were so tasty!  I'm not a huge beef fan and these tasted better to me.  They were a pricey special treat but one I think we'll be enjoying every now and again.  We paired them with a fresh spinach salad topped with avocado, sprouted pumpkin seeds and homemade balsamic dressing.  Enjoy!

Bison Burger Recipe: (makes 4 burgers)
1 1/4 pounds ground All Natural (preferably grass-fed) Bison (10% fat)
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Mix ground meat and salt in a bowl
2. Divide into 4 equal sized patties
3. Grill on a grill for about 5-7 minutes per side until medium well done

Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe:
3 tablespoons good quality Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl or cup and serve.  Store covered in the refrigerator.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Our Weekly Menu {Gluten Free} 05.25.14

Welcome to another weekly menu plan!  Do you plan a weekly menu?  Since we started intentionally menu planning, we are buying less, spending less, wasting less, eating out less and loving how easy our weeknight dinner preparation has been!  Here's our gluten free menu for the week.  We are loving this warmer weather and grilling outside more often.  Enjoy!

SUNDAY: Avocado-Cucumber Sushi Rolls *recipe coming soon

MONDAY: Steak Tacos with Corn Tortillas

TUESDAY: Chicken and Fresh Veggie Kabobs

WEDNESDAY: Shredded Barbecue Pork Sandwiches with Fresh Spinach Salad *recipe coming soon

THURSDAY: Turkey Meatloaf, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Fresh Steamed Broccoli

Check out all Our Weekly Menu posts for more ideas and inspiration.
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I'm linking up with Jo-Lynne's, Real Food Recipe Roundup over at Musings of a Housewife

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beef and Vegetable Stew in the Slow Cooker {Gluten Free}

Looking for a warm and hearty stew to make in the slow cooker? This one is super tasty and the kids loved it. You can also use a beef chuck roast, which I have done when they go on sale two for one at the grocery store.  Additionally, you can always add other vegetables such as carrots, parsnips or turnips.  Serve this up with some of our gluten-free biscuits on the side and enjoy!
I'm linking up with Jo-Lynne's, Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan over at Musings of a Housewife

Recipe: (serve 4 or if you use more meat up to 6)
1-1.5 pounds Beef stew meat, very lightly salted (or you can also use a beef chuck roast 1 1/2-2 pounds - no need to cube it)
2 tablespoons White Rice Flour
6-8 small (lime sized) golden or red potatoes, leave whole (half if larger)
3-4 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 white onion, sliced into large chunks - Save the other half of the onion using this trick
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, rolled gently between fingers to release the oils
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 - 6 cups water
8 oz whole, baby Bella mushrooms, rinsed
2 tablespoons white rice flour
1/3 cup water

1.  Heat a large pan over medium high heat, add beef cubes and begin to brown on all sides, about 2-3 minutes.

Sprinkle beef with about 2 tablespoons of white rice flour and flip to coat all sides and continue browning about 2-3 minutes more. We're looking for nice browning on the meat, not cooked through.
2. While meat is browning, add potatoes, celery, onion, Italian Seasoning, thyme, garlic powder and salt to the slow cooker.
3. Once meat is browned on both sides, remove from pan and add to the slow cooker on top of the vegetables.  Add about 1/2 cup of water to the hot pan and deglaze it, gently stir up all the yummy bits from the bottom of the pan.

After about 1 minute, pour the liquid from the pan over the meat.

4. Arrange mushrooms over top of the meat.  Add additional 5 - 5 1/2 cups of water, or until meat is nearly covered in water.
5.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  About 1 hour before serving, combine 2 tablespoons rice flour with about 1/3 cup of water and add mixture to the slow cooker to thicken your sauce.  Season to taste.  Serve hot with some gluten-free biscuits on the side.

{Make ahead} For those days you know you will be busy, even too busy to brown the meat for the slow cooker...Follow all the directions through number 4, place lid on the slow cooker and refrigerate overnight.  If your slow cooker does not have a silicone seal, you may want to cover it with plastic wrap before putting the lid on to prevent your fridge from smelling like onions.  The next day pull the slow cooker out of the fridge about an hour before you plan to start cooking, then turn it on and cook as per #5 above.

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