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! here for the recipe!

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. here for the recipe!

Friday, August 8, 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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Thursday, August 7, 2014

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. here for the recipe!

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