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Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganA friend of mine posted this recipe and I immediately knew I was going to make it in the very near future. Well, today was that day. I was craving something sweet but healthy. This totally did it for me. I just changed a couple of ingredients but I’m sure the original recipe is just as fantastic.

This sweet filling treat is also dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan and has loads of protein. Hullo!! Next variation will be made with cocoa powder so it resembles coco wheats!! Add some strawberries to that and whoa nelly, you’ve got a chocolate covered strawberry superstar!! Sorry, I’m usually one recipe ahead of myself. Back to this delicious recipe….

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganLets run down the ingredient line up here and you’ll see why I’m so jacked up about this treat.

  • The 1/2 cup of pumpkin has 3.5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of protein
  • The quinoa has 6 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. 12!!
  • The 2 tablespoons of flax seed has almost 6 grams of fiber and almost 4 grams of protein

Getting excited yet? That’s not even the best part. It’s DUH-LICIOUS!

Plus it’s super easy. You are heating stuff up and stirring it. So exercise your stirring hand and make this deliciously filling healthy treat!

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo vegan

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • **USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed and drained (I use the pre-rinsed brand)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
  • 1 cup coconut milk (in addition to the 1½ cups listed above)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. You want your mixture to thicken up like oatmeal.
  4. Once mixture is thickened up, remove from heat and stir in flax seed.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. I topped mine with coconut milk, sweetened shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

 

Next up is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Quinoa Dessert. I’m so excited 🙂 Enjoy!

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerA friend recently went to Vegas and was talking up a coconut curry scallop dish they had at the Bellagio. Well then all I could think about was coconut curry scallops so I needed to try out a recipe and see how things went.

I found this recipe on line that had ingredients I could tweak to make it paleo and gluten free. It was unbelievably easy to do. Just a couple of small tweaks is all you need sometimes. Which goes to show that very few recipes can be off limits to you if you just know what to substitute. The taste is the same, just better ingredients,

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerTo make this recipe really easy as far as steps go, I chopped everything I needed first. This took about 10 minutes. It went fast. I put all the ingredients in their own little piles so I’d be ready for them in a snap. This dish cooked up in a little over 30 minutes and you’ll look like a kitchen ninja 🙂

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerNext I made the sauce. All I did was put in all the ingredients called for. No fancy schmancy crap, easy like weezy. While the sauce is simmering, salt and pepper the scallops.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerAfter sauce has been cookin’, add your thawed scallops. Cook scallops about 3 minutes on each side. To test doneness, cut one open and make sure it’s white, not opaque. You don’t want to overcook the scallops though, they can get rubbery.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerI made some jasmine rice to go with the scallops so if you do that, start it as soon as you start chopping the ingredients because the rice takes about 35 minutes. You could also use brown rice or quinoa, whatever floats your boat.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerLook at you cookin’ delicious healthy thai food. You friggin’ rock!

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime ginger

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice - Paleo, Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound large scallops
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 2 large limes
  • 2 Tablespoons minced or grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (I used sriracha)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional: ¼ cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Chop all your veggies and herbs first.
  2. Finely grate zest from one of your limes. Using the remainder of the lime, squeeze 2 Tablespoons. Cut second lime into wedges for garnish.
  3. Heat coconut oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped shallots, carrots and minced ginger; saute until shallots are tender and carrots soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in curry paste, sriracha, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime peel zest and 2 Tablespoons lime juice. Simmer gently, stirring often for about 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle scallops with a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Add scallops to curry sauce.
  6. Return heat to a gentle simmer and cook just until scallops are opaque in center, 5 to 6 minutes.
  7. Gently stir in cilantro and basil.
  8. Serve over your favorite rice. I used jasmine but you could use brown rice or even quinoa.
  9. Garnish with sliced limes.
  10. Optional: sprinkle with chopped peanuts

Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa

brussel sprouts ginger walnut quinoa paleo gluten free vegetarian I know, I  know brussels sprouts aren’t everyone’s bag but I LURVVVVV them. There, I said it. That felt good. I like em plain with some ghee (butter) or fancy schmancy like this easy recipe.

I went to Sunday morning outdoor yoga this morning, took a beautiful walk with my doggie friend Truman then came home and whipped up this bad boy. I was actually craving brussels sprouts if you can believe it.

First I just trimmed up a pound of fresh organic sprouts and rinsed them really good and grated a little fresh ginger. While I was trimming up the sprouts and grating my ginger, I toasted the walnuts. By the time the nuts were nice and fragrant, my sprouts and ginger were ready for the pan. I’m all about multi-tasking. Note to self: next time I make this I’m going to chop up the brussels sprouts into smaller pieces. No reason in particular, I just like smaller pieces.

brussel sprouts ginger walnut quinoa paleo gluten free vegetarian After the nuts toasted up nicely, I set them aside and heated up the coconut oil in the same pan. Then I added the brussels sprouts and ginger. Stirring frequently, I sauteed the sprouts until lightly browned.

brussel sprouts ginger walnut quinoa paleo gluten free vegetarian

Next I added the remaining ingredients except for the walnuts. Sauteed on low for 5 – 10 minutes until the liquid cooked off and thickened up coating everything.

brussel sprouts ginger walnut quinoa paleo gluten free vegetarian Lastly, toss in your walnuts and give it a gentle stir. After making these, maybe you’ll crave brussels sprouts too because these ain’t your grandmas brussels sprouts. I love the mix of textures from the crunchy walnuts and quinoa. These would be great to bring for a holiday dinner or pot luck too.

brussel sprouts ginger walnut quinoa paleo gluten free vegetarian

Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • *********I ALWAYS RECOMMEND ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE************
  • 1 lb. fresh brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved or smaller, whatever your preference)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa (I used a pre-cooked quinoa from Trader Joes but you can make your own too)
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or more if you like a lot of heat)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
Instructions
  1. If making your own quinoa, start cooking it first and by the time you need it, it will be finished. But if you are using pre-cooked quinoa like I did from Trader Joes, just heat it in the microwave and set aside until needed.
  2. In a dry skillet, toast walnuts on medium heat. Stir often and toast for about 5 minutes until nice and fragrant. (While the walnuts are toasting, you can trim and wash your brussels sprouts and grate your ginger.)
  3. In the same pan that you used for the walnuts, heat coconut oil, add brussels sprounts and ginger on medium-high heat. Brown brussels sprouts slightly (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (including quinoa) except for the walnuts.
  5. Saute on low for 5 - 10 minutes. You want to cook off most of the liquid and thicken it up so that the sauce coats everything nicely.
  6. Stir in toasted walnuts and toss gently.
  7. Serve :)

 

Easy Greek Lemon Chicken with Olives and Artichoke Hearts – Paleo, Gluten Free, Low Carb

Easy Greek Lemon Chicken with Olives and Artichoke Hearts

green chicken lemon artichoke tomato paleo gluten free low carb When I say this recipe is easy, I really really mean it. Not only is it easy but its paleo, gluten free and low carb. Not to mention, delicious.

green chicken lemon artichoke tomato paleo gluten free low carb I found this recipe at Beauty and the Foodie, a great food blog that I found recently. Check it out if you get a chance. I made a couple of changes to their recipe like using boneless chicken breasts and kalamata olives for example.

Start to finish, this delicious Greek chicken bake took less than an hour. And it really could not have been easier. Serve topped with some crumbled feta if that’s your thang or some lemon slices for some extra zing. Yum-may!

green chicken lemon artichoke tomato paleo gluten free low carb

Easy Greek Lemon Chicken with Olives and Artichoke Hearts - Paleo, Gluten Free, Low Carb
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Low Carb
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • **********I ALWAYS RECOMMEND ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE*******
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken
  • 1 - 10 ounce package grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, canned
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • *Optional: crumbled feta cheese for topping
  • *Optional: lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into large pieces. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic and olive oil. Stir gently until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour mixture over chicken evenly.
  5. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes. Check at 35 minutes. Slice the largest piece of chicken to see if it is cooked thoroughly. If not, put back in oven for another 5 minutes and check again.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, serve and spoon a little of the lemon juices over the top.

 

 

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing – Paleo, Gluten Free

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinFull disclosure, when I was asked to make this for the family I cook for, I expected to just make it, serve it but definitely not fall in love with it. I’ve never been a seared ahi tuna type of girl. I’d have the occasional tuna sushi but had never tried a seared ahi tuna salad.

But while I was making this super easy yet gorgeous salad, I tried a piece because it actually looked really good. One bite and I was sold. I wasn’t a raw tuna fan but all that has changed after tasting this beautiful delicious salad.

This was so easy too and what a presentation. I bought the most beautiful ahi tuna steaks at Sprouts for under $7 a pound. I purchased 4 tuna steaks which was about 2 pounds but that will feed 4. One tuna steak per person is all you need for this gorgeous salad which is approximately $3.50 per person for a salad you would pay over $10 for at a restaurant.

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinI lightly seasoned each steak on both sides with a little salt and pepper, heated up some toasted sesame oil and seared for 1 minute on each side. That’s it, 1 minute!

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinI sliced up my beautiful tuna into approximately 2 inch pieces and placed them on top a bed of baby greens from Trader Joes.

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free proteinThe dressing was super easy to whip up too. I managed to make this masterpiece in under 30 minutes from start to finish, from unwrapping the packaging to laying it out all pretty on a plate. That’s it!

seared ahi tuna salad citrus ginger dressing paleo gluten free protein

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 1 pound ahi tuna steak (1 pound will feed 2 people)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 6 - 8 ounces of mixed baby greens
  • 1 cup shaved carrots - about 4 carrots (I used my vegetable peeler to shave them)
  • 3 green onions (use the green stems diced up small)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (sliced to use as a garnish and to squeeze over salad for extra lemon flavor)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • CITRUS GINGER DRESSING:
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 1½ Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
Instructions
  1. DRESSING:
  2. Make your dressing first so all of the ingredients can get well acquainted while you are searing the tuna.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until honey dissolves and everything is well blended. Set aside.
  4. SALAD:
  5. Start by getting your orange and mango together. Peel and section the orange. You can run a small knife under the clear outer casing of each orange segment and gently peel it off revealing the raw orange segment, set aside.
  6. Peel and slice small chunks of mango, set aside.
  7. Peel and using your vegetable peeler, shave a cup of carrots, set aside.
  8. Peel and slice avocado, set aside.
  9. Place lettuce on your favorite plates and sprinkle with orange segments, mango chunks and shredded carrots.
  10. Place avocado slices along the side of salad as a garnish along with a couple of lemon slices.
  11. TUNA:
  12. If your steaks are large, you can cut it in half. Each piece should be about the size of your hand from wrist to tip of fingers.
  13. Heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium/high heat.
  14. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of each tuna steak.
  15. Once oil is hot, place tuna steaks in pan and let sear for about a minute on each side. If you prefer your tuna cooked longer, then go right ahead and let your freak flag fly and cook it longer.
  16. Once seared to your preference, cut warm tuna into slices and lay atop of your lettuce.
  17. Give your dressing another whisk and drizzle over each salad.
  18. High five yourself!