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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
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)
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.
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.)
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.
Add the remaining ingredients (including quinoa) except for the walnuts.
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.
Easy Greek Lemon Chicken with Olives and Artichoke Hearts
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.
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!
Easy Greek Lemon Chicken with Olives and Artichoke Hearts - Paleo, Gluten Free, Low Carb
Full 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.
I 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!
I sliced up my beautiful tuna into approximately 2 inch pieces and placed them on top a bed of baby greens from Trader Joes.
The 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!
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 lemon (sliced to use as a garnish and to squeeze over salad for extra lemon flavor)
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
Make your dressing first so all of the ingredients can get well acquainted while you are searing the tuna.
In a medium bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until honey dissolves and everything is well blended. Set aside.
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.
Peel and slice small chunks of mango, set aside.
Peel and using your vegetable peeler, shave a cup of carrots, set aside.
Peel and slice avocado, set aside.
Place lettuce on your favorite plates and sprinkle with orange segments, mango chunks and shredded carrots.
Place avocado slices along the side of salad as a garnish along with a couple of lemon slices.
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.
Heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium/high heat.
Generously sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of each tuna steak.
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.
Once seared to your preference, cut warm tuna into slices and lay atop of your lettuce.
Give your dressing another whisk and drizzle over each salad.
Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
I’ve never seen a more beautiful spring roll. It’s like a rainbow on a plate. They are almost a shame to eat. But one bite and you’ll get over it.
Just chop a bunch of fresh veggies and make the sauce.
Put your beautiful veggies on the rice paper and roll roll roll.
The sauce is super easy to make and amazing. It’s a tangy sweet and spicy sauce that makes the veggie flavors explode in your mouth. Love these beyond belief. Not to mention, you’ll totally impress your family and friends with these pretty little veggie rolls.
Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan
1 large red bell pepper, sliced into 3″ long strips
1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced into 3″ long strips
¼ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced into 3″ long shreds
3 small scallions, green part thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, shredded (I just used a vegetable peeler)
1 small jicama, sliced into 3" long strips
1 avocado, ripe but firm, halved and peeled, then cut into thin slices lengthwise
12 - 15 spring roll wrappers
****Sweet & Sour Orange Oolong Sauce****
zest of 1 orange
⅓ cup fresh orange juice (1-2 oranges)
½ cup oolong tea, strongly steeped then cooled to room temperature
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp raw honey
2 tsp coconut aminos (can sub with low sodium soy sauce)
1 tsp minced garlic
½ tsp Sriracha hot sauce
few drops sesame oil
1 Tbsp arrowroot starch (if sauce needs thickening, add more starch a ½ teaspoon at a time until thickness is as desired)
VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS:
Chop all of your veggies. Set aside individually in piles or in separate bowls.
Fill a large pie pan or deep, large bowl with a couple of inches of warm water. Submerge a spring roll wrapper and sink into water until completely covered, wait for it to soften for about 10 seconds, then place the sheet on a clean work surface like a cutting board.
Lay 2 strips each of red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper and 1 stick of jicama in the lower ⅓ section of each sheet, towards the center.
Add a little stack of shredded cabbage, carrots and 1 strip of green onion on top of the bell pepper pile.
Roll up spring roll half way, fold right and left sides of the wrapper in towards the center of the roll. Continue rolling upwards (away from you) until you get a completed roll.
Repeat process of dipping wrapper in water, filling with veggies and rolling up.
Steep a bag of oolong tea for 6 to 7 minutes. Let cool. Once cool, add arrowroot starch and stir until dissolved in the tea. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine remaining sauce ingredients. Heat on medium and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil for a minute. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Stir the oolong tea/arrowroot starch mixture again and add to saucepan.
Bring to a boil again and stir constantly. The mixture will begin to thicken and turn slightly translucent.
*If mixture is not thickening enough for your preference, add a ½ teaspoon, stir until dissolved and continue boiling until mixture thickens up.
Serve with a slices of avocado and a little sauce for dipping.
Prepare to impress yourself with these beautiful rainbow veggie spring rolls.
This vegetarian bake is so simple yet so tasty. A great dish for Meatless Monday or to enjoy a low fat comfort food. You can serve this either as a main dish or a side dish.
This recipe is from an amazing cook book called True Food. This is one of my absolute favorite cookbooks. I followed the directions to a T but ended up adding more zucchini and more onions than called for. I like my meals chock full of veggies.
The steps were very easy. First poke holes in your spaghetti squash and microwave for 10 – 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. When the outside is soft enough to poke a knife easily into, she’s done.
While your squash is cooking, you can caramelize the onions. Easy peazy. Just slice em, heat some oil and saute on medium for about 25 minutes until nice and browned up and soft. I ended up making way more onions than the recipe called so I could use them for other recipes like to top my veggies burgers with.
While your onions are cooking and spaghetti squash is cooling, shred your zucchini. Make sure to squeeze out the water. I use doubled up paper towels and squeeze out the water and repeat 3 times to make sure I got out as much water as possible. Otherwise your bake will come out on the watery side.
Then just mix everything together including the tomato sauce but not the cheese and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
Once it’s baked, crank up the stove to broil. Top your veggies with cheeses and broil for 3 minutes. The top should be nice and browned.
All done and all yum! I could easily eat the whole pan. The leftovers are even better tasting!
Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Parmesan Bake - Gluten Free, Vegetarian
1 small sweet onion, sliced thin (about a ½ cup cooked)
2 or 3 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed to remove water
1 cup tomato sauce
¼ cup grated parmasen
4 ounces shredded mozzarella
1 - 2 olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Poke holes all over the spaghetti squash, place a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 12 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes. Once done, remove from microwave and let cool before cutting. Once cooled enough to handle, slice in half lengthwise. I find it easier to slice if I cut off the hard knob first. Once sliced, discard seeds and rake the "spaghetti" with a fork. Place "spaghetti" in a large bowl.
While the squash is cooking, prepare the caramelized onions. In a large pan, heat oil and add sliced onions. Cook on medium/high, stirring frequently for 20 - 25 minutes or until nice and browned.
While onions are cooking, shred zucchini with skin on. Squeeze out as much water as possible.
Once onions are done, combine all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl and combine thoroughly. I used my hands to make sure everything was mixed well.
Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
Remove baking dish from oven and crank it up to broil.
Once oven is at broil temperature, top mixture with cheese, put back in oven for 2 - 3 minutes (watching carefully) until golden brown.
Let cool for 5 - 10 minutes before serving as it will be blazing hot.