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Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

spring roll vegetable vegetarian orange gluten free paleo asian vietnamese rice paper jicama bell pepper cabbage carrotI’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.

spring roll vegetable vegetarian orange gluten free paleo asian vietnamese rice paper jicama bell pepper cabbage carrotPut your beautiful veggies on the rice paper and roll roll roll.

spring roll vegetable vegetarian orange gluten free paleo asian vietnamese rice paper jicama bell pepper cabbage carrotThe 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.

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Veggie Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 12 - 15
Ingredients
  • ****Veggie Spring Rolls****
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS:
  2. Chop all of your veggies. Set aside individually in piles or in separate bowls.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Add a little stack of shredded cabbage, carrots and 1 strip of green onion on top of the bell pepper pile.
  6. 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.
  7. Repeat process of dipping wrapper in water, filling with veggies and rolling up.
  8. DIPPING SAUCE:
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Stir the oolong tea/arrowroot starch mixture again and add to saucepan.
  12. Bring to a boil again and stir constantly. The mixture will begin to thicken and turn slightly translucent.
  13. *If mixture is not thickening enough for your preference, add a ½ teaspoon, stir until dissolved and continue boiling until mixture thickens up.
  14. Serve with a slices of avocado and a little sauce for dipping.
  15. Prepare to impress yourself with these beautiful rainbow veggie spring rolls.

 

Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole – Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole

baked mexican quinoa casserole paleo gluten free vegetarian protein bell pepper black beanI can’t say enough about this dish. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It’s so deliciously Mexican. When I got to finally taste it – it was muy bueno!!! I cannot stop eating it. It has all the flavors of a savory Mexican dish. Plus it’s paleo (if you omit the cheese), gluten free and vegetarian.

There are tons of veggies and lots of protein from the quinoa and black beans. Really filling! I didn’t miss the meat at all, I found the inspiration for this amazingly delicious dish here and made a couple of tweaks to boost up the protein level and veggie factor.

baked mexican quinoa casserole paleo gluten free vegetarian protein bell pepper black beanThis was so easy to throw together and can be eaten on it’s own with a little sour cream, in a gluten free (or regular) tortilla or taco shell or top lettuce and make a delicious Mexican salad. I added cheese on the top because my husband is not paleo and this was a good way to get him to eat this. Turns out, he LOVED it! He really really loved it.

baked mexican quinoa casserole paleo gluten free vegetarian protein bell pepper black beanYou could very easily make this vegan also by using vegan sour cream and vegan cheese. Or omit them all together. It still rocks!

baked mexican quinoa casserole paleo gluten free vegetarian protein bell pepper black bean

Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole - Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • **I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes sliced (seeds and liquid discarded, then dice remaining tomatoes) or a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes - drained
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • ¼ cup green onions (white part), reserve the green part for garnish if desired
  • 2 - 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 - 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
  • 1 - 8 ounce bag Mexican blend shredded cheese (can sub with vegan cheese that melts) Cheese is not Paleo so if you are going true Paleo, omit the cheese.
  • 1¼ Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover. Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes so that it doesn't burn. Once quinoa is done, put in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, using a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium/high heat and add garlic. Saute garlic for a minute to brown, give it a few stirs so not to burn.
  4. Add corn, bell peppers, jalapeno, cumin and chili powder to skillet and saute for 3 - 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and lime juice, saute for another 3 minutes.
  6. Once everything is sauteed, add mixture to the quinoa and combine.
  7. Add cans of black beans and onions to the quinoa mixture, combine.
  8. Pour everything in to a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  9. Top with black olives then cheese.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Serve warm.
  12. *Optional: top with a dollop of sour cream or fill a tortilla or top a bed of lettuce for a taco salad.

 

 

Delicious Paleo Seafood Paella

Delicious Paleo Seafood Paella

paleo seafood paella scallops quinoa protein fiber gluten free spanish traditional dish shrimpI love a challenge. So while I’m planning my recipes for the week I will ask the hubby if he is in the mood for any particular meal. Of course he didn’t pick something easy like salad, he picks paella. Thanks hubby. Challenge accepted.

paleo seafood paella scallops quinoa protein fiber gluten free spanish traditional dish shrimpOf course I wasn’t going to make the traditional paella that is made with rice. Since I replace rice with quinoa in my other recipes like paleo “faux” fried rice, I knew it could be done. The secret is in the spices. I found this awesome recipe on www.skinnyms.com as a great starting point.

paleo seafood paella scallops quinoa protein fiber gluten free spanish traditional dish shrimp

Since quinoa is so versatile and absorbs any seasoning or flavoring you incorporate into it, I was pretty sure this would work. Off to the laboratory (kitchen) I went.

paleo seafood paella scallops quinoa protein fiber gluten free spanish traditional dish shrimp

We used shrimp and sea scallops for the protein but by using quinoa, the protein levels gets kicked up even more! Quinoa is just so super awesome. I could eat it every day (and almost do).

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Delicious Paleo Seafood Paella
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Protein, Gluten Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 sweet vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (separated)
  • 1½ cups dry quinoa, rinse well if not using the already rinsed kind like I do
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads (optional, Tumeric)
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish paprika (can sub with regular paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • ½ cup sliced roma tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded & membrane removed, diced small
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 3 teaspoon seafood seasoning - separated (2 teaspoons and 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed
  • 1 pound sea scallops, thawed and rinsed
Instructions
  1. Before starting anything, place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning, mix it around so all of the seasoning touches everything. Place in fridge until ready to use.
  2. Start your quinoa. I use the pre-rinsed kind but if you don't, make sure to rinse your quinoa so it doesn't have any bitterness.
  3. Put 1½ cups of uncooked quinoa and 3 cups of chicken broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, add ½ teaspoon of saffron threads, spanish paprika, black pepper, a dash of salt and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 4 or 5 minutes.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, in a LARGE skillet (I used a heavy cast iron one), heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute your diced onion for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Once your onion has been sauteed add another tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, red bell pepper and tomatoes, stir and continue to saute for 3 or 4 minutes.
  6. Add quinoa, 3 cups chicken broth and bay leaf to the onion mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the other ½ teaspoon of saffron threads, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil and cover for 10 minutes.or until the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Add peas, shrimp and scallops. Sink them down into the quinoa mix so that the seafood is surrounded by the quinoa. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes while still covered.
  8. Remove bay leaf and serve.

 

Seasoned Jicama Hash with Onions and Bell Pepper – Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Seasoned Jicama Hash with Onions and Bell Pepper

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I think I may have found a new love. Don’t tell my other love quinoa but jicama is quickly making it’s way into my regular rotation. I recently made jicama fries which totally satisfy my french fry craving.

Now I have a delicious healthy hash brown recipe. If you aren’t vegan, you can top this hash with an egg for a little protein. I love this hash all by itself, it’s got so much flavor.

jicama hash potato vegan vegetable root breakfast healthy fiber potassium vitamin c

I have to give credit to this awesome seasoning recipe I found at www.healthfulpursuit.comI used their recipe as a great base for my own seasoning mixture. I made up a batch and kept it in a small mason jar to use for future recipes. I use this same exact seasoning mixture for this hash and my seasoned jicama fries. If you use lots of seasoning, double the recipe like I did.

SEASONING RECIPE:
2 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon dried ground sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
Combine seasoning ingredients in a jar with a lid and give it a good shake to mix everything up. Keep any leftover mixture for a future recipe.

jicama hash potato vegan vegetable root breakfast healthy fiber potassium vitamin cWhen you compare jicama to potatoes, you can see why I love jicama so much.

Calories per 100g: Jicama has 38, Potato has 77

Carbs: Jicama has 9 compared to potatoes 17

Fiber: Jicama has 4.9 compared to potatoes 2.2

It’s a great low carb, low calorie alternative to potatoes. It also has vitamin C and potassium so jicama gets a thumbs up in my book. While jicama doesn’t get mushy like potatoes when cooked, I don’t mind the firmness at all.

Seasoned Jicama Hash with Onions and Bell Pepper - Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cubed jicama (1 medium/large jicama will be fine)
  • 1 cup sweet vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 cup orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  • 2 teaspoon seasoning*
  • *SEASONING:
  • 2 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • (Combine seasoning ingredients in a jar with a lid and give it a good shake to mix everything up. Keep any leftover mixture for a future recipe.)
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet. Add chopped onions and saute on medium high for 4 - 5 minutes until onions are translucent.
  2. Add garlic and bell pepper, continue to saute for 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. Add another Tablespoon of coconut oil and heat until melted.
  4. Add cubed jicama and seasoning. Mix until everything is coated in seasoning and saute for 15 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes add 1 Tablespoon of water and stir. Continue to saute.
  6. After another 5 minutes add the other Tablespoon of water and stir. Continue to saute.
  7. Continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve warm.
  9. Leftovers reheat really good too.

 

 

 

 

Faux “Fried Rice” – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Faux “Fried Rice” – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoliI’ve been craving Chinese food lately but the thought of all that msg and sodium makes me dizzy. It just doesn’t seem fair that the only way to enjoy Chinese food is to throw all nutritional common sense out the window. So I told the hubby I wanted to make healthy Chinese food and his response was “can’t be done”. I love him 🙂

He doesn’t know all of the ingredients i have in my arsenal and I actually took it as a challenge. I started with a ton of veggies and got to chopping.

paleo quinoa fried rice healthy vegetable vegan cabbage pepperWhile the quinoa was cooking, I prepped my veggies. I find chopping vegetables by hand almost meditative but then I’m a little kooky so you can easily use a food processor if you aren’t a little kooky too.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoliYou can pretty much customize the ingredients. Just know that you honestly can’t put too many vegetables. I had carrots, 3 different color bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, scallions, zucchini and red cabbage. Basically everything that was in the fridge.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoli

The most time consuming part of this recipe is prepping the veggies. Because after they are chopped you just put them all in one pan with some sesame oil and stir fry on medium high, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Add the quinoa, seasoning and your done, So easy.

This is hands down, the best alternative to fat laden, sodium filled fried rice. It’s got so much flavor, is healthy as heck with all the veggies packed in it. It’s paleo, dairy free, vegan and gluten-free. C’mon, that’s friggin awesome! It’s so good in fact that I’m going to freeze a big stash of the veggies pre-diced so I can make this again in a flash. I’m already planning my next batch.

Faux Fried Rice Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan quinoa carrot mushroom pepper cabbage broccoli

This is definitely going into my meal rotation and bonus, it reheats really really good.

Paleo Faux "Fried Rice"
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • *** I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE ***
  • 1 cup uncooked, rinsed quinoa
  • 2¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1½ cup finely chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped orange bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 5 scallions chopped fine, use both the white and green parts
  • 2 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 4 Tablespoon tahini
  • 3 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or your favorite hot sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, lower to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally.
  3. Continue simmering for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking (don't forget to stir it occasionally) you can chop all of your vegetables and put them all in the same big bowl.
  5. Heat sesame oil and add chopped vegetables on a medium to high heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes or until veggies soften.
  6. Once the quinoa is cooked and vegetables are fried, mix quinoa into the vegetable mixture.
  7. Continue heating on low, stirring occasionally for 2 - 3 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk tahini, hot sauce and coconut aminos. Pour over fried rice mixture and combine thoroughly.
  9. Serve warm. The leftovers reheat really good too.

 

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