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Sweet and Savory Stir-Fried Baby Eggplant

Sweet and Savory Stir-Fried Baby Eggplant

sweet savory baby mini eggplant stir fried onion honey turmeric vegetarian paleo gluten free I was super excited to find miniature eggplants at my local Sprouts store. Baby eggplants, aka Indian eggplants, aren’t as bitter as the large ones and their skins are much thinner so they don’t require prepping to cut the bitterness.

sweet savory baby mini eggplant stir fried onion honey turmeric vegetarian paleo gluten free

I love eggplant not only for it’s nutritional value (fat free, low calorie, has fiber and even a gram of protein per mini eggplant) but they adapt to whatever spices and seasoning you are using. Not to mention they are paleo, vegetarian and gluten-free,

sweet savory baby mini eggplant stir fried onion honey turmeric vegetarian paleo gluten free

I didn’t have a recipe in mind when I bought them this time. Kind of like when you buy a pair of shoes and then go searching for the outfit to match. Luckily I found a simple recipe in the True Food cookbook. It turned out way better than I imagined it would. I could seriously eat the whole thing in one sitting.

This recipe is sweet and savory at the same time. The combination of the turmeric, onion, honey and soy sauce is heaven. To ensure the recipe is paleo and gluten free,

sweet savory baby mini eggplant stir fried onion honey turmeric vegetarian paleo gluten free

I used coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. I always use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce in any recipe. It tastes the same, measures the same and cooks the same. It’s healthier and paleo.

sweet savory baby mini eggplant stir fried onion honey turmeric vegetarian paleo gluten free

You can top your veggie burger, serve on top of quinoa or brown rice, top a chicken breast or eat alone. You’ll wish you had made a double batch.sweet savory baby mini eggplant stir fried onion honey turmeric vegetarian paleo gluten free

Sweet and Savory Stir-Fried Baby Eggplant
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Glute-Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 or 4 cups of miniature eggplants sliced into ⅛ to ¼ inch rings (about 1 or 1½ lbs of eggplant)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 2½ Tablespoons coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
  • 1½ Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1½ Tablespoons coconut oil (can sub with olive oil)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk coconut aminos, honey, turmeric and 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  2. Heat coconut oil on medium-high heat until hot.
  3. Once oil is hot, add eggplant and sliced onions. Let veggies sear without stirring for a minute or two.
  4. Once seared for a minute or two, add half of the turmeric-honey mixture and toss everything with a wooden spatula for 3 - 5 minutes. Add the other half of the turmeric-honey mixture and continue tossing until both eggplant and onion are soft and tender.
  5. Serve warm as a side or on top of some quinoa, brown rice, a veggie burger or chicken breast.

 

 

 

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad – Paleo

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad protein fiber paleoI love when I can use all my leftover ingredients in another delicious recipe. It’s like a mini kitchen challenge to me. I had some leftover kale from my Easy Peazy “Cheesy” Chickpea and Kale Sauté and I had finally unpacked all of my dry goods so I was like a kid in a candy store. No really, cooking makes me that happy 🙂

Not only does kale make me do a happy dance but wheat berries do to! I love these little chewy nutty berries. They have protein, fiber, are rich in vitamins B1 and B3; and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and selenium. I buy mine from the bulk section at Whole Foods or Sprouts. I even made a Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad with them that turned out amaze-balls.

Ok so I combined my love of kale, wheat berries and coconut. Turned the protein factor up a notch and added some bite size pieces of chicken. You can actually omit the chicken if you wanted to make this salad vegan. You still get protein from the kale, wheat berries and a little from the coconut. Adding the chicken makes this a meal for me as opposed to a side.

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad protein fiber paleo

The only thing about wheat berries is that they require a little planning. I soak mine overnight in water then when I’m ready to use them the next day I cook them for an hour on the stove. Some people don’t soak overnight and cook theirs for 2 hours on the stove. I’ve done it both ways and they both work but I prefer soaking because I feel like berries get plumper by soaking. But it could just all be in my head, who knows. Wheat berries are worth the extra step in my opinion, I love them.

You can time this recipe very easily if you just follow the simple instructions. If you have pre-soaked your berries you will drain them, put them in a medium saucepan and cover with water about an inch above the berries. Heat to a low boil for an hour. But…1/2 into the boiling you can start the rest of the recipe and everything should come together at the same time.

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad protein fiber paleo

Warm Chicken Kale Coconut Wheat Berry Salad - Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Protein
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. chicken breast (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 4 cups kale (washed, stems removed and leaves torn into little bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I used large flakes)
  • ½ cup wheat berries that have been pre-soaked overnight
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce but it will not be a paleo recipe then)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (for cooking chicken)
  • 1 tsp dark sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ground ginger powder
  • pinch of salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook soaked wheat berries in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil, cook for 1 hour adding a little water if it boils away. 30 minutes into cooking the wheat berries, start the rest of the recipe in the order below.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk olive oil, sesame oil and coconut aminos. Remove 2 Tbsp of mixture and set aside to use at the end of the recipe.
  4. Add kale and coconut flakes to olive oil mixture and combine so that the kale is covered. I used my hands and massaged the oil into everything.
  5. Place kale/coconut now covered in olive oil mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Toss kale/coconut and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. While the kale is cooking, saute the chicken.
  7. In a large saute pan, add chicken, 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, ground ginger and salt/pepper. Saute until chicken is slightly browned all over.
  8. At this time, everything should close to being done all together, give or take a minute or two.
  9. Once all of your ingredients are prepared (wheat berries, kale/coconut and chicken), combine everything into a big bowl and top with the 2 Tbsp of the olive oil mixture you reserved.
  10. Toss everything and serve.
  11. Store leftovers in a covered bowl in the fridge and reheat as needed. It reheats really good so it can be made ahead of time.

 

 

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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