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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

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup with Red Lentils – Vegan, Gluten Free

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup with Red Lentils – Vegan, Gluten Free

butternut squash coconut curry soup red lentil gluten free vegan carrotMost likely you are very cold right now since it’s been a brutal winter in the Midwest and East Coast. I’m in sunny warm Arizona enjoying my first ever warm winter season so I pretty much feel like I won the lottery at this point. What better way to celebrate than making soup? Ok, I’m slightly lame but here’s is yummy soup anyway.

I love every single flavor of this soup. I love all of these flavors separately but when combined are rich, creamy and really hearty. Plus it’s vegan and gluten free.

This soup is super fast and easy, freezes and reheats really well. First saute your veggies for a few minutes…

butternut squash coconut curry soup red lentil gluten free vegan carrotThen add all remaining ingredients and simmer…

butternut squash coconut curry soup red lentil gluten free vegan carrotThe last step is to puree. Boo-yah! Enjoy this nutritiously decadent creamy soup.

butternut squash coconut curry soup red lentil gluten free vegan carrotI used to be apprehensive about cutting squash. I used to worry I’d lose a digit or worse. I looked up some videos on youtube.com and picked up some great tips and tricks. Here’s a  video for cutting a butternut squash that was super helpful. The second part of the video is where she shows how to peel it. Easy peazy, I’m a pro now. 

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup with Red Lentils - Vegan, Gluten Free
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten Free, Soup
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • *** I ALWAYS RECOMMEND ORGANICS WHENEVER AVAILABLE ***
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup red lentils or ¾ cup for a thicker soup
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 can reduced-fat coconut milk
  • **Optional: shredded coconut for garnish**
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil on medium/high heat in a large saucepan and add squash and carrots. Let sear for a couple of minutes, stir and let sear again for a couple of minutes.
  2. Stir in curry and turmeric, cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour in in lentils, vegetable stock and coconut milk. Stir to combine thoroughly and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 15 - 18 minutes or until everything is tender. Stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn't scorch.
  5. Using a food processor (I used a Vitamix), puree until as smooth as desired.
  6. Serve warm. Can garnish with shredded coconut flakes.
  7. This soup freezes and reheats very well.

 

 

Dairy Free Chocolate Milk Whipped Fruit Dip

Dairy Free Chocolate Milk Whipped Fruit Dip

dairy free chocolate milk fruit dip coconut cocoa vanilla maple syrupRight now my house is being torn apart because we are in the process of moving from Illinois to Arizona. As you can imagine, any comforts at all are welcome. I was in the mood for some comforting earlier but it had to meet my current criteria. Easy (super easy), Simple (same as easy but I can’t stress it enough) and CHOCOLATE!

dairy free chocolate milk fruit dip coconut cocoa vanilla maple syrupImagine my joy when I found this recipe at TheNourishingGourmet.com. If you haven’t been there, go. Go today! I frequently find myself browsing Kimi’s simple delicious recipes.

I did add 2 steps to this recipe. 1. I placed the can of organic full fat coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours. I do that because when the can is chilled it creates a thick creamy coconut “cream” at the top of the can. I figured it would help thicken up the whipped dip.
2. I put the whipped dip in the freezer for 1 hour after running it through my Nutribullet (or blender) to let it thicken up even more. Then I whisked it in a frenzy for a minute and served it with fresh cut fruit.

But if you have one of those whipped cream canister maker things, you can use that and the dip will whip up much thicker but my husband and I loved this just as it is.

dairy free chocolate milk fruit dip coconut cocoa vanilla maple syrupI chose to use maple syrup as opposed to the other options of honey or stevia drops but it’s nice that there is an option depending on what you have in your kitchen. The honey would make the recipe non-vegan though.

I’m so excited about this stuff. I’ve got my strawberries ready and waiting. I’m thinking of seeing if fudgesicles might be in my future. Ooo with some strawberry pieces, yes yes!!!

p.s. Hubby tried it and said “you’ve done it again”. That means he liked it in hubby language 🙂

Dairy Free Chocolate Milk Whipped Dip
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
Ingredients
  • 1 - 14 oz can of full fat, unsweetened coconut milk. Keep the can in the fridge for at least a few hours prior to making so that some coconut milk gets thick at the top of the can.
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup OR ¼ cup raw honey OR around 5 to 10 drops of stevia extract - to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten-free, if needed)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. I used a Nutribullet. Blend for 2 - 3 minutes or until blended very well and almost fluffy.
  2. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
  3. Whisk quickly for about a minute.
  4. Serve with your favorite dipping fruits. Strawberries, sliced bananas, raspberries, apple slices, pears, etc.

 

 

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla “Rice” Pudding – Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla “Rice” Pudding

Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan

creamy dreamy vanilla rice pudding steel cut oats gluten free paleo vegan dessert protein fiberGot a sweet tooth, love rice pudding? Oh my gawd have I got a treat for you. My hubby’s favorite sweet indulgence is rice pudding for sure. But we don’t eat rice, bread or pasta so he rarely gets to indulge. Til now!!!

The skies opened up and birds starting signing when I found this recipe at healthyfoodforliving.com. 5 ingredients and gluten free, paleo, dairy free and vegan. I felt like I found a $20 bill in my pocket or something. But could it be true? Oh it’s true. Instead of rice, it calls for STEEL CUT OATS.

creamy dreamy vanilla rice pudding steel cut oats gluten free paleo vegan dessert protein fiberThis recipe is deliciously sweet, thick, creamy, dreamy, amaze-balls, totally rice pudding-like. It’s hard to believe something so good is gluten free, paleo, dairy free and vegan.

If you aren’t willing to try things, you’ll never know how good they are. Not only good tasting but good for you.

Steel cut oats are gluten free naturally. The difference between steel cut oats and “gluten free” steel cut oats is the plant in which they are handled. The gluten free version certifies that is handled in a fully gluten free environment whereas the other regular kind is handled at a plant that also handles things that contain gluten so there may be some cross over. So if you are gluten “sensitive”, the regular kind should be fine but if you are gluten “intolerant”, go for the gluten free. I personally use the gluten free version and I am not sensitive nor intolerant, I just choose gluten free.

I wanted to add that this recipe has 10 grams of protein (from the almond milk and steel cut oats) and 4 grams of fiber but I didn’t want you to think I was making stuff up because it all sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?

5 ingredients, protein and fiber. You’ve got nothing to lose, try it!

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla "Rice" Pudding - Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Breakfast, Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1½ cups full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, coconut milk, almond milk, and coconut sugar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Slice down the length of the vanilla bean and carefully scrape out the vanilla bean seeds and add them and the remaining vanilla bean to the saucepan.
  3. Bring ingredients to a boil, reduce heat to VERY low and simmer, stirring often so not to scorch it, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. The mixture was very watery at first but started to thicken up slowly and then very quickly towards the end of the 30 minutes so make sure you are watching the pot and stirring constantly at this point because it can scorch very easily.
  5. Remove pudding from heat and let sit for 3 - 5 minutes, it will thicken up even more.
  6. Discard vanilla beans and serve warm.
  7. I've eaten it cold. It was just as delicious, just thicker. You can reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus with Quinoa

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus with Quinoa

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus quinoa paleo vegan gluten free side dish proteinI opened the fridge and realized I hadn’t made anything with the asparagus I’d bought recently. I remembered a recipe I came across recently and remembered the words “thai” and “coconut” but not much else. That was enough for me though. The light bulb went off and I started gathering ingredients like Edward Scissorhands trimming a hedge lol.

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus quinoa paleo vegan gluten free side dish protein

I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but of course I was hoping for the best. It had so many of my favorite foods and flavors so how could it not kick ass?

Thankfully, it kicked ass! So much so that I walked away for a few minutes and when I came back to the kitchen, half of it was gone. Hubby owed up and said “I ate it, it was really good!” That’s the best compliment of all. He even requested I make it again this week.

Red Pepper Thai Coconut Asparagus with Quinoa
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ - 2 cups chopped asparagus (about 1 inch pieces)
  • ½ sweet yellow onion, diced small
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa (you'll use the coconut milk to cook the quinoa instead of water)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk + 1 tablespoon, separated
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes + a pinch, separated
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • big pinch of curry powder
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, prepare quinoa. Combine uncooked quinoa with 1 cup of coconut milk. Bring to a boil then reduce to a very low simmer, add teaspoon of red pepper flakes, stir and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If after 10 minutes there is still liquid left in the pan, uncover pan and let the liquid cook off.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat coconut oil in a medium skillet and add onion. Saute on medium for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add paprika, curry powder and salt/pepper, stir.
  4. Add asparagus and combine everything in the skillet. Continue to saute on medium for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add cooked quinoa to onion/asparagus mixture plus 1 tablespoon of coconut milk and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook until the coconut milk is cooked off.
  6. Serve.