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Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

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I might be one of the strangest people you know because I actually crave brussel sprouts. I didn’t like them when I was little but ever since I started on my journey to be healthier and subsequently losing 100 pounds, I love all kinds of vegetables.

Since cutting out processed foods and exploring new ones, my taste buds have changed. It sounds weird but I taste things differently now. Sweets are now way too sweet, sours too sour and salty too salty. One thing that changed in the opposite direction was that I now like spicy foods a lot more than before. Just a curious observation I guess.

Roasting these teeny tiny cabbages brings out the flavor and softens them up without making them mushy. It’s so quick and easy. If you were so inclined, you could even mix in a 1/4 cup of cooked crumbled bacon in the recipe.

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shaved brussel sprouts (either purchase pre-shaved or use a food processor for a few pulses)
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (can sub with lemon juice)
  • dash salt/pepper
  • *Optional: ¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place brussel sprouts in 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all other ingredients, whisk until combined.
  4. Pour over brussel sprouts and mix thoroughly using your hands for best coverage.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once.
  6. Stir in bacon crumbles now if using.
  7. Serve with a little dollop of ghee or grass fed butter.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana

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What immediately came to mind when I took my first bite was “you touch my banana and I will cut you”.  I felt like a kid at a carnival eating this thing because it’s so gooey chocolaty decadent, no one has to know it’s paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free or healthy.

I made a little tinfoil boat for my banana to sit in while in the oven so it didn’t tip over and spill all the friggin yumminess out all over the place.

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If you have a sweet tooth and I know you do (don’t lie), you need this banana concoction in your life and more importantly, in your mouth. I cannot wait to get home from yoga tonight and devour one of these. I have 2 bananas left and if hubby plays his cards right, I might make him one because I’m certainly not going to share 🙂

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{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dessert, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy or chunky, it doesn't matter)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Optional: Any type of nut, I used walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Slice a little valley down the center of your banana. I used a butter knife and made 3 long slices and dug out the valley with the knife.
  3. In a small bowl mix the almond butter, cocoa powder and coconut flakes until combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into the banana valley.
  5. Top with the optional nuts.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a little more coconut flakes.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Eat and thank goodness you found this recipe :)

 

 

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Protein Packed Breakfast – Quinoa Spinach Egg Breakfast

Protein Packed Breakfast – Quinoa Spinach Egg Breakfast 

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I love breakfast any time of the day so when I got home from yoga today I needed some protein stat. If you don’t know my addiction to quinoa, you haven’t been paying attention. It’s delicious and packed with essential proteins which always gets a thumbs up in my recipe book.

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I went a little freestyle today and ended with a protein PACKED meal that not only has protein from the quinoa and eggs but calcium and fiber from the spinach. It was as easy as making scrambled eggs.

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{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Protein Packed Breakfast - Quinoa Spinach Egg Breakfast
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Protein, Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup uncooked quinoa
  • ¾ cup vegetable or chicken broth to cook the quinoa in but you can use water. The broth just gives it extra flavor.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh spinach packed loosely (could use kale too)
  • ½ tablespoon ghee (can use coconut oil or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced OR 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (can use any kind of unsweetened milk)
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. QUINOA:
  2. In a small saucepan put ¼ cup quinoa and ¾ cup broth or water, bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling lower to a simmer and while stirring occasionally, simmer for about 10 minutes. If you need to add more liquid, add a tablespoon at a time.
  4. EGG:
  5. In a small skillet, melt ghee and saute the garlic or onion for a minute on medium heat.
  6. In a separate medium bowl whisk eggs, almond milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  7. Place spinach in skillet and heat on low until completely wilted, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once spinach is cooked, pour in egg mixture.
  9. Combine egg mixture with spinach and cook like you would scrambled eggs by continually stirring until the eggs are cooked thoroughly.
  10. Once eggs are done add cooked quinoa and combine.
  11. **Optional: top with a little cheese (this will make it non-paleo)**

 

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Paleo Thai Curry Coconut Shrimp

Paleo Thai Curry Coconut Shrimp

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3 of my favorite things…Thai, Coconut and Shrimp! Ok, 4 of my favorite things, it’s also Paleo.

This shiz is so friggin good. It is well worth the steps.

I found this recipe at PaleOMG.com and was feeling adventurous. I really thought it would be harder but the instructions were laid out so well that they turned out PERFECT. Not just perfect, more like impressive. Just take it one step at a time.

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There were definitely some pats on the back with this one. This is one of those recipes you’ll want to pull out for company because your guests will think you went to cooking school or something. These little shrimps may be little but they are far from little on taste. So much flavor in this combination of ingredients.

I was really proud how well this turned out. I’ve not had a lot of good luck with “breading” in paleo recipes but this one nailed it. I liked it so much in fact that all the shrimp pictured was gone in 2 days and I’ve already purchased another pound of shrimp to do it all over again. It’s THAT good.

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Serving suggestion: serve with a sweet chili sauce dipping sauce, a squirt of lime, a drizzle of honey, or on a bed of quinoa vegetable fried rice

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Paleo Thai Curry Coconut Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb uncooked, deveined shrimp, peeled
  • 3 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 egg whites, whisked
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. You will need 3 bowls.
  2. bowl for the egg whites that you will whisk until foamy.
  3. bowl for a mixture of coconut flour, 2 tablespoons curry powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt, pepper.
  4. The third bowl has the unsweetened shredded coconut.
  5. Keep a plate at the end of the bowls for the coated shrimps.
  6. Put the bowls in this order, raw shrimp, egg whites, coconut flour/spice mixture, shredded coconut and a plate.
  7. Now it's time to coat the shrimp. First, dip the shrimp in the egg, then coat with the coconut flour/spice mixture, then finish off coating with the shredded coconut (press shrimp down into shredded coconut, it will stick better), place on plate.
  8. Once all the shrimp is coated, heat a large skillet and heat the coconut oil on medium. Add the garlic and mix in.
  9. Once the garlic starts to become fragrant, add sriracha, 1 tablespoon curry powder and coconut milk. Heat on medium until mixture starts to thicken up, should take a minute or two. Once thickened up and bubbly, add shrimp.
  10. Cook shrimp on each side on medium/high until browned. Should take about 4 - 5 minutes per side.
  11. Remove shrimp from oil with slotted spoon and lay on a layer of paper towels on a plate to soak up more of the oil.
  12. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I used a sweet chili sauce but honey or a squirt of lime juice is delicious too.
  13. These also reheat really good. Just pop them in the microwave and eat up.

 

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