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Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes – Paleo, Gluten Free and Vegan

Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

sweet potato quinoa cake paleo gluten free vegan protein dairy free avocadoThese little beauties are so delicious! Not only are they delicious and sweet but they are paleo, gluten free and vegan too. I’m all for eating healthy but I’m also all for delicious food. Clearly, you can have both. They are filling and full of protein from the quinoa.

As soon as I stumbled across this recipe, I knew I had to make them. I made a couple of changes to suit my tastes and they came out amaze-balls!

These were really easy to put together. Make the quinoa while microwaving the sweet potatoes, then mix everything all together, form into patties, bake and done.sweet potato quinoa cake paleo gluten free vegan protein dairy free avocadoI had mine with a dollop of a deliciously creamy avocado lime dressing but you could use regular guacamole or plain because they are super tasty and delicious on their own.

sweet potato quinoa cake paleo gluten free vegan protein dairy free avocado

Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes - Paleo, Gluten Free and Vegan
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free
Serves: 12 - 15 patties
Ingredients
  • ***I ALWAYS RECOMMEND ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE***
  • SWEET POTATO CAKES:
  • 2 medium organic sweet potatoes
  • 4 or 5 organic scallions, using the white part (diced small)
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked organic quinoa
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • AVOCADO DRESSING:
  • 1 ripe organic avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon organic sesame tahini
  • juice from half of a lime
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. SWEET POTATO CAKES:
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  4. Carefully poke lots of holes with a knife in the sweet potatoes, place on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 10 minutes. Turn over and cook for another 10 minutes. Use your knife to determine if the sweet potatoes are cooked thoroughly. They should be nice and soft. If they are not quite done yet, turn them over again and cook for an additional 3 minutes at a time until they are done.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare your quinoa. Combine quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, cook for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until all of the liquid is cooked away and absorbed by the quinoa.
  6. Remove skin and place cooked sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Use a fork to mash potatoes against sides of bowl until only small chunks of potato appear. Stir in quinoa, scallions, garlic, salt and cumin, stirring to thoroughly combine ingredients.
  7. Using wet hands, shape sweet potato/quinoa mixture into palm sized patties and place on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Lightly brush each patty with olive oil.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn over, brush with olive oil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  10. AVOCADO LIME DRESSING:
  11. Combine all ingredients in a blender, I used my Nutribullet. Blend until combined. I left mine a little chunky just because that's my preference but you can blend it until it's super creamy if that's what you like.
  12. Store in a covered bowl for up to 3 days.

 

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato So I hear that it’s gloomy and cold in my hometown in the suburbs of Chicago but it sure doesn’t seem like it here in sunny Arizona where it was 81 degrees 2 days ago. On November 9th, it’s sunny and 81!! Unheard of. At least for me because I’ve lived in Illinois the majority of my adulthood.

But my internal clock tells me it’s yummy cozy slow cooker soup season for sure. I found this recipe and my mouth started watering. I loved the simple ingredients and the fact that it included couscous which makes me feel like I’m being bad and eating pasta but couscous actually has protein and fiber in it. So I’m not being super bad by eating pasta but also not being super awesome by eating quinoa, couscous is somewhere in the middle for me.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato This recipe came together so fast and easy and unlike other crock pot recipes that take 4 – 6 hours, this one only takes about 2 hours on low. A nice, easy, healthy, warm and cozy vegetarian soup just like that. And it freezes really good too.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth If you really like carrots, add more carrots, if you like more green red orange or yellow bell peppers then add more. The recipe is so simple that you can easily customize it to your particular taste.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth You can decide how much seasoning you prefer too. I like a little kick to my recipes so I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and it was perfect for me. But at the very least, the salt, pepper and oregano give a great flavor and mix really good with the flavor of the fire roasted tomatoes.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth I love having a good soup in the fridge ready to heat up. This recipe makes A LOT. I had to use my 6 quart slow cooker. But it’s so good and hearty, not to mention nutritious that the hubby and I go through it really fast. None goes to waste, that’s for sure.

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Easy Couscous Soup in the Slow Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Israeli or Pearl Couscous, NOT cooked
  • 48 ounces (6 cups) organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) organic red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 to 15 ounce can) organic diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 1 cup organic carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 organic bell pepper, finely chopped. (I used red but use whichever is your favorite)
  • 1 organic onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (grass fed or ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you like a little more zing
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in skillet and add onions, carrots and bell pepper.
  2. Continue sauteing until the onions become translucent (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add all other ingredients to the crock pot and when the vegetables are done sauteing, add them too. Stir.
  4. Set slow cooker on low for 2 hours. After 2 hours, check to see if the couscous is tender. If so, stir and turn off but let soup sit for another 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Eat and be warm and cozy.

 

Cakey Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars

Cakey Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars

paleo gluten free dairy vegetarian pumpkin bar cake

I recently moved to beautiful Arizona and in between unpacking my house and looking for work, it’s been a wonderful whirlwind of excitement and new opportunities. Lots of “firsts” here. First time in Arizona, first time living in another state as an adult and first time making these awesome paleo pumpkin crumble bars.

I found this recipe at www.beautyandthefoodie.com by Stacey. She has some awesome recipes and natural diy skincare recipes, go check her out when you get a chance.  I followed her recipe to the letter and they came out awesome!

paleo gluten free dairy vegetarian pumpkin bar cake

I admit I was skeptical when I put them in the oven and even when I took them out. They looked like they wouldn’t set up but after letting them cool completely and then putting them in the fridge for an hour as instructed – BAM – Awesome Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars.

No special skills required, just follow the directions and bake. The fanciest thing I did was sift my coconut flour. Oh, I also doubled the recipe to make a big 9 x 13 pan as I was making them for a family and not just for the hubby and I.

paleo gluten free dairy vegetarian pumpkin bar cake

They turned out really moist and cakey. I kept the leftovers in the fridge because of the low melt temp of the coconut oil. Keeping them in the fridge keeps them firmer. These are a perfect fall treat that happen to be paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and deeee-licious!

Cakey Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • CRUMBLE BARS:
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ⅓ cup organic pumpkin puree (Make sure pumpkin is the only ingredient. I bought can at Trader Joes).
  • ⅓ cup organic maple syrup
  • 3½ Tbsp unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp gluten free organic vanilla extract (can use regular vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, mixed in a separate pinch bowl (will be very fizzy at first)
  • CRUMBLY TOPPING:
  • ⅓ cup almond meal (I bought mine at Trader Joes)
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened organic coconut flakes
  • 2½ Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 350 F, and grease or oil an 8x8 pan (You can double the recipe and use a 9 x 13 pan like I did).
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine sifted coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, sea salt. Mix together thoroughly. Set aside.
  3. In a seperate large mixing bowl combine 2 beaten eggs, almond or coconut milk, pumpkin puree, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix together until combined.
  4. In a little pinch bowl, combine the baking soda and apple cider vinegar, let fizz. Once it stops fizzing, add it to the egg mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add coconut flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Pour and spread batter into greased 8 x 8 pan, and set aside. It will be very watery but don't worry.
  7. In a small mixing bowl combine all the crumble topping ingredients, adding them melted coconut oil last. Use a fork to mix topping until a paste forms.
  8. Take the crumble topping and scatter chunks of crumble topping all over the top of the pumpkin batter in the pan.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 28 to 30 minutes or until top is browned, and toothpick or knife comes out of center clean. I baked my 9 x 13 pan for 28 minutes.
  10. Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for one hour or longer (this sets the pumpkin layer).
  11. Cut into bars and serve.

 

 

Easy Peazy “Cheesy” Chickpea and Kale Sauté – Vegan, Gluten Free and Paleo

Easy Peazy “Cheesy” Chickpea and Kale Sauté

nutritional yeast cheese dairy free paleo vegan gluten free coconut oil lemon garlic ginger fiber calcium proteinThis is my first recipe in our new house in Fountain Hills, AZ! I’m so excited. So what better way to celebrate than with some KALE! But seriously, I made this recipe because it was so super easy. Not only easy but DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN and PALEO! Plus calcium, protein and fiber.

What makes it so cheesy is the nutritional yeast. I use Bragg Nutritional Yeast. I found mine at Vitamin Shoppe but Amazon has it too. I use it to make Baked Cheesy Kale Chips too. If you don’t know about nutritional yeast, I use it as a substitute for cheesy flavor. It’s tangy like a sharp cheese and melts up pretty good. I even shake it on my popcorn.

nutritional yeast cheese dairy free paleo vegan gluten free coconut oil lemon garlic ginger fiber calcium proteinI found this recipe at www.fannetasticfood.com, made a couple of tweaks and bam, yummy cheesy chickpea kale salad!

The directions are so easy peazy. Put everything in a saute pan, saute for 5 – 10 minutes and serve warm or cold

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I cooked mine for a good 10 minutes because I like my cooked kale really soft but if you still like a little crunch, 5 minutes worked good.

nutritional yeast cheese dairy free paleo vegan gluten free coconut oil lemon garlic ginger fiber calcium protein

Easy Peazy "Cheesy" Chickpea and Kale Sauté - Vegan, Gluten Free and Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Ingredients
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups fresh kale, stems removed and leaves torn into little pieces
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a saute pan, cook on medium for 5 to 10 minutes. 5 minutes for a crunchier kale, 10 minutes for a softer kale.
  2. Serve warm or cold.
  3. See, I told you it was easy peazy :)

 

 

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.