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Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash fiber coconut milk Parmesan cheese healthy low carb

We are still here in gorgeous South Dakota. Yesterday we went to Mount Rushmore and marveled at this piece of Americana. Pictures definitely don’t do it justice.

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Then we¬†went on some gorgeous nature drives through Custer State Park. We stopped off at the grocery store first to and pick up a bag of apples and carrots because we were told there would be wild burros that we could feed. What we didn’t like is that we were told that people feed them crackers and cookies. CRACKERS AND COOKIES? Well we couldn’t have that so we got them some healthy snacks. Of course we did ūüôā

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Happy Burros ūüôā

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After a long day of seeing incredible views we were hungry. We stopped off in a little town called Keystone, SD. I really wanted to find something to eat that I couldn’t find at home and I did. (I apologize in advance to the vegan/vegetarian souls.) I had bison ribs. If I do eat meat, I choose bison because it is very lean and has a lot less fat. Of course I was offered the typical potato side dish and bread of which I turned both down. But, this recipe for Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash would have gone PERFECT. It’s a healthy comfort food side!

I do love mashed potatoes but don’t love the actual potato so much. Not because they aren’t delicious but I don’t love the starch content and that they metabolize as sugar in the gut. They are high on the glycemic index which is the method in which to measure how certain foods spike blood sugar and insulin levels.

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash fiber coconut milk Parmesan cheese healthy low carb

But you¬†don’t need to give up the creamy garlic mashed potato flavor. Simple substitutions make all the difference in terms of creating a healthy side that is gluten free, full of fiber, protein, good fats, low-calorie and low in carbs.

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash fiber coconut milk Parmesan cheese healthy low carb

Since cheese isn’t included on the paleo or vegan diet, you can omit the cheese or use nutritional yeast instead and make this true paleo and vegan.

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Creamy Garlic Avocado Cauliflower Mash
 
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Recipe type: Low-carb, Low-fat, Paleo, Vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped (the white part)
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped (the green part)
  • 3 Tablespoon full fat coconut milk
  • 3 Tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and boil in a large pot for 15 minutes until very tender.
  2. Drain cauliflower and using a potato masher, mash cauliflower until there are no more lumps. You could also put it in a food processor if you like. I just used a masher.
  3. In a large bowl combine mashed cauliflower and all other ingredients.
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions.
  5. Serve warm. Reheat in the microwave if necessary.

 

 

 

Healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

Four ingredients (5 if you count the ice cubes) and super chocolaty rich. Hubby’s wicked sweet tooth totally approves of these. He puts his¬†in the freezer for an hour to eat with¬†a spoon or sometimes as¬†popsicles. It just depends on his mood.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

In the summer I like to keep different organic fruits in the freezer (Target usually has them the cheapest around me) and keep a few cans of organic coconut milk in the pantry¬†(usually Trader Joe’s brand). That way I’ve already got 1/2 of the ingredients I use in my smoothies, frosty treats and popsicles.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie - Dairy-Free,
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (I used canned Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries, pitted and no sugar added
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 - 10 ice cubes
  • Optional: 1 packet of organic stevia
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender. I used a Nutribullet.
  2. You can drink it as is or put it in the freezer for an hour and you have a chocolate cherry slushie that you can eat with a spoon.
  3. *If you like your treats really really sweet, you can stir in a packet of stevia. Depends on your taste buds.

 

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo

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Blueberries are such a glorious fruit. Of all the fruits, berries are my favorite. They are full of antioxidants, fiber and are just so darn pretty. Combine with flax seed for a fiber rich, filling, delicious smoothie.

blueberry muffin smoothie dairy-free vegan paleo fiber antioxidant breakfast Dairy-free, vegan and paleo. A healthy way to start the day or a delicious dessert treat. I was in the mood for a super sweet smoothie so I added 1 packet of organic stevia, stirred it in and it was perfect. That being said, this smoothie was already pretty sweet made without it.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie - Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ¬ĺ cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • Optional: 1 packet stevia
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Nutribullet) and combine until smooth.
  2. If you find that the smoothie is not sweet enough for your taste, just stir in a packet of stevia.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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Rich and Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Rich and Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

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If I served you this pudding you would be telling me how yummy, creamy and chocolaty it is in between mouthfuls. Then when I told you what the magic ingredient is you might unfriend me for lying to you. But I swear it’s the truth.

Rich Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dairy Free

Want to know? Keep reading only if you promise not to call me a liar.

Rich Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dairy Free

AVOCADO! Seriously, AVOCADO! 

When I first read the ingredients I honestly was going to make it expecting to say “do not fall for this”.

But gosh darnit to all heck, this was SO good! Excuse my language. It’s rich, chocolaty, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan optional – if you are into that sort of thing.¬†Quick and easy to make so why not just give it a try.

Rich and Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado, ripe
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey (can sub with agave nectar)
  • 6 Tablespoons almond milk (unsweetened or sweetened )
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube avocado and put all ingredients into a blender (I used my Nurtribullet).
  2. Blend until good and creamy.
  3. Serve, eat and smile.

 

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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

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I love Chinese food but eating healthy and Chinese food don’t always go together. I’ve posted¬†a couple of great paleo Chinese dishes like my paleo¬†orange chicken¬†and paleo faux fried rice¬†which I make on a regular basis so this dish will feel right at home.

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

I found this great recipe, made a few minor tweaks, grabbed some butter lettuce and I was a happy Bunny. Nommy nom nom.

Even better was that the¬†main cooking time of this dish goes on in the¬†slow cooker but it’s the quickest slow cooker recipe I’ve made. What sped it up was the few minutes of sauteing the chicken. A few minutes saved a few hours in the slow cooker so that was cool.

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

My hubby is usually my taste tester and I knew he loved this recipe because after he had eaten this 2 times he asked if there was any more left. The first time he had it he ate it warmed but then he started eating it on organic pita bread cold like it was a fancy chicken salad.

 { I always use organics whenever available }

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups - Paleo, Gluten-Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (can sub with coconut oil)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (white parts and green parts separated)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (I used the kind from a jar)
  • 2 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ tsp dried ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce or gluten free tamari)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup cashews
Instructions
  1. In a bag, combine the black pepper and flour. Add the chicken and give the bag a good shaking to the chicken is coated in the flour.
  2. In a skillet, heat the ghee and cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side on medium-high heat.
  3. In a bowl, combine all other ingredients (except for the green parts of the onion and cashews)
  4. Put the chicken and sauce into a slow cooker. Stir in the cashews.
  5. Cook on low for 2⅓ - 3 hours.
  6. Serve in butter lettuce cups and sprinkle with the green parts of the onion or on top of my paleo faux fried rice (see link to recipe in body of posting).

 

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