Monthly Archives: June 2015

Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini Noodles:

*   I am so excited. I received my Kitchen Aid Spiralizer attachment in the mail on Friday, and was making zucchini noodles by Friday night. Yay for wedding present gift cards! Yes, I just said I was making zucchini noodles on a Friday night, haha. You can tell I love to cook. Really, I was just getting some one-on-one time with my husband, who is leaving for his summer law internship on Sunday. Little did he know we would be making zucchini noodles.

I am going to really praise Kitchen Aid here because their spiralizer attachment is SO EASY to use! All I had to do was peel my zucchini, pop them into the attachment, turn my Kitchen Aid to the lowest speed, and it was making perfect noodles from zucchini! After making a bowl full of noodles with my Kitchen Aid (used 6 zucchini), I followed the steps below. After following these steps, my noodles tasted better than regular noodles, without the added gluten, carbs, or other unhealthy ingredients. What a way to eat a plate full of veggies without even knowing it! If you have kids or a husband, I can guarantee you will fool them as well!

Ingredients:

-6 organic zucchini, peeled

-4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

*Optional for sauce…

-1/2 cup lite coconut milk (Trader Joe’s brand preferred)

-1 jar Bove’s Basil All Natural Pasta Sauce (found at Publix)

-3 Tbsp. minced garlic

-1/2 chopped white onion

-2 tbsp. turmeric

-1 tbsp. red pepper flakes

-2 tsp. black pepper

-1 cup cooked ground meat of choice

Method:

  1. First I made a large mixing bowl full of my zucchini noodles using the Kitchen Aid spiralizer attachment (ordered mine from Sur La Table online).
  2. Preheat oven to 200F.
  3. Stir in 4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt to coat the zucchini noodles.
  4. Cover 2 baking sheets with 3 layers of paper towels and spread noodles over the paper towels.
  5. Pop the noodles in the oven for 30 minutes. This makes your zucchini noodles al dente (more firm and true pasta-noodle in texture rather than mushy). This step sweats the noodles to draw out some of the moisture.
  6. Remove noodles from the oven and pat down with more paper towels, if needed.
  7. *Optional but recommended…place your noodles in a colander or steamer basket with a plate or pot underneath to catch any remaining liquid from the noodles. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  8. The next day, you can store your noodles in Tupperware for five days.
  9. You can then add your noodles to whatever sauce you choose in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes before serving.

P.S.- For the sauce seen the picture, see steps below. The meat in the sauce is ground chicken burgers I had leftover in the fridge, but ground turkey, venison, or beef would work as well.

  1. Sautee 3 Tbsp. minced garlic with ½ chopped white onion for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add 1 jar of Bove’s Basil All Natural Pasta Sauce (it’s Paleo, found at Publix, and great way to cheat and make easy pasta sauce).
  3. Add ½ cup lite canned coconut milk, 2 tbsp. turmeric, 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes, 2 tsp. black pepper.
  4. Add your meat and stir well.
  5. Allow your sauce to simmer for 5 minutes, then add your zucchini noodles and simmer for another 10 minutes. *Optional…you can also add in veggies such as cooked broccoli florets chopped and black olives. I had both from previous leftovers and added them in and it was great!
  6. Serve in pasta bowls and enjoy!!!
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Wedding…May 16, 2015.

Photo Jun 18, 9 57 00 PMPhoto Jun 17, 10 28 43 PM Photo Jun 18, 9 55 05 PMPhoto Jun 18, 9 55 28 PMPhoto Jun 18, 8 56 21 PMPhoto Jun 18, 9 56 06 PMThis post has nothing to do with my recipes, but does give you a little peak into my life on May 16, 2015. Our wedding was beyond everything I had dreamed of, hoped for, and more. I am SO blessed to be sharing my life with this amazing man. Not to sound corney, but he really is my rock. And our wonderful families are amazing. We are not perfect, but we feel SO blessed for this day and everyone who made it possible.

Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce:

(Makes 2 ½ to 3 cups)

*I actually came up with the pineapple BBQ sauce, trying to think of a versatile sauce that could be used for the Mahi Mahi I grilled that night. It turned out perfectly as a sauce for my fish, and as the PERFECT BBQ sauce for anything wanting a sauce! This BBQ sauce can be used as a pizza sauce (anyone for paleo BBQ chicken pizza?), dipping sauce (especially with my paleo chicken fingers), rib sauce, BBQ chicken, sauce for Kabobs, or even a salad dressing! Also today is Father’s DayJ. I am dedicating this BBQ sauce to my Dad. I would be making this for him for a BBQ, if we were able to be together today!

Ingredients:

-1 Tbsp. reduced sodium Worcestershire

-1 Tbsp. unsulfured blackstrap Molasses

-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

-¼ tsp. ground cumin

-1 ½ tsp. black pepper

-1 bottle of organic ketchup (about 3 cups)

-1/4 cup water

-1 Tbsp. honey

-2 tsp. onion powder

-1 tsp. organic Dijon mustard

-¾ cup pineapple (trust me…its GOOD)

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend well in a blender or Vitamix. Transfer to a pot on the stovetop and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with its lid (otherwise it will pop up all over the place and say “hello” in a messy way). Turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the sauce to thicken, and the flavors to marry. Let cool.
  2. Serve immediately or store in a closed jar for up to two weeks! Enjoy!

Paleo Plantain Bagels!

Allergy Free, Paleo, Healthy Home-Made Bagels/Buns:

I have been a little sidetracked since April, due to my wedding in May followed by our honeymoon. The wedding was AMAZING. Now I am back in graduate school and back to work. To make up for my lack of posting lately, I am posting one of my most creative, innovative recipes I have been waiting to share at the right time. These bagels are absolutely delicious. They can be halved, and topped with cashew cheese and sea salt, and toasted. They are also wonderful topped with my home-made strawberry preserves/jam (see recipe on my website posted tomorrow). They are also delicious by themselves! Best of all, they are the healthiest bagel you can imagine. Full of healthy carbs your body can readily digest, do not cause blood sugar spikes, and can even be frozen to store for later! To all with food allergies or diets that prevent you from enjoying bagels, you’re welcome. No more bagel cravings. No more eating bagels with guilt attached. Period. As long as you have this bagel recipe.

P.S.-I usually give myself a block of time to make these as they take a little longer than most of my recipes. However they are really fun to make! The process kinda makes you feel like a gastronomist!

Yields 6 to 8 bagels or buns

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. honey

6 ripe plantains (Publix actually carries them!)

1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

2 eggs

2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. yeast

2/3 cup cashew milk (Silk Cashew Milk used)

2 tsp. coconut palm sugar (or other organic sugar)

½ cup arrowroot flour

½ tsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. baking powder

3 Tbsp. flaxseed meal

For topping:

Sprinkle of poppy seeds

Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt (or other sea salt)

Sprinkle of garlic powder

1 egg white mixed with 1 Tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice your plantains and place in a food processor with the 3 Tbsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, and 1 tsp. salt. Puree until smooth and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Warm 2/3 cup cashew milk to 120 degrees (about 1 minutes and 15 seconds in the microwave) and place in a small mixing bowl. Whisk in your 2 Tbsp. yeast, 2 tsp. sugar, and set aside to let bubble.
  3. In the meantime, add your 3 Tbsp. flaxseed meal, ½ tsp. baking soda, 1 Tbsp. baking powder, and 1 tsp. salt to your large bowl of plantain puree and mix well. Then add your ½ cup of arrowroot powder, mix well with a wooden spoon, and set aside.
  4. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.
  5. Check on your yeast to make sure it is bubbly and fluffy looking and add to a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment. Start to mix on medium speed, add in your 2 eggs, then add in additional arrowroot powder as needed until the dough looks like extremely thick pancake batter. Continue to mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  6. Grab a bagel pan (if making bagels) or a baking pan lined with parchment paper (if making buns) and lay out. Then spoon your batter into a large plastic Ziploc bag and seal shut. Cut off a small corner of the bag and pipe the batter through the hole in a circular motion around the holes of the bagel pan (of making buns simply do the same on parchment paper, but without the hole in the middle-just make fist-wide mounds).

*The bagel pan here is key if you’re making bagels, as the batter is not thick enough to completely hold the shape of a large thick bagel. The mold of the pan will help keep the base of the bagel thick.

  1. Then place your bagel pan in the 200 degree F oven, turn off the heat, and allow the dough to rise in the warm oven for 50 minutes.
  2. After 45 minutes, place a small to medium sized pot of water with a dash of salt on the stove and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove your bagels or buns from the oven and carefully place each bagel or bun into the boiling water for 20 seconds and no longer on each side with a slotted spoon and return to the pan.
  4. Preheat your over to 375 degrees F.
  5. Brush the tops of your bagels or buns with a mixture of 1 egg white and 1 Tbsp. water. Then sprinkle poppy seeds, Himalayan sea salt, and garlic powder on top on each bagel or bun. Place bagels back to the 375 degree F oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until the tops are golden and crispy looking. If you take your bagels out and the tops are not fairly hard and crisp, place back in the oven for a few minutes.
  6. Take bagels out of the oven and let sit for 30 minutes on a cooling rack and then ENJOY!

Slice in half and use in place of a hamburger bun or slice in half, toast for a few minutes, and smear with fresh fruit preserves or my cashew chive cream cheese (see post!).

*These may also be frozen for later if you want to double your batch!