30-Minute Immune-Boosting Mushroom Soup

November 8th, 2018 | no comments

I just can’t get enough of soup this time of year, and mushroom is one of my favorites because of its earthy flavor and hearty nature. While some don’t prefer the chewiness of cooked mushrooms, I LIVE for it! 🙂

Mushrooms have some serious bragging rights too. They are full of B-vitamins, trace minerals, and vitamin D, and also serve to boost the immune system. Think of this soup as not just a meal, but a potion to help keep colds and flu bugs at bay.

I altered this recipe (just a tad) from bitesofwellness.com and served it with a beautiful arugula salad topped with pulled rotisserie chicken, goat cheese, chopped veggies, and alfalfa sprouts. Talk about filling! It’s one of those meals that nourishes to the core. I’ve said it before, your body gets satiated from nutrients, not calories. This soup is a testament to that fact.

30-Minute Immune-Boosting Mushroom Soup is vegan and both gluten and dairy-free, so it can be enjoyed by the entire family! If you aren’t a mushroom fan or if the mushrooms are simply too much for you to handle in the sliced form, try dicing them up into itty-bitty pieces and see how that works for you. 

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30-Minute Immune-Boosting Mushroom Soup
Mushrooms have some serious bragging rights. They are full of B-vitamins, trace minerals, and vitamin D, and also serve to boost the immune system. Think of this soup as not just a meal, but a potion to help keep colds and flu bugs at bay. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, diced
  • 16 oz. sliced white button mushrooms
  • 16 oz. sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 15 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed To remove leaves, hold each stalk at the top and run your fingers down the length. Leaves will slide right off!
  • 2 bay leaves, dried
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 16 oz. vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot starch/flour I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 16 oz. unsweetened coconut or cashew milk
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, diced
  • 16 oz. sliced white button mushrooms
  • 16 oz. sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 15 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed To remove leaves, hold each stalk at the top and run your fingers down the length. Leaves will slide right off!
  • 2 bay leaves, dried
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 16 oz. vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot starch/flour I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 16 oz. unsweetened coconut or cashew milk
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly translucent.
  2. Move onions to the sides of the pot and add mushrooms, allowing to cook 5 minutes uncovered.
  3. Stir the onions and mushrooms together. Add fresh thyme and allow to continue to cook, at least 10 minutes. Add the bay leaves, sea salt and the liquid aminos to the mushrooms.
  4. Stir arrowroot starch into the vegetable stock, then add to mushrooms and stir. Add milk and allow to cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Soup will thicken as it cooks. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 770 mg; Potassium: 570 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 14 g; Dietary fiber: 3 g; Net Carbohydrates: 11 grams; Sugar: 6 g (no added sugar); Protein: 6 g

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Buttery Almond Flour Bread

October 24th, 2018 | no comments

I’ve never been much of a bread girl. Just like pasta, I can take or leave it. However, a bowl of soup seems sadly incomplete without a slice of bread and butter.

In the past, crusty French or chewy sourdough were my go-to favs, but since I’ve made it a goal to minimize gluten in my diet, I had to find another option. Gluten-free breads are just OK, but they are loaded with carbohydrates…and to be honest, I’d much rather get my carbs from the beans in my chili or after-dinner chocolate than bread. Some aren’t willing to compromise their bread, and that’s A-OK. Look, I get it— I’m not willing to compromise my cheese…so don’t even try messing with it! 

Buttery Almond Flour Bread is not dense, crusty or chewy, but rather light and more “cake-like”. It pairs beautifully with a bowl of turkey chili or, as pictured here, White Bean-Chard Soup

If you’re like me and even looking at a slice of bread is enough to send your blood sugar busting through the roof, you’ll adore this bread all the more because it has only a mere gram (that’s one gram) of net carbohydrates per slice. 

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Buttery Almond Flour Bread
Buttery Almond Flour Bread is not dense, crusty or chewy, but rather light and more "cake-like". It pairs beautifully with a bowl of turkey chili or White Bean-Chard Soup.  With just one gram of net carbohydrates per slice, it is extremely gentle on your blood sugar. 0 Earthfoods per serving.
Course Side Dish
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 6 large organic free-range eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp. Kerrygold butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-2 dashes Sea salt
Course Side Dish
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 6 large organic free-range eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp. Kerrygold butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-2 dashes Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9x5 loaf pan. Using a hand mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  2. Using hand mixer, beat egg yolks, butter, almond flour, baking powder and salt until combined (dough will be thick).
  3. Add 1/3 of the beaten egg whites to the almond flour dough mixture and mix together. Add the rest of the egg whites to the dough mixture and combine. Do not over mix!
  4. Add bread mixture to buttered pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 slice): Calories: 90; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 60 mg; Potassium: 21 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 2 grams; Dietary Fiber: 1 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 1 gram; Sugar: 0 grams ; Protein: 4 grams

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African Peanut Stew

October 10th, 2018 | no comments

I enjoyed this stew years ago at Pura Vida, an amazing restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Since then, I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else. So of course, I decided to make my own. The original recipe hails from Jessica Penner, RD or www.smartnutrition.ca. 

Loaded with gobs of spices, natural peanut butter, and other Earthfoods, African Peanut Stew is a meal in itself. In fact, it’s so filling you may not need the traditional sandwich or salad that you usually pair with a bowl of soup.

It requires an immersion blender (stick blender), but can also be processed in a traditional blender or food processor in smaller batches. 

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African Peanut Stew
Loaded with gobs of spices, natural peanut butter, and other Earthfoods, African Peanut Stew is a meal in itself. In fact, it's so filling you may not need the traditional sandwich or salad that you usually pair with a bowl of soup. 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or you can use jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced and unpeeled about 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter the only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or you can use jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced and unpeeled about 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter the only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute the onion until slightly browned.
  2. Add garlic through cloves and cook for one minute. Add tomatoes and sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in peanut butter and cayenne and blend with an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender/food processor) until smooth.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (one bowl): Calories: 325; Total Fat: 16 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 510 mg; Potassium: 460 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 41 grams; Dietary Fiber: 8 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 33 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 8 grams

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge

October 3rd, 2018 | no comments

This fudge is the bomb! It’s filled with chocolaty goodness from raw cacao powder (i.e. REAL chocolate) and sweetened with pitted dates. And—as the name so eloquently conveys—it helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Adaptogens are simply plant-based substances that help your body adapt to stress…even the stress that’s cooking without your awareness. 

Give this no-bake recipe a try this weekend! Slice it into squares, refrigerate in a sealed container, and enjoy a piece every day. I topped mine off with a variety of fun “sprinkles”: bee pollen, hemp hearts, goji berries, and cacao nibs. 

This amazing recipe originated from www.wholeheartedeats.com. Thank you for your brilliance Sophie!

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge
As the name so eloquently conveys, this fudge helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Instructions
  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they become a paste. You may have to stop the processor and scrape the sides a couple of times.
  2. Add the almond butter and coconut oil, and pulse until combined. Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until combined.
  3. Using wax paper or parchment, form the dough into a bar shape. Wrap well and freeze until firm (about one hour). Once set, slice into 15 squares and top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options!
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (one square): Calories: 90; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 20 mg; Potassium: 95 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Dietary Fiber: 2 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 4 grams (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 2 grams

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)

September 19th, 2018 | no comments

If you liked my recipe for Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins from last week, you’ll adore these muffins too! They sport the same fudge-like texture (thanks to the addition of beans) and are also gluten and dairy-free.

This recipe uses gluten-free quick oats vs. quinoa flakes, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) vs. bananas and pecans vs. walnuts. In addition, it uses pumpkin spice, which is essentially a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins pair nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). What a nice change of pace from plain old regular coffee!

Another shout out to Katie (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com), as this recipe is modified from her Pumpkin Blender Muffins. 

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)
A bean-based, flourless, and gluten/dairy-free muffin that pairs nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend pumpkin through baking soda until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in pecans.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops with a butter knife. Bake 20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams; Sodium: 180 mg; Potassium: 230 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 20 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (9 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 6 grams

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins (flourless)

September 13th, 2018 | no comments

This muffin isn’t the typical crumbly, sponge-like muffin…so if you’re looking for that, you won’t dig this recipe. Because it’s made with beans (yep!) it has a dense, fudge-like consistency that is actually quite decadent! And instead of flour, it calls for flaked quinoa— an ancient “grain” that’s actually a seed.

Enjoy a Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, paired with a hard-boiled egg and a mug of Golden Milk, or with a tall glass of my Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

I adapted this recipe just slightly from www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com. Thank you for this amazing creation Katie!

If you are on the fence about beans and quinoa in your muffins, give it a try anyway; I think you’ll like it.

PS: These freeze really well.

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins
Because these muffins are made with beans (yep!) they have a dense, fudge-like consistency that's actually quite decadent! And instead of flour, the recipe calls for flaked quinoa— an ancient "grain" that's actually a seed. A gluten-free, dairy-free recipe the whole family can enjoy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like the "I Heart Keenwah" brand
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium banana, overripe (about 1/2 cup)
  • 15 oz. can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup nut butter almond; pecan; walnut; peanut; sunflower; cashew butter (Any one will do; just make sure the only ingredient is the nut/seed. Salt is OK.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like the "I Heart Keenwah" brand
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium banana, overripe (about 1/2 cup)
  • 15 oz. can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup nut butter almond; pecan; walnut; peanut; sunflower; cashew butter (Any one will do; just make sure the only ingredient is the nut/seed. Salt is OK.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend quinoa flakes through cinnamon until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in walnuts.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups (don’t overfill or they will rise and then sink in the centers) and bake 18-20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 190; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.7 grams; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 215 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (8 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 6 grams

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Easy Grilled Salmon

September 6th, 2018 | no comments

I shied away from cooking fish for years because I thought it was too complicated. Boy was I wrong! 

Gone are the days of eating salmon and other deliciously nutritious fish in restaurants alone. Today, we grill, bake, and broil fish on a regular basis and I can’t believe how simple it is (so much easier than chicken!).

This recipe for grilled salmon uses five simple ingredients: salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and fresh lemon. I rubbed each salmon fillet with the olive oil, salt and pepper and then sealed them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for an hour or so to marinate. 

I served the salmon over a bed of greens, roasted veggies, and broccoli sprouts, sprinkled with a touch of Parmesan and asiago cheese and then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I always like to top my salad off with a crank or two of Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Just a note: be careful not to cook your fish too long, otherwise it will be dry and lose its natural flavor. Follow this recipe and you’re golden!

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Easy Grilled Salmon
Gone are the days of eating salmon and other deliciously nutritious fish in restaurants alone. Today, we grill, bake, and broil fish on a regular basis and I can't believe how simple it is! This recipe for grilled salmon uses five simple ingredients: salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and fresh lemon. I rubbed each salmon fillet with the olive oil, salt and pepper and then sealed them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for an hour or so to marinate.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4- 8-ounce salmon fillets choose wild salmon or farm-raised Verlasso salmon
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 fresh lemon, cut into four wedges
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4- 8-ounce salmon fillets choose wild salmon or farm-raised Verlasso salmon
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 fresh lemon, cut into four wedges
Instructions
  1. Rub both sides of salmon fillets with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Massage the seasonings into the fish and then seal in two ziplock bags. Refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. Preheat grill to 450 degrees. Place marinated fish on grill, skin side up. Make sure you leave enough space between each fillet.
  3. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes or until the fish releases easily from the grill with a flat spatula. Flip salmon carefully with spatula and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to serving dish and allow to sit for about ten minutes, as residual heat continues to cook the meat, and the internal temperature will continue to rise. NOTE: If you spot little white beads on the surface and sides of the salmon, you've cooked it too long.
  4. Squeeze a wedge of lemon over each fillet and serve over a bed of fresh greens, roasted veggies and broccoli (or alfalfa) sprouts!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 32 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Sodium: 425 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 0 g; Dietary fiber: 0 g; Net Carbohydrates: 0 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 45 g

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles

August 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love cake. Frosting? Even better! I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too.

You know me- this isn’t some cake out of a box. Actually, it’s just as easy and, although it’s not a “healthy” cake, it’s quite an upgrade from your traditional cake loaded with crappy chemicals (that’s an industry term 🙂 ) and slathered with trans fat-laden frosting. 

The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting…well, I lied a little bit, the frosting is on the healthier side because it’s made with avocado, coconut oil and raw cacao powder, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I swear they won’t know it used to be green. For the sprinkles, I just tossed about a half cup of unsweetened coconut flakes in the food processor with half of a strawberry and processed until the flakes turned pink. Then I let them sit out to dry for a bit. 

Happy birthday to me! 

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles
I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too. The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting made with avocado, coconut oil, raw cacao powder and pure maple syrup. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2-four ounce ramekins with coconut oil.
  2. Place butter, honey, and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir until smooth. Cool completely (you can place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process).
  3. Add almond flour, egg, vanilla, and salt to cooled chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Spoon batter into prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely and gently remove by turning ramekin upside down on a clean plate.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Process avocado in food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  2. Frost the top of one cake with a thick layer of frosting. Place remaining cake on top and frost the top and sides of entire cake. You will have about half leftover, so just store remaining frosting in refrigerator and have a spoonful here or there for a sweet treat.
Pink Sprinkles
  1. Add coconut flakes and strawberry to a food processor and process until flakes are pink. Sprinkle all over top and sides of frosted cake!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400; Total Fat: 28 grams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Sodium: 175 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams; Dietary Fiber: 6 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 26 grams; Protein: 6 grams

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Spicy Vegetarian “Meat” Loaf (hubby’s favorite)

August 23rd, 2018 | no comments

Looking for a nutritious and delicious alternative to animal protein for your meatless Monday meals? I think you’ll find this recipe to be fun, flavorful and versatile. And talk about a nutrient powerhouse! You’re getting fiber and protein from red lentils, B-vitamins from nutritional yeast, and omega-3 fats from ground flax seed. 

  • Add a slice of Spicy Vegetarian “Meat” Loaf to your salad
  • Serve it alongside roasted veggies, eggs, or Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
  • Or just grab a slice for a snack!

Don’t like spice? Simply remove the cayenne pepper!

I like to bake two loaves at a time, store one in the refrigerator and freeze the other for a quick meal solution. 

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Spicy Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf (hubby's favorite)
Looking for a nutritious and delicious alternative to animal protein for your meatless Monday meals? I think you'll find this recipe to be fun, flavorful and versatile. Plus, it's loaded with fiber, protein, B-vitamins, and omega-3 fats. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes (to boil lentils and bake loaf)
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 2 cups red lentils, cooked (about 1 cup dry) I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast Bragg or Red Star brand
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 large organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 8 oz. vegetable stock or water
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes (to boil lentils and bake loaf)
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 2 cups red lentils, cooked (about 1 cup dry) I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast Bragg or Red Star brand
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 large organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 8 oz. vegetable stock or water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Place all ingredients except vegetable stock into a bowl and mix until well-combined.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and stir thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into a loaf pan and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until firm and slightly browned.
  3. Cool slightly, flip pan over onto a cutting board to release the loaf. Cut into slices and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 150; Total Fat: 3 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.3 grams; Sodium: 90 mg; Potassium: 420 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 23 grams; Dietary Fiber: 9 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Sugar: 1 gram (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 10 grams

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Toasted Almonds

August 9th, 2018 | no comments

Have you ever purchased a vegetable that you don’t typically buy, only to bring it home and wonder what the heck to do with it? Ha, ha…so I’m not alone here, that’s refreshing!

I was recently captivated by the beautiful, locally-grown eggplant on display at my local grocery store. They were seriously straight out of a magazine. Gorgeous, deep purple skin that simply glistening under the bright lights. In my cart it went. And in my refrigerator it sat… for five days. 

Thank God for creative people who love to cook. I went on a search for a roasted eggplant recipe that wasn’t eggplant parmesan. Faith Durand from The Kitchn saved the day with this recipe.

I altered the recipe just a bit and topped each portion with a couple ounces of pulled rotisserie chicken. It was phenomenal AND tasted even better the second day. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Roasted eggplant salad with toasted almonds
Have you ever purchased a vegetable that you don't typically buy, only to bring it home and wonder what the heck to do with it? I went on a search for a roasted eggplant recipe that wasn't eggplant parmesan. Faith Durand from The Kitchn saved the day with this recipe. I altered a few of the ingredients and the result was AMAZING! 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Place cut eggplant in large bowl and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Set aside while making the marinade.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Spread the eggplant on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and slide onto a rack placed in the center of the oven. Roast at 400°F for 40 minutes, or until very tender and slightly browned. (Stir every 15 minutes and check after 30 minutes to make sure it isn't burning.) Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  3. While eggplant is roasting, toast almonds in either a toaster oven or stove-top in a skillet. If using the skillet method, heat nuts in skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes or until golden brown and give off a rich, toasty fragrance. Stir frequently for even toasting. Allow to cool slightly and chop nuts into small pieces.
  4. Whisk together lemon juice and liquid aminos. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture. Stir in the parsley leaves, toasted almonds, and most of the goat cheese, reserving a little.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle remaining goat cheese and scallions on top.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 33 g; Saturated Fat: 7 g; Sodium: 475 mg; Potassium: 910 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 29 g; Dietary fiber: 10 g; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 15 g (4 grams added sugar from the raw honey); Protein: 11 g

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