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Homemade Pasta (Nut-free)

I love pasta, but have missed it terribly. I am so excited about this recipe. It is free of grain and gluten, yet so delicious. I honestly did not know what to expect.  A good pasta is hard to come by when you try to avoid grains. I made this for Valentine’s Day for a nice quiet dinner  with my love. I would rather stay in and have him all to myself than sit in an over-crowded, over-priced restaurant.

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  • 1 3/4 c tapioca flour, plus more for dusting dough
  • 3 tbsp packed coconut flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (this adds the elasticity needed for pasta dough)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c water, filtered
  • 1/2 tbsp, olive oil

In a large mixing bowl combine 1 3/4 c tapioca flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, salt. Mix ingredients; make a well in the middle of the flour. Add eggs and water. Blend slowly so you don not wear flour. Slowly add olive oil.  You may need to add a little tapioca flour. you want the dough to feel soft and velvety, not tacky and sticky. Now you can refrigerate covered dough if you want to make the noodles later.

Make your noodles according to your pasta maker instructions. I made lasagna style noodles for my first try at homemade pasta. That way any “ugly” noodles are hid by the layers of goodness. I am thinking ravioli will be next.

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Fajita Chopped Salad

I have been trying to work more salads and veggies into our daily meals. This salad adds lots of flavors that you would get if you ate the traditional fajitas.

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  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tsp bacon fat
  • onion, sliced
  • 1 c peppers, cut into matchsticks (combination of red, yellow, orange or green)
  • Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • Smokey Southwestern Chicken Breast, cooked, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 c mexican blend cheese (optional)
  • Lime gremolata (see website)
  • Lime vinaigrette

Melt bacon fat in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion, peppers and smokey southwestern seasoning. Cook until veggies are tender, then remove and set aside.

Add chicken to skillet and cook until chicken is heated through. Remove and set aside to plate.

To make  the lime vinaigrette squeeze juice of 1 lime into a mason jar; add olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cover jar with lid, and shake.

To assemble the salad; Layer lettuce as the base of the salad. Then layer peppers and onions in a row; continue with the cheese blend, chicken, and tomatoes. Top with lime gremolata and lime vinaigrette. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Cranberry-Orange Clafouti

This is a wonderful winter dessert. It is not overly sweet and has a fresh flavor from the tart cranberries and the in season oranges. It is a beautiful dessert to serve for company. They will think you went all out just for them, but only you will know it is easy to make. It will be our secret.

 

  • 2 c fresh cranberries
  • 2 tsp arrowroot
  • 2/3 c almond milk
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba, room temperature, whipped to stiff peaks
  • 1/2 c paleo all-purpose flour, plus 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • orange, zested, juiced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch ceramic or glass pie plate.

Toss cranberries with arrowroot, spread in an even layer on bottom of prepared pie plate.

In a mixing bowl add almond milk. Add the flour, maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract and sea salt. Whisk all ingredients so that they are well combined. Beat the aquafaba until stiff peaks are formed. Fold in aquafaba into batter. Pour batter over cranberries and sprinkle coconut sugar and almonds over batter. Bake until clafouti is puffy and golden, and a knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces; serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped coconut cream.

Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Sweet Potato and Zucchini Egg Bake

I like egg bakes because it is a good way to clean out the refrigerator so nothing goes to waste, and you do not feel like you are eating the same thing over and over. You can be creative by adding different veggies, proteins, herbs and spices. Egg bakes can be made for any meal of the day.

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  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 c sweet potatoes, cooked
  • 1/2 c zucchini, cooked
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning (see website)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp gremolata (see website)
  • 1/4 c shredded cheese, your choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium size bowl beat eggs until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Pour egg mixture into a greased 8×8 square pan. Bake in oven about 25 minutes, until egg dish is golden and set. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini

I made this side dish to accompany the pork chops and creamy mustard dish. The entire meal can be made in less than 30 minutes. What I like about this is you can put the veggies in the oven and work on your pork chops that are in the skillet. Multi-tasking at its best.

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  • 1 large sweet potato, 1-inch cube
  • 2 medium zucchini, 1-inch cube
  • olive oil (optional)
  • all-purpose seasoning (see website)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a large sheet pan spread out sweet potato and zucchini. (Drizzle olive oil on veggies.) Sprinkle seasoning. Stir to make sure all veggies are coated.

Roast in oven for 10 minutes. Stir veggies and roast for another 10 minutes. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pork Chops with a Creamy Mustard Sauce

This is a one pan dish. I like that because it is less dishes I have to clean up later. It is very easy make. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator or pantry.

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  • 2-4 lean pork chops
  • all-purpose seasoning (see website)
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 c chicken broth
  • 1/2 c onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp mustard, coarse grain
  • 1/4 c cashew cream (see website)
  • 1 tbsp gremolata (see website)

Pat dry pork chops with a paper towel. Sprinkle all-purpose seasoning on pork chops. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook util browned and cooked through, about 3 – 4 minutes. Each side should be golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add broth and onions to skillet. Cooke over medium heat, stirring often and scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet, until onions are tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat; stir in water, mustard and cashew cream. Spoon mustard sauce over pork; garnish with gremolata. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Salad

I like salads, however, the thought of making a salad just does not thrill me. I do not know why, because once I start digging in I am glad I made one. It makes me feel healthier and happier because I am doing my body some good. This salad is one of my regular go to salads I make.

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  • 4 cups romaine, chopped, divided
  • 4-5 oz. roasted turkey breast, chopped, divided
  • 2 tbsp shredded carrots, divided
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries, divided
  • 2 tbsp sliced almond, divided
  • 2 tsp gremolata (see website), divided
  • your choice of dressing

Begin layering the greens, and continue with the remaining ingredients. Top with favorite dressing. Sometimes I like my salad naked with no dressing just so I can taste all the ingredients and get their full flavor.

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Brownies

These brownies are a chocolate lovers dream. I made these for a Super Bowl Party we had. This recipe makes a sheet pan of chocalatey deliciousness. Top these brownies with caramel sauce and…oh my. MMMmmm. By the Way these are not low calorie, but totally worth it. Just saying.

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  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 lb, plus 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c honey
  • 1 c maple syrup
  • 1 c paleo all-purpose flour (see website)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 c chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees .

Grease 12 x 18 x 1 baking sheet.

Melt together the butter, 1 lb. of chocolate chips in a medium bowl over simmering water. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, honey and maple syrup. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nuts. Add to the chocolate mixture.  Add 12 oz of chocolate chips. Pour into the baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to let the air to escape  from between the pan and brownie mixture. Bake for about 15 more minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake. Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Smokey Southwestern Shrimp Salad

This is a fast salad to put together, and husband approved. I know it is a real winner when my honey says, “You can make this again.” It has simple ingredients, however, when you combine them they become sublime. I almost always have these ingredients on hand to make something fast and tasty.

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  • 14 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • lime gremolata
  • olive oil
  • lime, juiced
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 c combination of red, yellow and orange peppers
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped, divided
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved, divided
  • organic mexican blend cheese (0ptional)

In a bowl combine shrimp, sprinkling of smokey southwestern seasoning,1 tbsp of gremalata with a twist and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to coat shrimp. Set aside.

in a mason jar add juice of lime, pinch of sea salt and pepper, and olive oil. Shake well.

In a large skillet melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add peppers and seasoning. Cook peppers until almost tender. Add shrimp cook about 2 minutes, turn shrimp. Turn off heat and cover skillet. This will let the shrimp continue to cook, but not over cook them.

Layer: Lettuce, Shrimp and pepper mixture, Tomatoes, Lime Dressing, Cheese (optional), and Gremalata with a Twist.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Flatbread/Pizza Crust

I will be honest pizza is one of my favorite foods. When I cut out gluten, pizza is one of the things I really missed. Sometimes I would eat some anyway, and then pay for it later. I am very excited about this recipe. Now I can have my pizza without paying for it later.

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Dry Ingredients:

In a food processor mix together dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking soda.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal/6 tbsp water)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

Mix up flax eggs and set aside for 5-15  minutes.

Add wet ingredients: flax eggs, water and almond butter. Pulse until well combined. Let rest at least five minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare a small bowl with water to dip fingers in. This will help from the dough sticking to your fingers. Believe me, this is an important step. Turn dough out onto baking sheet. The dough is very sticky. Press evenly into sheet pan.

Bake for 7 minutes. Remove and top with favorite toppings or whatever you have on hand.