Mango Gummy Hearts

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I love gummies. Any gelatin based gummy bear, worm, whatever is like catnip to me. I decided to make my own healthier, dye free version. These are refined sugar free, gluten free and Paleo friendly. Lots of healthy gelatin in these fruity little hearts. I love using frozen fruit for gummy candy - it’s sweet enough so there’s no need for any added sugars and gives a really punchy fruit flavor. 

Any mold can be used. I used two heart shaped ice cube trays from ikea. The recipe will make two full trays exactly.

Feel free to try other frozen fruit like peaches or cherries. 

Mango Gummies

10 oz frozen mango chunks

juice of 1 lemon  

1/3 cup coconut water

6 tablespoons vital proteins gelatin powder

In a small sauce pan, heat mango, lemon juice and coconut water to a low simmer. Cook until mango is nice and soft, about 10 minutes. Don’t boil it or use a wide sauté pan or you’ll cook off all the liquid. 

Transfer cooked mango pieces and all the liquid in the pan to a spouted glass measuring cup, sprinkle with gelatin and immediately blend with an immersion blender until smooth. (Or do the same but in a regular blender.) Pour into silicone molds and place in refrigerator to set for 30 minutes. Remove from molds and eat/store or later. 

Storage: airtight container in the fridge

 

Beef Fajita Salad Bowls (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

This was a fun one to cook. I love fajitas and hadn't had them in so long since they are generally off limits on AIP. But not these! I got out my two burner cast iron griddle and huge spatula, turned the heat up to high and started blackening the steak, then worked cooking the veggies in two big batches. Little is more satisfying then turning huge piles of wilting, sauced veggies over on a searing flat top. Really, give it a try. 

serves 4-6. 

AIP Steak Fajita Salad Bowls

1 teaspoon kosher salt

juice of one lime

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

2 cloves garlic, grated

2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil

high heat oil, as needed for cooking

1 lb grass fed sirloin steak, sliced 

1 zucchini, sliced into half moons

1 yellow zucchini, sliced into half moons

10 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced

1 red onion, halved and sliced

fresh chopped cilantro

sliced avocado slices

lettuce

In a small bowl, whisk salt, lime juice, oregano, turmeric, pepper, ginger, garlic and olive oil. Set aside. 

Set a large cast iron griddle on high heat. Brush with high heat oil. Once hot, blacken steak. Cook until desired level of doneness. Transfer to a large bowl. Cook zucchini, squash mushrooms and onion on griddle. Work in batches as needed, brushing griddle with oil in between batches. As veggies are softening, pour with a portion of prepared sauce. Transfer to bowl with steak and toss with any remaining sauce. 

Build bowls with steak anad veggies, over lettuce garnishing with cilantro and avocado. You can also make little tacos with lettuce leaves or coconut paleo wraps. 

Coconut Yogurt (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

I've never made dairy yogurt before so I really didn't have anything to compare this too.  It's really easy to make your own coconut yogurt.  

I used one Now Probiotic -10 strain capsule.  Use a coconut milk that does not have stabilizers or preservatives - like trader joe's. The ingredients should just be coconut milk.  Use coconut milk from a tin - not the coconut beverage that comes in a carton.  The one in the carton has too much water and other things added to it.  

Makes 1 pint drinkable yogurt or 1 cup spoonable yogurt.

Coconut Yogurt

1 probiotic capsule

1 14oz can full fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Empty capsule into a glass container.  Add coconut milk and maple syrup.  Whisk until smooth.  If the coconut milk it lumpy, just microwave it for a few seconds to warm it up slightly.

Loosely cover and wrap in a heating pad.  Wrap in a bath towel for extra insulation.  Don't let it get above 115 degrees.  It will feel warm but not hot to the touch.  Let this go for about 24 hours.  Conduct a simple taste test to see if it's ready.  It will be tangy and taste like yogurt.  

At this point, it's more of a coconut kefir yogurt drink than yogurt.  If you want a yogurt you can eat with a spoon, it's going to have to be strained.  To strain it, line a mesh strainer with a double layer of cheese cloth and set the whole thing over a bowl.  Pour the yogurt into the lined strainer and just let it be until it's thick enough for you.  Mine took about 2 hours.  It strains very slowly.  It's now ready to either be eaten or stored in the fridge.  Save the liquid that has dripped off for smoothies - it's delicious and good for you. 

Garlic + Rosemary Slow Cooker Pork (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

I like this pork.  It fills the house with a lovely smell while it's cooking and rosemary always reminds me of winter.  It's so piney.  Piney is a word, right?  

I'll whip this up just to have in the fridge for last minute dinners like pasta/zoodles, with veggies in a stir fry, make tacos, sandwiches, use it for salad... 

If you don't have fresh rosemary, use 1 tablespoon dried rosemary leaves tied in a piece of cheesecloth or in a tea infuser.  That way, you avoid all those hard little leaves in your dish but still enjoy the flavor. 

Garlic and Rosemary Slow Cooker Pork

2.5 lb boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2" pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 sprig large sprig fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon fennel powder

This one is real easy: place everything into the bowl of your slow cooker.  Stir to to coat pork - use clean hands - it's easier.  Cover and cook until pork is tender enough to very easily shred with a fork, about 5 hours on high, 8 hours on low. Shred and enjoy.

Turkey Taco Bowls (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

Whew.  Just got done cooking all the things for this one but let me tell you it was worth the time!  I've missed taco bowls.  Mostly because I just didn't know what to put in them.  You know, because a big part of bowls is the grain part.  

I had some leftover shredded cabbage from last week's Crunchy Thai Salad that I chopped up, gave a quick saute, tossed with fresh lime juice, chopped fresh cilantro and salt.  This I used as the grain for the taco bowl.  I have to say I much prefer the taste of this cabbage rice to cauliflower rice.  I used two different colors but that's optional.  

This recipe has a lot of parts: the cabbage rice, zucchini salsa, turmeric carrots, roasted red onion, chopped romaine, sliced olives and the seasoned ground turkey.  Luckily, everything is easy.  I'm used to a few hours of batch cooking every Sunday, and if you're on AIP then you probably are too. 

Makes about 5 servings.  (For the work week lunch!)

Turkey Taco Bowls

for the cabbage rice

1 tablespoon  cooking oil 

small head of green or red cabbage, finely chopped

juice of 1 lime

1/3 cups chopped fresh cilantro leaves (less is ok.  we love cilantro.)

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for the turmeric carrots

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 teaspoon turmeric

4 carrots, peeled, round slices

for the roasted red onion

1-2 red onions, thinly sliced

splash olive oil

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for the turkey

1 pound ground turkey 

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon fenugreek leaves

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

splash cooking oil

additional toppings

1 tin pitted black olives, sliced

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

avocado slices

one zucchini salsa recipe

Ready?

To make the Cabbage Rice: Heat a large saute pan or wok over medium high heat.  Add oil and once hot, saute cabbage until tender - about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and toss with lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. 

To make the carrots and onion: Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix turmeric and oil together and toss with carrot slices.  Arrange on   one side of a half sheet tray.  Arrange onion slices on other end of sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Transfer to oven and roast 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and cover.  (A sheet of foil works well here.) 

To make the turkey: Combine salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, fenugreek, pepper and cinnamon.  Season turkey meat with spice mixture.  Heat a large oiled skillet over medium heat.  Cook turkey.  

Assemble the bowl:  Spoon cabbage rice into bowl as a base.  Add carrots, onions, turkey, olives, lettuce and avocado slices.  Serve with zucchini salsa.  

Zucchini Salsa (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

No tomatoes?  No problem!  How much have you missed salsa?  I can't even tell you how much better life is now that this salsa is here.  I'm going to put it on everything!  (Especially an AIP taco bowl that I'll post later this week.)  After looking everywhere for a nightshade free salsa and not finding one - I knew i was going to have to make my own.  If you're skeptical, don't be.  I'm not the biggest fan of zucchini but this salsa is great. 

Makes 1 pint.

Zucchini Salsa

splash cooking oil

2 zucchini, peeled, sliced

1 clove garlic, peeled

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

juice of one lime

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup water

In a medium saute pan, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add zucchini slices and garlic.  Cook until browned and very soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to blender and blend with cilantro, lime juice, onion, salt and water.  

Celeriac Hash (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

I have a whole list of things i want to make breakfast hash our of.  Celeriac is one of them. White sweets potatoes were good.  Squash is next.  (I'll let you know how it turns out)  I took this celery root hash to work with a couple pieces of crispy turkey bacon and it was great.  I'm trying to mix up my breakfast routine since now it's a meal I eat everyday.  

About 3 servings. 

Celeriac Breakfast Hash

1 celeriac, peeled and diced

1 red onion, chopped

handful of chopped fresh sage

fresh or dried thyme

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2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  In a bowl, toss celeriac, onion, sage, thyme, salt, pepper with olive oil until evenly coated.  Use more oil if you like.  Transfer to rimmed baking tray and roast about 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.  

Hot Chocolate (Paleo, DF, GF)

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It's here!  The holiday season is upon us!  I love this time of year.  LOVE IT!  I get to see family, celebrate with friends, sip hot chocolate, shop for gifts, decorate, bake sweets and eat feasts.  Peaking of hot chocolate... cocoa is one of my favorite winter treats.  So rich and warm.  We had company over yesterday for christmas decorating and I whipped this up for us to sip while we hung stockings and turned up the christmas playlist.  

I consider this AIP but it does have chocolate in it so depending on your feelings it might not be AIP for you.  Carob powder can be substituted in place of the chocolate, use the same amount. 

Serves 3.  

Mea's Hot Cocoa

6 tablespoons dark chocolate or cocoa powder

4 tablespoons raw local honey

1 bag vanilla tea (optional - I used yogi-tea tahitian vanilla hazelnut)

1 14 oz tin coconut milk (full fat)

14 oz water

Whisk together all ingredients in a small pot.   Bring to a boil.  Turn off heat and let sit 2 minutes.  Remove tea bag and serve. 

 

Cilantro Lime Chicken Soup (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

That's right.  Another soup.  Perky with lime juice and full of vegetables.  I was having a moment the other day when I was missing the tortilla soup that I used to get all the time from the Mexican place down the block.  Of course, this soup is not that soup but the flavors of lime and cilantro in a chicken-y soup get me there.  Just serve with a handful of plantain chips.  

Cilantro Lime Chicken Soup

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 quart chicken stock

1 quart water

Splash olive oil

1 large white onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 carrots, diced

3 ribs celery, diced

2 turnips, peeled, diced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 zucchini, diced

1 yellow summer squash, diced

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juice of 2 limes

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 avocado,  pitted and diced

Place chicken, stock and water in a medium sized pot.  Boil, reduce to a simmer and cook about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Transfer chicken to plate to cool.  When cool enough to handle, shred.  Set both chicken and stock aside. 

In a large pot over medium heat, warm oil and cook onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add carrots, celery, turnips, oregano and chicken stock/water.  Boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.  Add zucchini, yellow squash and shredded chicken.  Cook 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, lime juice.  Serve with chopped cilantro leaves and diced avocado.

Gingerbread Not-Meal (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

Have you heard of this 'Notmeal' business?  It's usually things like squash or other vegetables grated and prepared like oatmeal.  I call it sort of oatmeal - it's made with riced cauliflower and coconut milk, spiced up like gingerbread.  Breakfast is a big challenge on AIP and sometimes you get sick of meat patties and avocado slices.  If you are, here's something warm and sweet, just in time for this cooler weather.  

To rice the cauliflower, place roughly chopped florets and stems into a food processor and pulse carefully until cauliflower is in riced sized bits. This can also be found pre-riced in the produce section if you're feeling a little lazy. 

Makes 4 servings. 

Gingerbread Sort of Oatmeal

4 cups riced cauliflower

1 cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons molassas

pinch salt

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground all spice

1/2 teaspoon ground clove

Place everything in small sauce pan.  Simmer gently until cauliflower is soft, about 20 minutes. 

Pork Zoodle Stir Fry (AIP, Paleo, GF, DF)

Noodle time!  Oh, sorry - I mean "noodle" time.  As someone who does not own a spiralizer, I've been slow to jump on this cutting vegetables into strands and pretending they're noodles but oh, how AIP changes your views on certain foods. Like when you're dying for pasta and trawling Pinterest for grain free alternatives and only what often referred to as 'zoodles'.  

I actually really like these zoodles.  I still don't own a spiralizer but have carefully used my mandoline slicer with coarse toothed attachment to slice zucchini and carrots.  So far we've tried them with beet sauce and meatballs, and in this stir fry. So convincing as noodles!  I was impressed by how I was not missing real wheat noodles or pasta while eating these.  Yay!

Use a spiralizer or mandoline to slice carrots and zucchinis.  If using a spiralizer, cut into more manageable lengths with scissors.  For the pork, we used leftover pork shoulder that was done in the slow cooker the day before. 

No cooked meat on hand?  That's ok.  I've made this with boneless, skinless chicken breast, too.  Just cook it first: thinly slice the meat, season with salt and pepper, heat wok with a splash of oil, saute slices until done.  Set aside.  Wipe out pan, if needed.  Continue with recipe.  

Serves 2.

Pork Zoodle Stir Fry

2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or tamari soy sauce if you're ok with that)

1/4 teaspoon arrow root powder

several grinds szechuan peppercorns

1 inch ginger, peeled, grated

2-3 cloves garlic, grated

cooking oil, as needed - I used 1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 zucchini, cut into thin strips (see above)

2 carrots, cut into thin strips (see above)

2 cups cooked, shredded pork

salt, to taste

In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, coconut aminos, arrowroot powder and szechuan pepper.  Set aside.

Heat ginger, garlic and oil in a wok over medium high heat.  Start stirring when garlic starts to sizzle., cook 1 minute.  Add zucchini and carrots.  Cook, stirring frequently until vegetables are al dente, about 3 minutes.  Add pork and prepared sauce.  Stir to coat.  Once thickened and hot, season with salt and serve.