Roasted Rosemary Almonds

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups skin-on whole raw almonds
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
1 tablespoon butter olive oil

PREPARATION:

Assemble your ingredients and melt the butter or oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
Once the butter starts bubbling, throw in the almonds (making sure they’re in a single layer) and stir until coated. Add rosemary, salt, and pepper. Toast the almonds in the skillet, stirring often, until slightly darkened and aromatic (about 8 to 12 minutes). Remove almonds and place on paper towel until cooled to room temperature.

Pumpkin Quinoa Cookies

DRY INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes
  • 1 cup sorghum flour or brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup millet flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch or potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups organic light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

WET INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currants

PREPARATION:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Add in: 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil

Combine until the mixture is a bit crumbly and sandy.

Add in:

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Beat to combine.

Stir in:

1 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup raisins or currants

Option to add in, if you like:

1/2 cup chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts

Using a soup spoon drop the dough by spoonfuls onto the parchment paper. The dough is sticky, so use moist fingers to help round out and mound the dough; don’t flatten them, just shape them a bit.

Bake in the center of a preheated oven till golden and firm. This is anywhere from 18 to 25 minutes, depending upon your oven, and whether or not you have added in fruit and nuts, etc.

Cool the cookies on a wire rack.

Gluten Free/ Grain Free Blondies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar creamy roasted almond butter
  • 1 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks

PREPARATION: 

In a large bowl, with a hand blender, mix almond butter until creamy

Mix in agave and eggs

Add salt and baking soda

Mix well with hand blender until all ingredients are thoroughly combined

Mix half of the chocolate into the batter

Pour batter into a well greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish

Scatter the other half of the chocolate on top of the batter

Bake at 325° for 25-35 minutes

Orange Cranberry Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup sugar (I use coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest or orange peel cut into very thin strips (no white part)

PREPARATION: 

Combine sugar, 1/2 cup water and orange juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and add cranberries. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in orange zest or peel, cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.

Crispy Chicken with Bacon and Apples

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or 1 whole chicken, cut up into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ pound bacon (5 to 6 thick strips)
  • 1 cup sliced shallots (about 3 large)
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced in ½-inch-thick half-moons

PREPARATION:

Heat the oven to 450°F
Season the chicken pieces on both sides with salt.
Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet or other oven-safe heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.
In the hot pan, sear the chicken pieces skin side down until nicely browned and crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes. While the skin is crisping, add freshly ground black pepper to the meaty side.
When the skin is crackling, flip the pieces over…and cook for 2 minutes more.
Pour in the wine and add the thyme sprigs.
Transfer the pan to the hot oven and roast the chicken for 15 minutes.
While the chicken’s doing its thing in the oven, cross-cut the bacon into ¼-inch pieces.
Brown the bacon bits in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes.
Transfer the bacon bits to a paper towel-lined plate.
Add the shallots and apple to the skillet and sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until the shallots are softened and the apples start to brown.
Turn off the heat, and stir in half of the crispy bacon bits.
After the chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, add the apple and bacon mixture to the pan with the chicken.
Roast the chicken for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Kale and Almond Pesto Salmon

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 fillets of salmon, skin and bones removed
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • 1 cup kale-almond pesto
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to serve

Kale-Almond Pesto:

  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 3 large kale leaves, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp. oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

 

PREPARATION: 

Preheat the oven to 375

To make the pesto: Place the almonds and garlic on a small baking tray and drizzle with oil. Roast for 8-10 minutes or almonds are golden brown.

Squeeze the garlic from their skins

Place the almonds and garlic in a food processor with kale, parsley, oregano, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Process to a coarse paste. Stir through the grated parmesan. Place pesto over top of salmon , bake in the oven for 15-20 min.

Delicious if served over top spaghetti squash.

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) and Meatballs

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • julienne peeler or a spiralizer
  • 1 jar organic, no sugar added tomato sauce
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten

PREPARATION: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.

Place the ground meats, almond meal, garlic, seasonings, salt, pepper, eggs in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs. (about golf ball size)

Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and put in the oven for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large pot prepare your sauce. When meatballs are done put in the sauce and set to simmer for 1 hour (or more). Use a spiralizer to turn your zucchinis into spaghetti. If you desire the pasta warm, sauté in a pan until soft.

Sesame Soba Noodles with Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Soba noodles
  • Chicken
  • Raw or cooked diced zucchini and
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Tahini butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Srushed ginger
  • Green onions
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. Sesame oil 

Preparation:

Cook the noodles according to the package directions and rinse under cold water.

Heat the soy sauce, crushed ginger,green onions and mushrooms in a large skillet over medium heat.

Working in batches, add the chicken and sauté until cooked through, about 1 ½ minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Sprinkle the sesame oil over the chicken and toss to coat

 

Butternut Apple Coconut Bisque

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (medium, finely diced, about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 5 cups butternut squash (diced)
  • 3 cups granny smith apples (peeled, cored, and diced, about 2 medium apples)
  • 21/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)

 

PREPARATION: 

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and salt and sauté until translucent, about 7 minutes.

Add the squash, apples, and vegetable broth to the pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the broth to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the squash is soft, about 20 minutes.

Carefully transfer to a blender. Add the coconut milk and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Chicken Cacciatore

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone;
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine; (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp. drained capers
  • 2 tsp. fresh oregano leaves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION:

In a large frying pan, warm up the olive oil over a medium-high heat.

Add the pieces of chicken and sauté until brown, about 5 minutes on each side.

Transfer the chicken to a plate and let it rest.

In the same pan, still over a medium high heat, add the red bell peppers, onions, and garlic, and sauté until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the red wine and cook until reduced by half.

Add the diced tomatoes with the juice, the chicken stock, the capers, the oregano, and the basil, and season to taste.

Add the pieces of chicken to the pan. Make sure they’re all coated with the sauce and bring to a simmer.

Cover the saucepan and simmer on a medium-low heat for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is well cooked.

Garnish with fresh basil to serve.

Serves 4-6