Month: February 2014

Healthy Chia Seed Cereal (Paleo/ Nut Free/ Gluten Free/ Vegan)

I have made my Chia Nut Cereal many times since I first started making it. I always have some in my refrigerator and I eat it several times a week. It is great to have a healthy cereal on hand for a quick, yet filling breakfast.

I decided lately to vary my recipe by making it nut free. Still filled with protein, fiber, omegas and great taste, this cereal will keep you going.

Chia Seed Cereal-Nut Free

Healthy Chia Seed Cereal (Paleo/ Nut Free/ Gluten Free/ Vegan)

1 1/2 c. chia seeds

1 c. hemp hearts

1  1/2 c. sunflower seeds

1 c. pumpkin seeds

1/4 c. dried cranberries- chopped

1/4 c. coconut flakes (optional)

2 tsp. dried cinnamon

2 tsp. dried ginger

Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

For a serving use 2 Tbsp. of cereal and mix 4 Tbsp of desired milk alternative or with yogurt.

Chia Seed Cereal

For other great breakfasts try:

Veggie and Sausage Egg Cups

Sweet Potato Bacon Hash

Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Cranapple Breakfast Cookies

Grain Free Waffles

Berry Smoothie

Apple Quinoa Breakfast


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Healthy Vegan Fridays

Thyme Pot Roast with Carrots (Grain Free/ Paleo)

Is there anything better than smelling a roast cooking? Okay maybe cookies. 🙂 But we shouldn’t have cookies for dinner, so back to our roast. This is one of those recipes that has a dual purpose. For your first meal you have your roast, onions, and carrots with say a mixed green salad. Your second meal is a big pot of beef vegetable soup!

Thyme Pot Roast with Carrots

Thyme Rump Roast with Carrots (Grain Free/ Paleo) 

3-4 lb. rump/ outside round/ or blade roast (preferably grass fed)

1 medium onion- diced

5-6 medium carrots- peeled and cut up

2-3 ribs celery- cut up

2 Tbsp. coconut or olive oil

2 cloves garlic minced

2 tsp. dry thyme (or 2 Tbsp. fresh)

2 c. beef stock (preferably homemade)

Preheat 300 degrees

In a large dutch oven, melt coconut oil and add roast topped with garlic and dill. Set burner to medium high heat and brown roast on all sides- approximately 2-3 minutes a side; remove from pot and set aside.

Add vegetables into dutch oven and brown for five minutes. Add stock and deglaze pan, stirring around the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Return roast to pan and place vegetables around roast.   Cover roast and vegetables with lid and cook in oven for 2-3 hours depending on size of roast and depending on how you like your roast cooked. Check with a meat thermometer-120-130 for rare, 130-140  for medium and 150-165 for well done.

When roast reaches desired doneness, remove from oven and let rest on cutting board wrapped in foil for 30-40 minutes for the juices to settle. Then carve meat..


To make gravy: After you remove roast, place dutch oven onto burner on medium heat. Whisk 1 Tbsp. tapioca starch with 2 Tbsp. cold water. Whisk mixture into hot beef drippings. Stir until thickened. Remove from heat. Sea salt and pepper to taste.


Thyme Roast w Carrots-Paleo

If you have two or three pieces of beef left over after your meal, along with some gravy, save it to make beef vegetable soup.

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Lava Cake with Chocolate Sauce ( Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free)

As many of you know, I LOVE CHOCOLATE !!! But you already knew that didn’t you?

With Valentine’s Day on Friday why go out for dinner? The restaurants are going to be ridiculously busy, not to mention expensive. We don’t go out for dinner for Valentine’s. Instead I make a nice dinner and dessert. It is much more romantic and intimate to spend the evening at home.

Put out a nice table cloth, maybe candles, or have a picnic on the floor. I usually bbq steak, but we have had so much snow this year that I can’t get to my bbq. So I will pick from one of my favourites.

Grain Free Cabbage Rolls

Sweet Beef and Veggie Stir Fry 

Chicken Wings or Ribs with Honey Garlic Sauce

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Meat Lasagna

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Or pick one of your favourites to make. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just spend the time together!

The best part is to make a great dessert!!!

Grain Free Lava Cake

Lava Cake (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Paleo)

6 oz. Dark Chocolate(dairy free) Plus 6 extra squares

2 eggs plus 1 egg white

1/3 coconut oil or butter(if dairy is tolerated)

1/4 c. honey or maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 c. apple sauce

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In double boiler** melt chocolate and coconut oil/ butter. Take off heat; add vanilla.
In another bowl beat eggs and honey, stir in melted chocolate, then apple sauce, then flour.
Grease 6 ramekins with coconut oil and dust with 1/4 tsp. cocoa. Put batter half way up muffin tins. Put in square of dark chocolate, then top up batter.    Makes 6 cakes.

Bake for 9-10 minutes, the sides will be somewhat firm but the middle soft.
Let cool 5 minutes. Loosen edges with sharp knife, place plate over ramekin and invert/flip over. Your cake should come out clean, but if it doesn’t just cover it with sauce and no one will know 😉 Top with whipped coconut cream. or caramel sauce or

Chocolate Sauce:

Melt together over low heat:

1/4 c. coconut oil or butter(if dairy is tolerated)

1/4 c. honey or maple syrup

1/4 c. raw cacao or cocoa

1/4 c. milk alternative

Pour sauce over lava cake.

Lava Cake with Chocolate Sauce

I have frozen these. Defrost, warm slightly in microwave or 250 oven for five minutes and cover with sauce.

**  If you do not have a double boiler you can use a small sauce pan and a larger metal bowl for the top.

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Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentines Day is tomorrow. With all of the commercialization, you can get put off. Other than a card for my hunny, I do not fall into the Valentine’s Day trap. I make us a nice dinner, dessert and we spend a lovely evening at home. This year I am making honey garlic ribs, apple sweet potato and asparagus.

I also like to make some sweets that I don’t often make. I’ll be making Molten Lava Cakes and Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

If you buy the pre-made chocolate covered strawberries in the store, you will pay a small fortune. These are very simple to make and just as delicious as the store bought ones. (I think more so)

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

1 cup dark chocolate( I use dark 70-85% dairy free)- broken up

10-12 strawberries- washed and dried

toppings in desired- ground nuts, coconut

In a double boiler**, bring an inch of water to a simmer in the bottom pan and add chocolate to the upper pan. Stir chocolate until melted and remover from heat.

Using the stems/leaves as a handle dip strawberries into the melted chocolate, rolling to coat evenly. If using an extra coating- dip into coating then place strawberry onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries-Paleo

Place into the fridge to cool. Enjoy. I have made these the day before and they work fine.

** If you do not have a double boiler you can use a small sauce pan and a larger metal bowl for the top.

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Make The Foods You Used To Love Easily Accessible Again!!!

You work all week and want simple meals, but you have food allergies so everything has to be complicated right? No it doesn’t!!!
Gluten Free Hamburger Bun
Have burgers one night…

One thing that I realized after my food allergies were diagnosed, was that I just wanted to eat the same normal foods I was used to eating. I didn’t want to have to eat strange foods when everyone else was eating burgers, nachos, pizza or many other things. So I have tried to adapt my food limitations to the foods that I wanted to eat.

I make salsa from the left over tomato slices and onions from the burgers
and made cashew cream for the sour cream.

Salsa and Cashew Cream
Made my Nachos… Very  yummy!!


So although I do have some foods that I had never even heard of before( like quinoa), I’ve stuck close to my standard comfort foods.  When I first found out about all the foods I couldn’t eat, I had panic attacks. Its a hard blow to tell someone who has always eaten certain foods, that they can’t have them anymore.
As I have written before I love to cook and I definitely love to eat, so I learned to adapt.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza is amazing!!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

An easy night used to be going out for say pizza,nachos or burgers. So make it easy again. Make pizza crusts and freeze them for a quick dinner. Take them out and top them how you’d like. Either make hamburgers ahead of time and have them in the freezer, or buy a brand that will work for you. I enjoy Kirkland brand from Costco as well as their Deli Cart Sausages. You can also go straight to your butcher and order some that are gluten free. Cook up a few pounds of ground beef or chicken, season it for tacos and freeze it in individual packages. If you’re making Shepherd’s Pie, why not make two or three, and freeze the extra. Same with spaghetti sauce, chili, soup; I always double the recipe and freeze the extra. Why not try cabbage rolls or sloppy joes.

So just because you’re limited in the choices of foods that you can eat, it doesn’t mean that you no longer have easy nights or that all of your meals have to be stressful. You can make mealtime and food enjoyable again!

Don’t think about the foods you can’t eat. Just think about ways you can make the foods that you used to eat work for you!

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