Month: July 2017

Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki- Make Ahead Meal (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Soy Free Option/ Refined Sugar Free)

So I had surgery a few weeks ago. All is well, don’t worry. I knew about this surgery a couple of months ago, so I started meal prepping. As you know, with food allergies/ intolerances there are always challenges. Well when the cook in the family has to recover, it makes it even more challenging. I had to make it easy for my hubby to make some meals without a ton of time of experience. Especially considering our dietary issues. I had my freezer completely stocked. It has made this time much less stressful! I actually really enjoyed having all my meals stocked away. I have always made ahead, but this was a whole new level of organization. I do believe I will keep it up. Definitely saves time come meal time!

Just because it is summer time, don’t forget about your slow cooker. They are not just for the winter months. With it being so warm outside, I really like to use my slow cooker. You can have your meal, without heating up the whole house!

Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki- Make Ahead Meal (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Soy Free Option/  Refined Sugar Free)

2 lbs stewing beef

1 Tbsp. tapioca starch

2 tsp. sesame oil (or desired oil)

1/2 c. gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos for soy free

1/2 c. palm sugar (or desired sweetener)

1/2 c. beef broth

1/4 c. bbq sauce (I use mine)

In a large ziploc bag, put stewing beef and tapioca starch and shack until beef is thoroughly coated. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Now if you are going to save this dish to make later, label freezer bag with instructions and freezer for up to two months.

If you are making now, put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Serve on top of rice or quinoa if desired. Top with green onions.

 

Chocolate Cashew Ice Cream (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

With the dog days of summer in full swing, what are your kids asking for? I bet they want ice cream! Could you blame them? When I was a kid I used to love to hear the ice cream truck coming. You run to your room to break into your piggy bank, just so you can get some new yummy frozen treat. That is unless you can’t have traditional ice cream. Then you can feel left out.

I don’t like feeling left out. I do love enjoying treats. I love making new flavours and textures of frozen treats. This chocolate cashew ice cream is another delicious addition to my growing list of frozen treats! I hope you enjoy it!

Chocolate Cashew Ice Cream (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

2 c. raw cashews (Soaked in water for at least four hours)

1 2/3 c. water

2/3 c. maple syrup (or desired sweetener)

1/3 c. raw cacao or cocoa

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Drain and rinse cashews. Add soaked cashews, 1 2/3 cups of water, maple syrup, raw cacao and sea salt to high powered blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour into freezer safe container. Stir every 40 minutes until it reaches desired frozen texture. Store in the freezer in a sealed container. Let sit out for approximately 15-30 minutes to soften before eating.

 

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