Maple Glazed Beets (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

So do you remember when I said that I didn’t like beets? It was when I had made my ¬†Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake. Well that was because the only other way I had eaten beets was boiled. Yes I said boiled… Just in water. Yuck…

Well in the fall when I was making my delicious red velvet cake, I had picked up a second ten pound bag of beets. I really thought about it, and believe it or not, I decided that I shouldn’t use twenty pounds of beets to only make chocolate cakes.

So then I decided to start to try roasting them. I added the sweetness of the maple syrup and the tang from the vinegar and they tasted great!! I can no ;longer say that I am not a fan of beets. I have now become a beet lover!!

Maple Glazed Beets

Maple Glazed Beets (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

4 beets peeled and chopped ***

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar

1 tsp maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together beets and olive oil in glass baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes.

Take out and coat beets in vinegar and maple syrup. Bake for 15 more minutes. Serve.

Maple Glazed Beets

*** Don’t worry about the red dye from the beets. A little bit of soap and water and it’s all gone. No your hand will not stay stained. No you don’t not have to scrub them. Just wash them ūüôā

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Hearty Vegetable Soup (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free)

In the winter we always crave comfort food. I love having soups in the winter. Just being about to eat the nice warm veggies and broth will take any chill out of your body.

It has been a very long time since I had a canned soup. It was long before I figured out about all my allergies. Have you looked at the ingredient list? Let alone things that I can not pronounce that just scares me to death, but the amount of sodium is crazy! With a homemade soup you can control the salt.

Hearty Vegetable Soup

If you enjoy dipping something into your soup, never fear… Paleo Biscuits are here!

Hearty Vegetable Soup

Hearty Vegetable Soup (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free)

1 medium onion

1 clove garlic-minced

1 lg. carrot

2 ribs of celery

1 medium sweet potato

2 c. cabbage-chopped

1- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes

2 tsp. onion powder

1 inch raw ginger-minced

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

sea salt to taste

4 c. water

2 c. kale or spinach

Peel and chop up all your vegetables. Add everything in your soup pot except your kale/spinach. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until vegetables are tender. Cooking time will take between thirty minutes and an hour depending on the size of your chunks.  Add your kale/spinach and cook for ten more minutes. Salt to taste.

Hearty Vegetable Soup

If there is any leftovers or if you make a double batch, this soup freezes well.

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Apple Pie Green Smoothie (Paleo/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free)

Happy New Year to everyone!!!

With the start of a new year comes resolutions. There are the usual suspects… ¬† ¬†Get into shape, get out of debt, get organized and of coarse lose weight and eat better…

People always make the resolutions with the best of intentions. Unfortunately most of us start out great, but the enthusiasm fizzles away after a few weeks.

Why don’t we do ourselves a favour? Why not just remember that we are human and we’re not perfect.¬†Instead of going completely gung ho then failing, make small steps towards the goals that we want to achieve. If we have a bad day or week, just start over and try again. By the end of 2016 we might just be a little closer to our goals and a whole lot happier!

So on that note, I am trying smoothies again. If you have been a reader of mine, then you may remember that early last year, I had far too many fruits with all of my smoothies and they didn’t agree with me. This time, per serving you only get a half an apple, half a tablespoon of raw honey, cinnamon that actually helps to stabilize your blood sugar, hemp hearts and sunflower seed butter for 16 grams of protein, raw ginger and green tea that have antioxidants.

 

Apple Pie Green Smoothie

It taste very similar to apple pie which is a fabulous way to start the year!!

Apple Pie Green Smoothie (Paleo/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free)

2 c. chilled green tea (I make mine the night before and let it steep in the fridge overnight)

1 lg. apple (or two small ones, any flavour)

a small handful of kale (I use three stocks)

1/2 c. hemp hearts

2 Tbsp. sunflower seed butter (or seed/nut butter desired)

1 inch chunk of raw ginger

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. raw honey-optional (if vegan use maple syrup)

Put all your ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.

Apple Pie Green Smoothie

 

Makes two servings.

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45 Holiday Treats (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

Raw Cashew Pepper Dip (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free)

There are so many holiday gatherings this time of year! You should always bring something to add to the party, but especially if you have issues with food. I get tired of bringing the same thing everywhere.

Raw Cashew Pepper Dip

So I am always looking for a new and delicious dip to go with my veggies and crackers. I really enjoy mixing veggies with cashews to come up with great new flavours. Let’s face it, when you don’t have food issues you get to try all these amazing new flavour combinations whenever you’d like. Why shouldn’t we be able to have amazing new flavours as well!

This dip is a fantastic addition to your holiday spread!

Raw Cashew Pepper Dip

Raw Cashew Pepper Dip  (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Nut Free Option)

1 c. raw cashews (if you can not have cashews then sub in goat cheese)

1 c. sweet red pepper-chopped (or colour of choice)

1/2 c. red onion- chopped (or desired onion)

2 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

1 Tbsp. maple syrup-optional (honey can be used if not vegan)**

1/4-1/3 c. water

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Soak cashews in 2 cups of water for at least 3-4 hours.

Rinse cashews thoroughly. Place all the ingredients into a strong blender.

Raw Cashew Pepper Dip

Pulse until everything is smooth, scraping down the sides. Keep covered for up to one week in the fridge. Thickens a bit as it sits.Goes great as a dip for veggies or crackers.

**If you’d like a slight bit to this dip then just leave out the maple syrup.

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Triple Coconut Macaroons (Paleo/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

At Christmas time I am always looking for new favourites to make, to go onto my holiday goodie platters. I have always made a wide variety of treats for Christmas time, even after the food problems arose. I think that I make a wider variety now than I did pre-food problems. As many of you know that have issues with food, quite often the only treats that you can eat are made by yourself. I have cheated in the past with treats that have either been bought or made by someone else. I usually end up with not so nice results after consuming them. It can get very frustrating but if you just embrace the fact that you can pretty much only trust and eat what you make yourself, it gets easier.

I have always enjoyed coconut macaroons! Unfortunately I can no longer have the ones that I used to make with eggs (that apparently I never posted, haha oops). Don’t worry, these ones are way better than they were anyway! I started playing with my sweetened condensed coconut milk recipe and these delicious treats were created!!

Triple Coconut Macaroons

Have them plain or top them with chocolate. Either way they will be a great addition to your holiday platter!!

I have been baking for a couple of weeks now and think that I am nearing the end… Well, we’ll see. I bake, then eat, then need to repeat because they’re all gone. But really, when they are so yummy what else do you do? Does anyone else have this problem?

I hope you enjoy these delicious treats! Hopefully they can make it to your holiday platter!

Triple Coconut Macaroons

Triple Coconut Macaroons (Paleo/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 batch of sweetened condensed coconut milk

4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

1/3 c. coconut flour

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 c. dairy free dark chocolate (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl (or in the pan the you made your sweetened condensed coconut milk in), add coconut, coconut flour, vanilla and salt. Stir until completely mixed.

Spoon onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. I use my one inch scoop. You can also just roll into small balls, but be sure to wet your hands as the dough is sticky.

Bake for 11-12 minutes or until macaroons start to brown. Let cool.

Triple Coconut Macaroons

Melt chocolate and drizzle onto macaroons. Let chocolate harden. Store in a cover container on counter for up to five days or in the freezer.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna (Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free)

I have been eating so many more whole foods over the last five years. I did eat pretty well before being diagnosed with all the food allergies and intolerances, but am doing much more now. I have found that I feel so much better these days!

Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna

Although I do still eat meat, I have been eating a more plant based diet lately. I find that I can make and enjoy many meals this way. Even Dr Oz promotes plant based and a whole food diet. Not only do I feel better but even my doctor recently said that my blood pressure as well as my liver and kidneys function like that of a teenager. I attribute that to healthy living and eating whole foods! There are even foods¬†¬†that keep you looking and feeling younger. There are mushrooms (which I’m allergic to so I avoid them), legumes, nuts, spinach and bananas. I consumer these constantly!

So whether you are going completely vegan or just trying to add more vegan meals into your diet, it will help your health to eat more whole foods. You will do your body good to feel healthier and younger!

Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna

Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna (Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free)

Sauce:

1 medium onion-diced

1 clove garlic-minced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2-28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes or crushed (whichever is your preference)

1/2 c. dried lentils or 1- 19 oz. can (drained and rinsed)

2 tsp. dried basil

1-10 oz. box of frozen spinach

sea salt and pepper to taste

Sweet potato layer:

2 medium sweet potatoes

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. dried basil

 

1 batch of cashew cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

To make sauce:

In a large pot, saute diced onion in olive oil over medium heat for five minutes. Add garlic,tomatoes, lentils and basil to pot and stir thoroughly. If lentils are dried cook sauce for approximately 45 minutes, until lentils are thoroughly cooked. Add 1/4 cup of water as needed for boiling. Stir frequently. If lentils are canned, cook for approximately 20 minutes.

Add spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Set sauce aside.

To make sweet potatoes:

Peel sweet potatoes and slice very thin. My slicer cuts to 2 mm. Toss sliced sweet potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle with basil. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until sweet potato slices are cooked through. It will depend on how thinly sliced your potatoes are.

Divide sweet potatoes, sauce and cashew cream into thirds and layer in a 9″ by 9″ pan sweet potatoes, then sauce, then cashew cream. Repeat two more times.

Bake for 30 minutes.** Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before serving. This meal makes 4-6 servings.

Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna

If you are making this ahead and putting it in the fridge before baking, then bake until completely heated through.

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Salted Chocolate Bark (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Nut Free)

The holidays are coming and with it comes sweet treats! People drop by unexpectedly all throughout December. Some people even bring some type of gift that you were definitely not expecting. As the season winds up, I like to have a variety of sweets that I can not only feed my guests, but also have little gifts on hand. This wonderful bark is not only super easy to make, but it is also absolutely delicious!

You can also wrap some into small cellophane packages and top with a pretty bow to hand out as gifts.

Salted Dark Chocolate Bark

 

Salted Dark Chocolate Bark (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Nut Free)

2 c. dairy free dark chocolate

2/3 c. seeds, dried fruit or chopped nuts(if nuts are allowed)

coarse sea salt

Salted Dark Chocolate Bark

 

Melt chocolate in a double boiler (a metal bowl that fits over a pot works fine). Pour melted chocolate onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Top with seeds or nuts, then sea salt. Put into the fridge to harden. Break into pieces. Store in the fridge or freezer in a covered container.

 

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Pumpkin Cookies (Paleo/ Vegan/ Nut-Free/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I think if every season had a flavour then autumn would be pumpkin spice! Seriously, can you go anywhere without hearing about pumpkin spice everything? I can’t blame anyone though. Pumpkin spice is spectacular! Well I can’t be any different can I?

I would like to introduce you to my pumpkin cookies that are filled with lovely pumpkin spice! They are not only free from gluten, dairy, sugar, grains but they are also vegan, paleo and nut free! So what is left in my cookies? Just plain old deliciousness!!

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies (Paleo/ Vegan/ Nut-Free/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1/3 c. tapioca starch

1/3 c. coconut flour

2/3 c. ground flax

2/3 c. palm sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. pumpkin spice

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/3 c. coconut oil- softened

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 c. pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl whisk together tapioca starch, coconut flour, ground flax, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice and sea salt. Set aside.

In a medium size bowl beat coconut oil, lemon juice and pumpkin puree. Stir in dry mixture. Spoon batter into one inch balls onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten cookie balls with fork or they will remain cookie balls.

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies

Bake 10-11 minutes for soft cookies. These freeze beautifully.

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