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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15 Delicious Treats with Hidden Healthy Ingredients (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free/ Grain Free/ Paleo)

I have said it before and I’ll say it again… I love hiding healthy unexpected ingredients into your favourite treats! Be it beets into cake, sweet potatoes into frosting or chickpeas into cookies, getting people to eat the foods that they don’t “think” they like is fun!

All of these yummy treats are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and many are also vegan, nut free, grain free and paleo. Check out this great array of  tricky treats!

15 Treats with Healthy Hidden Ingredients

15 Delicious Treats with Hidden Healthy Ingredients (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free/ Nut Free/ Paleo/ Grain Free)

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Frosting Vanilla Cupcakes

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Frosting also paleo, vegan, nut free, grain free

Chocolate Avocado Chickpea Cookies

Chocolately Avocado Chickpea Cookies also vegan, grain free

Spiced Zucchini Muffins

Spiced Zucchini Muffins also vegan

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting 2

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting also paleo, vegan, nut free, grain free

Healthy-Avocado Fudgesicles

Healthy Avocado Fudgesicles also paleo, grain free, nut free, vegan

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies 3

 

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies, also vegan, grain free

Cinnamon-Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies also vegan, grain free

Chocolate Zucchini Cake w Sweet Potato Frosting

 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

 

Avocado Chocolate Pudding also vegan, paleo, nut free, grain free

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins also vegan

Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies

 

Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies also vegan, paleo, nut free, grain free

Mini "Cheese" Cake Bites

 

Raw “Cheese” Cake Bites also vegan, paleo, grain free

Raspberry Zucchini Loaf

Raspberry Zucchini Loaf also vegan

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies also vegan and nut free

Chocolate Beet Cake

Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake also paleo, vegan, nut free, grain free

 

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Breakfast Sausage Patties (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Egg Free/ Dairy Free)

Breakfast is a wonderful thing! It is also the most important meal of the day! Since I can’t have eggs anymore, I have a hard time coming up with new ideas. Sometimes I will have smoothie, or sweet potato bacon hash, pancakes, or waffles…. Over the summer these were one of my favorites. These wonderful little sausage patties taste great on their own or on a biscuit, cooked on the bbq or in a pan. Anyway you enjoy them, works great!

Breakfast Sausage Patties

 

 

Breakfast Sausage Patties (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Egg Free/ Dairy Free)

3 lbs. lean ground pork, turkey or chicken

2 tsp. dries basil

1 tsp. dried rosemary

2 tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. chili peppers

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. mustard powder

1/3 c. diced onion or 2 Tbsp. dry minced

In a large bowl mix your spices together with your meat. Divide the meat mixture into tennis balls and flatten into patties.**

Cook in skillet on medium low heat for approximately 4 minutes per side or until fully cooked.

Breakfast Sausage Patties

**To freeze, place uncooked patties onto parchment paper lined tray. Place into the freezer for two hours. Remove and cut around each pattie. Place into freeze containers having parchment paper between each pattie for easier removal.

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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake (Paleo/ Nut-Free/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I am not a fan of beets. I don’t really like that earthy flavour that they have. So now you’re saying, Sandi if you don’t like beets then why are you making a cake with beets in it? Well you see, beets are very good for you and they were on sale. Haha, yes I said it. I bought the beets because they were on sale. I know that they’re good for me so I was trying to make them work. I tried to put them into one of my raw soups… Nope I didn’t like that. So then I tried adding them to a smoothie, nope that’s not happening again. So then I decided that I would just have to hide them in chocolate. Yes, that works! After some adjusting of how much grating beet was entering my chocolate cake I have found an agreeable amount.Not only do I not taste the beets but I get to freak other people out when I tell them that beets are in my cake! It’s a win win I believe.

Chocolate Beet Cake

So when I was deciding that I would be able to hide my beets in a chocolate cake, I also decided that I wanted this cake to have a few other qualities. I wanted it to be paleo, but nut free as well as vegan. So after playing I have made a delicious chocolate cake that I now top with my chocolate sweet potato frosting (haha another veggie hidden).

Chocolate Beet Cake

 

Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake (Paleo/ Nut-Free/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1/3 c. tapioca starch

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. ground flax

2/3 c. raw cacao or cocoa

2/3 c. palm sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. coconut oil- softened

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 c. milk alternative

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. peeled, grated beets

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl, whisk together tapioca starch, coconut flour, ground flax, raw cacao, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in softened coconut oil and stir thoroughly. Stir in lemon juice, milk alternative and vanilla. Then stir in grated beets.

Spread batter into pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake 9″ by 9′ square for 35-40 minutes,  9 1/2″ round for 30-35 minutes.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Let cool thoroughly. Store cake in a sealed container on the counter for up to three days. Freezes well.

Optional: You can top your cake with Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting 

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Goat Cheese Sausage Lasagna (Gluten Free)

Catelli has done it again! They have expanded their gluten free product line to now include Lasagne and Linguine!

 

Goat Cheese Sausage Lasagna

“Canadians asked for a gluten free lasagne that doesn’t taste gluten free, and we delivered,” said Sandra Kim, Catelli Director of Marketing, explaining that Catelli developed this product to fill a gap in the marketplace. “Our research indicates there is consumer demand for gluten free lasagne with better flavour and texture, and with Catelli’s unique formula that combines four different grains, we have succeeded in creating just that.”

Catelli LasagneCatelli Linguine

 

Catelli® Gluten Free Lasagne – an oven-ready lasagne that does not need to be boiled or cooked beforehand – is the sixth cut of pasta to be featured in the Catelli® Gluten Free Pasta line, voted by consumers as a 2015 Best New Product Award winner. The line also includes Penne, Fusilli, Macaroni, Spaghetti, and recently-introduced Linguine.

 

Being a Canadian blogger I have developed a lasagna recipe that not only features the new Catelli Gluten Free Lasagne but give a different spin to a traditional lasagna with the addition of sausage and goat cheese.

Goat Cheese Sausage Lasagna

Goat Cheese Sausage Lasagna (Gluten Free)

2 c. diced sweet pepper (red, green or orange)- 1 lg pepper

2 c. diced onion – 1 lg onion

2 c. diced sweet potato- 1 medium potato

3 gluten free sausages- diced

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. smoked paprika

4 c. pasta sauce

1-300 gram. pkg. goat cheese

1- 250 gram pkg. Catelli Gluten Free Lasagne 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large skillet cook sausage, vegetables, cumin and paprika on medium heat until pork is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are soft. Divide meat/vegetable mixture into four sections.

In a 9″ by 13″ greased baking dish spread 2 Tbsp. of pasta sauce over the bottom of dish. Arrange four lasagna noodles. Top with approximately one cup of sauce, then with one section of meat/vegetable mixture and one quarter of crumbled goat cheese log.

Repeat three more times with noodles, sauce, meat/vegetable mixture and goat cheese.

Bake covered with foil for 30-35 minutes or until noodles are cooked through. Let site for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve and enjoy!

 

About Catelli® Gluten Free pasta

·           Made from a unique four-grain blend of white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa.

·           Available in Spaghetti, Fusilli, Penne and Macaroni, and new Lasagne and Linguine.

·           Delicious taste, smooth texture.

·           Voted the Best New Gluten Free Pasta by Consumers.*

·           Rated extremely high** by consumers in blind taste tests for taste, texture, colour and appearance.

·           Produced in a dedicated gluten free facility.

·           Certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program.

·           Made with ingredients that are declared GMO free: white rice flour, brown rice flour, corn flour, quinoa flour, monoglycerides (from vegetable/palm oil).

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Split Pea Soup with Ham (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends!! Yes, here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, where as the United States celebrates on the last Thursday of November. Whenever you are celebrating I pray that you will have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and of course delicious food!

For those having turkey, you may want to try Chicken Pot Pie (yes you can use turkey) to use up some of your leftovers.

Split Pea Soup

Then there are those who will celebrate with a ham (or a turkey as well). We usually buy those hams that have the bone going right through the middle. I think it is part of the butt. Yes I could Google it so that I know for sure, but guess what, it doesn’t matter to me. All that matters is that ham is delicious! Now onto what you are going to do… You have cut most of the meat off the bone and save the bone for your soup. If you forgot to save your bone them you can just use two cups of diced up ham for this soup.

 

As my hubby says, this is a “stick to your ribs” kinda soup!

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup with Ham (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free)

2 tsp. olive oil

1 medium onion

2 medium carrots

2 ribs of celery

2 c. dried split peas

2 tsp.thyme

16 c. water

1 ham bone-with meat on it or ham shanks

Dice onions, carrots and celery. Place into large pot with oil. Saute on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Add water, split peas, thyme and ham bone. Don’t worry if the water doesn’t cover the bone. Just flip the bone over after about an hour. Bring water to a boil, then turn down heat to medium low. Let simmer for approximately 2 hours or until peas are soft (well they pretty much dissolve) and soup is thickened. When soup is cooked, remove bone (it should be falling apart and the meat falling off of it) and the meat. Discard the bones and cut up meat into bite size pieces.

Store soup in covered container in the fridge for up to three days. Freezes well. Soup thickens as it cools. The first day is fine, but the next days you may need to add water to thin soup out.

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Apple Fritter Muffins (Gluten Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

All of the fall festivals are happening right now and some of the main guests would be apples and apple fritters. As you know, when you have food allergies you just can’t buy those wonderful treats that are features at the festivals. Well, I don’t like to miss out. As many of you know, I really really enjoy treats!!!

Apple Fritter Muffins

This year I finally decided that I had been missing out on apple fritters far too long. Those yummy treats that are over flowing with chunks of apple and covered in that sweet wonderful glaze…

Yes, that was it, I had to make them. After a few tries I have come up with these absolutely delicious treats that rival the real thing! Even though it has been over five years since I had an actual apple fritter, these little beauties took me right back to that time!

Photo Bomb Apple Fritter Muffins

By the way, as I was doing the photo shoot for my muffins, my daughter decided that my grandson had to photo bomb! 🙂 Yes they love them too!

Apple Fritter Muffins

Apple Fritter Muffins (Gluten Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

3/4 c. gluten free flour mix

1/2 c. millet flour (or 1/2 c. additional GF flour mix)

1/3 c. ground flax

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

2 tsp. ground cinnamon (divided)

3/4 c. palm sugar plus 1 Tbsp. (or desired granular sugar)

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

2 medium size apples (I have used gala and jersey macs)

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a medium size bowl, whisk together flours, flax, baking powder, baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon and xanthan gum. Set aside

In a large bowl beat together coconut oil, apple sauce, 3/4 c. palm sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Add in dry mixture. Stir together until mixed.

In a medium sized bowl, add peeled and diced apples, 1 Tbsp. palm sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Toss together. Put apple mixture into batter and stir until mixed.

Divide batter into 12 greased muffin tins. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool ten minutes. Remove from tins and let cool completely

Topping;

2 tsp. coconut oil-melted

1 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Stir together topping ingredients and drizzle over muffins. Keep on the counter in a sealed container for up to three days. Freezes well.

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Creamy Apple Coleslaw (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

This is the first full week of fall and with it we have all of the flavours of fall! Lets face it, we still have so many different fall fruits and vegetables that are available to us! Among those are nice fresh fall apples as well as cabbage. I have made this coleslaw for quite a while without the apples, but I have to say that adding the apples in gives your mouth a happy surprise. Coleslaw dressing is usually on the sweeter side. The apple pieces give each bite a tangy sweetness.

Creamy Apple Coleslaw

Traditional coleslaw dressing is usually filled with mayonnaise.  Since this dressing is made from raw cashews, it’s perfect for eating clean! The creamy texture and maple undertones of this dressing have delicious flavours that completely compliment each other!

Creamy Apple Coleslaw

Creamy Apple Coleslaw (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Slaw:

8 c. shredded cabbage

2 medium carrots -peeled and shredded

2 apples-diced (I used Macintosh, but you can used whatever type you’d like)

1 green onion- sliced (or other mild onion)

Dressing:

1/2 c. raw cashews (soaked in water for at least four hours- then rinse and drain)

1/4 c. water

1/4 c. olive oil (or desired oil)

1/3 c. maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. ground mustard powder

sea salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients for dressing into blender. Blend on high until all ingredients are pureed and smooth. Put all ingredients for your slaw into in large bowl.

Mix dressing into slaw. Salt and pepper to taste. I like to let all the flavours combine for a few hours before serving.

Leftovers can be store covered in the fridge for up to three days.

 

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