Creamy Cabbage Clam Chowder

OMG is that a warm and fuzzy mouth full?!  If you are going to eat this, you will probably want to be by yourself or at least take a moment of silence.  IT IS JUST THAT GOOD!

I have always loved creamy clam chowder, but haven’t been able to eat it since I was a kid due to the fact that it is loaded with dairy.  I decided to make it with with my own spin on it and it did not disappoint.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb of shredded cabbage slaw
  • IMG_8540

    I/2 container of mirepoix

    1 tbsp of coconut aminos

  • IMG_9067

    This seasoning to taste

    3 drops of fish sauce

  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning to taste
  • 2 Cans of smoked clams in olive oil (drained)
  • coconut oil for sauteing
  • 1 can of organic coconut milk
  • dash of curry spice

Directions:

  • IMG_9068

    Saute the mirepoix and cabbage in coconut oil, coconut aminos, spice cave seasoning, and smoke seasoning and curry to taste.

    IMG_9069

    In a sauce/soup pot, add the sauteed veggies, coconut milk, acv, fish sauce, clams, and more spices if needed to taste.  Let simmer.  When all the flavors have come together then enjoy!

    IMG_9070

    SOOOO GOOD!

Advertisements
Posted in Dinner, Lunch | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Roasted Artichoke with Garlic

I try to make something a little special on the weekends that sets it apart from our weekly routine.  This weekend was an appetizer of Roasted artichoke with garlic.  It was super easy to put together.  The longest part was just the time it took to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 2 artichokes
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • sea salt
  • foil
  • baking dish

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 425
  • IMG_9032

    Cut off about an inch or two off the top of your artichoke and rinse.  Cut off the the stem at the bottom so it isn’t too long as well.

    Spread open the leaves a bit.

IMG_9033

Sprinkle one of the chopped cloves of garlic on each artichoke.  Squeeze half of a lemon over each artichoke and 2 tablespoons of olive oil over each one as well.  Sprinkle a dash of sea salt over each artichoke.

IMG_9035

Wrap them up in foil and place in a baking dish.  Bake at 425 for an hour or an hour and 10 mins depending on your oven.

IMG_9038

Fresh from the oven.  Soooo good!  

Posted in Dinner, Lunch, Snack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blueberry Hemp Muffins

Sundays are easy going, rest up, get ready for the beginning of the week kind of days.  It’s the only day I will sleep in a little bit without feeling guilty.  If it is a really good and indulgent Sunday like this past Sunday, I might be in my pajamas until the middle of the afternoon with a good book.

Although I consider Sundays to be low key and chill, they should always incorporate time for something that makes you want to gather in the kitchen or accompany your book and a cup of tea.  What could that be?  BLUEBERRY HEMP MUFFINS!   And for the first time I used some maple syrup I had leftover from when my mom was in town.  I LIVED!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients except for blueberries, walnuts and shredded coconut.
IMG_9021

Blend until everything is mixed well.

  • Once everything is mixed well, remove blade and then fold in the walnuts, blueberries and shredded coconut.
  • Spoon into cupcake paper lined muffin tins.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes.
IMG_9022

You won’t be able to stop at just one!

Posted in Snack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Cheesy Bacon” Casserole

Is it vegan? Yes!  Is it paleo? Yes! Is it delicious? Yes! Now that I figured out how to make bacon bits out of coconut and I figured out how to make oozy, gooey cheese from cashews, it only seems right to put them together in a lovely casserole.  I also think this casserole is deserving of a road trip to the Orange County house wife Vicki…anyone?…crickets  ANYHOO….

My point is, it is super delicious and you should totally make it!  It would be a great side dish to pass for Thanksgiving as well!

Ingredients:

  • 2 chopped portobello mushrooms
  • 2 cups of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 chopped sweet onion
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp of Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning
  • Olive oil for sauteing
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s organic frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 baked spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup of Coconut Bacon chopped small for the casserole
  • 2 tbsp of Coconut Bacon chopped small for veggie saute
  • 1 tbsp of coconut bacon blended with cashew cheese
  • 1 full batch of cashew cheese
  • 2 tbsp of flax meal

 

Directions:

  • Saute onion, garlic, mushrooms, spinach and cauliflower rice together.
  • Add in a bit of super chopped up coconut bacon for some flavor…just a couple tablespoons.  Add some coconut aminos.

IMG_9001

 

53273119271__FC622172-3041-424C-B7B5-C743E3F37FC7

You will want to have all your bacon ready to go the day before. (That is already a whole process, but it is so worth it!)

  • Make your cheese, but when you do add in 3 tbsp of South African Smoke Seasoning to make it super smokey and add a tbsp of coconut bacon to make it like a bacon cheese.
  • Once your squash is done in the oven, scoop it out into a casserole dish.

IMG_9002

  • Add the cup of chopped up coconut bacon.
  • Mix in your sauteed veggies and cashew cheese.
  • mix in the flax meal.
  • Bake on 375 for about 45 mins.
IMG_9003 (1)

Ready to dive in!

IMG_9004

Up close and personal!

Posted in Dinner, Lunch, Snack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate Chestnut Cookies

When you live with a chocoholic, you constantly have to figure out ways to keep chocolate in the house that is healthy, tasty and cures that chocolate itch.  I had some pouches of organic, roasted chestnuts that my mom brought up to me when she came to visit two weekends ago.  Because they have such a sweet, starchy and nutty flavor, I knew I could turn them into a sweet treat.  The kitchen magic started to happen…

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of roasted chestnuts
  • 1.5 cups of almond flour or cashew flour
  • 2.5 tsp of beet powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal +6 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

 

Directions:

IMG_8900

Put everything into your food processor and blend until everything is blended well.  You may have a chunk of raisin here and there.

 

  • On a parchment covered cookie sheet, place cookies on sheet and back on 350 for about 15-17 minutes depending on thickness.
  • Let cool and then indulge.
IMG_8901

Enjoy!

Posted in Snack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Savory Bites and Bits

I like the smokey taste that bacon can offer to a salad, eggs, or anything else.  I don’t necessarily want extra meat in my dishes that already have protein.  So what do you do when you want a little crunch, savory flair, and a garnish for your meal of choice? RECREATE!

I had some frozen coconut chunks in my freezer and I decided to marinate them in some coconut aminos, South African Smoke seasoning and Garlic powder.  Holy Moly!!! This was probably one of the best decisions I have made.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of Trader Joe’s Frozen Coconut Chunks.
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • 1 tsp Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning.
  • Olive oil for cooking.

Directions:

  •  

    In a baggie, put your coconut chunks, seasonings, and your coconut aminos and let marinate for a few hours or up to a day.

  • Before you cook them cut them in half so that the squares are thinner.
  • IMG_8892

    Using a grill pan, cook up the marinaded chunks of coconut.  Make sure you spray the pan or use some olive oil.  Also, cook it in the remainder of the marinade.  Make sure the chunks get nice and browned, but not burned.

    IMG_8893

    I used my toaster oven baking pan and put parchment paper on it. I put the cooked coconut chunks on that parchment covered pan and baked at 200 for about an hour.  This helped to soften them up a bit more and really let the flavor sink it.

    IMG_8894

    Cut your coconut chunks up into tiny squares so they are ready to sprinkle on top of any savory dish.  You can eat whole if you prefer, but I think they are best as a garnish.

    IMG_8895

    Served over a bed of wilted greens, and beets.  Super delicious!

Posted in Dinner, Lunch, Snack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jackfruit Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is always a great and easy snack to make.  It’s quick, versatile, and delicious.  What I love about it most is that you can make whatever flavor you like.  As long as you like the consistency of tapioca pudding, then chia pudding is going to a be a big hit.

Jackfruit  has been all the rage lately!  It can be eaten sweet or savory.  It’s loaded with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients.  Why wouldn’t you want to eat it?!  Because of its high carbohydrate content, it is the perfect post workout treat.

I decided to combine this hearty fruit with my love of chia pudding and what came out was pudding magic!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of cashew milk  or non dairy milk of choice
  • 2 bulbs of fresh or frozen jackfruit.  I used frozen.
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • a dash of cinnamon

 

Directions:

  • Blend everything except for the chia seeds.

 

  • In a small bowl, add in your chia seeds.  Pour your contents over the chia seeds and stir.  Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for a few hours to let congeal.  Enjoy!

IMG_8869

Posted in Dinner, Snack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment