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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream (SRC)

I’m all about frozen desserts. Anytime of the year you can bet I’ll have something sweet in my freezer, and this toasted coconut ice cream might just be the next staple!

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Not overly sweet, but thick and creamy, this toasted coconut ice cream is scrumptious on it’s own yet compliments add-ins or toppings as well.Are you a fan of Almond joy or Mounds candy bar flavors? Stir in or top with chocolate chips and toasted slivered almonds…or you prefer a more fruity, tropical route, crushed pineapple or diced mango and a splash of rum makes for a sophisticated treat. It’s allergen-friendly too: free of egg, dairy, nuts, gluten, soy, grains, refined sugars and it’s vegan, so even sensitive tummies can enjoy this dessert! toasted coconut ice cream scoop1

This recipe was lightly adapted from Emily’s Toasted Coconut Ice Cream from Life on Food. I was assigned Emily’s blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal and loved searching through her site! Emily shares a love of food and the importance of family meals like me, plus she has adorable baby photos that will make you smile while you look through tons of recipes that will make you hungry. While I ultimately chose ice cream, I also had my eye on her Salmon Burgers with Carrot Slaw, Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Corn Risotto Stuffed Peppers…all of which I will be trying soon :)

I made a few little swaps based on preferences and what I had in the kitchen. I used two cans of full-fat coconut milk instead of one light and one regular; I don’t mind the extra fat since it creates a really smooth base for this ice cream. Also, I used coconut palm sugar in place of white sugar, I really wanted to play up the coconut trifecta :) I wound up adding a pinch of sea salt, it’s habit but feel free to leave this out if preferred.  I wound up saving a couple tablespoons of the toasted coconut for garnish, but you can toss it all into the base like Emily if you want.

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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream (lightly adapted from Life on Food)

Ingredients
2 (13.5 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk (OR 1 can light coconut milk and 1 full-fat)
1/2 – 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or granulated sugar)*
1/2 cup unsweetened and shredded coconut
pinch of sea salt

Instructions
1. Place the coconut milk, sweetener and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about two hours.
2. Place shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and toast in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch closely, coconut toasts quickly. Cool and set aside.
3. When you are ready to make the ice cream, stir in 6 tablespoons of the toasted coconut with the coconut milk mixture. Set aside two tablespoons for garnish.
4. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions then transfer to a container with a lid and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more. Scoop, sprinkle with toasted coconut and enjoy!
*This ice cream isn’t crazy sweet, so you like your desserts a little sweeter, bump up the sweetener to your liking. Taste the base before you chill it. You want it a bit sweeter than you like your ice cream, since the freezing process dulls the sweetness a bit. I am sure agave, another liquid sweetener or even date paste could be substituted for the sugar if you’d like!

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April 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm 2 comments

Chorizo Ragu over Spaghetti Squash

Weeknight dinners can be a chore when you’re in a time-crunch, especially if you’re hungry and ready to eat. While the idea of meal planning is fantastic and I try to schedule out meals for the work-week, yet sometimes I “live on the edge”….or that’s what I tell myself when I’m forced to wing it and try to whip up something different with ingredients I have on hand.

Thus, this chorizo ragu was born. Quick, simple and tasty…yay for spontaneous dinners! Plus, add some bonus points since you can make this ahead; the leftovers are deeeelicious! If you prefer to prep meals on the weekend to get a jumpstart to your busy week, this dish might be on your next to-make list. If you want a filling grain-free meal packed with veggies and nutrition, give this one a go as well :)

Slightly spicy and loaded with smoky flavor from the cumin and paprika, this Mexican-inspired ragu packed with protein, fiber, veggies to keep you full AND satisfied. The squeeze of fresh lime really makes the spices and flavors pop and brightens the dish so I’d advise not the leave that out :)

If you don’t have spaghetti squash, serve this ragu over fresh greens for a spin on a warm taco salad or even your favorite cooked grain (like quinoa or brown rice) for a burrito bowl type meal. I had a little bit of the ragu leftover and served it over a baked sweet potato for lunch…YUM. Yep, I’ll be doing that again soon!

Chorizo Ragu over Spaghetti Squash
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian/Vegan option, Nut-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free

Ingredients

1 medium spaghetti squash, halved and deseeded
2/3 lb gluten free chorizo (can use chicken chorizo or vegetarian chorizo)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 jalapeno, deseeded and deveined, minced OR several shakes of ground cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t want added heat)
1/2 small onion, sliced or chopped (about 2/3 cup)
1 bell pepper, diced (red, yellow or orange)
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cups cooked black or pinto beans
2-4 cups of spinach or swiss chard, collards or kale, de-stemmed, deveined and chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
squeeze of fresh lime
sea salt and pepper to taste

Garnish/serving ideas
shredded cheddar or monterrey jack cheese, optional (omit for vegan and/or dairy free)

fresh cilantro for serving, optional

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly drizzle olive oil over squash and season with salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until tender, roughly 30-35 minutes based on size. Once cooked, let cool slightly then scrape with a fork to create strands and set aside for serving.

2. While squash cooks, prepare the “ragu”. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add chorizo and onion. If using a really lean chorizo or a vegetarian substitute, saute in 1 Tbsp of oil. Saute until cooked through and no longer pink and lightly browned.

3. Add garlic, cumin, paprika and jalapeno or red pepper (if using) and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to one minute.

4. Add bell pepper, tomato and beans and cook for 3-4 minutes. Toss in spinach/greens and cook another minute or two until wilted.

5. Add cilantro the the skillet along with fresh squeezed lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Serve ragu over cooked spaghetti squash. Sprinkle with grated cheese, diced avocado and/or additional cilantro if desired and enjoy!

Serves 4

Timesaver: You can cook the spaghetti squash a couple of days ahead or the night before to speed up prep time. Just reheat in the oven or in the skillet.

April 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Creamy “Zoodles” with Chicken and Broccoli

I purchased a Spiralizer a year ago, and wow has that little tool come in handy! Apple “noodles”, super-quick sweet potato fries and spiralized zucchini are just a few of my favorites. For some, zucchini noodles and spiralized ingredients might be old news but if this concept is new, I encourage you to give them a go. Plus, it’s fun…and who couldn’t use some extra fun?!

I continue to be amazed at the versatility of zucchini: what an incredible veggie. You can use zucchini noodles aka “zoodles” as a grain-free or light pasta replacement OR you can bulk up your pasta dishes so you can have half zoodles and half noodles…that way you can load up on veggies and still have your pasta without a carb-induced coma :) I’ve pureed zucchini for a bean-free hummus, used grated zucchini in a sweet quick bread and added it to smoothies to thicken and add some veg without affecting flavor.

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Since Spring has sprung, lighter dishes have been on the menu. This dish is quick, crazy easy and packed with fresh and bright flavor! Plus, you can make it vegan by swapping out the chicken for an extra roasted veggie (think roasted marinated portabella mushrooms or roasted asparagus..mmmm). The creamy avocado sauce adds a punch of flavor from the fresh basil, garlic and bright lime or lemon juice, and the roasted broccoli lends a nutty flavor to this meal. This dish is packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and nutrition and can be served as a power lunch or dinner…and if you manage to have leftovers, those are tasty right from the fridge :) avocado chicken broccoli zoodles 2

Creamy Zoodles with Chicken and Broccoli
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, Vegan Option, Vegetarian Option, Soy-free, Paleo-friendly, Nut-free 

Ingredients

3 medium zucchini, spiralized
1 large or two small chicken breast, cooked & cubed* (For vegan/vegetarian option, use 2 cups sauteed mushrooms and/or roasted asparagus)
1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 small avocado 1 large avocado, pit removed and rough diced (will be pureed)
handful of fresh basil, chopped (roughly 1/2 cup) or cilantro
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
2 limes, juiced or 1 lemon, juiced (roughly 2 Tbsp or to taste)
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1-2 Tbsp water or as needed

Optional garnish/serving ideas
hemp seed or pinenuts or slivered almonds (if adding nuts, will not be nut-free)
fresh basil, chiffonade
slices of fresh lemon or lime

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or grease with olive oil. Add broccoli florets to the pan, drizzle with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Cook for approximately 10-12 minutes or until broccoli is tender and lightly browned.

2. While broccoli is cooking, prepare the avocado lime sauce. Add avocado, lime/lemon juice, basil, minced garlic, salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil and pureed until smooth. Add a couple tablespoons of water to thin out the sauce as needed.

3. If you prefer a less crunchy and softer zucchini noodle, either steam or saute the noodles for a couple minutes until your desired texture.

4. Add chicken, broccoli and zucchini noodles to a mixing bowl or pot. Pour/spoon the avocado sauce over the ingredients and toss to combine. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper and lime/lemon juice.

5. Divide into serving dishes and top with more basil, pinenuts/hemp seeds/almonds if desired and serve!

*I baked two small chicken breasts simply seasoned with lemon pepper, salt and olive oil at 350F for 20 minutes. I let them cool off and then cut into bite-size pieces. You could also use 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken for a super quick lunch or dinner tossed with a little lemon.

**If you prefer to steam your broccoli, that’s ok too. I enjoy the depth of flavor from roasting them.

Serves approximately 3-4 people

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April 10, 2015 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Asian Noodle Bowls with Green-Tea Poached Salmon (SRC)

Spring is finally here in Montana! Bright and sunny, longer days propel me to get moving – both in the kitchen and outside. I am also craving lights dishes with lots of vegetables…and this noodle bowl is a great place to start. It’s still comforting for the cooler evenings but light enough for a veggie-packed dinner with hunger-smashing protein to boot. asian noodle bowls tea poached salmonI’ve always been fond of green tea but never thought of poaching salmon in a tea-infused broth…different AND delicious! The Asian-inspired dressing for this one-bowl meal was not only fresh, but a little nutty and infused with ginger and garlic…a definite personal favorite. The roasted veggies add depth to the dish while the mild-flavored salmon was a perfect compliment to the noodles and sauce. It’s a winner, and my how pretty it turned out with all the fun colors! asian noodle bowls tea poached salmon 2 This recipe was lightly adapted from Sarah and Tim’s tasty blog, Curious Cuisiniere for this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment and I had a blast searching through tons of creative recipes full of fusion and culture. I love their description, “Take a journey back to your roots and bring wholesome cooking, inspired by your past, back into your home.”…and their recipes reflect just that. I was drawn in to a slew of dishes that are now on my Spring must-make list: Crockpot Coffee-Spiked Sloppy Joes, Sweet Potato Falafel with Tahini Slaw, and Layered Melon Granitas in a Jar to name a few. I ultimately chose their Asian Noodle Bowls with Tea-poached Salmon, not only was I intrigued by the fish preparation but I had a hankering for ginger and had some rainbow carrots that were calling my name. I made a few substitutions based on ingredients on hand; I increased the quantity of sauce by a third so I could drizzle a little on top of the veggies and salmon when plating and used 1 1/2 tsp of toasted sesame oil to increase the nutty flavor a tad. I also used gluten-free coconut aminos and rice noodles in lieu of soy sauce and ramen noodles to avoid an upset stomach. I cut the salmon into separate filets in order to cook them more easily and evenly in my saucepan. I didn’t have any parsley so I left that out, but I imagine cilantro would be a great addition too, but I can put cilantro on lots of things :) asian noodle bowls tea poached salmon1 Asian Noodle Bowls with Green-Tea Poached Salmon (lightly adapted from Curious Cuisiniere) Grain-free/Paleo option, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free option, Nut-free, Egg-free, Sugar-free

Ingredients
The Dressing 2 Tbsp canola oil (or a combo of 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame seed oil and 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil) 3 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce, Braggs or tamari or coconut aminos (for soy free) 1 Tbsp tahini* 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp lime juice 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated or minced ginger
The Veggies

4 medium carrots, sliced 1 lb broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 large onion, chopped 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt drizzle of olive oil

The Salmon 2 cups water
2 green tea bags
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
1 lb wild-caught salmon filets (I used 3 portions about 5-6 oz each)
The Noodles
 water 4 packages gluten-free ramen noodles, broken slightly (discard the spice packet) or 8 oz gluten free buckwheat or favorite thin pasta noodles, cooked according to package directions**
For Serving/Garnish
2 Tbsp green onions, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp sesame seeds 2 tsp parsley or cilantro (I left this out and added a squeeze of lime
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, soy sauce/liquid aminos, tahini, honey, lime juice, and ginger. Set dressing aside.
  3. Toss carrots, broccoli, and onions with a drizzle of oil and the garlic powder and salt. Spread onto a greased and foil-lined baking sheet. . Roast vegetables at 425F for 15 minutes, until darkened, but still crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. While the vegetables are roasting, in a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil with the tea bags and peppercorns. Add fish and simmer to poach for 10 minutes. Remove fish from the tea to a plate and flake with a fork.
  5. In a separate pot, cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  6. To serve: toss noodles of choice with the ginger lime dressing and ladle into individual bowls. Add vegetables and flaked salmon. Top everything with a sprinkling of green onions, sesame seeds, and parsley or cilantro. Enjoy!
Notes and Substitutions
*Creamy peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or almond butter can be substituted for tahini
**For grain-free and/or Paleo, use zucchini noodles or shirataki noodles. If using zucchini noodles, you can either eat them raw and marinate the noodles in the dressing for a crunchier bite OR lightly sauté the noodles for 2-3 minutes until desired texture, then toss with the dressing.

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March 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm 13 comments

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