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Celery Root Mash

I am always on the hunt for a mashed potato replacement. I have been hooked on cauliflower mash for months until recently when I tried celery root mash at The Parish in Downtown LA. I fell in love and instantly went on the hunt for celery root. It took 3 grocery stores but I finally found some. I love this alternative to the “Potato Mash” and I am sure you will to!

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds celery root

1/2 cup organic grass-fed milk or cream

3 tablespoons unsalted grass-fed buter

salt to taste

Celery Root

Celery Root

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Celery Root Mash

Celery Root Mash

1) Bring large pot of water to a boil, Cut celery root into 1 inch cubes place in pot and boil for 30 minutes

2) Drain celery root and return to pot

3) add milk, butter and any add ins ( I aded 1 clove of garlic and onions) Mash add salt to taste, mash some more and serve!

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Curry & Kelp (Shrimp Coconut Curry with Kelp Noodles)

I have been hearing a lot about the health benefits of Kelp Noodles and I really wanted to try them out. Aside from being gluten-free, wheat-free and raw, kelp noodles are a type of seaweed that are jammed packed with nutrients. Now I LOVE Thai curry oh so much so I decided curry and kelp would be a perfect match! Here is my creation and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did.

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbs Ghee

2 Onions Chopped

3 Cloves Garlic

2 Tbs Tomato Paste

2 Tbs Curry Powder (I use Penzeys Spices)

1 Cinnamon Stick

2 Dried Chiles

1/2 Cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped broccoli

Salt & Pepper to Taste

2 Cans of Coconut Milk

2 Cups Chicken Stalk

1 lb shrimp

1/4 cup Cilantro

1 Lemon Juiced

DIRECTIONS:

Heat Ghee in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook slowly until the onions are very soft, about 15 minutes. Add tomato paste, curry powder, cinnamon stick, and chiles and stir. Season with salt and pepper and then add coconut milk and chicken stalk and bring back to a simmer. Add rinsed kelp noodles and cook until sauce has thickened about 20 minutes. Add tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, shrimp, cilantro and lemon juice. Simmer 15 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro and eat!

 

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Homemade Almond Milk

Now I normally purchase Organic Pacific Almond Milk at Whole Foods but a couple of weeks ago I found myself at Ralphs grabbing some last-minute items and I knew I was out of almond milk so I grabbed some through it in the cart and went on my way. When I got home and glanced at the ingredients and I WAS APPALLED!!!!! What in the world was in my almond milk? So I went on-line ordered my Nut -Milk-Bag, placed 1 cup of almonds in a bowl of water in the refrigerator and waited for my amazon Prime delivery.

As soon as the bag arrived I drained the almonds, put them in my vitamix added 3 cups of fresh cold water, a pinch of sea salt and chopped vanilla bean and press blend! After that you drain the milk through your Nut-Milk Bag and TA-DA you have almond milk with only 3 ingredients. It was way to easy!

Almonds

Almonds

soaking almonds in water

soaking almonds in water

Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

The following week I made cashew milk and used it to make peaches n cream sorbet in my vitamix. 1 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup cashew milk, 1 tbs flaxseed meal 1 tbs raw honey and you have sorbet!

Peaches N Cream

Peaches N Cream

Another great recipe I tried involved dates (who dosn’t love a good date) so here is that recipe:

1 cup Almonds (soaked overnight and drained)

3 cups fresh water

3 pitted dates

1 whole vanilla bean chopped (also soaked in water a few hours prior)

a pinch of sea salt

a pinch of cinnamon

Place almonds, water and dates in blender and blend on high! drain in nut milk bag over a bowl then once strained pour into jar of choice and add salt and cinnamon. drink within 3-5 days.

My New Obsession (smoothie bowls and overnight oats)

I must say that my favorite thing to do before bed each night is to scroll through Pinterest, I love searching for fashion and food inspiration! I kept noticing two new food trends that I just had to try, Smoothie Bowls & Overnight Oats Oh My!!!! Now that I tried them I Am Obsessed!!!!

The smoothie bowls are so so easy…… Just make your smoothie of choice pour it in a bowl and top with all of your favorite toppings and TA-DA smoothie bowl! I eat them and I feel like I am eating frozen yogurt for breakfast.

 

Banana & Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Banana & Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Now this bowl has 1 banana, 1 Cup frozen peaches, 2 tbs flaxseed meal, 1 Cup almond milk (made by me), and 1 tbs of  Barney Butter  Almond Butter. Then I topped it with gluten-free  Grawnola by Hail Merry

 

Green Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl

Now this bowl is a green smoothie made with 1 cup almond milk, lots and lots of kale, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbs flaxseed meal and then I topped it with crushed cashews, almonds, & Chia Seeds!

 

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Now for the overnight oats all you do is put 3/4 Cup oats, 1/2 c almond milk, 1 1/2 tbs nut butter of choice,  2tsp brown sugar, 1tsp chia seeds, stir together and refrigerate overnight in a mason jar. In the morning add toppings and enjoy cold!

 

overnight oats

overnight oats

You can mix up the flavors to your overnight oats and add in any mix-ins your heart desires and again in the morning don’t forget to add TOPPINGS!!!

 

banana and fig overnight oats

banana and fig overnight oats

This jar has 3/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 1/2 tbs fig jam, & 1 tsp chia seeds

* now don’t forget to be creative you can even add 1/3 cup of yogurt to your overnight oats if you choose!

 

 

 

Paleo “Fried Chicken”

I was craving some fried chicken the other night so I had to think up a Paleo friendly recipe.  Here is the recipe ENJOY!!!!

Ingredients

2 cups Almond meal ( I just put almonds in the blender so that it was pretty chunky) or you can mix 1 cup almond meal and 1 cup shredded coconut and or coconut flour
*1 cup grated Parmesan (For those of you Paleo eaters that eat dairy, if not then skip the parmesan)
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil, divided
2 tablespoons freshly minced thyme leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup Paleo friendly Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons water
2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless organic free-range chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 -inch thickness

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place a cooling rack over pan and spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.

In a shallow dish, combine almond meal, cheese (if desired), 2 tablespoons coconut oil, thyme, salt and pepper, to taste. In a separate shallow dish, combine paleo friendly mustard, water, salt and pepper, to taste, and remaining coconut oil. Coat each chicken breast with mustard mixture; dredge each in almond mixture. Place on prepared rack in pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown. Serve immediately. I served it up with a side of cauliflower mash!

 

Paleo "Fried Chicken"

Paleo “Fried Chicken”

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Paleo Granola

Paleo Granola

Paleo Granola

 

Base Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  •  1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Combine base ingredients in a large bowl; blend well
  3. Spread mixture onto a prepared baking sheet. (grease pan with coconut oil)
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes or so.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

 

When you serve add fresh berries and almond milk!