Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Rosemary Spiced Almonds

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I know what you’re all thinking…”Oh my goodness, next week is Christmas, I need a snack recipe to set out for my friends and family that only takes a few minutes!”

I know! Me, too!

Whole30 is not about snacking yourself through the day, so think of this recipe as a delicious addition to a Whole30 meal (topping a salad or chopped over roasted veggies) and as mercy to yourself when you are famished and only grain-carb-sugar city has come to town.

These Rosemary Spiced Almonds are a cinch to prepare and totally hit the spot when you want that extra depth to your already amazing meal.

RECIPE:

ROSEMARY SPICED ALMONDS

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of organic raw almonds
2 Tbs. of ghee
1 tsp. of sea salt
Dash of white pepper
2 Tbs. of fresh rosemary, minced

INSTRUCTIONS:

Melt ghee in a large saute pan on medium low heat

Add almonds to the pan and toss with the melted ghee.

Add sea salt, white pepper and rosemary and toss once more.

Continue to cook on low heat, tossing frequently, until almonds begin to toast, about 5 minutes.

When toasted, remove from heat and allow to cool in a bowl.

Store in a glass jar for about 2 weeks.

And enjoy!

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AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Ginger Brussels Sprouts Bites

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When in doubt on an appetizer to prepare that is super easy and sure to be enjoyed by everyone, keep things really simple.

I mean, really simple.

Like, just put a toothpick in it.

These roasted brussels sprouts with fresh ginger are no more complicated (and honestly, not complicated at all!) than roasting a tray of fresh veggies, because that is all they are!

But…since they have a toothpick in them, they are party food.  And everyone likes a party…or at least, food with toothpicks in them.

GINGER BRUSSELS SPROUTS BITES

Serves many people as an appetizer (leave the toothpicks out to serve 4-6 as a side dish)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of brussels sprouts, rinsed and tough ends removed

2 Tbs. of avocado oil

1 tsp. of sea salt

Dash of white pepper (optional)

1 tsp. of garlic powder

2 tsp. of fresh ginger, minced

2 Tbs. of coconut aminos (sub apple cider vinegar if preferred)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking tray with parchmont paper and set aside.

Rinse brussels sprouts and remove tough ends, then cut in half.

Arrange on a baking tray and pour avocado oil over them and gently toss with a spatula.

Sprinkle sea salt, (white pepper, if using) garlic powder and coconut aminos over sprouts and toss one more time.

Roast in your oven for 10 minutes, toss, and finish roasting for 10 more minutes.

Remove from your oven and gently toss with fresh ginger.

Stick toothpicks in each sprout and serve on a platter as a quick party bite and watch these little green snacks get gobbled up by all of your guests!

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When friends come into town

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When I have friends coming into town, I do a little prep that makes my time with them smoother and more relaxed.

First I find out if we’re having a meal together and if we are, I find out if it will be at home or out at a restaurant.  If it’s at home, I prepare any foods that can be made in advance and store them in the fridge until they arrive.  I also prepare some snacks that can be set out prior to our main meal together (whether or not it is at home or at a restaurant).

A fresh green salad and homemade blended vinaigrette can easily be prepared in advance, as well as rinsed and chopped veggies with a pureed dip. Easy to grab snacks such as raw nuts and dried fruits can be arranged on platters in clear jars, making it simple to see what’s what.

Just before my friends arrive, I set these items out on the table with some plates and utensils.  If they are hungry after their travels, they can make a plate or simply grab a veggie with dip or a handful of nuts until the main meal is served.

This is especially handy to do when your visitors are kids who are used to having a snack here and there.  It makes knowing what is available to eat so easy for them and their parents.

Why not try prepping some dishes before your guests arrive and see how enjoyable it is for everyone to partake in healthy, delicious, homemade foods.