AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Pork Shoulder Salad with Sweet Potato & Avocado

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This is a recipe I just had for brunch and it is so good I have to share it with you now!

Tip: Creating Whole30 meals can be as elaborate or simple as you like, but building them is always very simple: veggies, protein and healthy fat. As you put together your own meals, use this trio as your guide. You will find you have endless options and so much freedlm to express yourself in the kitchen!

This salad is Whole30, Paleo, AIP and fit for anyone who likes good food.

RECIPE:

PORK SHOULDER SALAD WITH SWEET POTATO & AVOCADO (serves 4):

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 lbs of organic pork shoulder
1 cup of chicken bone broth or stock
1 Tbs. each of ghee, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder
1 whole scallion, minced
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 Tbs. of ghee
Sprinkle of sea salt
1 avocado
4 big handfuls of chopped cabbage or kale (I used a blend of green/red cabbage/cury kalecarrots and found it pre-chopped at @wholefoods, hello time saver!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add pork shoulder, broth, ghee, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder to a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hrs.

Or, place in an Instapot (no need to brown) and cook sealed on manual for 30 min, allowing steam to naturally release for 30 min.

Once cooked, chop pork into bite size pieces on a large cutting board and sprinkle with minced scallion.

While the pork is cooking, roast sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet with ghee and sea salt for 30 min, tossing after 15 min.

Add a big handful of cabbage/kale to 4 serving bowls and top with cooked pork, roasted sweet potato and sliced avocado.

Pour 1/2 cup of the broth in your slow cooker or Instapot over your salad, gently toss and enjoy!

I hope you like this salad and of course, feel free to customize it to your own tastes!

Kitchen Tip: Glass Containers!

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I’m sharing a kitchen tip that you can be sure I implement because it works!

Glass containers!

You guys, glass containers are a fantastic investment for your Whole30. I store everything in glass. Greens, fruit, meat, veggies, nuts, seeds, vinaigrettes, fresh herbs….all of it.

Storing foods in glass allows you to see exactly what you have in your fridge, freezer or pantry and glass containers keeps food fresh!

In this photo I can already see lots of meals that can be whipped up quickly.

A spinach salad with blueberries, fresh mint, chopped hazelnuts, jullienned radish, all tossed in vinaigrette.

A pork chop marinated in vinaigrette, seared in the cast iron and seasoned with fresh rosemary.

Roast beef roll ups filled with sliced peppers and fresh parsley.

Parsley pesto made from blending vinaigrette and sunflower seeds.

Can you think of more ideas?

Whole30 foods make endless delicious meals and the more you practice combining what you find in your kitchen, the easier it is to create custom Whole30 recipes.

I purchase my glass, oven-safe containers from Amazon, but you can find them all over, I see them at @WholeFoods, as well.

Do you already implement this tip? How do you like it?

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Minced Dill & Scallion Romaine Salad with Lemon Zest & Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Tip: Whenever I make a salad, I use fresh herbs and fresh citrus. These simple additions draw a salad together no matter what else is added or left out. I have cooked for clients avoiding vinegars and nightshades and other random veggies and fruits so adding minced fresh herbs and citrus juices and zest keeps salads yummy (translation: out of the fridge and into bellies!).

I think you all will find this salad a cinch to prepare (no appliances needed) and on your menu again and again. It is also pretty…and we eat with our eyes, folks!

RECIPE:

MINCED DILL & SCALLION ROMAINE SALAD WITH LEMON ZEST & BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:
1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
5 sprigs of fresh dill, minced
1 whole scallion, minced
Zest from 1 whole lemon

VINAIGRETTE:
4 Tbs. of olive oil
1 Tbs. of balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
Optional: Dash of white pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add vinaigrette ingredients to a glass jar and seal.

Add romaine, dill and scallion to a serving bowl and toss well to combine.

Top with addition dill and scallion, then garnish with fresh lemon zest.

When ready to serve, shake vinaigrette (in the sealed jar) and pour over your salad, tossing well to combine.

Use this simple salad as a base recipe, alternating herbs (such as parsley, basil, cilantro and tarragon) and zests (like orange, lime or clementine) to keep your salads fresh and flavorfull!

Hope you enjoy!

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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Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Mom’s Classic Deviled Eggs

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I’ve been so exited to share a recipe I grew up enjoying because my Mom made it at for us every holiday season…deviled eggs!

I now make these for clients with #whole30approved mayo and I include them on menus….gasp….that fall on non-holiday calendar dates! And my clients love them! Easy to grab, keeps bellies full and it reminds all of us of our Mom’s at Christmas.

RECIPE

MOM’S CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS (makes 24)

INGREDIENTS:
1 dozen organic eggs (I like using extra large eggs)
1/4 cup mayo (@primalkitchenfoods mayo is the best thing to happen to mayo, can I get a witness?!)
2 Tbs. of yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
1/2 tsp. of paprika
Minced chives to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

Hard boil your eggs by placing them in a covered saucepan filled with cold water, bring them to a boil, remove the lid, and continue boiling for 12 min.

Once done, run under cold water and place in the fridge to completely cool.

Tip: Hard boil your eggs the day before you make these. You will be glad you saved yourself the cooling time when you are actually ready to “devil” them.

Peel cool eggs and slice each egg in half. I like rinsing my knife in between each slice. Keeps the egg whites clean.

Scoop each egg yolk half into a mixing bowl.

Add mayo, mustard, sea salt and paprika.

Gently mix until the yolks are creamy, spreckled by paprika.

Carefully (or wrecklessly, your choice!) scoop mixture into each hollow egg white.

Sprinkle with additional paprika and minced chives (kitchen scissors work great here).

Serve these little devils on a patter lined with butter lettuce and assorted olives/veggies and I promise you, your Christmas will be just….fine.

Hope you enjoy!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Juliet’s Whole30 Holiday Green Bean Saute

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Happy holidays, All! Do you have your recipes for the second half of the month lined up yet? Below is a special holiday side dish that my sweet Sister made me (ok, for the whole fam, not just me!) at Thanksgiving this year. It was delicious and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table. And my Sis gives us all permission to copy!

Tip: As much as possible, get comfy in the kitchen swapping non-compliant ingredients with Whole30 subs such as ghee for butter, coconut milk for dairy, rich homemade broths for wine. You can make any dish Whole30 with a little editing.

RECIPE:

JULIET’S WHOLE30 HOLIDAY GREEN BEAN SAUTE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of fresh green beans, tips removed (kitchen scissors work bomb for trimming green bean tips!)
1 Tbs. of ghee
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cups of crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of canned coconut milk (full fat)
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 tsp. of sea salt
A pinch of ground nutmeg (omit if following the autoimmune protocol)

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, blanch your green beans. You can do this by boiling your green beans for 2-4 min (2 min for small beans, 3 for medium, 4 for large) and then transfer beans to a large bowl of ice water. Once cool, remove from the ice water and set aside.

Heat ghee in a skillet to medium heat.

Saute shallots for 2 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Bring heat down to low and add sliced mushrooms, cover and continue to saute for another 3-5 minutes.

When both shallots and mushrooms are soft, add coconut milk, chicken broth, sea salt and nutmeg (leave nutmeg out to keep this AIP friendly) and gently toss together until all is combined.

Add blanched green beans and saute on low until green beans are warm again.

And that is it! A comforting holiday side dish that will leave you and your loved ones feeling amazing!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Beef Pho-Style Soup

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Is it cold where you are?  It is chilly in L.A. so I am happy to share this warming soup with you all!

Tip: When making soup I often make my own broth but since @Epicbar has launched the most delicious broths sold in many health food stores, I use it as often as possible. It tastes amazing and supports a healthy gut and happy body. And it saves time! Essential during the full holiday season.

RECIPE:

BEEF PHO-STYLE SOUP (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

28 ounces of beef broth (I highly recommend using the Beef Jalepeno Sea Salt Bone Broth by @epicbar)
1 lb. of organic, grass-fed flank steak
2 Tbs. of avocado oil
1 tsp. of sea salt
Dash of white pepper
2 medium zucchini, spiralized or peeled in thin strips with a veggie peeler
1″ of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 whole scallions, minced
8 mushrooms, thinly sliced

OPTIONAL GARNISHES:
5 fresh basil leaves, minced
5 fresh mint leaves, minced
5 sprigs of fresh cilantro, minced
Fresh lime wedges
Chopped almonds

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a shallow dish, marinate flank steak in avocado oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and white pepper for at least one hour or overnight.

Heat a skillet to medium high.

Add 1Tbs. of cooking fat (avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil) and allow to melt.

Place flank steak on the heated skillet and allow to sear for 2 (and up to 4 if you like it well done) min/side.

Remove from the skillet and allow to cool on a plate. When cool, slice in thin strips (slice against the grain).

Add broth to a large stock pot and heat to medium.

Add zucchini, mushrooms, minced ginger and minced scallion.

When the broth begins to simmer, remove from heat and serve between 4 bowls and top with seared flank steak and garnishes as desired.

Have you used @epicbar broths yet? If so, how? Please share, I love learning from you all!

Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Grain Free Tabouli Salad

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Today I am sharing a salad that you can whip up and call Christmas.

Ok, maybe call it Tabouli Salad, but its red and green colors are just asking for a little holiday recognition, right?!

RECIPE:

GRAIN FREE TABOULI SALAD (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

2 cucumbers, chopped
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (a serrated knife does the trick nicely)
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and diced\
Handful of fresh parsley, minced
4 Tbs. of olive oil
2 Tbs. of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
1 tsp. of dried oregano
1 tsp. of Italian seasonings

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, dried oregano and Italian seasonings in a mixing bowl. I like using a baker’s spatula to do this which technically is not whisking but…

Toss cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper and Italian parsley in the bowl until combined.

Serve as a side salad or add 4-6 ounces of shredded chicken breast to make this a complete meal.

Hope you enjoy!

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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AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Ginger Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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GINGER SPICED CRANBERRY SAUCE

Serves 8-10

It always surprises me how easy it is to make your own cranberry sauce, but how rarely people serve it homemade with their holiday feasts. Cranberry sauce takes just minutes to prepare and truly completes a traditional holiday meal. This cranberry sauce uses fresh cranberries, apple and orange, and has a complex flavor from autumn spices we have grown to cherish during the holidays. It has no added sugars and actually supports digestion (thanks to ginger) and healthy blood sugar levels (thanks to cinnamon), so be sure to add a spoonful to your turkey or side dishes this year.

INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces of fresh cranberries

1 apple, cored and diced

2 Tbs. of fresh orange juice

Zest from one orange

1” of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 Tbs. of ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of ground cloves

Pinch of ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rinse cranberries and add them to a small saucepan with ½ cup of purified water.

Heat stove to medium high, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will begin to pop; this is normal, simply keep stirring and reduce to a low simmer.

Add the rest of the ingredients (apple, orange juice/zest, ginger, spices and sea salt) and simmer until everything is soft, about 15 minutes.

Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator up to a week before ready to serve.

Serve with your holiday feast and impress your guests (and yourself!) with this delicious and Whole30 cranberry sauce!

 Enjoy!