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!

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!

 

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Grounding Autumn Ginger Turmeric Latte

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GROUNDING AUTUMN GINGER TURMERIC LATTE

Serves 4

Attention! You do not have to consume alcohol to have a good time this holiday season! In fact, once you try this Grounding Autumn Ginger Turmeric Latte, you may want to always include a latte like it in your holiday traditions. Drinks such as wine and spirits are often served before the main meal, which is a perfect time to sip on this latte. It contains slow burning fats, gentle gut-healing spices, is anti-inflammatory and if you add collagen, even offers protein. It’s win-win if you want to feel balanced and in control of your food choices for the rest of the day, so be sure to include this recipe in your holiday spread, and certainly carve out time to make it for yourself the next time you cuddle up with a good book!

INGREDIENTS

4 cups of herbal ginger or turmeric tea (I used 4 Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea bags)

2 Tbs. of coconut butter

2 tsp. of ghee

½ tsp. of sea salt

1 tsp. of ground cinnamon

1 tsp. of ground turmeric

¼ tsp. of ground ginger

Optional: 4 Tbs. of collagen powder (I used Great Lakes Hydrolysate Gelatin)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat 4 cups of purified water as you would to brew tea.

Steep 4 tea bags in the 4 cups of water for 5-7 minutes.

While your tea is steeping, add remaining ingredients (coconut butter, ghee, sea salt, spices and collagen powder) to a high-speed blender.

Remove tea bags and pour brewed tea into your blender. Blend on high for about 15 seconds

Pour into 4 mugs and be sure to make a toast with whomever you are sharing this warm and nourishing holiday beverage!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Green Goblin Soup for Halloween!

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BOO!

Halloween is right around the corner and if you are looking for a healthy recipe to create, you’ve come to the right place!

Below is a recipe for Green Goblin Soup, and it’s a perfect appetizer or snack for loved ones at home, or to bring to a Halloween party.  Dress it up with scary (faux) spiders and colorful straws and serve in individual clear cups, or serve in a large witch pot, you decide!

GREEN GOBLIN SOUP:

Ingredients

2 Tbs. avocado oil (coconut oil or ghee works fine)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 scallions, minced
1 lb. asparagus, chopped (tough ends discarded)
4 cups of spinach
1 avocado, peeled and diced
2 cups of bone broth (chicken, beef or veggies broth works fine)
1 tsp. sea salt

Garnishes

Blanched asparagus spears to use as goblin legs (see recipe note below)
Fresh herbs such as parsley, scallion or cilantro
Freshly ground pepper (omit to keep this recipe AIP friendly)
Plastic spiders and Beetlejuice straws optional

Instructions

ADD avocado oil to a stockpot and bring to medium heat on the stove. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.

ADD scallion and asparagus and reduce to a simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.

REMOVE from heat and transfer to a high-speed blender along with spinach, avocado and bone broth. Alternately, place spinach, avocado and bone broth in pot and blend with an immersion blender. Once blended, taste and add salt to taste.

SERVE in clear plastic cups with raw asparagus spears sticking out of each cup.  Add a festive straw as well if you like.

GARNISH with any additional herbs or freshly cracked pepper, or dare to scare your guests with faux spiders crawling over each soup!

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Recipe note: Blanching your asparagus spears is not necessary, but you may find them easier to eat than raw spears. To blanch asparagus spears, bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a bowl of cold ice water. Place asparagus spears in boiling water until they turn bright green, about 2-4 minutes depending on the size of your asparagus spears. When the spears are bright green and crisp-tender, use a slotted spoon to remove the asparagus from the boiling pot and place them in the ice water bath. After a few minutes, remove the spears from the ice water and allow them to drain on a few paper towels.

AIP, Paleo, Whole30, Instapot Recipe: Sesame Garlic Beef Short Ribs

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Are you an Instant Pot fan? When you need a delicious, filling meal on the table fast but don’t have hours to wait, the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker will come to the rescue, again and again. This recipe for sesame garlic short ribs is versatile and can be served with your favorite Whole30 veggie dish. We recommend steamed greens, such as bok choy or sweet potato greens, or even a simple asparagus dish.

No Instant Pot? No problem. You can make this recipe in your slow cooker. Just see the recipe note below.

Sesame Garlic Beef Short Ribs:
Ingredients
1 lb. organic beef boneless short ribs, diced in 1″ pieces
2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
2 Tbs. coconut aminos
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 crimini mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 scallions, minced
1 tsp. sea salt
Dash of white pepper
Fresh lime wedges, to garnish
1 scallion, minced, to garnish
Instructions

 

PLACE all ingredients except fresh lime wedges and one minced scallion into your electric pressure cooker, toss well and cook with the steam trapped for 15 minutes.

AFTER pressure cooker has stopped cooking, allow steam to release naturally for 15 minutes.

SERVE on a platter and garnish with fresh lime wedges and minced scallion.

 

Recipe note: If using a slow cooker, place all ingredients except fresh lime wedges and one minced scallion in your slow cooker, toss well and cook on low for 4-6 hours. When the Short Ribs are finished cooking, remove them from the slow cooker, arrange them on a serving platter and garnish with fresh lime wedges and minced scallion.

5 Easy Bring-To-Work Lunch Recipes

It’s back to school season and all over there are tips on packing your children’s lunches but don’t forget to pack your lunch, too!

Bringing a healthy lunch to work ensures your blood sugar stays even throughout the day (no need to raid the vending machine!), your bank account doesn’t break (cooking healthy food is always cheaper than trying to find buying healthy food) and keeps your hormones happy!

Madeline Mackinnon of Natural Hormone Healing has taught me so much about keeping my own hormones in balance.  Using what I have learned from her, I’ve created 5 recipes that you can prepare in advance and take to work.

You can find each of these 5 Easy Bring-To-Work Lunch Recipes and learn how each supports your hormones on Madeline’s blog.

KELP ASIAN NOODLE BOWL

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This Asian Kelp Noodle Bowl supports thyroid health and estrogen levels.

RED PEPPER CURRIED CHICKEN

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Make a big batch of dinner to ensure leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

EXTRA HEALING BONE BROTH SOUP

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Finally, lunch that helps your skin glow!

SIMPLE SPROUT SALAD WITH MANGO & SOFT BOILED EGGS

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Eating for your cycle is easy with this Simple Sprout Salad with Mango & Soft Boiled Eggs.

RED CABBAGE CHICKEN SALAD BOWL WITH WALNUTS & FRESH MINT

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A Red Cabbage Chicken Salad Bowl with Walnuts & Fresh Mint recipe for healthy hormones.

I hope you enjoy!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Simple Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties

Breakfast was made for me this weekend, and it was delicious!

My fridge was pretty scarce yesterday morning.  Not a lot to be found.  No bacon.  Not enough leftovers to make a complete meal.  Just 2 eggs.  And hungry people.  And a pound of raw ground pork.  And on onion on the counter.

Definitely enough to make an amazing breakfast.

So on to a recipe for simple pork breakfast sausage patties that you will want to make the very next time you want a delicious meal full of protein to get you started and keep you going, feeling great, of course.

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Simple Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties

Makes 5 patties.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound of organic ground pork

1 medium onion, minced (a food processor makes this step really quick)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Dash of white pepper (omit pepper if adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol)

1 tsp. dried fennel seeds (omit fennel seeds if adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol)

2 Tbs. avocado oil

2 Tbs. lard or ghee

OPTIONAL: 2-4 eggs to fry (omit if adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add ground pork to a large mixing bowl.  Add minced onion, sea salt, white pepper, fennel seeds and avocado oil and mix with a baker’s spatula (or your hands) until everything is well-combined.  Try not to over-mix, which will create a gummy consistency.

Divide pork into 5 balls and flatten to form patties.  You don’t have to make perfect looking patties, they can be rustic (and are great that way), just aim to keep them the same thickness so that they take the same amount of time to cook.

Heat lard in a cast iron pan to medium high.  Allow the lard to melt completely.  Add pork patties and cook 4-5 minutes per side, or until completely cooked through.  If you have a splash guard, you will want to use it.  Frying can be messy.  Splash guards come to your rescue (You can often find these cheap at dollar stores which is great because they are nice to replace them from time to time).

When your patties are done cooking, remove them from the cast iron pan and place them on a serving plate.  Fry your eggs (if having) in the same pan.  Yum.  So good.  Breakfast made in the cast iron is always, always the way to go.

Serve pork patties and eggs on a plate and enjoy with coffee, or this coffee alternative, and enjoy every bite while you embrace the beginning of a new day.

I hope you enjoy!

AIP, Paleo Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Trust me when I say you will want to make this recipe for Chocolate Avocado Pudding.

Perhaps the smoothest and most delicious chocolate pudding I have ever had, and because its ingredients support hormonal health, I felt great after enjoying it as an afternoon treat. Yes!

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All you need is a few minutes to blend this chocolate pudding, but give yourself plenty of time to sit, relax and enjoy every bite of this health supporting and decadent treat.

You can find this recipe by visiting the Instagram of Madeline Mackinnon of Natural Hormone Healing.

Enjoy!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Ume Carpaccio Salad from “Plant-Based Paleo”

I have been in love with all of the recipes from Plant-Based Paleo and am working my way through cooking all of its recipes.

Here is a fantastic salad recipe that I have made for myself and my clients:

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Ume Carpaccio Salad from Plant-Based Paleo
 
This salad is elegant enough to impress dinner guests, yet simple to prepare and really delicious.  Shaved radish supports a healthy liver and asparagus has a host of benefits, including an improved digestion and strengthening bones.  Top this salad with sprouted seeds* and a clean vinaigrette and enjoy how amazing it allows you to feel.
 
*Note: simply leave out the sprouted seeds to keep this recipe AIP.
 
Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:
4 cups of baby arugula
1 cup of micro kale greens
1/2 bunch of asparagus
4 radish

1/4 cup of sprouted pumpkin seeds (omit if you are adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol)

Special tools: vegetable peeler

 

VINAIGRETTE:
6 Tbs. umeboshi paste (you can find this in the Asian section at your market)
4 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (Plant-Based Paleo used rice vinegar)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Dash of ground white pepper (omit white pepper if you are adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Remove the tough ends of your asparagus (usually about 2-3″ of each stalk) and chop in 2″ bite size pieces.  Transfer to a small sauce pan and boil until soft, about 5 minutes (you can also steam your asparagus).  Allow to cool on a plate in the fridge while you assemble the rest of the salad.

In a large salad bowl, add baby arugula and micro kale greens and gently toss with a spoon or salad tongs.

Measure 1/4 cup of sprouted pumpkin seeds and set aside.  For even more flavor, toast your pumpkin seeds in a skillet on medium heat until golden, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.

Using a vegetable peeler, shave each radish over your salad greens, allowing the shavings to evenly cover your greens.

In a small bowl (or mason jar), whisk all of your salad vinaigrette ingredients.

Add cooled asparagus to your salad.

When ready to serve, plate 2-4 servings and top with sprouted pumpkin seeds and vinaigrette.

This salad is absolutely delicious on its own, and fantastic paired with grilled flank steak and riced cauliflower.
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