Paleo: Asian Inspired Chicken and Cabbage Dumplings

These tasty dumplings are delicious on their own or in a soup.IMG_4975

Ingredients (all  measurements approximate):

  • 1 pound ground organic dark meat chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1-2 tablespoons red boat fish sauce
  • 1 inch chunk ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1-3 tablespoons arrowroot starch/flour
  • a bit of chicken broth (if needed)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine fish sauce, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic and cabbage in Nutribullet or food processor. Pulse until ingredients to form a paste. If it is too dry to blend-add chicken broth.
  • Pour mixture over ground chicken and add arrowroot powder and mix. It will be very sticky but if its too sticky add more arrowroot.
  • Tablespoon portions onto baking sheet.
  • Bake until done–check after 15-20 minutes.
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(I Can’t Believe It’s) Paleo Ice Cream

When the weather heats up I find myself craving frozen yogurt (or fro-yo as my sister called it in the 80’s and probably still does). I don’t do well with the sugar not to mention all the IMG_4788preservatives they put in there. Even almond milk ice cream is loaded with additives that give me a headache. Well here is an all natural alternative: this is fruit only ice cream. And it actually tastes like ice cream–or close enough!

To make this recipe you must use a food processor–a blender or vitamix will not work.  The night before break up bananas into chunks and freeze. Make sure they are are ripe with at least a few brown spots. I used strawberries in this recipe–but we are going to try other flavor combinations such as mint/chocolate chip and cherry/rosewater.

Ingredients:

  • Two frozen bananas in chunks
  • 3-4 frozen strawberries

Directions:

  • Combine fruit in food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes

Happy Summer!

Gluten-Free Mug Muffins

These delicious, easy to make mug muffins or (“mug-fins” as we have been calling them) have been a huge hit at my house since I created this recipe.IMG_4630

My daughter wanted to start a “mug-fin” club right after having one and my husband (man of few words) reported that they were good and “tasted like a muffin”. Success!

My daughter loves them with chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life which are dairy and soy free). I like a “mug-fin” with blueberries and walnuts. They can also be made with coconut flour–just use two tablespoons instead of three.

Enjoy this healthy treat!

Ingredients:

  • Three tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Tablespoon (or less) maple syrup
  • 1/2 banana
  • Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips, walnuts or blueberries

Steps:

  • Smash banana and coconut oil with back of a fork until combined
  • Add in almond flour, baking powder, salt, spices and maple syrup
  • Stir in egg
  • Add chocolate chips and walnuts
  • Bake in ramekin 25 minutes @375

 Wishing You a Happy  & Healthy 2014!-Julie

Easy & Healthy Gluten-Free Dinners

Here are a few recipes I have been making lately:

  • Farm Box Summer Soup
  • Easiest Ever Fish Recipe
  • Mini Meatballs and Salad
  • Roasted and Fruity Chicken over Onions

Farm Box Summer Soup

Farm Box Summer Soup With Chicken

Farm Box Summer Soup With Chicken

I have been making this every week when I pick up my farm box varying the vegetables with the potato/onion base. It is incredibly tasty, creamy and light.

  • Chop and peel potatoes. Combine with chopped onion and garlic.
  • Cover with water and sprinkle in salt and pepper.
  • Cook until soft then puree with stick blender.
  • Add any raw vegetables and turn off heat. I love the combination of corn and zucchini.

Easiest Ever Fish Recipe

Easiest Ever Fish with  Veggies

Easiest Ever Fish with Veggies

I was always mystified/annoyed by cooking fish until I discovered this baking method.

  • Spread olive oil over red snapper or cod (on baking sheet).
  • Sprinkle with salt and dill.
  • Bake in preheated 400 degree oven about 12 minutes.
  • Serve with roasted vegetables.

Mini Meatballs and Salad

This recipe is inspired my my dear friend Miryum whose meatballs and rice right before Shabbat are my favorite comfort food.

  • Grate onion into organic, grass fed beef.  Add salt and lightly mix.
  • Form into small meatballs and bake in preheated 350 degree oven about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cover with foil until cooked through.
  • Serve with salad.

Roasted and Fruity Chicken over Onions

I wanted to find a good use for all the onions from my farm box.  The onions did a wonderful job flavoring the chicken while also serving as a edible roasting rack.

  • Make a marinade of fresh peaches, honey, marmalade, smoked paprika and fresh grated garlic or ginger.
  • Lay large slices of onion in pan. Put chicken pieces on top.
  • Spread marinade over chicken.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven.
  • I did have to cover at some point because the marinade was getting charred. When too much liquid collected in pan I poured it out. Cooking time will vary depending on amount of chicken.

Happy Summer and Enjoy!-Julie

Summer Squash, Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad

Enjoy this simple main course salad inspired by my farm box!IMG_4137

Ingredients:

  • Summer squash, sliced in large chunks
  • Spring onion, sliced thinly
  • Arugula
  • Goat cheese
  • Dill
  • Coconut & Olive Oil

Steps:

  • Combine squash, onions, dill and oils in pan. Bake in preheated oven @ 350 for about 25 minutes (don’t overcook-they are better firm)
  • Pour over arugula
  • Top with goat cheese
  • Stir together–the oils and cheese will add flavor to the arugula

Happy Spring!

Sweet Potato Ginger Carrot Stew

This healthy stew is full of flavor and very filling. I made it thinking of a hot breakfast but it would be great for any meal. The humble star of this stew is the highly medicinal burdock root. IMG_4069It is very mild in flavor and full of medicinal benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons corn meal
  • Sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • Burdock root, thinly sliced
  • Ginger, crushed through garlic press
  • Slice of lemon
  • Salt
  • Shredded cabbage

Combine all ingredients except cabbage and simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes, until veggies are cooked and stew is desired thickness. Remove lemon slice. Top with shredded cabbage and serve.

SO Delicious: Homemade Almond Milk

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I decided to start making my own almond milk to avoid the additives in the store bought but after tasting my homemade almond milk I would make it for the flavor alone. It is light, fluffy, creamy and just scrumptious.

Good enough to be desert!

Ingredients:

  • One cup almonds
  • Four cups water
  • Teaspoon cinnamon

Soak almonds at least overnight in water in the refrigerator. 

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Rinse and put in blender with four cups fresh water.

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Blend for one minute –add cinnamon and blend for another minute.

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I got a jelly strainer bag from the hardware store and secured it over the top of the blender before carefully pouring into a bowl. I then squeezed out all the liquid. I plan on using the excess nut meat in a recipe. You can also put the contents of the blender through a cheesecloth or buy something called a “nut bag” for this purpose.

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I came out with four cups of heavenly almond milk-the same amount as a 32 ounce store bought carton.

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Egg and Kale Muffins

These yummy little muffins are loaded with protein, greens, and Vitamin C.  They reheat nicely–just put them in the microwave for one minute for a quick and satisfying breakfast.IMG_3757

Ingredients:

  • 9 eggs
  • Handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 or 4 kale leaves, ribs removed and shredded
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil melted, to grease pan

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
  3. In a food processor blend kale, parsley, onion and turkey bacon
  4. Chop bell pepper into small pieces
  5. Whisk egg and spices
  6. Combine all ingredients and pour into muffin cups
  7. Bake about 20 minutes or until set

Makes 12 muffins.