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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chicken Pumpkin Chili...

I don't know about you, but I adore Fall. And with Fall, comes Pumpkin flavored everything. Savory or sweet, it is an obsession of mine. I hope you enjoy this unique take on regular ol' chili. :-D

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts

16 ounces chicken stock
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons oregano
1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin (I love Trader Joe's organic pumpkin)
½ cup coconut cream
¼ cup coconut oil
2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 medium onions, diced
¼ cup chili powder, plus extra for sprinkling
Dashes of nutmeg and cayenne
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 bunch greens (mustard, kale, or collard), washed, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
1. Combine the chicken, stock, 3 cups water and 2 teaspoons salt to a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat, skimming the foam off the surface. Add ½ teaspoon of the oregano, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove and cut into bite size pieces. Add back to the broth and simmer on low.
2. Mix 3 tablespoons pumpkin, the coconut cream, and salt to taste in a bowl. Cover and chill.
3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, onions, and 2 teaspoons salt. Cook until transparent, about 15 min. Add the remaining 1 ½ teaspoon oregano, chili powder, and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Add the remaining pumpkin and cook 5 minutes.
4. Add the tomato mixture to the chicken and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Add the mustard greens and cook 10 more minutes. Season with salt. Put the chili into bowls and top with the pumpkin cream and a sprinkle of chili powder. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lacto-Fermented foods...

It has been a long time since I posted. Pregnancy will do that to ya. Food no longer seems fun, more like something you *have* to get down you to survive. Anyway, hopefully I will be out of the woods soon with the nausea.

I had a brief respite the other day so I decided to make something I've never made before. I made Lacto-Fermented pickles and preserved lemons (those are cinnamon sticks in there.
I like them by the spoon (maybe that is just the pregnancy) :-P but you can use them in recipes too. :-)
I've made Lacto-Fermented sauerkraut and ginger carrots before and they were amazing... going to do that again next week. :-) The only downside is that I have to wait to eat them (2 days for the pickles and 2 weeks for the lemons). :-D It is worth the wait though! Lacto-Fermented food is SOOO good for your digestion and overall health. :-)

The cookbook "Nourishing Traditions" (by Sally Fallon) is a wealth of information. While I don't agree with every single thing she says, it is truly amazing. Check it out!

What is your favorite Lacto-Fermented food that you either made or tried?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Low carb and sugar free Coffee Cake Muffins...

These were extraordinarily tasty! They definitely don't taste "healthy"! My mom gave me the original recipe (she hadn't made them yet). I tweaked it a bunch and here is the final result. I used freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg. It truly makes these delectable! The true test of any healthy recipe is when someone who does not have to watch what he eats (such as Michael) thinks these are delicious! :-D Enjoy!

Coffee Cake Muffins

* 1 cup flax meal
* 1 cup fine almond flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
* 1 cup coconut sugar
* 1/2 cup ghee or coconut oil, melted
* 4 eggs, beaten
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 teaspoon vanilla

Makes 12 muffins. Oven at 350 degrees. Grease muffin cups well.
Mix dry ingredients well. Add beaten eggs, oil, water, and vanila. Mix well. Fill muffin cups a bit more than halfway. Cook 20 minutes until tops are golden brown. Allow muffins to cool in pan and then remove.

Sweet Topping
* 1/2 cup coconut sugar
* 2 tsp. cinnamon
* Dash of nutmeg

* 2 tblsp. ghee

Mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon together in one bowl. Pour the melted ghee into ANOTHER bowl. Dip top of muffin in ghee and then in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Serve and savor!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Warm Olive Salad with Mint...

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped (I used half of one elephant garlicclove)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup sliced celery (including the inner stalks with leaves)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
Put the garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, then mix together well. Heat the olive oil and vinegar, the olives and garlic paste in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until bubbling, about 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the tomatoes, celery and mint. Season with salt and toss to combine. Serve immediately! Enjoy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gluten Free Eggnog Cheesecake

Gluten Free Eggnog Cheesecake

* Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese (room temperature)

* 3/4 cup raw cane sugar or Xylitol

* 3 eggs

* 1 teaspoon rum flavoring

* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

* 1 pint full fat sour cream

Cream the cheese until fluffy. Add sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Fold in sour cream. Grease 9" pie plate and pat down shortbread crust. Set in freezer for 2-3 minutes until firm. Pour cheesecake mixture over crust and bake in 375 oven for 30 minutes, turn oven off, and leave cheesecake in oven for 1 hour. Serve warm or cool.

Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Enjoy!

Shortbread crust...

* 1 1/4 cup gluten free shortbread cookie crumbs (or regular shortbread crumbs if gluten isn't an issue)

* 2 tablespoons each of melted butter and sugar

Mix well.


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