Monthly Archives: March 2016

Celeriac Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Side Dish


I simply can’t get enough of this side dish! It is my new favorite potato replacement, but really in is unfair to Celeriac to call it a substitute for potato, like it is second best. Celeriac is an under appreciated root vegetable. Maybe because in it’s unpeeled state, it is unattractive (sorry celeriac).

Celeriac, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Side Dish

Celeriac, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Side Dish

 

However, the inside of the celeriac is a beautiful creamy white, and it loves to soak up flavor! In addition, it offers those who partake of it a nice dose of Vitamins C, K, B6, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Fiber.

You can make this side in under 30 minutes on the stove top. Let’s go!

Celeriac Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Side Dish

Ingredients:

2 Medium Celeriac Root (peeled and cubed into about 1 inch dice)

1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Oil Packed Sun Dried Tomatoes (finely minced)

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Basil, sliced

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: With a large heavy fry pan on the stove top, add your olive oil and warm over medium high heat. Add the cubed celeriac, and sprinkle with salt. Cook the cubes until just starting to brown, which will take approximately 2 minutes, turning once or twice. Add the broth and minced sun dried tomatoes. Cover the pan, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer covered for 20 minutes, until the celeriac is fork tender, but not falling apart. Remove lid and cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated, and there is just enough left to make a nice sauce. Sprinkle the celeriac with sliced fresh basil. Toss to incorporate the basil and serve!

Celeriac, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread (Grain Free)


Pumpkin Pecan Bread Loaf

This loaf of Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread is moist and delicious! It is also grain free. The structure of the loaf is fantastic.  There is 24 grams of protein in this recipe from the eggs, as well as healthy Omega 3’s and Vitamins A, D, E and K from the yolks, along with 36 grams of protein from the Almond Flour. I used soy free eggs since I can eat eggs without problems if they are soy free. I consumed a fair amount of soy in the past and developed an intolerance to it, and it is present in the eggs of chickens who are fed soy. You can read more about this topic here. You can use any egg you like in the recipe. I recommend a good quality, pastured one.

The bread comes together quickly, just like a quick bread should! It is great for breakfast, a snack, or packed in lunches!

Let’s bake a good quick loaf!

Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup Superfine Almond Flour

1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom

1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/8 Teaspoon Cloves

1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans

1 Cup Pumpkin

4 Eggs

1/4 Cup Honey

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375º degrees. Line a 8″ loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients through the cloves. Set aside. In a small bowl, with a hand held mixer blend together the pumpkin, eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla on high speed for 1 minute.

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Batter

 

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and blend with a handheld mixer until completely smooth on medium speed. Fold in the chopped pecans, reserve a few pecans to sprinkle on the top.

Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread Ready for the Oven

Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread Ready for the Oven

 

Place in the preheated oven, and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven. Use the sides of the parchment paper to lift the loaf from the pan. Cool completely before slicing.

8 to 12 Servings

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

Easter Recipes Roundup!!!


Easter is this weekend. What plans do you have? Have you been preparing for a celebration?

My daughters are on Spring break this week, and yesterday, we colored eggs, planted pansies in the garden, and visited our local bookstore. The girls are avid readers and wanted to stock up on new releases.  It is so nice after Winter to see some color! Colorful eggs, flowers, and Spring pastels everywhere! I love it!

I have put together a roundup for you of recipes from the blog that would be perfect for Easter, starting with these kid favorite, Grain Free Bunny pancakes!  (For the young in all of us! You know you want your pancakes in bunny shapes!)  Find the recipe by clicking the link below. They are a joyful way to start your morning!

 

For a healthy and beautiful Easter Dinner spread, I suggest a starter of Bacon Wrapped Asparagus.

 

 

As a main course, make this Bacon, Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Squash Casserole with a Spring Strawberry Sugar Snap Pea Salad.

Spagehtti Squash Cass 5

Bacon, Tomato, and Basil Spaghetti Squash Casserole

 

Strawberry Sugar Snap Pea Spring Salad

Spring Strawberry Sugar Snap Pea Salad

For a stunning seasonal dessert, serve this gorgeous SCD Paleo Strawberry Pie with Toasted Hazelnut Vanilla Orange Ice Cream, and everyone will be thinking you are the Hostess with the Mostess!

 

 

……and if you need ideas for all those hard boiled Easter Eggs, make these little peeps! They are so fun, festive, and easy!!!

paleo peeps 4 with type

Have a lovely Easter weekend! Ming says Hello!!!!

Hello From Ming!

Hello From Ming!

 

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken


Spatchcocked chicken is a pretty way to cook a whole chicken, but even better is, it is moister everywhere, and you won’t dry out the breast while waiting for the slower thighs to be cooked through.

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Chicken

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

 

Although to the eye, the chicken looks fancy and difficult, it really isn’t at all.  I like to prepare my chicken several hours before roasting it, and put in in the refrigerator uncovered so it can rest in the rub right on the baking sheet and absorb the flavors. This also allows the skin to dry out when exposed to air, so it is extra crispy!!!

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1 – 5 to 6 pound whole chicken

Zest of 2 Limes

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 1/4 Teaspoon of Crushed Rosemary

1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

Directions: Mix the olive oil and seasonings together for your Rosemary Lime Rub and set aside.

Now let’s spatchcock the chicken. It takes a little elbow grease, but trust me, it is easier than it looks! Much easier than cutting up a whole chicken! You will need a sharp knife or poultry scissors.

Remove Backbone

Place the chicken on a prepared baking sheet. Turn the chicken over onto its back, and starting on one side of the back bone, cute through the back. Now, do the same thing on the other side, and remove the backbone completely from the chicken. (You can use the backbone and giblets to make stock.)

Backbone Removed

That was the most difficult part. Turn the chicken over so the breasts face up, and with the palms of your hands, flatten the chicken by pressing on the breast area and splaying out the legs. It should look like this.

Spatchcocked Whole Chicken

Rub the chicken all over front and back with the Rosemary Lime Rub.

 

Place the chicken uncovered in the refrigerator a few hours, or as long as overnight. This step before roasting makes the chicken skin very crispy! You can skip it if you don’t have time, or you want chicken right away.

When you are ready to roast your chicken, Preheat the oven to 325º degrees and roast the chicken for one hour.

Test the thigh to make sure it has reached 165º degrees. Remove from the oven, and let the chicken sit for ten minutes to retain the juices before carving.

Enjoy this juicy recipe!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

Step Out Into New Things. Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back!


Be Fearless!

Happy Friday! How was your week? You were created to have a vibrant life! Are you holding back from living your life to the full extent you were intended to? If fear is holding you back, and you are staying in the “safe zone”, how does it feel? It is comforting to be safe, I understand, but it is not always where you will live the life you were meant to have, and experience all the opportunities and blessings that are out there waiting for you. It can become boring and repetitive. To be human is to make mistakes, and sometimes this can make us fearful.
Spring is just around the corner, and it is a time of renewal. Today, I encourage you not to let fear keep you from enjoying your life, and putting the brakes on your destiny, no matter what your age!
What is something you would really like to do, but haven’t because you are afraid? It could be things as simple as talking to people you don’t know, starting a new career, changing your lifestyle, traveling, moving, volunteering, starting a new hobby or taking a class to learn something new…….fill in the blank. If fear is preventing you from making a change, start with something small. Pray about it. Seek a friend to encourage you. Then move on up and watch your life expand!
Love you guys!
Have a beautiful weekend!
Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

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