Sides

Griddle Burger and Sandwich Buns – Coconut Flour

These savory griddle buns are the perfect vessel for burgers and sandwiches! They have carrots and scallions in them and are nutritious, delicious and grain free! These are great for egg sandwiches, meatloaf sandwiches, and burgers of all kinds. Top it with my Tomato Basil Jam recipe and your eyes will roll to the back of your head. 🙂 Leave out the scallions and make a nut butter and blueberry jelly sandwich using my Blueberry Spoon Fruit recipe!

Griddle Burger and Sandwich Buns (Carrot Scallion)

I used steamed carrots in this recipe, and they would be equally delicious with pumpkin or butternut squash, so feel free to switch it up. The pumpkin would be very handy if you didn’t have time to steam the carrots.

Griddle Burger and Sandwich Buns

Griddle Burger and Sandwich Buns

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Milk or Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of  Coconut Flour
  • 2 Cups Steamed Carrots, Mashed (or substitute butternut or pumpkin)
  • 2 Scallions, green parts only for Low FodMap, thinly sliced
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or Ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt or  Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

Directions:

Preheat a large electric griddle to 350Âş F degrees.

These are easy and quick! Add all your ingredients to a food processor, and blend until smooth.  Let batter sit for 5 minutes.

Then, brush the griddle lightly with olive oil. With a muffin scoop or 1/4 cup measure, scoop the batter onto the griddle, and spread with the back of a spoon to rounds about the thickness of pancakes. Cook until golden brown, and then flip and cook the other side, just like you would a pancake. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes ten buns or five sets of sandwich buns.

You can make a double batch and freeze these for weeknight ease!

Have a fabulous day!

Sam 🙂

Grain Free Popovers Three Ways

Popovers go great with saucy winter meals, because they soak up juices! They are also great for breakfast, or stuffed with sandwich ingredients. I love their airy, fluffy texture. So today I came up with three more variations (Pecorino, Garlic and Onion, or Plain) you can make in addition to my original recipe for Italian Bacon Popovers which you can find here.

Grain Free Popovers Two Ways!

Grain Free Popovers Three Ways!

 

I was thrilled to discover recently that I am doing well with some kinds of dairy, so I added a dairy version of the popovers….Sheep milk cheese! Did you know that the delicious Italian Pecorino cheese is made from sheep’s milk? It is a well known delicious hard cheese that you grate, and I added it to one of my popover recipes with yum-yum results! If you aren’t partaking in dairy, no worries there are plain ones that are very versatile and classic, or try the garlic and onion and also the Italian Bacon ones on the blog which are dairy free as well!

Grain Free Popovers

Grain Free Popovers

 

Grain Free Popovers Two Ways!

Grain Free Popovers Three Ways!

 

Grain Free Popovers Three Ways

Ingredients for Popovers:

4 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

(1/4 Teaspoon each of Garlic Powder and Onion Powder for Garlic and Onion)

(1/2 Cup of Grated Pecorino Cheese for Pecorino Cheese Popovers)

Olive Oil for Cups

Directions: Preheat your oven 400Âş degrees. Using a muffin pan or popover pan here, pour 1/2 teaspoon of oil into the bottom of each cup. Each batch makes six popovers, so put oil in six cups. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, coconut flour, and sea salt. Add in the variation you would like. Scoop with a muffin scoop into the cups you have added the olive oil to. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. They will sink some naturally as you remove them from the oven. I carefully remove them from the pan by running a knife around the edges and gently scooping them out with a spoon. You will have some residue left in the pan.

*cheese and plain popovers are low fodmap

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Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin, Lime and Pumpkin Seeds

 

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Pumpkin Seeds

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin, Lime and Pumpkin Seeds

 

I find this time of year with fresh produce in abundance so inspirational!

The vegetables on display by local growers who take such pride in their offerings is sheer art!

Cumin and pumpkins seeds (also know as pepitas), are a very delicious combination and enhance the sweetness of the carrots. Did you know cumin also has the ability to aid digestion as well as help insomnia and respiratory ailments? It was used by the Egyptians 5,000 years ago, and is popular today in many cuisines.

Pumpkin seeds are a great alternative to nuts in cooking, and have excellent nutritional benefits like containing zinc for immune support, magnesium, fiber and plant based Omega 3’s.

 

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Pumpkin Seeds

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin, Lime and Pumpkin Seeds

 

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat your oven to 400Âş degrees.

Ingredients:

4 Cups of Young Carrots

1/4 Cup of Good Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Ground Cumin

Juice of 1 Lime

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink (My favorite :-))

1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper

1/3 Cup of Pumpkin Seeds

Directions: Toss the washed carrots with the olive oil in a large bowl. Add the Cumin, Salt and Pepper and squeeze the juice of one lime over it.  Toss thoroughly to spread the seasoning evenly. Pour the Carrots onto a large parchment lined cookie sheet in a single layer.

Oven roast for 40 to 50 minutes until the carrots are starting to caramelize. Toss them once or twice during roasting to re-coat with the oil and seasonings.

Remove them from the oven, and sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds (pepitas).

Serve them hot!

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Pepitas

Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin, Lime and Pepitas

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Orange Apple Pecan Cookout Salad

I am so excited that cookout season is here finally!  Cold salads to serve alongside something on the grill lets me relax outside with a glass of something to sip beforehand, because the sides are prepared and marinating in the refrigerator.

Orange Pecan Cookout Salad

Orange Apple Pecan Cookout Salad

 

Leafy green salads are great, but heartier salads to heap on your plate are filling and fun as well. I have a new recipe for you that is packed with vegetables and fruit with a sprinkling of crunchy pecans. You can make it up to two days in advance. It just gets better with time. One of the things I love about this salad is all the colors and the fresh tastes.

This is a robust side with healthy, grain free, nutrient rich carbohydrates. Here is what you will need!

Orange Apple Pecan Cookout Salad

Preheat the oven to 375Âş degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and prepare the Squash.

Butternut Squash Prepped for Roasting

Butternut Squash Prepped for Roasting

 

Place the squash cubes from below on the cookie sheet and toss with 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt and 1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper. Roast for 20 minutes until tender but still holding together. Try a piece to make sure it is how you like it. Then,

Ingredients for Salad:

1 Medium Butternut Squash, Peeled, Seeded and Cubed into 1 1/2 inch cubes

(Roast the Squash Above and Cool Slightly before making the Salad, Measure out 4 Cups of Squash and save any extra for another time.)

1 Can of Mandarin Oranges (I used Native Forest Brand in it’s own juice)

1 Apple, seeded and diced (I like Fuji, but you choose)

1/4 Cup Fruit Sweetened, Dried Cranberries

1/4 Cup Raw Pecans, Coarsely Chopped

2 Scallions, sliced

Ingredients for Dressing:

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons of Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Honey

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Whisk together your dressing and set aside. In a large bowl, add the prepared salad ingredients including the roasted squash cubes that have mostly cooled. Pour the dressing over the ingredients, and gently toss. Taste, and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Place in the refrigerator two hours before serving to let the flavors meld.

Ready to Toss

Ready to Toss

 

This salad keeps well in the refrigerator. It is a delicious, filling, colorful salad that is packed with all those wonderful fruits and veggies to make us glow with health!

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Lacinato Kale, also referred to as Dinosaur Kale, is a flat leafed kale with dark green blue leaves. This is my favorite kale to cook with. It has a slightly nutty flavor, and is less bitter than Curly Kale. I use Curly Kale to make kale chips, because the curls grab on to every bit of sauce you put on them.  By now you would have to be hiding under a rock to not hear about all the health benefits in greens, and Kale has taken center stage in the past couple years.

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

 

Kale is full of benefits, such as it is high in fiber, is a good source of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. It is fabulous for strengthening your immune system, bones and skin.

This recipe for kale is crunchy, garlicky and savory. It is important to eat greens with fat to help your body access the nutrients, plus it just plain tastes good. I have used Olive Oil in this recipe. There are endless ways to serve this dish. It makes a great side for fish and chicken. Add some protein, and you have a meal.

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Lacinato Kale

 

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Ingredients:

1 bunch of Lacinato Kale, Stripped of Stems and Washed

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced (I use a garlic press)

1 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice (It brightens the dish)

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

Directions:

Slice the Kale into 1 inch strips by grabbing a bunch and using a sharp knife on a cutting board. Set aside.

Heat the Olive Oil in a large cooking pan over high heat. Add the Minced Garlic, and cook just briefly, just about 30 seconds. Add the sliced Kale and Sea Salt. Cook over high heat until the Kale is wilted, tossing frequently. Once wilted, add in 1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed Lemon Juice. Toss just to coat.

Place the kale in a serving dish and sprinkle with the Sliced Almonds.

It’s Ready to Eat! It is so good!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

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

 

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Festive Cranberry Sauce

Festive Crannberry Sauce

This is the Best Cranberry Sauce Ever!!! IMHO 🙂 Even if you don’t like cranberry sauce, you will like this one! It is that good!

It is bright, sweet, and tart, a gorgeous, gorgeous shade of berry, and the coconut sugar added at the final stage adds an earthy warmth like a cozy hug that can’t be described. After the sauce is poured warm into a serving bowl, it is sprinkled with toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts and chilled for the perfect accompaniment to your holiday table! It is definitely going on mine! Happy Holidays!

Festive Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Pint of Fresh Cranberries

1/2 Cup Organic Apple Cider

1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1/2 Cup of Honey

Zest of One Organic Orange

1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar

1/2 Cup Toasted Walnuts

Directions: In a medium saucepan, add washed, fresh cranberries, cider, orange juice, honey, and orange zest. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the berries pop and the juices have reduced by about half.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350Âş degrees, and place the walnuts on a cookie sheet. After the oven has preheated, toast the walnuts for five minutes. Remove from the oven and cool, then coarsely chop them and set them aside for sprinkling on the top of the cranberry sauce when it is ready.

Place the warm, simmered cranberry sauce into a blender and add the coconut sugar. Blend until smooth and emulsified. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle while warm with the toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts. This allows some of the walnuts to sink into the sauce so they are throughout and on the top. Chill at least four hours. This will keep in the refrigerator and can be made in advance!

Makes 2 Cups

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