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Chinese Almond Cookies – Gluten Free

Chinese Almond Cookies made with almond flour

Chinese Almond Cookies made with Almond Flour

In celebration of Chinese New Year, which we have celebrated every year since the adoption of my two youngest daughters, I made a grain free almond cookie! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, this is a delicious Chinese Almond Cookie! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Chinese Almond Cookies made with almond flour

Chinese Almond Cookies – Gluten Free, Paleo

Chinese Almond Cookies, Gluten Free and Paleo

Chinese Almond Cookies, Gluten Free and Paleo

 

Chinese Almond Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Almond Flour

1 Egg

1/4 Cup of Honey

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Almond Extract

12 Whole Almonds for the Top of the Cookies (I used sprouted almonds)

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl with an electric hand-held mixer, beat the egg and honey. Add the almond flour, sea salt, baking soda and almond extract. Beat until fully incorporated for about one minute. With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Place one almond on top of each cookie, in the center, and press down gently. Bake in your preheated oven for ten minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Cool on the cookie sheet.

Makes one dozen cookies. Low FodMap 1 cookie.

chinese-almond-cookies-ready-to-bake

Grain Free Chinese Almond Cookie

Grain Free Chinese Almond Cookie

Chinese Almond Cookies - Paleo Gluten Free

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Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad

If I go several days without a salad, I start having salad withdrawals. Salads are like a surprise grab bag, there is so much variety.  I never get bored with them. If you find them boring, maybe you are eating the same old one every day. One of the best things about salads is they can be an eclectic blend of different ingredients that go well together. The possibilities are vast.

One of my favorite establishments to eat in is a bistro. Bistros have an innovative, electric kind of happy buzz about them. The food isn’t fussy, but it is creative and pretty, and the ones I’ve been to have several kinds of freshly made enticing salads to choose from and many healthy options.

 

Bistro Lemon Chicken Salad

Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad

 

Here’s a Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad recipe you can make at home.

Bistro Lemon Chicken Salad

Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad

 

Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Chicken Breasts

8 Cups Mixed Baby Romaine Lettuce

1 Can Mandarin Oranges in Their Own Juice (I Used Native Forest Brand)

1/3 Cup of Raw Sliced Almonds (Omit for AIP)

1/4 Cup Fruit Sweetened Dried Cranberries

3 Scallions, sliced

For the Marinade:

Zest of 1 Lemon

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Honey

2 Cloves of Minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1 Teaspoon Dried Tarragon

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper (Omit for AIP)

The Dressing:

1/4 Cup of Good Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Teaspoons of Honey

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper (Omit for AIP)

Directions:

Preheat the Oven to 400º degrees. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and brush all over top and bottom with the marinade. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the chicken is browning and has reached 165º degrees. Remove the breasts from the oven and let sit at least 15 minutes to retain their juice and cool.

Chicken Roasted for Salad

Now you can assemble the salad. Slice the chicken breasts thinly.

Sliced Lemon Chicken Breasts

Layer the romaine, chicken, oranges, almonds, cranberries and scallions in a large bowl. Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. Toss until well coated.

Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad

Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad

Bistro Lemon Chicken Dinner Salad is Gluten Free, Paleo, and a Big Salad. It is perfect for making ahead and having leftovers to pack for lunches on busy workweeks.

Makes 4 Large Dinner Salads

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!

 

 

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Monday mornings are notorious for being difficult! Do you ever struggle with Mondays? Maybe you had a crazy weekend like me, or it was a super fun weekend, and you don’t like the thought of getting back to the grind. Or, maybe the whole week stretching ahead of you feels overwhelming! Usually Mondays are okay for me, but last week was a crazy, busy week. I was just getting back from traveling and running like crazy to catch up on a short week, and then Sunday morning, just when I was getting in the shower, the lights went out for a couple hours, and I had the perfect to do list in my head for the perfect day, starting with church.

So, what can you do on days when you just want to get through it? Should we just get through it? I recommend finding just ten minutes to savor a moment. You can find just ten minutes. Giving yourself ten minutes to just be and breathe works really well to change your frame of mind and calm your spirit.

So my next thought is, if we are dreading a day like the infamous Monday, can we change our day by changing how we think about it? I believe the answer is “Yes. Yes we can! Not that it is easy, but we can do it!”.

Enough of my musings. Since baking is therapy for me, and cookies are definitely on my list of mood boosters, today I have a delicious, grain free, brand new cookie recipe for you (and me). They are full of clean ingredients, and one or two of these will not set you back in your health goals. They also don’t take long to mix up. You will need a bowl and a fork. Here’s the recipe:

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Preheat your oven to 325º degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

1/2 Cup Tahini (I like to eat this one straight out of the jar it is so good!)

1/2 Cup Honey (Clear if Low FodMap)

1 Flax Egg (To make Egg Mix 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed and 3 Tablespoons of Water in a small bowl and let sit 15 minutes)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil, Melted

1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds (reserved for top of cookies)

1/4 Teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/8 Teaspoon of Almond Extract

Directions: Mix together in a medium bowl with a fork the tahini, honey, almond extract, melted coconut oil and flax egg until incorporated. Add the almond flour, salt and baking soda and stir again until fully incorporated. Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets with a tablespoon cookie scoop. Sprinkle the slivered almonds evenly over the cookie dough and gently press them into the dough just a bit.

Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven until golden brown. Cool completely on the cookie sheets.

Makes 20 Cookies

*Low Fod Map Serving Size 1 Cookie, Moderate Fod Map Serving Size 2 Cookies

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

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