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Orange Tarragon Chicken with Caramelized Pears

Tarragon imparts sweetness to sauteed pears. This chicken dish comes together quickly and tastes elegant.

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I received a fruit and nut gift basket this week as a gift, and it included organic pears which are delicious just plain when perfectly ripe…..so good! When you slice and cook them in some olive oil and add onions, they are divine, soft, savory and sweet. Then add some juicy chicken thighs, and you have a fantastic main dish!

Orange Tarragon Chicken with Caramelized Pears

Preheat oven 375º degrees.

Ingredients:

8 boneless chicken thighs

1 Ripe Pear, cored and sliced (it doesn’t need to be really ripe, but soft)

1 Yellow Onion, diced

Zest and Juice of Two Oranges

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 1/2 Teaspoons of Tarragon

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Herbamare Sea Salt Seasoning (this kind)

Directions: In a large oven proof skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat over medium high heat until warm. Add the pears and onion to the olive oil in the skillet, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of Herbamare and 1 teaspoon of tarragon. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes stirring occasionally until the pears and onion are soft and starting to caramelize.

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Meanwhile, cut each boneless chicken thigh into quarters and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of tarragon and 1 teaspoon of Herbamare seasoning salt.

Remove the caramelized pear and onion from the pan and set aside. Add the last tablespoon of olive oil, and then the seasoned chicken. Sprinkle the orange zest onto the chicken. Sautee for 4 minutes then flip the chicken and cook for 4 more minutes. Add the orange juice to the pan and cook for 1 minute to reduce the juice. Stir in the pear and onion mixture. Place the pan in the oven for ten minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve and enjoy!

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Eat Your Nutrients!

 

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Honey Cherry Macaroons

Honey Cherry Macaroons

I am a fan of macaroons and cherries, so I thought, why not come up with a cherry macaroon? They are a perfect two bite cookie with a toasted outside and a moist, chewy interior. The way to get a tart cherry flavor and have these macaroons work is to use crushed, freeze dried cherries. The ingredients are simple and clean with no refined sugar. These cookies should definitely go on your holiday tray! They also make a very pretty packaged gift!

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Cherry Macaroons

Ingredients:

5 oz. (1 1/2 Cup) of Unsweetened Finely Shredded Coconut (I like this kind)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Cream (also know as coconut butter, here’s my favorite)

1/3 Cup of Freeze Dried Cherries (this kind)

1/3 Cup of Good Honey (I use local)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk (full fat)

2 Egg Whites

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt (I am a big fan of Himalayan Pink for it’s minerals)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325º degrees.

In a clean dry bowl, beat the egg whites and salt on high with a hand-held electric mixer until you have medium-firm peaks. Set aside.

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Put the cherries in a ziplock bag and crush them finely with a rolling pin. In a medium bowl, combined the shredded coconut and crushed cherries.

Coconut and Crushed Cherries

Coconut and Crushed Cherries

Add the honey, coconut cream (softened in the microwave), vanilla extract and coconut milk. Beat with a hand mixer until thoroughly creamed.

Carefully fold in the egg whites. Now, scoop with a tablespoon cookie scoop onto two parchment lined cookie sheets.

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Bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the outside is a pretty golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool.

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Makes 20 Macaroons. They will keep at room temperature for a week or more.

 

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Eat Your Nutrients!

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Instant Pot Chuck Roast

Instant Pot Chuck Roast

Instant Chuck (in the Instant Pot)

An Instant Pot is an incredibly fast way to cook when you are busy and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.  Making a pot roast takes time in the oven, about three to four hours to get it fork tender, but with an instant pot you can be ready to eat in about an hour. That is total cooking time, not total time you have to be in the kitchen. Once you get it going, you can walk away. Love it!

I added plenty of vegetable sides to make a healthy dinner. The bed of cabbage soaked up all the juices, and we had carrots and broccoli as well. You choose! 🙂

Instant Pot Chuck Roast

Ingredients:

3 lb. Chuck Roast (cubed into 1 1/2″ chunks)

1 Cup of Broth

1/2 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1/2 Cup of Coconut Aminos here

2 Leeks, Sliced into rounds

3 Tablespoons of Umami Blend (recipe here)

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Ginger

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Directions: Cube the Chuck after you have seasoned both sides with Umami Herb Blend. Put the Beef into the instant pot. Whisk together the orange juice, coconut aminos, broth, honey and ginger. Pour over the beef and add the leeks. Place the top on your instant pot and seal the steam valve at the top. Press the Meat/Stew selection, and you are done. The chuck will cook for 35 minutes, then do a cool down. Release the steam valve, and after the steam is released, remove the top and that’s it! You have a delicious, fork tender roast in a third of the time!

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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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 400º 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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Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Easy Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Five Ways!

Whipped Cream is one of the great pleasure of life! Gosh, I have missed my coffee shop beverages with all that delicious whip on top after going dairy free! Just before Thanksgiving, I finally purchased my own professional whipped cream dispenser, and I am so glad I did. I have been enjoying whip on my Matcha Latte’s I make at home, and Coffee, and also whipped topping for dessert on Thanksgiving. I am having a blast with it! Look at the gorgeous ways you can use it!

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So, I have five variations of whip to share with you today, and it is super easy! Here’s how!

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Directions to make Coconut Milk Whipped Cream:

Refrigerate a can of full fat coconut milk for a minimum of four hours so it is nice and chilled. This is the brand I recommend. Pour the coconut milk into a bowl with a pour spout, and whisk it until it is creamy and blended well. Add it to your Stainless Steel Whipped Cream Dispenser. You can get it here for a good price. You will also need the cartridges to charge your dispenser here. Screw the top onto the dispenser, and add the decorator tip. Charge it as directed with one charger. You will hear the air dispelling into the whipped cream in the can. Now shake it up. I found shaking it thoroughly and more than you think you need yields the best whip, so I shake my can up and down about 50 times. It’s a good arm workout too. 🙂

It’s ready to use. The five variations are easy and delightful! Another super fun thing to do is give company a choice of what variation they want to have because it is not incorporated into the whip itself.

Cacao Dusted Whip!

Cacao Dusted Whip!

  1. Sprinkle with a dusting of cinnamon
  2. Sprinkle with a dusting of raw cacao (substitute carob powder for AIP Paleo)
  3. Sprinkle with freeze dried Just Cherries. They are freeze dried and so crush beautifully. (here)
  4. Chocolate Cherry Whip! Sprinkle on a dusting of raw cacao and some crushed cherries!
  5. Whip it up with plain whip! Equally delicious.

Let me know what your favorite way to have your whip is! Share with me in the comments below, and also, has this inspired you to try different whip flavors of your own?

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Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

Hungry for a delicious pot of tender chuck roast with loads of warming vegetables? I have a recipe that will warm you up body and soul. 🙂 There is plenty of juices and tender loads of nutritious vegetables.

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

 

This was perfect last night after spending a few hours outside stringing holiday lights. I love being outdoors in the winter months in the brisk air. Most of the time I am moving my body a little more than I was yesterday. Yes, there were lights that didn’t work, and lights where half the string worked. Thankfully we had plenty to spare, and had strings that were working well! What happens, I wonder, to the lights that were working fine when you put them in the box and the next year are not functioning? It has been an ongoing mystery that people write about and include in movies, because many can relate.

 

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

I have included Fennel, Onions, Carrots, Swiss Chard, Zucchini and Yellow Beans in this Roast along with a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice and savory Rosemary and Thyme. I think you will love it! No dried out roast here!

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables in Pot from the Oven

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables in Pot from the Oven

 

Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables

Ingredients:

1 Three Pound Chuck Roast

1 Fennel Bulb (diced)

1 Yellow Onion (diced)  (substitute green scallions if Low FodMap)

5 Carrots (peeled and coarsely chopped)

1 Bunch of Swiss Chard (stems stripped and coarsely chopped)

3 Zucchini (about 2 cups halved lengthwise and sliced)

2 Cups of Fresh Yellow or Green Beans

6 Cups of Broth (this is approximate depending on your pot)

1/2 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil (you may substitute 3 cloves of fresh garlic)

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Teaspoons of Crushed Rosemary

1 Teaspoon of Thyme

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees. You will use a large dutch oven with a lid. Salt your chuck roast all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt. In your pan, heat the garlic olive oil over medium high heat just until warm. Add the chuck roast and brown 5 minutes each side. Remove the chuck roast from the pan and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the diced fennel and onion, and sautee for 5 minutes. Stir in Carrots, Green Beans, Orange Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosemary and Thyme. Add the chuck roast to the top and pour over broth until it reaches the top of the roast. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then cover the pan with a lid and place into your preheated oven for 3 hours. At the end of three hours, remove the pan from the oven and add the Zucchini and Chard, tucking it down around the roast. Lift the roast out of the pan if needed and set it back on top of the vegetables. Bake another hour. Then remove it from the oven and it is ready!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

What kids doesn’t like a cute jackolantern pumpkin cookie this time of year! Especially if it is frosted! This honey of a cookie is thick and soft with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.

Gluten Free/Grain Free Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

Gluten Free/Grain Free Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

You will need a handmixer and a cookie scoop for this easy recipe……no rolling involved.

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F.

Lay out a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree, SCD Legal

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons Clear Honey

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract

Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the first five dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl, with a hand held electric mixer, mix the wet ingredients together….the pumpkin puree, egg, honey and vanilla extract.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until fully incorporated. With a 1/2 cup ice cream or cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto your prepared cookie sheet. There should be six even sized scoops. Now, flatten into 3/4 inch thick circles with your hand, and then pinch the tops, patting and pinching to make the stem.

Bake in your preheated oven for 16 – 20 minutes, rotating the pan end to end after ten minutes. Keep an eye on them the last five minutes. The edges should be starting to brown, but not the centers.

Remove from the oven and cool completely while you make the frosting.

For the frosting:

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of Organic Shortening

3 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Cacao Powder

In a small bowl with a hand held electric mixer, blend the shortening and honey together until it is whipped nicely.

Take a plastic sandwich bag and snip off one end. Insert a metal round piping tip into the snipped end. Scoop out two tablespoons of the white frosting from your bowl, and place it in the snipped bag. Twist the top moving the icing toward the piping tip. Set aside.

To the remaining frosting still in the bowl, add one tablespoon of cocao powder. Blend with your electric mixer.

Spread the chocolate frosting onto each cookie evenly, except the stems. Pipe the frosting on for the eyes and mouth.

It makes six large cookies. Yes, I know the picture shows five cookies. That’s because I ate one! 🙂

Happy Halloween! Boo!

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookie - Grain Free

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookie – Grain Free

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