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Dark Chocolate Pecan Biscotti

 

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Hello! I hope you are well and safe!

I’ve been in the kitchen this week testing new recipes, and I think you are going to love this healthy Dark Chocolate Pecan Biscotti that is sweetened with dates!

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There are so many benefits in this cookie that you can enjoy guilt free!

There is raw cacao powder that is full of flavanoids, a powerful antioxidant. How lucky are we that chocolate has this!

A little bit of cinnamon really compliments this Italian cookie, and it is great for regulating blood sugar! Put a little in your smoothies everyday too!

Pecans are heart healthy, boost immunity and are great for skin and hair!

Olive Oil is a heart healthy fat used for baking for many, many years and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Dates are full of fiber and are a whole food way to sweetened baked goods slowing down the absorption of sugar into your blood stream. The potassium in dates can help maintain bone mass and they also have brain boosting choline!

Eggs are a great source of protein and an important binder in baking. They also have necessary vitamins and minerals in the yolks.

Every ingredient in my cookie recipe has a health benefit. But most importantly, they are delicious!

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Here’s how to make them:

Dark Chocolate Pecan Biscotti

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup of Toasted Pecans

1/2 Cup of Raw Cacao Powder (my favorite)

2 Good Quality Eggs

1/2 Cup of Dates, pitted and chopped

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Lay your pecans out on a baking tray in a single layer, and toast in your oven for approximately 8 minutes, or until the pecans are lightly brown and releasing some of their oils.

While the pecans are toasting, set up your food processor with a blade attachment.

Add the eggs, olive oil and dates to your food processor, and process for a minute. The dates will be in pieces but not completely emulsified with the eggs and oil. Now, add in the raw cacao powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract and baking soda. Blend in your food processor, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times, until creamy.

When your dates are toasted add them to your food processor with the rest of the dough you have already prepared. They should still be warm. Process by pulsing the pecans into the dough until they are chopped and the dough holds together.

Dump the biscotti dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and form it into a rectangle that is about 12″ by 6″. This works best if you use wet hands to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Bake in your preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the biscotti log from the oven and cool for one hour.

Dark Chocolate Pecan Biscotti

After an hour has passed. Place your biscotti rectangle onto a cutting board, and using a serrated knife, slice your biscotti on a diagonal into 1 inch slices. Lay back onto your parchment lined cookie sheet cut side down. Put your biscotti back in the oven for 4 minutes. Then, remove it from the oven and flip the biscotti over to the other cut side, and bake for an additional 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

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Store your biscotti in an air tight container.

God Bless you! Be safe and healthy!

Dark Chocolate Pecan Biscotti Grain Free

Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing

There was this place we went in the Winter where we got a really good workout and had fun at the same time.

I was dating my then to be husband, and a Northern Michigan Winter could be long. I never knew any different, and I didn’t think to complain about the cold. It was how I was born, raised and lived my entire childhood and early adulthood.

Michigander’s were tough, resilient, and we knew how to have fun despite the weather.

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Although there were plenty of outdoor activities, the raquetball club was one of our favorite Friday night spots. You could work up a great sweat, and the court was smaller than a tennis court, hitting the ball more frequently in fast succession was very satisfying. The loud popping echo of the ball hitting the walls was loud and invigorating. I really worked up an appetite, and it was tradition to stop afterwards and eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant. They had the BEST Chicken Taco Salad and Margaritas! The salad was really big, and you were full when you were done. It was not a light salad at all, but there were plenty of great ingredients in it.

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Later, when we moved East and no longer played raquetball……after we were married and had two kids…….we recreated our own version at home and made it once a week religiously. It was very close, but I used a commercial dressing that I wouldn’t choose today. So,  I’ve come up with my own dressing, without the soybean oil but all the great flavor!

Currently, I hadn’t made the salad in years, but lately I’ve really missed it.

So, I have recreated it here with grain free chips, grass fed cheese and my own homemade creamy Italian dressing. It is darn good! My husband, Doug, said it was spot on, just like he remembered. I think you will love it too.

This is a BIG bowl. The leftovers are good, even though the chips won’t be as crunchy as when it is freshly made, and you can half it if you desire! Now all you have to do is:

Build It! Here’s the recipe:

Taco Salad Build It

Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Chicken Breasts

8 Cups of Iceberg Lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces

8 oz. of Grass Fed Cheddar Cheese, shredded

1 Can of Sliced Black Olives (I used this 3.8 oz. can of Field Day)

1/4 Cup of Sliced Scallions

2 Medium Sized Ripe Tomatoes, Chopped

1 Large Green Pepper, Diced

Cilantro (optional) Chopped, a handful

1 Bag of Siete Sea Salt Chips (5 oz) Crushed with your hands

Directions:

Make the Creamy Italian Dressing below and refrigerate.

Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cook for 18 minutes or until they are 165° in the center. Remove them from the water, and place them on a plate. Cover the chicken with another plate while they cool and you prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. The chicken is supposed to be still warm when you add it to the salad later.

In a Large salad bowl, place ingredients in this order (see photos).

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Olives, Scallions, Peppers, Shredded Cheese, Crushed Chips, Chicken (Dice it when you are ready to add it. It will still be warm. I don’t like to chop it before hand, because it will dry out and be less juicy.) and Crushed Chips (Crush them right over the salad as you take them out of the bag.) Pour all the dressing over the salad, and toss it really well, coating everything.

Serve!

To Make the Creamy Italian Dressing:

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Mayo (I use Primal Kitchen)

1/4 Cup of Scallions

2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1/8 Teaspoon each of dried:

Marjoram

Oregano

Basil

Rosemary

Directions: Puree the dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate.

 

Chicken Taco Salad Trio

Chicken Taco Salad Grain Free Gluten Free

 

Vanilla Sunflower Seed Milk Recipe

Homemade Sunflower Seed Milk is a good milk alternative made with seeds.

I like to mix up the types of non-dairy milks I use in my kitchen. I find it is helpful to rotate them if you are having new or developing food sensitivities. By rotating the types of nuts and seeds you eat, you are potentially preventing your body from detecting them as a foreign invader (measured as IgG Reactivity to types of food using a blood test) and therefore becoming sensitive to them.

Creamy Sunflower Seed Milk

There are many other good reasons to rotate the types of milk you consume, one of which is they all have different quantities and types of nutrients. It also makes it more interesting, because they all taste different, so you don’t get bored.

I have found this Vanilla Sunflower Seed Milk delightful, thick, and creamy. It is wonderful chilled in a glass, and makes a really frothy steamed milk to use in teas and coffee, and even baking.

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Here’s my recipe:

Vanilla Sunflower Seed Milk

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Sunflower Seeds

4 Cups of Filtered Water

1/8 Tsp. of Monk Fruit (I use this clean label) or 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Honey or Maple Syrup to taste (optional)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Tsp. of Sea Salt

Directions:

Using a fine mesh strainer, rinse the sunflower seeds well. In a 4 cup measuring pitcher, cover the sunflower seeds with cold water up to the 4 cup line. Store covered in the refrigerator overnight to soak.

The next day, pour off the soaking water, and rinse the sunflower seeds again. Put the soaked seeds into a high speed blender. Add 4 cups of filtered water, the Monk Fruit or other sweetener of choice if using, the vanilla and sea salt. Blend on high for 2 minutes.

Pour the mixture from the blender into a super fine mesh strainer (like this) or a milk bag over a bowl. Use a rubber spatula to strain the milk through the sieve into the bowl, or if using a milk bag, gently squeeze out the milk and discard the pulp.

Chill. This will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days. If you don’t want as much milk, this recipe is easily halved.

Enjoy!

Sunflower Seed Milk Gluten and Dairy Free

Here is more information about following a rotation diet that may be helpful.

Vanilla Sunflower Seed Milk, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Keto Friendly

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Orange Ginger Marinated Chicken Thighs

I have a lovely recipe for marinated chicken thighs that I’ve been making the last few months that is definitely a keeper. It is SIBO friendly, Low FodMap and makes twelve chicken thighs. That may seem like a lot, but for a family of five, I can tell you that they do not last long enough.

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The thighs are wonderful to use leftover and sliced on top of a salad for lunch the next day. Marinating them infuses them all the way through with a delicious orange ginger flavor. If you are looking for more leftover inspiration, cut the leftover chicken off the bone into bite size pieces, and make a fresh pot of hot Jasmine Rice (I use my mini rice cooker frequently for the purpose of having fresh hot rice in small quantities.) If you’ve never tried one, they are inexpensive and cook rice perfect every time without having to watch it or worry about it overcooking, and it keeps it hot until you are ready to eat it. I will never be without one again. To make the chicken fried rice, warm the chicken in garlic infused olive oil on the stove top in a skillet. Then, stir in the hot, fresh cooked rice, drizzle it with sesame oil and a pinch of white pepper, then stir in a few sliced scallions.  Push aside the chicken and rice mixture to one side of the pan. Add a little more garlic olive oil to the empty side, and add in two whisked and seasoned eggs, and scramble them over medium heat. Now, incorporate the egg into the chicken and rice mixture for an easy chicken fried rice. Yummmm!

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The chicken should marinate at least 8 hours and preferably overnight for the most robust flavor infusion.

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Orange Ginger Marinated Chicken Thighs

1/4 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

8 Sliced Scallions (green parts only for low fodmap)

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Minced Ginger

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil (my favorite brand)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Aminos (this is not on the SCD Legal list, but many do well with it, so listen to your body. It is an excellent substitute for Soy Sauce. Here is a discussion about it on Danielle Walker’s Facebook page.)

2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil

Zest of One Orange

1 Tablespoon of Ume Plum Vinegar (SCD Safe according to wellbees.com)

1 Tablespoon of Honey or Maple Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt or more to taste

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Lay out 12 bone in chicken thighs in a large, deep baking pan. Pour the marinade over the thighs, then flip them to coat all the surfaces evenly. Cover with wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

To bake the thighs, preheat the oven to 400° degrees F. Lay out a cookie sheet covered with parchment, if you want an easy to clean pan. 🙂 Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade allowing the scallions, ginger and orange zest to remain on the thighs, and lay them out in one layer onto the large sheet pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes. The skin will be crispy and brown. Enjoy!

Chicken Marinade

 

Orange Ginger Marinated Chicken Thighs, Paleo, Low FodMap

 

 

Soft, Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies

 

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Soft and sweet with the warmth of cinnamon. These cookies are ones you are going to want to make if you are a fan of the flavor combination and are a soft cookie lover. They are sweetened with honey and ripe bananas.

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The flavors all meld together nicely to give you a soft cookie with the nice cracks on the top. The cracks are a reaction of the cookie expanding and hardening on top while the centers are still soft. It’s a appealing part of this cookie and others like molasses crinkles.

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Soft Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of sliced bananas, ripe with black spots

1 Cup of Almond Flour

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup of Organic Shortening (I use Spectrum)

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon (reserved for last)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: In a food processor with a blade attachment, puree the ripe banana. Then, add in the egg, honey, vanilla and shortening, and process until smooth. Add the Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Salt and Baking Soda. Process two minutes.

Remove the cookie dough from the food processor and scoop it into a bowl. Sprinkle the tablespoon of Cinnamon over the dough, and swirl it in with a knife until you have a marbled dough.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the edges and set.

Makes 20 cookies.

Low FodMap Serving Size is 2 Cookies

Soft Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies, Grain Free, SCD Diet, Paleo, Dairy Free, Low FodMap. Gluten Free

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Mint Nut Milk

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I came up with this recipe with a dairy free creamer to go in my coffee in mind. It is creamy and tastes great for making peppermint mocha’s, but it’s also delicious all by itself.

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Nut milks are simple to make. You just need a nut milk bag or a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Nut milk bags are inexpensive, and I prefer them over a strainer lined with cheesecloth, but you can go that route too. You can get a three pack for just under $9. on Amazon.

Chocolate Mint Nut Milk

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Pecans

4 Cups of Water for Soaking (This will be discarded later)

3 Cups of Cold Water

1/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder

2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Peppermint Extract

a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

Place your pecans in a bowl and cover them with 4 cups of water. Let the nuts soak overnight for 8 to 12 hours. The longer they soak, the creamier your milk will be. This plumps up and softens the nuts for a creamy non-gritty milk.

After the nuts have soaked, dump them into a strainer and rinse them with fresh water.

Add the rinsed nuts and 3 cups of fresh cold water, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, peppermint extract and sea salt to a high speed blender, and blend for three minutes.

Pour the nut milk into your nut milk bag over a large bowl. Gently squeeze the bag to strain out the milk into the bowl. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days.

Chocolate Mint Nut Milk Gluten and Dairy Free

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chocolate Cookies with Quinoa and Banana Flour

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I created this new cookie recipe to be nut free, gluten free, dairy free and gum free and it uses just two flours, Quinoa and Banana. These two combined I find make a nice cookie.

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These cookies taste chocolately delicious, and are sweetened with natural maple sugar.

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I usually freeze them after I make them because,  1. It keeps them fresh longer and 2. It helps resist temptation to eat too many at once. But, I have to say, they are good right out of the freezer, so that doesn’t always work well. 🙂

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This recipe makes a dozen cookies. I don’t think there is ever a time of year when chocolate isn’t on the list of cookie flavor favorites. But, they are especially cozy when the weather gets cooler and you can grab a hot cup of something to go with them curled up with a blanket and a good book.

Here’s the recipe.

Chocolate Chocolate Cookies with Quinoa and Banana Flour

1/4 Cup of Banana Flour

1/4 Cup of Quinoa Flour

1/4 Cup of Cacao Powder

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1 Egg

1/4 Cup of Maple Sugar

1/3 Cup of Chocolate Chips

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, beat the olive oil and maple sugar together. Add the egg and beat for one minute. Add the quinoa flour, banana flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla and beat until creamy. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet using a tablespoon cookie measure. Flatten the cookies with damp fingers. Bake in your preheated oven for 10 – 11 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool on the cookie sheet.

Chocolate Chocolate Cookies Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free

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