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Squash Casserole

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This is such a great old fashioned squash casserole!

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If you like zucchini, but it gets boring for you the same old way. Or, if you are a fan of comfort food in the form of casseroles, like your Mom or Grandma used to make, here’s one that is healthy, delicious and comforting.

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Casserole is great leftover for lunch too! Love me some leftover casserole!  This casserole is meat free, so feel free to use it as a side dish. I like to make pork tenderloin, chicken or bun free burgers to go with it.

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Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. of sliced zucchini (this is about 3 to 4 medium, depending on the size)

1/3 Cup of Good Olive Oil or Melted Ghee

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Mayo (I use Avocado Oil Mayo like this)

1/2 Cup of sliced green onions

1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Topping:

1/2 Cup of  Pecans

2 Tablespoons of Goat Cheese (optional) Omit for SCD or substitute with a SCD Legal Cheese. There is a free PDF guide at the top of my home page you can download and print for free.

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Dried Chives

1 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Grease a 12″ x 8 1/2″ Casserole dish.

To make the casserole filling:

Bring 2 inches of salted water to a boil in a large frying pan with a lid. When the water comes to a boil, add the sliced zucchini and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until tender. Drain the cooked zucchini into a colander. Allow it to sit and drain for ten minutes in the colander. You don’t want a soggy casserole. Meanwhile, whisk together in a large bowl, the olive oil, eggs, mayonnaise, salt and pepper until well combined. Whisk in the scallions and orange bell pepper. Pat the drained zucchini with paper towel to remove any excess water. Then, stir the zucchini into the egg mixture. Pour the zucchini mixture into your greased baking casserole.

Now, make the topping.

Finely chop the pecans, or alternatively pulse in a food processor. I like this handy mini Ninja Express one for this job. It has made my life so much easier, and I don’t have to clean the big food processor. This goes right in the dishwasher! Add in the salt, pepper, chives and parsley, and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the casserole. Now, if you are using goat cheese, which is very delicious in this recipe if you tolerate it, sprinkle small pieces of goat cheese over the crumb topping.

Place the casserole into your preheated oven, and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.

This casserole can be prepped up to a day ahead and baked from the refrigerator. You will need to increase your baking time by ten minutes.

Enjoy!

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Squash Casserole, Gluten and Grain Free, SCD

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

 

 

 

 

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins SCD, Paleo

I love muffins and spice cake!  This muffin recipe reminds me of spice cake, and it is belly friendly, has vegetables in it (carrots)  and is sweetened with honey.  It also includes gelatin for a bonus gut healing ingredient.

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

3 1/2 Cups of Shredded Carrot

4 Pastured Eggs

1/2 Cup of Raw Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil or Melted Coconut Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Grass Fed Collagen

1/4 Cup of Clear Clover Honey

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

1 teaspoon SCD Legal Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg or Mace

1/8 teaspoon Cloves

Whole Walnuts for the Tops

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Directions:  Preheat Oven 350°.  Place muffin cup liners in pan.  Place eggs, coconut flour, carrots and gelatin in a food processor and pulse until blended.  Add honey, coconut milk, olive oil or coconut oil, vanilla, spices and baking soda. Pulse again until well blended. Using a muffin scoop, place level scoops into muffin papers. Top with a whole  walnut (I use walnuts from nuts.com. ) Bake 35 to 38 minutes until set and browned on the top.

Makes a bakers dozen.

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Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins - SCD, Paleo, Dairy Free

Chopped Kale, Cranberry, and Pumpkin Seed Slaw!

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This slaw is a twist on the traditional cole slaw with the Autumn flavors of cranberries and pumpkin seeds, and the added nutrition of Lacinato Kale!

Kale, Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed Slaw

Gosh I love Fall! It’s my favorite season! I love all the spices, warm drinks, cozy sweaters, autumn fruits and vegetables, crunchy leaves, pumpkin patches, pumpkins, Mums, Fall porch decorations, cozy corners with a good book and a quilt, jackets, boots…..Love- It – All! This slaw introduces some of the flavors of Fall without completely letting go of Summer yet IMO.

Autumn Picture Cozy Time

What’s your favorite part about Fall? Please share with me. 🙂

I think you will like the crunch of the pumpkin seeds and chewy cranberries in this slaw. Plus, it has a milder onion flavor with scallions (green onions). It can also be made ahead, which is always handy!

Ingredients

4 Cups of Shredded Green Cabbage

1 Cup of Finely Chopped Lacinato Kale

1/2 Cup of Shredded Carrot

1/2 Cup of Thinly Sliced Green Onion

1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Seeds (I like this sprouted kind)

1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries, fruit sweetened

Mix all the slaw ingredients together, then make the dressing:

1/2 Cup of Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayonnaise (here)

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Honey

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Whisk together the dressing ingredients, and fold into the slaw.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chopped Kale, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed Slaw, Gluten and Dairy Free

 

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles with Raspberries and Macadamia Nuts

Dark Chocolate and Raspberries with Mint is divine! But if you like Macadamia Nuts better, I have given you options. Or, if you are like me, I like to make both!SO Perky raspberry and macadamia truffles

This is a brand new recipe with choices! I have added a powdered drink mix supplement that is new to Perfectly Posh called So Perky that has a lot of beneficial ingredients in it, to boost these truffles, like Green Coffee Bean, Matcha Green Tea, Peppermint, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and Ginseng! The mint flavor in this drink mix adds a nice flavor to the chocolate, plus other benefits. But, you can totally make this without it! All the new Knosh is allergen free, with no artificial colors! One of the many reasons I love it!

So Perky Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

Here’s some more information below on the So Perky which you can pick up here.

 

So Perky

I like to add it to make these delicious dark chocolate bites an Energy Power Treat!

So Perky Truffles

They also have cashew butter in them, and are simple to make, because instead of cooling the truffle mixture and then rolling them into balls, which can be tedious, you simply pour it into mini muffin cups which is much quicker and easier!

Here’s how to make them!

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles with Raspberries and Macadamia Nuts (optional Knosh So Perky Drink Mix)

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips

1/4 Cup of Cashew Butter

2 Knosh So Perky Mint Julep Drink Mix packets (optional)

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Peppermint Extract

A pinch of Sea Salt

Freeze Dried Raspberries (crushed) 1 Cup

1/2 Cup of Macadamia Nuts (finely chopped)

Directions:

Prepare a mini muffin tin with 20 paper liners.

In a double broiler over simmering heat, melt the dark chocolate chips, cashew butter, a pinch of sea salt and 2 Knosh So Perky Mint Julep Drink Packets. Whisk with a fork until it is melted together. When completely melted, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.

Crush the freeze dried raspberries into a fine powder. I like to use a mini food processor. You can also do this in a plastic storage bag and crush them by rolling a rolling pin over the top of the sealed bag. Finely chop the macadamia nuts. Place each in a small bowl for sprinkling.

Place about a half teaspoon of the crushed raspberries and macadamia nuts in ten each of the mini muffin cups. Pour the melted truffle mixture evenly into each cup leaving a little room at the top for more raspberries and nuts. Immediately sprinkle the remaining crushed raspberries and macadamia nuts on top of the truffles accordingly.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes until set. Remove them from the mini muffin pan and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator to enjoy as needed!

Makes 20

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles with Raspberries and Macadamia Nuts

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Sundried Tomato, Basil, Chicken “Pasta”

Chicken, Tomato Basil Noodles

Good for you Pasta Bowls will all the flavor and more vegetables, less carbs!

That was the goal of this juicy chicken and pasta bowl.

Now I’m a girl who grew up with Pasta Sunday, and I still look forward to a big serving, but with a healthier twist that isn’t going to give my belly a pooch and have me slumping down on the sofa for the rest of the evening in a carbohydrate coma.

Chicken Tomato Basil Pasta Toss Grain Free

It is always a great idea to choose boneless chicken thighs if you don’t want to take the chance of getting a dry breast. Thighs just have more flavor, and according to Dr. Oz in his White Chicken Meat vs. Dark Chicken Meat episode by Food Journalist Mark Schatzker, we have been trained our whole life to go for the white meat as a healthier option but is it? That being said, if you use perfectly roasted chicken breasts in this recipe, they would be delicious too, just not as foolproof. There is definitely a time to use them, like in my new chicken salad recipe with lemon pepper and strawberries here! The key is they have to be roasted to perfection and not taken a minute beyond 165°F.

Now, onward!

I like to roast my spaghetti squash the day before in the oven while I am making that night’s dinner, let it cool, then shred it into noodles with a fork and refrigerate it until the next day when I plan to make this dish. You can also completely do it in the same day.

Chicken Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Noodles

You are killing two birds with one stone, and saving a bunch of time by prepping it a day in advance.

This is a super flavorful pasta with beautiful oregano, basil and garlic all over the cubed thighs that are browned on the stove and then finished in the oven in 20 minutes total time. While the thighs are roasting, the rest of the ingredients can be prepped. Then you pour the chicken juices (broth) with all the seasonings right over the pasta. There is not a lot of fat in it because the chicken in skinless, but there is a Lot of Flavor!

Chicken Sundried Tomato Basil Pasta Grain and Dairy Free

Sundried Tomato, Basil, Chicken Pasta

1 Roasted Spaghetti Squash, cooled and shredded into “noodles”

1 Red Onion, Diced

2 Tablespoons of EVOO

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil Packed Organic Sundried Tomatoes, diced

1 Cup of Sliced Scallions (green onions)

1/2 Cup of Fresh Basil

1 Can of Organic Mushrooms, drained


2 Pounds of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano

1 Tablespoon of Dried Basil

1 Tablespoon of EVOO

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Cloves of Minced Garlic

Directions:

Roast you spaghetti squash up to a day in advance. To roast the squash, preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Split your spaghetti squash from stem to end and remove the seeds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place it cut side down onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Roast 45 minutes to an hour, or until the top of the squash is soft when pressed.

Remove from the oven, and flip upright to cool completely. Shred the squash with fork tines. If using later, cover and refrigerate.

On the day you are making the dish:

Preheat the oven to 400° degrees F.

Whisk together the basil, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Brush the seasoning over your boneless chicken thighs. In a large skillet, brown the chicken thighs on each side for five minutes, using a little more olive oil if necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer the chicken thighs to a parchment lined cookie sheet, and place in the oven to finish cooking through for approximately ten minutes, or until the thermometer reaches 165° F. Remove the thighs from the oven, and when cool enough, cut each thigh into quarters. Reserve the chicken juices from the pan, this is the broth!

In the same uncleaned pan you used to cook the chicken, you will make the sauce. All the brown bits from the chicken are little nuggets of flavor.

Brown the diced red onion in two tablespoons of olive oil until tender. Add the sundried tomatoes, scallions and mushroom, and stir warming and incorporating them into the cooked onions. Now, add the previously prepped spaghetti squash and the chopped fresh basil. Toss with tongues to coat and evenly distribute the vegetables.

Add the chicken pieces and juices from the chicken to the “noodles” heating and incorporating gently.

Serve!

Sundried Tomato, Chicken and Basil Grain Free Pasta has tons of flavor! It uses boneless chicken thighs and is a perfect bowl noodles for Grain Free Pasta Night! Paleo, Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free.

 

 

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