cauliflower

Easy Roasted Cauliflower

Main Dishes

Roasted Cauliflower makes for the perfect warm and flavorful side dish to any meal. Add it to top off your favorite salad or rice dish. You can mix it up by adding different spices to it each time for something new! Cauliflower is beneficial to fighting cancer stem cells, improving blood pressure, and brain development.

cauliflower

For more nutritional values of this dish, check out the nutritional commentary on Further Food, where I found this recipe! Here is their recipe:

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower (chopped into florets)
  • 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil (melted), or I have also used olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper (to taste)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450F
  2. Place florets on a large baking pan, cover with coconut oil and salt and toss to coat evenly. (Make sure the florets are spread with space between them on the pan.
  3. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Take out, sprinkle the thyme and pepper evenly over the pan, and roast for another 3-5 minutes. Cauliflower should be able to be easily pierced with a fork and slightly crispy around the edges when it is done!
  5. Let cool 5-10 minutes and enjoy as a side dish or on top of your favorite salad or quinoa dish!

Servings: 3, Carbs 8g, Fiber 3g, Protein 3g

gingersnap cookies

Getting Snappy With Paleo Gingersnap Cookies

Dessert, Seasonal

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear… But ALSO by sharing homemade cookies! Today, on Day 2 of the 25 Days of Holiday Type Happy Challenge, I challenge you to make these yummy paleo gingersnap cookies and share them with friends, family, coworkers, friendly strangers, who ever. In light of Giving Tuesday (a day dedicated for people to celebrate generosity and the power of giving), this is an excellent way to do your part in giving. Ginger acts as a great anti-inflammatory and it also works wonders for Diabetics too! It inhibits enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism, increases insulin sensitivity and release, and it improves protection from further diabetic complications (kidneys, nervous system, liver, & eyes). Spreading the holiday cheer and health is the best combo there is. Happy baking!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or coconut oil)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat
  3. Blend the dry flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves together in a mixing bowl
  4. Add the honey and butter (or coconut oil) to the dry ingredients and blend well until a soft dough forms
  5. If the dough is too soft to shape into small balls, place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Roll 1-2 tablespoons of dough into a small ball and place it the baking sheet. Place them about 2 inches apart.
  7. Press each cookie with the palm of your hand to flatten it out into a disc shape. Optionally, sprinkle some sea salt on top of each cookie.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are turning golden brown and dark around the edges. Careful not to burn them because they do so easily.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes.

Servings: 22; Calories: 95; Fat: 7 g; Carb 6 g ; Fiber 1 g; Protein 2 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 42 mg; Cholesterol 6 mg.

cauliflower pizza crust

The Gluten Free, Grain Free Italian Way

Main Dishes

Tonight’s dinner consists of a fresh grilled salmon with a kale salad and the side of a cauliflower pizza! That’s right, cauliflower pizza! I discovered the way of having a delicious pizza without all the carbohydrates. This veggie-powered pizza is a great way to cut back on those grains and gluten. The crusty cauliflower gives the pizza a great base for slamming on any kind of toppings that you want.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  •  Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Grate the cauliflower until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles.
  3. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  4. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.
  5. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.
banana zombies and coconut ghosts

Say “BOO!” to Sugar

Dessert, Recipes, Seasonal

Since it’s almost Halloween, I think it is important to be able to enjoy this wonderful holiday with some spooky “candies” too! I’ve made two healthy, delicious, Halloween paleo treats that both kids and adults can enjoy guilt-free! Banana Zombies and Ghost Truffles! There’s no need to worry about those blood sugar spikes with these creepy creative delicacies.

Happy Halloween!!

Paleo Ghost Truffles (gluten, grain, dairy, and sugar free)

paleo coconut ghost truffles

Paleo Coconut Ghost Truffles

paleo coconut ghost truffles

Paleo Coconut Ghost Truffles

Ingredients:

• ⅔ cup raw pecans, finely chopped

• 3 tablespoons cacao paste (or 100% dark, unsweetened chocolate), chopped
• ½ cup coconut butter, melted*

• 2 tablespoons of sugar free honey

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• Pinch of salt

• ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

• Handful mini Lily’s Sweets sugar-free chocolate chips

Instructions
:

1. Melt the cacao paste slowly in a bowl

2. Mix in the chopped pecans, 4 tablespoons of melted coconut butter (reserve the remaining ¼ cup for dipping), honey, vanilla extract and salt, until all ingredients are well combined.

3. Scoop 1 tablespoonful of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your hands, shape each truffle into 1-inch balls. The batter will be slightly crumbly, so shape each truffle gently and set it on the pan.

4. Insert a lollipop stick into the center of each truffle and freeze for 20 minutes.

5. Dip chilled truffles, one at the time, in melted coconut butter, then roll in shredded coconut. Set truffles back on the parchment paper.

6. Press three chocolate chips into each truffle to create a cute face.

7. Keep refrigerated as the coconut butter melts at temperatures above 72°F.

Banana Zombies (gluten, grain, dairy, and sugar free)

banana zombies

Banana Zombies

Makes: 12-15 Zombies

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

• 3 large bananas


• 
3 tablespoons gently melted almond butter


• 
Lily’s Sweets sugar-free chocolate chips

• Sugar-free black frosting

Directions:

1. Peel bananas and slice into 1.5 inch chunks.


2. Skewer bananas with kabob skewers

3. Melt almond butter in microwave to a liquid consistency

4. With a spoon, drizzle the melted almond butter with over each skewered banana chunk while rotating it to get all sides

5. Place onto foil covered plate and place into refrigerator for 10 minutes so that the almond butter hardens a little


6. Take out of fridge and place chocolate chips on to the banana pieces for eyes and draw on a spooky zombie smile with the frosting.


7. Set on plate and enjoy!!

making chocolate truffles

Diabetics and the Chocolate Factory

Dessert

Ever having a major chocolate craving?! I have found a fast simple way to make your own cacao chocolates and truffles! And it’s all sugar free and super low carb! I know, I didn’t think it was possible either! Cacao is an amazing raw superfood that naturally raises energy, provides antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, enhances weightloss, and improves mood. (Don’t get confused with Cocoa, that’s the already processed sugary kind of chocolate, you don’t want that) This snack also works as a post workout recovery snack too because it has a great source of protein, potassium, and magnesium! Enjoy fellow chocoholics! And just a little simple reminder of the difference between Cacao vs. Cocoa as you are grocery shopping and cooking:

cacao verus cocoa chart

cacao vs cocoa chart

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Put a few spoonfuls of coconut butter into a bowl, and add about 2 spoonfuls of cacao powder to the mix (depending on how chocolatey you want it). Then add sugar free honey and stevia to it to give it that sweeter taste. Add however much sweetness you want to flavor it to your taste. Then roll the chocolate paste into a couple marble sized balls. Then just stick them into the freezer for a few minutes and BAM! You got yourself some instant yummy chocolates to eat. I sprinkled mine with cinnamon to give it another flavor. But you can add what ever you want into it to give it a different taste! Try mixing in coconut flakes, or almonds, or a little bit of raspberry, or cacao nibs, or perhaps add some cayenne pepper to give it a little spice. Be creative and have fun!