Hebrew Word of the Week

Olah: Offering of rising or ascent. An offering made by fire unto YHWH, the highest order of sacrifice. Meaning ascention. It represents complete submission to YHWH's will because the ENTIRE offering is given to YHWH. Greek translation= holocaustos (holocaust/sacrifice).

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kitchen Helpers: Herb Combinations

Curry = ginger + garlic + ground coriander + ground cumin + turmeric
Casserole = garlic + thyme + red wine + tomato paste
Thai = chili + lemongrass + lime juice + fish sauce + spring onion
Moroccan = garlic + ginger + cinnamon + cumin + lemon
Chinese = soy sauce or fish sauce + honey + garlic + sesame oil+ ginger
Mexican = lime + chili powder + paprika + coriander + red onion+oregano
Greek = garlic + lemon + oregano + natural yoghurt
Spanish = paprika + garlic + saffron + thyme + red onion
Italian = basil + parsley + garlic + tinned tomatoes

No Bake! Coconut Carmel Cookies

Coconut Caramel Cookies
grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free,
dairy-free, caffeine-free & sugar-free

~Paleo-, GAPS-, & SCD-friendly!~

Here's a simple and delicious recipe that is super easy to make. You don't even need to bake them! This recipe is sugar-free and is therefore appropriate for the REAL Food Challenge and Digestive Health with REAL Food protocol. It's also perfect for the Paleo, GAPS & SCD diets.

The addition of ghee (clarified butter) gives these "cookies" a natural caramel taste bringing a natural sweetness that pairs well with the taste of coconut. You can also add more seasonings like cinnamon, vanilla extract or unsweetened cocoa powder if you want. 
Here is what you will need:
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 TBSP ghee (on amazon or make it yourself!)
Here's how to prepare your Coconut Caramel Cookies:
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. If the coconut butter is too hard, put the jar in a big bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Once mixed, press the cookie mixture into 12 silicone muffin tins.
  3. Put in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. Enjoy! 
Paleo-, GAPS- & SCD-friendly!
(Per one of the comments from this original sight: It's easy to make coconut butter at home if you have a Cuisinart - you can find recipes online, but it's simply coconut flakes (unsweetened) processed in the Cuisinart for about 10 minutes, until creamy. Store at room temp.)

Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

Another hot chocolate recipe!  The last hot chocolate/coffee combo that I  posted here is wonderful and one of my new favorites but I thought this might be one for the kiddos.

Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

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Serves:4 servings, about 6 ounces each with whipped cream
  • SYRUP:
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (Grade A)
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (Grade A)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • cream from 1 can refrigerated coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (Grade A)
  1. In a saucepan, whisk together ingredients for the syrup over medium heat until just beginning to bubble. Pour into another container, (I use a squeeze bottle), and set aside.
  2. Use the same saucepan for the hot chocolate. You can blend the hot chocolate ingredients in a blender until frothy or just whisk in the saucepan until hot but not boiling.
  3. Spoon the coconut cream off from the top of the can, leaving the coconut water behind for another use.
  4. In a mixer beat the coconut cream and maple syrup for 6- 10 minutes on high until fluffy like whipped cream.
  5. If desired, use the squeeze bottle to paint stripes of chocolate on the glasses, fill with hot chocolate, top with whipped cream and additional chocolate syrup.
  6. Serve immediately.
I like to make hot chocolate with the coconut milk out of the can because it is much more flavorful than the carton version. Almond milk is also delicious, I just used coconut milk to keep the flavors the same as the whipped cream.
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Citrus Quinoa Salad

Looks like lunch to me!

Citrus Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Pomegranates

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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • Salad:
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled
  • 2 avocados
  • 1½ cups pomegranate arils 
  • Cilantro Orange Dressing:
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 orange, peeled
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  1. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly, then place it in a medium sauce pan. Add the water and sea salt. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until tender and fluffy, about 20 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before combining it with the rest of the salad.
  2. Break the oranges and grapefruit into sections and slice the sections crosswise into bite sized pieces.
  3. Peel, pit, and cut the avocado into bite sized pieces as well.
  4. For the dressing, break the orange up into sections and place it in a blender. Add the cilantro and blend on low to medium until well combined with small pieces of cilantro remaining.
  5. Combine the citrus, avocado, pomegranate arils, and quinoa in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and mix to combine.
  6. Serve immediately.
  7. If you’re keeping the salad for more than just one day, add the avocado as needed. After 2-3 days the pomegranates will turn the quinoa purple, but the salad still tastes delicious!
I find it much easier to make the quinoa the day before. That way, when I’m ready to make the salad, it’s already done!
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Low Glycemic Foods

A low glycemic index diet is beneficial for health.  High blood sugar levels can add to heard disease.  Here is a copy of Dr. Oz's diet plan for keeping low gi foods in our diets.  I have it here just to keep the veggies and fruits in front of me so I can remember which ones to use most often:

Recipes or make your own...I will:)


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Garlic Butter

Made this one tonight, it was really good.  Husband says that it could of used a little more garlic but I thought it was just fine.

Garlic Butter



NOTE: Recipe directions are for the original serving size of 16 so to make 16, you must double this.
  1. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, minced garlic and parmesan cheese. Season with garlic salt, Italian seasoning, pepper and paprika. Mix until smooth.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cheddar Onion Buscuits

One more post for tonight.  I am a recipe freak, I may have an addiction.  Is there a 12 step for this?

Ok, so you need a biscuit?  Try these:

Cheddar and Onion Biscuits

who needs Red Lobster anyway?

Cheddar & Onion Biscuits (makes 8)
*adapted from Satisfying Eats
  • 1/4 cup very finely ground almonds
  • 2 green/spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsps coconut flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, cold
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsps butter, softened
  1. Heat a tbsp of butter in a small pot and add the garlic and onion. Fry gently for a few minutes then remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almonds, coconut flour, salt, baking powder and cheeses. Stir well. Add the butter, sour cream, onions and the egg. Stir together until it forms a sticky batter.
  3. Drop about a tbsp on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper until mixture is all used up (spacing them about 2 inches apart) and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Jalapeno & Garbanzo Burgers

This sounds yummy and I have to find a good use for those garbanzo's other than hummus.  This is worth a try.

Jalapeno & Garbanzo Burgers

I served 'em with plantain chips which were a BIG hit and may make it to the blog soon

Jalapeno & Garbanzo Burgers (makes 4)
  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
  • 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 spring/green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsps lime juice
  1. Mash the beans until a smooth paste and season well with sea salt and black pepper.
  2. Stir in the other ingredients then move the mixture to the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Scoop out a small handful, roll into a ball then flatten to make a burger. Repeat until the mixture is all used up (this got me 4 burgers).
  4. Grill/broil for 20 minutes, turning halfway through so each side browns.

Cheesy Mixed Greens

I am trying to add a serving of veggies and/or fruit and a healthy dose of good fat to each meal.  I find that I am not hungry as often...that's a good thing.  I'm think I'm going to try this with just the spinach leaving out the kale and collard greens as I don't really like them but I do love spinach:)  Looks yummy to me!

Cheesy Mixed Greens (serves 2)

that thick layer of melty cheese conceals all sorts of greens

  • 5 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 2 large leaves curly kale, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 2 collard green leaves, de-stemmed and shredded
  • 2 spring/green onions, finely chopped
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  1. Combine the greens in a steamer and steam for minutes until wilted (if you don’t have a steamer, briefly saute in a frying pan). Transfer to a sieve and drain well (I put something heavy on them and leave for about 5 minutes to make sure the spinach in particular is entirely dry).
  2. Mix the greens together with the cream cheese, sour cream, onion and garlic. Spoon into a small casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle over the mozzarella, bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until brown on top. Serve immediately.

Deviled Eggs with avocado (No Mayo)

I'm hungry for eggs!  I'd like to have regular deviled eggs but this sounds intriguing:

since they're a bit green you could serve for St Paddy's Day too!

Deviled Eggs (makes 8 servings)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 spring/green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • dash of paprika
  • sea salt and black pepper, to season
  1. Boil the eggs for 6-7 minutes until hard. Immerse in cold water and let rest for a minute. Gently peel and slice horizontally.
  2. Using a tsp, carefully scoop out the yolks into a mixing bowl. Set aside the empty egg whites.
  3. Add the avocado, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and onion to the yolks and mash well until combined. Season generously and stir once more.
  4. Scoop a tsp into each egg orifice (there’a sentence I never thought I’d type), and finish by lightly sprinkling each egg with paprika.

Sweet Potato Falafel

Sweet Potato Falafel

to mix it up, swop out the coriander for parsley

Sweet Potato Falafel (makes 5)
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 spring/green onions, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro leaf, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour, sieved
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 red chili, de-seeded and finely sliced (keep the seeds if you like your falafel spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  1. Place the sweet potato in a pot of water. Cover, bring to a boil and let simmer for 25-30 minutes until soft.
  2. Drain the potato, season well and mash vigorously to a smooth mash.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Scoop a generous tbsp of the mash and form into a patty shape. Place in the frying pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown. Repeat until the mash is used up.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Can you tell I have a severe sweet tooth going on?

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Serves:1½ cups
  • 2 avocados, pitted and peeled
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup honey or ½ cup Grade A maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao butter, melted
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the chopping blade.
  2. Process until smooth, scraping down a couple of times.
  3. Frost your cookies, cake, or simply eat by the spoonful!

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Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies

No bake snack, looks and sounds delish.

Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies

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Serves:15 cookies
  • 1½ cups coconut sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ Teaspoon sea salt
  • 2½ cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup big flake coconut
  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (I used 80% dark chocolate)
  • Optional: ½ cup almond or cashew butter

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the coconut sugar, coconut oil, and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 2-3 minutes until the caramel thickens, stirring constantly to keep the caramel from sticking.
  2. Remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla, sea salt, and coconut. Stir to combine. If you’re using the almond or cashew butter, mix it in thoroughly. Finally, add the chocolate chunks and combine, stirring as little as possible to keep the chunks intact.
  3. Portion the cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet and let cool. This version of no-bakes takes a full 3-4 hours to fully set up, but you don’t have to wait that long because they’re really good warm and gooey.
To keep this recipe 100% dairy free and vegan, be sure to use a chocolate that is dairy free.
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