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Mango Tango Popsicle 

I have been trying to find a recipe for Popsicles that my children would love.

This summer was a hot one and it makes sense that I got it dialed in now.

I’m sure if you are reading this, then you have more than likely tried some other ice cream or popsicle recipes.

My favourite, before this was from Nom Nom Paleo. Thank you to Michelle for the inspiration for this recipe.

My daughter helped make this video. I know I am no Rachel Rae, but we enjoyed making it. I hope you enjoy eating them!

Ingredient list

I use fresh, when possible and organic if it is available, but we all do our best.

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1.25 cups thick coconut milk or your choice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1.5 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup mango(fresh if you can get it)
  • 1 cup blueberries, cherries, strawberries( I use frozen)

Mango Tango popsicle

 

summer fun

Super Easy Blueberry Coconut Milk Pudding

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know that I am eternally searching for new and interesting recipes for my daughter. She has become a bit of a picky eater and as we all do, we get bored with the same foods, over and over. I had a spark of imagination one day, while preparing lunches for the kids. I threw the items together so quickly and chucked it into the fridge so it had a couple of minutes to chill. To make a long story short, she liked it, so try it and perhaps you and your children will do the same.

I made little portion cups and took them to school. You could modify the recipe to make larger portions if you wish. I now make this for my own lunches and it is like yogurt and fruit. So good!

These amounts are flexible. Use your best judgement.

3-4 oz of your favourite non-dairy milk. I like coconut milk.

3-4 tbls of frozen berries. I used blueberries/raspberries for my last recipe

1/2 tbls of your best maple syrup

2 tsp of chia seeds and hemp hulls if you like.

I like to store in small mason type jars and put into the fridge until you want to eat it. It will be good for about 2 days.

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Guilt-Free Poutine from naturmend

This is a recipe from our favorite naturopath here in Calgary. I haven’t made it yet, but it sounds delicious and I am eager to try it soon. If you try it leave comments on your experience so that we can all learn from each other.

Ingredientspoutine

  • 2 tbsp AKA miso
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 10 baby red potatoes (yams or other potato varieties can also work)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • Ground pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 2-4 tbsp water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400. Slice potatoes into 1/2 cm slices. In a mixing bowl stir potatoes with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt until potatoes are lightly covered in oil. Arrange potatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden on the underside.
  • While potatoes are baking mash miso with water and tahini in a small sauce pan. Mix together until thick gravy like consistency over medium heat. Adding water as needed. Mix until warm and smooth.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and arrange on a plate. Top with a layer of sliced avocado. Then a generous pour of miso gravy on top. Add cracked pepper and a pinch of sea salt and enjoy this hearty wintery and indulgent (but guilt free) snack.’

http://www.naturmend.com/2015/01/19/recipe-guilt-free-poutine/

Be healthy! Enjoy life. Be extraordinary.

Fudgy Chocolate Tarts(Organic, Paleo, Gluten free)

I made these a few weeks ago because a friend had suggested the recipe awhile ago. I was a little cautious at first(she is a great cook, just not Celiac), but I was so blown away by the richness. It was so decadent!

I made my first batch in January and my Celiac daughter was so happy and excited(it was still in her mouth while she blurted) “can you make these for my birthday?”(August)

I am so thrilled to have another recipe that makes her feel ok and not like such an outsider!

When I first made these I made the mini tarts using my mini muffin pans(I got about 20). This latest version I made for Valenitine’s Day and used larger silicone molds(I got 8 this way).

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They turned out so good. Even if you still eat grains, dairy or sugar, you wouldn’t miss any of it! Honestly:)

Serving Size: Makes 4-3″ tarts or 18 small tartelettes

These tarts are so rich that they can easily be split between two people. I also tested these tarts using a mini-muffin tin and used 1 tablespoon of crust for each tartelette and ended up with 18 tartelettes. I also suggest using a coconut oil (such as expeller pressed) that doesn’t contain a strong coconut flavor. I found that these tarts taste better the longer they sit. I think it’s best to make them the day before serving. They keep in the refrigerator for one week.

Ingredients

Crust:
Filling:

Instructions

Pour all of crust ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process until all ingredients are blended. Divide crust into four servings and press crust in the bottom and up sides of oiled tartelette pans. Clean food processor bowl and blade.

Place all filling ingredients into the bowl of the now clean food processor. Process until ingredients are smooth. Divide filling among tartelettes and spoon over crust. (There will be 2-3 tablespoons of filling left over) Place tartelettes in the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours before serving. Serve cold.

 

Thank you Carrie Vitt from Deliciously Organic.

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/fudgy-chocolate-tarts/

HaVabar recipe. Date, hemp, pumpkin seed, cranberry.

The recipe for the HaVa bar was a long time coming. My girls really like the bars that I make and I have been trying many variations. This recipe came out of trial and error.

I am assuming that you will be using the best ingredients that you can, for your family. I choose to use mostly organic for all my recipes.

It is simple and tasty. Not too expensive, but chock-full of healthy things. This is the first time putting this recipe out, so I may update as it evolves.

Ingredients:

2 cups of good quality dates

1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup of hemp seeds

1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup of unsweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Proccess:

Put the dates and pumpkin seeds in food processor and pulse until they are a paste like consistancy.

Add in hemp, coconut, chia and mix together. It should start to ball up. Now add in honey, almond butter, cinnamon and cranberries and pulse until well mixed. You may have to use a scraper or spoon to get mixture back into the blades and continue until well mixed.

Place in something like a 9X9 pan and then store in freezer. Cut up and keep in freezer.

These are excellent snack items and keep well. They don’t last long in my house and are fairly easy to make.

 

 

 

 

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Mini Pumpkin Tart Paleo GF

Last year for Thanksgiving, I was new to the Paleo diet and wanted my daughter to get that pumpkin pie that she asked me for, so I did! Danielle Walker and her wonderful recipe saved the day and everyone said they loved it.

This year, I am working and won’t be able to be there but still wanted to do something and had seen a recipe for mini pumpkin tarts. It sounded and looked so good that I had to try it.

Despite having very little time (I am feeling confident enough now) I took the leap and went all in!

Now that I have been cooking this way for awhile it seemed pretty easy.

I found that this tart recipe made double the amount, for me. I would suggest that you keep wetting your fingers, to keep from sticking to the pie shell as you are pressing it into the muffin cups.  I was unsure how thick I had to leave the crust for this time and will know better for next. It does raise up a bit, so I would press it a bit thinner than I originally thought it should be.

Next time, I would like to use fresh pumpkins to make up the filling, but this time I used the canned version.

This recipe turned out really good. I am very proud and I am still waiting to hear how the family liked it. Cross my fingers that they like it as much as I did!!

Be healthy and enjoy today.

AUTHOR: Beth – Tasty Yummies

SERVES: 12 mini tarts

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree (see my post on how to make your own, canned will also do)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • a dash of sea salt

Whipped Coconut Cream

  •  1 can organic full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (use more or less or none at all, or whatever your favorite sweetener is)*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

*Maple can be substituted 1:1 for honey if you follow SCD

Instructions:

Shells

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 12 cups in a muffin tin with paper liners (you could also use greased mini tart pans).
  2. In a large bowl, add all of the crust ingredients and mix very well. Really get your hands in there to get it all together and work it into a nice dough.
  3. Add the crust mixture to the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cup using your knuckles, going up the sides a tad bit.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then place the pan in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the tarts and serve. (Many times I make the tart shells the night before and keep them in the fridge until I am ready to serve)

Filling

  1. Drain the cashews and add them to your food processor and give them a whirl by themselves for a bit, to break them up and start turning them into a paste of sorts.
  2. Once the cashews are broken up add in the maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil, process that a bit more until it is a smooth and creamy paste.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy.

Whipped Coconut Cream:

  1. Make sure that your can of coconut milk is well chilled. I recommend leaving it in the fridge overnight. Open the can of coconut milk carefully, keeping it level. There will be a firm, waxy layer of coconut cream that solidified on top. Carefully scoop this off into a chilled glass bowl. Keep the leftover coconut water, it is great for smoothies.
  2. Using a mixer, whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy, with soft peaks.
  3. Mix in your maple syrup and vanilla, if you are using.
  4. Place the whipped coconut cream back into the fridge until you are ready to use. This may be more than what you need for all 12 tarts, depending on how much you put on top, but that’s ok, it keeps for several days, covered in the fridge.

Assembling the Tarts:

    1. Remove the paper liner off of the tart shells. Top each of the tart shells with a spoonful of the pumpkin filling and a dollop of whipped coconut cream, sprinkle with a little ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Tasty Yummies

Full Recipe

 

 

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Best McFree Chicken Nuggets. GF, DF

You know that if you are limited to eating healthy, home made meals, you will do anything to help make life tastier and happier for your kids!

When I saw this recipe from Danielle Walker, I knew right then, that I was “all in”! The next day I hit the grocery store(like I do everyday)but I was on a mission to get these made. I wanted to be that amazing Dad that recreated McNuggets at home!

I picked up the best chicken thighs that I could get and headed for my kitchen. Little did I realize that this recipe would put my Vitamix to the ultimate test as well as the chef. Woops!

I didn’t think that I needed to get ground chicken and I was already “all in”, so I had to McGyver this into submission. I am that guy!

Naive and excited to make, I threw all 2 lbs of thighs right into the ‘ol Vitamix and hit the ON switch. It chewed up pretty good for about 30 seconds and then just stopped. (I thought these things were indestructible??) After calling the company and getting put on hold, I realized it just needed a rest during the GRINDING OF THE CHICKEN! (It turns out that you might need to grind the chicken in smaller batches)

Well, I was so excited to make these and I thought, if I’m going to go the trouble of making these, I should just make a bunch.  I had at least a double batch, cause I made close to 80 nuggets.

When I do a recipe, I use it as a guide for the most part and wing it from there.(makes life a little exciting)

I only used dark meat and it turned out great. I also only used the flours that I had on hand. I used almond and coconut flour for the batter. My batter was a lot thicker than I thought it would be, but it worked out really well even though it didn’t look like it was going to.

This is a bit of work, but totally worth it. My whole family, nearly gave me a standing ovation at supper! They all loved them, so much! Both girls wanted them for lunch the next day.

I hope you give it a go. It really is nice to have an old favorite, but in a healthy way:)

Stay healthy!

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AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 20 nuggets

CUISINE: Kids

PREP TIME: 25 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins TOTAL TIME: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic palm shortening, lard, tallow or duck fat for frying
  • 1/2 pound ground dark meat chicken (preferably organic and if possible pastured)
  • 1/2 pound ground white meat chicken
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted chicken stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Batter

*note these will likely work without the egg for egg-free, but will probably be less crispy. 

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a deep pot over medium high heat. Bring the oil to 350°F then reduce the heat on the stove to keep a constant temperature. The oil should be about 2-inches high in the pot.
  2. Combine the chicken, chicken stock, 3/4 teaspoon salt, ground mustard, and garlic powder in a bowl.
  3. In a shallow and wide dish, whisk together the bean flour, arrowroot, 1/2 teaspoon salt and baking powder. Add the egg and sparking water and stir until just combined and smooth.
  4. Roll small portions of the meat mixture between your palms to create a nugget shape, then dip them in the batter. Shake off the excess batter and place them in the hot oil, working in batches of 6-8 nuggets. Cook on each side 3 to 4 minutes, until the batter has puffed up and is golden brown.
  5. Remove the nuggets with a mesh skimmer and place them on a rack lined with a paper towel to cool. Continue working in batches until you have finished the meat and batter.

Alternatively – these nuggets can be baked all at once, but they do not get nearly as crispy as they do when fried. After dipping the chicken in the batter and shaking off the excess liquid, place them on a baking sheet and baked for 16 minutes at 400°F.

To Freeze and Reheat

Cool the nuggets completely then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Transfer them to an airtight container and store for up to 3 months. To reheat, place the nuggets on a baking sheet and cook at 400°F for or 12 minutes or 8 minutes on convection.

Best Chicken Nuggets, Danielle Walker

Review Caesar Salad from Hot for Food Blog

I saw this really cute couple on the news the other day talking about their love of food and had to look up the website to check it out. As promised, their blog was sexy and sleek and the recipes sounded phenomenal. The caesar salad caught my eye, as the dressing that I found recently is dairy free and good, but I was looking for phenomenal!

Needless to say, I had to try it. Once I thought I had the ingredients and was needing some dressing, I flew through my kitchen, looking for all the tools needed.

I quickly realized that my cashews needed 3 hours of soaking and when you are feeding a family and in a hurry, 3 hours just won’t do. I got the water boiling and pour that over the cashews. Whew! That should do the job.

I’m interested but not looking for vegan recipes, so I made my salads with lots of meat. This recipe looks delish!

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My salad was kale, sunflower sprouts, organic baby cucumbers,  organic cherry tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, salami and bacon.

caesar dressing ingredients (16 oz of dressing):

3/4 C raw cashews (soaked for a min. of 3 hrs)

3/4 C water

1 bulb of roasted garlic (approx. 7-9 cloves. Feel free to do more/less depending on your taste)

1 pitted medjool date

1 tsp lemon zest

1 lemon, juiced

3 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

Drain the soaked cashews and rinse with more water until it runs clear. Place all the ingredients in a vita-mix or high powered blender and mix on high until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving on your salad.

I felt like a hack, making this dressing. I was in a hurry, so I didn’t do it exactly as the recipe says, but boy was I happy with the results!!

I love, love this dressing so much! Thank you!

Dairy Free Vegan Caesar Salad

Coconut Milk Yogurt Review

Going dairy free, grain free a few years ago, I had tried to make coconut milk yogurt soon after making the switch. FAIL! I tried it twice and failed both times. Yucky grey mold. (insert blechk face!)I had given up and my Yogourmet sat silently on the shelf waiting for the next opportunity to give it another go. Thanks to Danielle Walker and her recipe, I felt confident enough to give it a go.

I tried another recipe that didn’t use gelatin when I failed and that may have been the difference for me. You will have to try it for yourself and see.

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Ingredients needed:

2-14 oz cans of coconut cream/milk

3 tbls unflavoured gelatin

2 tbls honey

1-50-billion IU probiotic capsule or 1 dairy free probiotic yogurt starter kit

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the coconut milk in a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over it and set aside to bloom for 10 minutes.photo 3
  2. Heat the remaining coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 150 degrees F, about 10 minutes.photo 2 (2)
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the softened gelatin and the honey until dissolved.
  4. Allow milk to cool to 110 degrees F, then whisk in the contents of 1-50 billion IU probiotic capsule or the yogurt starter.
  5. Pour the mixture through a  mesh sieve into sterilized jars and screw on the lids.
  6. Place the jars in a yogurt maker and ferment for 18-24 hours, or ferment in a dehydrator without the trays on 120 degrees F for the same time.photo 1 (3)
  7. The yogurt will still be liquid and the coconut cream may have separated at this point. Place the jars in the refridgerator for 4 hours to allow the gelatin to set and the yogurt to thicken. Once set, whisk vigorously to blend the yogurt or pulse in a blender a few times for an ultra-smooth consistency.

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Travel to Disneyland With Family Food Issues

I imagine that we are like many of you with food issues…not able to travel easily. Since learning of our family and Celiac disease(3 years)we have only really travelled once.
I have wanted to take the family for this trip for quite some time, but only recently have I felt confident enough to make it happen. We have worked hard at learning what we can and cannot have and some easy all-satisfying recipes that I thought we could take with us.
We finally made it all come together and surprised the kids with the trip!
We really had the time of our lives! If you learn that food doesn’t have to get in the way and fun is foremost, you can do it too! It is important to live and be “normal”, for the whole family.
I hope that I am able to share with you, some tools and tips that you can use, so you too can have a little fun and not be paralized by the food issues that you and your family have.

The first and foremost issue was finding a hotel that had a full kitchen available. I figured if I had a base, then I can build on that and make most everything work around that. My goal was to find a hotel that was close to the gate, had a pool and a full kitchen. I found all of these at the Tropicana Inn & Suites. They were pretty good to deal with on the phone, as I was trying to arrange groceries as well and needed to have a full sized fridge to keep all of the food.
After a bunch of searching for groceries or online options that we could utilize once in Anaheim, I found an excellent resource with Vons Online Groceries. There were a few other, less desirable, options. VONS offered a great selection of groceries along with organics. As a bonus, the first time you order, the delivery was free! The hotel front desk was willing to recieve the order(if our flight was delayed)but they delivered(1 hour window)just after we arrived.

One of the other thing that I was checking on, was that all utensils were in the room and available. Next time, I would have a list of all the items that I would make and probably take the utensils with us, minus the knives, of course. The room was supposed to have a “fully stocked” kitchen. I guess this means that most of the time, they are used to provide light meals and snacks. I had a hard time rounding up a real knife, as I wanted to slice up some watermelon and cantaloupe. It was a little sad, when I called to the front desk and asked for a knife for my “fully stocked kitchen” and they sent me a pairing knife. Oh well. The Cove(store in motel)was able to lend me a knife so I could at least cut up the big things. Ha ha. Life is good at this stage, so this wasn’t going to get to me.
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Part of my plan was to be as close to Disney as possible. This managed to fit the bill from my research and I was SO right. My thought was, since we have to make and bring our own food, we can have food in the room, when we get hungry and tired for lunch, we can walk back to the hotel. This turned out to be brilliant. Thank you God for the inspiration. This hotel was a 10 minute walk to the park gates.

We also had a shuttle service that would take us directly to our hotel, not like the Disney bus that makes X number of stops on the way to your hotel. It is a smaller company, but with excellent, on time service! They service the 3 airports in the area. Karmel shuttle service.

If you are like us and have to prepare/take food with you, you might really appreciate these tips for travel by air.

Going into the US, we talked to our doctor and had them draw up a letter so that if we got questions about some food we were bringing, that it may assist. We also found that if you bring US fruit that they were less likely to take it away. Nuts, seeds and dried fruit are good airplane options when presented with the typical glutenous airplane snack options.

I originally thought that I might make some food and send it ahead of us, but that turned out to be VERY cost prohibitive! Like $1000, cost prohibitive!! When I called FedEx and they gave me a couple of quotes I nearly fell on the floor of the store I was shopping in at the time. That was when I started looking for grocery stores near the hotel. VON’s really was the way to go.

Here is a summary of our travel/food plan that you can use as a template:

Day 1 of trip started early. I had some fruit, nuts, no grain snack bars and packed those into my carry-on bag. We planned on not being able to find any food until we got to the hotel and got my grocery delivery.(fingers crossed of course) So we packed enough for the 4 of us for the 6-7 hours of travel time. Once we got to the hotel, the delivery showed up right on time and they brought it right to the room. Make sure that you will have enough fridge and freezer space to house all the groceries. I ended up forgetting something and took a taxi to the closest VON’s to get a couple more things. The cab ride was short and costs about $10-12. After picking up the groceries that I forgot, I whipped up a batch of delicious chili, with the grass-fed beef and organic veggies that I bought!

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This gave us lunch and dinner for the next 2-3 days.

Day 2 was the first day to Disney. We started the day with organic scrambled eggs and Applegate bacon, some lovely cut up fruit and some of the grain free muffins and grain free bars that I brought along. We then packed our backpacks and headed to Disney for the first day of adventure.  When we got tired and hungry, we came back to the room, had some lunch and a swim in the pool. It was nice to come back to the room and relax and then go back to the park for some more adventure. Just bring snacks and fruit and you will be all good.

Day 3 was pretty much the same as far as food was concerned, but I placed another online order for groceries with VON’s. That service was a god-send!

Day 4 was much the same with snacks and another batch of chili needed. I did make a longer cab ride to the closest health-food store, Sprouts. This was my kind of store. It was an excellent resource. It was a bit far by cab(about $20 one way)but worth the trip to find good products.

Day 6 was getting back on the plane for trip back to Calgary. I again packed enough fruit, nuts and dried fruit for the 4 of us and 6-7 hours of travel. Don’t plan on bringing any fruit back into Canada as they make you throw it out at the border.

We really had a great vacation. I am so excited and proud that we were able to accomplish this formidable task. I now feel ready and empowered to take another trip in the future.  If you have been thinking that you want and wish for a trip, DO IT! With a bit of planning you can find solutions and make your trip safe for the whole family. Good health to you! Email me if you need any suggestions or encouragement. God bless.