Fresh Paleo Peach Pie

  Fresh peaches are showing up at farmers' markets and grocery stores everywhere now that summer is well underway. I love the smell and taste of a perfectly ripe peach. Mmmm, there is just something about them that requires you to relax.  I love to sink my teeth in and let the juice run down my chin, but there are lots of other delicious ways to serve and enjoy all those summer peaches too....Peach Meringue and Maple Vinegar Glazed Nectarines (or peaches) are some of my favorites for a quick dessert. Making it Paleo (gluten free, grain free, sugar free) eliminates the worry about whether you'll be able to shimmy into your swimsuit after eating it.

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Orange Creamsicles (Gluten Free/Dairy Free)

Hello summer! Time for something cold and sweet! Let's skip the sugar-laden, artificially colored, ingredients-I-can't-pronounce kind of treats and eat something that makes you feel as good as it tastes. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, delicious Orange Creamsicles!  The best thing about these yummy treats isn't just that they taste amazing...well, yes it is...okay, one of the best things is that this recipe is versatile! You can pour it into Popsicle molds or if you have an ice cream maker you can turn it into Dairy Free Orange Sherbet Ice Cream!

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Poached Egg on Kale Caprese Salad

Eggs never look so good as when they're sitting atop a pile of sauteed veggies and greens! Poached eggs are one of the simplest ways to enjoy some protein and when you set it on top of these caprese style sauteed kale, tomato, and mushrooms you'll forget you're eating something healthy. Alright I know what you're thinking...Poached eggs? Simple? Yeah right! Trust me, you don't need any special egg poaching utensils or pans; just a little practice to get the yoke just the way you like it. 

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Thai Coconut Carrot and Corn Soup (Gluten Free)

 

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Blackberry Yogurt Dipped Watermelon Pops (Gluten Free)

That's kind of a mouthful to say, but that's okay since you'll probably kind of have a mouthful of these clean eating, gluten free, healthy, homemade treats! These are perfect for a cinco de Mayo party, a simple dessert at a barbecue, or just as a healthy alternative to the sugar and food coloring Popsicle for the kids this summer. 

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Grain Free Pineapple Pies with Banana Ice Cream

  Mother's day is coming! If it was me (hint hint) I'd love to get spoiled on mother's day by just being able to relax! Maybe in a lawn chair out in the sun, a glass of lemon water (with a straw), a big floppy sun hat, a good book, and a yummy treat just for me. Just saying.

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Gluten Free Amaranth Bread

  Busy days with sports, science fair projects, springtime to-dos, and everyday must-dos call for chowder in a crockpot. Tonight I made my savory (and according to my friend Nicole, even better the next day) Chickpea Chowder. The problem, was that I had nothing to dunk and soak up all that yumminess. I used to make THE best focaccia bread from scratch that was perfect with a dish like this. So I had to come up with something dunk-worthy that was equally as savory on it's own.

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Marinated "Rockstar" Drumsticks (gluten free)

  Is chicken part of your weekly diet? Ours too.  I like to change it up and have chicken one night, pork, fish, or beef another (organic, free of hormones and antibiotics if you can)- except 1-3 days a week when I prepare a meatless meal. This saves money (because meat can be $$$), plus it's healthy to give it a rest and just eat veggies, beans, rice, or other gluten free grains once in a while.

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Shamrock Mint Shake

  I love spring! Here in my desert home the trees are starting to blossom and big billowy clouds bring cool rain, turning the sagebrush a lovely shade of green. The inevitable and always inspiring rainbow is bound to show up whenever the sun peeks out. 

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Poached Salmon Indian Curry with Quinoa

  Eating out with kids is always an adventure. And by adventure I mean the poor restaurant staff probably breathe a sigh of relief when we leave. It's not always that dramatic, but anyone with young kids know what I'm talking about. It can get a little hairy. So, even though I love to give my kids the the experience of eating out every once in a while sometimes it's just as fun to make an ethnic restaurant style meal at home. It's fun to really go all out and have a whole themed dinner. The kids get to experience something new, learn about another culture, and I don't go all mama bear while interrogating the chef about their "gluten free" menu. 

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Tex-Mex Gluten Free Turkey Burgers

 Have you ever had a turkey burger? It's not just about the burger, it's about the toppings -- tomato, avocado, mango, sauteed onions and bell peppers! I kept mine dairy free, but you could certainly melt a slice of pepper jack cheese on top. 

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Almandine Green Beans

 Sunday dinner at family's house is such a great tradition. It's nice to visit and all, but seriously - I won't lie - it's really nice to not have to cook. Alright, I can't really just sit back and relax, I do have four kids after all. This simple dish was part of one Sunday dinner menu and it was so yummy and simple I just had to share. I also learned something new; almandine means "garnished with almonds". It's sound fancy and smart too. ;)*This recipe serves four, but it's pretty easy to double for more hungry dinner guests.

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Gluten Free Chocolate-Filled Macaroons

  Most of the time I would consider myself a planner. I usually prepare and think ahead, but every now and then I'm a "What?! It's already Valentines?" kind of person.  So here's to anyone else who's been caught off guard by this lovable holiday. These {Homemade} gluten-free, chocolate-filled, pink and simple macaroons are the perfect Valentine's Day treat for your someone special...or yourself -- who is also very special. ;) With only 5 ingredients, these macaroons can be whipped together in no time and are sure to impress way more than store bought chocolates. (hint, hint fellas) I made mine bite-sized, but you can make them bigger if you'd like. Here's how you do it... 4 egg whites, whipped 1/2 cup sifted organic coconut sugar or honey (I did half and half) 1-1/2 cups coconut flour

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp In Sweet and Tangy Sauce

 It's super bowl time! Okay, so I'll admit I really don't care who's playing in the super bowl, but tradition demands that we get together with family or friends and watch it while eating yummy finger food. My hubby does care, though.  So I asked what he wanted for some super bowl appetizers. His response, bacon.  I knew exactly what he was thinking. At his brother's wedding reception they had bacon wrapped shrimp. Let's just say, I think the server carrying those around felt a little stalked and not just by my guy. So here's my version of bacon wrapped shrimp with a simple sweet and tangy sauce! Bacon doesn't exactly have a good rep for being healthy and it isn't just because of its high fat and sodium content. Most bacon, although not made using gluten has been cross contaminated with gluten. That's bad news for my daughter with Celiac. And bad for everyone is that most bacon has been cured using nitrates, which is known to cause cancer. Why do they still use this KNOWN carcinogen in food? I have no idea, but until it's illegal we, as consumers need to be aware and avoid these toxic chemicals. So in this bacon-lover's appetizer I used uncured bacon (which is still technically cured, but done so without the use of nitrates).  Since chemicals, growth hormones, and all that other yucky stuff likes to take up residence in the animal's fat, I used gluten free, organic, uncured bacon. *Just another side note. I wanted to use some kind of fruit juice as the natural sweet part to the sweet and tangy sauce, but since I was fresh out of apple juice I used some apple sauce I had hanging around. And you know what? I really liked that it thickened the sauce without me having to use a thickening agent like cornstarch. 

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

We were getting ready to go to grandma's 90th birthday party when I realized that there probably wouldn't be any gluten free treats available there for my daugher. So I found a big ripe banana in the basket of fruit in my pantry, some dark chocolate chips in my freezer, and came up with these delicious gluten free, egg free, paleo, refined sugar free AMAZING cookies!

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Jamaican Jerk Mahi Mahi with Coconut Quinoa

 

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Herb Pork Chops with Apples, Mushrooms, and Caramelized Onion

After all the intensity of this last year it really has made me stop and realize how precious each moment is. Not to sound like a Hallmark card, but for Christmas all I really wanted was not to worry too much about meaningless things that fill our time and instead give the gift of an experience together. Memories last much longer than that cute pair of boots or a toy that will break next week. If I didn't appreciate my family before then this last year certainly put all that into perspective.Even though Christmas is over I'm still loving the holidays, the prospects of a crisp new year, and being around lots of friends and family. If you're planning on entertaining over New Years this dish will impress! Caramelized onions and mushrooms, juicy herbed pork chops and apple slices...mmmm. Not only is it good, but it's healthy. No breading or cream of anything. 

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Healthy {Homemade} Hot Cocoa

 

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...a cup of {Homemade} Hot Cocoa! I love this time of year, but I will admit that in years past I've indulged in the excessive festive goodies that always abound during the holidays. Over the years I've become more aware and informed and consequently have started making some different choices in what I feed my family. Does that mean we can't enjoy some holiday treats? No way!!This hot cocoa is made with unrefined coconut sugar, coconut milk and cacao (cocoa) powder. As a bonus the natural coconut oil from the sugar and milk will leave your lips super soft after each sip. Which may come in handy if you find yourself under the mistletoe (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

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Paleo Cinnamon Orange Pancakes

On most weekday mornings, breakfast at our house is a messy free for all. Yep, that's what happens most mornings. But sometimes - I single handedly (single handedly because I'm holding the baby in the other) make breakfast to a chorus of "I'm hungry! Is it ready yet?!" As I tenderly respond, "Relax! You'll get it when it's done!"Just keeping it real.I'm telling you how my hectic morning went to give you assurance that making a healthy breakfast, without using any prepackaged, preservative and who-knows-what-else filled mixes is possible and just as quick as the packaged stuff.  The patience part is something I'll have to get back to you about.This will make about 6 pancakes. These guys are very filling. If you have leftovers, just put them in a baggy and freeze for later.

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Harvest Chicken Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dijon Dressing

Okay, I had a hard time naming this beauty. I wanted to call it Harvest Greens & Chicken Salad with Bacon, Toasted Pecans, Pomegranates, Apple, and Caramelized Onions with Sweet Garlic Balsamic Dijon Dressing....but it seemed a little long. Don't you think? This salad was so yummy I made it two nights in a row and no one even complained! It's hardy enough to stand alone as a meal or you could leave out the chicken and serve it as a side salad next to the turkey on Thanksgiving. It's a crowd pleaser so prepare to make a lot of it!Harvest Chicken Salad4-6 chicken breasts (about one per person)4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbledsalt & pepper1 onion, yellow or purple works fine, thinly sliced1 glove garlic, minced1 head red leaf lettuce1 bunch kale, stems removed1 apple (I like Fuji or Gala), cored and cubed1/2 cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberrieshandful pecans, toastedcrumbled feta cheese (optional)Sweet Balsamic Dijon Dressing1 clove garlic, pressed2 tbsp. dijon mustard2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar1 tbsp. honey1/2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. pepper1/3 cup olive oilHeat a large skillet. Lightly toast the pecans until they are warm and fragrant. Put them in a bowl for later and start cooking the bacon. Once the bacon is good and crispy, remove from pan to a paper towel. Drain off most of the bacon grease, leaving just a little bit in the pan to brown the chicken in. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss in the garlic along with chicken breasts. Once the chicken is browned and cooked through, pull them out of the pan and slice them into strips. Now toss the sliced onion into the hot pan (you may need to add a little olive oil). Turn on medium low and let them caramelize while you chop and prepare the rest of the salad. Combine all the dressing ingredients and shake until well mixed.Now put it all together. Toss the lettuce, kale, apple, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans, and bacon together. Place chicken strips and some caramelized onion on top and drizzle with the dressing. Sooo yummy!Enjoy!

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