Paleo Sweet Potato Lasagna

On whipping this one up for dinner, Maxx and I were skeptical.  Oh how thankfully wrong we were though.  This is, hands down, one of the best lasagnas Ive tasted.  And the jaw dropping part?  Its without noodles/wheat/grain (aka no gluten), with sweet potatoes in place of these, as well as without dairy (crushed almonds and nutritional yeast forming a cheese-like spread instead).  There is ground turkey in the dish, so its not vegan.  But its grain/gluten free, and dairy free.  Low in fat, and SO homey and delicious.

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Roasted Carrot & Beet Lentil Entrée

Though this dish is vivid and eye catching, it also looks simple.  Possibly even suggesting it being low in flavor.  In fact, its quite the opposite.  Loaded with “super foods,” easy to make, and packed with layered taste, this is a light and totally tasty dinner worth giving a try.  I was shocked by the satisfying seasoning and flavors of everything together.

Without further ado, how to make this delectable dish:

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Healthy Raw Cookie Dough Bars

Love cookie dough?  Though majorly bummed about all the flour, calories, sugar, and dairy its chock full of?  Have no fear, Ive got ya covered.  These bars are perfect to take as a healthy sweet treat to work or elsewhere.  They take 5 minutes to throw together, are dairy free, sugar free, and grain/gluten free.  Most importantly, they taste awesome.  This is a dessert you can truly feel good about eating, no guilt included.

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Grain Free Decadent Chocolate Cake

Who doesnt love chocolate cake?  Well, certainly a few people 😉 but not many.  For a majority, chocolate cake is a quintessential classic yet routinely craved dessert.  Get excited for this decadent version, topped with a whipped chocolate cream.  Super easy to make, and the best part?  Grain/gluten free, and low in sugar!

Why should I care about not eating grains, you ask?  You can read about that in brief here.

So, this chocolate cake is sweet, satisfying, fudgy and delish, though without the grains and with way less sugar than usual.  To me, if you can eat something that’s far better for you yet tastes just as good as they significantly less healthy original, why not go with the version that’s better for your body?  This one is exactly that.  A sweet treat that’s better for you than the original version, though just as tasty.

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Vanilla Bean and Lavender Rice Pudding

Hello Friendly Foodies,

Though I realize the words “comfort food” and summer do not tend to go hand in hand, skipping down the street with one another (winter being more synonymous and close companions with all things comfort foody), for this dish, I guarantee you will gladly make an exception 😉

This dish can be a breakfast, snack, or dessert.  Its dairy free, with no refined sugar, yet filling, sweet, deliciously lovely.

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Healthy Carrot Cinnamon Cookies

Love carrot cake?  And/or moist, fluffy, cinnamon-y cookies?  These are your go-to sweet treats then.  Gluten/grain free, without lactose, and no refined sugar, these are cookies you can feel good about eating, and enjoy to the fullest, zero guilt.  The best part?  They taste AWESOME and are a cinch to make.  Ready in mere minutes.  You can satisfy you craving for something sweet and cakey, while eating something you can feel great about chowing down on!  Woo hoo!

Here’s how to make em, so you can start eating them 😉

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Blueberry Lavender Vegan Ice Cream

Get ready for a Maxx and Brookes Culinary Craft recipe.  This one, split into two entries. This being the first.

(Here is the link to part TWO of this ice cream entry extravaganza).

While dating this fantastic man, one of the many small but interesting shifts Ive seen occurring within myself has included going from neutral feelings towards ice cream, to full out loving it.  Before dating Maxx, sure, I liked ice cream fine and would enjoy if it was around, but never would I crave nor seek it out for myself.  That has since changed.

Sometimes now, finding myself in the grocery store on which a lightbulb going off overhead says, ice cream aisle!  Just go take a gander, the voice whispers.  And more than once, I have left with a new flavor for sampling.  Clutching my sweet treat with the mischievous wide eyed coupled with the death grip of Gollum from Lord of the Rings, complete with mental whisperings of “my precious.”  Yup, I’m a woman transformed.

However, recently Ive been feeling that, while I love it, all this dairy isnt doing my stomach the most kind of favors.  Hence the recipe below.  Ice cream, minus the dairy.  Talk about a sweet solution 😉

This ice cream recipe is bold, while light and lovely.  Its creamy.  Yet, there is no dairy, nor any refined sugar within.  Its sweet, smooth, so delicious.  Summer days and ice cream are, to me, the quintessential pairing.  What better way to enjoy this sweet treat, but without all the heavy ingredients (boatloads of sugar, dairy, cream) than to make your own??

Here is a fabulous, and pretty easy recipe, so that you can do just that!

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Blueberry & Blackberry Lavender Pancakes

Happy Summer, all!  Yes, yet another pancake recipe.  These ones bursting through with berry deliciousness.

In adapting a diet free of refined sugar for the next 3.5 weeks, a personal challenge of sorts (save for honey and maple syrup), I threw together this recipe as the thought of going more than a couple days without pancakes made my heart fall.  These are loaded with juicy berry goodness, laced through with the most subtle floral of lavender.

Gluten/grain free, lactose free, and with no refined sugar.  The most perfect of summer breakfasts with their varied purple and blue colors, along with the use of fresh berries, and their light, fluffy texture.

Enjoy!

So, how to make the pancakes…

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Olive Oil Chocolate Truffles

Who doesnt love a decadent, smooth, rich chocolate truffle??  The perfect serving size, portable, and the timeless taste of this sweet treat, making for a dream worthy dessert.  The best parts?  Obviously gluten/grain free (thats a duh on that one), and with no extra refined sugar added (though, there is sugar in the chocolate bars already of course).

And the combination of chocolate and olive oil?  A longstanding one, with a lengthily line of devotees.  Get ready to hop on in line after sampling these creamy, oh so dreamy, super easy to make treats.  And these Chocolate + Olive Oil truffles in particular?  Bakery quality good.  Dont take my word for it though, try them yourself.  Better yet, serve them to crowd and watch them be wowed.

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Healthy Strawberry Shortcakes In a Jar

Hi all,

With sunshine, way more hours spent outdoors, and activities like beach and camping under way, both healthy as well as easily portable desserts are just the ticket.  Especially those loaded with fruit and cream, eh?  Because when is there ever a bad time for fruit laden, cream filled desserts?  Ill tell you when: never 😀

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(The perfect setting for enjoying tasty treats such as these!)

These shortcakes are light, lovely, and easy to make.  Heaped with any type of berries for which your heart yearns (and stomach craves), and a dollop of cream, these are just the thing.  They are lactose free, very low in sugar, and made with whole grains.

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