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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Jewel toned Antioxidant Quinoa Bowl

This dinner entrée is super delish, loaded with great-for-your-body ingredients, easy to make, and pretty to boot.  Will you look at those vibrant jewel tones?  Love it.

So, what makes this dish so dang good for you?

Its loaded with the following items…

Kale– one of THE best vegetables for your body, period.

Onions– Another top contender for mucho health benefits offered whenever eating this pungent vegetable.  Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, helping to combat and lessen incidence of all manner of diseases.

Scallions-With many of the same benefits of onions.

Cranberries– loaded with antioxidants, helps lower risk of urinary tract infections, also anti-cancerous, they improve immune functioning, and decrease blood pressure.  (Side note: be careful though when choosing dried cranberries.  Often, these are LOADED with added sugar.  Best to try and get some with little to no added sugar).

Quinoa-gluten free, its not a grain but a seed.  Eaten for thousands of years in South America, only now is it garnering loads of hype here in the US.  Its loaded with 11 essential nutrients, is high in fiber, has a low glycemic index which is great for blood sugar control, and high in antioxidants.  You can read more about Quinoa here.

Pesto– it just tastes awesome 😀

Optional though surely delicious additional add-ons to this Quinoa bowl: baked salmon or chicken, shrimp, avocado, sliced bell pepper, broccoli, potentially black beans or kidney beans.

With all of that said, here is how to make this ultra healthy, super tasty entrée:

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The Life Changing Power of Prehistoric Eating: Grains

Hi all,

Why are so many of us (a vast majority of citizens, with the number continuing to climb) overweight?  Perpetually lethargic?  Despite dieting and maybe losing some weight temporarily, continuing to gain it all back and then some?  According to a lot of compelling research, the reason is because there is a major mismatch between our genes and the lives we lead today.

Want to change your body, increase your mood and energy, and alter your life?  Read on.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Vegan Cheese Sauce

Ever heard of a comfort food dish that’s…

  1. low in calories
  2. a light meal
  3. ultra healthy
  4. easy to make
  5. vegan, gluten free, and nearly raw
  6. yet homey, delicious, and satisfying, totally masquerading as something calorie laden and tasty.

Not so much?  Well, now you have.

Behold, the summer dinner of your dreams.  Fitting in nicely with all the criteria above.  Get excited, foodie friends.  This is one of the better dishes Ive whipped up in a while.  Man oh man, you just might find yourself eating this weekly.  I know I may.

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Honey Mustard Creamy Chicken with Bacon

Who doesn’t love that combo?  Honey mustard…bacon…chicken…mmmm.  Sounds like a Cobb salad to me.  Always a tasty treat to be sure.  Something about this melding of flavors is so savory, mouthwatering, homey, and just delicious.  Much like the pairing of chocolate and peanut butter, a match made in heaven.

This recipe is light in calories, but packs a homey, comfort food, satisfying punch.  Its gluten free, and without refined sugar.

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Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese & Pomegranate Salad

Culinary Crafts by Brooke and Maxx is up and running once again.  This past weekend was spent engaged in much slicing, dicing, stirring, and sampling in the kitchen together.  While the both of us are devoted dessert die-hards, we tend towards eating healthier for the remaining picture of what makes up each of our diets.  Thus, this salad was the decided upon entrée for our lunch this past Sunday.

I know, I know, winter and cold weather typically call for all things comfort.  Homey and delicious.  Salads are for summer time, right?  Not this one though.  This salad in particular is just that.  Warm, comforting, and totally hits the spot.  Its also easy to make, really heathy, and quite light.  Throw this one together for a filling, satisfying and super yummy lunch or dinner.

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Beet, Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa Bowl

Another one of Brooke and Maxxs Culinary Crafts in the works resulted in this colorful beauty (which is not only lovely to look at, but tasty to boot).  In light of all the routine sweet treats the two of us love consuming in abundance (see our Mouthwatering Matcha Tiramisu, and our recipe for the Best Chocolate Cake You’ve Never Had), we decided to make something on the healthier side for our entrée to showcase.  This one is easy to make, dairy free, sugar free, and despite not being raw, ultra healthy, vegan, and packed with good-for-your-body ingredients.

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Foragingly Festive Mushroom Cheese Bake

Hi all!  Happy winter, eh? 😀

In the taking advantage of a recent grocery shopping mishap on my end (accidently getting maitake mushrooms instead of cremini- I know, I know, how does one make such a mistake?), I decided on whipping up something healthy, loaded with veggies, but with a touch of comfort foodie goodness to it.  With the weather having made a nosedive up here in New Hampshire, in terms of the brisk factor, it seemed a fitting entrée for the frigid air outside.

This one is gluten/grain free and sugar free, though it does have some dairy with the addition of the cheese.  If you wish, use dairy free cheese instead and you’ll have a delectable, healthy vegan side dish.

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Grain Honey Mustard Marinated Salmon

Happy Monday, all!

For recipe #2 on Brooke and Maxxs Culinary Crafts, we decided on a honey mustard marinated salmon accompanied with a side of sweet potato fries.  Our attempt at going semi healthy and lightening things up after the swan dive taken into wholehearted consumption of the sweet stuff over the last few weeks 😉

This recipe may be really good for you but it tastes awesome.  In Maxxs words, “fun to eat” with the tiny, almost bead-like texture of the grains atop tenderly cooked salmon.  The zest of the mustard playing well with the subtle sweetness from the honey added to it.  Sweet potato fries, the perfect of sides for this simple but comfort foody, totally satisfying plate.

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