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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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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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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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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Beet, Goat Cheese, & Kale Quiche

This is the best breakfast ever.  Ideal for summer, as its light in calories and light on the stomach (leaving you feeling satisfied but far from stuffed), though its great anytime.  With no crust, its grain/gluten free, as well as sugar free.  Additionally, its also lactose free.  This quiche is super easy to toss together, and loaded with ingredients that boast awesome benefits for your body.  Anti inflammatory, anti cancer, and skin glowing ingredients anyone?  Here you go.

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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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