Italian Wedding Soup – without grain/pasta

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This recipe makes A LOT, so be warned!  I always like to freeze a few pre-portioned bowls of soup for those nights when I work late or just don’t want to cook.  I am really, really pleased with how this turned out, I had to control myself in the kitchen so that I did not eat ALL the meatballs BEFORE they went in the soup!!  It has, most definitely, been added to the rotation!!

Here is what you will need:

Meatballs

  • 1/2 lb andouille sausage (removed from it’s casing)
  • 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage (removed from it’s casing)
  • 1 lb Grass Fed ground beef
  • 1 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2c Almond Flour
  • 2 tsp dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp salt

Soup

  • Water
  • 2 qts Chicken Broth
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 c Carrots (about 6)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, chopped fine
  • Olive Oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 head of Cauliflower chopped small
  • 2 c Spinach
  • Parmesan cheese shavings for garnish

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients for the meatballs together in a large bowl.  On cookie sheet, line with parchment and make quarter size meatballs (I wanted them bite-size, but you can make them whatever size works for you…I did have to use 2 cookie sheets)  BAKE for 30 min, remove from oven and set aside
  3. In a large soup pot, add & heat about 4 tbsp of olive oil, and add chopped onion and carrots, sauté until they just become tender and add the garlic, heat for about 30 sec.
  4. Add the Chicken broth and water, bring to a boil.  Make sure to taste as you go, you may need to add additional salt
  5. Add cauliflower and meatballs.  Using medium heat, bring to boil once more.
  6. Remove from heat and add the spinach.  Mix together and serve (top with parmesan & fresh pepper)

Primal Cinnamon Doughnuts with Maple Butter Cream Cheese Glaze

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So, who doesn’t love doughnuts and coffee on Saturday mornings?!  I am definitely guilty of “cheating” with the traditional fried doughy goodness bombs …But now I have a GREAT Grain Free, baked option!

What you will need:

  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (almond works too)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Doughnut pan

 How it’s Done:

  1. Pre-heat to 350
  2. In two, separate bowls, mix all dry ingredients together and then all wet together.
  3. Mix both wet & dry together, and put mixture into a storage baggie/piping bag to make the transfer to the donut pan easier.
  4. Bake for 15-20 min

 For the Glaze: (this IS NOT primal/paleo, but it’s so good…who cares!)

While the doughnuts are baking… Use a small sauce pan and heat to a boil.

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • a touch or maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

DO not heat, just set aside for now

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  1. Stir ingredients (except cream cheese) over heat and bring to a quick boil
  2. Then reduce heat and continue to stir until all ingredients incorporate well.
  3. Pour into heat safe bowl and mix with cream cheese until smooth.  Then set aside.
  4. Once Doughnuts have cools slightly, you can spread the glaze over the top of each doughnut and enjoy!

Doughnut Recipe Concept from: slimplate.com

Decadent Brownies – Grain & Gluten Free

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What You Will Need:

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 7 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.  Use a 8×8 pan and  line it with overhung sheets of crisscrossed unbleached parchment paper, and set the pan aside.
  2. Place the chocolate and oil in a small, heat-safe bowl and use a Double Broil method.  Melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, and allow to cool briefly.
  3. Once the chocolate mixture is no longer hot to the touch, pour the chocolate mixture into the bottom of a blender, and add all of the remaining ingredients, in the order listed. Blend until smooth. You may have to stop the blender a couple times to scrape down the sides. IF YOU DO NOT blend the batter, but rather just mix it with a spoon, the brownies may be a bit grainy after baking.
  4. Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan, and smooth into an even layer with a wet spatula. Smack the bottom of the pan squarely on the counter a couple times to break any air bubbles trapped inside. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing from the pan by holding onto the overhung pieces of parchment paper. Slice into squares and serve.

Recipe from: http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/super-fudgy-paleo-brownies/

 

Lasagna 100% Noodle-Free

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I absolutely LOVE lasagna, at least I used to…I have tried to “cheat” and eat the traditional dish, but I pay for it dearly!  I had to figure out a way to capture the flavors of this much beloved dish.  There are many variations of this meal out there but I think this recipe has me pointed in the right direction, and I am thrilled!!  Unfortunately, this was not the MOST photogenic meal, but just had to share!

What you will need:

  • 3-4 zucchini (depending on size) skin on, sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • Salt
  • 2 Lbs Ground Beef(I used 85/15, 100% grass fed)
  • 2 tbsp ground pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic crushed or chopped very fine
  • 2 roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 1.5 c. tomato paste
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c red wine
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 15 oz of Ricotta cheese
  • 4-5 tbs fresh parsley
  • 16 oz of frozen (organic) Spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms, I like them chopped fine
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 10 oz fresh grated parmesan cheese

Cook Temp 350 degrees

How it’s done:

  1. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Slice zucchini (length wise) very thin with mandolin.  Sprinkle slices lightly with salt, set aside and let drain (this allows them to lose some of their water before cooking)
  3. Prepare meat sauce:  In a large pan cook beef and pepper for about 5 min.  Add in red pepper, garlic, and onion; cook and stir until meat is no longer pink.  Stir in tomato paste, sauce, wine, basil and oregano.  Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for about 20 min.
  4. Preheat Oven now
  5. In a med bowl, mix together Ricotta, egg and parsley…combine well, and set aside.
  6. Slice mushrooms
  7. To assemble Lasagna:  Spread 1/2 of meat sauce on the bottom of baking pan.  Then layer 1/2 of the zucchini slices, 1/2 the ricotta mixture, ALL of the spinach and ALL of the mushrooms; Then 1/2 the mozzarella.  Repeat by layering the meat sauce, zucchini, ricotta, and mozzarella.  Spread parmesan evenly over the top and cover with more parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 45min to an hour (depending on thickness), then remove parchment paper cover and bake for an additional 15 min.  (I ended up turning on my broiler near the end of the 20 min to get desired color on cheese)
  9. Let stand for at least 5 min before serving

Chocolated Dipped Almond Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt

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These are REALLY GOOD almond butter cookies all on their own!!  The Pomegranate Salt & Dark chocolate add beautiful color to this simple presentation.  This recipe is from http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/11/chocolate-dipped-peanut-butter-cookies-with-pomegranate-salt-gf.html  I modified my cookies to use almond butter & almond flour…but check out her blog it has absolutely gorgeous photography!

 Pomegranate Salt

  • I used Kosher BUT I think Maldon salt (or another flaky salt) would work better
  • Pomegranate juice
  1. Either get pomegranate juice from when you cut a pomegranate in half, from crushing some pomegranate arils (seeds), or store-bought pomegranate juice.
  2. Use a spoon or pastry brush to splatter a piece of parchment paper with a little pomegranate juice.
    1. Sprinkle a few table spoons of salt over parchment paper and use a fork to gently stir. Splash on a bit more pomegranate juice if needed.
    2.  Stir until all the salt is coated.
    3. Spread salt out carefully over the piece of parchment paper and leave to dry.
  3. Once dried, store in a small jar or bowl.

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup Almond peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Pomegranate salt (see recipe above) or flaky salt, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the first 6 ingredients until smooth. Stir in the almond flour.
  3. Scoop tablespoons of dough onto the lined cookie sheet, spacing them about 2-inches apart.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden underneath and on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Melt the chocolate. Dip one half of each cookie into the chocolate and place onto a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with some pomegranate salt (or normal flaky salt) and leave to set.

Creamy Oven Roasted Tomato Soup with Mozzarella

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Another of my favorite “comfort meals” is Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese…but have you looked at the ingredients for your favorite canned soup recently?  SO i had to figure out how to make this myself!  In place of the grilled cheese I also made Grain Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits!!

What you will need:

  • 2 lbs of ripe tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 16 oz of vegetable broth
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

How it’s Done:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each tomato into 8 equal parts and place them on the parchment paper, skin side down.
  • slice onion, half the garlic cloves  and add to cookie sheet
  • drizzle with olive oil
  • Roast for 40 min
  1. Transfer roasted vegetables with roasting juices to a large sauce pan and add vegetable broth, thyme & bay leaf.  Simmer for 20 min.
  2. Remove thyme and bay leaf…puree the soup.
  • I waited for the mixture to cool then pureed it in my Blendtec
  • Then added it back to the sauce pan  to re-heat
  • Season to taste
  1. While the soup warms, slice the mozzarella thin
  2. Serve the soup & add mozzarella on top…enjoy!

 

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits (Grain-Free Red Lobster Biscuits)

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 egg, cold
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened (I used salted)

**Finish with Salted butter & dried or fresh parsley

 How it’s done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients. Then add remaining ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well blended.  
  3. Use scoop to scoop out dough onto un-greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or not, see notes above).
  4. Space 2-3 inches a part.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes for small biscuits and 20 minutes for medium biscuits.  
  6. Once out of oven, smear a bit of salted butter and sprinkle with a little parsley. Best served warm.

Recipe from: http://satisfyingeats.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/cheesy-cheese-garlic-biscuits/

Cauliflower Crust Pizzettes

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With parties and family gatherings on the horizon this is a great alternative (no grain) “finger food” or appetizer!! 

I’ve made the “cauliflower crust” in the past and I promise that THIS one works…the trick is making sure that the Cauliflower Rice is REALLY, REALLY dry.

What you will need:

Crust:

  • 1 head of cauliflower (cut into small floretts, you should have about 3 cups once processed)
  • 1/2 c of Mozzarella cheese shredded (I used fresh, it was tricky to “shred” but worth the trouble)
  • 1 egg  (I only use Pastured Eggs)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Olive oil

Topping:

  • More shredded Mozzarella
  • Tomato slices (I used what I had, grape tomatoes, sliced thin)
  • Fresh basil

How it’s done:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F, line cookie sheet with parchment paper, and grease with Olive Oil
  2. Take the raw cauliflower and process it in your blender or food processor (until riced)
  3. Heat large sauce pan (to cook processed cauliflower) of water to boiling, add Cauliflower…let cook for 5-8 min…until tender.
  4. Place the cauliflower rice in a tea towel and twist it to squeeze out as much moisture as you can (I squeezed out more than 1 cup of liquid). This is very important. The cauliflower rice needs to be dry. Otherwise you’ll end up with a mushy dough, not a crusty one.
  5. Transfer Cauliflower to a large mixing bowl and let it cool slightly (you don’t want to cook your egg just yet) 
  6. Add egg, mozzarella, oregano, sea salt and pepper. Mix well.
  7. Scoop one tablespoon of cauliflower mixture and drop onto the baking sheet. Pat into a thin round circle about 2-inches wide. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  8. Cook for about 20 min, or until slightly golden.
  9. Remove from oven and top each pizzette with shredded cheese, tomato slices.

10. Broil until the cheese melts and the tomatos are slightly roasted (3-5 min)

11. Remove from oven, let them cool (5 min), top with fresh basil…and Serve!

Recipe inspiration from : www.theironyou.com