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Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana
Smoothie Recipe

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This delicious Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana Smoothie recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and with a simple tweak works for Paleo too!  Smoothies are a nutritious way to start the day and with the chocolate in this one, the kids will think they are having dessert for breakfast!

Smoothies are a super easy, very nutritious way to start the day! There are so many different options that it’s pretty much impossible to get bored with them. This dairy-free smoothie is made with avocado (which gives them an extra creaminess), banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder!

Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some healthy options so easy when you have a picky eater! Children that wouldn’t consider touching an avocado or spinach are quick to drink it if you add chocolate or berries. The possibilities are truly endless!

Smoothies also work well as an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up after a workout. Stick with natural sweetness like raw honey, bananas, or maple syrup for a healthier smoothie than those made with sugar or sweetened yogurt.

Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ banana
  • ½ large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ice
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Water to cover all ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend avocado, banana, and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Notes
Use carob powder instead of cocoa powder and omit the honey if you are following a paleo or AIP diet.
Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce

Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce

Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce

I finally made this recipe from Kaylyn’s Kitchen and it is absolutely amazing!!

This is the time of year when people with vegetable gardens have a lot of green tomatoes on the vines, and some of those tomatoes are never going to get ripe. And if you still have green tomatoes, do I dare to say that you *must* make these Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce.  Seriously, they were so good that I wondered why it has taken me so long to try a healthier riff on fried green tomatoes, and I’m sure I’ll make them every year now when I have green tomatoes.

In a process that I admit is slightly tricky, I coated the tomatoes by dipping them in egg and then in a mixture of almond flour and Old Bay Lemon and Herb Seasoning. I used Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour (made in Utah!), a fantastic product that I always have in my freezer, but if you have the coarser Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal, I think it would work, although I might be tempted to buzz it in the food processor so it’s a little finer.

You have to be a little persistent to get the tomato slices coated with the almond flour mixture, and I’d mix the flour with the Old Bay and then use half of it at a time, because after you’ve done a few tomatoes the flour starts to get pretty clumped together.  But believe me when I say that these delicious Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes are worth the trouble.

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Pick six firm green tomatoes. Look for the ones which haven’t started to ripen yet.

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Cut each tomato into slices about 1/2 inch thick.  I only used the larger inner slices and discarded the rounded ends of the tomato.

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Mix 3/4 cup almond flour with 2 tsp. Old Bay (or less, it was fairly spicy).  Beat two eggs in one small bowl and in another bowl put half the almond flour mixture.

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Dip each tomato first into the egg (so both sides is coated) and then into the almond flour mixture.  (Press down with your fork to make the almond flour stick if needed.  When the first half of the almond flour mixture is getting clumpy, discard, wipe out the bowl, and switch to the second half.)  Put the coated tomatoes on a baking sheet that you have sprayed with non-stick spray.

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Bake the tomatoes about 40 minutes at 350F/180C, turning them carefully halfway through.  While they’re cooking mix 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing with 1-2 tsp. Sriracha Rooster Sauce to make the dipping sauce.  Serve hot.

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Oven-Baked Green Tomatoes with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce

Makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients:

Instructions:
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350F/180C. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.Cut the tomatoes into slices about 1/2 inch thick. (We used the flat inner pieces and discarded the ends of the tomatoes with rounded edges.) Beat the eggs in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix the almond flour and Old Bay Seasoning. Remove and save half of the almond flour mixture, so you can work with two batches.

One at a time, dip both sides of each tomato slice into the egg and then into the almond flour mixture, using the fork or your fingers to press the almond mixture on to the tomato slice so it sticks. Place each tomato on the baking sheet after it’s coated with the almond flour mixture. (Don’t worry if they aren’t completely perfect; just work on getting each one coated with almond flour as much as you can.)

Bake tomatoes 35-40 minutes, turning carefully once. While the tomatoes bake, mix together the ranch dressing and Sriracha sauce to make the dipping sauce. The baked tomatoes are done when the almond mixture is lightly browned on each side and tomatoes are cooked through. Serve hot.

I saved some of these to see how they would hold up to a night in the refrigerator. I reheated them about 15 minutes in a preheated toaster oven set on 450F/230C. Although they were best freshly made, I thought the reheated ones were surprisingly good.

About Kaylyn’s Kitchen
– Kalyn’s Kitchen is the home-cooking blog Kaylyn started in 2005 after she had lost over 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet and wanted to share her recipes with the world.  Now fast forward over ten years later, and she’s still focused on healthy cooking and has transitioned from teaching elementary school to life as a full-time food blogger. Her blog has deliciously healthy recipes, usually low-carb and/or South Beach Diet friendly and often Gluten-Free, Paleo, or Vegetarian.

Kaylyn is focused on recipes suitable for weight-loss or controlling blood sugar. Although I’m not a low-carb fanatic and not every single recipe here is ultra low carb, all the recipes on the site are geared towards carb-conscious eating and many thousands of people per day use this site as a source for the deliciously healthy low-carb recipes that I love to create.

Visit: Kaylyn’s Kitchen for more delicious recipes.

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Primal Blueprint Lifestyle

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Primal Blueprint Lifestyle

Chances are you have probably heard about paleo/caveman diets and barefoot training.  Primal and paleo lifestyles are becoming more mainstream because there is science to back up the idea that we should attempt to emulate our ancestors in their hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

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Here are some very good reasons why this lifestyle is great for everyone:

  1. If you enjoy being outside and taking part in a variety of activities such as stand up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, golfing, biking, snowboarding, etc., you want to stay fit. Primal/paleo training gives you the strength that you need to have endurance in all of the activities you want to undertake and it provides you with a good basis for strength and fitness.
  1. You want to get fit without having to go through gruelling training. Many people pursue a high level of fitness through sacrifice, hard work, discipline, and misery.  Getting great results with the least amount of pain, sacrifice, and hard work is important.  If you eat right, do HIIT training and lift weights you will become very fit and healthy.
  1. You enjoy great food. When you remove grains, hydrogenated oils, sugars and processed food from your diet, there is still a lot of other foods that are very healthy for you that you can consume whenever you like.  You are not going to be as hungry as you were once you cut out processed foods and sugars.  You are fueling your body with tasty foods that are filling and healthy.  Best of all, you will not suffer from the health effects that processed foods can have on your body.
  1. You do not like to get sick. When you adopt a paleo lifestyle, you have all that you need to boost your immune system.  Allergies start to disappear, and you rarely get a cold or the flu.  Your bolstered health is because your body will be properly nourished and have all that it needs to remain healthy.
  1. You like to get a good night’s sleep. It is important to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night to recharge your batteries.  Sleep is a very important part of your health regime, so you should ensure you are getting enough each night.
  1. You want to look great naked. Your body composition is 80% determined by how and what you eat.  The other 20% is based on exercise and genetics.  If you have your diet adjusted correctly to what your body needs then it does not take much exercise to optimize your muscle size and strength.
  1. You like to have a healthy glow. Part of the Paleo lifestyle is to get adequate sun on your skin every day.  Vitamin D is derived from the sun and is a natural way to get your daily intake.  Getting the sun on your skin is good, within reason and for limited amounts of time.
  1. You don’t have to be organized. There are no set meal times, no calorie counting or portion control and you can eat as much as you like when you want to.  You do not have to be disorganized to benefit from a paleo lifestyle but if you don’t like a regimented schedule, this works well.
  1. You don’t want to injure yourself. If you want to stay away from injury, then Paleo fitness gives you a set of guidelines that promote workouts that focus on functional strength that is balanced and prevents injury while burning fat and building muscle.
  1. You like to know your efforts will pay off. If you are investing your time and energy into something, you want to know that it is going to pay off in the long run.  You want to know which choices you need to make and know that you are making the right choices.  The guesswork is removed when you follow a Paleo lifestyle.

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Easy & Delicious Mashed Cauliflower Recipe!

Easy & Delicious Mashed Cauliflower Recipe!

I can barely type I’m so excited about this recipe for Cauliflower Mash!! My Mother in Law sent me a recipe for a cauliflower mash last week and it inspired me to try to make my own. I have always been skeptical that any veggie can taste like mashed potatoes but I have been proven wrong. This is better than mashed potatoes!!!! You seriously cant believe how creamy it tastes.

This is a side dish which will be a major staple for us now. Besides being delicious, cauliflower has many health benefits. It contains a large amount of Vitamin C, folate, and Vitamin K. Not to mention it is very low in calories so you can eat a lot of it.

I served the cauliflower mash with sliders that were out of this world! I will share that recipe soon. The cauliflower mash is so important it needed its own recipe post. We have leftover mash that I am going to reheat with chicken this evening. You could really change this mash recipe by adding any herbs you desire or even a little prosciutto for crunch and of course there’s always room for cheese!

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
2 cups of chicken stock
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
5 cloves of fresh garlic

Directions:
Cut the leaves of the cauliflower and discard (they taste bitter)
Place cauliflower in dutch oven or crock pot with 5 cloves of smashed garlic and rosemary leaves.
Cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil for 15 mins (check it halfway through so it doesn’t burn). Depending on your heat setting cook for as little as 10 mins. or as many as 20 mins.
Remove the cauliflower from the broth and place the cauliflower into the Vitamix or food processor. The rosemary and garlic will be chopped/ground thoroughly in the blender. Do not add the broth to the mash as it would make the mashed cauliflower too wet.
Mash the cauliflower on low until creamy smooth. Make sure to spoon down the sides so the larger chunks of cauliflower get mashed too.

Tips:
I made mine earlier in the day so I just put it into a baking dish and reheated before dinner. Tastes great reheated. Also can be prepared the night before for Thanksgiving dinner.