Vegetarian-friendly

Pesto Mayo

To say my family is obsessed with this condiment is an understatement. Even my folks love it, and they are quite linear with their food choices.

For someone with a soy allergy and other food sensitivities, pesto and mayonnaise can be a challenge to purchase on the shelf of a grocery store. However, making mayo and pesto at home doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

My version of pesto is different. No cheese. No nuts. Which I can have neither of but this version is delicious and has full on flavor. My mayo recipe is simple, fast, and tangy. Blend them, and well, it’s become a staple in our house.

At times I use my pestle and mortar to make the pesto but this recipe we are doing it the less arm workout way.

Ingredients for the mayo:

1 cup light tasting olive oil or garlic infused olive oil

1 free range egg

1 tsp spicy brown mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 to 1 1/2 tsp all-seasons salt (Simply Organic can be found at Publix and Amazon) or you can use pink salt and ground peppercorns.

*seasonings are personal. Start with 1 and add after you blend if you so desire. Adding is easier than taking away*

Directions

In a blender add 1/4 of the oil, egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings. Keep blender on low. If it’s too fast, the whole thing will break once you start to add the rest of the oil. Blend until it begins to thicken. Don’t shut off the blender. Open the circular part of the lid at the top of the blender and slowly pour in the rest of the oil.

Once blended in shut off the blender and stir. This is the time to add more seasonings. Keep in mind the taste will increase over a resting period in the refrigerator. I usually wait 12 to 24 hours before use.

Ingredients for the pesto:

Fresh basil

Two cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 to 1/3 cup extra light olive oil (you can use a bit less if using it immediately in the mayo)

A few mint leaves

1 sage leaf

1/4 of a lemon

Dash of pink salt and crushed peppercorns

Teaspoon of Primal Palate Amore seasoning or any Italian seasoning

Directions

In the food chopper, I have the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper, fill to top with basil leaves and a few mint leaves. Add garlic and seasonings. Blend. After I dry mix, I use a spoon and scrape the mixture back into the middle. I found this method blends better especially if some of the basil and mint leaves don't thoroughly chop up. 

Add the olive oil and lemon (watch out for the seeds). Chop again.

Please taste. I can't emphasize enough to taste as you cook. Everyone's palates differ. Some prefer garlic. Others salt. 

I tend to go lighter with the seasonings because you can always add, but you can't take away.

When ready mix the two together in a bowl. Here is where it is up to how much of each you desire. If you want it for just a sandwich or wrap mix together a small batch, that way the both remain separate and can be used for other dishes.

This recipe is an allergy friendly recipe. One you can involve the kids, especially when you can use your own homegrown herbs. As a veteran homeschool mama, this is a great lesson as well and teaches them how to make food on their own.

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Rum Sugar Cookies

I don’t always bake cookies but when I do booze is involved.

A little for me, a little for the cookies.

These cookies didn’t last long in the house. They do crisp up as they set. If you want a chewier cookie, lower the white sugar measurement by 1/2 cup and raise the brown sugar measurement by 1/2 a cup. White sugar creates a crisper cookie which is what my family prefers.

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup Soy-Free Earth Balance, softened (you can use regular butter but this is a soy and dairy-free recipe)

1 egg

3 teaspoons of rum - Kraken is the best!

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract - Spice Islands is all natural. No corn syrup and gluten-free

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (this is optional, you can use regular flour)

1/4 teaspoon salt

For rolling the dough in:

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Preheat oven to 325. In the mixer beat and smooth together the butter and sugars until fluffy. I use the KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater attachment. Then add the egg, rum, and vanilla and mix until nice and smooth.

Change the attachment to the wire whip. Add the dry ingredients. Mix on low until all is thoroughly combined.

On parchment paper roll 1-inch dough balls through the sugar/spice mixture. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are a bit crisp and the center is soft but cooked through.

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Carrot Soup - Instant Pot Ace Blender

Carrot Soup - Instant Pot Ace Blender

Photo by Gabriel Gurrola on Unsplash

Basil Me Happy

This brilliant herb blend of basil, thyme, mint, and sage brings everyday dishes to life.

Pasta.

Zoodles.

Spaghetti squash

Scrambled eggs.

Salmon.

It’s reminiscent to pesto. I added it to my scrambled eggs the other morning and fell in love.

Ingredients

Fresh basil

Fresh sage

Fresh thyme

Fresh mint

Clove of garlic

Himalayan pink salt

Black and white pepper

1 tablespoon Primal Palate - Amore seasoning (any Italian seasoning)

Instructions

In a small food chopper (I use KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper) fill to the top basil leaves, a few thyme leaves, one sage leaf, couple of mint leaves, garlic, and seasonings. Chop. Taste. In my previous recipes, I always stress to taste as you go. This herb mix is a favorite with my boys. When I use it with noodles or veggies, I add light tasting olive oil. I add more of the Amore seasoning to the noodles or vegetables. The mix goes perfectly with scrambled eggs and toast. It saves great in the fridge.

Easy. Aromatic. Soy-Free.

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Air Fryer Purple Potato Fries

Potatoes.

Good or bad?

Which food lifestyle do they belong in?

Who. Cares.

Diet culture has deemed potatoes as bad. What I’ve learned about purple potatoes is they are higher in antioxidants than russet, Anthocyanin is a pigment that creates the purple color in the potatoes and acts as an antioxidant. High in potassium lowers blood pressure. Though smaller, they make stellar french fries. They are medium starch and add a vibrant twist to potato salad.

Today is all about the french fries. As it should be.

Ingredients

1 bag of purple potatoes

Light tasting olive oil or garlic infused oil

CampMix - salt, pepper, white pepper, garlic salt, celery salt, and garlic powder

Sometimes I add chopped fresh cilantro but its optional.

Directions

Put your potatoes in the refrigerator. They will cut easier. Skin and everything.

Cut the potatoes. I use a fry cutter, but a person can cut them with a knife. However, the fry cutter is pretty fabulous to have. I will list what we use at the end.

Preheat the air fryer to 370

In the bowl drizzle light tasting olive oil over the potatoes. Shake. Coat the fries in seasonings. Shake. Add more if desired, but it’s better to under than over season depending on your salt and spice level. You can add as you go.

Pour into the air fryer basket. Cook for about 20 minutes. Every 7-10 minutes shake the potatoes in the basket or use a spatula to move them about for an even cook. 

My son’s friends enjoyed the purple fries; it was a conversation piece.

For me who suffered from various digestive issues, the purple potatoes do not cause me distress like the russet. I also made a garlic aioli for the fries.

*Please note that all air fryers cook differently. I have an XL air fryer. Adjust as you go*

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Simple Chimichurri

Garlic. Cilantro. Red pepper. Be still my culinary heart. A little Instagram photo love below.

It’s a versatile sauce — meat, fish, or vegetables.

Ingredients

1/2 cup light tasting olive oil (garlic infused olive oil is an option)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 red pepper

Fresh parsley

Fresh cilantro

Lemon juice (preferably fresh)

Salt & pepper

Directions

Chop 1 cup of cilantro and 1 cup of parsley. I use herb scissors to pre-cut before putting them in my food chopper.

Add garlic, red pepper, and seasonings. I go by taste with the salt and pepper. Palates are different.

Chop.

Pour in the olive oil and lemon juice. I squeeze 1/2 a lemon in.

Chop.

Taste.

Add more salt and pepper if need be.

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Air Fryer Curry Fries

Due to the popularity of my I Speak French Fries recipe here is a marvelous add to it.

I could eat curry fries everyday. Seriously. Beyond delicious.

Ingredients

3-4 russet potatoes

Light tasting olive oil or garlic infused oil

Curry powder (Primal Palate)

All-seasons salt (Simply Organic)

Directions

Put your potatoes in the refrigerator. They will cut easier. Skin and everything.

Cut the potatoes. I use a fry cutter, but a person can cut them with a knife. However, the fry cutter is pretty fabulous to have. Especially for a teenager and his friends. I will list what we use at the end.

Preheat the air fryer to 380

In the bowl drizzle light tasting olive oil over the potatoes. Shake. Coat the fries in seasonings. Shake. Add more if desired, but it’s better to under than over season depending on your salt and spice level. You can add as you go.

Pour into the air fryer basket. Cook for about 25-30 minutes. Depending on the desired crispiness. Every 7-10 minutes shake the potatoes in the basket or use a spatula to move them about for an even cook. 

Dipping the fries in curry aioli was quite euphoric.

*Please note that all air fryers cook differently. I have an XL air fryer. Adjust as you go*

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Air Fryer Jicama Curry Fries

My two top recipes of 2018 were I Speak French Fries & Jicama What?. Not just here but on Pinterest. I decided to do both with the curry seasoning I purchase from Primal Palate. Plus, I made a curry aioli.

The above air fryer recipes for potatoes fries and jicama fries will be the same with this recipe, you are merely changing out seasonings.

These fries were teenager approved.

The jicama fries are a tinge sweeter but nothing wrong with that. Works perfect with the curry.

Ingredients

1 Jicama

Light tasting oil or garlic infused oil

Primal Palate curry powder

Simply Organic all-seasons salt

Directions

Preheat the air fryer to 385

Peel the jicama skin. I used my chef knife and cut a thin slice to create a flat surface. I found it peeled more comfortable after a bit of refrigeration. It also worked better with the french fry cutter. Again you can slice them without the fry cutter, but it's an excellent kitchen contraption to have.

In the bowl drizzle light tasting olive oil over the jicama. Shake. Cover the jicama in curry powder and all-seasons salt. Shake. Jicama soaks in the seasonings, but it’s better to season as you go than over season. Some like salty and crispy others like less salt and not full-on crispy. 

Pour into the air fryer basket. Cook for about 30 minutes. Depending on the desired crispiness. The jicama takes a bit longer. Every 7-10 minutes shake the jicama in the basket or use a spatula to move them about for an even cook. Have a taste and determine if you’d like to add more seasoning.

The jicama has more texture and bite to it but not the crunch like potato fries.

Next up will be the curry potato fries.


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Easy Curry Aioli

Ingredients

1 cup garlic infused olive oil

1 free range egg yolk

1 tsp spicy brown mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 to 1 1/2 tsp all-seasons salt (Simply Organic can be found at Publix and Amazon)

*seasonings are personal. Start with 1 and add after you blend if you so desire. Adding is easier than taking away*

1 to 1 1/2 tsp curry powder (Primal Palate)

Directions

In a blender add 1/4 of the oil, egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings. Keep blender on low. If it’s too fast, the whole thing will break once you start to add the rest of the oil. Blend until it begins to thicken. Don’t shut off the blender. Open the circular part of the lid at the top of the blender and slowly pour in the rest of the oil.

Once blended in shut off the blender and stir. This is the time to add more seasonings. Keep in mind the taste will increase over a resting period in the refrigerator. I usually wait 12 to 24 hours before use.

It works perfectly with salmon, jicama, and potato fries.

Sweet. Spice. Salt.


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Butternut Squash Rice

Throughout my journey of food allergies and IBS finding ways to adjust my eating lifestyle were not always easy.

Rice and I have a complicated relationship. Many have suggested cauliflower "rice" and as much as I'd love for that to work for me, it won't.

One size doesn't fit all.

We all process foods differently.

What I have found works for me in butternut squash. It's versatile. Perfect texture for different recipes. Full of magnesium. Spiraled butternut squash can be found at the local supermarket but spiraling or shreading your own is much more cost effective.

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash (You won’t use the entire squash. When I shred mine I get about 11-12 cups)

1/2 red pepper chopped

Olive oil light tasting (garlic infused oil)

Seasonings of your choice. I used Primal Palate Garlic and Herb and an organic all-season salt.

Directions:

Here is a tutorial on how to cut butternut squash. The only difference is I don’t use a peeler, I cut the skin with a knife, and for the squash to fit in the shredder I cut it in fourths the long way.

Spiral or shed the squash. I use the Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder.

In a pan or cast iron skillet add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. I prefer garlic infused oil. Add about two cups of the squash and the diced red pepper. Add seasonings. On high heat stir everything together. Cover with a lid, not entirely. Allow some of the steam out. Stir every minute or so, about 3-4 minutes in drop the heat to medium-low. Sometimes I add a bit more oil and seasonings.

Taste as you go.

You will notice the squash start to break down and soften. This will only take 5-7 minutes. Don’t let it burn. It will happen quickly if not watched.

For a snack or light dinner, I will add a splash of coconut whole fat milk and curry powder for creamy, spicy rice.

But my husband is a fan of the coconut curry chicken with the butternut squash rice.

When foods are eliminated for medical purposes, it’s a frustrating process to go through. And there are days I get angry because I can’t eat certain fruits or vegetables. I can’t grab a Peppermint Patty or a slice of pizza. Or go out to eat any restaurant I want.

I try to create solutions. Not just for me but for others.

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Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos

When I first met my husband, he wooed me with tacos. He knew the path to my heart.

Fish tacos have become my top choice. White flaky fish such as wild caught cod. I have used halibut in the past. A bit spendy but worth it.

We love spicy, and I don’t hold back when I make fish tacos. If you favor a milder taco, you can eliminate the jalapeño. I can’t tolerate corn, and most flour tortillas contain soybean oil; therefore, we use fresh romaine. Works just as well, even the crunch is there. Healthy fats from the fish and avocado are great for the body.

This recipe is easy and quick. Let’s get to it!

Ingredients


1 lb wild caught cod fillet

1 tsp light tasting olive oil or garlic infused olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 - 1 jalapeno pepper, slice, remove seeds for less heat

1 chopped poblano

1 chopped red pepper

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro

2 limes

Salt and pepper or CampMIX to taste

1-2 avocados, sliced

Directions

In a food processor add garlic, jalapeño, red pepper, poblano, cilantro, salt and pepper, and squeeze of lime. Your chops and slices don’t need to be perfect because they are all going in the food processor, they just need to fit. Once chopped put them to the side.

In a skillet, I use cast iron, heat olive oil. Add fish. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Squeeze half a lime on the fillet. Cook fish on near high heat.

Cook the fish until it’s flaking and falling apart. I add the pepper/cilantro mixture and another squeeze of lime. Sauté over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Mix everything well. Taste. Season or add more lime.

The aroma of garlic and spices is intoxicating. Add avocado slices and/or Jalapeño or a green chili sauce/salsa. Avocado smash would also work. I posted the quick recipe on my Instagram and Facebook page.

Messy and delicious! Enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Teenager Approved Marinara Sauce

My son LOVES homemade basketti sauce.

He's 18 and doesn't say it like that anymore, but his love of marinara remains. Logan could probably eat it daily. It's an easy, quick recipe and perfect for noodles, zoodles, or pizza.

I started my own herb garden three months ago -- grew from seed babies -- and was eager to use fresh basil, sage, and oregano in the marinara sauce. Something is rewarding about using your own homegrown herbs.

I'm shocked I haven't killed them yet.    

Knock on wood. 

The seasonings I use are from great businesses. If you know my recipes you know I use CampMix with everything. Adds flavor and kick to all dishes. 

Primal Palate seasonings are soy and gluten-free and kosher. 

Let's get to the recipe. You don't need an overdrawn story about marinara sauce. And I have some in my refrigerator begging to be used.

Ingredients

28oz. can crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons of light tasting olive oil or garlic infused olive oil

4 tablespoon of minced garlic

Chopped fresh basil and oregano (handful)

*CampMix (a blend of garlic, onion, black pepper, salt, celery salt, and white pepper) 

*Primal Palate Garlic & Herb 

*season to taste*

Instructions

Place oil and garlic in a medium saucepan. Saute over medium heat until the garlic starts to sizzle, roughly a 1 minute.

Pour the tomatoes into the saucepan, basil and oregano, and seasonings, stir to combine.

TASTE AS YOU GO. 

I add quite a bit of the CampMix. We favor garlic and pepper, but some don't. It's all about your palate.  

Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about 20 - 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. If the sauce is bubbling too much -- Jackson Pollock your floor and stove --, reduce the heat.

It saves beautifully in a mason jar.

My homemade bread recipe would work perfectly with this delicious sauce. *wink*

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Soy Free Simple Bread

Somedays I want bread.

*gasp*

Somedays I want avocado toast not avocado smash on sweet potatoes or squash or bark.

Bread. White bread because my IBS isn’t all that fond of wheat anything. It’s a complicated relationship.

Toasted ever so lightly with delicious avocado smash with a runny yolk egg. Mmmmmmm, I know what I’m making for lunch.

Most bread out there in the United States are made with soybean oil. Great. I’ll die. The only bread at Publix I can consume is sourdough, but the ingredient list is extensive. No thank you.

My magnificent husband was on a bread mission. One he could make bread at home, and it is soy and dairy-free.

He succeeded.

Ingredients


1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons light tasting olive oil (you could also use garlic infused olive oil)
6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth (arm workout). Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled which takes about 1-1/2 hours.
Punch dough down (think about that annoying co-worker or your sister-in-law). Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.
Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Behold the glory!

Perfect for avocado toast. The bread soaked up the yolk.

Nirvana!

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Crab Pizza

I looked at my husband the other night and expressed my craving for pizza and crab cakes, but I didn't want to make both. 
How about crab pizza?
He raised his brow. I sensed his skepticism which made me want to make it all that much more. He suggested we make our pesto pizza for back up. 
Just in case.
I agreed but was confident the crab would taste delicious. 
In the end, I was right.
Duh.

My husband uses Bobby Flay's Pizza Dough Recipe. I am looking into a coconut flour recipe for my gluten-free people. Cauliflower crusts are quite popular, but I am unable to eat those. I did find a few gluten-free premade crusts at our local Publix in the frozen section. 

The crab mixture is easy with minimal ingredients. I did have a bit of pesto leftover and added a spoonful. Chopped red and yellow peppers add color and flavor to the mixture.

Ready for the oven.

The result?

It tasted exactly like a crab cake. The crispness of the crust and saltiness of the crab was the perfect combination. The added peppers give another depth of flavor. And let me tell you, the leftovers were an amazing breakfast.  

There is a sprinkle of Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar Cheese. Don't be afraid of the cheese/seafood horror show. It's allowed with specific recipes. This particular cheese is a chameleon. It blends with whatever you add it to. I've mentioned it in previous recipes. I didn't use much, and I'd deem it optional. 

The pesto pizza was just as delicious. Not everyone loves seafood. 

Either pizza works for any gathering or football party. 

I live the most healthy lifestyle I can but you know what somedays I want carbs and cheese. I'm not going to shame myself for it. 

My body is an evolving creature and what works on Monday doesn't work on Thursday. I keep the medical profession on their toes. But that is for another day. Let's get to the important stuff.

Ingredients for Crab Mix

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

8oz crab lump meat (Pay the extra money for excellent crab meat. Publix and Whole Foods are my choices if you don't have a fresh seafood place near you)

1 red pepper (chopped)

1 yellow pepper (chopped)

1/2 lemon

A spoonful of fresh pesto (optional) 

Garlic infused olive oil (you can use light tasting olive oil) 

CampMix

Simply Organic all-seasons salt

Directions

In a bowl at crab meat, chopped peppers, squeeze of the lemon, and seasonings. Mix. Taste. If you want more seasonings or lemon add it in. Everyone's palette is different. 

With a brush or spoon spread the olive oil over the dough on a pizza pan (we use the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan) covering every inch. 

Spread the crab mixture. Allow room for a crust. 

Bake for *20 -25 minutes*. 

*We use an electric oven. Gas ovens may be different.* 

This is why I love cooking. 

Experiment with different ingredients. Laugh and share stories with my boys. All of our conversations gravitate to the kitchen. Logan is hopping up in the counter. Plotting world domination. Phil is discussing his day. 

It's our happy place.

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Not Your Grandma's Tuna Fish Sandwich

As a child, I ate my fair share of tuna fish sandwiches. Mayo heavy. White Wonder Bread buttered. It always tasted better when my grandma made my sandwich. 
As an adult, I was sad to learn soy is in most tuna fish pouches/cans. 

Time to elevate the tuna fish sandwich with real ingredients.   

I was standing in my kitchen with leftover wild-caught sockeye salmon from dinner prior & hummus. Just as I'd combine the tuna and mayo together in a bowl, I did the same for the salmon and hummus. I went a step further and added a bit of homemade pesto.

My husband is always my guinea pig.

I toasted two pieces fo sourdough. Drizzled garlic infused oil of the bread, sprinkled a bit of CampMix. I took a bite. The texture was divine and perfect with the warm toasted bread. I could taste the lemon from the salmon, the freshness of the basil, and the spice from the hummus. I served the sandwich to my husband.

He took a bite, groaned, and smiled.

Approval.

I also added it to a spinach salad. Drizzled garlic infused oil over it.

Delish!  

I enjoyed the salmon mixture with a spinach salad with creamy brown rice. 

I don't think this needs a detailed instructional. Above I mentioned my spicy hummus and garlic infused oil, which is what I used in this recipe. The leftover salmon was poached in olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning the night before. Here is the pesto recipe as I don't have it as an individual post. 

Ingredients for Pesto

Basil

About 1/4 cup minced garlic

1 cup extra light olive oil (infused oil works too)

A few mint leaves

A squirt of Meyer Lemon

Dash of crushed red pepper (optional)

Dash CampMix 

In the food chopper, I have the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper, fill to top with basil leaves and a few mint leaves. Add garlic and seasonings. Blend. After I dry mix, I use a spoon and scrape the mixture back into the middle. I found this method blends better especially if some of the basil and mint leaves don't thoroughly chop up. 

Add the olive oil and lemon (watch out for the seeds). Chop again.

Please taste. I can't emphasize enough to taste as you cook. Everyone's palates differ. Some prefer garlic. Others salt. 

I tend to go lighter with the seasonings because you can always add but you can't take away.

This is a great alternative if you aren't a fan of mayonnaise and looking to try something new with fish.

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Spicy Hummus - Cannellini Beans

Most associate hummus with garbanzo beans, I use cannellini. For whatever reason, my digestive system favors them over any other white bean. And avocado. I know. Travesty. But who am I to argue? 

Hummus is the universal food.
Dips. Wraps. Burgers.
Perfect substitute for mayo which I discovered while making a salmon salad  --  think tuna fish sandwich. 
That's for my next recipe.

My spicy hummus recipe is quick and easy. Four ingredients. Less than ten minutes. Cost is low. Why buy premade? You know who made it and when. You know the ingredients.

You don't have to use garlic infused olive oil but it does amplify the flavors. And really why not?

Drain the beans. 

I use my little food chopper.  

Puree setting. 

Always. Always. Always taste. 

Everyone's palette is different. We love spicy but others may not. We love garlic but others may want to ease back on it. My goal is to set a foundation and people make the recipe their own.

My husband loves broccoli and red pepper slices or with pita bread. I eat it alongside my salmon filet with a spinach salad. The options are endless.

Ingredients

1 can of cannellini beans

2 tablespoons of garlic infused olive oil

1 tablespoon of Mrs. Renfro's Green Salsa

1/2 - 1 tablespoon of CampMix (garlic, onion, black pepper, salt, celery salt, and white pepper)

Instructions

In the food processor add the beans, oil, salsa, and seasonings. Puree setting until all is blended. Taste. Add more salsa or seasonings if so desired. 

Use immediately or refrigerate.  

Boom!

Done!

It's not zero carbs but it's also not horrid carbs. I could think of worse carbs to consume. 

This recipe is soy-free. Vegetarian-friendly. Low-cholesterol food. High in protein, magnesium, and fiber.  

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Garlic Infused Olive Oil - Low FODMAP

About three years my doctor suggested Low FODMAP for my IBS. I never heard of the food plan but immediately went home to do some research. 

What are FODMAP's?

*per Healthline.com* FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols (1).

These are the scientific terms used to classify groups of carbs that are notorious for triggering digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.

FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods in varying amounts. Some foods contain just one type, while others contain several.

The main dietary sources of the four groups of FODMAPs include:

Oligosaccharides: Wheat, rye, legumes and various fruits and vegetables, such as garlic and onions.
Disaccharides: Milk, yogurt, and soft cheese. Lactose is the main carb.
Monosaccharides: Various fruit including figs and mangoes, and sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar. Fructose is the main carb.
Polyols: Certain fruits and vegetables including blackberries and lychee, as well as some low-calorie sweeteners like those in sugar-free gum.

I purchased three books on the subject, pinned every recipe possible, and was excited to start the elimination process until I read garlic was a no-no. 
Wait? What?
I use garlic in almost all my dishes. I love garlic. Now I can't have it? 
Not cool. 
I use olive oil for almost everything. Or avocado oil, which is also approved for Low FODMAP. 
There's the solution. 
Garlic infused olive oil. I add a small leaf of basil -- just because I want to -- and giving up garlic wasn't as detrimental. This olive oil goes with everything. Pork Chops. Jicama Fries. Salmon.
I had veered off the Low FODMAP path for a while, oh how I've noticed, but I'm back on track. For years I viewed food as my enemy. Between IBS and food allergies my rebellious nature always did me in. I am learning to understand my relationship with food and my body. Food isn't the enemy, my way of thinking was. Health is about respect. I can't heal if I don't respect my insides and my soul.

I am in the process of growing fresh herbs and look forward to infusing olive oil with rosemary or thyme or peppers with rosemary. The possibilities are endless. It's easy to feel the weight of digestive syndromes and diseases but together we will reduce inflammation, pain, and improve our way of thinking. 

Ingredients

1 cup of extra light tasting olive oil 

4-6 peeled and smashed garlic cloves. 

Basil leaf (optional)

Instructions

In a saucepan add the above-mentioned ingredients.  

Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. Until the garlic browns just a bit. Remove from the heat and let stand until it is room temperature. At first, I used a mason jar but I found a great olive oil dispenser and funnel from Target

You can refrigerate the oil for up to a month but mine is usually gone within the week. 

Perfect to drizzle over salmon and quinoa.

Add the oil to any of my favorites recipes, Cucumber Dill Ranch Dressing or Jicama Fries. 

Low FODMAP books I purchased

 

 

 

 

 

  

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs.
Poached. Basted. Hard boiled. 
I'm all in. 
I was aware of the hard boiled egg in the Instant Pot but I use my air fryer daily and I don't my IP. Why not use it for eggs? Though I have a few easy egg recipes for the air fryer I will start with hard boiled. It's a diverse use of eggs. They can be eaten alone with a sprinkle of salt and pepper or in a salad. Great source of protein. 

I bought the Air Fryer Accessories 7pcs for Gowise Phillips and Cozyna or More Brand, fit all 3.7QT 5.3QT 5.8QT with 7 Inch Diameter. It comes with 1 Cake Barrel, 1 Pizza Pan (I use for fried eggs), 1 Metal Holder, 1 Multi-Purpose Rack with Skewers,1 Silicone Mat, 1 tong and 1 Pan gripper. 

Because of my food allergies, I must be careful what kind of eggs I use. I've NEVER had issues with Vital Farms.

The air fryer I own is GoWISE USA 5.8-Quarts 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer XL. Times may vary depending on size and amount of heat it pumps out. I typically make two eggs, it's enough for me but others like to make half a dozen.

I was pleasantly surprised how easy the shells came off. It's one of the things I used to hate about hard boiled eggs. 

What equipment you will need: 

Air Fryer

Wire Rack

Ingredients

2 cold eggs but more than welcome to use more.

Instructions

Insert wire rack in the basket. Place eggs on top of the wire rack. Carefully close the air fryer. Set the temp of the air fryer to 250 for 17 minutes. The time may need to lengthen if you have a small air fryer. And you don't need to preheat. 

Prepare the ice water bath.

When done take them out with tongs and into the ice water. I leave mine in for about fifteen minutes.

Peel and enjoy!

I recommend testing with one egg. Get a feel for the process and the air fryer.  

They also go great with garlic and basil infused olive oil (Low FODMAP friendly). Next recipe... 

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Paleo Cucumber Dill Ranch Dressing - Tzatziki Inspired

I stand with the refrigerator door open. What to make? Not in the mood for chicken or fish. I want something light. Salad? Yes but I don't want a vinegarette. I made mayo the following day, my eyes move to the fresh dill, lemon, and cucumber. 
Tzatziki inspired. 
In my pantry, I have organic lite coconut milk. A staple for our family. 
I've made this ranch before but not with cucumbers.  

Oh. My. Goodness. 

I could live off this dressing. Dip jicama fries in it. Or turmeric chicken nuggets in the air fryer.

The added cucumber reminded me of my favorite gyro place in North Carolina. Perhaps, my next recipe. Hmmmmmm.

Let's get to the deliciousness.  

Ingredients

For the mayo

1 cup of light tasting olive oil

One free range egg

1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard

1/2 of a lemon

CampMIX or Simply Organic All-Seasons Salt (I use both) or any seasonings of your choice. 

For the dressing

1/3 cup of the paleo mayo

1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen)

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons of fresh dill

1 clove of garlic

1/2 medium peeled cucumber

Instructions

Make the mayo: In a blender add 1/4 of the olive oil, egg, mustard, squeeze in lemon (watch out for those seeds), and seasonings. Blend on low. Once blended open the central part of the blender and slowly pour in remaining olive oil. It will start to thicken. Stop the blender. Give it a little stir. Taste and decide if you want to add more lemon or seasonings. Put the mayo in a container, cover and put in the refrigerator.  

Make the dressing: In a food processor, I use the KitchenAid Mini Food Processor, add mayo, coconut milk, lemon, dill, garlic, cucumber, and seasonings. Pulse a few times until the cucumber is chopped into tiny bits. Taste. Add any additional seasonings. If you want a thicker dressing, add a bit more mayo.

I like mine thinner. Reminds me of the homemade ranch I had as a child. 

My husband added a homemade pita triangle and turmeric chicken to his salad. Can't forget the sliced black olives. Another family staple.

This dressing is soy, gluten, and dairy-free. Vegetarian-friendly. Versatile. Simple and delicious.

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But It's Fishhhhhhhhhh

Lately fish has made an appearance at our dinner table almost every day. Once a week I will make tacos or burgers mainly for the boys. I've noticed my food sensitivities and digestive issues amplifying with each passing year. Chicken on occasion but red meat and pork shred my insides. I feel less swollen and uncomfortable when I eat fish. 

Bread, rice, corn, and beans are also my enemies. Options are limited therefore I need to be creative. Though I lean towards the Paleo lifestyle, I'm not strict on a singular food plan. One size doesn't fit all.

While at Publix the other day I discovered spiraled butternut squash. I love butternut squash but for me to attempt to spiral it with my little device -- nope. It was worth the $3.15. 
Halibut and grouper are my favorite white fishes. Both are spendy, but you get what you pay for. Halibut doesn't smell or taste fishy. The buttery texture is euphoric. The filets are thick and after I eat one I'm full for hours. 

I decided to try something new with the butternut squash spirals and halibut.

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Preheat oven to 380. Line a 9x9 pan with non-stick foil. Easy to fold and throw away when done.

Add spiraled butternut squash on the bottom, halibut in the center, pour over lighttasting olive oil until all are covered. Squeeze one lemon on the halibut. Season with lemon pepper. Add butter to the top. 20-25 minutes later...

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I spooned out a bit of the oil/butter/lemon awesomeness in the pan and drizzled over the fish. Oh. My. Word. 

Obsessed. 

The combination of sweet from the butternut squash and savory from the fish is divine. This meal is simple, quick, and clean up is nothing. And butternut squash is great for magnesium which is a nutrient my digestive system needs more of.   

Ingredients

1 wild-caught halibut filet

Spiral butternut squash (I'm confident one could do this at home but I like the Publix method better)

1 lemon

Soy-free butter

1/2 cup of light tasting olive oil

CampMIX Lemon Pepper