Flourless Cake - A protein recipe with a twist!

Flourless Cake - A protein recipe with a twist!

Happy New Year!

I am not dead, and though it was quite a year, I did make it through 2018 - albeit without one single post on this page. It feels kind of sad to admit, but 2018 was a very busy year of not too much fun kinds of cooking or baking, and the most notable things I made were just sort of impressive ways to combine all the random things I had in my pantry or freezer.

Which reminds me, I could have probably posted one of my two renditions of tamale casserole (in which I used up 4 leftover holiday tamales by chopping them up and combining them with riced broccoli, beans, turkey meat, enchilada sauce and cheese to make a somewhat healthier dish that still paid homage to the tamale) or shown you how the majority of my “meal prep” lately has consisted of frozen vegetables and precooked frozen chicken, thrown together with a few spices and possibly a bit of cheese (though not the most thrilling to look at, very easy and reasonably tasty.)

But honestly, the whole reason I have not been posting anything is just that I have been SO dang busy. And sometimes just really tired from being so busy.

However, also in 2018…

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Plantain Tostadas and Tortillas

Plantain Tostadas and Tortillas

Hi there!  Long time no see… it’s been a bit since my last post!

If you’d like a small explanation as to why the giant chasm of time since I last posted… well, I suppose life happened.  I was still going through health issues – very autoimmune-disease-like health issues, involving some intense inflammation and such – as well as a bit of relationship and work changes, which didn’t really leave me much time for focusing on the blog.  Most of that seems to be quieting down for now, so here I am! 

You still wanted that recipe for Plantain Tortillas, right??

Anyway, I’ve missed it… and I still want to attempt to post here from time to time!  I really love sharing recipes and health information with people, and it’s important to me to be able to do that.  If you’re reading this, feeling a bit like I’ve been a real fair-weather friend here for the last year, please feel free to reach out to me!  There is a contact page here for ya.

Now.  On with the show!

Without further ado, let me introduce my FAVORITE recipe of the past year, with my FAVORITE accompaniments ever!

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No-Bake Carob Brownie Bites

No-Bake Carob Brownie Bites

Even though I made the recipe up from scratch, somehow, I still couldn’t tell they weren’t chocolate.

Not chocolate?  Whoever heard of a brownie that wasn’t made with chocolate?  Not me, at least, until very recently, when I decided to try giving it up.  Not exactly my idea of fun!

Chocolate didn’t get the boot because of Lent, or because it’s inherently, sinfully, bad for me (like the mayor in one of my favorite movies, Chocolat would think,) but simply because it is a bean.  A seed, really.  But, for the sake of my wellbeing, that was enough of a reason. 

However.  That was NOT enough of a reason not to have fudgey brownies.  We all got to have a little sanity, people, and this stuff does it for me! 

While trying, as much as possible, to stick to the Autoimmune Protocol as I’m still unsure of the origins of my current inflammation issues, I’m opening up to trying even more ingredients than ever before!  It has been a tasty adventure so far, my friend.  (Check these AIP-friendly recipes out…)

Frozen Lemon Bars

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

So now I’ve been finding some thrilling uses for carob powder.  First step, carob powder, all-people-friendly, delicious brownies… next step, ruling the world?  Or maybe just another recipe using fun, new ingredients!

 

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Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

What does the end of the weekend, a long, stressful day, and having numerous random body aches have in common?  That’s right.  It means a detox is in order!

Now, detoxes and voodoo magic are commonly believed to be the same thing but, in general, this is not the case.  If you break down the word “de-tox” we have something that just means, “to remove the toxins.” 

Sometimes, yes, detoxes can be murky, if not really nutrient-dense, juice cleanses full of beetroot, celery and cayenne pepper (hold the eye of newt)...  and sometimes they’re more of the whole-natural-no-bs-food approach.  In this case, we’re basically just getting in a bunch of healthy stuff that will help us get rid of the bad stuff.

I intentionally made this bisque only out of ingredients I thought would be super beneficial for the purpose of cleansing.  After all, what good is a recipe that re-toxes while it de-toxes?  Hence, our lineup for today:

  • Zucchini: full of cleansing water and fiber, as well as potassium and b-vitamins
  • Garlic & onion: contain sulfur compounds known to help prevent cancer, and have antibacterial properties.
  • Coconut oil: the medium chain fatty acids it contains are great brain food. One of these, lauric acid, helps boost the immune system.
  • Greens: besides fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that boost your energy and immune system, greens contain chlorophyll, which rids the body of all kinds of toxins!
  • Ginger: helps reduce pain and inflammation and helps regulate blood sugar
  • Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Coconut milk: high in vitamins and minerals, and a great substitute for any dairy product when detoxing or reducing inflammation
  • Bone broth (if using): rich in protein, minerals, collagen, glucosamine & chondroitin, all of which are easily absorbed by the body and can aid gut health, joint health, immune health, and fight inflammation

Altogether this makes a tasty (yes, vegetable-y, but flavorful) concoction, and it’s a great start – or middle, or end – to a serious detox day!  Make extras to freeze, and you’ll be ready for anything!

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