Tag Archives: Coconut

Black Rice Quinoa Holiday Dressing (Gluten Free and Vegan)

27 Dec


I can not tell you what a hit this recipe was. I made it with several other stellar dishes and this was hands-down everyone’s favorite dish. The combination of the quinoa, black rice, pecans, cranberries, and butternut squash creates a complex flavor and a captivating texture. No one at the table could believe that this dressing was truly gluten free and vegan. Plus, quinoa and black rice are incredibly nutrient-rich grains. To make day of preparation easier, I roasted the butternut squash the day before, cooked the grains in the morning and put everything together in the afternoon. It will keep well in the fridge and only takes about 20 mins to heat up once company has arrived.

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Samoas (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

1 Dec


Samoas have always been and will always be my favorite girl scout cookie. Who can resist their chewy, crunchy texture and chocolatey coconut goodness? Thats why I was DELIGHTED when I came across a recipe for them in the Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar book (a must for all vegan or dairy free cookers). I adjusted their excellent recipe to make it gluten free as well as tweaked a few things and toned down the amount of sugar. With dark chocolate, shredded coconut, and coconut oil these cookies are surprisingly healthy (as far as cookies go) but they certainly don’t taste like it. I left a plate of these out when we had friends over and they were all gone in about 5 minutes flat. In my opinion they are best cold from the fridge. Enjoy!


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Pear, Goat Cheese, and Candied Walnut Spinach Salad

25 Nov


I have made this salad three times for myself, friends, and family in the past week. It is really good and very easy to prepare. I adapted this salad from a recipe Whole Foods gave out in their weekly flyer.

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Truly Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Muffins- Grain free, dairy free, and (almost) sugar free

24 Nov


After the gluten dairy muffins of last week, I decided to make some that I could truly eat without guilt. These muffins were inspired by a recipe on http://www.elanaspantry.com/, a health-conscious food blog I love. They are incredibly protein rich, barely sweetened (and only with stevia and coconut sugar), have no grains at all (just coconut flour), and amazingly end up being irresistible. I was a little surprised myself, but everyone in my family gobbled this batch up right away. This is a deeply nourishing recipe and they are best eaten the day of. The following recipe is only for 6 large muffins. This recipe makes a spicy muffin, cinnamon and ginger are both healing spices and will delight your taste buds in these indulgent muffins.

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Amaranth Breakfast Porridge

11 Nov


I am someone who likes hot breakfast in the morning. I am also someone who doesn’t like to get out of bed any earlier than absolutely necessary and hates to cook in the mornings. Luckily, my partner is more of a morning person and agreeable to whipping something up as long as it doesn’t take much extra time. We usually make oatmeal in the morning, but oats are not as good as other grains for people struggling with candida, and let’s be honest, for everyone they can get old real fast. This recipe is just as simple as making oatmeal, although it does require more unattended cooking time (15-20 minutes).

I have written before about amaranth, a grain I love because of its nutty taste, crunchy sticky texture, and an excellent source of protein, lysine, and dietary minerals. Amaranth lends itself well to either savory or sweet preparations. It is irresistible in this recipe with a strong serving of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, some caramelized coconut sugar, and a dash of coconut milk and pecans. Pudding for breakfast without any unnecessary blood sugar hikes and hearty enough to keep you satisfied till lunch!

For those of you interested in the candida diet, I am happy to report I have successfully completed one week of stage 1 of the candida cleanse. While I was very happy to re-introduce grains into my diet, with some advance planning and smart shopping I didn’t find the cleanse as painful as I thought it would be. In this week I was feeling many of the symptoms of candida die-off (headache, fatigue, cold fingers and toes) which is a sign that something is happening. The two main positive changes I noticed were a notable improvement in my digestion, along with a sudden absence of sugar or carb cravings! Will continue to update as I try to sustain my momentum in stage 2, wish me luck, it’s not the best timing with the holidays approaching.

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Rosemary Baked Salmon

2 Nov


This is my favorite simple way of cooking salmon. The rosemary and the coconut mixed in with the salmon make me feel so nourished and cozy.


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Salted Caramel Pecan Bars (Gluten free and vegan)

5 Oct


This recipe is adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. I made it gluten free and added a nice nutty coconut taste with the addition of coconut butter, coconut sugar, and coconut milk. The gluten free crust here is quite delicious! This recipe is sweeter than most baking I do, but worth it.


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