Hearty Paleo Stuffing

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I love stuffing but I have yet to find a gluten-free option that I find worthwhile. I also avoid grains for the most part and this paleo recipe is a delicious option, even if you aren't gluten-free or paleo.

Makes about 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 head Cauliflower (chopped into small florets)
  • 1 Tbsp + 1/4 cup Organic, Grass-fed Ghee or Coconut Oil (melted)
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cups Portobello Mushroom (diced)
  • 1 Leek, medium (chopped)
  • 3 stalks Celery (diced)
  • 1 cup Walnuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Lemon (juiced)
  • 6 Garlic (cloves, minced)
  • 1 tbsp Thyme (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss your cauliflower florets in 1 Tbsp of melted coconut oil or ghee (recommended for flavor), and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Spread the cauliflower across your baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  3. Remove cauliflower from oven and set aside. Reduce oven heat to 375.
  4. While your cauliflower roasts, place a frying pan over medium heat. Add half of your remaining ghee or coconut oil and saute mushrooms, leek and celery for about 10 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft.
  5. In a food processor, add the walnuts, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, parsley and sea salt. Add the rest of the ghee or coconut oil and roasted cauliflower and pulse (do not blend) until the mixture reaches a coarse, stuffing-like consistency. Do not over process as you want the mixture to be coarse. Note: If you don't mind some manual labour, you can skip the food processor and use a fork and knife to finely chop the stuffing. Once it reaches a good consistency, spoon the mixture into a baking dish.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes or so to prevent burning.
  7. Remove from oven and transfer into a serving dish. Enjoy!

Variations:

Meat Lover: Add cooked organic bacon bits, sausage or ground grass-fed meat into the mixture as you add it to the baking dish.

No Nuts: Eliminate the walnuts and use pumpkin seeds instead.

No Portobellos: Use crimini or chanterelle mushrooms instead or eliminate mushrooms altogether.

No Leeks: Use onions of shallots instead.

Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

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Chia Pudding is a great make ahead breakfast or snack and this is a yummy variation for Fall. For all you carrot cake lovers, this is a great way to make a healthy breakfast double as a sweet treat without the sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Carrot (medium, grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Stevia Powder (add more or less to taste)
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the shredded carrot, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and stevia. Add the almond milk, then whisk in the chia seeds. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir again to redistribute the chia seeds. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Divide into bowls or mason jars and garnish with shredded coconut and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

Keeps well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Variations:

  • Extra Creamy or Keto Friendly: Replace half of the almond milk with full-fat canned coconut milk.
  • No Stevia: Use about 1 Tbsp Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener instead or use liquid stevia instead of stevia powder, adding drop by drop until desired sweetness is achieved.