Cilantro Macadamia Pesto

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A heavy metals screening revealed that I have high concentrations of mercury, lead and a few other unwelcome metals hanging around messing with my mojo. Not fabulous news, but a good reason to seek out foods to support my detox protocol and help my bod get rid of all that nasty crud. There are many foods high in certain vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll that can help rid the body of toxic metals. Luckily I love most of these, namely cilantro, dark leafy greens, berries, cucumber and asparagus, so I'm taking this as an opportunity to enjoy these delicious foods as often as possible!

Cilantro is particularly helpful in elimination of heavy metals and it happens to be one of my favorite herbs. When thinking of ways to get the most bang for my cilantro buck, pesto immediately came to mind. Pesto is one of my favorite sauces because of its rich flavor and versatility. This is my dairy-free variation on a traditional pesto which uses basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmigiano-regiano or pecorino.

I hope you'll enjoy this rich, refreshing, detoxifying, vegan pesto sauce! I shared this recipe on New Day NW's Wellness Wednesday as a dip for raw veggies or gluten-free crackers. It's also delicious on grilled wild fish, organic free-range chicken, or a burger (especially tasty on veggie burgers). This stuff is addictive! My husband calls it "the crack", so consider yourself warned ;-). Bon apetit! 

Ingredients:

Makes about 1/2 cup

  • 1 cup packed fresh organic cilantro leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, roasted
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 lime, juiced (add to taste 1 tsp at a time)

Preparation:

  1. Combine the cilantro, garlic, and macadamia nuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add the olive oil and blend until smooth.

  3. Add the lime juice 1 tsp at a time, tasting as you go until you reach the

    desired tartness. I usually use 2-3 tsp.

  4. Refrigerate in a glass container and allow to warm to room temp before serving. 

Enjoy!

Turkey Apple Breakfast Hash

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This is a favorite weekend brunch dish for me. I love hash but I want more veggies and protein and fewer empty calories from white potatoes. This recipe is nutrient-dense and super satisfying and you can make it extra rich by topping each serving with a sunny side up egg.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 cup Red Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 cups Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 cups Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Apples, cored and diced
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey, cinnamon and poultry seasoning. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until thoroughly browned, breaking up into little pieces as it cooks. Drain off the fat, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, sauteeing until translucent. Next add the brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and apples. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all veggies are soft.
  3. Add the ground turkey back into the skillet and stir to combine. Season to taste with sea salt. Divide into bowls and enjoy!

Variations:

  • Vegan & Vegetarians: Use lentils instead of ground turkey.
  • Egg Lovers: Top each serving with an over easy, pasture-raised, organic egg.
  • Leftovers: Store covered in the fridge up to 3 days.

Paleo Pecan Pie Squares

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Makes 16 Squares

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Pitted Dates (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups Cashews (soaked for 1 hour and drained)
  • 1 cup Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 cups Pecans
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Create the crust by combining half of the dates and all of the cashews and coconut flakes together in a food processor. Process until a thick, evenly distributed mixture forms.
  3. Line a square brownie pan with parchment paper and press the crust mixture down evenly into the dish. Take some time to really pack it in there so the crust doesn't crumble.
  4. Take the remaining dates and finely chop them. Place chopped dates in a saucepan with the water and vanilla and place over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until a thick gooey mixture forms. Remove from heat and stir in about 3/4 of the pecans. Then transfer mix into the baking dish over top of the crust. Press the remaining pecans evenly into the top to make it pretty.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before lifting the parchment paper out of the dish and cutting into squares. Enjoy!

Variations:

Make it Boozy: Add 1-2 tablespoons bourbon, or dark rum

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.