Vegan Spiced Chickpea Caesar Salad

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I love a good caesar salad but more often than not they contain cheese and croutons which are a no-go for us gluten and dairy intolerant folks. I came across this recipe while I was in New Zealand last month so I had to give it a try and put my own little twist on it. This version retains the rich flavor and crunch without the allergens and the spices give it a little extra somethin somethin. The lighting in my kitchen was less than stellar, thus the stock photo of chickpeas, but it looks pretty darn good in person and I’ll try to upload a good picture the next time I make it. Enjoy!

Makes 2 Servings.

Ingredients:

For the Chickpeas:

  • 1.5 cups Canned Chickpeas (drained - look for a BPA Free Can)

  • 1 .5 Tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos

  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin

  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

  • 1/4 tsp Sumac

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Hemp Milk (unsweetened) or non-dairy milk of your choice

  • 3 Tbsp Tahini

  • 1 Lemon, juiced

  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

  • Sea Salt - a pinch or to taste

For the Salad:

  • 3 cups Organic Kale or Romaine Lettuce

  • 1 cup Red Cabbage, shredded

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. Combine all ingredients for the spiced chickpeas in a bowl and stir until well combined.

  3. Spread out spiced chickpea mixture on the sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven, stir well and continue baking for another 5-6 minutes. Be careful not to burn them!

  5. While your chickpeas are cooling, whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

  6. Combine kale and cabbage in a large serving bowl and toss with about 3/4 of the dressing.

  7. Scatter cooled spiced chickpeas over the top of the salad and drizzle with remaining dressing before serving.

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.

Turkey Roulade with Cranberry Sauce

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This is a great alternative to roasting an entire turkey if you want to save time and money but still enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving classic.

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsps Ghee (grass-fed)
  • 4 cups organic Baby Spinach
  • 2 lbs Turkey Breast, pasture-raised
  • 1/2 cup Goat Cheese (crumbled)
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Organic Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups Frozen Cranberries (chopped)
  • 1 Navel Orange (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat ghee or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add baby spinach and saute until wilted. Once wilted, remove from heat.
  3. Use a meat mallet or a heavy frying pan to pound the turkey breasts into a thin layer. This will make them easier to roll.
  4. Place a large piece of parchment paper across your counter. Cut 8 long strings of twine and lay them in pairs across the parchment paper, about 1 inch apart. Place each turkey breast across two pieces of twine. Season the turkey with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Spread your goat cheese across each turkey breast leaving a 1/2 inch border all the way around. Top the goat cheese with your wilted spinach. Starting with the edge closest to you, begin tightly rolling up each turkey breast. Once it is rolled, tie the twine around it into a tight knot. Trim the excess twine and discard. Season the turkey with sea salt and pepper again.
  6. Add organic chicken or vegetable broth to a baking dish so it covers the bottom. Set the rolled turkey breasts inside. Place in the oven and bake for 35 - 45 minutes or until cooked through. (If you have a meat thermometer, it is cooked when it has an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.)
  7. Meanwhile, start your cranberry sauce by combining cranberries, the juice of your navel orange and honey in a sauce pan. Place over medium heat and stir occasionally for about 15 minutes or until berries burst and sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low and cover until ready to serve. (Note: You may need to add a few splashes of water if the sauce becomes too thick.)
  8. When you remove the turkey from oven, let rest for 10 minutes before removing twine and slicing into 1 inch thick medallions. Drizzle turkey with cranberry sauce or place cranberry sauce in the base of a serving dish and arrange turkey medallions on top. Serve and enjoy!

Variations:

No Dairy: Use Kite Hill brand Cream Cheese Style Spread instead of goat cheese, and use coconut or avocado oil instead of ghee.

Get Creative: Roll the turkey with my Paleo Stuffing instead of spinach and goat/almond cheese.

Save Time: Reduce prep time by skipping the roll up, baking turkey breast on their own and serving the spinach and goat cheese on the side.

Bison Pumpkin Chili

This is a hearty comfort food dish with the addition of pumpkin for a tasty, seasonal twist. It's really fast and easy to make and will be a crowd pleaser for the whole family. I personally find that the combo of animal protein and beans is not a glamorous one for me, but feel free to add kidney beans if you like and if your GI system can handle it :-).

Ingredients:

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Makes 4 Servings

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Bison, grass-fed, pastured
  • 1 Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 3 Garlic (cloves, minced)
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 cup Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers, diced
  • 1 cup Pureed Organic Pumpkin
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Green Onions/Scallions, thinly sliced 

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground bison, onion and garlic, and saute for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through. Drain off most of the fat.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin and paprika. Stir about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add crushed tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkin, water, maple syrup and salt. Let simmer about 10 minutes.
  3. Divide into bowls, add desired toppings and enjoy!

Variations:

  • Optional Toppings: Garnish with toasted organic tortillas, chopped green onion, avocado, or jalapeño slices. If you tolerate dairy, you can add organic, grass-fed sour cream or cheddar cheese.
  • More Veggies: Add more bell peppers, zucchini, or stir in spinach, kale or watercress just before serving.
  • No Bison: Use grass-fed beef, ground chicken, turkey, lamb or venison.
  • Vegan or Vegetarian: Use mixed beans and/or organic tofu instead of ground meat.
  • Leftovers: Refrigerate in an air-tight container for 3 to 5 days or freeze up to 2 months.