garlic+ herb turkey sausage

breakfast, recipes, sides

I love breakfast and I am such a crank if I skip it or do not get enough to eat in the morning.

One of my biggest challenges since going Auto-Immune Protocol [AIP] in February of this year are breakfasts. Egg-free breakfasts can be difficult in the paleo world and many store bought sausages are heavily processed, full of sugar and usually not gluten free.

Thankfully, there are loads of amazing AIP cookbooks and resources out there, so finding all kinds of breakfast inspiration is easy as toast (well, not toast, but you know what I mean).

This recipe for turkey sausage is easy to make in bulk, can be frozen and are quick to reheat in the morning. I usually eat them along with a big bowl of sautéed breakfast greens,- kale, cabbage, broccoli, sweet potato hash, whatever is on hand- and a side of some delicious, heaping scoop of fermented food like sauerkraut or kimchi. At lunch, they are perfect on top of salad or between two thin slices of roasted sweet potato with avocado mash, whoa!

Makes 16, 1 oz. patties or 8, 2 oz. patties 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (approx 500g) ground lean turkey breast
  • 1 tbs chopped garlic
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbs lime juice
  • 1-2 tbs mixed dry herbs (or something similar)
  • coconut oil (optional, for cooking)

 

Directions

It is this easy.

  1. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until it reaches an even consistency
  2. Knead with hands or wooden spoon
  3. Heat skillet to medium heat
  4. Mold 1-2 oz (smaller than a golf ball) patties with hands and place in skillet
  5. Turn every 5 minutes, until both sides are brownish/goldish and fully cooked, the middle should no longer be pink
  6.  Repeat until the mix is done

Notes

– I did not add any oil to my pan to cook these. I found that adding a little water to the pan (because they are lean, not a lot of fat to cook in) when they were sticking did the trick. But if you prefer oil, just add bit of coconut oil to the pan before adding patties.

-The mixed herbs + fresh garlic add a burst of flavour but feel free to experiment.

-You can also play with the patty size to pre-ration how much you want to be eating.  When I batch-cook, I make them on the small side so that I can be flexible about portions and use them with other meals for a couple of days.

 

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I would love to hear what your delicious and quick go-to breakfast items are. As always, have a delicious day!

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endless summer fruit + nut crumble

breakfast, dessert, recipes, treats

Summer officially ends this week. Slow teardrop down my cheek… 

Here in Edinburgh, we have been experiencing unseasonably warm weather leading up to autumn. All of August we enjoyed the seasons best berries, peaches + plums. We had a big bowl on the table and it felt a bit more summery around here. We are topping off our oatmeals, yogurt bowls and leafy salads with delicious additions like grilled peaches and figs and we will continue to do so through the fall with some stewed apples and pears.

For this particular recipe, I was unsure whether to call it a cobbler, a crisp or a crumble because it fits the bill for all. What I love about this recipe is the versatility. You can add whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season.

You can have it for breakfast paired with coffee or topped with a protein-rich Greek yogurt. As a leftover, it can serve as a great on-the-go option as school and work schedules get a bit busier this time of year.

It also makes for a fantastic, and not-too-sweet dessert option. We consistently bring this over to friends with vanilla ice-cream and it is always a hit!

After two rounds of strict AIP since February, I have successfully re-introduced a couple of key foods like eggs, various nuts + gluten-free oats. Win! It makes baking a bit easier and enjoyable. I can have these foods in moderation without feeling crummy. And one tasty way to keep from feeling crummy, is to make this crumble… [nice segue there, eh?]

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Serves: 4-5 Servings

Ingredients

For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or dairy alternative)
  • 1 tbs maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • sliced almonds
For the filling:
  • 3 ripe peaches, cut into slices
  • 2 ripe plums, cut into slices
  • 2 ripe greengage, cut into slices (or extra peach/plum)
  • 1 cup berries of choice (blackberries and blueberries are nice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • lemon juice
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Directions

Prep Time:  10 Mins/ Cook Time:  35 Mins / Total Time:  45 Mins

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F / 170 C.
  2. To prepare the filling, toss the fruit, sweetener, vanilla, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the mixture with lemon juice.
  3. Transfer the fruit filling to a lightly oiled 8 x 8 square baking dish or a glass pie plate.
  4. To make the topping, add all ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl and mix them together, until you have a clumpy, well-mixed topping.
  5. Dollop (I love that word) all of the topping over the fruit.
  6. If you fancy, sprinkle sliced almonds and/or extra gluten-free on top of crumble.
  7. Bake the crisp for 35 minutes, until fruit is bubbling + the crumble topping is golden.
  8. Serve with yogurt, coconut whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream, or anything you like!

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Notes

  • Leftovers will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge
  • Short on time? Easy to prep ahead of time. Cover in the fridge and pop in the oven before serving

 

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This month, I am looking forward to a similar version with some apple, pears + figs. It is also my favourite time of year to get those pumpkin recipes out! Tell me, what are your fall favourites?
Have a delicious week, x!

green coconut smoothie

breakfast, dessert, food, recipes, snacks

I think we can agree fruits and vegetables are good for you. But do you struggle to get all of your greens in for the day?

Maybe you are ready to mix up your morning routine. Want to feel like Superwoman (or man…) from all the greens you consume before your 9am start at work? Raise your hand if you want brighter skin, happy bowels and a slimmer waist?! Give green smoothies a go- they are super healthy, easy to make, and they just might turn you into a morning person.

This smoothie recipe uses fresh fruits and dark, leafy greens. Green smoothies are defined by their use of leafy greens like spinach, kale (most nutrition value per calorie out of any plant!), chard, collards, and even dandelion greens (so good for detoxing) to get tons of vitamins and minerals and give your body the plant-based nutrients it craves.

5 REASONS TO LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES

  1. Easy way to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet every single day. If you struggle with salads and eating green, you might find this doable.
  2. Natural weight loss can be an additional side effect of enjoying these in place of a typical breakfast. Be sure to include healthy fats and protein to make it a more complete and balanced meal.
  3. The immune-boosting benefits of green smoothies are a good preventative measure to keep the flu bugs away. And a simple way to boost your immune system when you are feeling under the weather.
  4. Green smoothies provide natural energy. I have cut back on my caffeine intake as a result because I feel a pep in my step and they help to keep the morning slump at bay.
  5. Quick, easy to make, and portable (if it even lasts long enough to make it out the door) and delicious! It is the best ‘fast food’ for the morning especially if you prep ahead.

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This book peaked my interest in a morning smoothie ritual. Eat. Nourish. Glow by Amelia Freer- the Queen of all things delicious and healthy. Check out her entire archive of juice and smoothie recipes and how we can use food as medicine. Full of practical advice, I find myself empowered to make healthy decisions about the food I buy and kick unhealthy habits that can make me feel sluggish and exhausted. Amelia makes it easy.

This green coconut smoothie recipe is full of fresh greens and fruit; avocado +coconut that provide healthy fats; banana that creates a creamy, sweet base; coconut milk adds creaminess and complements the flavours from fresh produce.

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Ingredients

  • 8oz/230ml coconut milk (or dairy-free alternative)
  • 8oz water
  • 1 kiwi fruit or granny smith apple
  • ½ banana (preferably ripe and frozen pieces)
  • 3 handfuls of kale or spinach
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ avocado
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ground ginger
  • shredded unsweetened coconut

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Method

  1. Start with dairy-free milk and water, pour into blender.
  2. Add leafy greens, blend until smooth and leafy chunks are gone.
  3. Add remaining, diced fruit + veg, blend again until smooth.
  4. Pour into a large glass (or a mason jar, you hipster, you).
  5. Gulp, sip or pour into a bowl and add some delicious toppings (see below).

Notes

  • If your smoothie is too thick, add some extra liquid (water or dairy alternative) and blend for a few seconds to thin.
  • If your blender is struggling to make things smooth, try blending your greens and liquid together first, then add the fruit and blend a second time.
  • Enjoy getting creative with some nutritious toppings: a quality protein powder, dried coconut, fresh berries, cacao powder, cinnamon, maca powder, nuts, seeds or a spoonful of nut butter.

Use this helpful guide from simplegreensmoothies.com to get your creative juices flowing and try your own variation

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What are you favourite smoothie recipes? Looking for some additional smoothie or juicing inspiration? Here are my all time favourites:

  • Green Kitchen Stories  – an entire cookbook dedicated to smoothies. Yes, dreams do come true and the photography (if you’re into it) is top notch.
  • Minimalist Baker – lots of delicious smoothie bowl recipes. For those of us that prefer to shovel it in with a spoon and can’t be bothered with a straw.
  • Deliciously Ella  –  known for her nutritious and healing recipes, Ella has loads of quick smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes available for free on her website.

 

Enjoy! x

 

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citrus + pomegranate mint salad

breakfast, dessert, holidays, salads, treats

 

I don’t know about you, but when I like something I stick to it.

I can always count on my Oma to have full, juicy bowls of oranges and grapefruits around during Christmas and Easter. Maybe because she knows it is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays. I have fond memories of watching my Papa sit at the kitchen counter helping her to peel all of the membranes from every slice- he hated the white stuff, he was determined, and checked and re-check that every seed was out of the bowl.

This year as we celebrated Easter brunch with friends, I decided to keep the tradition going with a little twist – pomegranate and mint. Best served chilled, it is perfectly sweet and slightly tart, refreshing and very easy to put together.

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This salad is a showstopper, requires very little work and feels like a fancy salad despite it only being four ingredients. It is easy enough to make for yourself for breakfast but also to serve guests. This recipe is AIP (auto immune protocol) compliant, in season (yep, November till July) and packed with nutrients.

  • Grapefruit is extra good for you this time of year with plenty of immune-boosting Vitamin C to help fight off colds, lycopene for glowing skin, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. I eat a grapefruit every day because it is perfect for hitting the metabolism-reset button. Pow!
  • Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pure pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.
  • Mint is a great palate cleanser and promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.

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Ingredients

1 pomegranate

2 large navel oranges
2 pink grapefruits
Fresh mint 

Method

  • Place the pomegranate on a surface that won’t stain. Do not wear white. And follow this link for the easy way to remove pomegranate seeds. When finished, pick out any bits of the white membrane so all that remains in the bowl are seeds and juice.
  • For the oranges and grapefruits, cut a small slice off the top and bottom so the fruit can sit flat on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, work your way around the fruits to remove all peel. Carefully cut the segments cross-wise or cut around each segment.

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  • Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and fresh mint leaves over the sliced citrus
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to share with your people
  • Slurping up the extra juice at the end is an extra treat

Enjoy! x

 

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menu plan monday

food, recipes

Happy Monday, y’all.

I hope your weeks are off to a great start. This week, I’m focusing on AIP recipes that I can batch cook for convenience and that bring more of a variety than justing relying on the paleo go-to of grilled chicken and vegetables. I love food and I am feeling encouraged by some of the improvements in my health and wellness over the past several weeks as I continue diving into the AIP community. Here’s to another week of and culinary adventure, may your days be delicious!

Breakfast Recipes 

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This N’oatmeal (not oatmeal) Breakfast Bowl from Grok Grub, seems like the perfect start to these winter mornings. I made a variation of this last week with pumpkin and coconut and it was surprisingly quick, filling, and sweetened with fruit. I am a huge fan of anything with coconut, and it’s perfect for anyone sensitive to grains, nuts, or eggs.

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This Banana Zucchini Bread from the Saffron Girl is a weekly staple. I have been playing around with so many bread recipes over the past couple of weeks. And this one is a winner! I used apple puree and banana which gave it a nice moist texture that can sometimes be difficult when baking with coconut flour.

 

Warm + Comforting Vegetarian Recipes 

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Carbs are so delicious, am I right? I am missing the ‘full’ factor of grains these days and looking forward to trying this Butternut Squash Risotto from the brilliant ladies over at Autoimmune-Paleo.com. This is a perfect dish for winter and butternut squash always on hand in our kitchen. I love the roasted, nutty and sweet flavour it has. I love incorporating it into lots of our meals- I will probably make this in bulk to have on hand during the week.

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This time of year, a warm bowl of spicy chili is such a comfort. Unfortunately, traditional chili is not very AIP friendly as it is full of nightshades, beans, and dairy. However, the ladies over at Autoimmune-Paleo.com have done it again, and mimicked the texture of tomatoes with carrots and sweet potatoes. Chili is a slow-cooker tradition of ours and I am really excited to try this Carrot + Sweet Potato Chili  recipe that fits the AIP bill.

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This recipe for Stuffed Acorn Squash from Deliciously Organic looks so yum. I anticipate this being an easy mid-week meal and I love that you can fill it with anything that is on hand. I plan on using some shredded carrot, celery, leeks and courgette. At this stage, I will omit the nuts and honey but I think the burst of sweetness from the raisins will be delicious with the savory baked vegetables. I would also consider adding some lean ground turkey with thyme + rosemary for extra protein.

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Have you heard of Buddha Bowls?! Well, they seem to be all the rage, and every recipe I come across looks a-mazing! There seems to be a formula to this delicousness: mixture of greens + grain + beans + seeds + any variety of vegetables + sauce/dressing = Buddha Bowl. I have been totally inspired by this post from the Roasted Root for a Roasted Root Vegetable Buddha Bowl.  The problem (reframe that… challenge…) is how to fit something like this into an AIP lifestyle, but I am convinced to make it happen for my lunches at work this week.

  • Greens: lettuce, spinach, kale, beet greens, chard, arugula, etc.
  • Starch: roasted sweet potato cubes, apple slices, cooked winter squash, zucchini noodles, butternut squash risotto, cauliflower rice, or sweet potato ‘rice’
  • Protein: garden peas, salmon, tuna, shredded chicken
  • Extra Veggies (cooked, or raw, or a combo of both): cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, onions, avocado, beets
  • Toppings: toasted coconut, toasted sweet potato hash, plantain chips, olives, pickles, sauerkraut
  • Dressings/Sauce: AIP Kale PestoGreek Tzatziki , Green Curry SauceHummus , Olive Oil + Lemon Juice or Balsamic Vinegar

 

Enjoy your week! With love, from Scotland. x

 

 

 

 

 

 

menu plan monday

food, recipes

Change, cha-cha-changes….  Last month, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland called Hashimoto’s Disease. I am four weeks into my treatment and my doctor has been an incredible support and resource for us during this transition. As part of my treatment and efforts to heal my body I am following a diet and lifestyle called Autoimmune Paleo. I am finding that there are lots of amazing bloggers, cookbooks, researchers and supportive online communities. Rather than make life difficult by focusing on the foods that I can’t have, I am embracing the opportunity to try new things and experiment with the things that I can have and at the same time will best support my body.

Here are some of the delicious meals we came across this week. They were full of flavor, easy to make and kind to our budget. Let me know if you try any of these and be sure to give these blogs a peek online or on Pinterest.

Friends, may your weeks be blessed and your hearts be full! x

 

 

Breakfasts: An autoimmune paleo approach does not mean that baking is out. It requires a bit more creativity and patience, but I am loving bananas and apple puree as an egg replacement. Coconut flour and arrowroot flour have also earned a secure spot in our pantry.

Paleo Parent’s, Banana Pumpkin Pucks

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Empowered Sustenance, Banana + Blueberry Muffins

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Warm and Comforting: Perfect time of year with the weather and our work schedules to pull out the slow cooker. Nothing beats coming home from work and dinner is ready!

Comfort Bites, Herb + Coconut Chicken Soup

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Paleo Leaps, Thai Coconut + Sweet Potato Soup 

For AIP, omit nightshade spices. I used chopped garlic, turmeric and ground ginger. 

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Stupid Easy Paleo’s, Zucchini Fritters

For AIP, omit egg (and nightshade spices) + use gelatin replacement or a bit extra coconut flour/oil. 

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In-Season Recipe: I recently saw this salad on display at our local Earthy Cafe. It inspired me to go to the produce section and pick up some blood oranges. They are a gorgeously colorful, juicy and special fruit. I have been slicing it and putting it in my water with sprigs of mint and mixing in with my morning bowl of grapefruit, so yum.

Food52, Fennel + Blood Orange Salad

For AIP, omit walnuts. I used shredded coconut and it was a delicious alternative for some crunch. 

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Be sure to check out all of these incredible cooks and bloggers! x

Cinnamon Granola with Nuts + Seeds

breakfast, dessert, recipes, snacks

We all need a reason to get up on a wintry morning.

This hearty, subtly sweet, nutty granola is your answer. Scented with coconut and cinnamon and bursting with crunchy almonds, pecans and seeds. Perfect for snacking, storing, atop a smoothie bowl (I chose pumpkin, I think that’s obvious) or on its own with a bit of milk.

Adapted from The Minimalist Baker: Nut + Honey Coconut Granola

INGREDIENTS

Serves: 12

  • 3 cups GF rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • raw pumpkin seeds to top
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey  or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut *
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit *

 

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METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 340 F or 170 C
  • Mix the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and nuts together in a large bowl.
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm the coconut oil, honey/agave and vanilla extract and pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet(s) and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point. The coconut oil will help this granola crisp up nicely but be sure to watch it carefully as it browns quickly.
  • If you are going to add the shredded coconut*, be sure to add in the last minutes as it will burn easily.
  • Once the granola is visibly browned remove from the baking sheet and into a bowl to let it cool.

 

NOTES

– Place in a container that has an air-tight seal and it should keep for a few weeks.

– This granola is very customizable. Feel free to omit or add any addition spices, oil or nut components.

– Some dried fruit* like raisins or apples would be nice. Be sure to add in the last few minutes of cooking, so they stay soft.

– Serve over a smoothie bowl, greek yogurt, as cereal with your favorite milk or take it on the go as a nutritious and delicious snack on the go.

 

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Thrive on Five + The Detox Kitchen Bible

cookbook, reads, recipes

There was a cartoon I watched when I was a kid called ‘Arthur’. Yep, it was one of those feel-good, educational cartoons, that your parents didn’t feel too bad letting you binge watch because it always taught you a lesson. Anyways, Arthur and his friends used to sing a song that went a little something like this… “Having fun isn’t hard – When you’ve got a library card!” Over and over about eight times. Perhaps this fostered a love for the library at a young age but I do find it really fun and addicting to get as many free books as you want, week after week!

Sign. me. up!

This week I picked up two cookbooks that have been on my reserve list for quite sometime, Thrive on Five and The Detox Bible. I was looking for some vegetable inspiration and let’s be honest, I am a sucker for nice recipe pictures. Give me all the picture books.

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Thrive on Five 

We all know we need to eat our five-a-day, but sometimes it can be hard. No longer. Over half the recipes in this book are carefully created to include all five in just one dish. Some of the recipes I will definitely be adding to my menu plans over the next couple of weeks include;

  • Rainbow Stuffed Peppers
  • Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup w/ Ginger + Tumeric
  • Aubergine Curry w/ Coconut + Tumeric
  • Sweet Potato + Courgette Falafel
  • GF Spiced Carrot + Date Muffins

All the recipes are meat-free, but are easily adaptable to include meat or fish. It is also very friendly for particular diets; 5:2, low fat, low carb, vegan and gluten-free.  I like that all the recipes appear to be quick, inexpensive, good for bulk batches, and using local British larder or easily available produce.

 

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The Detox Kitchen Bible 

Next up, you may have heard of Lily Simpson. She is dedicated to a philosophy of great health, amazing food, and has a very inspirational (and beautiful Instagram) @thedetoxkitchen

You can imagine that it doesn’t take long flipping through the pages of this book to see bright, delicious looking recipes with unique flavor combinations and nourishing options. It is an all-in-one cookbook for those of us looking for all things wheat, dairy and refined sugar free! Looking to add some of these beauties to my weekly repertoire;

  • Avocado Smash w/ Toasted Nuts + Seeds
  • Broccoli Stalk + Cashew Spread
  • Fennel, Apple + Butternut Squash Salad
  • Quinoa, Kale + Pistachio Burgers
  • Chicken Burgers w/ Beetroot Relish

And if it couldn’t get better, this cookbook is a very educational guide about daily well-being and detoxing. With nutritional guides and tailored plans to support your particular health needs, and issues that may be benefited from each recipe. It covers common health needs like gaining energy, getting clearer skin, relieving IBS, supporting fertility and alleviating osteoporosis. Health issues or not, sometimes it’s good to just reset our system with a nurturing detox.

Bonus! Here is a link to download your free pdf cookbook from the Detox Kitchen Facebook page.

What cookbooks have you been reading or can recommend with a big smile?

Happy weekending!

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thrive-Five-Nina-Littler/dp/1849495874

Grain Free Pumpkin Bread

dessert, recipes, snacks, treats
When the smell of cinnamony, nutmeggy pumpkin bread fills your home, it’s a special kind of nirvana in the nostrils. During these cold, dark and damp winter months in Edinburgh this easy pumpkin bread has won us over, time and time again. This perfectly moist, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free pumpkin quick bread is made with high protein almond flour and has no processed or refined sugars.

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas (with a little green, too ripe does not work well for this)

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Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients; flours, salt, baking soda and spices
  2. In a food processor, combine wet ingredients; pumpkin, honey, vanilla and banana, pulse for 2 minutes
  3. Scoop batter into a mini loaf pan
  4. Bake at 350°F (or 170°C)  for 35-45 minutes
  5. Cool for 20-30 minutes
  6. Take a whiff of pumpkin filling your kitchen, serve warm and share with your people

Notes

  • I have experimented with this recipe a few times. Eggs, no eggs, ‘flax eggs’, gelatin, banana… I opt for the vegan option because mashed banana makes a really nice binder. The texture is just right and it really brings out the pumpkin and spices in this recipe.
  • For another vegan friendly option, substitute the honey with date syrup or agave nectar
  • If you want an extra sweet treat, toss in some raisins and/or dark chocolate chips to the batter before baking
  • For an additional crunch, mix in or top the loaf with your favorite nuts or seeds halfway through baking
  • Coconut flour absorbs anything its mixed with. If your mixture seems a bit dry, stir in some dairy (2 tbs. at a time) of your choice to make a little wetter before putting in your loaf pan

I’m in love with pumpkin and I don’t care who knows it! I have had my share of the stuff for months now; curries, breads, pancakes, stews, breakfast hash… and I don’t plan on stopping.

If you too, are experiencing pumpkin obsession/heaven what is your favorite pumpkin recipe? How do you prefer to prepare winter squash that is in abundance this time of year?

 

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overnight pumpkin spice oats

breakfast, recipes, snacks

This time of year I crave all things pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chili, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin curry, pumpkin pancakes – sweet or savory, the options are endlessly mouthwatering. It is finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

Pumpkin is all that it is cracked up to be- and more. It’s quite magical really, and therefore it’s OK to be totally obsessed with this season’s superfood. Pumpkin will help you feel feel fuller, longer. It packs dietary fiber and is a low calorie food, keeping that waistline in check. It can boost vision, as one cup packs more than 200% of your daily Vitamin A.  Pumpkins can help lower blood pressure, help you sleep better, promote a healthy heart, alleviate constipation and/or diarrhea (like I said, it’s magical), restore your body’s balance of electrolytes and boost your mood.

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This recipe for pumpkin spice oats is simple and quick because it is prepared the night before and includes only five baseline ingredients; oats, pumpkin, yogurt, chia seeds and milk.  Your body will reap the benefits of fiber (thank you, oats), healthy omega fats (thank you, chia seeds) and satisfying plant-nutrition (thank you, pumpkin and yogurt). Overnight, the oats and seeds are soaked into the pumpkin, yogurt and milk, which means that the oats become deliciously soft, creamy and easy to digest. The chia seeds expand and create a pudding type texture that will have you wanting it every day of the week.

Ingredients

3/4 cup gluten free oats

1/2 cup coconut or almond milk

1/3 cup dairy-free plain yogurt (I really like this coconut yogurt, but soy yogurt is also delicious and a bit easier to find)

1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/2 tsp of each, sprinkle in some cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove

Method

Are you ready for the easiest thing ever?

Place all of the base ingredients in a jar and stir them all together. Secure the lid and pop in the fridge to store overnight or for at least a few hours. The End. Really!

Extra cinnamon, pecans or raw pumpkin seeds are the perfect toppings for this pumpkin spice recipe. Feel free to experiment with what you like and what you have on hand: almond butter, sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut chips, or drizzle some honey or agave nectar. Make it a dessert with some carob or dark chocolate chips.

With all overnight oats, the toppings are endless, click here to see a Kilts+Kale post for a basic overnight oats recipe.

Notes

If you tolerate dairy, use your favorite yogurt and milk

If plain yogurt is not your favorite, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or stevia to add more flavor

If your oats are a bit thicker than you would like in the morning, just add some milk and stir in until you find a consistency that you like

I hope you enjoy this fall treat and this first weekend of October!

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