Roasted Tomato Cream Soup

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Sometimes there is nothing like a good cup of soup and with this recipe you are in for a treat. Our roasted tomato cream soup will fill you up and keep you warm. As with all our recipes it is also incredibly easy to make, nutritious and healthy.

INGREDIENTS

7-10 roma tomatoes
8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, peeled
5 tablespoons avocado oil
2 teaspoons salt
10 basil leaves (or a handful works well)
1 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces coconut milk

RECIPE

 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
On a baking sheet place roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes and garlic. Coat with avocado oil and 1 teaspoon of salt, mix so tomatoes are fully coated with oil.

Bake for 25 minutes or until skins of tomatoes begin to peel and blister. (you need to keep an eye on your tomatoes, they may smoke).

Place tomato mixture and basil in blender, blend for 1 minute.
Place blended mixture into a stove top pot. Mix in coconut milk, remaining salt and pepper.
Turn heat on low and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve and enjoy warm.

It really is that simple.

Happy Cooking!

Melissa Van Dover

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Double Chocolate Paleo Muffins

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When plain chocolate isn’t enough…let’s DOUBLE it!

This muffin recipe is based on my popular Paleo Apricot Muffins Recipe, but substitutes apricots for dates, and adds raw cacao powder and dark chocolate chips to create a natural chocolate flavor.

These muffins are so quick and easy to make and are packed with fiber and superfoods, making them an excellent alternative to traditional chocolate muffins or chocolate cake.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pitted whole dates
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 shake salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon honey or raw agave nectar
1/8 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Pulse the dates in a food processor until finely chopped.
Add the coconut flour, cacao powder, coconut oil, salt, baking soda, eggs, honey/agave and vanilla extract and pulse until well combined.
Place the mixture into a mixing bowl and fold in the chocolate chips.
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Scoop 2 tablespoons of the muffin mix into each large muffin paper liner and bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer poked through the center comes out clean.
This recipe makes about 10-12 muffins. They can be enjoyed straight out of the oven while the chocolate chips melt in your mouth, or stored in an airtight container and enjoyed within a few days.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Camilla Carboni

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Ginger Pomegranate Spritzer

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Living in Colorado we’re used to drinking a ton of water but sometimes water can get a little boring. To spice things up we got a little creative with our fruit and citrus juice. The best part about this recipe is that you can substitute any ingredient you like to fit your taste buds or make new and creative taste combinations.

INGREDIENTS

2 oranges, juiced
1 large lemon, juiced
1/2 inch ginger root, peeled and grated
3 ounces pomegranate juice
1 liter of San Pellegrino (or your sparkling or non-sparkling water of choice)

RECIPE

In a cup, preferably with a spout (like a measuring cup), combine orange juice, lemon juice, grated ginger and pomegranate.
Pour into ice-cube tray and freeze.

Place 3-4 cubes in a cup and fill with San Pellegrino.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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CrockPot Chili

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If you’re like me, CrockPot meals are an all-time favorite…what’s not to like about a cooking method that enables you to do all the work upfront in a matter of minutes, set the timer, and then have a delicious home-cooked meal a few hours later?! 

This Chili recipe is jam-packed with protein and vegetables, and overflowing in nutrients.

It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 4 hours to cook, and you’ll have a comforting meal that serves 6.

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
1 large onion
4-6 large carrots
4-6 celery stalks
1 large green pepper
30 oz organic stewed tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons chili powder (depending on how strong you like your Chili)
1 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Set your crockpot to the 4 hours setting and place the meat in it to begin cooking while you chop the vegetables.
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Chop the onion, carrots, celery and green pepper into thin dime-sized pieces, and add them to the crockpot.
Add the stewed tomatoes, chili powder and salt to the crockpot mix, then cover and let sit for about an hour.
Each hour over the 4 hour cooking process, lift the cover and stir gently for a minute.
After 4 hours, check that the meat is browned and once it looks well cooked, either serve right away while hot, or reduce the heat to low and enjoy later.

There’s just something so comforting about home-cooked Chili, don’t you think?!

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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All-Purpose Paleo Bread

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Bread can be one of those recipes that can intimidate even the most advanced baker. Thankfully, you have nothing to fear with this recipe and you certainly don’t need to be an advanced baker to serve up this amazing bread.

But what exactly is an “all-purpose” bread you ask? Well, our all-purpose paleo bread can be utilized for almost all your paleo “bread” needs. This means that this recipe can be used to make bread for sandwiches, biscuits or just regular toast for breakfast! So, let’s jump in and get our bread baking.

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces + 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups “Paleo” flour (we buy ours at Natural Grocers but if you need to make your own, mix equal parts coconut flour, almond flour and tapioca flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin
7 tablespoons red palm shortening

RECIPE

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
Place 1 tablespoon of palm shortening on a paper towel and coat the inside of a bread pan. Place bread pan to the side.
In a small bowl mix together 8 ounces of coconut milk and 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Place bowl to the side.
In a large bowl mix together paleo flour, baking soda, salt and gelatin.
Add 6 tablespoons of palm shortening to dry mixture. Using a fork “cut” the shortening into the dry mixture, you do this by using the fork to push the shortening into the flour. Continue to do this until you the mixture looks like wet sand.

Add coconut milk, apple cider vinegar mixture to your large bowl. Knead your mixture until you are able to form a ball of dough that doesn’t crumble apart. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of additional coconut milk to achieve this.

Place dough in your bread pan and cook for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool and then enjoy all your hard work!

Happy Baking!

Melissa Van Dover

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Mango Mojito Smoothie

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Sip your way into paradise with my new favorite summer smoothie!

This is a non-alcoholic fruit smoothie that puts your health first…
Mangos are known to:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Clear the skin
  • Improve eye health
  • Alkalize the body
  • Improve digestion
  • Relieve heat stroke
  • And more…

And when mango is paired with coconut water (which hydrates), mint (which calms and soothes the stomach) and lime (which aids digestion and weight loss) you’ve got yourself a great tasting smoothie that checks all the summer health boxes!

INGREDIENTS

4 ice cubes
1/2 large mango
250 ml coconut water
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 a lime
4 fresh mint leaves

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Top with mint, a decorative umbrella and a straw and sip while you daydream of tropical beaches!

It’s really that easy…and it’s equally as refreshing and delicious.

Cheers!

Camilla Carboni

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Bullet Proof Tea

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The popularity of bullet proof tea and coffee has been on the rise lately and we thought it would be a great recipe to share with you all. The basis behind this magical drink is that the coconut oil and caffeine in the drink increases your energy and cognitive functions without the crash of a normal cup of coffee or tea. Essentially, it will get you up and running and keep you going with out the normal afternoon slump.

While the coffee version is great, we prefer our tea. We’ve tried several different versions but we like taking a slight twist on Tim Ferris’s preferred mixology.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons green tea
2 tablespoons pu-erh tea
1 tablespoon turmeric, ginger herbal tea
1 tablespoon yerba mate
1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon coconut or mct oil

RECIPE

In a tea brewer or strainer mix together green, pu-erh, herbal and yerba mate tea.

Fill with 8 – 12 ounces of hot water and let brew 2 minutes.
Strain tea and mix in coconut milk and oil.
Enjoy hot.

This tea is simple to make and we’d love to hear your take on it’s effectiveness. Fire off in the comments below!

Good Morning!

Melissa Van Dover

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