Paleo Sushi

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Camilla and I happen to love sushi. So when we went Paleo we ran into a little bit of a problem. No rice…No sushi. Thankfully we managed to figure out an amazing alternative. This is what we like to call Paleo Sushi. Don’t be scared away, this recipe is simple and easy. It’s also Paleo and easily customizable to your taste buds!

INGREDIENTS

1 large cucumber
stuffings of your choice- I used lox, beets and avocado.
optional- coconut aminos and ginger
equipment- a thin knife (preferably a little flexible)

RECIPE

Wash your cucumber.
Cut the ends off your cucumber and cut your cucumber in half.
This is where the tricky part comes in…do your best to hollow out your cucumber. It doesn’t need to be perfect, you just need to be able to stuff if with all your delicious stuffing choices.
It’ll look something like this…
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Now stuff the cucumber with your stuffings of choice. As a note, when stuffing it with lox, I found it easier to roll the lox up into a tub shape and then insert it.
After you’ve finished stuffing it’s time to cut it into individual pieces. Cut them to resemble your sushi roll of choice.

Then it’s time to enjoy. Ginger or coconut aminos make the perfect addition to your Paleo Sushi. This is one of those dishes that becomes easier the more times you make it. Not to mention that it packs a ton of nutritious food!

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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Baked Beet Chips

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I love beets. This was actually a recent love for me, when I was younger I never had a desire to try them but now that I have I can’t get enough. I made apple chips a little while ago and I decided it would be a good time to try out beet chips as well.

As a note: this recipe makes roughly enough to fill ½ a sandwich size, ziploc bag.

INGREDIENTS

3 – 4 beets
salt for dusting

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.
Wash beets, peel and slice them to roughly ⅛” thickness, the thicker your slices the longer they will take to cook.
Lay slices flat on baking sheet.
Dust with salt to your liking, I found a light sprinkle worked well for me.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and flip slices, dust with additional salt.
Place back in the oven and bake for another 1 – 2 hours.
Remove and let cool.

Towards the end of your baking time you may want to periodically check your beets, ensuring you don’t burn them. These are great with a little dressing or vinaigrette for dipping.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Tomato-less Pasta Sauce

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I’ve decided to challenge myself a step further in my journey towards optimal health. There is a version of the Paleo diet called AIP, or the Autoimmune Protocol. AIP is a stricter version of the Paleo diet and has been followed by many individuals trying to find reprieve from autoimmune diseases.

One of the food groups that is restricted on the AIP diet is the nightshade family (i.e. tomatoes & eggplants). I won’t get into the specifics of why they’re restricted here but I wanted to share this fantastic recipe with everyone. Even if you’re not following the AIP this recipe is still a great way to add nutritious vegetables to your favorite meals!

INGREDIENTS

½ red onion, diced
4 tbsp avocado oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 handful of basil
1 garlic clove
8 ounces roasted beets (pre-cooked, organic canned kind works great)
8 ounces butternut squash, puréed (pre-cooked, organic canned kind works great)
6 – 8 ounces water

RECIPE

In a large pot heat avocado oil on medium heat, high heat.
Once heated place in onion and sauté until the onion softens.
In a food processor blend beets, basil & garlic.
Add beet/basil mixture, salt, parsley and butternut squash to pot, reduce to medium heat and stir.
After 5 minutes add water and stir, let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Note: Add the water slowly. The water is used to change the thickness of the mixture. If you used roughly 4 ounces of water, you’d end up with something similar to tomato past. However, if you used over 8 ounces you’d end up with a more watery mixture. This part is purely preference.

I left mine a little thicker and used it on my pizza like this!

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The best part about this sauce is that it actually tastes like tomato sauce and per our usual is super easy to make. Oh, it’s also passed the husband test! (I regularly test all my recipes on my husband, he’s a picky eater so I know if he likes it I’m on the right track)

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com

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The Ultimate Superfood List

http://bodykineticsmarin.com/blog/bid/307490/Superfood-and-You
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Superfoods are more than super nutritious. They are antioxidant rich, jam-packed with vitamins and minerals and believed to slow down the aging process. Superfoods are foods that have an extremely high nutrient content in proportion to the amount of calories they provide. Miraculous foods is what we really ought to call them!

At a recent Cooking Demonstration we were asked for a list of superfoods, so we thought what better way to support that request than with a thorough list of the best known superfoods around. Here goes!

Acai Berries

http://fuelyourmotionography.com/health/is-acai-berry-really-good-for-you/

Purple berries from the acai palm boast higher antioxidant levels than all other common berries. Purchase the berries dried, frozen or in a powder form and add them to smoothies, dessert and fruit salads.

Beets

http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/beet-root.html

The taproot portion of the beet plant is an often forgotten superfood. The rich purple color should serve as a great reminder–richly colored foods tend to have higher contents of antioxidants. Beets are also an excellent source of folate, manganese and have been used since the Middle Ages as a treatment for indigestion.

Blueberries

http://bartlettsblueberryfarm.com/BlueberryFacts.html

Grown in clusters on a shrub, these blackish-purple berries are antioxidant rich, high in vitamin C and are known to neutralize free radicals and promote urinary tract health. They are one of the most common superfoods available and are a tasty addition to smoothies, salads and desserts.

Cacao

http://www.optimallyorganic.com/Cacao.htm

From the cacao bean, raw cacao is the healthy equivalent to the better known cocoa powder, found in the baking section of grocery stores. Raw cacao is extremely rich in antioxidants and aids in the destruction of free radicals in your cells, which cause aging. The best part is cacao tastes like chocolate, so I’m sure we don’t have to convince you to eat up!

Chia Seeds

http://www.ohhappybelly.com/chia-seed-pudding/

From the mint family, chia seeds were a staple food source for the Aztecs and Mayans. Chia seeds are known for their ability to provide natural energy and have become increasingly popular in the running world. Chia seeds also have very high contents of omegas, necessary to human brain function. They are most easily absorbed by the body when in liquid form.

Cinnamon

http://www.foodpyramid.com/healthy-eating/health-benefits-of-cinnamon-3752/

Derived from the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, cinnamon is common on our grocery store shelves both in it’s powdered and bark (cinnamon stick) form. Just one teaspoon of cinnamon equates to 22% of the daily need for manganese. Cinnamon also offers calcium and fiber and is believed to have antimicrobial benefits. Get your daily dose by adding cinnamon to tea or sprinkling it over fruit and vegetables.

Coconut

http://spoonuniversity.com/food-thought/50-unsuspecting-uses-coconut-oil/

The fruit of the coconut palm, coconuts are a staple in the Paleo Diet in oil, fruit, flour, water and dried forms. Coconut is high in fiber, healthy fats and contains the highest natural amount of medium chain triglycerides found in food. Unlike most fatty acids, which are long chain triglycerides, the coconut metabolizes more easily. This means the coconut acts as a good source of quick energy and is great for your skin, hair, heart and brain.

Goji Berries

http://www.thriveyogacenter.com/blog/2014/06/superfoods-goji-berries

A member of the nightshade family, goji berries are considered the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth. They have been used medicinally in Tibet for thousands of years as they contain all the essential amino acids, vitamin C, fiber, iron, calcium, zinc and protein. They are most commonly found in their dried form and make a great substitute to the traditional raisin snack.

Kale

https://www.bidsbypros.com/portal/kale-a-fashionable-and-trendy-super-food-among-the-elite/

The ultimate supergreen, kale is a leafy green, just like lettuce and cabbage, but a whole lot more nutritious. Not only is kale high in fiber, iron, vitamin K, A, C and calcium, it is filled with antioxidants and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Make the switch the kale salads!

Maca Powder

http://www.earthcircleorganics.com/category_s/1868.htm

From the root of a radish, maca is known as the Peruvian ginseng. Maca is rich in vitamin B, C and E and provides a great source of natural energy and acts as a mood enhancer. You can find maca powder at most health stores. Get your daily dose by adding it to protein bars and smoothies.

Matcha Green Tea

http://greentea-diet.com/matcha-green-tea/

A premium green tea powder that has been served at Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha has made it’s way to the Western world and is often served both hot and cold in teas and smoothies. Matcha has high antioxidant, amino acid and fiber contents and one single cup of matcha green tea is claimed to deliver the equivalent nutrients as 10 cups of regular green tea.

Noni

https://www.real-noni.com/Blog/?tag=3

A fruit native to Southeast Asia and Australasia, noni is a lesser known superfood that comes in various forms: powder, tea, juice and fruit. Noni is believed to be one of the healthiest fruits on earth and has been used to treat headaches, depression and hypertension. Rich in macronutrients, noni also boasts antibacterial properties and is thought to support the immune system and improve memory.

Seaweed

http://www.seaweedpete.com/seaweed-benefits-2/

A plant from our ocean, seaweed is most commonly spotted in sushi dishes and is often underestimated for its nutrient dense dose of essential vitamins and minerals. Seaweed delivers digestive benefits, detoxifies the body and purifies the blood.

Tumeric

http://www.popcorncoffee.com/7-benefits-of-turmeric-for-a-flawless-skin/

A common herb used in spicy dishes across the globe, tumeric has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, along with high contents of protein, fiber, iron and zinc. Tumeric aids the immune system and provides natural relief for arthritis. Sprinkle tumeric over sweet potatoes, add it to baked dishes or use it as a topical antiseptic.

Stay tuned for tons of recipes that contain superfoods from this list!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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