Paleo Tzatziki Sauce

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Dips and sauces can seem like the most difficult recipes to make paleo; this is because they are often dairy based. However, if we spend a little time thinking outside the box we can find a way to make them fit our paleo lifestyle.

Here’s a great example of utilizing ingredients we already had around our house to make one of our favorite sauces paleo. As is the norm with our recipes, it’s simple and it’s quick!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup diced cucumber
1 can coconut milk (let stand overnight)
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

RECIPE

Prepare 1 cup of diced cucumber. Place in bowl and set aside.
Open 1 can of coconut milk that has been left standing overnight. Remove cream that has formed at the top of the can and add it to the bowl of cucumber. (1 can of coconut milk = roughly 1/4 cup of cream)
Add dill, garlic flakes, salt and pepper to bowl.
Combine throughly.
*Note: If tzatziki mixture is too thick add a spoonful of coconut milk liquid to the mixture at a time. Combine throughly and continue to add liquid until desired consistency has been reached.

The best part of this recipe is that you don’t notice the taste of coconut! Stay tuned for some upcoming gyro recipes.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Simple Taco Seasoning

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Tacos are one of the simplest dishes to make when you’re in a hurry. However, often times pre-made taco seasoning can be filled with unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. Thankfully, homemade taco seasoning is simple to make and can be stored for future meal prep.

Here’s a simple and quick taco seasoning recipe. Make your life easy by making multiple batches and storing for future meals.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (substitute paprika if no spice is desired)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

RECIPE

Mix it all together.

We told you it was simple! Use this seasoning for tacos, fajitas and even barbecue rub. It’s also a great back-up for when you run out of your pre-made seasoning because you most likely have these spices already stocked in your spice cabinet.

Happy Cooking!

Melissa Van Dover

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Pumpkin Fritters

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I’ve grown to love pumpkin fritters…as a side dish, as a snack…sometimes even for breakfast! (Don’t judge me, they’re delicious!)

The best part is, they are super simple to whisk together and are 100% Paleo-friendly so you can munch away without any guilt.

So, I thought that as we head into pumpkin season, it was time to share this little recipe secret with you. This might just be my new favorite recipe for this fall!

Here it is…

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked (boiled or steamed) organic pumpkin, or butternut squash
1 large egg
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
1 pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon spice
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Coconut palm sugar and cinnamon spice to taste

RECIPE

Place 2 cups of cooked and mashed pumpkin in a mixing bowl.
Whisk the egg and then add it to the mixing bowl. Mix the egg in well with the pumpkin.
Add the arrowroot flour, salt and cinnamon and mix again until the fritter mix ingredients are well combined.

Next, in a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Using a tablespoon, scoop 2 tablespoons of pumpkin mix at a time into the pan and fry for a few minutes until the underside of each fritter becomes firm and golden brown. Then flip the fritters over and fry for another few minutes until the other side turns a beautiful brown as well.
Remove the fritters from the pan and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil, if desired.
Continue this process until all the fritter mix has been used.

Sprinkle with coconut sugar and cinnamon, to taste and serve warm.

How’s that for a toasty fall treat?!

Season Greetings,

Camilla

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A Gourmet Fish Topping

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Fish is one of the most nutritious meals you can give your body. However, sometimes with fish we can get a little bored because we tend to repeat recipes that we know. We do this because fish can be one of those intimidating dishes to make. Don’t worry though; we have you covered with this great fish “marinade” which is really more of a topping. I prefer it on salmon but it goes great with most fish.

INGREDIENTS

1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (Plaeo Leaps has a great recipe to make your own, take a look here)
1 tomato
2 basil leaves

*note: this is good for roughly two small fillets, you may need to double or triple this recipe depending upon how much you’re cooking.

RECIPE

In a small bowl mash together garlic and salt. You may need to use a spoon to grind the two together, you will end up with a mash consistency mixture.
Add mustard to mixture, combine thoroughly and place aside.
Wash and slice tomato, you’ll want the tomato to be thin, no more than 1/8” thick.
Wash and slice basil into strips.
Taking fillets, spread mustard mixture over top evenly.
Place tomato slices on top of fish, covering whole fillet. The tomato layer should only be one slice thick (do not place tomato slices on top of each other as this will cause fish to cook unevenly).
Cook or grill fish until fillet is cook through. (Temperature and length will depend on your fish and cooking method, because you are layering the mustard mixture and tomatoes on top of the fillet it may take a few extra minutes to cook all the way through).
Place fresh basil on top of fillets and cook two additional minutes.
Remove and serve.

This is one of the best ways to prepare fish for individuals who are not big fish eaters. It cuts down drastically on the “fishiness” of fish. For those of you who like fish, you’re in for a great treat.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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