Zucchini Pasta with Hemp Spinach Pesto

Created by: Joy McCarthy of JoyousHealth.com

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Raw recipes are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants! This is one of my faves, especially in the summer when zucchinis are abundant! Zucchini is high in the mineral manganese, which helps the body metabolize carbohydrates and protein, and catalyzes the synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids. Enjoy this gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo, vegan, raw pasta recipe for lunch, dinner or as a side!

Ingredients:

For Noodles:
2 zucchinis, ends trimmed

Hemp Spinach Pesto:
3 cups (750 mL) spinach
1 or 2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup (125 mL) pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (60 mL) hemp oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
Optional: 1/2 cup (125 mL) hemp seeds

Directions:

1. Use a spiralizer* to turn zucchinis into noodles, or use a vegetable peeler to slice zucchinis into ribbons. Place zucchini noodles in a large bowl.

2. For the pesto, in a food processor, combine all ingredients. Process to desired consistency. I personally like my pesto with a bit of texture, a little crunchy, but you can blend until creamy if you like. Add more oil if needed.

3. Add pesto to zucchini noodles and stir well. Serve and enJOY!

*A spiralizer is a handy little gadget that turns zucchini into perfectly sized noodles. Make sure to include the skin, as it’s full of fiber and nutrients.

Enjoy!

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Joy McCarthy is a holistic nutritionist and the best-selling Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting. She is also a natural health expert for the Morning Show on CBC, Steven and Chris.

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Paleo Chicken Salad Sandwich with Paprika

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Created by: Tina Turbin of PaleOmazing.com

Originally from South America, paprika contains many nutritional benefits, including vitamin C, antibacterial properties and antioxidants. This Paleo chicken salad is high in protein, delicious and nutritious on its own as an appetizer, side or main inside Paleo wraps or bread.

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast, cut in halves
1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1 tablespoon paprika
1/4 tablespoon cayenne
2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions:

1. Char-grill your chicken breast halves quickly and then bake in a 350 F oven for about 30-40 minutes.

2. Chop chicken up into fine or large pieces, according to preference.

3. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, paprika and cayenne and olive oil.

4. Mix up and save extra for another meal.
Add more mayonnaise to create your desired consistency.

Serve on Paleo bread, inside a Paleo wrap or as a salad.

Enjoy!

Tina

Tina Turbin is a Celiac and Paleo advocate who researches and writes about the Paleo diet, and focuses on Paleo recipe development at PaleOmazing.com. She is an award winning recipe developer and author of the multi-award winning children’s titles, Danny the Dragon. Tina founded GlutenFreeHelp.info, voted #2 in the world; turning it over to her celiac daughter, Miranda Jade Turbin in 2012.

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Grain-Free Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Created by Lisa Cantkier of GlutenFreeFind.com

Mint Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I love finding ways to make healthy chocolate treats. This chia pudding is free of grains, sugar, dairy and eggs. It’s full of nutrients like protein, fiber and magnesium! It’s a great, simple treat for adults and children alike.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chia seed
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup non-dairy milk of your choice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
3 teaspoons raw honey (I prefer honey that comes from local farms)
4 tablespoons raw cacao

Directions:

1. Combine chia seed, sea salt and milk in a small bowl and set aside.

2. In a small pan, melt coconut oil and honey on low heat. Add vanilla extract. Stir until combined.

3. Add the cacao to the pan and stir all ingredients until you have a liquid chocolate mixture.

4. Add liquid chocolate mixture to chia seed mixture and stir all ingredients until well combined. Top with your favorite berries, cut fresh fruit or chopped nuts. Or add some vegan whipped cream!

Enjoy!

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Lisa Cantkier is a holistic nutritionist, lifelong celiac and the founder of GlutenFreeFind.com.
You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @LisaCantkier

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Gluten-Free Energy Cookies

Created by Kathy Smart of LiveTheSmartWay.com

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You will love these gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free vegan energy cookies. Every bite has wholesome goodness baked in! Filled with nutrients that are good for your bones (they’re high in calcium), heart and immune system, you won’t be able to stop at just one cookie!

Ingredients:

2 cups whole grain brown rice flour
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup ground pecans
1 cup sesame seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup tahini (ground sesame paste)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
Apple Butter

Directions:

1. Add dry ingredients in large bowl and mix well. 

2. Add tahini and maple syrup and mix well.

3. Massage cookie mixture with hands to release oils of ground nuts until mixture sticks together to form a ball. Add a splash of water if too dry.

4. Spoon cookie mixture into 1 inch balls on non-stick cookie pan.

5. Flatten balls with fork and form “thumbprint” in middle of cookie and fill with apple butter.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden.

Enjoy!

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A well known health and wellness expert, Kathy Smart is a TV chef, nutritionist, and best-selling author.
For more information, visit LiveTheSmartWay.com
 

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Paleo Curry Chicken

Created by: Tina Turbin of PaleOmazing.com

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This Paleo chicken curry is full of amazing flavour and nutrients! It’s a simple recipe that will impress your family and guests (and leave them thinking you slaved all day to make it)!

Ingredients:

6 oz. stewed tomatoes
2 oz. hot water
4 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
2 minced garlic cloves
1 large onion diced
1 chicken breast, diced (or whole chicken leg or thigh)
Gluten-free tamari sauce (1-2 dashes or to taste)
1 red pepper (capsicum) de-seeded and diced
You may serve this dish over “rice” cauliflower (recipes for this are all over the internet)

Directions:

1. Brown your chicken and onions in a pan.

2. Add all of the spices, stewed tomatoes and water and cook on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes – add water if necessary so that it won’t dry out. Meanwhile, prepare your “rice” cauliflower (optional).

3. Add red pepper to mix and let cook for about a minute or so.

Serve in bowls, on plates with a nice side salad or over “rice” cauliflower.

Enjoy!

Tina

Tina Turbin is a Celiac and Paleo advocate who researches and writes about the Paleo diet, and focuses on Paleo recipe development at PaleOmazing.com. She is an award winning recipe developer and author of the multi-award winning children’s titles, Danny the Dragon. Tina founded GlutenFreeHelp.info, voted #2 in the world; turning it over to her celiac daughter, Miranda Jade Turbin in 2012.

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Gluten-Free No-Bake Nut Butter Cookies

Created by Lisa Cantkier of GlutenFreeFind.com

Making Oatmeal Cookies

Calling all gluten-free cookie monsters! I love easy-peasy, fast no-bake recipes and I love cookies, so I created this “quick fix” gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with benefits! It’s great for breakfast, dessert or an on-the-go snack.

These cookies offer nearly 10 grams of protein per serving (who needs protein bars when you’ve got protein cookies?!), as well as other nutritional benefits. They can be made nut-free, dairy-free and vegan by using soy butter and vegan protein powder—choose organic varieties.

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 ml) old fashioned, pure and uncontaminated, uncooked rolled oats
1/2 cup (125 ml) of your favorite unsweetened nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter)
or organic soy butter
6 tablespoons (90 g) pure, natural whey protein powder or organic vegan protein powder
1/4 cup water (60 ml) water
1/4 cup (45 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.

2. If your mixture is too thick or dry, add a little more water and combine.

3. Freeze cookie dough for 10-15 minutes.

4. Form balls with cookie dough about the size of the palm of your hand,
flatten and place on a plate.

5. Refrigerate cookies for 2 hours (if you don’t eat them all first!).

Makes 1 dozen cookies.

Enjoy!

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Lisa Cantkier is a lifelong celiac, a holistic nutritionist and the founder of GlutenFreeFind.com.
You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @LisaCantkier

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Almost Instant Grain-Free Breakfast Porridge

Created by Ricki Heller of RickiHeller.com

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This gluten-free grain-free porridge is delicious, nutritious and can be made in a snap!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons (30 ml) unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
1 tablespoon (15 ml) raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon (15 ml) raw whole flaxseeds
2 teaspoons (10 ml) chia seeds
1 tablespoon (15 ml) raw walnuts (about 6 walnuts)
1⁄2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground cinnamon
1⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup (120 to 180 ml) very hot water
7 to 10 drops plain or vanilla pure liquid stevia
2 to 4 tablespoons (30 to 60 ml) coconut milk, almond, or other milk of choice
1⁄2 cup (120 ml) blueberries or other fresh berries, or chopped fresh apricots

Directions:

1. In a coffee grinder, grind the coconut, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and cinnamon.

2. Transfer to a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken. Add the stevia, coconut milk, and blueberries and stir.

Note: You can make a large batch of this cereal in advance and store it in single servings in the freezer so it’s ready to go when you need it: thaw overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy! It’s also great for traveling. Just bring single servings of the dry mixture with you in resealable plastic bags, empty into a bowl, and add hot water for a quick and delicious breakfast.

Makes 1 serving. 

Enjoy!

Ricki Heller is the author of Living Candida Free, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Cookbook, and Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar, recommended by Ellen DeGeneres on her website. She blogs at Ricki Heller, featuring recipes made with whole, natural, sugar-free and gluten-free ingredients. Ricki works near Toronto with her husband and chatty dogs.

From Living Candida-Free by Ricki Heller. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2015.

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Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup

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Yes it’s true, matzo balls can be made gluten-free and egg-free! I enjoy both—try both varieties for fun. Don’t expect these to be large matzo balls, they are small and rather dense, but totally delicious!

Ingredients:

4 eggs or 4 tablespoons ground flax + 12 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup blanched almond flour, sifted
1 cup gluten free Matzo (ground into a flour)

6 cups homemade vegetable stock
1 onion
1/2 cup parsley
2 carrots
1 inch piece of kombu

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, beat eggs or flax mixture, salt and pepper for 2 minutes.

2. Stir in the almond flour and refrigerate for at least an hour (up to four hours).

3. Remove from refrigerator. Heat a large pot of water (with 1 teaspoon salt) and bring to a boil.

4. Roll the batter into 1-inch balls then drop into the pot of boiling water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Heat 6 cups vegetable stock in a separate pot. When the matzoh balls are finished, remove from simmering water with a slotted spoon and add to homemade vegetable stock.

Enjoy!

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Marni Wasserman is a Culinary Nutritionist and Health Strategist who uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic, plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious. She is dedicated to providing individuals with balanced lifestyle choices through organic, fresh, whole and natural plant-based foods. For more, visit MarniWasserman.com

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Paleo Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Created by: Tina Turbin of GlutenFreeHelp.info

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Spring is here and that means it’s time to grill! This flank steak recipe is absolutely delicious and perfect for barbecue season! Chimichurri sauce is a very tasty, popular marinade among Argentine Gauchos, who grill in an open barbecue in the Pampas.

Ingredients:

1 ½ lb beef flank steak
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup grape seed oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley
1 tsp crushed red pepper

Directions:

1. Cut diamond pattern 1/8 inch deep into both sides of the beef. Place beef in shallow glass or plastic dish.

2. Shake remaining ingredients in tightly covered jar.

3. Pour 1 cup sauce over beef.

4. Cover remaining sauce. Cover and refrigerate beef, turning occasionally, at least 4 hours.

5. Remove beef from sauce.

6. Grill beef 4 or 5 inches from medium coals, turning and brushing with sauce once, until desired, 6 to 8 minutes on each side for medium.

7. Cut beef diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

8. Serve with reserved sauce.

Enjoy!

Tina 

Tina Turbin is a Celiac and Paleo advocate who researches and writes about the Paleo diet, and focuses on Paleo recipe development at PaleOmazing.com. She is an award winning recipe developer and author of the multi-award winning children’s titles, Danny the Dragon. Tina founded GlutenFreeHelp.info, voted #2 in the world; turning it over to her celiac daughter, Miranda Jade Turbin in 2012.

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As-You-Like Kale Salad

Created by Ricki Heller of RickiHeller.com

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Kale is one of my favorite superfoods, chock-full of antioxidants that fight cancer, anti-inflammatory compounds, a slew of vitamins and minerals, and a good amount of fiber. And best of all, it tastes great! This salad is also infinitely adaptable, depending on which combination of veggies you choose from each category. I generally use whatever I’ve got in the refrigerator that day, and the result is always delicious. As long as you include the base, a few crunchy veggies, and some fresh herbs and nuts or seeds, the rest can be omitted if desired and you’ll still end up with a yummy salad. This recipe is in my new cookbook, Living Candida Free.

Makes 6 to 8 side salad servings or 3 to 5 main course servings.

Ingredients:

The Base

1 bunch (6 to 9 leaves) curly kale or Swiss chard, or a combination
Salt
1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
1 cup (240 ml) mixed baby salad greens, bite-size romaine lettuce, bite-size butter lettuce, arugula (rocket), or a combination
Crunchy Veggies
1 medium-size carrot, grated
1 medium-size beet, grated
1 celery stalk, diced
1/2 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, cored and diced

Fresh Herbs

1/2 cup (120 ml) of at least 2 types of coarsely chopped fresh herbs (my favorites are dill, basil, mint, flat-leaf parsley, and cilantro)

Nuts and/or Seeds

1/2 cup (120 ml) total of any combination of fresh nut pieces and seeds (my favorite combinations are walnuts or pecans and hemp seeds; walnuts or pecans and sunflower seeds; almonds and pumpkin seeds)

The Crucifers

2 cups (480 ml) total of any of the following (or any combination):
Finely shredded green or red cabbage
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Fruit (if allowed; otherwise, omit):
1 apple or pear, cored and diced; or 1 cup (240 ml) fresh blueberries or strawberries; or 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced

Other Add-Ins (all of these are optional)

1/2 fennel bulb, sliced thinly
4 to 6 radishes, sliced into half-moons
1/3 cucumber, sliced into half-moons
Handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Handful of sprouts (my favorites are sunflower, pea, or alfalfa sprouts)

Directions:

1. Make the base: Soften the kale: Remove the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then wash and dry the leaves. Stack the leaves, roll tightly (jelly-roll style), then cut thinly crosswise to create long, thin shreds. Chop the shreds into smaller pieces and place in a large salad bowl.

2. Sprinkle the kale with salt and drizzle with about 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil. Using clean hands, “massage” the kale, squeezing it and squishing it between your fingers, until it begins to darken and soften a bit (this breaks down the fibers in the leaves and renders them more easily digestible—but they will still retain a nice crunch). If using chard, wash and chop it using the same method and add to the bowl (it doesn’t need to be massaged).

3. Assemble the salad: Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl. Drizzle with the dressing, toss, and serve. Will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days (and will still remain crunchy!).

Note: For Stage 1 of the anti-candida diet, omit the fruit. It will still taste yummy!

Enjoy!

Ricki Heller is the author of Living Candida Free, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Cookbook, and Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar, recommended by Ellen DeGeneres on her website. She blogs at Ricki Heller, featuring recipes made with whole, natural, sugar-free and gluten-free ingredients. Ricki works near Toronto with her husband and chatty dogs.

Recipe used with permission from Living Candida-Freeby Ricki Heller, © 2015 Da Capo Lifelong books. Photo credit: Ricki Heller


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