It’s warming up here in these parts. A heat wave is moving through right now and pushing temps into the 90s. Therefore cool, refreshing dishes are in demand. It will drop back down to cooler temps next week, and let’s hope May is nice and mild. May is usually our last month of decent weather before the searing summer heat blankets our region. But it’s all good. I love the summer and I’m no stranger to hot, dry heat. As a child I grew up in the desert near Death Valley (in Southern California) – so bring it on. I was at Costco the other day and found organic, fair-trade mini seedless watermelons. Awesome-sauce! They are super delicious and so sweet. I’m thinking this would be a great dish for any summer gathering.
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Honey Kissed Mint Watermelon Salad
Labels: AIP, GAPS, Paleo, raw, salads, SCD, sides, summer cuisine.
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Nightshade Free Roasted Veggie Pasta Sauce (SCD, Paleo, AIP, GAPS)
Avocado Grapefruit Hemp Smoothie (full of protein and nutrients)
*Hemp is Paleo, I referenced a trusted site, The Paleo List, (yes it’s permitted).
Shared on: Whole Food Fridays, Wellness Weekend , Gluten Free Wednesdays
Labels: AIP, drinks, GAPS, green drinks, Paleo, SCD, smoothie.
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Dairy and Cane-Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie (SCD, GAPS, Paleo)
- 1¾ cups fresh baked pumpkin or 1 can of pumpkin puree
- cream from 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 7 large soft Medjool dates (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 extra egg for crust (this is an optional step)
- Soak dates in warm water for at least 2 hours before making this recipe.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- To a blender, add in all the above ingredients (except the extra egg) and blend until well incorporated (about 15 seconds), then pour the mixture into a pie crust.
- Beat the extra egg in a small bowl and brush the egg onto the entire exposed crust. I like to cover the crust with this silicone crust shield (it's awesome and my crust never burns).
- Place the pie onto a baking sheet (to catch overflow) and bake for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven temperature down to 350 and bake an additional 35 minutes. When the middle poofs up, your pie is ready. The middle will be jiggly, and that's okay. It will thicken as it cools.
- Remove pie from baking sheet and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
-I like to use dates in pumpkin pie because it adds a natural sweetness and helps thicken the mixture. If you don't want to use dates, just add additional sweetener (another 2 or 3 tablespoons).
-Maple syrup or coconut nectar is a nice substitute for the honey.
- I generally bake my pumpkin pie the night before and let it sit out at room temperature. When ready to serve, top with vanilla bean coconut whipped cream.
- Cream from 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup cashews soaked for 4 to 6 hours (for a thicker whipped cream as shown in the picture, use 1 cup of soaked cashews)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, maple syrup,or coconut nectar.
- 1 vanilla bean cut in half and scraped out
- In a blender (high speed preferably) add all the above ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
- Mix well before serving.
Labels: dessert, fall cuisine, GAPS, nut free, Paleo, SCD, Thanksgiving.
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3-Ingredient Creamy Raw “Caramel” (SCD, GAPS, Paleo)
Shared on: Busy Monday, Sweet Sharing Monday, Melt in your Mouth Monday, Mix it up Monday, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Whole Foods Fridays, Raw Foods Thursday, Wellness Weekend, Lunchbox Love Friday, Allergy-Free Wednesdays
Pumpkin & Apple Veggie Turkey Meatballs with Sauteed Spaghetti Squash (SCD/Paleo)
Shared on: Fat Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays
Labels: AIP, fall cuisine, main dish, Paleo, SCD.
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Butternut Squash Coconut Hemp Smoothie
-3 ice cubes*
*AIP & SCD, omit hemp seeds – they are not permitted.
Labels: AIP, fall cuisine, GAPS, SCD, smoothie, snacks, vegan.
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Pulled Pineapple Chicken with Cauliflower Tortillas ~ Guest Post for "The Seasonal REAL Food Blog Series" @ Recipes To Nourish
Labels: GAPS, guest post, main dish, Paleo, SCD.
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Labels: GAPS, grain free, main dish, Paleo, SCD.
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Lemon Garlic Baked Chicken w/ Lemon Garlic Gravy (Paleo, SCD, GAPS)
-2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
-1 cup chopped yellow onions
-3 tablespoons oil
-1/4 cup filtered water
-2 teaspoons garlic granules (or 2 chopped garlic cloves)
-1 teaspoon salt
-6 to 8 lemon slices
-0.3 ounces fresh thyme with stems (about 7 small stems)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Arrange the chicken in a large glass Pyrex baking dish. Add the oil, water, salt, garlic granules, sprinkle the onions around, top with two lemon slices per chicken breast, and fresh thyme.
3. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Make sure internal temp is at least 180 degrees. I use my stainless steel baking sheet as a cover (I don’t use foil in my kitchen).
4. When the chicken is done, remove each breast from the baking dish and let rest on a plate
5. Now make the gravy
-All the liquid from baked chicken (just over 1 cup)
-2 of the baked lemon slices
-1/2 teaspoon garlic grans (or 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh)
-1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cashews
-Salt and pepper to taste
1. Remove all the thyme and baked lemons from the baking dish (reserve 2 lemon slices).
2. Pour all the liquid, including all the onions, and the 2 baked lemon slices from the baking dish into a blender.
3. To the liquid add the cashews, garlic, and salt/pepper (if needed).
4 Blend on high for 20 seconds and until smooth and creamy.
5. Add more cashews for thicker gravy, add some water to thin it out.
*I use a lot of garlic granules because garlic is not always in season at my Coop. I rely on garlic granules (which I purchase in bulk).
This sounds and looks so refreshing, Amber! It’s rare that we get affordable watermelons up here (the bigger ones generally go for around $13), but I’ll have to check out Costco the next time I’m in town (it’s an hour away) for the smaller ones. Thanks for the tip there, and thanks for the beautiful recipe! Off to pin and share! 😉
Thanks Megan! Whoa, that’s expensive for watermelons! Yikes. Yes, try Costco. I hope they have some you can enjoy. Enjoy the rest of your week.
This looks so refreshing! The health food store I shop at has had large seedless watermelons for $3!!! I’ll have to buy another one for this recipe, we love watermelon 🙂
Thanks Cassidy! What a deal. few years ago we grew watermelons. It was very exciting. We will have to do that again soon – just trying to find a good spot in the yard (here in the new house). Have a great weekend friend. xo
I just hopped by from Raw Foods Thursday to see what you were making with my favorite fruit: watermelon! What a light, refreshing salad you have created. I can’t wait to make this. Feel free to hop by and share your delicious, plant-based recipes with us at the Plant Based Potluck Party Link Up (http://urbannaturale.com/share-the-food-fun-at-the-plant-based-potluck-party-link-up-10/)
Will do, Deborah! Thanks.
This looks so fresh and delicious!
This looks soooo good! Just perfect for summer. I’d love for you to link up to Savoring Saturdays this week!
Thank you for the invitation. I’ll hop right on over…
This does look super refreshing. I’m dreaming about Summer and warmer weather 🙂
Thanks, Laura. Are you still in cool temps? I thought you would be warming up about now. I think you will love this dish! Have a great rest of your weekend.
Hi Amber. I picked this as one of my featured favorites at this week’s Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable. You’ve got me salivating for summer. It’s still a month or two away here, but I’m making this recipe as soon as the watermelons ripen!
Yay! Thanks Eileen Always an honor to be featured. Thank you!
Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delectable watermelon salad recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!
This sounds wonderful, Amber! Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!
You will be featured at Savoring Saturdays when it goes live at 7pm tonight. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. It looks absolutely wonderful!
Awesome!! Thank you.