Peanut Lime Dip

Last week I was listening to a radio station where they were talking about food combos that sound weird, but taste good together. Somebody called in and said that they like vanilla ice cream and hot sauce together…interesting…

So I started thinking of combos that I like together or might like to try. Immediately I thought of one of my favorites- pickles and peanut butter. Totally a combo that seems so wrong, yet works so well (dare you to try it). If anyone has any other unique combos they like, please let me know! I’m willing to try!

Now this dip does not feature pickles and peanut butter, but it does combine broccoli, lime, and peanut butter. What can I say, peanut butter makes the world go round. And so does almond butter. Oh, I could survive on those two alone… Anyways, this dip is packed with broccoli, making it filling and good to eat. Dare you to try! 

Peanut Lime Dip

Peanut Lime Dip

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli

3 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)

3 tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)

2 tbsp minced ginger

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Juice from 1 lime

Directions:

Chop the broccoli into florets and place in boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender. Afterward, drain and place into a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and place into the fridge until cool (it tastes the best as a chilled dip!). Serve!

Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)

This weekend we had our first snow storm of the season. Of course it couldn’t happen during the week for a snow day from school… but hey, that’s life.

Actually, it was pretty nice to be stuck inside. My brother and sister were visiting at the time, so we all got to bum around together, watch Westworld, and eat a bunch of food. And with the leftover roasted sweet potatoes, I was able to make some chocolate chip sweet potato bread today!

Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)

Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 tbsp honey

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tsp salt

pinch of stevia

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a bread pan with coconut oil. Combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a food processor and blend. Stir in chocolate chips and then spread batter into the bread pan. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Let cool before slicing. In my opinion, this bread tastes best the second day! 

Butternut and Chicken Tomato Bake (Paleo)

First post of 2017! I’m expecting great things out of 2017:

  1. I’m finishing Student Teaching and college in the next few months
  2. I’m moving to Thailand to teach and travel!!!!!
  3. I’m planning to continue to post recipes until moving day (and maybe even while in Thailand).

Needless to say, I am very excited for upcoming events!

Now, onto food. This is something I served at my family’s Christmas Eve party. It was a definite hit and gobbled all up before the evening ended. Enjoy!

P.S- Results are in! My most popular post of 2016 (with 2,681 views): Shrimp and Chicken Fajitas! 

Butternut and Chicken Tomato Bake (Paleo)

Butternut and Chicken Tomato Bake (Paleo)

Ingredients:

4 cups butternut squash, cubed

2 tbsp avocado oil

salt and pepper

1.5 lb chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup whole fat coconut milk

1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 cups fresh spinach

1 egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a bowl, toss together the butternut squash, 1 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Spread in a roasting pan and place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the other tbsp of oil in a skillet. Add the chicken pieces, salt and pepper, and cook all the way through. Add in the onion and garlic cloves and sauté for 2 minutes. Add in the coconut milk, sauce, and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute and then reduce to a simmer to thicken. Add in the spinach and cook until wilted.

Once butternut squash is finished, gently mix squash in with the chicken mixture. Transfer entire mixture into a baking dish. In a bowl, whisk an egg and then pour on top of mixture. Place mixture into a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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This year’s annual Christmas Eve Sibling picture (I’m the one on the left!)

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Tahini Dressing

Last minute Christmas recipe!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Tahini Dressing

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:

6 cups raw cubed butternut squash

1 tbsp avocado oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp water

2 cups fresh spinach

Feta cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 415°F. In a bowl, toss together the butternut squash, avocado oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Spread squash in a roasting pan and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the tahini, olive oil, and water in a small bowl. Mix in a dash of salt and set aside.

In a serving bowl, combine the spinach, squash and dressing. Serve into individual bowls and top with feta cheese.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo)

Time for a holiday cookie recipe! Double chocolate chip, to be specific 🙂 I LOVE how the texture of this cookie turned out- normally when I work with coconut flour, I get a super soft, crumply cookie. This cookie, however, has a crispy-er outside with a soft inside. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of stevia

1/2 cup applesauce

6 tbsp nut butter

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease 2 baking sheets with coconut oil.

In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and stevia. Pulse together. Add in the applesauce, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and egg and blend together. The batter should be dry- that’s okay! Stir in the chocolate chips.

Take a lump (about 2 tbsp) of dough, roll into a ball, place on the baking sheet, and press down gently. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.