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Mushroom Bolognese over Spaghetti Squash

I love to swap traditional pasta for gluten-free, low carb spaghetti squash (what’s even better…..my husband likes it too!) Roasted until tender and scraped with a fork, the squash comes apart in noodle-like strands that hold sauce well. Roast an extra squash, scrape out the flesh, and store in ziplock plastic bags for a quick side during the week. In this meaty dish you’ll find a blend of mushrooms—dried porcini and fresh cremini and button—mimic the texture of ground beef while adding plenty of savory depth. You could substitute 1/4 cup of the canned tomato liquid for a dry red wine to add even more body to the sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 (3-lb.) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1 (15-oz.) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
Step 1

Combine 1/2 cup hot water and porcini mushrooms in a bowl; let stand 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms in a colander over a bowl; reserve soaking liquid. Finely chop porcini mushrooms.

Step 2

Place 1 squash half, cut side down, in an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Add water to a depth of 1 inch. Cover and microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove squash half; cool. Repeat procedure with remaining squash half.

Step 3

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion and next 7 ingredients (through button mushrooms); cook 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste; cook 2 minutes. Stir in reserved porcini mushrooms, reserved soaking liquid, soy sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes); reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Step 4

Scrape inside of squash halves with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands. Divide squash among 4 plates; top evenly with mushroom mixture and cheese.

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Summer Fixin’s!

There is nothing better than summer-time fixin’s!!  These Rainbow Summer Rolls look delish!  Thank you to.. The Tasky K .. for this recipe!!

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Be creative, and make it your own!

RAINBOW SUMMER ROLLS
 
INGREDIENTS
For the rolls:
  • rice paper
  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • papaya/ mango
  • pomegranate seeds
  • red cabbage
For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2-4 Tbsp hot water (depends on desired consistency)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice all the vegetables and fruits into thin strips/pieces about 5-6 cm long.
  2. Take a rice paper wrapper and soak it into warm water from both sides until it softens.
  3. Place it on a cutting board and arrange the fresh ingredients in the centre of the sheet horizontally (starting with the lettuce).
  4. Fold the rice paper over the ingredients (pushing them back) and fold the sides in towards the middle like a burrito. Roll it up firmly until the end and put aside.
  5. After you finished the rolls you can cut them in half and place on a serving platter or a bowl.
  6. For the sauce, mix all ingredients together and stir until you get a creamy dip (add more water for desired consistency).
ENJOY!
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CARAMEL APPLE PIE BREAD

Holy Moly…This looks amazing!
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This Caramel Apple Pie Bread, is loaded with chunks of apples and crunchy walnuts, all wrapped in a delicious cinnamon-almond flour batter. Each slice is topped with buttery crumbs, coated with a divine homemade caramel and served warm. The texture is soft, moist and fluffy.

Your house will smell like warm apple pie when you bake this bread.

(Thank  you Living Healthy for this amazing recipe!)
APPLE PIE BREAD:
  • 2 cups (228 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 91 grams finely sliced apples (this is equivalent to almost 1 cup full or 1 small apple).*
  • ⅓ cup (79g) full fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons (75g) coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons (129g) raw honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
CRUMB TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
HOMEMADE CARAMEL:
  • Ingredients
    • 2 tablespoons (23ml) water
    • ¼ cup (35g) raw coconut palm sugar
    • ½ cup (111.5ml) full fat coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch salt
    Instructions
    1. Bring the water and coconut sugar to a light boil in a medium saucepan, stirring the mixture constantly over medium heat.
    2. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, and salt, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly so that it doesn’t burn. When the mixture start to thicken and turn darker in color it’s ready. Set aside to cool, and store it in a airtight container in the fridge.
Instructions
APPLE PIE BREAD:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 6.4 x 3.8-inch loaf pan with coconut oil, and line it with a piece of parchment paper. Cut paper to fit lengthwise, leaving some excess on the edges. You can also make this bread on 8½ x 4½-inch medium loaf.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whist together the coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, eggs, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, mix dry and wet ingredients together just until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Gently fold into the batter the apple slices and chopped walnuts (reserve about 1 tablespoon of walnuts for the crumb topping).
  6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Mix all the crumb topping ingredients together with your hands, then sprinkle top of bread with the crumbs and reserved walnuts.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover bread with aluminum foil and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 more minutes. Total baking time should be approximately 50 minutes. Set pan on a wire rack to cool.
  9. Carefully remove bread from pan while still warm, and drizzle caramel over the top before serving.Recipe serves 8-10 people. Store in the refrigerator.
Cook’s Notes
Use organic green apples – Granny Smith.
Make sure to slice apples into small pieces of about ⅛-inch thick.
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3 Ingredient Cookie Dough Bites

Check out this Vegan..Gluten Free bite from Mindbodygreen. Looks yummy!

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12891/3-ingredient-cookie-dough-bites.html

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McKenzie’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Another recipe from Mckenzie!  Vegan and Gluten free!!!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2 packed cups blanched almond flour (or a flour that you prefer)

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or sugar of your choice!)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3 T room temp. butter, ghee, or coconut oil (I would use coconut oil)

1 T vanilla extract

2 T milk (dairy or nondairy)

1-2 bars of dairy free chocolate chopped into chunks

*Instructions…..

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix with mixer or by hand, combine all of the ingredients stirring in the chopped chocolate last.

Chop your bar(s) of chocolate into chunks (as big or small as you want them).

Form 12 cookies with your hands into round/flat patties I she made them 3/4 inch thick and about 3 inches wide).  Dough may be a little crumbly…don’ worry about it!

Bake 16 to 17 minutes until the bottom and the edges start to look lightly golden brown (this may vary depending on the kind of sugar you used…so keep an eye on them!

Enjoy!!

 

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McKenzie’s Gluten-Free Cookies

My son’s girlfriend made these gluten-free cookies the other night and they were fabulous!!!  And, I’m not a sweets eater!

Ingredients…

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

3/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips (she used vegan chips) she also threw in some peanut butter chips, opt.

4 egg whites

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup creamy peanut butter

She mixed the first 4 ingredients and then in a separate bowl she beat the eggs w/ an electric beater until they were thick….you don’t want thick peaks but you want it to be on the thicker side, and then you fold in the vanilla and peanut butter!

Bake at 375 for about 12 min.

 

To die for!!  Enjoy!

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