Grain Free, Sugarless Pumpkin Pie

Advanced & Core Plan

Makes 1 Pie

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups almond flour
3 tablespoons erythritol or spoonable stevia
3 tablespoons organic butter

For the pie filling:

1 (15 ounces) can pumpkin puree (no sugar, check the label)
3/4 cup erythritol (like Swerve) or spoonable stevia (like Stevita)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 ounces organic, grass-fed heavy cream (or coconut cream)
8 ounces unsweetened almond milk (original or vanilla)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the butter.  Mix the melted butter with the almond flour and sweetener.  Pat into a glass pie plate with your fingertips.  Gently heat in the oven for about 8 minutes.  Do not let the crust brown.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

For the Filling:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Combine all ingredients.  Pour into the cooled pie crust.  It is best to cover the uncovered crust with foil so it doesn’t get over cooked).  Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 50 minutes.  (The pie will still seem gooey in the middle but once it is cool, it will solidify).  Cool and garnish with whipped organic heavy cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

Green Bean Amandine

Most green bean recipes call for the beans to be cooked so long that much of the nutrients are lost.  In this recipe, they remain completely intact.

3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
8 tablespoons avocado or coconut oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups green beans, french cut
2 cups mushrooms, wiped and sliced
1 cups almonds, sliced or slivered

 

Combine ingredients for marinade and pour over beans, mushrooms, and onions.  Toss well.  Allow to marinate for 2 hours in a dehydrator or overnight in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled or just slightly warmed.

TIP:  Use the slicer blade in a food processor to French cut the beans.  Just put a whole handful in at a time and press down.

Wild Caught Cod Provencal

Advanced Plan

Serves 4

This is a very simple yet elegant way to serve fish.  Herbs de Provence is a spice mixture originating in France that contains a combination of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender.  You can find it at most grocery stores and specialty stores.  It gives the fish a very unique and exotic flavor.

I served it here with grilled Halloumi cheese which is a Greek cheese made from sheep’s milk.  It is a hearty cheese that stands up to grilling and is delicious served with this fish.

Pictured here: Cod Provencal, Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Broccoli

4 large wild-caught Pacific cod filets
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried herbs de Provence
1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
2 tablespoons avocado or melted coconut oil
2 handfuls organic cherry tomatoes, optional
Sea salt
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine mustard, herbs de Provence, garlic, and oil.  Brush over fish and let marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Place fish in a glass baking dish.  Scatter cherry tomatoes around the fish, if desired and sprinkle everything with more herbs de Provence, sea salt, and pepper.

Cook for 12-15 minutes or until cod flakes with a fork.

Jerk Seasoning / Jerk Chicken

After traveling to Jamaica and tasting the local jerk chicken I was determined to recreate it in my own kitchen.  My whole family likes “spicy” so we crank up the spice.  You can adjust the seasonings to your taste.  Smoking the chicken makes it even more flavorful.  It makes for wonderful leftovers you can use for salads, for making jerk chicken salad, or just on its own in a lunchbox.  This recipe is so delicious it is a staple in our house.

Jerk Seasoning

tablespoons thyme
1 tablespoon rosemary (ground)
1tablespoons sea salt
teaspoon onion powder
teaspoon ground black pepper
2  teaspoons cinnamon
34  teaspoon ground nutmeg
tablespoon allspice
tablespoon ground ginger 
3teaspoon garlic powder
34  teaspoon paprika
teaspoons ground scotch bonnet or habanero pepper powder (adjust to taste)  
12 bay leaves (finely crumbled)

Mix all spices well.  Use on chicken, to make jerk mayonnaise, on sliced sweet potatoes for jerk sweet potato fries, on zucchini/summer squash, or mixed in grass-fed beef meatloaf.

Jerk Chicken

(Pictured:  smoked jerk chicken with smoked broccoli (in the smoker for 40 minutes at 250 degrees) and riced cauliflower with coconut milk and lime zest)

2 lbs organic chicken thighs

Rub chicken with avocado oil then rub in spice mixture.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Oven:  Put chicken on parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes depending on the size of the chicken thighs.

Smoker:  Smoke for 2 hours (longer if bone-in) at 250 degrees or until chicken is done.

 

 

Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee

This is a simple dish based on the French classic.  Many French dishes rely on simple ingredients and a single pot.  The flavors are amazing and it presents somewhere between a stew and a sautee.  The bulk of the time in preparing this dish is in the chopping so you can do that ahead of time.  It also makes for great leftovers.

Advanced or Core Plan

Serves 4-6

(4 slices) nitrite free turkey bacon, cut into thin 1/4″ pieces
8 pieces skin on / bone in organic, free-range chicken thighs (around 2 lbs)
1 medium organic onion, finely chopped
2 stalks organic celery, finely chopped
2 medium organic carrots, chopped
1 carton button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
2/3 cup dry white wine (optional)
4 cups organic, free range chicken broth
1 lbs organic baby red potatoes, halved if large (Core Plan) or cauliflower florets (Advanced Plan)
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
1 dried bay leaf
4 sprigs fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper, divided
1/4 cup organic heavy cream (preferably grass-fed)
2 large organic egg yolks

Set Instant Pot to Sauté, let heat and after a few minutes add the turkey bacon. Let cook until bacon is just starting to crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Remove bacon from Instant Pot.

Season chicken on both sides with 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Add in batches (do not crowd pot) to Instant Pot and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.

Add onion, celery, carrots, and mushrooms to the pot. Season with remaining 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 of pepper. Cook, stirring after a few minutes until vegetables are starting to brown. Around, 5-7 minutes.

Sprinkle arrowroot powder over vegetables and mix to coat. If using, slowly add the white wine while stirring the entire time. Turn Instant Pot off.

Add broth, potatoes, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, lemon juice to the Instant Pot. Return bacon and chicken to the pot.

Close the lid and set valve is set to “sealed” and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.

Manually release the valve to venting and let the pressure release. Open the lid and set back to sauté. Whisk the cream and egg yolks together in a small bowl and slowly add a ladleful of broth from the pot to temper the eggs.  Be sure to whisk the whole time. Add the mixture to the pot and cook for 2-3 more minutes until broth has thickened a bit.  Turn your Instant Pot off and add additional seasoning if desired.

One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Serves 4-6

Core & Advanced Plan

This is a great go-to recipe that is wonderful for busy nights or to use up any extra vegetables you have on hand.  It also makes for great leftovers.  As an added bonus, there is only one pan to wash!

2 lbs. organic chicken breasts (I prefer buying bone-in, skin on and then cutting off the bone and keeping the skin on)
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 carrots, cut into sticks (so that they cook at the same rate) (Core Plan only)
2 cups mushrooms
1 red onion, chopped into chunks
1/3 cup organic grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (plus more for drizzling)
1/4 cup avocado or melted coconut oil (plus more for drizziling)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 400℉. Line two baking sheets with parchment pepper.  Combine balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Whisk. Place chicken in a bowl and pour balsamic mixture over the chicken and mix well.  Put into the refrigerator while preparing the vegetables.  (You can do this earlier for even more flavor).

Chop all of the vegetables and place on the sheet pan (leave out the cherry tomatoes for now as they cook faster).  Drizzle with a little more oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with salt/pepper.  Mix well.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and move vegetables around so that you can fit the chicken in.  Place chicken on the pan.

Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and add tomatoes, cook for 10-20 more minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken.