Zucchini Boats

Impress your friends with this delicious and beautifully presented dish. You will want to double this recipe!
2 Medium Organic Zucchini
3⁄4 Pound Ground Turkey
1 Small Onion, Chopped
1 Cup Raw Cheese (or Cheese Alternative), Shredded (Optional)
2 Tablespoons Fruit Sweetened Ketchup or Tomato Paste
1⁄2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1⁄4 Teaspoon Pepper
1⁄2 Cup Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
1⁄2 Cup Sweet Red Peppers
1⁄2 Cup Chopped Green Peppers

Trim the ends of the zucchini. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out pulp, laving a 1⁄2 inch shell. Finely chop pulp. In a skillet, cook ground turkey, zucchini pulp, onion, mushrooms, and peppers until meat is brown, drain. Remove from heat. Add 1⁄2 cup cheese, ketchup, sea salt, and pepper. Mix well. Spoon into the zucchini shells Place in a buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese if desired. Bake uncovered at 350oF for 30 minutes.

Salmon Cakes with Red Pepper Sauce

These can be saved for a special occasion or made ahead of time and Frozen for a quick meal later.

Salmon Cakes:
1 Can Wild Caught Salmon, Drained
1 Green Onion, Finely Chopped
1 Tablespoon Cilantro, Finely Chopped
1 Tablespoon Red Pepper, Finely Chopped
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1⁄3 Cup Almond Flour, Plus 1⁄4 Cup for Dredging
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg

Sweet Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce
2 Cups Chopped Red Pepper
1 Container Grape Tomatoes
2 Green Onions, Finely Sliced
2 Tablespoons Cilantro, Finely Chopped
1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

Salmon Cakes: Makes 4 Cakes: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Form 4 round patties, 2 inches in diameter. Spread remaining almond flour on a piece of waxed paper or plate. Coat patties in almond flour, pressing to form firm, well-coated cakes. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Pan fry cakes 3-4 minutes on each side or until slightly brown and crisp.

Sweet Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce: Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency. Pour into a saucepan and heat.

Almond Power Bars

Advanced and Core Plan

These no bake, high-protein, high-fiber bars are a cinch to make and easy to take along.

2 Cups Raw Almonds
1⁄2 Cup Flaxseed Meal
1⁄2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Scoops Flavored Whey Protein Powder
1⁄2 Cup Raw Almond Butter
1⁄2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1⁄2 Cup Coconut Oil
8 Drops Liquid Stevia or 3⁄4 Teaspoon Stevia Powder, To Taste
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (No sugar – check the label)
8 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and sweetened to taste with stevia and cinnamon (optional)

Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, whey powder, almond butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly, about 10 seconds. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over very low heat. Remove coconut oil from stove; stir stevia and vanilla into oil.

Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. (A parchment paper liner helps when you want to remove the bars from the dish.) Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens. In a double boiler, melt chocolate, stirring in stevia and cinnamon. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars, and serve.

 

Healthy Pasta-less Potstickers

Advanced & Core Plan
Keto
Paleo

Makes 12-15 potstickers

These little guys hit the mark in trying to duplicate a potsticker.  The cabbage leaves were the perfect substitute for the typical wonton wrappers.  You can be creative with the spices and filling ingredients and even the dipping sauce.  Even my picky eaters who do not like cabbage at home loved them!  They are a bit more work than most of my recipes but so worth it.  Make extra and freeze them or have lots of leftovers.


1 lb free range ground chicken (if you can’t find ground free range chicken, simply cut organic chicken breasts into chunks (works best if you freeze the chunks for 20 min or so) then put in small batches into a food processor)
1/2 small onion
1 inch fresh ginger, microplaned
1 small green onion, chopped
small handful cilantro or 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or liquid aminos)
1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
1/2 shredded carrot (core plan only)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
dash sea salt (to taste)
dash cayenne pepper (to taste)
Coconut oil

10 or so cabbage leaves (cut the core out then carefully remove the leaves, trying to keep them in tact)

Boil a large pot of water and add 1 teaspoon salt. Boil cabbage leaves until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain. Cut the large leaves in half, cutting away hard spine of the cabbage.

Mix the ground chicken, onion, ginger, green onion, cilantro, coconut aminos, 5 spice powder, carrot, sesame oil, salt and cayenne. Mix well.

Stuff the cabbage leaves with the chicken filling and roll tightly, If possible, tuck in the ends. Steam for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.

Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet. Add the dumplings in small batches and fry until golden brown. Turn and brown the other side.

Sauce

1 tablespoon organic peanut butter or cashew butter
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce or red chili paste (check ingredients)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 clove garlic, diced
1/4 cup coconut aminos or liquid aminos
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lime

Mix everything together and use for dipping.

Corn-less Cornbread

Makes 9 squares

Advanced & Core Plan

This recipe was adapted from a post from my good friend and Maximized Living doctor, Dr. Rosie Main.  It is so delicious and for those of you who love and miss bread, this will leave you more than satisfied!

IMG_13181 cup almond flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
2 large organic eggs
2 Tbsp butter, softened
¼ cup grass fed plain yogurt or full fat coconut milk

Optional:
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a bowl, mix yogurt or coconut milk, softened butter and eggs
Add the almond flour, baking powder and salt and mix again
Mix in the chopped green onions.
Pour into a greased 8” glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges and top are slightly browned.

Lamb Kofta Skewers

Advanced & Core Plan

Serves 4

This is a different tasting meatball that you have to try.  Kofta, found frequently in South Asia and the Middle East feature ground meat with exotic spices.  The flavor is unique and delightful.

IMG_13174 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (or 1 tablespoon garlic paste if pressed for time)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound grass-fed ground lamb
3 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon black pepper

skewers (8 small or 4 large), soaked in water for 30 minutes.

Make a garlic paste by mashing the garlic with the salt in a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a knife.  Mix the garlic past and all the other ingredients together until thoroughly combined.  Form the mixture into 16 balls.  Pick up and flatten a bit and put on the skewer (should be a flat-ish oval shape).  Chill for 30 minutes to overnight for best flavor.

Heat a grill (indoor or outdoor) and grease grates with coconut oil if necessary.  Cook, turning once or twice until cooked throughout.  It should take 8-10 minutes.