10 Delicious & Savory Ways to Use Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Isn’t that what they always say? What is it about these apples, powerful enough to keep the doctor away. There are approximately 7500 different varieties of apples, but what makes them so healthy?

Health benefits of apples:

Nutritionally speaking, apples are free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol, yet rich in antioxidants, potassium, high dietary fiber, vitamin C, and some of the B vitamins (niacin and B6).

A few other important nutrients include calcium, vitamin K, iron, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. Some of the phytonutrients and flavonoids include quercetin, epicatechin, and phloridzin.

A some of the health benefits include:

  1. Aids in digestion -Due to the high amount of fiber
  2. Helps prevent certain types of cancer, such as colon and breast cancer.
  3. Improve the microbiome – The fiber has a “prebiotic” effect, which means the apples feed our friendly bacteria
  4. Boost immune function – The high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants and protein help bolster a weak immune system
  5. Helps control diabetes – The plant nutrients, or polyphenols, in apples help reduce the absorption of carbs in the body, which reduces blood sugar fluctuation in the blood.
  6. Boost brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease – The antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce brain degeneration, which improves problem solving skills, memory and concentration.
  7. Treat asthma – the nutrients in apples have an anti-inflammatory affect, as well as strengthen the immune system.
  8. Prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol
  9. Improve bone health and vision
  10. Helps with weight loss

So, other than munching on a sweet, juicy apple, or baking a pie, how can you use this healthy fruit? Not to worry, I’ve scoured the internet and found 10 unique and SAVORY ways to eat apples!

🍏🍎AND HERE WE GO!🍎🍏


Sweet potato and apple latkes

with Tahini Lemon Drizzle

By: Science and Sprout

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INGREDIENTS: (For complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • pepper to taste
  • optional: kale as garnish

Tahini Lemon Drizzle

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  • water as needed to thin sauce
  • optional: squirt of sriracha

Quinoa Apple Cheddar Soup

By: Wendy Polisi

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 1 large apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese or Daiya
  • 3 slices gluten free bread
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Chopped Chives

Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

By: Well Plated

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded tart apple, such as Granny Smith, washed with peel on
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped Simply Roundy’s Fresh Sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnish

FOR THE CRANBERRY SAUCE:

  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons Simply Roundy’s Pure Maple Syrup
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad 

By: Healthy Nibbles and Bits

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 cups uncooked rice (I used a wild rice and white rice blend, but any rice works)
  • 3 chorizo sausages, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped (Author used Granny Smith apples)
  • small handful of pecans (1/3 cup)
  • juice from 1 medium orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional toppings

  • chopped chives
  • lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon

Butternut Squash and Apple Bruschetta

By: Whitney Bond

Ingredients: (For complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup diced apples
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (divided)
  • 8 slices french bread
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6-8 fresh sage leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze

Honey Crisp Apple Quesadillas

with Bacon and Cheddar

By: Home & Plate

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, cord and thinly sliced
  • 4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 flour tortillas

Poulet Vallée d’Auge

By: Bon Appetit

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Here is a quote from the Bon Appetit website regarding this recipe:

“Named for a region in Normandy known for its apples (and Calvados), this traditional recipe combines both in a rich, creamy sauce. Afraid to flambé? Buy a long-reach lighter at a hardware store.”

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 firm, tart apples (such as Pink Lady or Braeburn; about 1 lb.), peeled, cored, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 3½–4-lb. chickens, quartered
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise ¼” thick
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Calvados (apple brandy)
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ pound crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, trimmed, halved
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • 1 large egg yolk

Pork Loin with Apple-Cornbread Stuffing

By: Martha Stewart

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 4 ounces bacon (about 5 strips), cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 2 small onions, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and coarsely chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 6 firm, tart apples, such as ‘Northern Spy’: 1 peeled, cored, and chopped (about 1 1/4 cups); 3 peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges each; 2 cored and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped, plus 6 whole leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces corn bread, cut into cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1 boneless pork loin (4 pounds; about 1 foot long), butterflied (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 pound Cipollini onions

Cheddar & Apple Chicken Breasts

By: Sargento

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1-1/4 cups (5 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese – Traditional Cut, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. mango chutney, large pieces of mango chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 (5 to 6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves,
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs, multigrain or whole wheat*
  • Paprika or smoked paprika (optional)

Chicken and Apple Pot Pie

By: Rachel Ray

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, white or dark meat, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 Empire, Gala or Honey Crisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3-4 small ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry dough, defrosted if frozen
  • 1 egg, beaten with water

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

There you have it. Ten unique and savory ways to use apples. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with apple pie. It’s just nice to eat these healthy and delicious little gems in a different way now and then.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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9 Incredible Health Benefits of Apples

homemade bone broth & bone broth benefits

I LOVE bone broth! Here is a wonderful article on the health benefits of bone broth, with a recipe for chicken bone broth. (EASY!) Thanks to the Holistic Green Mama!! Love this!

Desert Flower Wellness

BONE BROTH…. It sounds so weird & creepy but it has become one of my absolute favorite natural remedies for gut healing and healthy digestion. I’m going to share what the benefits of bone broth are, as well as my favorite homemade recipe.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a broth made from the marrow, tendons, fat, ligaments and basically all bone parts of an animal – usually a cow or chicken. Bone broth is made by extracting the nutrient dense minerals and amino-acids from the bones and leaching them into the broth for us to consume.

Bone broth is a remedy as old as time. Our early hunter-gatherer ancestors would use every part of the animal since throwing it out simply wasn’t an option. They realized that roasting and simmering the scraps would great a delicious nutrient dense broth. Early Chinese Medicine practitioners used bone broth regularly as…

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5 Snowy Day Recipes To Keep You Warm

As it is icy, snowy and bone chilling cold in most parts of the USA, I thought I’d repost this short list of recipes to help keep you warm! ENJOY!


After a long weekend off with my family, I am back to writing my blog. AND, As I write this, the east coast is blanketed with the first real snow of the winter season. Coming from South Dakota, I love a good snow day. What better way to celebrate winter than with some recipes to keep you warm.

I found 5 recipes which should help keep you warm on a cold, snowy winter day.

ENJOY! and BON APPETIT!

Beer Beef Stew with Paprika from Pioneer Woman

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Ingredients:

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Click here for instructions

White Bean Soup with Bacon and Herbs from Delish

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Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos from Delish

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Ingredients

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Mozzarella Stuffed Pork Chops with Polenta and Tomatoes from Today 

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Chicken and Black Bean Soup from Taste of Home

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10 Recipes to Transform Your Leftovers

Hello everyone…I just wanted to share my Thanksgiving leftovers list from 1 year ago. This is the first “recipe” list I ever did. I hope you enjoy it.

What do you like to make

with your left overs?

God bless…Namaste!

 


Ok, by now…if you have any turkey left…you are quite tired of it. That being said, I think it goes without saying, that these recipes aren’t just for leftover turkey. One of my kitchen rules, “use what you have on hand.” If you have leftover chicken, even rotisserie chicken from the store,  pork or perhaps leftover Sunday roast, feel free to swap it out. If you’re vegetarian, tofu or beans would work. Just FYI, if you swap out the turkey, in favor of beef, use beef broth in the recipes that call for broth, or veggie broth for tofu/beans.

I searched the web and tried to find something for everyone. I had a blast looking. I even got to play with my Instagram photo app. Look for my own personal leftover recipe coming soon! ENJOY and Bon Appetite!

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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust

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Best Ever Chicken (Turkey) Enchiladas

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Quick Turkey Chili

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Corn Tomato Chowder

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Turkey Pasta Bake

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Turkey Hash & Sunny Side Up Eggs

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Turkey Cobb Salad

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Turkey Gumbo

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Turkey Dill & Orzo Soup

 

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Turkey a-la King

 

MEXICAN STREET CORN SOUP BY THE STAY AT HOME CHEF

Here is an amazing and flavorful recipe. This soup is based on the flavors of Mexican Street Corn. If you’re not familiar with Mexican Street Corn, find out how to make it HERE.

The Stay-at-home Chef includes a youtube instruction video:

 

So many tasty recipes on her site.

Have a look.

Healthy Living &  Wholesome Recipes

Ingredients

• 4 tablespoons butter

• 1 small white onion, chopped

• 1 jalapeno, minced

• 5 cloves garlic, crushed

• 3 tablespoons flour

• 2 teaspoons ground cumin

• 1 teaspoon chili powder

• 4 cups chicken stock

• 6 cups frozen corn kernels

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 2 teaspoons salt

• 1½ cups heavy cream, half and half, or milk

• 1 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Toppings:

• ½ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled

• ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese

• 1 jalapeno, sliced

Get full recipe👇🏻

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Wellness Wednesday: 25 Mouth-Watering Ways to Use Coconut Oil. (And Why You Should!)

Did you know that there have been at least 1500 studies proving the health benefits of coconut oil? (1) As we begin our discussion on the health benefits of saturated fats, Coconut Oil is definitely one of those to incorporate into your daily diet.

91% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated. This superfood contains MEDIUM-CHAIN FATTY ACIDS (MCFA). These fatty acids provide our body with energy, because they are easier to digest then the long and short chain fatty acids normally consumed. (1) According to Dr. Axe.com, MCFA’s are: (1)

  • Easier to digest
  • Not readily stored as fat
  • Antimicrobial and antifungal
  • Smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy
  • Processed by the liver, which means that they’re immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat

Here is Dr. Axe with some benefits, medically based, of coconut oil.

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What type to buy: (2)

Most grocery stores  now days carry coconut oil. Don’t just buy any old coconut oil though. Make sure your coconut oil has the following items on the label:

  • ORGANIC
  • EXTRA VIRGIN
  • COLD PRESSED
  • NON-HYDROGENATED

How to use coconut oil: (2)

The best way to use coconut oil is to simply use it for cooking, in place of any other cooking oil, especially super unhealthy vegetable oil. Here are a few other ways to use it:

  • Put it in smoothies
  • On toast in stead of butter
  • Mix it in oatmeal
  • Use it to make popcorn – then put it on top, instead of butter!
  • Make your grilled cheese with it, instead of butter!
  • Make salad dressing/mayo
  • Mix it with sugar for a body scrub
  • Face moisturizer
  • Leave-in overnight conditioner – spread in hair and wash out in the morning
  • Season your cast iron pans
  • Feed it to your pets

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Now that I’ve got the wheels turning in your brain, I’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best recipes using coconut oil. There are 25 recipes total, with everything from baked goods, to meat glazes to spreads and pasta. I hope you have fun looking through them as much as I had finding them! (MY COMMENTS ARE IN RED)

OKAY, HERE WE GO….

Coconut Oil Apple Crisp

Taste of Yum

Ingredients:
For the apples
  • 4 Opal apples, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the topping
  • ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons coconut oil (in liquid form)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK

Magic Hard Shell

The Coconut Mama

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder (I use raw cacao)
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt (I use pink Himalayan salt)

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Blistered Green Beans with

Garlic and Miso

Bon Appetit

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Ingredients

6 SERVINGS

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or agave nectar (DO NOT use agave, EVER!)
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1½ pounds haricots verts or green beans, trimmed
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Flaky sea salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped cilantro

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Erika McKenna’s Thin Mint Cookies (Gluten free)

Bon Appetit

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Ingredients

MAKES 36 SERVINGS

  • 1½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot
  • 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup organic sugar (I’d use raw rapadura sugar instead.)
  • ¾ cup virgin coconut oil, warmed, slightly cooled
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons mint extract

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

 

Green Curry with Brown Rice Noodles and Swiss Chard

Bon Appetit

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Ingredients

4 SERVINGS

  • 4 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 3 green Thai chiles, coarsely chopped
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons green peppercorns in brine
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves with tender stems, plus more for serving
  • ⅓ cup mint leaves, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil, melted, slightly cooled
  • 2 13.5-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, bottom third only, tough outer layers removed, bruised with the back of a knife
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped Swiss chard leaves (from about 1½ bunches)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or honey
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces dried thin brown rice noodles
  • Lime wedges (for serving)

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Coconut-Oil Chocolate Freezer Fudge

Free Coconut Recipes

 

Ingredients

Servings: 24

  • 2 cups virgin coconut oil (this is a good time to break out the Gold Label)
  • 1 cup raw or natural unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup grade B maple syrup (you could also substitute honey)
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts (raw or roasted), roughly chopped

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Coconut Oil Brownies

(with gluten free option)

Handle the Heat

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup (209 grams) virgin coconut oil, measured solid
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I’d use raw rapadura sugar instead.)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar (I’d use raw rapadura sugar instead.)
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (96 grams) all-purpose flour (Could also use cup-4-cup gluten free flour)
  • 1 cup (80 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Gluten Free Coconut Oil Pie Crust

A Saucy Kitchen

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk + 2 tablespoons warm water (not psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour without xanthan gum (175 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons organic cane sugar
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (65 grams) * see note
  • 3-6 tablespoons ice cold water

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Rustic Gluten-Free Biscuits

with Coconut Oil

So-Delicious Dairy Free

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Ingredients

  • 2 C. Gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 3 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/2 C. Coconut oil, cold
  • 1 Tbsp. Agave nectar
  • 3/4 C. So Delicious Dairy Free Coconutmilk Beverage, Unsweetened
    • (You don’t have to use this, regular canned coconut milk would be fine~ probably better in fact)

For the complete recipe, follow LINK.

Coconut Oil Fat Bombs

Paleo Hacks

Ingredients

  •  2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  •  1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  •  2 T raw honey
  •  4 ounces raw dark chocolate chips
  •  1/2 t vanilla bean powder, optional

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Gluten-Free Coconut Oil Corn Bread

Make the Best of Everything

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cornmeal that has been ground in the food processor for 5-10 minutes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of plain greek yogurt (Preferably, organic grass-fed, whole milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (I’d use raw rapadura sugar instead.)
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Gluten-Free Banana, Coconut

and Lemon Loaf

Nadia Lim

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Ingredients

  •  ½ cup coconut oil or butter
  •  ½ cup honey (Raw)
  •  3 large ripe, mashed bananas
  •  2 cups desiccated coconut
  •  1 cup flour (e.g. plain, wholemeal, or gluten-free or buckwheat flour, or ground almonds to make GF)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (check it is gluten-free if required)
  •  4 free-range eggs
  •  2, zested lemons
  •  one pinch salt

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Paleo coconut Oil Hollandaise Sauce

Against All Grain

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, heated to about 95 degrees F
  • 2 med egg yolks (pasture raised or free-range)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Pumpkin Souffle (GF,DF)

Simply 123 Allergy Free

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 4  whole eggs (pasture raised or free-range)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • pinch of sea salt

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Chocolate Black Cherry Tart

Unconventional Baker

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INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted or very soft
  • ⅓ cup liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • ½ tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup apple butter (apple sauce would work too)
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups black cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Strawberry Mousse

A Girl Worth Saving

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 1.5 oz bag of Dehydrated Strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (Himalayan salt)
  • 12 ripe strawberries
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon B grade maple syrup

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Tomato Soup

The Paleo Couple

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Ingredients

  • 5 large cloves garlic
  • 2 1/2 C sliced and chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 2 28-oz cans diced, fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 C beef broth
  • 1 C red wine (we used a cabernet sauvignon)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 C loosely packed, torn basil leaves

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Raw Sweet Potato Salad with

Curry Almond Sauce

Jesse Lane Wellness

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Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Curry Almond Sauce

  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 6 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp tamari

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Easy and Delicious Coconut Oil

Chicken Glaze

Real Food

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion

For the complete recipe, follow this LINK.

Coconut Lime Chicken

Holistically Engineered

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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (a soy sauce substitute)
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock

Coconut Butter Spreads

(5 recipes)

The Lunch Box Bunch

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Ingredients:

Cinna-Banana Coconut Spread
5 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
pinch salt
1 banana
2-3 dashes cinnamon
2 tsp maple or agave syrup

Espresso Cacao Chip Coconut Spread
5 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 shot espresso, warm (about room temperature)
1 tsp raw cacao nibs
1/2 banana
2 tsp cacao powder – or another tsp of nibs
dash cinnamon
2 tsp maple or agave syrup
pinch salt

Spicy Goji Coconut Spread
5 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp goji berries, soaked in warm water for at least 20 minutes (drain water before adding)
1 banana
2 dashes cayenne (optional)
1-3 tsp maple or agave syrup

Simple Strawberry
5 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
5-6 strawberries
pinch salt
2 tsp maple or agave syrup

Almond Butter Coconut Spread
2 Tbsp almond butter
3 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 banana
1-2 tsp maple or agave syrup
pinch salt
dash cinnamon

For complete instructions on how to make these spreads, follow this LINK.

 

SOURCES:

  1. https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/
  2. https://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/using-coconut-oil

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Cooking Tip

“Always cook in stock instead of water to improve flavor and richness. Also opt for low-sodium stock, since this allows you to control the flavor more easily.” ~ www.buzzfeed.com

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Herb Roasted Tomato Soup – add pickles

 

Who doesn’t love a steaming bowl of hot tomato soup on a cold winter day? This wonderful, creamy VEGAN tomato soup recipe was developed by Lindsay at Add Pickles. Lindsay developed this recipe to support her SIBO diet (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). Instead of cream or milk, which is highly allergenic and irritating to the gut, this recipe uses cashews.

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Cashews are a wonderful and healthy way to add a creamy texture to any vegan dish. Not only are they healthy, they can help fight depression. Take a look at these infographics highlighting the health benefits of cashews:

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All photos, except infographics above, are courtesy of Add Pickles.

For the main recipe, follow this link: Herb Roasted Tomato Soup – add pickles

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Two Garnishes/ Blackberry-Eating in Late September

A delightful and healthy soup, which could use gluten free croutons. I highly recommend using Mineral Broth in place of the water in this recipe, to add to the vitamin and mineral content. Bone Broth would also be an excellent substitute for the water.

Asparagus is wonderfully healthy. Here is an infographic showcasing the health benefits:

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Gallery photos courtesy of Blackberry-Eating in September. 

Here is the main recipe: Creamy Asparagus Soup with Two Garnishes