Food, Sides

Maple-Ginger Roasted Carrots

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-Free, Low-FODMAP, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking! These Maple-Ginger Roasted Carrots are one of my favorite sides when not in the mood to make dinner. They are super simple to prepare and only require a few ingredients which is why they are a perfect choice for a busy weeknight.

Want a complete meal? Pair them with a protein and some fresh veggies. I find that they taste great with salmon. Here’s a quick and easy salmon recipe you might like to try.

How to Make Maple-Ginger Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 lbs carrots, peeled
2 TBS avocado oil
2 TBS maple syrup
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Arrange carrots on a lined baking sheet.

Combine oil, syrup, ginger, and salt in a small bowl and brush the mixture over the carrots to coat them.

Bake 45 minutes or until tender.


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Carrot Top Pesto

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Paleo, Vegan

Have you ever bought a bunch of organic carrots at the store and wondered why the grocer didn’t chop the greens off? Surely you can’t eat them! Turns out we were wrong: carrot greens are in fact edible and you can enjoy them in a variety of ways.

In our latest box from Misfits Market, we received two gorgeous bunches of rainbow carrots, each topped with substantial amount of fresh greens. Rather than turn them into compost as I had previously been doing, I decided to make carrot top pesto!

This simple pesto only calls for seven ingredients and it’s quick and easy to make. It transforms ordinary baked spaghetti squash or pasta into a delightful dinner and serves as an interesting dip for fresh vegetables. It also makes for a great conversation starter at parties (You made pesto with what?!).

Enjoy!

How to Make Carrot Top Pesto Using Carrot Greens

Ingredients

8 cups of carrot greens, chopped (about 2 bunches of carrots)
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
1 tsp black pepper

Preparation

Prepare the carrot greens by washing them and removing the woody stems. Some stem is okay, but too if you leave too much stem attached the pesto is a little tough.

Place 4 cups of carrot greens in the food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Process until ingredients are combined.

Add in remaining greens and continue to process until the texture you desire is achieved. If you like a smoother texture you might want to remove the pesto from the food processor and continue blending with an immersion blender.

Sprinkle with sliced almonds and serve.

Note: This pesto should be refrigerated and used within 2 or 3 days.


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Entrées, Food, Sides

Curried Fish and Potato Patties

Dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Low-FODMAP*, Nut-free, Paleo

I had to get creative with dinner last night because our fridge was empty, save for a few stray apples and a lonely cucumber. Fortunately, when I checked the pantry, I found a couple potatoes and some canned mackerel and I decided I could make a meal with that.

I must confess though, I wasn’t looking forward to canned mackerel for dinner. It’s not something I enjoy eating and I can’t stand cleaning out the little fishy can afterward so that I can recycle it. (Anyone with me on that?) But, it is a cheap way get heart-healthy omega 3’s into our family’s diet so I buy it and cook with it anyway.

When I do use canned mackerel in my cooking, my favorite thing to do is … disguise it! And tonight I’d say my efforts were a success. These little potato cakes are delicious; crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with delicious spices. You can hardly tell I sneaked in two servings of mackerel! 🙂 Our family, the toddler included, actually liked them so much that I will be making them again soon!

If you’re following a gluten-free, low-FODMAP, or Paleo diet, these tasty little fish cakes make for a quick, healthy lunch or dinner when served atop a nice salad. They also work well for an easy snack on the go. Just be sure to omit the garlic and onion powder if you eat a low-FODMAP diet.

This recipe makes 10 patties.

How to Make Curried Fish and Potato Patties

Ingredients

2 4.375oz cans mackerel in oil
2 red potatoes, chopped
1 egg
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 TBS powdered ginger
1 TBS powdered turmeric
1 TBS ground cumin
1 TBS ground coriander
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
coconut oil for frying

Preparation

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain the water and mash the potatoes.

Add the canned mackerel; be sure to include the oil. Add the egg and mash together thoroughly. Stir in parsley and spices.

Put 2 TBS of coconut oil in a fry pan and turn the burner onto medium heat.

Scoop a 1/4 cup of the mixture into your hand and form 1/2 inch thick patties. When the pan is hot, carefully place them in the hot oil. Add more oil as needed. Cook about eight minutes per side until golden brown and crispy.


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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

Nothing says “Fall is here” like a bowl of sweet, creamy butternut-apple soup! This soup will delight everyone around your dinner table, from the toddler to the teen. Its sweet notes of apple, ginger and cinnamon are sure to stir up some festive fall spirit and brighten up any dreary day that fall might throw at us!

This recipe makes about 4 quarts of creamy deliciousness. It makes a lovely autumn-inspired side or entree and is very satisfying when paired with a hearty kale salad, topped with sliced almonds, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Ingredients

2 butternut squash, roasted
2 TBS coconut oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 in piece of ginger, chopped
1 apple, chopped
3 15 oz cans lite coconut milk
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp salt (add a little at a time, to taste)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation

Roast whole butternut squash at 375 degrees F for 40 mins to an hour until tender. Halve and remove the seeds. Set aside.

In a large pot, cook onion, ginger, and apple in coconut oil over medium heat until onion is translucent and apple pieces are soft. Stir in coconut milk and spices.

Scoop the butternut squash out of its skin and add it to the pot. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients together. Bring the soup to the desired temperature and serve.


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Hearty Vegetable Soup

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)*, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

Leaves are falling, pumpkins are everywhere, and there’s a chill in there air. You know what that means: Soup season is finally here! To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you my favorite vegetable soup recipe.

This recipe is a lot of fun to make because it has so much color: green beans, yellow squash, orange carrots, and purple cabbage. If you threw a red pepper in there, you’d almost have the whole rainbow represented! That’s why this hot soup is the perfect way to brighten up a cold and dreary day.

This veggie-packed soup comes together quickly and easily making it a perfect choice for a busy weeknight. It makes 6-8 full servings and 8-10 side servings so unless you’re feeding a small army, you should have leftovers for at least a couple days. Win!

How to Make Hearty Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

12 cups chicken or vegetable broth (no salt added)
4 cups green beans, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 summer squash, diced
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small purple cabbage, quartered and chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 TBS dried basil
1 TBS dried oregano
1 TBS dried thyme
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 TBS salt

Preparation

Place all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until vegetables are tender.


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Creamy Lemon-Leek Chicken Soup

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)*, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan*

I used to ignore leeks in the grocery store because, until this week, I had no idea what to do with them! But our latest box from Misfits Market included two leeks, so I decided to learn a little bit about this versatile vegetable in order to cook it properly.

What is a leek and how do you cook it?

Leeks are a vegetable and part of the genus Allium, which also contains Chinese onions, chives, garlic, onions, shallots and scallions. They have a light, onion-like flavor and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways including boiled, fried, and raw.

After perusing some delicious-looking recipes online, I decided to use my leeks in a soup. I wasn’t in the mood for a potato-leek soup though, so I thought I’d use up some of my many lemons and leftover chicken to make a Thai-inspired soup.

The result was nothing short of amazing! This flavorful soup will quickly become one of your favorite comfort foods. It features creamy coconut milk, zingy lemons, hot peppers, and fresh leeks which lend a mild, onion-like flavor. Since this soup has an oriental flair to it, I like to serve it with or over rice.

This soup is makes a perfect weeknight meal for anyone on a dairy-free, gluten-free, ketogenic or paleo diet, but it can also be adapted to suit an autoimmune paleo or vegan diet as well. If you want to make it AIP compliant, substitute the peppers and beans for carrots and zucchinis or another veggie of your choosing. If you want to make a vegan lunch or dinner, leave out the chicken.

How to Make Creamy Lemon-Leek Chicken Soup

Ingredients

3 15.5 oz cans lite coconut milk
1.5 cups water
2 leeks, cleaned and chopped
7 cloves of garlic, chopped
6 lemons (or limes), juiced
4 cups chopped chicken
2 cups green beans, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 jalapeño pepper, chopped
2 TBS ground ginger
1 TBS dried basil
1/2 TBS salt
1 tsp black pepper, ground
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Preparation

Pour water, coconut milk, and lemon juice into a large pot. Add leeks and garlic and bring to a boil. Simmer until the leeks and garlic are soft. Then, blend until creamy using an immersion blender.

Mix in chicken, green beans, peppers, and spices. Bring to a boil and simmer until veggies are tender.

Serve with or over rice, riced cauliflower, or spaghetti squash.


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Pumpkin-Spice Plantain Chips

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Low-FODMAP, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

Every year for as long as I can remember, my family has had a small farm stand on the side of the road where we sell sunflowers and garden produce. It’s been a busy season for my dad, so this year he put me in charge of picking the flowers and opening and closing the stand every day. I’ve been getting up early to put out the stand, early enough to see the sunrise, and I’ve been noticing a cool, crispness to the air that July lacked. Fall is on the way.

But it’s not just the weather that’s pointing to autumn. In our garden, the pumpkins are almost ready for picking and some of the leaves on the nearby trees are starting to turn brown and fall.

The radio advertisers are also telling me it’s fall. Time for pumpkin-spice everything, they say! Buy this pumpkin-spice latte and that pumpkin-spice doughnut. I love pumpkin-spice, but a lot of the foods they want you to buy are full of added sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavors. No thanks!

If you’re in the mood for fall food, but don’t want to eat junk, I have a healthy recipe for you that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your craving for pumpkin-spice. This recipe is great because it takes minimal effort to prepare and only has three ingredients. It’s suitable for people following a variety of diet plans too: Low-FODMAP, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian and Whole30. If you’re following the AIP diet, just be sure to check that your pumpkin spice blend doesn’t have any ingredients you know you can’t have.

This recipe calls for ripe plantains, so look for plantains that are yellow or almost black. The darker they are, the sweeter they will be. Alternatively, if you’d like a more savory chip, use unripe (green) plantains because they tend to be less sweet.

Enjoy!

How to Make Pumpkin-Spice Plantain Chips

Ingredients

2 ripe plantains
avocado oil
pumpkin spice blend

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel ripe plantains by slicing off both ends and making a few shallow cuts in the skin down the length of the fruit before removing the skin.

Slice peeled plantains into discs, about 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick. Arrange on a lined baking sheet and brush or spray with avocado oil until covered. Lightly sprinkle with pumpkin spice.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until they begin to turn golden brown.


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