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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Entrées, Food

Maple-Ginger Salmon

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

Here’s a new recipe that our family loves! It’s a sweet and savory salmon filet with a touch of spice.

Lately our family has been eating more fish. I used to take fish oil supplements to make sure that I was getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for bone and brain health so I didn’t want to be missing out, especially while pregnant and nursing. But supplements are expensive!

After mulling it over, I decided that eating fish is better than taking omega-3 supplements for a couple reasons. First, instead of consuming a highly processed capsule, you are eating a whole food which contains other important nutrients like selenium, B vitamins, potassium, copper, magnesium, iron and zinc. Second, it’s cheaper. Instead of buying something extra, you’re just buying food – something you already do.

Now I know that fish can be expensive, but there are a couple ways to save money. One way is to choose frozen or canned fish over fresh. Another is to choose smaller fish, like Atlantic Mackerel or sardines, instead of larger fish like salmon.

If you decide to incorporate more fish into your meals, be sure to choose low mercury fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and aim for 2-3 servings per week. Here’s a list of the top 9 fish that meet these criteria.

This recipe features salmon, which is a great low mercury, high omega-3 fish. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

How to Make Maple-Ginger Baked Salmon

Ingredients

4 4oz salmon fillets
6 TBS avocado oil
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 TBS maple syrup
1 TBS powdered ginger
1 TBS dried thyme

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix together oil, vinegar, syrup, ginger and thyme in a gallon-sized ziplock bag.

Dry salmon fillets with a paper towel and place them in the bag to marinate for at least 15 minutes but no more than 30 minutes. Make sure that the fish is fully covered and refrigerated while it is marinating.

Place salmon with its skin facing down on a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork.


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Sushi Salad with Soy-Lime Dressing

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Low-FODMAP, Nut-free, Vegan

I can’t even begin to tell you how many limes I’ve eaten lately. I originally bought a bag of them at the store, because it was almost cheaper than buying a couple of limes individually. But then we started ordering seasonal organic produce online through Misfits Market , and limes must be in season because we’ve received a handful or so each week for the past two weeks. Thankfully, limes are versatile and make a great addition to a variety of dishes.

This sushi salad is probably one of my new favorite lime-inspired creations because it’s so flavorful and refreshing. It is perfect for a low-fuss weeknight lunch or dinner because it’s quick, easy and healthy.

I recommend serving it with some kind of protein, like grilled fish, chicken, tofu or nuts to make it a complete meal. Avocado, sesame seeds and cucumber slices also make nice additions.

With a portion of protein, this recipe serves two people.

How to Make a Sushi Salad with Soy-Lime Dressing

Ingredients

Salad

2 c. cooked rice
4 tsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sheets or nori, cut into strips
4 c. salad greens
2 carrots, peeled into ribbons

Dressing

2 TBS. lime juice
2 TBS. soy sauce
1 TBS. avocado oil
wasabi and pickled ginger to taste

Preparation

Mix the rice, vinegar, sugar, salt and nori together in a medium sized bowl and set aside. Arrange greens and carrot ribbons on a plate. Use a small bowl to shape rice and set atop salad.

Mix ingredients for the dressing together in a cup or small bowl. Drizzle the salad with dressing and add wasabi and ginger to taste.


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Desserts, Food, Sides

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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Cilantro-Lime Chicken Salad

Autoimmune Paleo, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Low-FODMAP, Nut-free, Paleo

One thing I love about summer is being able to pick fresh herbs right out of the garden! Not only is growing your own herbs so much cheaper than buying a bunch in the store, but also I think they taste better. It’s been getting hot so our cilantro is starting to go to seed, but I did manage to gather enough to make this chicken salad, which I hope you will enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, blame your genes.

I was inspired to make a cilantro-lime chicken salad mostly out of necessity: my fresh cilantro was quickly going to seed and I had bought too many limes at the store this week! It was almost cheaper to buy a whole bag at the time, so I did, but it’s been a challenge to figure out how to use them all before they go bad. Fortunately, I was able to use four of them in this recipe!

How to Make Cilantro-Lime Chicken Salad

Ingredients

3-4 lbs of cooked chicken, shredded
6 carrots, peeled and diced
2/3 cup dried cranberries (1/3 cup for Low-FODMAP)
6 spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup lime juice
1 TBS maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Preparation

Mix and enjoy!

Notes: To keep this recipe Low-FODMAP, only use the green parts of the the spring onions and keep in mind that one FODMAP friendly serving of cranberries is 1 TBS per person. This recipe makes about 6 servings, so you will need to decrease the dried cranberries to 1/3 of a cup.


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