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Roasted Butternut Squash

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)*, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30

roasted and cubed butternut squash with cinnamon

Looking for a new way to enjoy butternut squash? This is it!

Roasted butternut squash with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg is a simple, healthy and flavorful side dish that your whole family will enjoy. (Seriously, even our picky toddler loved it!) This dish is quick and easy to prepare and very versatile – it pairs well with just about anything from beef to black beans! We’ve even thrown it into a vegetarian chili with great results.

Can’t get enough butternut in your life? Check out my Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup!

How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Ingredients

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
avocado oil
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg*
salt

*To make this AIP compliant, substitute ground nutmeg with mace

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange cubed butternut on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toss with avocado oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg (or mace), and salt to taste.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until tender.


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Maple-Ginger Roasted Carrots

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

maple ginger roasted carrots on a baking sheet

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.

Maple-Ginger Roasted Carrots Recipe

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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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Curry Stuffed Peppers

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Vegan

two curry stuffed peppers on a plate with a fork

A while back, I gave up making traditional stuffed peppers. I loved the idea of having stuffed peppers for dinner because it was something that I enjoyed when I was a kid. I tried numerous times to get the ratio of rice, tomato, ground beef, and Italian spices correct, but something always went wrong and without fail I ended up with bland, Italian-ish peppers. Bleh.

So I gave up on the idea of making traditional stuffed peppers and decided to try something new: curry stuffed peppers! These curry stuffed peppers are anything but bland because if there’s one thing I can get right in the kitchen, it’s curry!

four curry stuffed peppers on a plate with garnishes

These curry stuffed peppers will quickly become a new dinnertime favorite and make a satisfying meal for “Meatless Monday.” Even children will enjoy them because while they are packed full of spices, the curry is not “hot.” (Though you can certainly turn up the heat if you wish by adding some cayenne or red pepper flakes!)

Serve with a salad for a refreshing and filling whole food plant-based meal.

Curry Stuffed Pepper Recipe

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Ingredients

6 bell peppers
1 cup rice, uncooked
2 15oz cans coconut milk, lite
1 onion, chopped
7 cloves garlic, chopped
2 TBS ground cumin
1 TBS ground turmeric
1 TBS ground ginger
1 TBS ground coriander
1/2 TBS paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
to garnish: halved cherry tomatoes, walnuts and fresh parsley

Preparation

Slice the tops of your peppers off and remove the cores, seeds, and membranes. Arrange upright in a baking dish and spray with oil. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 mins and remove from the oven.

Pour coconut milk into a pot and add rice. Bring to a boil then simmer, covered, until rice is fluffy.

Saute garlic and onion until tender. When the rice is finished, mix in onion, garlic and spices.

Fill peppers with the rice mixture and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Top with walnuts, tomatoes, and parsley to serve.


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Carrot Top Pesto

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

carrot top pesto with rainbow carrots on a wooden cutting board

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!

pesto made with carrot greens topped with sliced almonds and surrounded by rainbow carrots

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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Easy Vegan Apple Crisp

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Vegan

vegan apple crisp in casserole dish near three red apples

What do you do when you’ve got a dozen apples and a rainy day? Make an apple crisp, of course! Apple crisps are an great way to take advantage of apple-picking season and to bring some fall flavor into your home…without rolling out any finicky pie crusts!

You’re going to love this apple crisp for a number of reasons: it’s easy to make, it’s allergy-friendly, and it’ll make your house smell great when you bake it! It also tastes better than your average apple crisp (and maybe your grandmother’s) because I’ve tweaked the traditional spice blend and reduced the sugar. The result is a sweet and tangy vegan apple crisp that’s sure to please the whole family.

Serve with a scoop of ice cream (or nice cream) and a drizzle of caramel sauce for a perfect fall treat.


Easy Vegan Apple Crisp Recipe

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Ingredients

For the Filling:
10 medium-sized apples (any variety), cored and sliced
2 TBS golden or white sugar
1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

For the Oat Crumble Topping:
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free All Purpose 1:1 Baking flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup solid coconut oil

Note: For a coconut allergy, substitute coconut oil with butter.

Preparation

Place sliced apples in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and spices. Pour the dry ingredients and the vinegar into the bowl of apples and toss to coat. Arrange the apple slices on the the bottom of a 9 x 11 inch baking dish and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients for the oat crumble topping. Then cut in the solid coconut oil until pea-sized clumps begin to form. Spread the topping evenly over the apple filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the apples are tender, the juices are bubbling, and the topping is beginning to turn golden brown.

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Want to try another fun fall recipe that’s also dairy, egg, and gluten-free? Try my vegan Green Tomato Mock Apple Crisp!

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

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

bowl of creamy butternut soup with apples, cinnamon and ginger

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.

bowl of creamy butternut soup with apples, cinnamon and ginger

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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

hearty vegetable soup with beans, carrots, summer squash and cabbage

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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Sushi Salad with Soy-Lime Dressing

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

salad topped with sushi rice and nori with soy lime dressing

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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Interested in more recipes that feature limes? Check out my Cilantro-Lime Chicken Salad!

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Creamy Coconut Lemon-Leek Chicken Soup

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

creamy lemon leek chicken soup in a bowl

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? How do you cook a leek?

chopped leek above a pan

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.

creamy lemon leek chicken soup in a blue bowl

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.

Creamy Coconut Lemon-Leek Chicken Soup

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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

plate of pumpkin spice plantain chips

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.

flower stand with sunflowers and a decorative rooster

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.

plate of pumpkin spice plantain chips

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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