Fall Recipe Roundup Part Two

Paleo, vegan, and clean eating recipes perfect for fall weather.

  

Well, it’s my favorite time of year again! I’ve got long sleeves on, I’m drinking a pumpkin chai latte with almond milk, and I’m looking out over the tops of the trees in my neighborhood as they change from green to yellow (in a very trendy ombre way, I must say!). Time for boots, long sweaters, crisp mornings, and comfort food! Here are some of my favorite recipes to warm you up this season!
 

Pastelon (Caribbean Shepherds Pie)– paleo, dairy free, gluten free, one pot meal

Chipotle Orange Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes– paleo, dairy free, gluten free, one pot meal

Buffalo Cauliflower “Boneless Wings”– paleo, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free

Spicy Kale and Andouille Sausage Soup– paleo, dairy free, gluten free, one pot meal

Chipotle Roasted Butternut Squash Soup– paleo, dairy free, gluten free, can be made vegan

Cranberry Sauce– paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

Black Bean Brownies– vegan, gluten free, dairy free

 

 

 

PALEO VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING

Paleo vegan chocolate pudding is not only gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and egg free, it has a secret healthy ingredient: avocados!

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This paleo vegan chocolate pudding is the bomb! Do people still say that? Well, if they don’t they will again once they taste this!

The hardest thing about going paleo is taming my sweet tooth. I know sugar is addictive, and I have cut out all processed forms of it, but I will not give up maple syrup, honey or dark chocolate! You can pry them from my cold dead hands!!! (I know that’s extreme but I really feel strongly about sweets!). With that being said, sometimes I just get the craving for something creamy, cold and chocolatey, and it doesn’t go away until I get a fix. (Again, I know sugar is addictive, but let me have this one thing, damnit!). Out of this craving paleo chocolate pudding was born!

I recently had a dinner party where I wanted to try this out on some of my non-paleo friends to get their feedback, I realize I’m an adventurous eater so it’s always good for me to get a second opinion that isn’t my loving husband’s. I also like to see if someone who didn’t choose this lifestyle would still choose to have paleo chocolate pudding when they could easily have jello! Anyways, at the party I told my guests that the pudding was dairy free and that they had to try to guess what it was made from instead of milk. No one could figure it out. The secret ingredient is…..*drum roll*….. AVOCADOS!!!! (You have to say avocados like Oprah is introducing a guest there, that is how it is written in my head). That’s right, my favorite omega 3 packed super food is the base for this chocolate pudding! Avocados have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health, so if someone asks you what you’re eating, tell them “medicine!”. This is healthy right? I mean it’s practically a salad. A chocolate covered banana salad…. Mmmmm….

Ingredients:

4 Avocados; peeled and pitted
2 Bananas; peeled
1/2 cup dairy free/soy free dark chocolate (melted)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp honey

In a mixer with a whisk attachment (or in a bowl using a hand mixer, or in a food processor) combine above ingredients and mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours before serving. Optional: top with whipped coconut cream. Yup, it’s that easy, there’s no excuse not to make this.
Enjoy!

PALEO CARROT CAKE COOKIES

Paleo carrot cake cookies, gluten free, dairy free, grain free cookies made from almond pulp left over from homemade almond milk. 

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These paleo carrot cake cookies were born out of the fact that I hate to waste anything!  My wonderful husband has recently started making us homemade almond milk every week from the recipe found on the blog Against All Grain, and I have started trying to find ways to use the almond pulp you are left with.  After the last experiment of turning the almond pulp into grainless maple cinnamon granola  (which I would say was very successful!) I decided to continue treating it as oats in a recipe, since the textures are similar.  I’m only three weeks in on my new paleo lifestyle and the sugary cravings I would once give into are in full force, so I decided to try to turn the almond pulp into something that only seems indulgent, and still follows the paleo guidelines.  I was unsure of how these would turn out, but I’m happy to say they are the perfect marriage of healthy cookie and delicious carrot cake!

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups of dried almond pulp (if you don’t have almond pulp, just send 1 and 1/2 cups of almonds through a food processor until coarsely ground)

3/4 cups grated carrots

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup dairy free/soy free chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)

1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp melted coconut oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup maple syrup

pinch of salt

To dry almond pulp:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place almond pulp on a parchment lined cookie sheet, spread out in an even layer, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

Turn oven up to 325 degrees.

Combine dried almond pulp, chopped pecans, grated carrots, chocolate chips, cinnamon, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and an egg.  Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.

Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for a half an hour.

Once chilled, pack the cookie dough into a tablespoon and drop onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray (flatten the top of the dough out a little bit).  Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool completely before storing (that is if you don’t eat them all off the cookie sheet as they’re cooling!) Enjoy!

 

Makes 20 cookies.

 

 

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN UPDATE

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Well it has been two weeks since I wrapped up my week-long digestive system healing “cleanse”, similar to the GAPs diet and I am happy to report that I still feel great! I have been able to pinpoint a few things that upset my digestive system and give me heartburn and I have found that as long as I stay away from them I feel amazing!

My digestive system irritating culprits are:

Raw onion- Immediate sickness, I’m talking the worst heartburn EVER and almost flu-like symptoms. (Yuck!)

Black coffee- It isn’t so bad if it’s more almond milk than coffee, but I had a cup of straight up black coffee and thought I had ruined all of my hard work. My stomach became super inflamed and I was sweating like crazy! I can’t give up coffee (it goes hand-in-hand with my workaholism) but I’m definitely going to dilute it from now on.

Dairy- It was never my friend in large amounts, I get an ear ache and super mucousy, ew.

I’m still avoiding most raw fruits and vegetables since they’ve always taken a toll on my digestive system, but the few salads and the amazing cantaloupe right out of my uncle’s garden I had didn’t seem to make me as sleepy and crampy as usual!

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN WRAP UP!

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Well I’m officially done with my digestive system healing diet, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet, as of today! Days six and seven went pretty well, Saturday I stuck to bone broth and soup until dinner, which was a cookout, where I had a grilled bison filet and mashed butternut squash. My stomach has been feeling great, I’ve gone a week without heartburn and the bloating and inflammation in my gut is gone! I’m still making food choices that are gentle on my stomach, staying away from dairy, alcohol, caffeine and raw fruits and vegetables. I’m beginning to think that any whole grains put a bit of strain on my digestive system, so I’m keeping those to a minimum as well.

A few pointers:

-Since you are discouraged from using a microwave, while stove-less at work I would run my broth, which I stored in mason jars,  under the hottest water possible to heat it.

-I used digestive bitters every day.  I would put like 20 drops into 8 ounces of water and drink it two or three times a day. This helped me get through cravings A LOT.  I got mine from Mockingbird Meadows, Dawn is amazing if you have any questions!

-Don’t beat yourself up if you cheat on the meal plan, you’re human! Just get back on the wagon and do better!

 

Just in case you think there’s no way possible I changed this much in a week, take a look at my results:

 

Before I was so bloated and inflamed, I feel like I looked about 3 months pregnant.  After I have a flat, happy, healthy tummy!

 

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I’m going to be changing how I have been eating to a more clean, whole foods, no dairy (almost vegan) diet and the recipes on my blog will start to reflect that, but don’t worry, I’ll throw in the occasional indulgence from time to time!

DAY FIVE ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day five on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet.  Nothing too crazy to report, I had a bit of a headache, either from lack of caffeine or bacteria die off, but it wasn’t unbearable.  I did however advance myself along in my meal plan and had a light dinner of a bun-less veggie burger, something that would normally cause stomach cramping and heartburn, but actually had no negative effects!  That does not give me permission to jump back in and start eating whatever again, I still plan on following out the rest of my meal plan, and introducing things that would have been a problem very slowly at dinner; with caffeine, alcohol, dairy and raw fruits/vegetables being very last on the list.  The weirdest part of this whole diet has been my body odor, I started noticing on day three that my skin smelled really sweet, and even my husband commented that I smell like chocolate, not the worst thing to smell like! Tomorrow I brave a cookout, so I’ll let you know how that goes!

DAY FOUR ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day four on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet. I’m going to try to put this delicately…the symptoms people think of when they hear “cleanse” started in the morning. Lots of time in the bathroom if you catch my drift. But really, that only lasted until about 11 am and then everything was back to normal. This was the first day I didn’t feel like I needed a cup of coffee, and the cravings for terrible food were at a minimum. I had a little bit of stomach discomfort in the evening, which might have been bad bacteria dying off. Again, nothing life altering. I have started a board on Pinterest of gluten free, mostly grain free, dairy free recipes to start trying once the week is over, so I’m looking forward to that! I think the best part of all of this is how much water I have been drinking, I’ve never been one to be good about staying hydrated, but I can already tell what a huge difference that alone is making!

DAY THREE ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day three on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet. It wasn’t the worst I’ve ever felt, but I could definitely feel my body trying to fight off the bad bacteria giving it’s last effort in my stomach. At times I felt a little nauseous and was feverish all day. The caffeine and sugar cravings were rough, all I wanted in the world was an iced mocha from Crimson cup! Oh, and I cheated again. I wanted pancakes soooooo badly and started getting so lightheaded that, in order to not take out a whole IHOP, I made some. Now before you freak out, these “pancakes” were puréed butternut squash, cinnamon and almond meal, cooked like a pancake in coconut oil, topped with the tiniest bit of honey. They weren’t pretty, and they weren’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, but they kept me from falling completely off the wagon so I don’t feel bad! At this point it still isn’t effecting my daily life, I’m not running to the bathroom every five minutes or so hungry I can’t even function. My stomach feels healthy, it isn’t inflamed at all and the headaches have been minimal. Annnnd I’m halfway there!!!!

DAY TWO ON DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HEALING MEAL PLAN

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Yesterday was day two on my digestive system healing meal plan, similar to the GAPs Intro Diet. I was pretty hungry, and I actually cheated a bit and gave into a sugar craving with a piece of dark chocolate. My stomach gurgled a little but nothing major happened. I don’t feel guilty about it though, and if you ever deviate from your plans don’t beat yourself up about it, just get back on track afterwards. The meal plan still isn’t horrible to follow though, it isn’t effecting my daily life at all and my stomach feels normal! I’ve heard day three is the worst though, so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow!