Cauliflower Colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day (Whole30) (Paleo) (Low Carb)

A Whole 30, low-carb, nutrient-packed version of the comfort food classic for St. Paddy’s Day.

Cauliflower Colcannon (a.k.a. Caulicannon) for a #paleo #whole30 #lowcarb St. Patrick's Day

Cauliflower Colcannon (a.k.a. Caulicannon) for a #paleo #whole30 #lowcarb St. Patrick’s Day

As one of the unmistakable portents of impending spring, St. Patrick’s Day recipes are starting to pop up all over. I’ve come to love cauliflower rice in so many different forms, so a few years ago, I thought, why not use cauliflower mash as the foundation of a low-carb AND paleo colcannon? Let’s call it Caulicannon.

On top of good flavors, the texture combination works really well here. All on its own, I do generally prefer either ricing cauliflower or roasting it, rather than the pureed version that can be substituted for potatoes, but in this instance, it really hits the spot. My only regret is not doubling the recipe so I’d have more leftovers! Can’t help thinking this would be excellent with some corned beef or bangers, but it would pair well with anything that goes with mashed potatoes.

Slainte to all!…

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Cauliflower Biryani Rice (Whole 30) (Paleo) (Vegan)

A low-carb, paleo side dish to go with any Indian feast!

Cauliflower Biryani Rice #paleo #whole30 #vegan #glutenfree #grainfree

Cauliflower Biryani Rice

This spin on cauliflower rice was originally created to accompany my Tikka Masala Meatballs, but it was so tasty (and is so healthy, by any metric) I thought it deserved its own post. Perfect for Whole 30 – and also happens to be vegan, if you swing that way.

3 cups of riced cauliflower (I pulse it in my food processor) is ABOUT
what I get from one medium head, but if it’s a little more or a little less, don’t sweat it. If you’re using pre-riced cauliflower that’s starting to be sold all over (Trader Joe’s New Seasons, etc.), I just wanted to give you a ballpark amount.

CAULIFLOWER BIRYANI RICE

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
4 green cardamom pods
1 teaspoon nigella seeds
1/2 teaspoon  coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
3 cups (or thereabouts) cauliflower, riced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, nigella seeds (you could substitute cumin seeds if you can’t find nigella, a.k.a. charnoushka), coriander seeds, and turmeric. Sauté until onions have started to turn golden brown and the spices are oh-so-fragrant; 4-5 minutes. Add salt and cauliflower and cook for about 7-8 minutes.

Remove cinnamon stick (the other whole spices are fine), take of heat, stir in almonds and cilantro, and serve!

Cauliflower Biryani Rice (Whole 30) (Paleo) (Vegan)
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 3 cups (or thereabouts) cauliflower, riced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, nigella seeds (you could substitute cumin seeds if you can't find nigella, a.k.a. charnoushka), coriander seeds, and turmeric.
  2. Sauté until onions have started to turn golden brown and the spices are oh-so-fragrant; 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add salt and cauliflower and cook for about 7-8 minutes.
  4. Remove cinnamon stick (the other whole spices are fine), take of heat, stir in almonds and cilantro, and serve!

Cauliflower Biryani Rice #paleo #whole30 #vegan #glutenfree #grainfree

Paleo, vegan, Whole 30 Cauliflower Biryani Rice

— posted by Anne

Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs (Whole 30) (Paleo)

A paleo spin on a longtime favorite: Chicken Tikka Masala in meatball form.

Paleo Tikka Masala Meatballs with Cauliflower Biryani Rice #whole30 #GF #dairyfree

Paleo Tikka Masala Meatballs with Cauliflower Biryani Rice – coming soon!

If you’re a fan of this dish already, you’re probably aware that it is technically NOT a purely authentic Indian dish, but was rather developed in the UK (and of course heavily influenced by Indian cuisine). As I’ve been experimenting with a variety of meatball combinations on a recent Whole 30, the idea for this variation seemed like a very necessary natural addition to my repertoire.

Note on preparation: I like to make the meatball mixture the night before, so as to let the flavors ‘marinate’ a bit, as you would do with the chicken if you were making the original dish. But you can easily do it all in one go as well. …

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Whole 30 Zoodles Puttanesca (Low Carb) (Paleo)

The flavor POW of puttanesca sauce meets the low-carb, Whole 30 friendly zucchini noodle. 

Zoodles alla Puttanesca

Zoodles alla Puttanesca

For those of you continuing Whole 30 from a January start, those who are starting anew in February,  or those whoi are just  keeping with generally paleo principles, this dish is a total pleaser. It happens to be low carb, paleo, gluten, grain and dairy-free, all the dietary superlatives (save for vegan, thanks to the anchovies), but really, it’s all about gorgeous flavors made with nourishing veggies (plus those aforementioned anchovies). You can put the whole shebang together in 20-30 minutes, or you can prep the sauce the night before to let (almost) all the ingredients do that magical meddling thing they do, then whip the zucchini noodles together when you reheat the sauce and toss in the parsley. Whatever your fancy, puttanesca is a perfect vehicle for zoodles – and vice versa.  …

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Greek Chicken Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce (Whole30) (Dairy Free) (Grain Free) (Low Carb)

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce

Greek flavors shine with these chicken meatballs and avocado tzatziki sauce. Yes, that’s right: dairy free Tzatziki sauce!

Greek Meatballs are so delicious I may never go back to plain old meatballs. I like using ground chicken here, because the chicken is a perfect canvas for the Greek flavors to shine. Seriously, it was difficult not to eat the whole pan of these little cuties.

And dairy-free Tzatziki is truly a revelation! So, so good.

With my new Whole30 life, I have begun to experiment with replacements for things like sour cream and yogurt. Avocado as a replacement for yogurt work perfectly here. All you need to do is add lemon juice to achieve the tartness of yogurt and the taste and texture of the avocado is divine. I like my sauce a little chunky, so a food processor works perfectly for this. If you like your sauce more blended, use a blender. I was so pleased with this sauce that I will make it this way forever!

Greek Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Chicken Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken meat
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 cup minced parsley
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together with hands. Roll into balls that are 2 tablespoons each. Chill for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place meatballs on an oiled baking sheet. Spray meatballs lightly with oil. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Broil for the last minute until lightly browned.

Avocado Tzatziki Sauce

Place in a food processor or blender:  flesh of one ripe Haas avocado; 1 cup diced seedless cucumber;1 clove garlic, minced; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Blend until cucumber is in very small bits. Stir in 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill. Taste and add more salt as desired.

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce (Whole30) (Dairy Free) (Low Carb)
 
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Greek flavors shine with these chicken meatballs and avocado tzatziki sauce.
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 0Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground chicken meat
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together with hands. Roll into balls that are 2 tablespoons each. Chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place meatballs on an oiled baking sheet. Spray meatballs lightly with oil. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Broil for the last minute until lightly browned.
  4. For avocado Tzatziki sauce:
  5. Place in a food processor or blender: flesh of one ripe Haas avocado; 1 cup diced seedless cucumber;1 clove garlic, minced; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; and ½ teaspoon salt. Blend until cucumber is in very small bits. Stir in 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill. Taste and add more salt as desired.

Other bloggers Greek meatballs:

Baked Greek Meatballs with Feta, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Gyro Meatball Lettuce Wraps, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce, Garnish with Lemon
Greek Lamb Meatballs, Nutmeg Nanny
Greektown Ground Turkey Meatballs, The Perfect Pantry

Romesco Shrimp Zucchini Noodles ( Zoodles ) ( Whole30 )

Romesco and zucchini – a match made in Flavor Heaven!
Whole30 Romesco Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

Whole30 dinners are fun and flavorful when you use zucchini noodles for your “pasta.”

I adapted this recipe from the Whole30 cookbook, and it is a revelation! So fun and fresh and packed with wonderful flavors and textures. This recipe fits so many styles of eating. It is low-carb, dairy free, gluten free, paleo and, of course, Whole30. And, of course, it is for regular omnivores as well.

I simplified a Romesco sauce I found last year in Fine Cooking, to make it a little more weeknight friendly, and I skipped the bread slice to make it fit Whole30. Didn’t miss the bread at all.

The Romesco sauce is easy to use and such a refreshing change from plain marinara. I love, love LOVE the combo of the toasted almonds and red pepper. SO good!

I see this dish as becoming a regular in my Whole30 life for the rest of this month. With dishes like this, how can Whole30 be hard to stick to?

This Whole30 thing is going to be superb!

Whole30 Romesco Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

 

ROMESCO SHRIMP ZUCCHINI NOODLES

Serves 4
Ready in 40 minutes

4 medium zucchini noodles
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons diced parsley
Romesco Sauce:
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 cup diced onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 red bell pepper, roasted and chopped ( or, use purchased jarred pepper)
1/2 cup tomato puree
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Convert zucchini into long, thin strips that are about 1/4 inch thick. (NOTE: If you have a spiralizer, use it here!) Blanch the zucchini “noodles” in boiling water or in a microwave oven, just until softened slightly, not mushy. Place them on a plate.
Add the oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook the onion until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add in shrimp and cook on each side until firm and opaque, a few minutes per side.
Serve immediately on top of zucchini “noodles” with Romesco sauce and sprinkled with parsley.

For Romesco Sauce:
In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the nuts and onion in oil for a few minutes, until onion is softened. Add in garlic and smoked paprika and cook for another minute. Add roasted red bell pepper and tomato puree and cook another 2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the skillet frequently. Place skillet contents in a blender and add rest of ingredients. Blend until very smooth, about 3 minutes.

Whole30 Romesco Shrimp Zucchini Noodles
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Whole30
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 medium zucchini noodles
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced parsley
  • Romesco Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and chopped ( or, use purchased jarred pepper)
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Convert zucchini into long, thin strips that are about ¼ inch thick. (NOTE: If you have a spiralizer, use it here!) Blanch the zucchini "noodles" in boiling water or in a microwave oven, just until softened slightly, not mushy. Place them on a plate.
  2. Add the oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook the onion until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add in shrimp and cook on each side until firm and opaque, a few minutes per side.
  3. Serve immediately on top of zucchini "noodles" with Romesco sauce and sprinkled with parsley.
  4. For Romesco Sauce:
  5. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the nuts and onion in oil for a few minutes, until onion is softened. Add in garlic and smoked paprika and cook for another minute. Add roasted red bell pepper and tomato puree and cook another 2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the skillet frequently. Place skillet contents in a blender and add rest of ingredients. Blend until very smooth, about 3 minutes.

I must try these Zoodles recipes with a few tweaks to be Whole30:

Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi, Just a Taste
Vegan Ramen Soup with Zucchini Noodles, Inspiralized
Zucchini Noodles with Cherry Tomatoes, Sausage and Garlic Sauce, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Avocado Basil Zucchini Noodles, Inspiralized
Zucchini Noodles with Clam Sauce, Everyday Maven

Coconut Curry Chicken (Whole30) (Low Carb) (Dairy Free)

Whole30 Coconut Curry Chicken

And the Apron Strings Whole30 fest continues with this quick and easy and legal Coconut Chicken Curry dish.

This is one of those desperation dinner ideas that you should always keep in your back pocket. You saute the chicken and then put it in the oven while you are finishing your sauce.

The coconut milk curry sauce has such good, deep flavor for only having cooked for a few minutes. It is exceptional. It is taken from the Whole30 cookbook with just a few minor tweaks.

Highly recommend.

Whole30 Coconut Curry Chicken

Coconut Curry Chicken (Whole30) (Low Carb) (Dairy Free)

Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Whole30
Author: Donna
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on)
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons favorite curry powder
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lime, quartered
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet (cast iron is perfect for this recipe) to medium high heat. Add oil and place chicken breasts in skillet, skin side down. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until skin is golden brown and crispy. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet, skin side up, and then place in the oven and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, while making the sauce.
Add onion to skillet and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and curry powder and cook another minute. Add crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, salt and pepper and cook, scraping bottom of skillet frequently, for about 10 minutes, until thickened.
Serve chicken breasts drizzled with sauce. Serve sprinkled with lime juice.

Whole30 Coconut Curry Chicken (Low Carb) (Dairy Free)
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Whole30
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 4 chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons favorite curry powder
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lime, quartered
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet (cast iron is perfect for this recipe) to medium high heat. Add oil and place chicken breasts in skillet, skin side down. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until skin is golden brown and crispy. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet, skin side up, and then place in the oven and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, while making the sauce.
  3. Add onion to skillet and cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and curry powder and cook another minute. Add crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, salt and pepper and cook, scraping bottom of skillet frequently, for about 10 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Serve chicken breasts drizzled with sauce. Serve sprinkled with lime juice.

 

Compound Coconut Oil “Butters” – Easy Homemade Gifts for All The Foodies On Your List

Compound Coconut Oil “Butters” are perfect homemade gifts for all the foodies on your list
– including the vegan ones!

Compound Coconut Oil "Butters" #Homemade gifts for all the foodies on your list - including the #vegan ones!

Compound Coconut Oil “Butters”

The time of year has come when all my people are figuring out what special homemade foodie treats we’ll be making for the foodies on our list.  This year: the basic concept of compound butter (such a great flavor enhancer for so many things), but made with coconut oil instead. Perfect for all food lovers, including the vegan, paleo, or otherwise dairy-free ones, and they last for ages on the shelf, too!

Really easy as can be. Pick one or two (or all) of the flavor combinations laid out below, and play around with other variations if you like, of course! I like the sturdiness of small mason jars, but you can use any container you desire.

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Pumpkin Spice Tacos

Pumpkin Spice Tacos: sometimes a bandwagon is a very good thing. (Yes, they’re savory.)

Pumpkin Spice Tacos #vegetarian #vegan #gf #dairyfree

Pumpkin Spice Tacos

Not long ago, the advent of fall made itself known via the onslaught of pumpkin spice everything, everywhere. Judging by my social media streams, roughly half the population couldn’t possibly be more stoked about it, while the other half rolled their eyes at the now annual flavor phenomenon. Clearly in the latter crowd, a friend posted this picture:

On display at the Rosepepper Cantina in Nashville

On display at the Rosepepper Cantina in Nashville.

And being me, I thought, ” . . . that actually sounds pretty good.” Okay, not as in a sugared-up dessert, but with savory spices, in a vegetarian Southwest context. What’s not to love? By the way, the pic above, from the Rosepepper Cantina? They have a long history of hilarious signage – check out a collection of their hits here. …

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Caramel with Molasses, Maple and Sucanat: Apples Optional

Sometimes it’s worth sharing a fail when there’s a WIN in the same effort, as in the case of these wretched-looking mini candy apples with what turned out to be an fabulously flavorful caramel sauce.

Caramel with Molasses, Maple and Sucanat #dairyfree #norefinedsugar

Go ahead, laugh. I deserve it! But truly, the flavor of the sauce is worth making this for other caramel uses.

Aren’t they pitiful? You can say so, I know they are. Any food blogger these days naturally gets excited when they think they may have a potential Pinterest hit in the works. I thought these adorable mini apples might be contenders, scooped with a melon baller and skewered with twig-shaped lollipop sticks, sprinkled with smoked sea salt.

Well.

The consistency was potentially a problem, but the moisture on the apple balls (having no skin on them) made them so slippery that the caramel more or less slid right off.  Letting the caramel cool and thicken a bit more helped a little, but as you can see, it was eventually to no avail.

But the good news is the flavor of the sauce. As I’ve mentioned once or thrice, I have a serious Thing for caramel and will eagerly try all the varieties I can. I wanted to experiment with some unrefined sweeteners (like sucanat and molasses from Wholesome Sweeteners). I also wanted to make it dairy-free and slightly lower-glycemic. Both the coconut milk and the unrefined sweeteners, the molasses lent the caramel a hint of tanginess and umami that worked beautifully – even if it looked far from beautiful melting around the base of those apples. And hey, the minerals in both the sucanat and the molasses give it a nutritional boost as well. …

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