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Baked Zucchini Wedges

As a child growing up I really disliked zucchini. My mother used to grow it in the garden and we had it with every meal! I think it was the only vegetable that she was good at growing. As an adult I love it! But winning my daughters over is a battle worth winning! I have succeeded in making it two ways. The first is grilled. The second is baked. I take zucchini and cut into large wedges. The larger wedges seem to hold up better in the oven. They get a chance to crisp without turning to mush. I season mine with Italian seasoning that I buy in the bulk section at Whole Foods Market. You may use whatever you like. Preheat oven to 350. Place zucchini wedges on a baking sheet, lightly tossed with olive oil and arrange in a single layer. Lightly dust with coconut flour and your seasonings. Bake for 20 to 25 mins.

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Better Than Chips?... Try Kale Chips

image6 Our family always wants a salty crunchy snack. Kale chips are an easy and inexpensive way to snack healthy. image4 Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. I start with washed and very dry kale. The kale needs to be dry or it will not crisp properly instead it will burn. I wash my kale in the morning and let it air dry on a towel for a few hours. I add it to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. I toss it thoroughly, rubbing all the leaves together with your hands. Place kale on a cookie sheet. You can sprinkle anything you like on your kale, it is a blank canvas! I use curry, salt, pepper, cumin or Greek seasoning to name a few. image2 Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, kale will go from crispy to burned real quick! image6 Watch for the kale to brown. I leave some of the stems on mine but you don't have to. image3   Enjoy!  
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New Miracle Idea Will Save Your Life and Sanity... Meal Prep

image9 This may look like an ordinary pan filled with eggs ready for boiling but it is the first step in saving time! This dozen or so eggs can be meals in a flash. Deviled eggs with ham on top, egg salad or simply sprinkled with salt and paprika. The possibilities are endless. I spend time with my clients helping them make healthy meals that are easy to fix during the week to accommodate busy schedules. I like to meal prep on Thursday's for the weekend and meal prep on Sunday for the week ahead. image1 Ground turkey with red peppers, scallions and onion were cooked for fast dinners and easy kid lunches. Mustard is a must! image3 Lightly sauté a pound of mushrooms with arugula, radicchio, and kale for a healthy and filling side dish. image2 A sheet pan filled with cauliflower, brussels sprouts, red peppers and green bell peppers drizzled with coconut oil, salt and pepper roasted in the oven makes a great side dish or smart snack. image7image6 Making homemade kale chips is my favorite! So easy and healthy. Wash, dry and add to a big bowl. Lightly cover in olive oil. Season however you like. I use curry, pepper, cumin or coriander. Many like just kosher salt. image5 I also make containers full of healthy snacks. Cucumber chips, melons, clementines, carrot sticks, pickled tomatoes to name a few. image4 This is just a peek at what I do. My client goes home happy and confident. They will have all the tools they will need to make their next food choice a healthy one. That's how the journey begins. One step at a time!  
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Cheat Meal! Cheese Alert! Swiss Chard, Zucchini, Eggplant Lasagna

image Once a week we have a cheat meal and here it is! I prepare for this meal a few weeks in in advance. I go to my local Farmers Market and buy about ten pounds of not so attractive tomatoes. I cook them on the stove top via my dutch oven. I add garlic, salt, pepper and basil. photo 2 A few hours of slow cooking. Remove from heat and ladle into freshly washed quart mason jars. These will keep in a cool place for up too three months. photo 1 "Saucy Cheesy Chard Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna" 4 to 5 cups Tomato Sauce 4 Large Zucchini 2 Large Eggplants 1 Large bunch of Swiss Chard 3 Cups of Cheese Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. I thin slice my eggplant and zucchini. Do not slice too thin, they will not hold up to the cooking and will fall apart when you serve your lasagna, yucky! photophoto I wash and tear my swiss chard. Discard the stems. Be sure to rinse well, chard can be sandy! Leaving the leave in whole pieces. photo Here comes the CHEAT part! The cheese! I love this cheese so much but if you have no clue what it is or have your own favorite, no problems. My friends in WA got me hooked on this! image In a rectangle glass baking dish start layering the ingredients. Sauce, eggplant, chard, zucchini then cheese. Repeat. Top with remaining sauce. Cover top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes. It will be bubbly hot and the cheese on top will be golden when done. Here is a huge tip! Let your lasagna "rest" for 15 to 20 minutes so it can "set".  Serving right from the oven will result in a mess!    
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Tired of Cauliflower? Try Celery Root

image When we started Whole 30 for the first time I went crazy adding cauliflower to my mashed potatoes.  Well with all that practice we were becoming a little sick of having them. I saw these strange but familiar looking things at my local Farmers Market.  I started a conversation with the man that grew them.  He told me the most common uses. The one that stood out was mashed celery root. He said it tastes just like a potato! image "Celery Root Mashed Potatoes" 5 Small Red Potatoes peeled and diced 1 (about 1 1/3 pounds) Large Celery Root Peeled and Diced Salt Pepper 2 Teaspoons Grassfed Butter (Kerrygold) Start with your Celery Root. It looks like a real bugger to tackle but a sharp knife will make short work of it! Peel, chop and dice. photo In a large pot add the peeled, diced red potatoes and the celery root. Bring the water to a boil and cook until fork tender. image Drain but save some of the cooking water (1/3 cup) for the mashing. Return cooked red potatoes and celery root to the pot. image Add salt, pepper and butter. I hand mash mine but using your own method will work too.  I add a tablespoon of the cooking liquid as I go until desired consistency. image
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Garlic Roasted Artichokes

photo 1 In my area, we are getting some lovely artichokes at the markets. The weather hear is still  hot during the day but cool in the late afternoon. Just in time to turn the oven on and roast some artichokes. photo 3 Put a large stock pot half way filled with water on to boil. I start with one whole artichoke per person. In my house there is no sharing! I wash my artichokes and trim the stem. I trim the end of the leaves next. Some have thorns on them like roses. I have always trimmed them so my kids never have to bite into one. Ouch! photo 4 Trimmed, now cut in half. When water is boiling place your artichokes in to cook. I  cook mine until fork tender. photo 2 Remove from water, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. image With a heavy hand, drizzle the artichokes with extra virgin olive oil. image Chop 2 or 3 cloves of garlic. Sprinkle evenly over artichokes. image Sprinkle with Himalayan Pink Salt or the salt of your choice. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown and glorious! image
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Caution Work in Progress

images Making beet chips is new for me. I am learning as I go. Slicing the beets as thin as possible results in a crisper chip. Thicker is chewier.  All about your preference. I love to use red beets and golden. This is the link to the recipe I am currently using.  Civilized Caveman is the bomb! I will post more of my own pictures once I make more than a few batches. photo http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/sidessoupsdrinks/oven-roasted-beet-chips/ Fresh Red Beets  
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Let's Taco About It

image My Husband and three daughters made dinner tonight. We had lettuce wrap tacos with fresh homemade guacamole. I was just the photographer tonight. Please let me know if you would like the recipes! I will put them right up. image image image image image image image      
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Eggtastic!

photo 1 I am so happy eggs are not getting a bad rap anymore! We need some fat in our diet! Eggs are so nutritious and easy to make for any meal!  Making some this morning was a big smile maker in my house!  Ways we enjoy are; guacamole and salsa, bacon and brussels sprouts, ham and scallions to name a few. photo 3 I always use a spoonful of unrefined cold pressed organic coconut oil. It helps us get our coconut fat in for the day. The flavor is delicious. photo 2 I always buy Organic Brown Eggs that come from chickens on a non corn or soy diet. Check your area for local Farmers Markets they are a great source for these!
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More Info on Whole 30

photo August 1st our family started our second round of Whole 30.  For more information please go to whole30.com.  This website helped me and I know it will help you too. Whole 30 is like hitting the reset button on your body. You will eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, good fats, nuts and seeds. no dairy, grain, sugar (honey, agave maple and anything synthetic), corn or legumes. Ta Da you're Paleo!  There are so many ways to do this the ways are endless!
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Mini Shrimp Cocktail with My Mini Me!

photo 1 Me and My Mini were at Whole Foods getting our Coho Salmon. The little wild caught bay shrimp looked good!   So a pound later, mini shrimp cocktail.. I make my cocktail sauce from no added sugar tomato puree, horseradish and garlic. If you want the recipe let me know! Divided the wild caught bay shrimp into five small ramekins. Spooned on cocktail sauce and added a lemon wedge. Appetizers done! photo 2
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PaleAvocado (pu LAH vO Ca doe) Dressing

image Giving up the processed salad dressing was hard, Hidden Valley Ranch users, big time. When our family did The Whole 30, I learned and loved making my own. This recipe is our favorite. "PaleAvocado Dressing" 1 Ripe Avocado 4 Tablespoons Water 2 Tablespoons Olive Oli 1/2 Lemon 1 Teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning Salt I use my Bullet Blender for this. You can use a hand blender, food processor or bowl and a fork. I have done them all. Add all ingredients. Squeeze lemon and blend until whipped, 1 to 2 minutes. photo One Minute............ image Two Minutes.............. image Done! Thick and creamy ready to use! image  
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