Gluten-free

Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb with Roasted Pepper Aioli

  My family loves this lamb recipe and I will make it every spring for either St. Paddy’s Day (of course, we are Gleeson’s) or for a delicious Easter Dinner! Lamb makes Easter seem much more special to me. I like to make my Cauliflower Mash as the perfect side dish alongside a mixed green salad. The leftover Roasted Pepper Aioli works amazing as a spread on a leftover lamb sandwich. Yum!! Your family will love this recipe, I’m certain. If you’ve never made lamb before, give it a try this spring!   Ingredients: For the Moroccan Spice Blend: 1 T allspice 1 tsp. finely ground black pepper 1 ½ tsp. fennel seeds 1 tsp. Cumin 1 tsp. Coriander 1 tsp. Cinnamon ¼ tsp. ground Cloves   Directions: 1. Grind fennel seeds in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Add in other spices and blend well.     For the Roasted Pepper Aioli: ½ C walnuts 1 C avocado oil mayo 3 garlic cloves 2 red roasted bell peppers 1 small red chili 1 T coconut sugar Juice of 1 lemon Salt & pepper   Directions: 1. Put all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.     For the Gremolata: 5 cloves garlic 1 bunch of parsley, cilantro or mint or a combination of all three 2 T salt and pepper   Directions: 1. Mince garlic, chop herbs and then mix with olive […]

Beet and Blueberry Salad with Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

  I love beets!!  Not only are they great for your liver but they also help balance out your hormones as well.  This salad is a really good combination of sweet and salty and I really enjoy the zip that lemon balm gives to the entire salad. In my opinion, though, the toasted coconut really takes it over the top.  Enjoy!!      Ingredients: 4 C greens (arugula, baby kale, spring mix) 1 C fresh basil, chopped 2 golden beets 1 red beet ½ medium red onion, sliced ½ cup blueberries ⅓ C toasted chopped pecans ⅓ C crumbled feta cheese ¼ C toasted unsweetened shredded coconut (gluten-free)     Dressing: ¼ C white balsamic vinegar ⅓ C olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp lemon zest 1 T raw honey ⅓ C chopped lemon balm Salt & Pepper     Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 2. Immerse beets completely under water in a medium saucepan, boil beets over medium-low heat until tender. 3. Remove the skin from the beets. (This should be easy if they are boiled) 4. Half the beets and then slice thinly.     5. Toast the pecans and coconut: Chop pecans and layer both the pecans and coconut on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.  Toast until golden. 6. To make the dressing: Add balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, lemon balm, and salt and pepper to a food processor or blender.  7. Start blender on low speed and slowly add […]

Kale and Toasted Pistachio Pesto

  Pesto is so delicious and I love making it so I challenged myself to try a vegan version and I have to say, I think it is the best I have made so far.  I removed all dairy by using nutritional yeast in place of the parmesan and also increased the nutritional value by adding Kale. I also added some toasted pistachios instead of pine nuts and wow!!!  What a difference it made. This pesto is so creamy and full of flavor that you are not missing a thing. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. You can use pesto for so many things, I enjoyed it mixed with some brown rice pasta and a few tomatoes for an energizing meal!     Ingredients:  4 C chopped kale 1 C fresh basil 2 garlic cloves ½ C roasted and salted pistachios ½ C nutritional yeast Juice of 1 ½ lemons Zest of 1 lemon ½ C of olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Brown rice pasta cooked according to box *check the box and make certain it is gluten-free if you are gluten intolerant.     Directions:  1. In a food processor, add kale, basil, garlic, pistachios, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, zest, and salt and pepper.     2. While processor is on the low speed, add in olive oil in a slow and steady stream until pesto comes together.  If you want a looser consistency you can add some additional olive oil or water […]

Cilantro Lime Slaw

  This Cilantro Lime Slaw is a key component of my fish tacos recipe. It really completes the taco in my opinion. It deserves a post of its own though because this slaw is a summertime staple. I make it frequently and keep it on hand as a quick side with almost anything from grilled chicken to sauteed shrimp, or just some simple avocado! The ingredients are healthy, clean and delicious and it’s EASY. It’s a great recipe to help you get both raw vegetables and healthy fats into your diet.  Enjoy!!   Ingredients: 1 C avocado oil mayo 3 T raw honey 2 T Braggs apple cider vinegar Juice of 1 lime ½ head of red cabbage, chopped ½ head green cabbage, chopped 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 2 green onions, finely diced     Directions:  1. Chop both kinds of cabbage and mix with the chopped red bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Drizzle with some of the lime juice. 2. Whisk together the mayo, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.     3. Pour the dressing over the slaw mixture and mix well! Serve in tacos or as a side for any occasion!                 © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Artichoke Squares

    I have been making these Artichoke Squares for my Balancing Hormone Bootcamps and they have definitely been a big hit!!!   Who can resist artichokes, onions, garlic, farm fresh eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and some thyme?? I love these for a protein-dense appetizer but they make a great breakfast on the go or a perfect addition to brunch. These are very easy to make in a batch ahead of time as part of your weekly meal prep. I hope you enjoy this healthy nutrient-dense option that everyone will love!!      Ingredients: 1 12- ounce jar of artichoke hearts marinated in oil  2 T olive oil or the reserved marinade from the artichokes. 1 small yellow onion finely chopped (I used a Vidalia onion which added a nice touch of sweetness) 1 clove garlic, minced 4 eggs ¼ C gluten-free bread crumbs {or regular if not on a gluten-free diet} ⅛ tsp pepper ¼ tsp salt  ½ tsp fresh thyme ⅛ tsp hot red pepper sauce if desired 2 C sharp cheddar cheese   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Drain artichoke hearts and chop fine. If using hearts marinated in oil, reserve 2 tablespoons of the oil. 3. Heat the 2 tablespoons of the reserved oil OR 2 tablespoons of olive oil, in a small skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until soft-about 5 minutes. Add the chopped artichoke hearts and saute with onion and garlic for […]

Grilled Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce

   Lamb Chops in a Lemon, Chive and Garlic Marinade Ingredients:  6 Lamb Chops 4 sliced garlic cloves 1 T chopped mint 1 T chopped fresh rosemary  ½ C minced chives or green portion of green onions ¼ C olive oil ⅓ C white balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper     Directions:  1. Combine garlic, mint, rosemary, chives, olive oil and vinegar and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. 2. Coat lamb chops with salt and pepper.  3. Add the lamb chops to marinade and flip once or twice to evenly coat them. 4. Refrigerate 4-6 hrs 5. 1 hour before grilling, remove lamb chops from the fridge, flip them over and allow to come to room temperature in the marinade. 6. Heat up the grill. 7. Grill lamb chops for 3 minutes on each side and then allow to rest covered in foil for 10 minutes.  This will give you a medium-rare lamb chop. If you desire well done, just add a minute to each side. 8. Top with chimichurri and ENJOY!     Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients:  ¼ C flat-leaf parsley ½ C cilantro 2 T fresh oregano 3 garlic cloves 3 T red wine vinegar ¼ C sherry vinegar 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp sea salt ½ C extra-virgin olive oil   Directions:  1. In a food processor or blender, combine parsley, cilantro, oregano, garlic, vinegars, crushed red pepper and sea salt.   2. With food processor on low, slowly drizzle olive oil in from the […]

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice I’ve found to be a satisfying substitute for grains. You don’t have to be strictly paleo to want to substitute grain sometimes. As you can tell by my other recipes, I’m not against whole grain in any way; I don’t believe in haphazardly removing food groups for no reason, however, it is true that many of my clients benefit greatly from either eliminating or reducing their grain intake. It just depends on the person. For example, someone who has high blood sugar or who is insulin resistant should not partake in very much grain at all.  While whole grains are amazing in so many ways, they still turn into sugar in your body. For most, that sugar is compensated for by the amount of fiber in the grain but for someone who is insulin resistant, those sugars are still going to be stored in your body as fat. Enter cauliflower rice! Cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts etc.) are so great for removing fake estrogens from the body and help level out your hormone levels. Plain white rice does not do that for you. Think of cauliflower rice as an easy way to add more goodness into your diet and treat your body right. This is one food trend I can get on board with, I love a grain free option that still satisfies. You can do so much with this easy recipe! Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower 3 green onions, finely chopped 3 TBS. Ghee Salt and […]

Candied Tomatoes

  This recipe comes from a Suzanne Sommers book from back in the day when I followed her.  I have been making them for as long as I can remember. They are so delicious and easy and  I promise you will fall in love with them!! These are wonderful on their own and you will probably find that you can’t stop eating them once they come out of the oven.  They are also great as a salad topper or paired with cheese or my homemade ricotta on a crostini.     Ingredients: 2 quarts cherry tomatoes, halved ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Salt      Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325. 2. Line a sheet pan (with sides) with parchment paper. 3. Toss tomatoes with olive oil and salt. 4. Line the tomatoes on a baking sheet with the cut side up.     5. Roast for 2 hours or until outside of the tomato is wrinkly and browned and the inside of the tomato is still moist. 6. Store in olive oil in the fridge.   Enjoy these on just about anything!!                 © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Homemade Greek Yogurt

I wanted to do this as a separate post especially because this is such a popular style of yogurt!  I love the flavor of my homemade so much better than the store bought and besides, it is remarkably cheaper. First of all, if you haven’t read the post on homemade yogurt, that is the perfect place to start. Greek yogurt is a secondary process once you have made a batch of your own regular yogurt. This process produces a thicker, creamier yogurt which I personally use to replace sour cream or cream cheese.  The longer you allow it to strain, the thicker it will be. Directions: 1. Set a strainer over a bowl lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth or a greek yogurt strainer.  They carry this brand at Kitchen and Company and can also be used to make yogurt cheese. 2.  Empty your homemade yogurt into the strainer and cover 3. Let sit until it is as thick as you want it. I usually let mine sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  It comes out thick and creamy.  4. What you will have left in the bottom is the whey. When strained, it will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator and can be added to your smoothies, used to make sauerkraut and sourdough bread. Eat up and enjoy your greek yogurt! I use it as a sour cream replacement and also on its own as a filling breakfast or snack. I top with my homemade granola, fresh fruit and raw honey!    Enjoy!!         […]

Herb Roasted Onions

  With fall approaching, I have been turning my attention to more root veggies… like onions! I know that roasted veggies aren’t exactly a new thing, but let me tell you, these roasted onions really took on a life of their own. They became this perfect addition to just about anything. The first time I made them I was having a little gathering at my house and we just took these onions and spread them on bread with some goat cheese. They were so delicate and melted in your mouth good! I always seem to have extra onions around so I love being able to use them up like this!     Marinade Ingredients: ½ C water ½ C white balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar 1 T raw honey 1 tsp. Herbes de Provence ½ tsp. Sea salt ¼ tsp. Black pepper   Roasting Ingredients: 2 large onions or 4 small onions 4 TBS. butter or ghee     Directions: 1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and pour into the bottom of an 8×8 baking pan. 2. Slice the ends off onions and cut in half horizontally. 3. Remove skin. 4. Place onion face down in marinade. 5. Marinate covered in the refrigerator for 6 hours or more, flipping onions over halfway through so that marinade is absorbing the onions on both sides.     6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 7. Roast in the oven for 1 hour or until golden, turning onions over halfway through. 8. Serve! […]