Grain Free

Grain-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s Pumpkin Season!!!! These muffins are delicious and turned out perfectly the first time which is great for me because I am not a baker!! My husband loves them as well so that’s a win for me:) I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and modified it just a tad. The first batch I made I added half a teaspoon baking powder for extra plumpness but that’s all I changed. The second batch, I tried coconut oil instead of olive oil and also added half a teaspoon of cinnamon. They were perfection! Enjoy one on a crisp morning with your best cup of coffee. Happy Fall!!!   Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 3 eggs ½ cup maple syrup ⅓ cup olive oil or coconut oil, warmed 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp. sea salt ¼ cup coconut flour 1 ½ cups almond meal (blanched preferably) ½ tsp. baking soda ½ cup chocolate chips or a 3.5oz. dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds for garnish, optional   Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 360′ and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or use liners. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, maple, oil, pumpkin pie spice and salt and whisk really well to combine. You want to get some air up in there. 3. Add the coconut flour and mix. Let that sit a minute to absorb some moisture. Add the almond meal, baking soda and stir again to mix. Add the chocolate […]

Sown Life Apple Crisp

Fall is in full swing and that means I have been doing some more baking! Fresh, in season apples are so delicious and I love to use them any way I can this time of year. Crisps traditionally have a lot of added sugar and can be a very decadent dessert. Large quantities of sugar really does not appeal to my body so I always cut back on it when baking. This recipe has only 1/3 cup of coconut sugar in the whole dish as the sweetener. All the rest comes from the apples. I am not stingy with the butter as I believe that high-quality grass fed butter is so good for you. Plus the saltiness mixes beautifully with the sweet apples. Embracing life’s moments and the changing seasons is important! It helps us to stick to a healthy, balanced and nourishing lifestyle! Ingredients for filling: 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon lemon juice For topping: ½ cup almond flour ½ cup gluten-free oats 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon ⅓  cup pecans, chopped  ⅓ cup coconut sugar  6 T salted butter   Directions:  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2. To make the filling: Peel, core and slice your apples. 3. In a medium bowl, combine apples, cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir together until apples are coated evenly. 4. To make topping: in a separate bowl, whisk together almond flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, chopped pecans and coconut sugar. 5. Use a fork or fingers to mix butter until topping […]

Cranberry Butternut Muffins

This recipe is from Kate O’Donnell’s book “The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook”.  I have loved cooking and baking from this cookbook especially when the seasons are shifting and I feel a bit off kilter.  These muffins have been a weekly go to and I am surprised how much I like the fresh cranberries. They add a bit of tang to counterbalance the sweet and just really give these muffins a “zing”. Of course, I have tweaked the recipe a bit mainly for texture.  I also like to double this recipe because it only makes 6 muffins.   Ingredients: 2 eggs ½ C cooked butternut squash (I have used both fresh and canned and haven’t noticed a difference) ¼ C maple syrup 2 T avocado oil 1 C almond meal ½ C blanched almond flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder (use aluminum-free) 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ ginger powder ¼ tsp cardamom ¼ C fresh cranberries, chopped (I purchased these around Thanksgiving and store them in a ball jar in the freezer.  I have been using them directly from the freezer and they have worked perfectly) 2 T shredded unsweetened coconut (gluten-free)     Directions:  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tins with baking cups. 2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk eggs for 1-2 minutes.  Whisk in butternut squash followed by maple syrup and avocado oil. 3. In a separate small bowl, blend together dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix […]

Cauliflower Mash

Let’s talk about cauliflower! What an incredible substitute for potatoes. For me personally, I need all the cruciferous vegetables and cauliflower is packed with fiber and helps the body eliminate fake estrogens. I love using cauliflower as a side option and it gives me more bang for my buck nutritionally.  Enjoy this simple and filling recipe. It would be perfect alongside my turkey meatloaf or a leg of lamb for Easter dinner. Yummmm.    Ingredients:  1 head of cauliflower ¼ to ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock 1 T ghee 2 green onions, finely chopped Salt & Pepper to taste   Directions:  1. Chop a head of cauliflower and put in a medium saucepan with ¼ cup of stock.     2. Steam, adding additional stock if needed.   3. When Cauliflower is soft, using a potato masher or large fork, mash in a saucepan adding ghee, salt & pepper.     4. Transfer mixture to a bowl.  Stir in green onion and serve.               © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Grain-free Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

One of the best things I did when I started to eat in a more holistic and nourishing way was to revamp my baking pantry with healthier options.  I said goodbye to bleached flour and sugar and replaced them with baking items that had something to offer my body. I posted my top 10 nutrient-dense baking pantry substitutions a while back, so take a look! One of my favorite substitutions is raw cacao powder, which is amazing for hormone balance and a simple and easy switch out for cocoa powder. I am also a huge fan of coconut and almond flour. They both have healthy fat and fiber as well.  Enjoy these delicious muffins!!   Ingredients: ¼  C creamy peanut butter (you can use almond butter if you prefer) 2 T avocado oil ½ C coconut sugar 1 T vanilla extract 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 C almond milk ½ C coconut flour  2 tsp. baking powder Pinch of sea salt ⅓ C raw cacao powder (you can use high-quality cocoa powder as well) ⅓ C chocolate chips (I use Lilly’s that are sweetened with Stevia)   Directions:  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners and generously spray the inside of each liner with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Add peanut butter, avocado oil, coconut sugar and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium speed until well combined. Slowly add in eggs, one at a time; beat again for […]

Roasted Squash Lasagne Boats

  This recipe is a spin-off from a great recipe by Half Baked Harvest. I simplified the recipe and definitely made it my own. The great thing about any recipe is that you can easily tweak any one of them to suit your tastebuds! This is the perfect meal for a cold evening, and I didn’t even miss the pasta.   Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash 3 T olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced 1 carrot, finely diced 4 cloves garlic 1 lb. ground pork, beef or lamb 1 24 oz. can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes 1 T tomato paste concentrate 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce 2 T chopped fresh oregano ¾ C whole milk ricotta cheese ¼ C shredded parmesan cheese ¼ C shredded mozzarella 2 T chopped fresh basil 4 slices smoked provolone cheese Salt and pepper     Directions to roast squash: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2.  Slice off stem area. 3. Stand squash on the freshly cut end and using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half. 4. Scoop out the seeds. 5. Drizzle insides of the squash with 1 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 6. Put face down on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and puncture the entire surface with a fork. 7. Roast squash for 30 minutes or until it is easily punctured with a fork. 8. Set aside.    For the meat sauce:  1. In a large pan, heat about 1 Tablespoon of olive […]

Turkey and White Bean Chili

  This Turkey and White Bean Chili is one of my favorites and also happens to be the perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey!  I have removed all the heavy cream from this recipe but I am using a special trick to get all the creaminess you would look for in white chili.  I also have added some anaheim chilis for a depth of flavor and enjoy adding toppings such as chopped green onion, toasted pumpkin seeds, some crumbled bacon, and maybe a bit of goat cheese. So delicious! Eat up!   Ingredients: 4 C shredded turkey (if using chicken,1 whole roasted chicken) 1 ½  32 oz. cartons of chicken stock 3 C cauliflower rice (1 bag of Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower rice) 1½ C yellow onion, chopped 2-4 oz. cans green chilies (or 1 C Anaheim chilies, chopped) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1-15 oz. can organic cannellini beans 1 C frozen corn  1  tsp. ground cumin 1  tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. ground coriander Salt and pepper to taste Pinch of cayenne 2 T fresh lime juice (optional)     My favorite toppings: Chopped cilantro Chopped green onion Shredded cheese Crumbled goat cheese Toasted Pepitas Sliced jalapenos   Directions: 1. In a medium saucepan, add cauliflower rice and cover with chicken stock. (approx. 2 cups) 2. Simmer until cauliflower rice is soft and most of the chicken stock is absorbed. Cool slightly.     3. In a medium dutch oven, saute onions (and chili’s if using fresh […]

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

  I love these cookies so much. They remind me of the Peanut Butter Blossoms that my Dad used to make but these have much cleaner ingredients and far less sugar.  They are grain-free and so a perfect choice for someone with an autoimmune disorder who is trying to limit grain in their diet.  For those who have nut allergies, I have made these with Sunflower seed butter and they are just as delicious.  For a pre-diabetic or type 2 diabetic, you can eliminate the coconut sugar and double the monk fruit sweetener.  This will keep the sugar remarkably low. You are not missing one thing with these cookies!  Enjoy!!!   Ingredients:  1 C creamy peanut butter ½ C coconut sugar ½ C Monkfruit sweetener (I like the Lakanto brand) 1 egg 1 tsp baking soda 4 TBS. Dark Chocolate Chips (I use Lilly’s) 1 tsp. coconut oil     Directions: 1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until combined and creamy.  3.  Add in the egg and baking soda and mix on medium until smooth. 4. Scoop out about 2 TBS. of dough and roll into balls. Place the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet. You can leave them to bake just like that or you can use a fork to press the dough down creating […]

Crispy Pan Seared Salmon with a Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

  This is such a simple recipe and seriously will probably only take you 15 minutes to fix.  I love great tasting food but in my life, complicated is not welcome. Really good food doesn’t have to be difficult to make! With this recipe, the goal is crispy skin…that is why we will start by searing it skin down first and for a longer period of time. I amazed my husband with this one so I think you will find this to be a favorite recipe!!!     Ingredients: 4 wild-caught salmon fillets 1 T of Ghee Salt & pepper ¼ C butter (½ of a stick) Juice of 1 ½ lemons ¼ tsp lemon zest ⅓ C white wine…Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc  (you can also replace the wine with chicken stock and it tastes just as good) 1 tsp fresh lavender, finely chopped 1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped 3 C fresh arugula   Directions: 1. Heat large skillet on medium-high.  Add ghee.      2. When the melted ghee is shimmering, you will know that it is ready for the salmon. 3. Salt and pepper the skin side of the filet and put the SKIN side down FIRST.     4. You will sear the salmon on this side for 5 minutes before flipping. 5. While the salmon is cooking on the skin side, salt and pepper the flesh side. 6. After 5 minutes have passed, flip salmon over to the flesh side and cook for only […]

Warm Crispy Onion and Hakurei Turnip Salad

  Growing up, I never ate turnips.  Just the name turned me off. Well, if your opinion of turnips was similar to mine, you need to try this recipe.  Sauteeing the turnips in some ghee really softens their sharp flavor and they have quickly become one of my favorite root vegetables. Hakurei is a Japanese variety of turnip and it is known to be very mild and delicate in flavor. This recipe will work with any type of turnip though!     Ingredients:  2 lbs. Hakurei turnips, sliced in half and then quartered ½ medium red onion, cut in half and then sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 TBS. ghee 1 bunch of Tuscan kale, stemmed and chopped 1 TBS. olive oil 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. maple syrup 1 tsp. dijon mustard 1 tsp. sea salt   Directions:  1.  Using a medium skillet, heat over medium-high heat.  Melt ghee.   2. Add onions and turnips.  Leave both onions and turnips to brown up a bit on one side and then stir.  Continue to stir every so often so onions don’t burn but you want the turnips to have a nice golden hue and be soft on the inside.      3. Meanwhile, in a small jar with a lid, combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, and a ½ tsp. salt.  Put the lid on and shake until well blended.     4. When turnips are golden brown, […]