Thai Cabbage Slaw

By contributing writer Tessa

Crunchy and satisfying, this flavorful Thai Cabbage Slaw will brighten any warm weather meal!

To make this slaw a complete meal, it is great topped with some grilled chicken (My Vietnamese Grilled Chicken is awesome on this), or some fried fish. For a vegetarian option, you could include some edamame or fried tofu chunks.

Crunchy and satisfying, this flavorful Thai Cabbage Slaw will brighten any warm weather meal! It's also great topped with grilled chicken or fried fish.

I marvel how far my taste buds have come. As a child, I had a woefully poor diet and couldn’t stand ANY vegetable! Now, if you ask my children what my favorite food is, they always say, “salad!” So I hold out hope that my children will one day love these veggies as much as I do.

Cabbage is especially great because it is SO crunchy and satisfying. It holds up to dressings really well and can even be eaten the next day, making it a perfect vegetable to pack for hikes and picnics.

I have also used the dressing tossed with some zucchini noodles, which is equally amazing (although that version cannot be stored without all the water from the zucchini leaching out into a soggy mess).

Thai Cabbage Slaw
Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
Dressing
  • ¼ cup avocado oil, or other light tasting oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or tamari, or gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste (can use finely diced lemongrass as well, the soft white inner part only)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 8 drops stevia, or 2 teaspoons honey or palm sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or some fish sauce to taste
  • Sriracha to taste ( I add about a tablespoon)
Slaw
  • 10 ounce bag of pre-shredded cabbage or slaw mix
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup sliced toasted almonds
Instructions
  1. Place all dressing ingredients into the jar of a blender and whir until smooth. Add water to thin to desired consistency, but add carefully. You want the dressing thick so it sticks to the cabbage shreds well.
  2. Toss the cabbage with dressing to taste. Then toss in the peppers and almonds.

Crunchy and satisfying, this flavorful Thai Cabbage Slaw will brighten any warm weather meal! It's also great topped with grilled chicken or fried fish.

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Gluten-Free Strawberry Lemon Muffins

By contributing writer Tessa

These gluten-free strawberry lemon muffins with tart bits of strawberries studded throughout are AMAZING!

These gluten-free strawberry lemon muffins with tart bits of strawberries studded throughout are AMAZING! They are easily adapted to dairy free if needed.
Fresh strawberry season gets extended around here when the California ones start to come to market in late winter or early spring. One of my favorite fruits of all times, strawberries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Even though they can seem like a treat, there are plenty of goodies lurking within!

I wanted to take advantage of these beautiful berries and make a nutritious muffins for picky kiddos. They are easily adapted to dairy free if needed, and different flavor combos could be tried! Great flavors that marry well with strawberries include chocolate, almond, lime, or cinnamon. For this version, I added the sunny flavor of lemon to brighten the taste.

These gluten-free strawberry lemon muffins with tart bits of strawberries studded throughout are AMAZING! They are easily adapted to dairy free if needed.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Lemon Muffins
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
Dry
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup tapicoa flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon xanthum gum
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2¼ cups diced strawberries (about 8-10 ounces), divided
Wet
  • ½ cup butter or coconut oil, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice from ½ lemon, plus enough yogurt or milk to make ½ cup (I used plain yogurt)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to to 350° F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients except for the strawberries and then stir in 2 cups of the strawberries. This keeps them from turning your muffins pink! Reserved strawberry pieces are for the tops.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the vanilla and eggs, beating well, followed by the lemon juice and yogurt or milk mixture.
  5. Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and gently fold until a thick batter is formed and ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Press a few additional diced pieces of strawberries into the tops, if you want them to look pretty.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 16-20 minutes until the the tops are just set and slightly golden.

These gluten-free strawberry lemon muffins with tart bits of strawberries studded throughout are AMAZING! They are easily adapted to dairy free if needed.

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Paleo Sweet Almond Bread

By contributing writer Tessa

Bread without grains? Seems unlikely, but this Paleo Sweet Almond Bread really satisfies any carb or bread craving you may have if you ever cut grains from your diet! Even if you CAN eat grains, this simple quick bread is delicious in its own right and worthy of a slather of butter and homemade jam!

This Paleo Sweet Almond Bread really satisfies any carb or bread craving you may have. This simple quick bread is delicious!

This bread toasts beautifully, and the almond flour is subtly sweet all by itself. If you prefer things even more sweet, another tablespoon or two of honey will do the trick! I have also grilled this up as a toasted cheese sandwich – yum!

Whatever you decide to do with it, bake a loaf today. You won’t be sorry!

This Paleo Sweet Almond Bread really satisfies any carb or bread craving you may have. This simple quick bread is delicious!

Paleo Sweet Almond Bread
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
Dry
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup cassava flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ⅓ cup flax meal (I used golden)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Wet
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I like to use at least half kefir, buttermilk, or yogurt)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted (palm shortening or butter would work too)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or a few drops of stevia
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice ((helps with lift)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, mix the dry ingredients to incorporate.
  3. Mix in the wet ingredients and beat on high speed for 2 - 3 minutes to blend well.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for about 45
  5. - 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the top is browning too much, place a piece of foil lightly over the top.
Notes
White rice flour could be used in place of the cassava flour, but it would no longer be grain-free.

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Lasagna Soup with Gluten-Free Option

By contributing writer Tessa

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn’t require all the assembly time that the casserole does. And it can easily be made gluten free.

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn't require all the assembly time that the casserole does. It can easily be made gluten free.

My mom’s lasagna was always a huge hit growing up. Years ago I saw a picture for a lasagna soup and thought it was totally brilliant. What a creative idea! When I recreated it using my mom’s recipe as a base, I was not disappointed.

It really does taste just like lasagna in soup form and comes together in under 30 minutes. With most kids adoring noodles and cheese, you have an added bonus of a totally family-friendly recipe.

So get cooking and make a warming, comforting bowl of lasagna soup!

Lasagna Soup (with Gluten-Free Option)
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces lasagna noodles (gluten-free noodles can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or other fat for sauteing
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning or 1 teaspoon each oregano, thyme, and basil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 6 - 8 cups homemade chicken or beef stock (amount depends on how brothy you like it)
  • 24 ounces favorite spaghetti sauce (could use a full can of pureed stewed tomatoes in a pinch)
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the lasagna noodles until al dente (still firm when bitten) and set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot over medium heat, saute the onion, garlic, and ground beef until meat is cooked through.
  3. Stir in the spices and sea salt.
  4. Stir in the broth and spaghetti sauce until combined.
  5. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes to let flavors blend.
  6. Meanwhile, mix together the three cheeses in a bowl and set aside with the cooked noodles.
  7. To serve, place some noodles in a bowl, top with the hot soup, then dollop preferred amount of cheese mixture on top, mixing to melt.
Notes
Any pasta shape can work in this recipe

I have a dairy-free "cheese" sauce that could be used too. You can find it as part of my mom's lasagna recipe here.

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn't require all the assembly time that the casserole does. It can easily be made gluten free.

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