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I've been making homemade dairy free ranch dressing lately and I had the idea to make a ranch chicken casserole. Originally, I wanted to do a buffalo chicken casserole but I didn't want it to be too spicy for my little girls. A few dashes of hot sauce gave the Ranch Chicken Casserole a nice kick without being too spicy. This casserole is really flavorful and the cauliflower "rice" makes it paleo and whole30 friendly. It makes a big batch so there are plenty of leftovers. Matt and I ate it for lunch several days in a row without complaint!
I just started using shirataki noodles and aside from zucchini noodles, they are my favorite low carb noodles to use. I first read about shirataki noodles in this article on Dr. Mercola's website and I found them at my local grocery store in the refedgerated section. They have been used in China and Japan for a long time and are made from the konjac plant (devil's tongue yam). Shirataki noodles are 97% water, 3% fiber and very low in calories. They have no digestible carbohydrates at all! They also feed the good bacteria in your gut, help prevent constipation and help to lower blood sugar and insulin levels. They take on whatever flavor you add to them which makes them really versatile. Just make sure you don't grab the soy based shirataki noodles.
This stir fry is really delicious and very fast to make. Everything goes into one pan which is my dish-washing husband's favorite kind of meal! My daughter Magnolia loves all of the veggies in this stir fry and she gobbled it up and kept coming back for more. Win-win!
Biscuits and gravy is one of my husband's favorite dishes to order when we go out for breakfast. I'm always envious of those fluffy biscuits smothered in rich, sausage gravy. I haven't been able to enjoy either biscuits or sausage gravy for a long time due to the large amount of gluten and dairy in the traditional recipe. That is why I am so excited about my No-Buttermilk Biscuits that are grain free and vegan to boot! I decided to give sausage gravy a try with non-dairy milk and it turned out great. Even my southern, biscuits and gravy loving husband approved!
My sister stopped by a few weeks ago after work and stayed for dinner. It was cold and snowy (yes...spring in Colorado) and I was just reheating leftover chicken soup dinner. We started talking about how delicious our mom's homemade buttermilk biscuits were growing up. She always served them with homemade chicken soup. I think she used Martha Stewart's buttermilk biscuit recipe, which is of course not gluten free.
There is a really nice Italian restaurant near our house that Matt took me to when we first started dating. It's very cozy and romantic and they offer all of their pastas with the option of zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash which is amazing! They have a creamy sausage rigate that is to die for. It's really rich and heavy (lots of cream and butter I'm sure) but so yummy. I wanted to create something like it, minus all of the dairy products. I think my Creamy Sausage Zucchini Pasta is equally as delicious and didn't leave a heavy brick in my stomach. This is also a really fast recipe and is a one pot dish. Win-win!
I love pancakes! They are my weekend go-to brunch item. I have a delicious recipe for gluten free oatmeal pancakes but unfortunately, oats are not allowed on the AIP diet which I am trying out for awhile. I've been working on these grain free pumpkin pancakes for about a week to get the texture right. There are a million recipes for paleo pancakes out there but most use almond flour and eggs which I can't eat. These are held together with applesauce and collagen peptides. They have tons of pumpkin flavor and the center reminds me of pumpkin butter. They are really yummy with a dab of coconut oil or ghee and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Butter tarts are one of my favorite treats that my grandmother makes when we go to British Columbia to visit. They are also my dad's favorite so there are always a lot of them! They are a traditional Canadian dessert with a flaky crust, luscious buttery filling and raisins. I wanted to recreate that gooey, rich treat without the gluten, eggs and dairy. Obviously, these little balls aren't the same as sinking your teeth into a piece of pie, but they fulfill the same craving for something sweet and rich and they have lots of health benefits!
These cashew butter bars are a cross between a bondie and a breakfast bar. They are really hearty and just sweet enough to taste like dessert. Of course, you can totally eat it for breakfast too! These were a favorite at the farmer's market last summer. We always sold out of them! They are really rich so a little goes a long way. You can substitute any nut butter you like. We also made a variation with butterscotch chips instead of dark chocolate and those were divine as well.
Nothing makes a salad more appetizing than a creamy, dreamy salad dressing. Most creamy salad dressings are packed with dairy and hydrogenated oils which I try to avoid. This Avocado Green Goddess dressing is made with avocado, coconut milk, tons of fresh herbs, lemon juice and white wine vinegar. Clean and delicious!
I've made pork shoulder in the oven before I was chained to the house all day. Not to mention, it created a ton of smoke. That may or may not have been from our terrible oven at the time...most likely. I find it far easier to make and just as good in the crockpot. It also frees up your oven to make Cinnamon and Thyme Butternut Squash Fries to go with your bbq. Win-win!