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Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots - Low carb, gluten free, paleo. Follow Guess Who's Cooking on Twitter @guesswhoscookin. guesswhoscooking.com

Serves: 4

Time: 25-40 minutes

 

Ingredients

1-2 pounds carrots (don’t need to peel if organic)

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling (about 1 tablespoon)

Salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. If carrots still have stalks, cut most of it off and discard (or use to make pesto, or compost!). Peel the carrots, or you can leave the outer skin on if they are organic. Place carrots on a baking sheet (and parchment paper if you’d like), then drizzle with olive oil and salt. Bake for 25-40 minutes, depending on the thickness of the carrots, stirring once or twice. When they are done, they should be light golden brown all over and the carrots should be fork tender.

Roasted Carrots - Low carb, gluten free, paleo. Follow Guess Who's Cooking on Twitter @guesswhoscookin. guesswhoscooking.com

I found these skinny carrots at the farmer’s market. In my opinion, they are much tastier than the ones sold in grocery stores, plus they cook more quickly, and are very fresh!

Personal Portabello Pizza

Portabello Pizza - gluten free, low carb, dairy free, paleo. Follow GuessWhosCooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin.

Serves: 2
Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients
4 portabello mushrooms
Extra virgin olive oil
Pizza sauce
Toppings of choice (I used bell peppers, red onion, baby spinach, artichoke hearts, and cooked chicken)
Cheese (optional) – Mozzarella, parmesan, non-dairy cheese, or nutritional yeast (vegan)

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wipe dirt off mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems (save and chop for toppings if you’d like), and use a spoon to scoop out the “gills.” Drizzle with olive oil, or spray with olive oil if you have a sprayer. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until mushrooms begin to cook down and lose some water.

If you are adding chicken, cut raw chicken into bite-sized pieces (easier if the chicken was frozen and partially thawed), and cook according to desired method. I marinated 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs in about 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar, and 1/2 tsp minced garlic. If you have time, let the chicken marinate for at least 1-2 hours. If not, let it sit in the marinade for a few minutes and it will be fine. Cook the chicken in a skillet or grill pan for 5-6 minutes, until fully cooked (juices run clear, or 165 degrees).

Remove mushrooms from oven and pour off the excess water that came out of the mushrooms. Top with pizza sauce and other desired toppings. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese begins to turn golden brown (if you are using cheese).

I served this meal with a salad with the extra veggies and chicken. I whipped up a quick batch of homemade salad dressing (recipe below):

Quick and Easy Salad Dressing
1 part extra virgin olive oil
1 part vinegar of choice (red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar
1 squirt of Dijon mustard
a little minced garlic (optional)
herbs of choice (optional)

Portabello Pizzas, One with Non-Dairy Cheese
Portabello Pizzas, One with Non-Dairy Cheese

 

Portabello Pizza with Parmesan Cheese (Not dairy-free)
Portabello Pizza with Parmesan Cheese (Not dairy-free)

Coconut Pecan Puff Cookies

Coconut Pecan Puffs

Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Makes: 24-30 Cookies

 

Ingredients

3 Egg Whites

1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar or Lemon Juice

3/4 Cup Sweetener or Equivalent* (See Notes Below)

1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

1+ Cup Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, or other milk

2/3 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, toasted if you like (but let cool before adding to batter)

 

Directions

In a small bowl, mix shredded coconut with milk of choice and let sit for 30-45 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Whip egg whites with sweetener and cream of tartar (or lemon juice) with an electric beater until stiff peaks form, about 6-8 minutes. Once coconut has sat for 30-45 minutes, place a kitchen towel into a bowl, then pour coconut into the towel. Wring out most of the milk, until the coconut is clumpy but crumbles when you put pressure on it. Carefully fold coconut and nuts into the batter, then drop by spoonful onto the parchment paper. Bake 13-16 minutes, or until light golden brown on top.

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*Sweetener Options:

  •  3/4 cup erythritol + 24 drops liquid stevia (This is what I did, but the cookies did have a cooling sensation from the erythritol)
  • 3/4 cup Swerve
  • 3/4 cup xylitol – but beware that it is very toxic to dogs and can have a laxative effect if you eat too much
  • 3/4 cup sugar (not ideal)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Truvia Baking Blend – Not 100% sure this would work as well!

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Mexican Taco Meatloaf

Taco Meatloaf

Serves: 4-5

Time: About 1 Hour

 

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Onion, Finely Diced

1/2 Cup Celery, Finely Diced (Optional)

1/2 Cup Bell Pepper, Finely Diced

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil or cooking oil of choice

1 Egg (Free-Range and Organic if possible)

1 Pound Ground Beef (I used Organic Grass-Fed 85% Lean) – You could try ground chicken or turkey, but I haven’t tried it yet

1/2 Cup Almond or Cashew Meal

1/2 Cup Chunky Salsa

Seasoning Mix (If you don’t have all of these ingredients, you could probably use about 3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning, but I personally haven’t tried it):

1 Teaspoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano (or 1 Tablespoon Fresh)

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Toppings

2 Cups Lettuce, Shredded

1 Cup Tomato (or 2 tomatoes), Chopped

1 Medium Avocado, Chopped

Other Options: Sliced olives, cheese (not paleo), jalapenos, diced bell peppers, or anything else you’d put on a taco!)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Preheat a frying pan on medium high and add coconut oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions and bell peppers. Stir occasionally and cook until vegetables are lightly browned, about 7 minutes. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the egg, then add ground beef, almond or cashew flour, salsa, and seasoning mix. After allowing cooked vegetables to cool a bit, add them to the beef mixture. Form into a loaf and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165. Top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and other desired toppings.

Taco Meatloaf 2

Taco Meatloaf 3

I served this with sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

 

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size 1/5 Recipe, includes meatloaf with toppings of lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Calories 370. Total Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 9g. Total Carbs 11g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugar 4g. Protein 22g

Pumpkin Streusel Pie – No Oven Necessary

Pumpkin Pie 1 guesswhoscooking.com No oven? No problem. Need a pie in 10 minutes? Look no further!

Serves: 6-8

Time: 10-15 minutes

 

Ingredients

For the pie filling:

2 Cups Pumpkin Puree, or 1 Can Pumpkin Puree (will be slightly less than 2 cups)

2 Eggs

2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

24 Drops Liquid Stevia, or Other Sweetener to Taste

 

For Streusel Topping:

2 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil, Softened, plus a little for greasing pan

2 Tablespoons Almond Flour or Meal

1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds

1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup or Other Sweetener

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon Flax Meal

 

Directions

Grease a microwave-safe pie dish or medium shallow bowl with coconut oil. Whisk together all pumpkin pie ingredients and spread into greased dish. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, or until pie is pretty firm. Mix together streusel ingredients, and spread over pie. Microwave for about 2 more minutes, then serve.

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Eggplant “Fries” (Paleo)

Eggplant FriesTime: 30 minutes (+ 1 hour inactive)

Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 Medium Eggplants

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Chili Powder (Optional)

 

Directions

Slice eggplant into rounds. Sprinkle generously with salt and allow to sit for about 1 hour to let the bitter juices come out. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  After 1 hour, rinse salt and juices from eggplant, pat dry, then slice the rounds into sticks (to resemble French fries).

Place eggplant onto a cookie sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice, until softened and light golden brown. Broil if necessary to achieve desired crispiness.

Cajun Meatloaf

Cajun Meatloaf - healthy, less fat, natural ingredients. GuessWhosCooking.com This recipe goes great with Cauliflower Mash!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup Bell Peppers, Finely Chopped

3/4 Cup Yellow Onion, Finely Chopped

1/2 Cup Celery, Finely Chopped

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp Hot Sauce (Tabasco preferred)

2 tsp Garlic, Minced

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1 tsp Black Pepper

1 tsp Cayenne (Red) Pepper (less if you don’t want it to be spicy)

1/2 tsp Ground Cumin

1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/2 6-oz. Can Tomato Paste (5 Tbsp)

1/2 Cup Light Coconut Milk (or milk if you tolerate dairy)

1/2 Cup Almond Flour (most other flours would probably work too – wheat flour, cashew meal, etc.)

2 Organic Eggs, Lightly Beaten

2 lb. ground meat, organic preferred.

I’ve successfully tried the following combinations:

  • 1 lb ground beef (93% lean) + 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef (93% lean) + 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground pork + 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 lb ground chicken – it is a little dry but still flavorful

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Preheat a frying pan on medium-high heat. Melt coconut oil in pan, then add bell peppers, onion, celery, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and garlic.

2. Add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, and nutmeg, and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

3. Add tomato paste and coconut milk, and cook for about 2 more minutes. Place mixture into a large bowl and let cool.

4. When vegetable/spice mixture has cooled, add almond flour, ground meat, and eggs. Mix well (go on, use your hands!).

5. Shape meat mixture into a large loaf on a cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350˚F, then 25-35 minutes at 400˚F, until meat is done (165˚F internal temperature). Cajun Meatloaf 1Cajun Meatloaf 2

Cinnamon Blueberry Protein Pancakes 2

Cinnamon Blueberry Protein Pancakes with Easy Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Serves: 1 (3 medium pancakes, as shown above)

Time: 10 minutes

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Ingredients

1 Scoop or 1/4 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Life Time Fitness Dairy-Free FastFuel)

1 Tbsp Almond Flour

1/4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

2 Large Egg Whites

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1/2 tsp Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, Divided

1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp Water

Directions

1. In a small bowl, whisk together protein powder, almond flour, and baking powder. Whisk in egg whites and almond milk.

2. Heat a small nonstick pan (ceramic coated or other natural nonstick pan, not Teflon), over medium heat.

3. Add 1/3 coconut oil to pan. Add 1/3 pancake batter to pan, then drop several blueberries into pancake. When edges begin to dry, flip the pancake and heat until cooked (about 2-3 minutes per side).

4. Repeat step 3 two more times.

5. While pancakes are cooking, add 1/4 cup blueberries, balsamic vinegar, and water to a small saucepan. Heat over low heat and mash blueberries with a fork. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken.

6. Stack pancakes and top with blueberry balsamic sauce. Serve warm.

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Cinnamon Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Nutrition Facts

Blueberry Pancakes (Using Life Time Fitness Dairy-Free FastFuel):

Calories 170, Total fat 5.7g, Total carbs 12g, Fiber 3.7g, Sugar 5.5g, Protein 22g

Blueberry Balsamic Sauce:

Calories 40, Total fat 0g, Total Carbs 10g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 8g, Protein 0g

I use Life Time Fitness Dairy-Free FastFuel Complete. Use the code 122124 to save an additional 10% when you choose “Autoship.”

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

 

Ingredients

2 Medium Yellow Onions, Sliced

1 Whole Chicken, or 3-4 Pounds Bone-In Chicken (Breasts, Drumsticks, whatever you like)

2 Tbsp Paprika

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Mustard Powder

1 Tbsp Chili Powder

2 tsp Onion Powder

2 tsp Garlic Powder

2 tsp Lemon Pepper

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Directions

1. Add onions to slow cooker.

2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Do not rinse chicken – this just spreads bacteria in your kitchen.

3. Rub spice mixture over chicken and add to slow cooker. If you have leftover spice mixture that hasn’t been contaminated with raw chicken, save it for the next time you prepare this dish (there WILL be a next time). Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Spanish Cauliflower “Rice”

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients

1 Head Cauliflower

1 Medium Red Onion, Chopped

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 15-Oz. Can Tomato Sauce

1 Tbsp Cumin

1 Tbsp Chili powder

Salt to taste

 

Directions

Grate cauliflower on a box grater. Heat coconut oil in a fry pan on medium heat, then add onions and cauliflower. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, then add tomato sauce, cumin, and chili powder. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add salt to taste.