Cranberry Salad Smoothie

F0FFA247-5220-4EAA-BA1A-51C688EA3E35.jpegTis the season to gather and freeze cranberries. I buy a bag every week before thanksgiving. After thanksgiving When they are sold cheap, I buy several bags each week to freeze until they are gone. Although, do like them fresh in my juicer and in my Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries recipe, I like them best in smoothies. My grandmother use to make this frozen cranberry salad for Thanksgiving that was incredible! I’m sure it was very sweet. It may of even had marshmallows. This smoothie is not sweet, but it reminds me of that cranberry salad. This smoothie is made with Coconut Kefir, which I teach you how to make on this blog. It’s like coconut yogurt. If you don’t want to make Coconut Kefir, you can use coconut milk or cream. I also use vital proteins collagen peptides. I take these every day to help my joints, hair, skin and nails. You may omit this ingredient if you don’t want to use them. They are pricey, but worth every penny.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Coconut Kefir or Coconut Milk

1 cup Frozen Pineapples

1/4 cup Frozen Cranberries

1/4 cup Frozen Blueberries

1 cup Filtered Water

1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, optional

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

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AIP Thanksgiving Meal Plan

I realize that I have written several recipes that would be fabulous together for Thanksgiving. The best things about these recipes is that they will take less than 2 hours to make, they are all AIP complaint and they are delicious. My Coco Date Balls are for desert only if you need one. The Coco powder is something that I have reintroduced, you may leave the Coco out of the date Balls to be totes AIP and they are still excellent and very sweet. You only need one. The Fried Ripe Plantains are fairly sweet, so you may not even need an extra desert. These recipes are all written to serve 4, if you have more people, just double the recipes.

MENU:

Your menu is Grilled Turkey Breast, Mashed Turnips and Parsnips, Bone Broth Gravy, Lemongrass Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Beet Salad, Fried Ripe Plantains and Coco Date Balls. I linked the recipes to all the titles, so just click and go.

I would recommend doing the Date Balls the day before if you can. That will make the rest super easy.   You can follow the recipes at your discretion or I will suggest the method I would use you while cooking all these.

METHOD:

Your total cook time will be less than 2 hours. You will have the Turkey on the Grill; The Mashed Turnips and Parsnips in the Steamer; The Beets in the oven and the Brussel Sprouts and Plantains on the stove top.

The day before read all your recipes and make the Coco Date Balls.

Thankgiving day, begin 2 hours before you want to eat. Preheat your grill and set oven at 400. While they are heating prep your Parsnips, Turnips and Beets by peeling and cutting.

Start your Turkey on the grill. See the recipes for all the details. Then start your Parsnips and Turnips in the Steamer. They can stay heated in the steamer if they are done early. Then start Roasting your beets.

Cut Brussel Sprouts and start cooking them following the directions.

After you get the Brussel Sprouts going, you can start the Plantains.

While everything else is cooking, prep the Gravy by getting it all ready to go. You can excute that recipe in the last 5 minutes when you pull the Turkey off the grill and it’s standing. The Beets can be done early, mixed up and set aside. They are fabulous room temperature or hot. Because you don’t know if your Turkey will be ready in 45 minutes or an hour or so, that will be your determining factor. The Beets and Mash take 45 minutes to cook and the Brussel Sprouts about 30 and the Plantains 15 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grilled Turkey Breast

IMG_4994Grilling Turkey is a great option. I try to grill most things in the warmer months to keep the house cool, but it also frees up the oven for other things. They sell split turkey breast at my local store. A 2-pound breast feeds the four of us with some left over. If your feeding more people just do 2 or 3 breasts. I like the split breast because it’s much faster to cook than a whole breast. I usually throw on a couple legs as well for my son, because that’s his favorite cut. To do legs, just follow these instructions, except the legs take a little less time. I use an electric knife to slice the breast thin. It’s just like thanksgiving. I have reintroduced wine (YAY!), which I use in my marinade. If you haven’t, just use bone broth. You can actually save your turkey bones and make a turkey bone broth by following my easy recipe. I grow lemongrass in my garden, which came from planting the ends that I bought at the store (highly recommended). I use the grassy ends of the lemongrass in the marinade, however you can use any part of the lemongrass and it will be divine. If you cannot find lemongrass, then just omit it. It’s a fun flavor to have in there, but it won’t break the recipe. Nom Nom Paleo has a recipe for Magic Mushroom Powder. I am in love with this stuff! I put it on every meat that I cook. I recommend using this to sprinkle on the Turkey once you put it on the grill. You may also use your favorite seasoning salt or just plain salt. I serve this turkey with Bone Broth Gravy and Mashed Turnips and Parsnips. I have links to those recipes, just click on the recipe title.IMG_4905

It’s taken me anywhere from 45 minutes to one and a half hours to cook my turkey breasts. There are a lot of variables when you grill. All grills cook differently. The size of your breast is an obvious factor, but the factor which I have noticed the most is weather. If it’s cold and/or rainy, it will take longer. The time it took me the longest to cook this recipe, it was cold and rainy.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2- 3 pounds Split Turkey Breast

Magic Mushroom Powder, Seasoning Salt of choice or Salt,  to taste

MARINADE:

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 TB Lemon Juice

1 TB White Wine or Bone Broth

1 TB Fresh Rosemary, Chopped

1 TN Lemongrass, Chopped (optional)

BASTING SAUCE:

1/4 cup Avocado Oil

1tsp Rosemary, Chopped

1 TB Lemon Juice

1 TB White Wine or Bone Broth

1 tsp Salt

METHOD:

Marinade turkey 1-2 days ahead of cooking by combining all ingredients in a bowl and pouring over the meat.

Preheat your grill on low heat. Mix it up basting sauce in small bowl by combining all ingredients.

Place Turkey bone side down and liberally sprinkle Magic Mushroom Powder or Salt of choice. Grill 15 minutes, baste and flip. Sprinkle with Magic Mushroom Powder or salt of choice if there is any meat on the bone side.after 15 minutes more, baste on both sides and turn bone side down. You want the skin on the breast side to brown and the internal temperature to reach 165. It’s taken me between 45 minutes and an hour and a half to finish cooking. Once you remove it from the grill, cover loosely with foil and let sit 10-20 minutes. Slice thinly with a knife and serve.

 

 

Bone Broth Gravy

IMG_7790I developed this recipe to go with my Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe. I use it on everything now. It’s good with any meat, greens, Mashed Turnips and Parsnips, Butternut Fries and Burgers. Back in the day, I always felt like Gravy was so decadent and bad for you. This Gravy is GOOD FOR YOU, so pour it on! I use a little fish sauce for extra Umami flavor. If you need low sodium, just omit it. I just wrote a recipe for Bone Broth, but recipes abound on the net. You can also buy packaged Bone Broth, but homemade is always better.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Bone Broth

1 TB Fish Sauce, optional

1 TB Arrow Root Powder

1/2 TB Filtered Water

METHOD:

Heat Broth over medium heat. Add fish sauce. Mix arrow root and water in small bowl into smooth paste. As broth begins to bubble, start whisking the broth and slowly pour your arrow root mixture in. Continue whisking until it thickens into gravy. Keep warm until serving.

Slow Cooker Bone Broth

IMG_4674Fill your slow Cooker up half way up with bones. Add 2 celery stalks, two carrots, 3-5 cloves of garlic (depending how much you like garlic), Bay leaves (optional), herbs from your garden (optional), salt to taste and 1-2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar (depending on the size of your slow cooker). Then fill the slow cooker with filtered water. Turn on low and cook for several days, adding water and salt as needed. When the bones become brittle and your broth is nice and dark, then it’s done. I freeze in 2 or 4 cup portions.

Pumpkin Fries with Cherry Ketchup

IMG_4117It’s pumpkin season! I love thinking of new ways to use pumpkins. Since I am nightshade free yet love fries and ketchup, creativity is required. I tried this combo last week and it was excellent. I hope you enjoy! If you like your ketchup chilled, you may make the ketchup ahead of time.

Duck fat is fabulous with fries. It gives it a rich umami flavor. If you are vegan or you don’t have duck fat, avocado oil works nicely. Actually, you could use any oil that you like in the place of the oils I suggest. The same goes with a he ketchup. You can use any fruit in place of cherries. The cherries are a nice compliment to the pumpkin, but I’ve found that almost any fruit will make a nice ketchup.

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Just follow those directions, if you need the help. Then slice the pumpkin into fry shapes. It’s really not hard, especially with these small sugar pie pumpkins. If you are making a bigger batch, you can try a bigger pumpkin. Just adjust your oil so that it coats all your fries. Adjusting your salt is as easy as licking your fingers. Add enough salt that you can have a salt flavor that you like on your fingers after you toss the fries in the oil. That’s how I know my salt is right. If you get it too salty, just add a little filtered water.

Fries Ingredients:

1 Sugar Pie Pumpkin

2 TB Avocado Oil or Duck Fat, melted

Salt to taste

Ketchup Ingredients:

2 cups fresh or frozen Pitted Cherries

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Clove Garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

Method:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Follow my directions here for peeling and cutting your pumpkin. Then cut the pumpkin pieces into French fry shapes. Toss with oil/fat and salt. Place in single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes and then flip. Roast another 10 minutes and flip. Continue roast about 5- 10 minutes more, flipping as needed to brown on at least two sides.

Once you get the fries in the oven, add all ketchup ingredients to a small pot on the stove over medium heat. Bring it to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover with the lid cracked open for about 5 minutes. Remove lid and simmer another couple minutes until cherries begin to break down. Allow to cool about 5 minutes and then purée with immersion blender or a food processor.

 

Mashed Turnips and Parsnips

IMG_7792I wrote a recipe for Mashed Parsnips and Pumpkin when I first started my blog. It’s a good recipe, but this one is better. The first time that a made this for a group, my dad said, “These potatoes are really good!”. When I told him that they weren’t potatoes, He was impressed. My sister made them the following weekend for a party she gave.

Lately, I’ve found a new love for gravy, so I needed a fabulous mashed potatoes substitute. I developed this recipe and refined it over the past several weeks.IMG_7790It’s great with gravy and it’s delicious alone. I have an option where you can add ginger if you are serving it with something that works with ginger. I use that option for a Korean Short Ribs recipe, and I used it last night to go with Ahi Tuna with Ponzu sauce.

I use Coconut Kefir in this recipe. Coconut Kefir was one of the first recipes that I wrote for this blog. It’s a main staple in my diet. Because of the high fat level in coconut milk, it’s more of a yogurt consistency than kefir. If you don’t want to start making your own kefir, you can use coconut milk that you have thickened in the fridge. But I highly recommend making your own kefir. It takes less than 5 minutes a day.

This recipe calls for a steamer. If you don’t have one, you may boil the veggies until tender. I love my steamer. I have been cooking with one for 20 years. They are cheap and they make life so much easier. I use mine every week for this recipe, broccoli, and asparagus.

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pound Turnips

1 1/2 pound Parsnips

3 TBSP Avocado or Coconut Oil

5 cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 tsp Salt

1 TBSP Chives, minced

METHOD:

Peel and cubed the turnips and parsnips. Place them in the steamer. Steam them for 45 minutes. IMG_7794

Meanwhile sautée garlic in oil over medium heat in small saucepan for 2-3 minutes until it browns slightly.

Pour the garlic oil in a large bowl with the kefir.IMG_7793

When the veggies are done in the steamer, pour them into the bowl. Mash with potato masher or electric mixer for smoother consistency. Stir in chives and salt. Enjoy!

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GINGER OPTION:

If your serving a meal that works well with ginger, add a tablespoon of minced ginger to sautée along with your garlic.