How NOT to Use Olive Oil

How NOT to Use Olive Oil | @VeggieConverter

Olive oil is delicious and healthy when used in many ways—from flavoring your salad greens to preventing wrinkles on your face. It’s full of natural antioxidants, vitamins A, D and E, flaconoids and polyphenols.

But, unfortunately olive oil has a bad side, too. Lately it’s gotten a bad reputation as being scam-worthy, meaning you need to know whether your olive oil is fake. It’s also been made clear to me in recent years that you just shouldn’t cook with olive oil at high temperatures.

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Copycat Julius Paleo Kid-Friendly Orange Smoothies!

Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie | @VeggieConverter allergyfree paleo

We’re falling in love with smoothies and both of my girls have long been addicted to all things orange. So these orange smoothies—an allergy-free kid-friendly Copycat Orange Julius recipe—were a massive hit at our house. It’s an amazing treat for breakfast or after-school snack.

We used to make all of our smoothies with homemade yogurt. But since Goose’s milk allergy developed, we make them with coconut milk. We make this version allergy-free with coconut milk and we make it in our high-powered blender, but it can easily be made in a standard blender if you don’t have one of these lovely ladies. If you don’t have allergies, feel free to make this with whole milk.

It tastes so much like the original (not that the girls have every had one) and we absolutely loved it, as did a few guests we had over. Try this delicious, creamy, fresh smoothie with your littles today. [Read more...]

Dairy-Free Snow Ice Cream!

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I LOVE snow ice cream. I lived in Denver when I was a kid and we had it many, many times a year. We absolutely LOVED it. And it was so simple. I think we used evaporated milk in our recipe. But, since Goose is dairy allergic and I’m off dairy due to health concerns (I’m trying a Paleo diet for my autoimmune condition), I need to make ours dairy free for this amazing 3-inch snowfall in ATLANTA!

I still can’t believe we could scoop 8 CUPS of snow off just the corner of our patio table. Awesome!

So, here it goes. It. Is. Delicious! If you’re a snow ice cream virgin living in the South, you must try it. The kids will think you’re so cool!

Snow Ice Cream

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 cups snow
1 cup coconut milk, chilled (I buy it here)
1/2 cup sucanat (or your preferred sweetener)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Method

Mix it all up and serve. Make sure whatever milk you use is cold! And if you use honey or any other liquid sweetener, you may want to increase your snow or reduce your milk to get the consistency right.

It turns out a bit like a shaved ice snow cone. The kids went absolutely insane for it. And the great news is, since it hasn’t heated up as much as they suspected today, we may be able to have a couple more batches of deliciousness!

YUM! I hope you love this recipe as much as our family does. If you do, pin it, please!

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Cumin Paleo Cauliflower Rice

Paleo Cauliflower Rice | VeggieConverter

While white rice is sometimes acceptable for Paleo(ish) diets, cauliflower rice  is really a go-to for those who want to stay totally grain free. I adapted this recipe a bit to suit our tastes. We <3 cumin. But you can really season it however you like! That’s the beauty of this recipe.

Cauliflower is so good for you. And, for me, as long as it’s cooked it’s great in spite of my thyroid issues. If you hate cauliflower, try it roasted. Just like brussels sprouts, roasting brings out the cauliflower’s sugars and makes it extra delicious!

Paleo Cumin Cauliflower ‘Rice’

Ingredients

1 1/2 pound head cauliflower, broken into florets
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup vegetable or bone broth

Method

Shred florets in a food processor to turn them into a rice-like consistency.

Melt the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and seasonings. Cook for 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

Stir in cauliflower and broth. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender.

Serve.

This recipe is adapted from an eMeals.com recipe.

We had ours with our Paleo Coconut Orange Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Mr. Meaty and I loved the cauliflower rice but the kids poo-pooed it. They prefer their cauliflower raw or, if it’s cooked, they like it roasted instead. Next time I might try roasting the cauliflower before making it into rice. I bet that would be fantastic!

 

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Easy Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Brussels-Sprouts

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE brussels sprouts? I’ve hated the tiny cabbages all my life because I’ve only been served boiled or steamed brussels sprouts. Who knew the secret to bringing out their tasty, tasty flavor was so simple!?

All I do know is bring out their fantastic caramel flavor by roasting them in a baking pan for about 45 minutes with coconut oil, Kosher salt and garlic. Done. And freaking delicious! I could eat the whole pound. Seriously. And my daughter loves them, too. Yum! She calls them “Candy Cabbages.” Cutie. :-)

If you think you hate these little tiny cabbage gems, think again! And if you think you needn’t bother to try them again, check out how amazingly good brussels sprouts are for you.

Eat up.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

1 pound brussels sprouts
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt

Method
Preheat oven to 450. Mix ingredients in a baking dish.’

Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Devour delicious candy brussels sprouts. Yum.

 

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