Apple & Sweet Potato ‘Bread Pudding’

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I had the idea for this recipe circulating in my head for a while and I am SO glad I finally made it. Yum. Slightly sweet with custard-like egg filling, this has become my go-to breakfast for the week. It’s also paleo, Whole30 compliant and gluten free as always  – but if you’re feeding a crowd all that matters is it’s good! The recipe makes a large baking dish worth (about 8-10 servings) so you can prep it ahead and enjoy it for days. I’d also argue this makes a great afternoon snack – a kick of protein and carbs with some healthy fats to power you through until dinner.  In addition, if you want to get creative, bake this in muffin cups for an even easier way to take it on the go. Enjoy!

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Apple & Sweet Potato 'Bread Pudding'
 
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Healthy and paleo version of bread pudding that is also Whole30 compliant
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1½ lb apples (3 apples)
  • 1½ lb sweet potato (1 large sweet potato)
  • 3 Tbl coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp dry thyme (dry)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (canned)
  • 1½ Tbl arrowroot flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a large baking dish very well with 1 Tbl coconut oil (about 10x10 size.)
  3. Chop apples and sweets into 1 inch pieces.
  4. Roast apples with 1 Tbl coconut oil, pinch salt and half the cinnamon until "al dente" in texture, about 15 minutes.
  5. Roast sweets with 1 Tbl coconut oil, pinch salt, half cinnamon and the thyme, until "al dente" in texture, about 25-30 minutes.
  6. While those roast, prep your filling:
  7. In a large bowl whisk a small amount of eggs with the arrowroot to form a paste, then slowly whisk in all the eggs, then coconut milk and salt.
  8. Add the roasted apple and sweet to the filling, then pour gently into greased baking dish.
  9. Sprinkle a pinch of extra cinnamon over the top.
  10. Bake until puffed and the center is firm to the touch, about 30 minutes.
  11. Baking time will vary slightly based on the size of your baking dish.

Fennel & Sausage Hash

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I originally made this to be a breakfast dish, but it honestly works for any meal if you’re in the mood for flavors like fennel and butternut squash. This recipe is also simple and comes together pretty quickly. I recommend doubling the recipe so you have extra for the week! I’ve been eating leftovers in the morning with a couple eggs on top and a little sprinkle of cinnamon.

Bonus, this recipe is Whole30 compliant as well!

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Fennel & Sausage Hash
 
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A gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 compliant healthy breakfast recipe designed to be easy to make.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 lb butternut squash
  • 4 Tbl coconut oil
  • 1 lb pasture-raised ground pork
  • 5 oz onion (about half a large onion)
  • 6 oz celery (about 3 ribs)
  • 8 oz fennel bulb (about half a fennel bulb)
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup butternut puree
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel butternut squash, remove seeds and dice into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Spread squash on baking sheet pan, drizzle with 2 Tbl coconut oil, ¼ tsp salt then roast until soft, about 20-30 minutes.
  4. While squash roasts, heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tbl coconut oil, then brown the ground pork, adding ¾ tsp salt, pepper, and breaking up any large chunks with spatula. Once no longer pink set aside on a plate.
  5. In the same skillet, heat remaining 1 Tbl oil, then saute onion for 5 minutes until soft, then add celery, fennel bulb and fennel seeds. Saute for 5 minutes, then add broth, puree, and pork back into the skillet and stir to combine.
  6. Serve the pork saute with the roasted butternut squash - you can toss them all together or serve the butternut as a side dish.

 

Pork Apple & Sage Breakfast Patties

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One of my challenges during the week when I leave the house very early is having breakfast. It’s early, I’m not hungry, I don’t have time (or the desire) to cook something right then and there…. so working on the habit of prepping breakfast ahead of time has been a welcome challenge for 2018. Cue this recipe which can be made in advance and just kept on hand ready to go. I made a large batch, froze some of the raw patties and cooked some for the days ahead. This way, when I need more I’ll pull the rest out of the freezer. Additionally, I kept this recipe simple so you can make them quickly, and of course I stuck extra veggies in there! I hope you enjoy. 

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Pork Apple & Sage Breakfast Patties
 
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A clean, healthy and Whole30 compliant egg-free breakfast recipe.
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lb ground pork (or sub chicken or turkey)
  • 3 apples, grated
  • 3 ribs celery, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 handfuls spinach, finely chopped
  • Optional: ⅓ cup chopped cooked bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Form patties about 1.5 - 2 oz in size and place on a baking sheet pan (I find using an ice cream scoop works really well for this).
  4. Bake until reaches an internal temp of 165 - about 25 minutes depending on your oven and the size of your patties. If you cut open a meatball, it should no longer be pink in the center.
  5. *My oven cooks fast because it is convection, so mine were done in 20 minutes.

 

 

 

Morning Glory Sweet Potato Muffins

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This is one of my favorite muffin recipes – not too sweet and even sneaks in some veggies. If you’re feeding a crowd that is used to more sugar, you can add 2 -4 Tbl of coconut sugar, although I always am in favor of less sugar whenever possible. NOTE: if you don’t have Cassava flour, you an do this recipe with all coconut flour. I use Let’s Do Organic coconut flour and Otto’s cassava flour.

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Morning Glory Sweet Potato Muffins
 
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A healthy, gluten free, grain free and nut free muffin recipe.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 22 Muffins
Ingredients
  • 6 Tbl ground flax
  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • .5 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 3 T cinnamon
  • 16.5 oz sweet potato puree
  • 15 eggs
  • ¾ c water
  • .5 cup maple syrup
  • .5 c coconut oil, melted
  • 4 oz grated carrot
  • 6 oz raisins
  • Pumpkin seeds, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine sweet potato, egg, water and maple syrup in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, whisking as you pour to incorporate and avoid clumps.
  5. Once it's pretty thick, switch to a spatula to mix.
  6. Slowly add the coconut oil, then the carrots and raisins.
  7. Portion into paper muffin liners in a muffin pan, top with pumpkin seeds if desired.
  8. Bake until puffed and firm, about 25 - 30 minutes.

 

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes

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It is Sunday. I have the day off – a rare occasion because I run a meal delivery company and the weekend is a busy time! But I am thankful for my team who can handle everything in my absence.  So, I  felt like something special for breakfast on this glorious day off. And so were born these pancakes! They are so easy and basic, you don’t need anything special or 2 hours to complete them. Serve them with ghee and a little bit of maple syrup for a dose of pancake heaven. This makes about 6 small pancakes. I ate them all myself! Ooopsie….. #twoformenoneforyou

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes
 
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Gluten free, grain free, paleo friendly pumpkin pancakes for a special Sunday breakfast or brunch. Serve with ghee and maple syrup. Kid friendly!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 pancakes
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbl coconut flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Ghee, topping
  • Maple syrup, topping
Instructions
  1. Whisk pumpkin puree in a small bowl so it’s smooth.
  2. Add eggs and whisk to combine.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients.
  4. The sweetener is optional as a topping - I’m all for keeping any type of added sweetener as low as possible, so use your discretion.

 

Breakfast N’Oatmeal

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NOatmeal3NEWI’ve been making more breakfasts for my personal chef clients these days, and this N’Oatmeal recipe is on the favorites list. This is a take on oatmeal, but minus the oats for a more gut-friendly and healthy option. This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free but I promise it’s not lacking in flavor! Also, the flax adds a toasty, nutty taste that I love. If you’re looking for a quick grab n go breakfast, you can make this recipe as “N’Oatmeal To Go” in which you portion it into muffin liners so it’s ready for ya in the morning. It’s even tasty cold if you don’t have time to heat it up as you head out the door. Note: if you want to make this a seasonal dish for the fall/winter, add the sweet potato! Yum.  

Breakfast N'Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • 5 Tbl coconut flour
  • 2 Tbl coconut flakes
  • pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sweet potato puree (or mashed cooked sweet potato) - optional
  • ¼ cup raisins – optional
  • 3 Tbl ground flax
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, whisk together the coconut tmilk, flour, flakes and salt.
  2. Heat over medium-low heat just until begins to bubble and boil. Remove from heat, allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. While that cools, mash the banana in a small bowl, add eggs and whisk to combine. Add the sweet potato as well if using.
  4. Slowly add the egg-banana mixture to the warm coconut milk, whisking as you do so.
  5. Return to medium-low heat (not too hot!), stirring occasionally. Add cinnamon, and raisins if using.
  6. Allow mixture to thicken for about 5 minutes, continuing to stir occasionally.
  7. Add flax, stir to combine, then remove from eat.
  8. Serve with almond milk, fresh berries and toppings of choice - such as hemp seeds
  9. Store in airtight container in fridge.
  10. To make N’Oatmeal to Go: scoop mixture into muffin liners or small single-serve containers. Reheat in oven at 325 for about 10 minutes, or enjoy cold.

Carrot Pumpkin Spice Waffles

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I’m always looking for ways to incorporate veggies into the food that I cook, even when it’s breakfast! And especially when there are kids (or husbands) involved. I also make these for my personal chef clients who need on the go breakfasts- they can be made ahead and transport easily. They are gluten-free but who would know?

 

I like to make these on some Sundays for brunch  or special occasions with my hubby (he cracks the eggs and usually by then I’m chasing him around the kitchen with a spatula telling him to stop driving me crazy, it’s very romantic!). 

So, on to the recipe! I love carrot cake and I love pumpkin,  so why not put those together for some lovely waffles?

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Carrot Pumpkin Spice Waffles
 
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An easy, healthy, gluten-free waffle recipe that is made with veggies. If you don't have a waffle iron, make pancakes! Also great for on the go breakfast.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (or sweet potato puree)
  • ½ cup (heaping) grated carrots
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbl maple syrup
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbl coconut flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ Tbl ghee or coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron and brush with a little coconut oil or ghee.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the pumpkin puree and carrots, mix, then add the eggs, syrup and vanilla.
  3. In another mixing bowl combine the flours, spices and salt, use a whisk to evenly mix and get rid of any clumps.
  4. Slowly sprinkle the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, whisking as you go to avoid clumps.
  5. Add the ghee/coconut oil, then the raisins, stir to combine.
  6. Scoop batter into your waffle maker and cook until golden brown- waffle makers come in different sizes so experiment with how much batter to pour until you get the perfect waffle.
  7. For my waffle maker I got 6 small waffles, which was good for 2 people.
  8. I suggest you double the recipe so you have some extras- they hold up great in the fridge for a snack the next day.

Pumpkin Pudding

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I like to making simple “puddings” as occasional snacks or treats. This is the type of recipe that is really easy and also really versatile. You can play around with the liquids you use and the flavors you add. I sometimes sub some of the coconut milk with carrot juice for additional veggies. I suggest making it without any sweetener unless you really need it, especially if you make this as a snack. Anyone on a Whole 30 exercise caution in making a dish like this, and don’t use any sweetener!

I make a version of this recipe with chia seeds for several of my personal chef clients, and also offer this recipe to anyone I do meal planning for as a great on-the-go snack. PSA: this is not a Whole 30 approved recipe! 

Pumpkin Pudding with Baked Apple
 
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Healthy, easy, quick recipe for a snack or dessert. I find that children like it too if you just tell them it's pudding!
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Recipe type: Snack or Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, optional
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 or pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
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2 Tbl collagen protein or gelatin hydrolysate (dissolves in cold liquid) or sub 1⁄4 cup chia seeds

  • Optional Baked Apple Topping:
  • 2 apples, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tbl maple syrup
Instructions
  1. For Pudding:
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender except the collagen/gelatin or chia seeds.
  3. Puree until smooth.
  4. If using collagen/gelatin, run blender on low and slowly pour the powder into the smoothie to blend.
  5. For chia seeds, pour smoothie mixture into a bowl and then stir in the chia seeds.
  6. Portion mixture into desired storage containers. I use small 1-cup glass ball jars or Weck jars.
  7. Chill for at least 1 hour before adding optional apple topping.
  8. For Baked Apple Topping:
  9. Preheat oven to 325.
  10. Toss apples, cinnamon and maple syrup together, scrape into an oven safe baking dish. Bake until apples are soft, 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Once cooled and pudding has firmed up, add apples to top off the pudding and serve.

 

Chicken Breakfast Patties

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Breakfast can be really challenging when switching over to a gluten-free or grain-free diet. You may also be taking on a Whole 30 and finding your oatmeal no longer makes the cut! You definitely want to be careful if substituting any “gluten-free” foods – they are not necessarily good for you just because they are labeled gluten-free.

Retraining your body to detach from “breakfasty” food is not easy! Cereal, pancakes, toast….. things that are sweet……we probably all grew up associating breakfast with sweeter flavors right? There can be a time and a place for healthier gluten-free versions of these, but they are not for every day, especially because even paleo versions of these things are so addictive. Personally, I sometimes make grain-free muffins or ‘pancakes’ on weekends, but if you find yourself craving these things every day, you should probably reconsider what you’re feeding yourself! 

If you’re also avoiding eggs, you have additional challenges for breakfast, therefore, these patties are a great option for everyone (and they’re also Whole 30 compliant). I make these for my personal chef clients quite often, and even my husband approves of them (phew!). 

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Chicken Breakfast Patties
 
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Simple recipe for a gluten-free, paleo-friendly, egg-free breakfast.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20-25 patties
Ingredients
  • 1# ground chicken, dark meat (thigh meat)
  • 1# ground chicken, white meat (breast meat)
  • 2 tsp (about 1 sprig) fresh rosemary, stem removed and leaves finely chopped
  • 1 Tbl (about 4 sprigs) fresh thyme, stem removed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin (or butternut) puree, make sure no added sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbl coconut milk (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F for convection, 400 degrees F for regular ovens.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment or foil.
  4. Form small patties by scooping about ¼ cup of the meat into your hands, then roll a ball and flatten it. You can also just form meatballs if you prefer.
  5. Line the patties on the sheet pan, close to each other but not touching.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the biggest patty reads 165 degrees F.
  7. *If you’re following the autoimmune protocol and avoiding spices, you can remove the black pepper as well as the cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice. The herbs will still give these patties good flavor, although you may want to increase the amounts by about ½ tsp.
  8. Freeze the extra patties so you have back-up options to pull out when you need them. You can also double this recipe and make even more!

 

 

Easy Gluten-Free Granola

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I make this granola a few days before I am going to travel anywhere, and it ends up being a great snack on the plane. I also make this for personal chef clients who need breakfast or snack options- so far it’s a hit!

Not only is this recipe really simple, it is gluten-free and grain-free. If you wanted to make a nut-free version, just substitute the 1/2 cup nuts for an additional 1/2 cup of seeds.  

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Gluten-free, grain-free and made with honey or maple syrup, this recipe is easier than you'd imagine.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 Cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried fruit (try raisins, cranberries, gogi berries, or blueberries)
  • ¾ cup seeds, raw (pumpkin and sunflower)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, raw
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs, optional
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 Tbl coconut oil
  • 1 Tbl honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except coconut oil and honey in a mixing bowl.
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a small pot and heat gently over low heat until melted.
  3. Pour the oil–honey mixture over the other ingredients and stir well to evenly coat.
  4. It is optional at this point to toast the granola. This will bring out a nice warm toasted flavor but is not necessary.
  5. If toasting: heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  6. Spread granola mixture out on a baking pan and toast for 10 minutes.
  7. Stir mixture around on pan and then toast for another 5 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely before storing in a glass jar.