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Paleo Chocolate Cake with Superfood Chocolate Frosting

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Holy-freakin-moly! I can’t even with this cake… Just. Can’t. Even. It is to die for. Literally. No exaggeration. Absolutely life altering.

But here’s the kicker – it’s good for you. I mean, I might insinuating that you should start eating this as part of your daily routine or anything. But I am saying that if you did for a week or so, you’d be no worse for the wear.

And not only is it good for you but it tastes UHmazing. That’s what I do right? Isn’t that why you follow me? …I make things that you think you’ll never be able to eat or indulge in again after switching to a clean eating lifestyle without feeling guilty and/or bloated, etc. after doing so and I make them clean – meaning: unprocessed and anti-inflammatory and taste incredible!

Now, this recipe I cannot take full credit for unfortunately. The frosting is all me! And I’m pretty proud of it, if I may say so myself! But the cake, as mentioned below is from Lisa over at Downshiftology. Check out her other recipes – she’s a mastermind!

But my frosting… I mean, can I just say that it is some of my best work. And, totally plant-based (simply sub honey with maple syrup if you’re strict plant-based) and perfectly stable on the counter for a few days without additives to make it that way. I made this frosting as a test and when it worked (like any recipe I come up with) I literally jumped up and down like a giddy 4 year old. It is crazy how excited I get about really wonderful, flavorful food that I can feel really good about putting in my body.

I can honestly say that I would rather have THIS chocolate cake than ANY regular, white flour, white sugar, etc. chocolate cake. Seriously.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!!

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Superfood Chocolate Frosting

….recipe adapted from downshiftology.com

Serves 10

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 ¼ cups coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ cups raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional and sprouted, if possible)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 large cage-free eggs, room temp
  • 1 ½ cups canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup raw/local honey
  • ¼ cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions for cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients, except pecans (if using) to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Add all of the wet ingredients to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes to create your cake batter.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans and cook for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once the cake has completely cooled (approximately 1 hour), assemble the cake by adding the chocolate frosting between both layers and frosting the outside. Top with pecans and serve!

Directions for Frosting:

  • Place all ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor and mix on high until well combined and completely smooth – you may need to stop a 2-3 times and scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender.
  • With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Frost your cake and store on the counter, covered, up to 3 days and then place in the fridge for another 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months – if it lasts past 3 days on the counter!

 

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients, except pecans (if using) to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  4. Add all of the wet ingredients to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
  5. Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes to create your cake batter.
  6. Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans and cook for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once the cake has completely cooled (approximately 1 hour), assemble the cake by adding the chocolate frosting between both layers and frosting the outside. Top with pecans and serve.
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  1. Place all ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor and mix on high until well combined and completely smooth – you may need to stop a 2-3 times and scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender.
  2. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Frost your cake and store on the counter, covered, up to 3 days and then place in the fridge for another 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months – if it lasts past 3 days on the counter!
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Grain Free Cookie Dough Bites

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These little gems are incredibly easy to make and will put a smile on any kids face… Or adult, for that matter!

Chickpeas are the “surprise” ingredient in these Cookie Dough Bites. I know… Chickpeas! You’re thinking, “Ewww…. That does not make me want to eat these…” But go with the intrigue here and make them! I promise you’ll never know chickpeas are in them by the way they taste! They literally taste just like cookie dough!

I love to keep these around the house for a healthy, go-to snack. They are great for the kiddos lunches or after school… They are also the perfect pre or post-workout snack!

We’re smack in the middle of summer as I type this, but I can’t help but suggest these for around the holidays… As a clean eating “sweet” that you can have on hand while trying to avoid all of the sugar-laden foods that are typically easier to reach for during the holiday season.

I like to make these by hand – full confession: I really dislike cleaning the food processor! Ha! But, you can easily throw all of the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) into the food processor, give it a whirl and done! Just stir in the chocolate chips, roll into balls and bake. Easy as that!

You will love these!!

Grain Free Cookie Dough Bites

Yields about 40 cookies, slightly larger than a silver dollar…

Ingredients:

  • 1, 15oz can Chickpeas, well rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel (Eden’s brand is preferred due to quality…)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw local honey (maple syrup, if vegan…)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup 70% or higher dark chocolate chips (use EnjoyLife brand, if vegan…)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with coconut or avocado oil cooking spray.
  • Mash the chickpeas – you can use a food processor, a blender or your hand and a fork… They don’t need to have a completely smooth consistency, but fewer the chunks, the better…
  • Combine all ingredients, except for chocolate chips and mix until smooth (you can use a food processor, a mixer or a spatula and mix by hand…) Make sure the chickpeas are well combined.
  • Put in the chocolate chips and stir in. The dough will be very thick and sticky.
  • With wet hands, form into balls approx. the size of a silver dollar. I like to use an small ice cream scoop for this…
  • Place onto prepared baking sheet. If you want them to be more like “normal” cookies – slightly press down on the dough to flatten – they will not rise too much.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes. If serving immediately, allow to cool 5 minutes on the sheet pan and then serve. If storing for later, allow to cool 30 minutes and then place into an airtight container and then into the fridge.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with coconut or avocado oil cooking spray.
  2. Mash the chickpeas – you can use a food processor, a blender or your hand and a fork… They don’t need to have a completely smooth consistency, but fewer the chunks, the better…
  3. Combine all ingredients, except for chocolate chips and mix until smooth (you can use a food processor, a mixer or a spatula and mix by hand…) Make sure the chickpeas are well combined.
  4. Put in the chocolate chips and stir in. The dough will be very thick and sticky.
  5. With wet hands, form into balls approx. the size of a silver dollar. I like to use an small ice cream scoop for this…
  6. Place onto prepared baking sheet. If you want them to be more like “normal” cookies – slightly press down on the dough to flatten – they will not rise too much.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes. If serving immediately, allow to cool 5 minutes on the sheet pan and then serve. If storing for later, allow to cool 30 minutes and then place into an airtight container and then into the fridge.
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Paleo “Cheesy” Cauliflower with Lemon Coriander Dipping Sauce

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THIS cauliflower! I mean… I made it for myself as part of my dinner one night when Mo was gone. I thought: “No way I’ll eat a whole head of cauliflower on my own, so great! I’ll have leftovers!” …you know where this is going, right? Yeah… Uh, no leftovers. I ate every last morsel!

I learned about Nutritional Yeast when I was practicing a plant-based lifestyle. And it has that reputation – people who can eat dairy or “normal” forms of protein from eggs, meats, etc, don’t include this in their regimens. Most have never heard of it. Plus, if you do practice a plant-based routine you know that animal proteins can add a lot of flavor to dishes, so without it, a dish can leave you longing. Nutritional Yeast will pack a punch of flavor!

So a little bit about what exactly, Nutritional Yeast is and why it is good for you:

  • Nutritional yeast is a complete protein (and a plant-based one, at that!), meaning that among the 18 amino acids it contains, nine are essential ones that your body cannot produce – we must get it from the foods we eat.
  • It is an immune booster due to the fact that it contains glutathione, among other things!
  • It also offers a significant dose of the minerals iron, selenium and zinc + 4g of fiber per serving!
  • Just a half tablespoon of some brands will provide you with a day’s worth of B vitamins, while other brands offer between 30 and 100 percent of B vitamins. These vitamins help you extract the energy from food and produce red blood cells.
  • It contains little sodium and fat AND it is gluten, soy and dairy free!

So even if you are fine with dairy and have no aspirations of practicing a plant-based lifestyle, you might want to start including Nutritional Yeast into your weekly routine! You could be missing out on some good stuff!

Okay, back to my cauliflower! Did I mention it’s delicious? And I ate THE WHOLE RECIPE ALL BY MYSELF? And that sauce – it’s not a must but it really adds to the dish. It has so much flavor and it’s anti-inflammatory and so good for you and I mean… I would eat this every day! So go! Now! Make it! It will be your new favorite side dish!

Enjoy!!

Paleo Cheesy Cauliflower with Lemon Coriander Dipping Sauce

Serves 2-4

Ingredients for the Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Real salt and black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh dill, for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for the Dipping Sauce:

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking sheet in an even layer, without touching, and roast cauliflower until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle Nutritional Yeast over the cauliflower as soon as it comes out of the oven and gently toss to combine.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, make the dipping sauce by combining all ingredients for the sauce into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine.
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  2. Place cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking sheet in an even layer, without touching, and roast cauliflower until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle Nutritional Yeast over the cauliflower as soon as it comes out of the oven and gently toss to combine.
  4. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the dipping sauce by combining all ingredients for the sauce into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine.
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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Bowls with Cauliflower Rice and Avocado

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My Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Bowls are the ultimate easy, weeknight recipe! And, it screams SPRING!

I cannot even believe how easy this is to make. Really. I can’t. It took me 5 minutes to get it into the slow cooker and another 5 minutes to finish it up and serve.

Everything is made in the slow cooker – no extra dishes for prep… Well, except a whisk and a knife. Okay, are you convinced yet? It’s SO easy! 🙂

But aside from being easy, it is DE-licious!

I made this one evening for dinner and it had just gotten up to about 84 degrees in Dallas. It’s been in the 40’s in the mornings so 84 felt hot! So honestly? The last thing I wanted was a bowl of something hot. And I was kind of bummed that I had chosen this dish for dinner. I wanted something cool and refreshing. But guess what? This was that exactly! I served it over raw greens (I chose spinach because we LOVE spinach, but you could use any dark, leafy greens you like…) and it was so good – astringent, if you will. Which is how we should be eating this time of year… Cleansing, astringent foods.

This is the time of year for citrus, fresh fruits, raw produce, etc. You’ll see so much beautiful produce in the grocery stores right now! We LOVE this time of year!

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Bowls with Cauliflower Rice and Avocado

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs organic chicken breasts
  • 1 quart low sodium, organic chicken bone broth
  • zest and juice of 2 large lemons
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • real salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pre-washed container spinach or baby kale
  • 2, 10oz bags cauliflower rice
  • 1 large avocado
  • several cilantro or parsley leaves

Directions:

  • In the bowl of your slow cooker, place the broth, zest and juice of the lemons, onion, honey, garlic powder, coriander, oregano, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Whisk well to combine.
  • Place the chicken into the slow cooker and “nuzzle” down into the sauce so the chicken is almost completely covered.
  • Set slow cooker to low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Approximately 1 hour before the crockpot tells you it’s done, take two forks and gently shred the chicken to pull apart into desired-size pieces and add in cauliflower rice and stir to combine. Cover again and let it continue to cook.
  • To serve, place 1 handful spinach/baby kale on the bottom of a bowl and top with a big helping of the lemon chicken/cauliflower rice. Garnish with avocado and fresh cilantro or parsley leaves.
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  1. In the bowl of your slow cooker, place the broth, zest and juice of the lemons, onion, honey, garlic powder, coriander, oregano, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Whisk well to combine.
  2. Place the chicken into the slow cooker and “nuzzle” down into the sauce so the chicken is almost completely covered.
  3. Set slow cooker to low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Approximately 1 hour before the crockpot tells you it’s done, take two forks and gently shred the chicken to pull apart into desired-size pieces and add in cauliflower rice and stir to combine. Cover again and let it continue to cook.
  5. To serve, place 1 handful spinach/baby kale on the bottom of a bowl and top with a big helping of the lemon chicken/cauliflower rice. Garnish with avocado and fresh cilantro or parsley leaves.
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Paleo Teriyaki Mushroom Egg Fried “Rice” Bowls

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A funny fact about me, and don’t judge my mother for this… I grew up eating White Rice with Butter and Soy Sauce for Breakfast. True story. I mean, from the time I was, I don’t know, 4 years old to maybe 8 or 9 years old. Oh my goodness – I can taste it right now! I can smell it! The sticky-ish rice with the salty soy sauce and the creamy, fatty goodness from the butter to bring it all together. Holy moly. It is so good!

I’ve been reminiscing about it a little so I decided I’d try to make something that took me back a bit. This recipe is obviously a bit more fitting to the way we practice Nutrition as it is a complete meal and void of MSG. If it weren’t for Mo, frankly I would’ve left it at the cauliflower fried rice and been done with it – I mean, I probably would’ve eaten the whole batch — I could live on rice of any kind! But Mo would fire me as his chef 😉 if I did that. He needs PROTEIN! LOL! …he does. He really does. I do! YOU do! We all do! This is just a little inside-joke between the two of us because he tends to get a little fixated on his protein intake at times. And if you know Mo, you know that he gets fixated on nothing! Anyway…

This turned out really well! It is completely meatless and who doesn’t love an over easy egg on top of just about anything!?! The mushrooms bring the whole thing together and the cauliflower fried rice really does taste like fried rice. It’s awesome! If you’re not feeling the meatless thing, grilled grass fed flank steak would be great with this… As would grilled wild caught shrimp! But I’ve got to say, I don’t think you’ll miss the meat and without it – this comes together so quickly! It’s the perfect satisfying weeknight meal!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Paleo Teriyaki Mushroom Egg Fried “Rice” Bowls

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Mushrooms

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • approx. 16 medium/large shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos or tamari
  • approx. thumb size of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • black pepper

Cabbage

  • 1 small head napa cabbage (or chinese cabbage), roughly sliced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp chinese five spice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Egg Fried “Rice”

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3, 12-16oz bags pre-riced cauliflower rice
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos or tamari
  • ½ bunch fresh chives, finely chopped

To Serve

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • several leaves fresh cilantro
  • 4 over easy eggs (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper – spray with a light coating of coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Place the cauliflower rice onto the baking sheet in an even layer and sprinkle with a couple of pinches of sea salt. Toss to combine. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for another 5-10 minutes, until slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, make the mushrooms. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook over for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, in a small bowl, add the honey, rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos/tamari, ginger, garlic, and a couple of pinches of black pepper. Whisk well to combine, and pour over the mushrooms. Cook over medium heat for another few minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning, until the sauce has reduced and become sticky. Pour mushrooms into a bowl and set aside.
  • Now prepare the cabbage. Place the cabbage into the same skillet you used for the mushrooms with approx. 2 tbsp water and bring to a simmer. Steam for approx. 5 minutes or until tender but still bright green in color. Pour off excess liquid, pour into a separate bowl, season with chinese five spice and cayenne pepper and set aside.
  • Now, make the egg fried rice. Using the same skillet you used for the cabbage, heat coconut oil and add the eggs. Cook over a fairly low heat for 2 minutes, stirring regularly, until the eggs are fully cooked. Add the roasted cauliflower rice and coconut aminos/tamari and cook until warmed completely through. Pour chives in and stir well to combine.
  • Serve in bowls starting with the cabbage, egg fried rice and then the teriyaki mushrooms. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.

 

Recipe adapted from Becca at amuseyourbouche.com

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper – spray with a light coating of coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Place the cauliflower rice onto the baking sheet in an even layer and sprinkle with a couple of pinches of sea salt. Toss to combine. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for another 5-10 minutes, until slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the mushrooms. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook over for 5 minutes or until softened.
  4. While the mushrooms are cooking, in a small bowl, add the honey, rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos/tamari, ginger, garlic, and a couple of pinches of black pepper. Whisk well to combine, and pour over the mushrooms. Cook over medium heat for another few minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning, until the sauce has reduced and become sticky. Pour mushrooms into a bowl and set aside.
  5. Now prepare the cabbage. Place the cabbage into the same skillet you used for the mushrooms with approx. 2 tbsp water and bring to a simmer. Steam for approx. 5 minutes or until tender but still bright green in color. Pour off excess liquid, pour into a separate bowl, season with chinese five spice and cayenne pepper and set aside.
  6. Now, make the egg fried rice. Using the same skillet you used for the cabbage, heat coconut oil and add the eggs. Cook over a fairly low heat for 2 minutes, stirring regularly, until the eggs are fully cooked. Add the roasted cauliflower rice and coconut aminos/tamari and cook until warmed completely through. Pour chives in and stir well to combine.
  7. Serve in bowls starting with the cabbage, egg fried rice and then the teriyaki mushrooms. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.
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Snickerdoodles – 2 ways!

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It’s almost CHRISTMAS!!! I am so excited! I have been baking all week! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the beautiful pecan pie I made! I seriously cannot even believe it turned out so well! I know – I’m a food blogger and recipe innovator. I shouldn’t confess to that. But, I am also a human and frankly, pies are not my strong-suit. Just ask Mo. Poor guy. He’s been the guinea-pig for some epic fails. LOL!

Anyway! Enough about pie! Let’s talk COOKIES!

I asked Mo what kind of cookies “Santa” wanted this year and without hesitation his response was “Snickerdoodles with white flour!” Ha! I laughed and then said, “Wait… Really?” Not out of shock, but because he was very adamant about me using white flour instead of almond, etc. I have zero issue with this so long as we’re able to use a high quality organic, unbleached, un-enriched flour. Remember: the ultimate goal for us in our home and for our clients is that we eat as unprocessed as possible. And this is the issue we have with run-of-the-mill flours – they have all been so processed via being bleached, enriched, run through machine after machine… THIS is what denatures tha nutrition and why they cause so much digestive upset for people. I’m not saying gluten-intolerance or sensitivity or full-on celiac is not real!! But what I am saying is that if we focus more on unprocessed grains/flours – meaning as little heat as possible has been applied to to them to get them from grain form to flour form, we probably would not have the “gluten epidemic” we’ve experienced in the last several years. Not intending to preach – just “food for thought…” Pun intended! 🙂

So, based on his request, I thought it would be fun to try a Primal version – using an organic, unbleached, un-enriched white flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill) and a grain free and gluten free Paleo version – using almond flour.

So, I made both batches, set each cookie side by side and had Mo taste them, without telling him which was which. Guess which one he liked the best? …the Paleo. He liked the Primal too – but said the Paleo was more doughy and he LOVES doughy anything!

So if you like a softer cookie – Paleo is the way to go! If you like a crunchier cookie – Primal all the way!

So, sounds like Santa will be getting Paleo cookies at the Brossette’s this year! Hope you all enjoy!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

PRIMAL Snickerdoodle Cookies

Makes 18 cookies…

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 1 stick unsalted Kerrygold butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar + 2 tbsp for rolling cookies in
  • 1 cage free egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups unbleached, organic all purpose white flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

 Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and coconut sugar together with a mixer or by hand, until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix together until creamy and well combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl sift all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the mixture and fold in, using a spatula, until well combined. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • While the dough is in the fridge, mix 2 tbsp coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl to make cinnamon sugar; set aside.
  • When the dough is ready, use a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  • Put each cookie on the baking sheet and bake for approx. 15-17 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies on a baking sheet for 10 minutes and then move them onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

PALEO Snickerdoodle Cookies

Makes 12 cookies…

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup raw, local honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix almond flour, salt and baking soda. Once combined, mix in the wet ingredients.
  • In a small bowl mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon together, set aside.
  • Using a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  • Place on cooking sheet, and flatten – using the bottom of a cup sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes.  Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes – they will firm up to the perfect texture.
  • Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and coconut sugar together with a mixer or by hand, until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix together until creamy and well combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl sift all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the mixture and fold in, using a spatula, until well combined. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough is in the fridge, mix 2 tbsp coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl to make cinnamon sugar; set aside.
  5. When the dough is ready, use a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  6. Put each cookie on the baking sheet and bake for approx. 15-17 minutes.
  7. Cool the cookies on a baking sheet for 10 minutes and then move them onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  8. Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies
  1. • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  2. • In a large bowl, mix almond flour, salt and baking soda. Once combined, mix in the wet ingredients.
  3. • In a small bowl mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon together, set aside.
  4. • Using a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  5. • Place on cooking sheet, and flatten - using the bottom of a cup sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray.
  6. • Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes - they will firm up to the perfect texture.
  7. • Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
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No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies

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I’ve been on a baking-spree lately or maybe I’m just craving sugar — that would make more sense! 🙂 Last week, I made Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Brownies — they turned out okay — still working on this recipe — promise to post as soon as it is perfected! BUT – the sea salt caramel turned out AWESOME and I ended up with leftovers, which I was not about to let go to waste! Hence the birth of these little gems! So many positive things about these that I don’t even know where to start:

  • You don’t need to turn on your oven to make them!
  • I won’t go as far as to say they are “healthy” but I will say that you will feel a million times better grabbing one of these when your sweet tooth hits than if you had a lame ‘ol processed cookie.
  • While not a “health-food” per se, they do have dark chocolate which we all know by now is rich with anti-oxidants and is said to be an aphrodisiac. **Brown Chicken Brown Cow……..**
  • They are a great snack for your kiddos, yourself or your significant other – they have almond butter, coconut oil, coconut milk and dark chocolate which are all healthy fats and will help mitigate any blood sugar spike from the coconut sugar, honey and oats.

So – make these!! Do it now!! …and then let us know how they turned out!

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies

Makes approx. 40 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2½ cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup toasted oats
  • ½ cup 80% or higher dark chocolate chunks

Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, mix the coconut sugar, honey, coconut oil, and salt together. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously so that everything gets melted.
  • When the sugar starts to gently bubble, set a timer for two minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during these two minutes.
  • Carefully stir in the coconut milk (the sugar mixture will bubble up a lot!) until it is mixed in and continue to heat until the sauce returns to a low simmer.
  • Then just simmer for another 2 minutes until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon – it should still be thin enough to easily drizzle.
  • Once it gets into a sauce type mixture. Remove from heat and add the almond butter and stir well until the almond butter is melted into the sauce. Set this aside to let it cool while you toast the oats.
  • Place the oats in a single-ish layer into a medium, dry skillet, over medium-high heat. Let them sit for 1 minute or so and then toss into another layer. Let sit another minute or so and repeat until you can slightly smell the oats and they are barely browned.
  • Add the coconut, oats and chocolate chunks and stir gently until just combined and you have a “dough” that sticks together.

  • Using two spoons or a small ice cream scoop, portion the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can leave them as is or wet the fingertips of one hand and gently press each one down to look more like a “cookie.”
  • Place them in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours – up to overnight, if you can wait that long!
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  1. In a small saucepan, mix the coconut sugar, honey, coconut oil, and salt together. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously so that everything gets melted.
  2. When the sugar starts to gently bubble, set a timer for two minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during these two minutes.
  3. Carefully stir in the coconut milk (the sugar mixture will bubble up a lot!) until it is mixed in and continue to heat until the sauce returns to a low simmer.
  4. Then just simmer for another 2 minutes until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon – it should still be thin enough to easily drizzle.
  5. Once it gets into a sauce type mixture. Remove from heat and add the almond butter and stir well until the almond butter is melted into the sauce. Set this aside to let it cool while you toast the oats.
  6. Place the oats in a single-ish layer into a medium, dry skillet, over medium-high heat. Let them sit for 1 minute or so and then toss into another layer. Let sit another minute or so and repeat until you can slightly smell the oats and they are barely browned.
  7. Add the coconut, oats and chocolate chunks and stir gently until just combined and you have a “dough” that sticks together.
  8. Using two spoons or a small ice cream scoop, portion the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can leave them as is or wet the fingertips of one hand and gently press each one down to look more like a “cookie.”
  9. Place them in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours - up to overnight, if you can wait that long!
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Lemon Poppyseed Muffins – 2 ways!

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Primal or Paleo? That is the question. Or, how about both and more muffins for all!?!

LINK Endurance coaches moderation and not living in any extreme. While we completely stand behind the concept of Paleo, we also recognize that it is not for everyone. We do not believe that “one ‘diet’ fits all” — everyBODY is different and therefore needs to be fed/cared for differently. Hence, our holistic approach.

Before I get carried away with that (I’ll save our Podcasts and Facebook Live sessions for that!) let’s dive into these recipes! It’s summer and nothing sounds better to me right now than CITRUS! It’s cool,it’s refreshing, it’s hydrating! …did you know that by adding lemon or lime to your water, your cells absorb the hydration from the water more? A little trivia for you! So I decided to make these LEMON Poppyseed Muffins two ways — a Primal version, which includes a high quality dairy and a Paleo version which is completely grain free and dairy free.

Both make easy grab-and-go Breakfasts, snacks to take to school or the office, pre/post workout fuel, etc!

Make one or the other or both – you’ll love them! And let us know how they turn out! And if you make both — let us know which one is your favorite!!

Primal Lemon Poppyseed Muffins:

Makes 12 muffins…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup 2% or Full Fat PLAIN grass fed Greek Yogurt
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • juice of 1 large lemon (approx. ½ cup)
  • 3 large, cage-free eggs
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl combine almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In a separate bowl combine yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs, honey and vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine. (Word to the wise: zest the lemon before you juice it…)
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together with a spatula to combine.
  • Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Line a muffin tray with paper liners or grease well with cooking spray or ghee/Kerrygold Butter and divide batter evenly (I use a large soup spoon for this…)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in muffin tin for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack or in a single layer on a large plate.
  • The muffins will keep for several days in an airtight container in the fridge or you can freeze them up to 3 months.

Paleo Lemon Poppyseed Muffins:

Makes 12 muffins…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • juice of 1 large lemon (approx. ½ cup)
  • 3 large, cage-free eggs
  • ¼ cup raw/local honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In a separate bowl combine applesauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs, honey and vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine. (Word to the wise: zest the lemon before you juice it…)
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together with a spatula to combine.
  • Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Line a muffin tray with paper liners or grease well with cooking spray or ghee/Kerrygold Butter and divide batter evenly (I use a large soup spoon for this and it makes it very easy…)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool in muffin tin for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack or in a single layer on a large plate.
  • The muffins will keep for several days in an airtight container on the counter or you can freeze them up to 3 months.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl combine yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs, honey and vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine. (Word to the wise: zest the lemon before you juice it...)
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together with a spatula to combine.
  5. Stir in poppy seeds.
  6. Line a muffin tray with paper liners or grease well with cooking spray or ghee/Kerrygold Butter and divide batter evenly (I use a large soup spoon for this...)
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool in muffin tin for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack or in a single layer on a large plate.
  10. The muffins will keep for several days in an airtight container in the fridge or you can freeze them up to 3 months.
Paleo Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl combine applesauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs, honey and vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine. (Word to the wise: zest the lemon before you juice it...)
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together with a spatula to combine.
  5. Stir in poppy seeds.
  6. Line a muffin tray with paper liners or grease well with cooking spray or ghee/Kerrygold Butter and divide batter evenly (I use a large soup spoon for this and it makes it very easy...)
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool in muffin tin for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack or in a single layer on a large plate.
  10. The muffins will keep for several days in an airtight container on the counter or you can freeze them up to 3 months.
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Warm Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

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I am married to a carnivore. Any form of meat Mo can eat off of the bone and with his hands, he is grinning ear to ear! I, on the other hand, am the polar opposite! So, I decided to make something that would please us both! He could have MEAT and I could have VEGETABLES! …but not just vegetables – a hearty, full of flavor, refreshing salad that feels more like a meal than a salad! So, guys – don’t turn your head too fast!

I am also experimenting with cooking with different cuts of meat. This was my first pork chop to cook and Mo says it turned out really well! I brined it first with a pseudo-paleo brine – meaning, I used coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar and half the amount most brines call for! And then I just pan seared it. It was very easy, but best if you can plan ahead so you have time for the brine. I want to perfect this one before I post the recipe for it – Mo said it was good and juicy, but needed more flavor. Stay tuned!

So for now — this shaved brussels salad, which, frankly, I could eat the whole recipe by myself! I LOVE this salad! Anytime we go to Origin Kitchen and Bar in Dallas, this is what I get! It’s my favorite! It’s comforting but also refreshing because of the lemon zest and mustard/vinegar dressing! So, it’s great when the weather is hot, cold or anywhere in between!

Warm Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, rinsed and patted dry OR 4 bags pre-shaved brussels
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and broken into pieces
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup grated RAW/unpasteurized pecorino romano, parmesan or Manchego
  • zest of ½ large lemon
  • ground black pepper and sea salt, to taste
  • 3 tbsp Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tbsp grain mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp raw/local honey
  • pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Make the dressing first so that it can sit for a few minutes and let the flavors marry. Simply add mayo, mustards, 1 tbsp vinegar, honey and a pinch of sea salt/black pepper to a medium bowl. Whisk well to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed. If you want it thinner, add the other tbsp of vinegar. Set this aside.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray, set aside.
  • Clean brussels sprouts and cut the ends off. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, shave the brussels into very thin slices. If using pre-shaved, omit this step.
  • Spread the shaved brussels onto the baking sheet and then place them in the oven for 4-6 minutes. Toss them and then place back in the oven for 4-6 minutes, until just browned/softened.
  • While the brussels are baking, toast the walnuts – place the walnuts into a small/medium dry/nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Toss them every few minutes until fragrant and you start to see them get a little shiny/the oils start to release. Set aside.
  • Pull the brussels out of the oven and place the spinach on top and gently toss so that the spinach will begin to wilt from the heat of the brussels.
  • Add grated cheese, lemon zest, walnuts and dressing and gently toss to combine.
  • Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the dressing first so that it can sit for a few minutes and let the flavors marry. Simply add mayo, mustards, 1 tbsp vinegar, honey and a pinch of sea salt/black pepper to a medium bowl. Whisk well to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed. If you want it thinner, add the other tbsp of vinegar. Set this aside.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray, set aside.
  4. Clean brussels sprouts and cut the ends off. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, shave the brussels into very thin slices. If using pre-shaved, omit this step.
  5. Spread the shaved brussels onto the baking sheet and then place them in the oven for 4-6 minutes. Toss them and then place back in the oven for 4-6 minutes, until just browned/softened.
  6. While the brussels are baking, toast the walnuts – place the walnuts into a small/medium dry/nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Toss them every few minutes until fragrant and you start to see them get a little shiny/the oils start to release. Set aside.
  7. Pull the brussels out of the oven and place the spinach on top and gently toss so that the spinach will begin to wilt from the heat of the brussels.
  8. Add grated cheese, lemon zest, walnuts and dressing and gently toss to combine.
  9. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp

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I can’t lie people — this Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp was amazing! It is a running joke in the Brossette household that we always have “a big salad” for dinner. I mean – I am probably the queen of salad – I like to make all kinds and spruce them up in different ways!

And while Mo would typically roll his eyes when I set this plate in front of him and it is in fact “a big salad” – this time, Mo wouldn’t stop talking about THIS “big salad.” In fact, had we not had other plans, I would’ve made it 2 nights in a row! Maybe 3! IT’S THAT GOOD! And, it makes A BUNCH of salad – so even if you’re cooking for one or two, make the whole recipe, portion it out and have it for lunch for a day or two! It makes great leftovers!

The chopping of the vegetables can get a little monotonous – but TRUST ME! Stick with it! It is worth every second!

Thai Chopped Salad with Chili Shrimp

Serves 4

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 1 head napa cabbage, cut into quarters and julienned
  • 4 large handfuls baby spinach, chopped
  • 8-12 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, (green and white parts) thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, halved and julienned
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup shelled, pre-blanched non-gmo edamame, thawed
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (black and/or white – if white, I suggest toasting them
  • ½ cup organic cashews, toasted and broken into pieces

Ingredients for the Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp creamy, natural peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • optional: 1 tbsp sriracha

Ingredients for the Chili-Lime Shrimp:

  • 1lb wild/gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 ½ tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Secrets garlic sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced OR ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeds and rib removed (unless you want it spicy, then leave either/or both!), and minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp ghee butter

Directions for the Salad:

  • First, marinade the shrimp. Place all Shrimp Ingredients except for the ghee into a large, sealable Ziploc baggie. Toss the bag gently, to combine well. Set this in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • When you’re read to put the salad together – place all of the Salad Ingredients, except for the cashews, into a large bowl. Set in the fridge.
  • Now, make the dressing: place the peanut butter into a microwave-safe, glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds – until the peanut butter is softened, but not melted.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the peanut butter and whisk until everything is combined; set aside on the countertop, not in the fridge – you want this to stay room temp.
  • Then, cook the shrimp. Place the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is melted – swirl the pan around to coat with the ghee.
  • Pour the liquid out from the marinade and using tongs, place the shrimp onto the skillet in an even layer, not touching. Be careful because the ghee may pop a bit when you do this.
  • Let the shrimp cook for approx. 3 minutes and then using tongs (I find this easier than a spoon or spatula) flip the shrimp, keeping them in an even layer and cook for another 3 minutes or so. You want the shrimp to be opaque – that is when you know they’re done.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you finish the salad: pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat/combine. Then add the shrimp and toss further OR leave the shrimp to plate on top of the salad. Then toss with the cashews and serve.


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  1. First, marinade the shrimp. Place all Shrimp Ingredients except for the ghee into a large, sealable Ziploc baggie. Toss the bag gently, to combine well. Set this in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  2. When you’re read to put the salad together - place all of the Salad Ingredients, except for the cashews, into a large bowl. Set in the fridge.
  3. Now, make the dressing: place the peanut butter into a microwave-safe, glass bowl and microwave for 15 seconds – until the peanut butter is softened, but not melted.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the peanut butter and whisk until everything is combined; set aside on the countertop, not in the fridge – you want this to stay room temp.
  5. Then, cook the shrimp. Place the ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is melted – swirl the pan around to coat with the ghee.
  6. Pour the liquid out from the marinade and using tongs, place the shrimp onto the skillet in an even layer, not touching. Be careful because the ghee may pop a bit when you do this.
  7. Let the shrimp cook for approx. 3 minutes and then using tongs (I find this easier than a spoon or spatula) flip the shrimp, keeping them in an even layer and cook for another 3 minutes or so. You want the shrimp to be opaque – that is when you know they’re done.
  8. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you finish the salad: pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat/combine. Then add the shrimp and toss further OR leave the shrimp to plate on top of the salad. Then toss with the cashews and serve.
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