Berry Clementine Snack Cake

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Berry Clementine Snack Cake

For The Fruit:

1/2 Cup Dairy Free Butter

2 Cups Frozen Blueberries

1 Tablespoon Sugar

For The Batter:

1 1/4 Cup Almond Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1/4 Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons Clementine Zest

1/4 Cup Clementine Juice

1/4 Cup Dairy Free Butter, melted

About 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

About 1 1/2 Tablespoons Raw Sugar To Sprinkle On Top

Preheat oven to 325°.

1.  Melt butter in a medium sauce pan and add the blueberries and sugar. Simmer softly for about 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.

2.  In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients (minus the almonds & raw sugar) and mix until just until smooth. 

3.  Pour half the batter into a square baking pan.

4. With a slotted spoon, cover the batter with the berries, then add about 2/3 of the juice over the berries. You will have a little left over.

5.  Top with the remaining batter and sprinkle with the almonds and sugar.

6.  Bake for about 35 minutes. You want to remove it from the oven when the middle is just done, maybe even slightly underdone.

Serve on its own or with almond milk.

Beans, Greens, & Bacon

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“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger,

eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.”

- Auguste Escoffier

Beans, Greens, & Bacon Soup

1 Package Uncured Organic Hickory Smoked Bacon, chopped

4-6 (depending on size) Organic Carrots, sliced on the diagonal

1 Medium Organic Onion, chopped

2 Tablespoon Organic Thyme, chopped

2 Tablespoons Organic Rosemary, minced

5 Cloves of Organic Garlic, chopped

1 1/2 Cups Organic Purple Kale (packed), chopped

1 Cup Organic Green Kale (packed), chopped

2 Cans of White Beans, rinsed and drained

3 – 32 oz. Boxes of Organic, Free Range, Chicken Broth

Olive Oil

Sea Salt & Pepper To Taste

Heat a dutch oven on medium low and fry the bacon slowly until crisp. Remove the bacon bits to a paper towel to drain. Reserve about 2 teaspoons of the bacon fat in the pan.

Saute the onions until they are translucent and begin to caramelize. Add the carrots and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.

Add the thyme, rosemary, bacon, and both types of kale. Saute until the kale begins to wilt.

Add the beans and broth and bring to a boil. Simmer until carrots are tender.

Season with sea salt & pepper to taste.

Affogato

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Happy Wednesday To Me!

Affogato

2 Scoops Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream

1-2 Shots Instant Decaf Espresso

Grated Dark Chocoloate

Sliced Almonds

Place scoops of ice cream in coffee cup. Pour hot espresso over the ice cream. Grate dark chocolate over the top and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Garnish with a solid piece of dark chocolate.

Vegetable Rescue Soup

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Have you ever noticed how quickly organic broccoli spoils? I mean seriously, one day it’s fine and the next day it smells like something died in the fridge. A couple of days ago I went organic vegetable shopping and had plans for the broccoli that night. Well, the husband had plans for pizza. Needless to say, the broccoli didn’t get used and as I was lounging in bed at a seriously self-indulgent hour this morning, it donned on me that I needed to use that broccoli today before something ugly happened. On top of that, organic groceries are not cheap and I absolutely hate to see any of it go to waste.

I have a similar recipe  on my blog as well, but it’s much more involved and has many ingredients. This one is simple and easy and quickly came together in less than 30 minutes.

Organic Veggie Soup

1 Medium Organic Sweet Onion, Sliced

3 Cloves Organic Garlic, Chopped

3 1/2 Cups Organic Steamed Broccoli

3 Organic Cups Spinach, Packed

2 Cups Almond Milk

1 Cup Organic Free Range Chicken Broth

1 Poultry Cube or 1 Tablespoon Poultry Herbs, Chopped

Olive Oil

Sea Salt & Pepper

Steam the broccoli and set aside. Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of olive oil in a dutch oven and heat on medium. Add sliced onions and saute until they begin to brown and caramelize. Add the chopped garlic and continue cooking until the garlic softens.

Add the spinach and saute until wilted.

Remove from the heat. Add the steamed broccoli, chicken broth, almond milk, and poultry cube and stir to combine. Then, with an emulsion blender, carefully blend the soup until smooth. If you don’t have an emulsion blender this can also be done in a Vita Mix. However, beware when putting hot liquids into a blender. Don’t cap it all the way or you’ll likely burn yourself and end up with hot soup on the ceiling, counters, and floor.

Return to the heat and simmer until hot and ready to serve.

Sweet Potato Love

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Biscuits aren’t spelled the way you think they are. They are spelled, l-o-v-e.  That’s right. Everything about a biscuit screams love, and in case you’re feeding someone who doesn’t know that, cut them into heart shapes so they can’t miss it.

This recipe is adapted from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible. If there’s anyone who understands that certain foods equal love, well, it’s Miss Paula Deen.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

*Makes 6 biscuits

3/4 Cup Cooked Mashed Sweet Potato

1/3 Cup Almond Milk (You will need about 3 Tbs. more when mixing the dough)

1 Cup Mama’s Almond All Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup White Rice Flour

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

6 Tablespoons Dairy Free Butter

Line a baking sheet with parchment and pre-heat the oven to 425 ° or 400° for convection.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sweet potato and 1/3 cup milk. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the sweet potato mixture and fold gently to combine. If necessary add more milk 1 Tablespoon at a time until all the flour is moistened, but not too wet.

Sprinkle the work surface with flour. Turn dough out onto surface and knead lightly 2 or 3 times until the mixture comes together. Gently pat the dough out to a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut the dough into the shape you prefer. Gently re-pat the scraps out and cut more biscuits. Place the biscuits on the lined baking sheet and bake 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with butter and honey.

“Seconds? Why…I don’t mind if I do!”

Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Spicy Sauce

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This is incredibly easy. Full of spicy flavor and the chicken is tender and juicy.

Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Spicy Sauce

12 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Thighs (seems like a lot but it’s not, they’re really small)

1 Medium Onion, sliced

1/2 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar

1 1/2 Bottles Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (if you like it spicy)

Olive Oil

Gluten Free/Dairy Free  Buns (I used Udi’s)

In a dutch oven drizzle about 2 teaspoons olive oil. Heat to medium and saute the onions until they turn golden and begin to carmelize. Remove from dutch oven and set aside. Drizzle the pan again with olive oil and brown the chicken thighs on each side in two batches.

Once they are browned on both sides, add the previous batch of chicken thighs in with the others and add the vinegar, barbecue sauce, cayenne pepper, and golden onions.

Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for about 1 hour.

When the hour is up, test the chicken with two forks to see if it pulls apart easily. If not, add 10 more minutes of simmering.

When done, take two forks and carefully shred the meat. You can do it completely shredded or leave small pieces which is what I like to do. When it’s shredded too much, I feel it becomes stringy and I don’t care for that texture.

Serve with buns. You can also serve with a side of cole slaw or place the cole slaw right on top of the sandwich. So good!!

*Makes about 6 servings…although, we managed to eat it in 4. Once for dinner on Friday night, and then for lunch on Saturday.

Beautiful Days Ahead – My Corner Of The World

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Finally!

Our snow arrives. We’ve been waiting patiently…

Romeo’s snow nose.

Two minutes prior to that he had snow whiskers and brows too, but I couldn’t make it to my camera in time.

Equally as happy to see the snow.

Play time!

Hubby snow blowing for the 3rd time in 24 hours.

Chloe, staying warm inside.

Preparing herself for when the dogs come in and want to play chase with her.

They never understand why she won’t play fetch with their toys.

“Alright.”

“You can take one more picture and that is IT!”