In: Nel Van Amen

halibut with sweet potato
Halibut with Sweet Potato Fries and Green Beans
July 5, 2019

This is a fish sheet pan recipe for halibut.  It’s a great time saver if you have limited time to make a family dinner,  or your kid’s friend’s are staying for a healthy meal,  or you are meal prepping and you want something that is tasty, saves time and has the right macros.  There are many sheet pan recipes out now and this is one I have tried and tasted and it is a home run for taste, nutrition and  time. Try it your taste buds will be delighted with the its savory sweetness.  You can even add a little red pepper flake and then will hit all four notes with a little heat. 

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waldorf salad wraps
Paleo Waldorf Salad Lettuce Wraps
July 5, 2019

This dairy-free recipe is a nutritious version for Waldorf salad using using using bib, iceberg, or romaine lettuce as the wrap for a snack.  You can also use this recipe for lunch or dinner by throwing it onto some spinach, kale, or arugula.  You can put it on a rice cracker, or GF toast.  It is really yummy full of protein that is low in fat and low in carbohydrates.  It is cool, crisp and  refreshing on a hot day which makes it perfect for a summertime snack or meal.   You can use your leftover roasted chicken or make your chicken from scratch without much more effort.

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blueberry jam
Gluten-Free Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
April 30, 2019

It is berry season  and what better way to use them than to make some jam you do not have to feel guilty eating.

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BBQ sauce
Paleo BBQ Sauce
April 30, 2019

Summer is coming and the cover is off the grill.  You will need a BBQ sauce that takes only minutes to prepare,  paleo friendly and delicious.  This is great on chicken, beef, pulled pork.  Serve it to your kids with their chicken tenders.   No added sugars and a little heat. 

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multigrain cracker
Gluten Free Seed Cracker
April 30, 2019

This is the best cracker recipe that is GF that I have tried.  It is simple and delicious.   If you are entertaining make two batches they will go quick. Try them with the Chia Seed Jam recipe I have posted.  So yummy!!!

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turkey meatballs
Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Basil Sauce
January 29, 2019

Here is a recipe you can use for meal prep. I get so many requests for the recipe and thought I would share.   The meatballs are baked and remain moist, tender and really delicious.  You can use them for meal prep but make sure you measure the sauce separate from the meatballs.   If you are used to having pasta and gravy (sauce) on Sundays try using  zoodles or spaghetti squash for your pasta on  your next Sunday’s meal.  You will not miss the pasta but you can also use GF pasta if you have the carbohydrates available.  The sauce is simple and if you use good quality tomatoes it is really delicious.  You will keep your family happy because you and your family can enjoy a Sunday pasta dinner and not have to worry about it being to heavy!

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flat bread with hummus
Guiltless Flatbread With Roasted Eggplant
January 29, 2019

Here is a great recipe that is gluten free, nutritious and really delicious.  It would be a perfect snack  for your Super Bowl party and will  help you stay on track.  No one will know it is gluten free.  You can serve this with anything where you would use pita bread.  You can even add a little protein powder for some extra energy.  Just make sure you adjust the other flours to accommodate the protein and add a little lemon zest if you use vanilla.  Lemon goes well with rosemary and will help keep it on the savory side.  Make it in a cast iron skillet for best results.  It will go so fast you made need two of them!!!

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thai red curry
Classic Thai Red Curry
November 27, 2018

This is the easiest recipe and so delicious.  I think it is better than the yellow curry Thai dish.  You can add a little heat by adding a Thai chili or a sliced Serrano chili.  If you cannot find kaffir leaf (lime leaf) squeeze some lime juice into the dish.  Asian markets generally have but I have run into problems locating it in an Asian market.  Also Thai basil is best but you can use regular basil in a pinch if you cannot find it in an Asian market.  

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chicken fajitas in a pan
Fabulous Fajitas
October 11, 2018

The marinade is the secret to fabulously tender, juicy meat that can stand on its own.  Grilling gives it a smoky flavor but I cook these in a cast iron skillet.   It helps caramelize the vegetables and the meat.  If you are grilling I would use a basket to put the meat in and then use a skillet to cook the vegetables.   You can also use beef, bison or even venison as the protein.  When cooking chicken I allow for about 20% shrinkage.  Hence, the recipe calls for one and quarter pound to allow for one full pound of cooked protein.

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steak and mushrooms with mashed potatoes
Filet Mignon Stuffed with Mushrooms and Onions
September 28, 2018

Here is a meal that delivers melt in your mouth, tenderness with a  savory twist.   There is not a more succulent meal than a tender filet.  In addition, if you have a beef with Beef it would also work with elk tenderloin or even venison.  This is a recipe that will impress your guest or help you close the deal for your date.  You are sure to score high marks in skill.  Simple and easy to prepare with tenderness and a flavor that is sure to rock the night.

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