Socca Bread

This savory recipe is adapted from the Clean Blog and makes 8-10 gluten free flat breads.  Socca bread is a nice addition to any meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 c garbanzo bean flour (about 2.5 c ground garbanzo beans)
  • ¼ cup coconut or olive oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1/8 t chipotle powder

 

Directions

  • Stir everything together and let stand for 20-30 minutes, mixture will thicken a bit.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees and heat an oven-safe skillet in the oven for about 10 minutes.
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    After flipping it looks like this

    Once hot, remove skillet from the oven and add 1 T oil to the pan.   Pour a scant 1/2 c of the socca mixture into the pan and gently swirl around until the batter covers the pan surface.

  • Place skillet back in the oven and cook until the socca is bubbly and crisped around the edges (about 10 minutes).  Remove pan from oven and flip bread over, then bake for another 3-5 minutes or so until golden brown.
  • Repeat until the mixture is used up.

Serve warm or at room temperature with any filling or topping, such as avocado, hummus, tahini, fresh vegetables, pesto, olives or miso paste.  I like to double the recipe and freeze them in a foodsaver bag, they last indefinitely!

Tips for Success:

  • make sure the skillet is hot enough before every socca, and DO NOT SKIMP ON OIL
  • Use multiple skillets if you have them – this helps reduce the amount of time spent waiting for the skillet to heat back up for the next socca.
  • I use fajita skillets which are small and oval, increase the amount of socca batter if using a larger skillet.
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Napa Chicken Salad

This recipe has an asian flare and is my go to; I make some variation of it regularly.  It’s fantastic served over greens or kelp noodles, or rolled up in a paleo wrap.  The possibilities are endless!IMAG1204

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4-5 medium napa cabbage leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 8 oz cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 T raw cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 small avocado, chopped (optional)
  • 1 T sesame seeds (optional)

Sauce

  • 1/4 c Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 c Olive Oil
  • 2T Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2T Coconut Nectar
  • 1T Tamari or Coconut Aminos
  • 1T ginger, grated

Directions

  • Make dressing:  combine sauce ingredients into a small jar, cover and shake well
  • IMAG1205Combine cabbage, carrot, scallion and cilantro into a large bowl and add 3/4 of the sauce, stir well.  This can be prepared in advance and stored in fridge.
  • Just before serving, place chicken, avocado, and cashews on top of vegetable mix and drizzle remaining sauce over top.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over greens or kelp noodles, or make a wrap sandwich

Variation:

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    Napa Chicken Salad served over kelp noodles

    Out of napa cabbage?  Use regular green cabbage or bok choy

  • No scallions?  throw in a couple tablespoons of minced red onion
  • Rather than chopping the chicken, slice up a chicken breast and lay it across the top
  • Dressing keeps well in the fridge for a week and also works well in stir fry or as a green salad dressing.

Lamb Sausage with Rosemary and Garlic

This is my favorite sausage, it has a mild but rich flavor.  I make a double batch and freeze leftovers for convenience.  They are great aource of protein with any meal or as a snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 t fennel seeds
  • 1/2 T fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • 1/2 T sea salt

Directions

  • Spread fennel seeds on a baking tray and toast at 350 degrees for a few minutes, until aroma is released.  Grind toasted seeds coarsely with pestle and mortar.
  • Combine ingredients in a bowl with hands, do not overwork (or sausage will be tough)
  • Form small balls and then flatten into patties; makes 9 to 10 2″ rounds.
  • Place patties on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees.KIMG0157

 

Salted Fudge Brownies (Gluten Free )

This recipe is the result of much experimentation and produces a decadent chocolate treat.  The brownies stay moist at room temperature for up to a week, but can be refrigerated or frozen for longer term storage.  They won’t last long though, so delicious…

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3/4  cup coconut nectar or crystals*
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1/8 cup coconut manna, softened
  • 1 T + 1 t  vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Lakanto Monkfruit crystals
  • 1/2 t + 1/8 t sea salt
  • optional: chopped walnuts
* If using coconut palm sugar crystals, measure 3/4 cup crystals into liquid measuring cup and add water to the 3/4 cup line.  Stir to dissolve crystals in water.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • mix together everything but the Lacanto and salt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add Lakanto and salt; stir to incorporate
  • pour mixture into greased 9×12 pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  • remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

Mouthwash

This stuff is easy to make and works as well as the “natural” store-bought versions.   The essential oils used in the recipe have strong anti-microbial properties and a refreshing taste.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz purified water
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • Empty BPA-free bottle

Directions

Combine ingredients in the bottle and shake before each use.  Swish a mouthful around before or after brushing and spit out (don’t swallow).

 

 

 

 

Miso Soup

Ingredients

  • 4c purified water
  • 2T bonito flakes (optional)
  • 4-5 small to medium dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 strips kombu dried kelp (about 20 square inches)
  • 1T cut Wakame
  • 1t natto fermented beans (dried or fresh)
  • 2-3 T Chickpea Miso (I use South River brand)
  • 2-3 scallions, greens only, coursely chopped

Directions

  • For broth (Dashi):   Bring water and bonito flakes to boil, simmer for 10 minutes, and then strain out bonito flakes.  Add mushrooms and kombu to the broth, bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 hours.  Or use crockpot on high setting for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, place wakame and natto (if dried) in a small dish and cover with water to rehydrate
  • When broth is done, remove pot from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Discard kombu strips.  Remove and thinly slice mushrooms if needed, then add back to pot.
  • Add a small amount of broth to Miso, stir to dissolve, then add back to pot.
  • Add rehydrated wakame and natto to the pot, and stir in scallions.

Do not boil soup once Miso and Natto are added since this will destroy the probiotic benefit of the soup.  Use gentle heat as needed when serving leftovers.  Soup keeps well in fridge for several days.

 

 

 

 

Thai Infused Veg (pulp) Broth

This recipe is adapted from the Reboot with Joe website and makes use of the vegetable pulp left over from juicing.  Any mixture of pulp can work, including cabbage, zucchini, carrots, celery, green beans, kale and other greens etc.  The broth is tasty and is great as a warm beverage, as a soup base, or in other dishes that call for vegetable or chicken broth.

Ingredients:

  • 2 qt purified water
  • 2 c pulp
  • handful cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sticks lemongrass, minced
  • 1″ nub ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 1 t lime juice (or to taste)
  • 2 chili peppers, chopped  OR 1/2 t chili flakes (optional for spicy broth)
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. combine all ingredients in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. reduce heat and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours (3 is better)
  3. pour broth through a fine mesh strainer and/or use a nut milk bag to extract broth from pulp
  4. taste and add salt and lime as needed
  5. store in fridge or freeze in ice cube trays for use in cooking.

 

Root-Veg (pulp) Latkes

Latkes are traditionally potato pancakes, and this is a healthy variation.  This recipe makes use of the leftover pulp from juicing root vegetables, and is adapted from a recipe found on the Reboot with Joe website.  The juice recipe is below, as well.

Latkes

  • rootveglatkes31 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • 1/5 t sea salt
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/4 t thyme
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/8 t cayenne
  • 2-3 T kalamata olives, minced (optional)
  • 2 eggs or 3 flax eggs
  • Roughly 2 cups juicing pulp (from recipe below)

Directions:

  1. If using flax eggs, combine 3 T flax seed meal with 9 T (just over 1/2 cup) hot water, stir and set aside
  2. If pulp has any “chunks”, run the mixture through a food processor to break them down.
  3. Combine everything except eggs and pulp in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
  4. Add pulp and mix thoroughly
  5. rootveglatkes2Add eggs and mix thoroughly, mixture should stick together (add additional water if it’s still too dry)
  6.  With hands form about 16 2″ latkes
  7. Add oil to a large frying pan and brown latkes over medium heat, roughly 5 minutes per side
  8. Transfer latkes to a baking sheet and bake at 400 until heated through, about 5 minutes per side

Root Veg Juice

Put the following items through the juicer and save the pulp.  Makes roughly 16 oz of juice and 2 cups pulp.

  • 1 large sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 large beet
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 large carrot
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (optional)