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Raspberry Mango Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies in a glass is so last season, so mix it up this spring and put it in a bowl! I find the advantage of a smoothie bowl is that you can bump up the nutrition by adding extra fruits, nuts and seeds on top, even nut butters! For the Amber Approved Magazine spring edition I concocted a super simple and basic smoothie bowl that allows you to play with different toppings as you desire! Featured on my smoothie bowl is shredded sulphite free coconut, chia seeds and fresh raspberries and blackberries!

Raspberry Mango Smoothie Bowl

Photos courtesy of Alexandra Borovsky 

Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Donuts

The Spring edition of Amber Approved Magazine has had to be my favourite recipe creation so far. This time of year is all about fresh, light foods and flavours and I think these protein packed breakfast donuts definitely hit the mark. But donut take my word for it, try them for yourselves!

P.S. they are 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.

Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Donuts-2

 

Photography courtesy of Alexandra Borovsky 

Crispy Kale Chips

It is hard to believe how much I despised kale before having it in a caesar salad at Una Pizza here in Calgary. To be honest, I always saw it as lizard food because my gecko snacked on it (that to me as a kid said a lot). Grown up Chelsea, has since realized how delicious kale is and while I may be a tad late hopping on the kale train, here is my delicious kale chip recipe. I guaranteed to be crispy, light and healthy.

In case you are wondering what my spice of choice is, it is The Silk Road Spice Merchants, Inca Fire Salt but according to a friend, their dill pickle seasoning would also do the trick! Whatever your spice of choice may be, these chips will be sure to please!

Kale Chips

 

Pumpkin Loaf

I fell for pumpkin spice many moons ago and while many people have adopted fall as being the season of “pumpkin spice” I still had yet to really hone my own pumpkin spice bread recipe, that is until today!

In celebration of the first day of fall I decide to play with my family recipe for banana loaf, which I realized made the perfect base to play with, take out bananas, add in a little pure pumpkin puree, and a little unsweetened apple sauce and some pumpkin spice and you have the perfectly balanced spiced pumkin loaf recipe!

So here is the recipe for the perfect pumpkin loaf, enjoy everyone!

Ingredients:

2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill really yields the best texture but you can substitute another kind, if the blend you’re using has xanthan gum added in already then omit)
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of coconut sugar (you can use white sugar, but I prefer the rich and deep flavour of the coconut sugar)
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup of oil (olive oil , vegetable oil or coconut oil will all do fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Method:

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients: flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and salt whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl cream eggs and coconut sugar together and then add oil, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree and apple sauce, stirring to combine.
  3. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring them until just combined (DO NOT OVER MIX: gluten-free batters get tough when over mixed, keep it light)
  4. Fold in chopped pecans, and in a greased 9×5 loaf pan and put into a preheated 350° fahrenheit oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until completely cool.

Spicy Thai Red Coconut Curry

Fall is always a little chillier, the colours are inspiring though and there something about food that is spicy and whose colours match the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of Fall that I love. So it was time to mix it up with some Thai Red Coconut Curry.

After making this it dawned on me that some shallots, mushrooms or some shredded carrot would be phenomenal additions to this dish.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of oil (I like coconut or olive oil)
1/2 small white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 inch nub of fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 of each, red and yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste ( I say 1-2 so you can adjust the heat as necessary as it can be spicy but since I love spice I always add 2, should you dislike spice, omit the red pepper flakes)
1 can of coconut milk (I prefer the full fat kind but low-fat would work too I am sure)
2 teaspoons soy sauce (ensure the kind you are using is gluten-free) this adds some seasoning and brings out the flavours in the dish quite nicely.
1 pound of thinly sliced chicken or shrimp
Basmati rice or rice noodles (rice noodles are my personal favorite, follow package directions to cook both rice or rice noodles)

**Basil, bean sprouts, crushed cashews or peanuts, and sriracha make for fabulous garnish and condiments.

Make it:

1. heat a large skillet or wok pan at medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat the pan.
**if using chicken or shrimp cook these in the pan first prior to adding in onions etc, and cook chicken until browned on the outside or for shrimp until opaque and pink on the outside, remove from pan before cooking the curry you will add these back in add the end).

2. add onion to the pan, decreasing the heat to medium and saute until the onion begins to soften and cook (4-5 minutes)

3. Add in minced garlic and ginger to pan and stirring, fry until fragrant (about 2 minutes), once fragrant add in the sliced red and yellow bell peppers (also to fry for 3 minutes)

4. To the pan add the Thai red curry paste and mix in with the peppers and onions and allow that to fry with the paste for about 2-3 minutes (frying the paste is something I learned from my mom watching her make curry with pastes my whole life, it allows the spices and flavours in the paste to be deepened and brightened.)

5. Add in 1 can of coconut milk to the pan, along with 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of sugar (I prefer a non-refined sugar such as coconut sugar, but white or brown sugar would also suffice).

6. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for 10 minutes (if using shrimp or another protein, this is when you would add it back to the pan to continue cooking and absorb some of the flavour)

7. serve over basmati rice, or my personal favorite rice noodles.

 

 

Candida Friendly Buckwheat “buttermilk” Pancakes with Strawberries

On my candida diet i am allowed one serving of fruit per day, this is something most easily incorporated into my breakfasts so I decided to brighten these soft and light buckwheat pancakes with strawberries however i am sure sautéed apple, or warm blueberries etc. would all be suitable.

For the strawberry topping: (for one serving) about 1 cup of fresh organic strawberries, sliced ( you can use frozen but ensure they are plain and unsweetened) 1/2 lemon juiced and the zest Add ingredients to a small sauce pan over medium heat and sauté until strawberries are beginning to break down and are natural juices have created a “syrup” IMG_5726

For the “buttermilk” Combine 1 and 1/4 cup of almond milk with 1tbsp plus 1/2 teaspoon of pure, raw apple cider vinegar stir and set aside for five minutes.

For the pancakes: 

1 cup of organic buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of ground pink himalayan sea salts
1 teaspoon of raw green stevia
1 teaspoon of the silk road chai spice OR cinnamon (this gives the pancakes a nice flavour)
1/2 teaspoon of alcohol and sugar free vanilla extract (be careful of both, they like to hide in most brands)
1 large organic, egg
the buttermilk mixture
Coconut oil for the griddle

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk together until just combined (remember gluten free batters can become tough if over mixed so be wary of this) and with a ladle pour over a hot griddle that has been preheated to 350° Fahrenheit, cooking on the first side until the bubble have all popped, flip and cook for a few minutes more.

Serve pancakes with the warm strawberry sauce, and if you like add some shredded unsweetened coconut, or drizzle raw almond butter overtop for some added healthy fats.

Lemon Poppyseed Protein Muffins

Preheat oven to 375° F

Ingredients 

1-1/2 cups of Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (I prefer bobs red mill)

1-1/2 teaspoons of gluten free baking soda

1/2 cup of ground pure, gluten free oats
(I use Only Oats brand)

1 scoop of Vanilla protein powder
(I use Vega Sport Recovery Vanilla, it is plant based, gluten free, dairy free and soy free)

1 tablespoon of poppy seeds

1/2 teaspoon of fine grain sea salt

2 lemons, zested and juiced

1 cup of coconut sugar (or another natural, unrefined sugar alternative)

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Make it

 1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, ground oats, protein powder, and poppy seeds) Stir to combine.

2. In a seperate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (lemon juice, lemon zest, almond milk, almond milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract)

3. Stir the whisked wet ingredients into the dry, DO NOT OVER MIX! gluten free batters are made easily tough when over mixed, if the batter is a little lumpy this is fine.

4. Grease muffin tins with more coconut oil, and fill with the batter. Put into the preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool in the muffin pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to fully cool.

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