Category Archives: Appetizers

Corn-less Cornbread

Makes 9 squares

Advanced & Core Plan

This recipe was adapted from a post from my good friend and Maximized Living doctor, Dr. Rosie Main.  It is so delicious and for those of you who love and miss bread, this will leave you more than satisfied!

IMG_13181 cup almond flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
2 large organic eggs
2 Tbsp butter, softened
¼ cup grass fed plain yogurt or full fat coconut milk

Optional:
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a bowl, mix yogurt or coconut milk, softened butter and eggs
Add the almond flour, baking powder and salt and mix again
Mix in the chopped green onions.
Pour into a greased 8” glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges and top are slightly browned.

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Lamb Kofta Skewers

Advanced & Core Plan

Serves 4

This is a different tasting meatball that you have to try.  Kofta, found frequently in South Asia and the Middle East feature ground meat with exotic spices.  The flavor is unique and delightful.

IMG_13174 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (or 1 tablespoon garlic paste if pressed for time)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound grass-fed ground lamb
3 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon black pepper

skewers (8 small or 4 large), soaked in water for 30 minutes.

Make a garlic paste by mashing the garlic with the salt in a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a knife.  Mix the garlic past and all the other ingredients together until thoroughly combined.  Form the mixture into 16 balls.  Pick up and flatten a bit and put on the skewer (should be a flat-ish oval shape).  Chill for 30 minutes to overnight for best flavor.

Heat a grill (indoor or outdoor) and grease grates with coconut oil if necessary.  Cook, turning once or twice until cooked throughout.  It should take 8-10 minutes.

VIDEO – Tex Mex Soup

This is a favorite recipe of mine and I make it frequently.  It is nutrient dense because it includes so many healthy veggies.  It is a great way to use all of the produce you have in your fridge.  It is great to take along in a thermos for lunches.  Watch the video here…

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VIDEO – Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

This is a great go-to breakfast (especially  for chocolate lovers) that is simple, tasty and will keep you full until lunch.  Watch the video here…

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Healthy Cranberry Sauce

This is a holiday favorite but unfortunately, store bought versions are loaded with sugar and are sickeningly sweet!  Cranberries are tart and this recipe highlights their tartness but is lightly sweetened with stevia and oranges.  Remember…it will not taste as sweet as what you are used to.  Embrace the tartness 🙂

cranberry sauce• 2 bags of fresh cranberries (usually 12 ounce bags)
• ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
• ½ cup of organic applesauce (no sugar added)
• ½ cup of water
• juice and zest of one organic orange
• ½ – 2 teaspoons pure stevia extract (to taste)
• dash cinnamon (optional)
• dash ground cloves (optional)

 

 

Put cranberries, orange  juice, applesauce and water in a saucepan and and bring to a boil.

Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes).

Reduce to a simmer and mix the additional orange juice, zest, and stevia in to the  cranberry mixture. Simmer about 10 minutes longer.

Cool completely and refrigerate before serving.

Omelet Muffins

This is a terrific, versatile dish.  You can make these omelet muffins to please everyone in the family by changing up the ingredients.  You can make these ahead and keep them in the refrigerator for a quick and healthy breakfast all week.
Makes about 6 muffins
Advanced & Core Plan
omelet muffin6 eggs
½ cup diced vegetables (organic bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, etc)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1/8 cup homemade mayonnaise, vegenaise, or coconut milk
1/8 cup water
Optional:
¼ – ½ cup diced meat (turkey bacon, turkey or chicken sausage, cubed chicken or turkey, wild caught smoked salmon)
¼ cup shredded raw cheese
For a southwestern omelet, add in ¼ cup drained salsa (check ingredients)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 6 muffin tins or silicon muffin cups with butter and/or coconut oil.  (DO NOT USE TEFLON PANS).
Beat the eggs in a bowl and add desired ingredients.  Spoon into muffin cups and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
NOTE:  You can always make this into a crustless quiche by pouring the mixture in a buttered pie dish and cooking for a bit longer.

Maximized Energy Bars

Core Plan

People love to have a grab-and-go option for a quick snack or for re-fueling after a workout.  Unfortunately, the options are typically not healthy ones.  Most are loaded with sugar, refined and/or high glycemic carbohydrates, soy protein and artificial flavors.  This recipe is simple to make, stores well, can be taken on the go, and can be altered to your taste.  This healthy recipe is loaded with raw enzymes, protein, good fats, and antioxidants.  Make a double batch and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Makes about 25 square bars

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Base:
1 cup almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight
¼ cup cocoa nibs
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup hemp seeds
1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein or 3 tablespoons cacao powder
7-8 dates, soaked for at least 30 minutes, and pitted

Optional Add Ins:
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened blueberries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
Soaked walnuts
Chia seeds

Using a food processor, mix almonds until it reaches a mealy texture.  Add all other ingredients except the dates and mix well.  While the motor is running, drop in one date at a time until the mixture starts to form a ball.  You may have to scrape the sides and move the mixture around a bit to be sure the dates get incorporated.

Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter over a damp paper towel (to keep it from moving around on you).  Put the mixture on the parchment and press into a square or rectangle with your fingers into an even layer about ¼” thick.  You can also cover with another piece of parchment and use a rolling pin.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares and store in a parchment lined/layered container.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.