Saturday, November 2, 2013

Delectable Pumpkin Bread - Wheat Free and Sugar Free

This might be my new favorite use for almond flour and for pumpkin puree. The batter is made in a food processor in record time!
However, let's do the "Notes" first:
1.)  The pumpkin bread is easier to remove from the loaf pan if you let it cool for about an hour.  This is only an assumption on my part, since the warm loaf was far too appealing for me to wait.  Delicious warm or cold! (I'm thinking toasted, for breakfast. . .)
2.)  I enjoyed the process of making my own pumpkin puree, following Elana Amsterdam's easy recipe.  I am sure you would have wonderful results using 1 cup of any good organic pure pumpkin puree.
3.)  This recipe, like so many of my favorite almond flour recipes, is adapted from one I found at Elana's Pantry.

2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons good quality ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg (If you can grate your own nutmeg, use less)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup roasted pumpkin puree
1/8 teaspoon "Kal" brand or "Now" brand concentrated powder stevia
6 organic eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and seasonings in a food processor.  Pulse to mix.

Add the pumpkin puree, the stevia, and the 6 eggs to the mixture, and process for approximately 2 minutes.

TASTE the batter.  IF you want to add seasonings or stevia, do so.  (When I made my roasted pumpkin puree, I used a Grey Ghost organic squash, which has a sweeter taste to start, so I did not need to add anything.)

Pour the batter into a glass loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes. You will have a wet batter, and your end product will be moist when it has cooled.

Monday, August 12, 2013


This recipe is da bomb!  It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.  And yes, this is Vegan.  The "cream" comes from raw organic cashews.  The only drawback is waiting for the pie to chill.  This will take two to three hours in the refrigerator. Well worth the wait!

I wish I could say it is my own creation, but I can't.  I must give all the credit to Christel, a fellow admirer of Sarah Shilhavy @ Free Coconut Recipes.  I have adjusted the recipe so that it meets the requirements of the Maximized Living Advanced Plan - using liquid stevia instead of honey, for instance; and I should also mention that the original recipe was for STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE, and I changed that, too.  This was to meet the requirements of Dr. Cliff, who does not eat strawberries, so if you are so inclined, feel free to switch out the berries. Just make SURE the berries are organic.  Conventionally grown berries are loaded with pesticides.  Just don't eat them.

I am including a link to Sarah Shilhavy's website, so you can watch her prepare this recipe, all in a high speed blender, in less than 5 minutes.  Just be sure to use the "Maximized" ingredients below.


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries (or strawberries)
  • 1 cup raw organic cashews 
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 droppers full of liquid stevia (to taste)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
Grind crust ingredients in food processor or high speed blender and press into bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, building up the sides slightly.

Place all filling ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Carefully pour on top of crust and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Maximized Grainless Rolls

Maximized food has become a no-brainer for us.  I hear all kinds of protests about the "cost" of organic, grain-free, sugar-free cooking.  I can only reply that my health is worth paying for.  In fact, I can not think of anything that is more worthy of my money.  I will admit, though, that the idea of a grilled organic turkey burger without a bun has often left a little to be desired.  That's why I needed to share with anyone who doesn't already have the recipe. . .these Maximized Grainless Rolls are the bomb!  The recipe is from Kimberly Pease-Roberto,  co-author of The Maximized Living Nutrition Plan, so rest-assured, your health need never suffer from eating a burger again!
By the way, they freeze beautifully. . . .if they last that long.

Kimberly's great recipe goes like this:

1 1/2 cups almond flour
5 tablespoons psyllium husk powder
2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 organic eggs or 3 organic egg whites
1 cup boiling water
Mix all of the dry ingredients together.  Add the eggs and apple cider vinegar and mix well.  You will have a very stiff mixture on your hands.  Add the boiling water and continue to mix until well combined.  The mixture will then turn from a "soup" into a very sticky dough.  Split the mixture into 5 rolls.  You will want to “form” them into nicely shaped rolls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. I do this using a very large serving spoon (for rolls) and (for "buns") I place a ring on the parchment to make them "round." Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.
These can be used for sandwiches, grass fed burgers, or own their own.
Here is the link for this and a plethora of other great recipes:


Friday, June 28, 2013

Garlic Parmesan Flax Seed Crackers

Have you tried the Garlic Parmesan Flax Seed Cracker recipe in GOOD FOOD? I make it at least every two weeks, simply because it smells so great, tastes so good, and provides that "crunch" we tend to miss when we get the junk food out of our lives.
This recipe can be tricky to make. Over the past 6 months or so, I have developed a somewhat easy method for preparation, and I thought it might be good to share it with you. If you read ALL the tips below, I know it will help you.

For those who do not have the book, here is the recipe.

1 cup flax seed meal
1/3 cup Italian Parmesan cheese, grated (To be on the safe side, I use a cheese that is a product of Italy ONLY)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 F.
1) Mix all ingredients together.
2) Spoon onto sheet pan which is covered with a silicone mat or greased parchment paper.
3) Cover the mixture with a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Even out the mixture to about 1/8 inch. I find a straight edge, like a ruler, works well. I also use a rolling pin and that does a good job of leveling the dough. The important thing is not to let it be too thin around the edges or that part will overcook before the center firms up. So after you spread it out, go around the edges with your finger and push the thin part inwards to even it up.
4) Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15-18 minutes. If it starts to get more than a little brown around the edges, remove from oven. Let cool completely - it will continue to crisp up.
5) Break into pieces.

Note: Some cooks rolled the dough into balls and then flattened them with a cup measure.

I mix all the dry ingredients together, add the water and mix it all together. This forms a "ball of dough" which I form into a rectangular disc and place on a silicone baking pad in the middle of a cookie sheet. (If I didn't have the silicone pad, I would place the "disc" on a sheet of parchment paper big enough to cover the cookie sheet.) Then I cover the disc with another sheet of parchment, again big enough to cover the cookie sheet, and I roll out the "dough" between the two sheets with my rolling pin until it is approximately 1/8 of an inch thick. The rolled product covers nearly all of the cookie sheet. Rolling the dough between the two sheets allows the rolling pin to glide evenly without sticking, so getting it to 1/8 of an inch is much easier. Then I simply remove the top sheet of parchment, and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes. I set my cook timer for 15 minutes, and then WATCH the sheet of cracker VERY carefully, and AS SOON as the edges become dark, OUT of the oven it comes.

Here's another hint. Sometimes, when the outer edges are beginning to brown, the middle is not quite done. What I like to do, once the giant cracker has cooled, is to take the "softer" middle of the cracker and put it back in the turned-off oven. This helps to dry that middle so it will be nice and crunchy.

One of these giant crackers is supposed to be broken into smaller pieces and served with hummus or some other dip. In my family, this almost never happens, because breaking off pieces of the giant cracker is so irresistable when it is cooling, half of it is gone before we know it.

Maybe I should prepare two recipes.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chicken With Artichokes and Mushrooms

Generally speaking, I find it necessary to slightly alter recipes I find online.  I "maximize" them, test them in my own kitchen, take pictures, and then post my results.  The following recipe is a rare and beautiful exception.  Chicken With Artichokes and Mushrooms is my new favourite recipe, but it comes directly from another blogger - the link is below.

The ingredients are simple.  In fact they are simpler than they appear.  The first time I made this dish, I had most of the ingredients on hand, but not all of the dried spices. Since the original blogger mentioned her own swap-outs, I decided to make the essential version without all the spices, and we were all thrilled with the results.  Recipes are like that - they are best when altered to suit your own time, ingredients, and taste! Go for it.

By the way, I am also using the original blogger's photo.  Ours did not last long enough to get a picture.

Here's the link. Chicken With Artichokes and Mushrooms


Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Here is a wonderful recipe that I found on a great website, "Tropical Traditions." I have mentioned this site before, because they feature coconut, a massively healthy ingredient. I only made tiny changes, but essentially the recipe below is directly from Tropical Traditions: 

  • 27 oz full fat coconut milk (In Canada, that's just under two cans, but I used two full cans. . .you can never have too much coconut milk)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 droppers full of liquid stevia.  You can use powdered stevia.  You are going for a sweetness factor equal to approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar. 
  • 2 tablespoons melted grass fed butter, (if you can not get grass-fed, organic is the next best option) 
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract - check the label to ensure there is no sugar in the ingredients
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour the blended mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's directions.  I have an older ice cream maker, so I turned it on and added the mixture about 5 to 10 minutes before we sat down for dinner.  By the time we were ready for dessert, dessert was ready!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


This recipe takes NO MORE than 20 minutes to prepare.  It hardly needs to be written!  I have included easy to follow pictures with a few suggestions for amounts included, but honestly, the prep is insanely quick and easy. 

Add this (1 to 1 1/2 cups each) organic celery, carrot, and onion, to one pound of cooked organic ground chicken, turkey, or grass fed organic ground beef.  I often use 4 organic chicken burgers, and break them up in the bottom of the pot as they cook. See photos below.
Add organic beans and organic pasta sauce. (Pasta sauce should be from a glass jar.)The only spice I add is chipotle powder.  (If you  want to add other seasonings, feel free!  Just know that this chili has been called "EPIC CHILI" by some very discriminating eaters.)
Add water as desired to thin out the recipe.  I usually find this is not necessary.

I use organic chicken (or beef) "burgers" that I get in the frozen section at the organic market. You can put them in the bottom of the pot right from the freezer, and break them up, or get about 1 pound of ground organic chicken (or grass fed beef).  Either way, it will take you about 3 minutes to get your meat broken up as you see in the picture below.

 You're done!  Bring the chili to a boil, and then let the chili simmer until the vegetables are tender and the sauce thickens a little - this usually means about 10 to 15 minutes.