Cold Brew Protein Chia Seed Pudding (Paleo, Keto, Vegan friendly)

keto chia seed pudding

Chia seed pudding is such an easy peasy, treat like food! It’s definitely under the real food category though. Chia seeds are definitely a super food and this recipe adds in hemp hearts for added protein, and then cold brew and coconut butter for a fat, protein and fiber packed no-cook meal that will keep you satisfied for hours.

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This meal in a jar is dairy free keto and delicious. If you omit the collagen, it’s even vegan! Whoa. I know. Who am I?

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What’s so Super about these Super Foods?

Chia seeds are a great source of calcium and potassium and are pretty much all fiber with some protein and fats.

Hemp hearts are a great source of omega fats and the only plant-based source of protein with all amino acids and are over 25% protein! Also low in carbs, that are entirely fiber too these are the perfect addition to your low carb chia seed pudding.

I also use coconut butter and coconut milk to add natural sweetness and more healthy fats, you want a good ratio of fats to protein to fiber, this will keep you in ketosis and keep you full!

The cold brew, I like using THIS ONE, gives a nice energy boost, I love having this in the morning after my workout, but you can also use chai tea, matcha or just plain water if you don’t do caffeine.

The Ceylon cinnamon is great for blood sugar control and adds delicious flavor. Unrefined salt for trace minerals. Vanilla extract for flavor. Stevia leaf extract is optional for additional sweetness.

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Dairy Free Keto Cold Brew Protein Chia Seed Pudding! Enjoy!

 

Quick Start Guide to Dairy Free Keto

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Cold Brew Protein Chia Seed Pudding (Paleo, Keto, Vegan friendly)

keto chia seed pudding

A dairy free, keto, chia seed pudding packed with protein and healthy fats! Dairy Free!  All brands used linked above in post text!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings
  • Category: no cook

Ingredients

2/3 (scant) cup chia seeds (or 9 tablespoons)

2/3 cup hemp hearts

1 cup full fat, unsweetened coconut milk

2 cups cold brew

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

30 drops liquid stevia (optional)

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon

2 tablespoons collagen peptides (optional)

1/4 cup coconut butter (optional)

Instructions

In a large bowl whisk together the chia seeds and hemp hearts.

Add in the coconut milk, cold brew, vanilla, stevia, salt, collagen and cinnamon, whisk continuously for 1 minute. Set aside.

In a small skillet melt the coconut butter over medium heat until it smells toasty and a few parts are lightly browned.

Begin whisking the chia seed pudding again and add in the toasted coconut butter as you whisk. Whisk for one minute, then quickly distribute the pudding between 3 jars.

Close with lids and let them set in the fridge at least 4 hours before enjoying!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe
  • Calories: 450
  • Fat: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 20g
  • Protein: 24g

Keywords: dairy free protein chia seed pudding

16 Dairy Free Keto Sheet Pan Meals

Sheet Pan Meals are my favorite way to get a lot of food going with minimal effort! Oven cooking is hands off and perfect for fall and winter months. These Dairy Free Keto Sheet Pan meals have it all! Protein, veggies, colors, flavors! They are paleo and Whole30 compliant! The perfect recipe round up for your whole food lifestyle!

Enjoy these 16 Dairy Free Keto Sheet Pan Meals! 

Sheet Pan Veggie + Bacon Omelette -The Castaway Kitchen

Chicken Chorizo Sheet Pan Dinner- Eat Drink Paleo 

Salmon and Asparagus- I Breathe I’m Hungry 

Teriyaki Chicken Bake- The Real Food RD’s 

Cashew Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner- Food Faith Fitness 

One Pan Sausage and Veggies- Whole Kitchen Sink 

Sheet Pan Meal Prep- The Castaway Kitchen 

Sheet Pan Taco Bowl (AIP-Keto)- The Castaway Kitchen 

Chicken and Pepper Sheet Pan Dinner- Peace Love and Low Carb 

Cod and Asparagus- Pretend It’s A Donut 

Ranch and Veggie Pork Loin- Pretend it’s a Donut 

keto sheet pan mealLondon Broil with Coconut Bacon Brussels- The Castaway Kitchen

Hasselback Sausages and Turmeric Veggies- The Castaway Kitchen 

Tandoori Chicken and Cauliflower- Tasty Yummies 

One Pan Mustard Salmon and Veggies- Tasty Yummies 

Superfood Baked Salmon- The Cotter Crunch 

Salmon and Garlic Broccoli- The Natural Nurturer 

Sheet Pan Chili Lime Shrimp- The Laughing Spatula

Sheet Pan Turkey Burgers and Crispy Veggies- The Castaway Kitchen 

Quick Start Guide to Dairy Free Keto

 

The Perfect Steak Salad (Paleo, Keto, AIP, Whole30)

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Perfect Steak Salad in partnership with MEATER.

 

I cook quite a bit of meat in my home. Quality animal proteins are an important part of my nutritious diet. As a former restaurant chef, I have quite a bit if kitchen prowess to know how to cook just about any cut of meat. But let me tell you, any good chef knows that using a thermometer is key. Especially when cooking larger cuts of meat, or cheaper cuts that get tough when overcooked.

medium rare meat

 

A question I get constantly as a food blogger is how to cook steaks, roasts etc. The truth is that cook times will vary greatly depending on the method, the size of the cut and the equipment being used. Unless you have a thermometer, you need to have a strong intuition about what you’re doing.

 

Learn More about MEATER Here.

 

MEATER takes the guesswork out. I’ve used, broken and thrown out more kitchen thermometers than I would like to admit. Inaccurate readings faded digital numbers and more. What I love about MEATER is that not only does it tell you how long to cook your meat, but also how long to let it rest. You can enter your own internal temp or use their intuitive software to decide how long to cook.

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It’s like having an expert right there with you as you cook your steak! No more are the days of burnt meat, tough roasts or dry chicken. I find myself using MEATER all the time. I love that I can walk away from my kitchen and the app will let me know when it’s time to remove my food from heat. It gives me flexibility and insight and it’s fun to use. Jack loves watching the rings change colors.

To purchase your MEATER, visit their site at https://meater.com/

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This Steak Salad Though

 

It’s what dreams are made of. Peppery arugula, crispy and sweet delicata squash rings. Perfectly cooked, fatty ribeye and a creamy tangy “honey” mustard that really ties it all together beautifully.

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The Perfect Steak Salad (Paleo, Keto, AIP, Whole30)

steak salad

Cook the perfect steak and serve it over this seasonal salad!

  • Author: Cristina
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

Fine salt

2 6oz ribeye steaks

1 tablespoon cooking fat

2 sprigs rosemary

4 cups fresh arugula

4 slices delicate squash, seeded

1 green onion, sliced

For the Dressing:

¼ cup Dijon mustard (for AIP use horseradish)

2 tablespoons avocado oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

2 tablespoons mayonnaise (for AIP sub coconut cream)

½ teaspoon oregano

Instructions

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat while you prepare the steaks.

Salt the steaks liberally all over. About 1 teaspoon between both steaks.

Insert rosemary into one of your steaks, in the thickest part.

Place the steaks on the hot cast iron.

Check the MEATER App for cooking time, flipping halfway through, or when halfway to desired done temperature, 135F for medium rare.  Use tongs to flip the steaks.

Once you have flipped them put a rosemary sprig on each steak until it is done cooking.

Remove the steak from heat and let it rest. Leave the skillet on the heat.

Add the squash rings to the hot skillet and cook 3 minutes a side until browned and the squash is tender.

Cut the steaks into ¼ inch slices.

On two large plates distribute the arugula salad.

Add the steak and the rings.

Sprinkle with salt and add the green onion.

Stir all the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over everything.

Enjoy!

Keywords: perfect steak salad

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Island Braised Short Ribs

A Nut Free Version of Famous Diet Doctor Keto Rolls

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The DietDoctor.com has become the number one website for low carb resources on the internet! Their success comes well earned as they are a team led by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and his wife Kristin (who is so nice)!

The site is a fountain of legitimate information and thousands of recipes. Namely their most famous recipe, the keto bread. The diet doctor keto bread roll recipe made with almond flour.

This recipe originally formulated by the Keto Queen herself, Maria Emmerich has quickly become an internet sensation. Find that recipe HERE.

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INSPIRED BY DIET DOCTOR

I am a new contributor to them. I have just begun creating Latin recipes for their site and will be writing dairy free, nut free and otherwise allergen-friendly recipes for Diet Doctor. They are really nice folks.

While I’m having a great time working with them, those rolls had me craving some, bad. And I still don’t do so well with almond flour based baked foods. So! I made a nut-free keto bread. A copycat version of the famous Diet Doctor keto bread. I had to tweak the recipe ever so slightly to make it work with the new adjustments, but hot damn, I nailed it!

 

Dairy Free Blueberry Pancakes (Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free)

 

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It’s REALLY HIGH IN FIBER. ALL fiber actually! So calm down when you see the carb count. Either way, this kind of thing isn’t meant to be eaten all the time. I bet it will help move things along if you know what I mean (insert poop emoji here).

diet doctor keto bread

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Pickle Juice

I used coconut flour, in the appropriate amount. Added a bit more psyllium husk, sifted the flour and used pickle juice instead of vinegar.

Trust me! You can use vinegar, but I love the pickle flavor. It’s subtle and REALLY drives home the bread …. er sandwich flavor!  This Diet Doctor Keto Bread is legit! IF my coconut flour version came out this good, I bet their almond meal version is dreamy AF too!

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Quick Start Guide to Dairy Free Keto

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A Nut Free Version of Famous Diet Doctor Keto Bread

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A nut free copycat recipe of the famous Diet Doctor Keto Bread, because us almond free folks deserve good bread too 🙂 *The original recipe was adapted from Maria Emmerich*

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour

6 tablespoons psyllium husk powder

2 teaspoons baking powder (see notes for corn free)

1.5 teaspoon fine salt

2 teaspoons pickle juice (or vinegar)

3 large egg whites, lightly whisked

1 cup boiling water

3 tablespoons coconut oil (or coconut oil spray)

Sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F, convection (or 375 F bake).
  2. Sift together the coconut flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Add in the psyllium husk and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the egg whites and pickle juice  to the flour and quickly whisk in.
  4. Pour in all of the boiling water.
  5. Whisk together quickly until a lumpy almost curdled looking dough forms. Then switch to a spatula or use your hands to fold it a few times and smooth it out, so it’s like playdough.
  6. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Use a large scoop to make 5 buns, scooping them onto the parchment paper. Or just use your hands to shape 5 small buns, about 1/3 cup each.
  7. Spray with coconut oil liberally. Or gently brush with coconut oil.
  8. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top, or poppy seeds etc.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes on the bottom rack, until browned on the outside and firm. Cooking time may vary slightly depending on your oven, you can always crack one bun open to check before pulling them all out.
  10. Remove from the oven an let them cool for 20 minutes or more before handling. This is important because the rolls will finish cooking inside while they cool. IF you open them too soon they will be a little gooey in the middle.
  11. Last a week stored in the fridge, wrapped up. Toast to heat!

Notes

I sift together equal parts cream of tartar, baking soda and arrowroot starch for homemade corn-free baking powder!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bun
  • Calories: 122
  • Fat: 4.4
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 16
  • Protein: 3.8

Keywords: diet doctor keto bread

Flourless Double Chocolate Muffins

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Egg Free)

Is the Autoimmune Protocol Right For You?

 

AIP (The Autoimmune Protocol): This elimination protocol isn’t meant to last forever. It’s a powerful tool to suss out food intolerances, reduce inflammation and help heal leaky gut. As I mentioned in the Food As Medicine page, we are living in a world, with constant access to foods which our bodies have not evolved to eat.

 

We crave sweet, salty and fatty foods because our primal instinct tells us these foods are calorie and nutrient dense. However, that instinct, meant to keep us alive, when hunting was how we ate. When we needed to wait for the fruit to ripen to enjoy the sweetness, that instinct now guides us to processed foods, engineered to seduce our taste buds, all the while starving our body of nutrition.

 

This constant battle between modern day living (high stress, malnourished, sleepless and disconnected) with our biological needs (nutrition, connection, sleep, and movement) tell our genes that we’re in trouble! It actives autoimmunity. Our immune system is on high alert and it attacks healthy cells, triggered by certain foods, stress or toxins in our environment. It causes systematic inflammation and a host of chronic mystery symptoms.

 

Many of us have a predisposition to autoimmunity passed down from our parents, and it’s switched on through gene expression.

However, genes are not static and we can turn it off. We can achieve remission. It takes time, dedication and a lot of experimenting. But a GREAT first step in that direction is The Autoimmune Protocol.

 

Based on a paleo approach, this elimination diet also removes: chocolate, coffee (both legumes), nuts and seeds, seed-based spices, dry fruit (or other foods which contain mold), eggs, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers), any processed foods, including artificial and non-caloric sweetener, gums and preservatives, food coloring, corn, soy, dairy etc.

 

The point isn’t to avoid all of this forever, but to heal enough to add most of them back in, if not all. Some, however, may remain lifelong triggers. But again, this elimination protocol is great for figuring that out. It was extremely powerful for me as you can read HERE.

 

Is the Autoimmune Protocol Right for you?

  • Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?
  • Do you suspect you are suffering from an autoimmunity or leaky gut?
  • Do you have chronic fatigue, pain or inflammation?
  • Are you frustrated with doctors unable to give you answers about the way you feel?
  • Are there any re-occurring inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, cystic ace going on?
  • Does your belly swell when you eat gluten or grains?

If you answered Yes to any of these, then it sounds like the AIP is right for you!

 

Back to Food As Medicine Page 

Here are some resources to get you started?

Do you also have Diabetes, Insulin Resistance or PCOS? You may want to look into Keto (low carb high fat) to help stabilize energy and blood sugar. Here are some resources on combining the two approaches: Made Whole Cookbook, AIP Keto Reset.

 

Resources:

What is the AIP?

Keto Vs Paleo

The Paleo Approach

The Paleo Mom 

Phoenix Helix

Autoimmune Wellness

Meatified

Grazed and Enthused 

My AIP Recipes:

Ginger Lime Wings

Sheet Pan Taco

Stuffed Sweet Potato Buns

Yuca Flatbread

Cheesy Chicken and Zoodles

Steak Nachos with Delicata Chips

Brats and Brussels with Teriyaki Glaze

Sushi Rice

Is Keto Right For You?

Keto (Ketogenic Diet), the latest rage in fix-all diets, right? Wrong! There is no ONE right way for everyone as we discussed on the Food As Medicine Page. However, keto can be a powerful healing and weight loss tool. But it’s definitely not for everyone, so if you have tried it and did not feel right. Don’t despair.

Keto is like a big overcorrection for the overconsumption of refined carbs and sugars in our society.

Decades of consuming 100-200lbs of sugar, per person, per year, led us to be a vastly diabetic or pre-diabetic society. This is why keto is working for so many people, because yes, SO MANY PEOPLE have blood sugar regulation issues.

How does keto relate to ancestral health?

Our ancestors, whether they adhered to a low carb, high protein, or vastly plant-based diet all had the metabolic ability to use fat as fuel. Living in a time where food sources were not readily available, eating only what they needed to survive, primal humans often fasted, whether intentional or not. They would thrive on the resources available to them and overconsumption was not a problem they had. They also didn’t suffer from chronic illness or obesity.

 

Metabolic flexibility seems to be the goal.

Or at least it should be. To train your body to use fat as fuel. No small feat in an era where we have been stuffed with grain and refined sugars our entire lives. ALL processed foods contain some form of sugar. Post the agricultural revolution our diets became primarily grain-based and all of a sudden very low in protein, fat, and nutrients.

So keto looks to correct this. Used in clinics, by doctors for over 50 years. There are powerful medical benefits of ketosis to treat diabetes and neurological disorders. I believe that a whole foods approach to keto is not only safe but very nutrient dense!

 

A keto diet starves the body of the grains and sugar it has been addicted and dependant on for quick, cheap, abundant energy your entire life and trains your body to use fat as fuel.

When the body no longer has glycogen to use it will metabolize fat in the liver to create ketones. Ketones are like slow burning fuel. Think of sugar as kindling and fat at logs. When your body can burn fat for fuel it doesn’t need food every 2-3 hours, you don’t get sugar high and sugar lows. You have mental clarity and sweet cravings all but disappear.

 

Metabolic flexibility is when you can use fat for fuel, and your body prefers it (fat adapted) but when glucose is preset (from whole food sources like tubers or fruit) your body will use it up quickly and then go back to burning fat without skipping a beat. This is the sweet spot!

 

However, many people need to adhere to a rather strict low carb keto approach before getting there. After all, you can’t repair a damaged system overnight. Again, I stress that Dr. Price’s rules still apply. Fats, primarily from animals, properly prepared. Whole foods. Non-negotiable.

 

Popular keto sites and recipes boast loads of processed dairy, sugar-free soda and non-caloric sweeteners. While I think that some of these sweeteners (the food-based ones) have their (very moderate) place in a keto diet, especially during the time of transition. Becoming addicted to a sugar replacement instead of real sugar isn’t any better.

 

A standard ketogenic diet consists of your calories coming mainly from fat 60-70% (which is much like our ancestors), 5-10% from carbs (whole food/ vegetable sources), and the rest from protein, about 20-25%!  I’m not militant about it, and I think people can become fat adapted within a wide range of ketogenic macronutrients because we are all so different.

 

Other benefits to ketosis is that ketones can be anti-inflammatory. I have combined AIP and Keto to reach my personal healing goals. You can read more about that HERE and HERE.

Is Keto right for you?

  • I get very tired after meals
  • I need to nap around 3 or 4 pm daily
  • I have read Wired to Eat and did the 7-day carb test and I am insulin resistant
  • I am a diagnosed type two diabetic or diagnosed with insulin resistance
  • I store a lot of body fat in my midsection and it won’t budge!
  • I don’t react well to starches and sugar, even natural sugars like honey
  • I suffer from severe brain fog and can’t focus
  • I have suffered from a head injury, neurological disorders or have a predisposition to Alzheimer’s
  • I don’t run marathons or do any high intensity or endurance sports, but I like to stay active
  • I have tried paleo and other whole food approaches to healing and weight loss and have not seen the results I’m looking for.

If you said yes to any of these, you might want to consider a ketogenic approach to paleo/ whole food living!

Go Back:  Food As Medicine Page HERE. 

Keto Resources:

Keto Recipes:

-Carne Asada Meatballs

-Swedish Meatballs

-Keto Wings

-Blueberry Pancakes

-3 ingredient mug cake

-Coffee Creamer

-Sunshine Fat Bombs

– Beef and Broccoli with Sunshine Fat Bombs

Is Paleo Right For You?

There are no strict rules to paleo because our ancestors lived in varied ways. A simple way to approach this is to research how your ancestors ate. Where are you from? Where did your great-grandparents live and how did they feed themselves?

At a glance, the popular opinions is that paleo is free of grain, gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and processed foods.

While I do agree that Dr. Price’s inflexible rules still apply: healthy fats, properly prepared whole foods. The details are truly up to your unique gene expression and your goals!

Several experts have outlined what they believe is the ideal paleo diet, but I think that to truly benefit from this ancestral approach we should look at where we came from, and if that includes a small measure of sprouted grains, properly prepared legumes or raw, full-fat dairy products, so be it.

The point is to eat in a way that makes you feel your best and avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and refined carbohydrates.

Well sourced foods, preferably harvested locally. Eat in season, and enjoy the varied nutrition that comes from eating different foods, different times of the year. Bonus eating in season is actually a great way to save money too!

Beyond food, make sure to move your body at least 2 hours a day. Sleep often. Connect with your community.

Is Paleo Right for You?

  • I feel better when I avoid gluten but don’t really have any food intolerances
  • I strive to source better foods and shop at local co-ops and farmer’s markets
  • I want to optimize my health without a great impact on my social life
  • I like a balance between healthy living and modern-day comforts
  • I want to lose some weight, I feel sluggish and am addicted to processed foods
  • I believe in the wisdom of our ancestors and am ready to make the commitment to spending more time preparing with food that nourishes my body!

If you said yes to more than two of these! It’s time to give paleo a try!

I like to think of paleo as the big umbrella and funnel in which humans should go through on their way to finding their optimal diet. Truly. I believe everyone should try a paleo approach to diet and life before refining, troubleshooting and beyond.

What are some exceptions when paleo isn’t enough, and there needs to be some restriction on otherwise whole and healthy foods?

Autoimmune disease and inflammatory responses to foods. Digestive distress. Hives. Chronic illness. Insulin resistance. Hormonal imbalance. Severe trauma, etc.  Link here to read about AIP (autoimmune protocol) or Keto (low carb, high fat).

Back to Food As Medicine Page

Here are some resources to help you get started on Paleo:

The transition from SAD to Paleo Kitchen

My First Whole30

Whole30.com

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan

The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson

Keto vs. Paleo 

Paleo Recipes:

Apple Bacon Turkey Meatballs

Bison Tri Tip

Turkey Meatballs with Pistou Zoodles

Hamburger Soup

Savory Waffles

Plantain Pancakes

Salmon Cakes

Garlic Soup

Caramelized Sweet Potato 

Cardamom Spiced Cookies

Power Bowls

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Cacao Butter Romesco Sauce with Crispy Chicken Thighs

nightshade free sauce

Roma-what?

Romesco sauce is a delicious sauce, usually brick read in color, made of red peppers and nuts from Catalonia!  I’ve re-created here, nightshade free and totally delicious. My first encounter with romanesco was on the gourmet food truck I worked on in San Diego, Harvest Kitchen.

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Marguerite Griftka, the veteran chef who was to replace me as I was about to have a baby created the most epic tacos with this delicious sauce.  This rich sauce is perfect on fish, but I think it doubles as a BBQ sauce pretty darn well.

Romesco has a tangy, yet warm flavor. It’s a little toasty and totally delicious. This cacao butter and cashew version, made using fried red onions vs red peppers it finger licking good too!

pepper free romanesco

Cacao Butter

Other than being the perfect alternative to my avocado, coconut and dairy afflicted friends. This monounsaturated fat is packed with antioxidants. It also thickens when cooled and lends itself to making this sauce rich and creamy!

Other uses for cacao butter are  Rocket Fuel Lattes and Homemade Chocolate. 

Nightshade Free Tamarind BBQ Sauce

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Cacao Butter Romesco Sauce with Crispy Chicken Thighs

nightshade free sauce

This fun twist on Romesco sauce is somewhere between the traditional earthy and smoky sauce and BBQ sauce. A mix of fried red onions, toasted cashews and warm spices. Get all the antioxidant goodness of cacao in this deliciously savory recipe!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

The Sauce:

½ cup melted Navitas Cacao Butter
½ red onion, sliced
¼ cup raw cashews
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon toasted ground cumin
½ teaspoon fine salt
¼ cup coconut aminos
1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon date syrup (or preferred sweetener- optional)

The Chicken:

2 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

3 tablespoons bacon fat

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat with the cacao butter.
Once hot, add in the onion and cashews. Fry, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until the onions and cashews are golden and toasty.
Pour everything into a blender, add in the seasonings, aminos, vinegar and sweetener if you’re using it. Blend until smooth.

To make the chicken:

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

Toss the chicken thighs, bacon fat, salt and pepper together then lay the thighs flat on a sheet pan, so none of them over lap or touch.

Roast for 30 minutes, then flip over and roast another 10. Use a spatula to scrape them up off the sheet pan.

Serve over greens, drizzle the sauce all over them!

Notes

Substitutions: Almonds or hemp hearts may be used instead of cashews and in equal amounts.

If you can eat nightshades, try using smoked paprika instead of the garam masala!

Keywords: nightshade free, bbq sauce, romanesco

Thai Turkey Burger (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Nightshade Free Tamarind BBQ Sauce

Chicken Satay + Grilled Zucchini (Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Nut Free)

15 Delicious Low Carb Meatballs (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

15 LOW CARB MEATBALLS

I love meatballs! Going low carb hasn’t stopped me from eating all the meatballs! Here are 15 of my favorite low carb meatball recipes that are dairy free, Whole30 compliant and keto too! Enjoy!!

Click the links or images below to be taken to the full recipe post! 


keto noodle bowl

Low Carb- Keto- Whole30 Teriyaki Meatballs- The Castaway Kitchen 

Chicken Meatballs- Everyday Sarah Jane 

Instant Pot AIP Meatballs- The Castaway Kitchen 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs- Paleo Leap

Chipotle Meatballs- The Defined Dish 

Skillet Italian Meatballs- Whole Kitchen Sink

Grapefruit and Leek Pork Meatballs- The Castaway Kitchen

Italian Meatballs Zoodle Soup- Peace Love and Low Carb

Spicy Turkey Meatballs- Eat Drink Paleo

Keto Asian Meatballs- The Diet Doctor 

Whole30 turkey meatballsDairy Free Whole30 Turkey Meatballs with Pistou- The Castaway Kitchen 

Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs- The Castaway Kitchen 

meatballs and cauliflower riceCarne Asada Meatballs- The Castaway Kitchen

Mini Pumpkin Meatballs- The Castaway Kitchen 

 

Dairy Free low carb meatballs

Meatball Frittata (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

 

 

Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

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Meatballs are my favorite. They’re easy, family-friendly and they store really well! I’ve updated my paleo Belgium Meatballs to be low carb and Whole30 friendly.  Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs that the entire family will love!

gluten free swedish meatballs

This was one of the first recipes on my blog, dated June 2015! Whoa! Well, it’s gotten a heck of a makeover. It’s easy, delicious and very much in line with the awesome flavor you’ve come to know from me.

keto dairy free meatballs

Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs are perfect for game day snacks, just insert toothpicks, or served over your favorite low carb and grain free noodles for a popular weeknight dinner! I know your family will love this recipe, same as mine did!

whole30 swedish meatballs

swedish meatballs

gluten free meatballs

 

Cauliflower “Heavy Cream”

Steam 1 cup cauliflower florets with 1 clove garlic, until tender. Drain and gently mash, measure 1/2 cup mashed cauliflower.  Blend 1/2 cup mashed cauliflower with 1/2 cup coconut cream, 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper. Blend until completely smooth. Chill to thicken.

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Pesto Deviled Eggs (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Cheesy Cauliflower and Crispy Steak Casserole (Dairy Free, Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

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Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs

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Delicious, dairy and gluten free Swedish meatballs that are Whole30 compliant, low carb and AIP friendly!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 20 meatballs
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Belgium

Ingredients

2 pounds grass-fed ground beef (I use this one)

1 tablespoon coconut flour

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup onion, minced

1 large egg (sub 1 tablespoon gelatin for egg free)

2 tablespoons coconut oil, for cooking

For the Sauce:

3 tablespoons dairy-free butter (I use this one), bacon fat or coconut oil

1 tablespoon coconut flour (I use this one)

1 tablespoon pastured gelatin (I use this one)

2 cups bone broth

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

2-inch piece of lemon peel

2 sprigs thyme

2 tablespoons coconut aminos

splash of fish sauce

1 cup cauliflower cream (see post above for recipe), or use cashew cream (recipe here) or coconut cream.

Instructions

Heat a large, 16-inch skillet over medium-low heat.

In a large bowl combine all of the meatball ingredients and roll them into about 20 meatballs.

Add the coconut oil to the skillet and bring the heat up to medium power.

Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook here, for 15 minutes turning them over every 3 minutes or so until they are browned all over.

While the meatballs cook, prepare your sauce ingredients, measure them out etc.

Transfer the meatballs to a plate and cover with foil. Quickly add the dairy free butter to the skillet, the coconut flour and gelatin. Stir until lightly browned and toasty.

Add in the bone broth and whisk until fully incorporated. Add in the dijon, coconut aminos, fish sauce, lemon and thyme. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until reduced by a 1/3

Mix in the cream and simmer until thick. Add the meatballs to the skillet. Simmer for a few minutes, turning the meatballs over to coat in sauce.

Serve warm! Spoon over zoodles, cauliflower rice or greens.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 meatballs
  • Calories: 467
  • Fat: 32
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 32g

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