Low Carb Classic Pot Roast

It’s my first real winter, ever. I’m not doing so well. Every time the temperature dips below 40F I truly suffer. It’s not pleasant, and I feel as if I can’t get warm even in my own home. Now I know why folks go all meat and potatoes in the winter. To keep warm. Yes, old as time, pot roast, stews and the like are what the doctor ordered. 

Since I don’t eat potatoes, I ventured for a nightshade free and lower carb option that wasn’t cauliflower. I mean, I love cauliflower, but there are just some recipes where it won’t work as well and this low carb classic pot roast was one of them. 

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Going Old School

I truly kept to traditional flavors here and went with the slow cooker, although I will include pressure cooker instructions too. The beef is seasoned with mustard and salt. The veggies are leek and celery, but you may also use onion. A little bone broth and then rutabaga instead of potatoes. 

Rutabaga Instead of Potatoes

This simple swap makes this classic pot roast recipe low carb! Rutabaga are yellow turnips, also known as swedes to much of the world. They are a root vegetable, a hybrid between cabbage and turnips! Chock full of nutrients like thiamine, B6, phosphorus, magnesium and high in antioxidants. 

Their creamy orange flesh is sweet and they grow best in cold weather. A winter bounty indeed! They are 9 grams of total carbs, 7 net per 3.5 ounces raw. 

Compared to white potatoes they are much lower in carbs! “A 1-cup serving of boiled cubed rutabaga contains only 51 calories and 12 grams of carbohydrates, including 3.1 grams of fiber, making the net carbs 9 grams. The same amount of boiled potatoes contains 136 calories and 31 grams of carbohydrates, including 3 grams of fiber, which means 28.8 grams net carbs.” (Source: Living Healthy)

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 Pressure Cooker Instructions

For these to make sense you need to read the recipe below too, but here is how you modify this low carb pot roast for the Instant Pot.

Add in the celery, leek, garlic and salted beef. Pour in the marinade over the beef. Add the broth around the beef. 

Close the lid and pressure cook on high for 40 minutes. 

Open the lid, remove the meat and while you sear stove top (instructions below).

Add the diced rutabaga to your pressure cooker, close and cook on low for 7 minutes while you sear the beef. 

Open the pressure cooker and serve the tender rutabaga and sauce with the beef. Enjoy! 

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Low Carb Classic Pot Roast

low carb paleo pot roast

Ditch the potatoes and enjoy this old-school pot roast with delicious and low carb rutabaga!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: slow cook
  • Cuisine: traditional

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 2.5 pound chuck roast
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided 1 leek, white part only, sliced
  • 3 celery leaf stalks, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos 
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 3 cups medium-diced rutabaga (1 large rutabaga)

Instructions

Add the 3 tablespoons olive oil to your crock pot or slow cooker. 

Salt the meat with 2 teaspoons of salt and rub it in. 

Place the celery, leek and garlic in the pot and place the meat on top.

In a small cup mix together the mustard and coconut aminos with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Pour it over the meat and turn it over to coat it evenly. 

Pour the bone broth around the meat over the veggies. 

Set to cook on high for 4 hours. 

After four hours, open the pot, add in the diced rutabaga. Sprinkle them with a little salt. 

Turn the meat over and mix the rutabaga in with the celery and leek and both. 

Close the lid and cook another 2 hours on high. A total of 6 hours. 

When it’s done, open the lid. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. When it’s hot, place the meat on the skillet and sear 4 minutes on each side. Keep the veggies in the closed slow cooker during this time to keep warm.

Transfer the roast to a cutting board or serving platter, slice or shred to serve then spoon the tender rutabaga and veggies with broth all over it. 

(See post for pressure cooker instructions). 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 513
  • Fat: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 55g

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Keto Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Swirl (nut free, dairy free)

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Keto Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Swirl (nut free, dairy free)

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Easy and delicious keto pumpkin bread filled with chocolate!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tbsp tigernut flour or flaxseed meal

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 teaspoons fine salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/4 cup pumpkin purée

4 large eggs, room temp

1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, melted

1/3 cup powdered or granulated sweetener (I used confectioner’s Swerve)

2 tsp vanilla extract

4oz water, hot

1/2 bar dark chocolate chopped (I used Lily’s 70% dark)

8 x 4 non-stick loaf pan
coconut oil spray 

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375F.

In a large bowl whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda and spice. Then mix in the pumpkin until a crumbly dough forms.

In the bowl of your stand mixer beat the eggs, until frothy (about 2 minutes on high).
Lower the speed. Add in the melted fat and the sweetener and then bring the speed back up to high for another 5 minutes.

Add the egg mix to the flour mix and stir to combine adding in the vanilla extract as you go.

Slowly add in the hot water and you stir until the dough becomes a batter.

Pour half the batter into a greased loaf pan (standard size). Then add in the chopped chocolate and spread it out. Cover with remaining batter.

Bake at 375F, in the middle rack for aprx 50 minutes or until the top is dark brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Baking times will vary depending on your oven.

Let it cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

Notes

3.2 net carbs per slice when using Swerve and Lily’s chocolate. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 203
  • Fat: 17.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.4g (- 7.4 sugar alcohols)
  • Fiber: 4.8g
  • Protein: 4.8g

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Is Keto Right For You?

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Is Keto Right For You?

The information here is not meant to replace medical care
or advice. Please consult your doctor before making 
dietary changes.

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 glucose, omitting 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 stored 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 present (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 (think high-intensity workouts). 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!

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Keto Recipes:

-Carne Asada Meatballs

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-Keto Wings

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-Sunshine Fat Bombs

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Dairy Free + Gluten Free School Lunches

Hey parents everywhere, and/or working professionals that like to pack a fun lunch. I hope this post is useful to you. NOTE these lunches are NOT ALL PALEO OR KETO. These are DAIRY AND GLUTEN FREE LUNCH BOX IDEAS.

My child is what we call paleo-ish. Other than a slight aversion to dairy, he can eat anything, but we chose to make whole food choices for him. Food choices low in sugar, that avoid the food coloring, and franken-food ingredients that go into simple everyday lunch foods.

It’s pretty appalling that the products marketed to children are usually the worst. Void of any real fat or fiber pumped full of sugar and then they add “fortified” which means the add synthetic forms of nutrients that would probably be in the food organically if they just left it alone. Okay, off my soapbox.

We use pyrex glass containers and silicone Stasher bags!

Stasher Bags, Here. 

Healthy Options That Don’t Suck

My baby was starting kindergarten. It’s scary enough. I didn’t want him to get to lunch hangry, and open up a box full of food that didn’t excite him.

Luckily I did all my back to school shopping on Thrive Market. Their selection of real food, yet convenient and also affordable was a life saver. This was my haul for the first two weeks:

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With the addition of some groceries like bone broth, butternut squash, marinara, salami, all sorts of fruit etc… These are the dairy free and gluten free lunch box ideas I had (for now)…

Entree:

Paleo Pizza, Garbanzo Bean Pasta (with veggie cheesy sauce from Made Whole), Split Pea + Butternut Soup, Hard Boiled Eggs, and Plantain Chips.

The sides and snacks:

Meat sticks and chia pouch, applesauce and snack mix. Raisins or Fresh fruit.

The dark chocolate is for me. Thrives 95% dark chocolate is amazing and soy free. Perfect for my no-sweetener intention. The cashews too, for my dairy-free creamer. Mom essentials ya know.

Sweet Treat:

These weren’t really planned, but I made some protein muffins for Jack and some gluten-free apple spice bread. These went in his lunch usually for snack time. Making homemade treats I could fill with protein, use date syrup or raw honey in…. in other words have quality control over… it makes him feel like he still gets dessert, while I know he’s getting extra protein!

Schedule + Meal Prep

To make things a no-brainer I made a calendar. Much like the lunch ladies in the cafeteria. I picked two lunches and two snacks. Those would alternate each week. The next week he would have a different set of choices to alternate.

When I prepped something (like split pea and butternut soup or protein muffins) I made a big batch and froze half. That way in 2 weeks time, I would already have all the food ready to go! (Genius, I know). Scroll Down for a printable schedule!

My dairy and gluten free lunch box schedule!

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Garbanzo Bean Pasta with Dairy Free Cheesy Sauce, Watermelon and Chia Pouch for lunch. Apple, Protein Muffin and meat stick for snack!

Split pea and butternut squash soup, blueberries and rice crackers for lunch. Protein muffin, meat stick and applesauce for the snack.

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Apple spice bread, hard-boiled eggs and watermelon for lunch. Meatstick, chia pouch and plantains chips for the snack.

Here’s a low carb option… if you have an avocado lover of a kid. I hear if you wrap tightly and face down the avocado does not get super gross. I made a joke about this on my stories… I got a few replies… so.. here you go. Avocado in a lunch box for you super healthy people 😉

If your kid is hardcore! Paleo/ Keto lover of avocado… here is an option for you! Jack won’t eat this… but I would 🙂 Dip the meat stick in the avo!

Jack’s paleo pizza with cauli-cheese + meal prep for the family! Making the labor-intensive lunch items ahead of time will save your buns on Monday morning!

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Bacon, Basil, & Greens Egg Roll-Ups (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

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London Broil with Toasted Coconut Brussel Sprouts | Sheet Pan Meal

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We all need quick and easy sheet pan meals. Especially now that the school year is starting. Sheet pan meals for me are the best, they are hands off and create little to no mess. Very important on a hectic weekday.

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This Sheet Pan Meal Looks Fancy, But it’s REALLY AFFORDABLE.

London Broil is a lean, usually pretty tough cut of meat, hence, it’s cheap. However, with a good marinade and quick + high heat cooking method, you still get steak that’s tasty and won’t break your jaw.

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Vegetable Candy

Paired with crispy brussel sprouts cooked with crispy bacon, speckled with toasted clumps of coconut butter, I dare you NOT to eat them all up? Seriously. This sheet pan meal pairs the most delicious vegetable combination I have ever made, which bakes up in 30 minutes- with an affordable meat that cooks in 12. It. Can’t. Get. Easier.

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Grass Fed is Better

Ya’ll already know I strongly prefer Grass Fed Beef. Reason number one being that inflammatory grains (ie GMO corn) that cattle are fed is highly inflammatory. Cows are not meant to eat grains. Much like humans that eat grains, these cows end up fat, unhealthy and with lots of inflammation. They’re given medicine because their sick and pretty much are miserable. So their meat, no surprise there… is also sick. It’s inflammatory and contains CORN. I don’t eat corn, so why would I eat a cow that ate corn.

I get it, grass-fed can be expensive. Which is why I buy form Butcher Box. At about $6 a meal, grass-fed and finished beef, that I trust. It’s delicious. Oh yeah, and you can customize your boxes, so you can get a lot of bang for your buck by choosing the more affordable options.

Bonus they always have killer deals going on! Watch my Instagram or sign up to my newsletter (on the sidebar) to get notifications of those. But you can ALWAYS save $10, get free shipping and free bacon when you sign up using MY LINK!

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London Broil with Toasted Coconut Brussel Sprouts | Sheet Pan Meal

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An easy yet elegant meal the entire family will love. This sheet pan meal uses london broil for an affordable steak dinner!

  • Author: Cristina
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 42
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: healthy

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

1 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (omit for AIP)

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 tablespoons avocado oil

Meat: 

1- 1 1/5 pound london broil

Brussel Sprouts: 

1 pound brussel sprouts, halved

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

4 slices bacon, chopped ( I also use Butcher Box Bacon)

2 tablespoons coconut butter (I use this one)

Instructions

In a casserole mix all of the marinade ingredients. Add the meat and flip it around in the marinade to get it all over. Cover and set in the fridge overnight, turning over once before cooking (the morning of).

When ready to cook, remove the meat from the fridge, let it rest at room temperature in its marinade for an hour.

In the meantime, preheat oven to 400F.

Add your brussel sprouts to a sheet pan, toss with oil, salt and onion powder.

Arrange bacon pieces all over it and then distribute the coconut butter in little clumps all over everything.

Roast on the middle rack for 30 minutes at 400.

Leaving the brussel sprouts in the oven, set oven to broil at the 30 minute mark, making sure you second oven rack is right under the broiler.

Add your london broil (in the cassrole dish where it marinated- or move it to a sheet pan) and place it under the broiler. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Then use tongs to flip it over and cook it another 4-5 minutes.

Remove everything from the oven. Move the meat over to a cutting board. Let it rest for 8-10 minutes before slicing against the grain.

Transfer the meat to the sheet pan with the brussel sprouts and set that bad boy on the dinner table. Dinner is ready! Dig in.

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Marrow Butter (Dairy Free, Keto, Paleo, AIP)

Sounds fancy and expensive right? Think again!!!! If you can find a butcher in your area, soup bones, marrow bones… or sometimes even called dog bones are usually really cheap! Like $3-5/ cheap. I scored 4 pounds of marrow bones at Union Market in DC for $4/lb and this recipe was born.

Forget cow milk butter, I know it’s delish… but this stuff will take your cooking to the next level. Made with roasted herbs and garlic and a little bacon for kicks, take your roasted veggies and seared steaks to the next level, while giving you body some optimal nutrition!

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We’ve all heard how amazing gelatin and bone broth are for us. Gut healing, amazing for hair, skin, nails. A great source of protein that patches up the gut lining. Well… this is getting it from the source! This stuff is what makes bone broth so amazing. Bonus, it’s delicious!

“A University of Michigan-led study shows that the fat tissue in bone marrow is a significant source of the hormone adiponectin, which helps maintain insulin sensitivity, break down fat, and has been linked to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity-associated cancers.”

You can buy bones and freeze them, thaw in the fridge when you’re ready to cook. Also as your butcher to cut them the long way for you if you can.

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Marrow Butter (Dairy Free, Keto)

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A super nutrient dense option for cooking fat. Perfect for those with dairy allergies.

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 22
  • Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

4 pounds marrow bones, cut in half long way

2 tablespoons avocado oil

2 teaspoons fine salt

4 sprigs rosemary

5 cloves garlic

1/4 cup bacon fat or lard

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 400F.

Line your bones up on a sheet pan and sprinkle with salt and drizzle with oil.

Arrange the rosemary and garlic over the bones. Roast for 20 minutes until the marrow, is softened.

Remove the bones from the oven, let them cool so you may handle them.

Use a spoon to scoop you the marrow into the bowl of your blender.

Add the rosemary and garlic too.

Blend on medium speed while you add in the bacon fat or lard.

Blend until smooth. Use a spatula to transfer the smooth marrow mix to silicone trays, ice cube tray or tupper ware and set in the fridge to harden.

I like the cubes because I can pop one out when needed. Use it like you would herbed butter for cooking!

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Creamy Cauliflower Noodles with Citrus Basil Sauce (Keto, Paleo, Whole30, AIP friendly)

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These Creamy Cauliflower Noodles with a Citrus Basil Sauce are truly decadent tasting, yet light on your digestive system. The perfect keto pasta dish. It’s dairy-free, nutrient dense and full of flavor.

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Simply roast cauliflower florets with avocado oil and sauce. Whiz up the creamy basil sauce. Rinse and drain your noodles. Toss and bake it all together. It’s really that easy to make. Not to mention, even better as leftovers.

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This vegan keto pasta dish is a blank slate! Add eggs to it, mix in shredded chicken or ground sausage. You can even add real cheese if you eat it. A perfect base to let your imagination go wild.

dairy free pestoModifications:

AIP or nut free: omit the cashews in the pesto, use 1 tablespoon coconut butter and 1/2 a ripe avocado

Whole30: Instead of shirataki noodles use a veggie noodle that won’t get soggy. I recommend shredded cabbage, kohlrabi noodles or carrot noodles!

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Creamy Cauliflower Noodles with Citrus Basil Sauce

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A creamy and decadent bowl of “pasta” without the carbs or the dairy!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

The Cauliflower:

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoons granulated garlic

For the Sauce:

1 bunch fresh basil, about 3 cups (purple, Thai or regular)

3 cloves garlic

1 cup pre-soaked, and drained cashews

1 cup avocado oil (this one)

2 teaspoons fish sauce (this one)

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 tablespoon lemon zest

The noodles:

2 packs Miracle Noodle (this one) or your choice veggie noddles

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Toss the cauliflower florets with oil, salt, and garlic. Spread out in a large casserole dish. Roast for 35 minutes or until golden.

While it roasts blend all of the sauce ingredients in the blender until smooth. Set aside.

Open your shirataki noodle packets, drain them, and place the noodles in a large bowl. Cover with fresh water and soak for 5 minutes then rinse and drain.

Once the cauliflower is golden, open the oven, remove the casserole dish, add in the noodles and all of the sauce. Use tongs to mix everything together well then spread out evenly in the casserole dish.

Put it back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve!

Notes

See post for AIP and Whole30 Modifications!

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More Low Carb Noodle Dishes:

Whole30 Turkey Meatballs with Pesto Noodles (Dairy, Nut and Egg Free)

 

Tuna Zoodle Casserole (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Teriyaki Meatballs Noodle Bowl (Keto, AIP, Paleo)

Coconut Lime Cake (Keto, Paleo, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

Summer seems to be birthday season around here and having a killer cake on hand is a must! This dairy-free keto cake is as good as it gets. It tastes like decadent, tropical rum cake. It’s moist, flavorful, elegant and beautiful and it’s easy to make!

I made this cake for my unsuspecting stepdad who flew to Hawaii with my mom on his birthday! We had dinner, we had cake, everyone was hooked. Then I kind of forgot about this recipe until today!

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Dairy Free Keto Cake… and Paleo? and Sweetener Free too?

So I remembered this cake because it came up in a dairy-free keto facebook group… does someone have a sweetener free cake and I thought of this one. It originally only uses 1/3 cup of erythritol for the entire cake… that could easily be omitted with little change to the flavor.

Then I thought … some delicious replacements would be Primal Fuel Vanilla Collagen (adds vanilla flavor and a hint of sweetness) or MCT Oil Powder for texture!

Either way, you can’t go wrong.

The Cream… Coconut Cream

Is simple. Chill a can of full fat, good quality coconut milk overnight. Open the can while it’s still very cold. Scoop out the hard, creamy, coconut milk fat. Promptly whip that up with lime zest, pinch of salt and the optional stevia.

Whip with egg beaters until it looks whipped, fluffy and smooth. Then keep cold, in the fridge. Quickly dress the cake. Keep that cold too until ready to serve.

For those who have had trouble with this recipe, I made it on IG stories to help you 🙂 Watch and learn my loves!

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Coconut Lime Cake (Keto, Paleo, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

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A simple, delicious cake for any occasion. Dairy and nut free with a sweetener free option!

  • Author: Cristina
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 layer 6" cake

Ingredients

For the Cake:

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup erythritol or other granulated sweetner (optional, see notes)

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 pinch salt

2 limes zested

4 large eggs

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut milk (left over from coconut milk can) 

1/4 cup unsalted ghee, softened butter or lard

“Buttercream”:

2 cans full fat coconut milk, chilled (use the cream on top) 

1 lime zest

10 drops liquid stevia or 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

pinch of salt

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Lightly grease two 6″ cake pans. 

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, sweetener, baking powder, and salt) together in a small bowl. 

In a large bowl mix with an electric hand mixer beat the eggs, milk, lime zest, coconut oil, and lard for 2-3 minutes until foamy and fluffy. 

Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until well combined. 

Pour the cake mix into the two prepared cake pans, place them on a sheet pan and bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.

Let the cakes cool completely before unmolding. Set them to chill while you make the coconut cream.

In a small bowl whip the coconut milk fat until with a hand mixer until smooth and whipped. Add in the lime zest, stevia if you’re using it and salt. Then use a cold metal spatula to spread some on top of one cake round in the middle.

Stack the cakes and then use the rest of the cream to frost the outside of the cake. Keep the cake chilled until ready to serve!

Notes

*Use of sweetener is optional in this recipe the natural sweetness of the coconut and lime are enough if you don’t do keto sweeteners! Alternatively, you may use raw honey if you eat honey, Vanilla Collagen Primal Fuel or MCT Oil Powder instead of the erythritol too!*

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Chocolate Keto Mug Cake (Paleo, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanilla Tahini Fudge Fat Bomb (Keto, Paleo, Dairy + Nut Free)

A non-chocolate treat? How am I?? Hehe… well this Vanilla Tahini Fudge is a delicious reason to set that chocolate aside. I love the toasty tahini flavor, the familiar vanilla, and the creamy coconut. With a handful of ingredients, these freeze fudge bars are an easy treat, snack or fat bomb to keep stashed away for … well, any reason!

So let me tell you about these special keto vanilla fat bombs! 

vanilla keto fat bomb

About the Ingredients:

Tahini: A good source of methionine which aids in liver detox, vitamin E and a few of the B’s too! THIS ONE is non-gmo, organic and affordable!

Coconut Cream: Is a great dairy free alternative to baking and cooking. Use it like you would heavy cream! You can buy coconut cream like THIS ONE or buy full fat, unsweetened coconut milk, and put it in the fridge for the cream to separate to the top, like THIS ONE. 

Coconut Oil: Other than being a great saturated fat, great for cooking, frying and baking… Coconut fat is rich in MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) which help your body stay in ketosis!

Stevia Glycerite: This type of stevia is my favorite. It’s not as strong or bitter as the dropper variation. It’s sweet and mild. I really like it, you use a little more than the dropper kind, so if you’re using regular liquid stevia you will need to use much less. Perhaps 10-20 drops. This stevia is so mild I measure it in teaspoons. It is becoming my favorite keto sweetener. I use THIS ONE.

Vanilla Bean: Using vanilla extract is A-ok too! I just prefer the rich flavor of vanilla bean scrapings. I slit the bean with a paring knife, unfold the sides open and use the knife to scrape out the sticky, black insides. 2 beans will only yield about 1/2 a tsp but that is enough!! This stuff is GOLD. But expensive, see HERE. So if you go the extract route, I like THIS ONE. 

I use a silicone mold to make these keto vanilla fat bombs, like THIS ONE. 

Gently Heat. Mix. Mold. Freeze. Done.

 

 

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Vanilla Tahini Keto Fudge

Raw, easy, 5 ingredient keto fudge, that’s not chocolate! Keto Vanilla Fat Bombs like no other!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce combine the coconut oil, coconut cream and tahini.
  2. Heat over low heat, stirring until well combined.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Whisk in the vanilla, salt and stevia and continue to whisk until the mix cools a bit.
  5. Divide the mixture between 6 silicone molds, or pour into a small loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Freeze for 1 hour or until completely firm.
  7. If using a silicone mold, pop them out of the molds and store in a tupperware in the fridge.
  8. If using a loaf pan, lift up by parchment paper and cut into 6 squares. Store in tupperware in the fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 237
  • Fat: 25
  • Carbohydrates: 2.5
  • Fiber: .9
  • Protein: 1.8

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My Whole30 Costo Haul with Printable Shopping List

Living in Hawaii, as a military family, we’re always on a budget. Cost of living here is pretty outrageous. Rivaling cities like New York and San Francisco in rental prices, gas and food.  Doing your Whole30 Costco shopping for bulk items that will last long, or fresh items I can prep and freeze go a long way.

This list includes ALL of the things I buy at Costco although I don’t always buy them if that makes sense. These are the Whole30 compliant products that I like. Usually when I go I like to keep my budget around $300, and buy pantry things that will last 2-3 months and fresh/frozen things for 2 weeks to 1 month. That way there is still enough budget left for weekly grocery trips. However your budget, your strategy might be different! 

Making Whole30 Costco Budget Last 

Things you won’t find on the list… RX Bars, Beef Jerky or other really pricey items that may or may not be compliant. Also… buying a GIANT box of one or two flavors of the same snack… well, my family gets bored and it’s a struggle to even finish it. When trying to save money when eating healthy, keeping it simple and sticking to INGREDIENTS is what will get you there. Alrighty, you are ready to rock your Whole30 Costco Haul! 

Costco is a great budgeting tool when you stick to the basics! Check out my lists below in printable and pinnable format!

*NOTE: ALWAYS CHECK LABELS!!! DIFFERENT STORES OFTEN CARRY DIFFERENT BRANDS OF THE SAME ITEM, JUST BECAUSE IT’S ON THE LIST DOES NOT MEAN YOUR COSTCO WILL HAVE THE COMPLIANT VERSION. SO ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK!*

 

Other Whole30 Resources!

What I learned from my first Whole30

It’s Not Always a Straight Line: My AIP Journey

https://thecastawaykitchen.com/2015/06/finding-inspiration/