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Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)

This creamy chimichurri sauce takes minutes to make, and tastes amazing on everything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

When people tell me that healthy eating is boring and has no variety, I ask, “Are you experimenting with differences sauces and spices?” The flavor of food can change dramatically depending on what seasoning or dressing you put on it, and you can make multiple dishes with the same base ingredients.

So recently, when I got a bit bored by the same marinade I put on my steak, I decided to switch it up a bit with this creamy chimichurri sauce, and dayuuum, it added SO MUCH flavor and I ended up putting the leftover sauce on everything for the next several days.

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

Yup, these are all ingredients that go into this creamy chimichurri sauce. So simple and healthy, right? I love a good creamy sauce, and the addition of an avocado makes it a perfect texture, not too thick and not too thin. Which is why you can seriously use this sauce for anything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

So far, I have used it as a dipping sauce for steak and veggies, a refreshing dressing on a salad, and even topped my gluten free smoked salmon toast with it for a burst of flavor. I just can’t get enough of it, and I highly recommend you try it out!

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Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)
 
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Serves: About 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, packed
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, raw and unfiltered
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, if needed
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add more olive oil if you want the sauce to be thinner.
  4. Enjoy as dressing, dip, or sauce over everything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

Moroccan Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

Moroccan MeatballsHi friends! I feel like I’ve been traveling SO MUCH recently. Last weekend, C and I visited Denver and Boulder, and it was such an amazing trip. For someone who loves to hike and eat good food, they offered the best of both. I kept talking about how we would move to Boulder if it was warm all year round and if it was next to the beach. Looks like we’ll be staying in California, but nevertheless, I absolutely loved both cities. The mountains were so breathtakingly beautiful, and it was so easy for me to find gluten-free, dairy-free EVERYTHING!

As much as I enjoyed all the food and adventures, I’m so happy to be back to cuddle with my dogs and eat home-cooked meals. No matter how delicious and healthy restaurant foods are, my digestion and body work and feel so much better eating at home. And I actually thought about these meatballs while I was there!

Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan MeatballsIf you decide to make these Moroccan meatballs, it’s EXTREMELY important you make the sauce as well. I mean, the meatballs are yummy on their own, but the creamy dipping sauce seriously makes it STELLAR. I know I sound a bit dramatic (what else is new?), but I’m serious! I made extra of the sauce and ended up putting it on everything I ate until it ran out.

Also, these meatballs taste great grilled as well. I’ve cooked them both ways: on the grill and in the oven, and I think I actually like the grilled version better! Keep in mind that they may lose their round, circular shape if you do decide to grill them. If you don’t care about that like me, then this recipe is a good one enjoy at a barbecue! 

Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Meatballs
Moroccan Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce
 
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Serves: about 12 meatballs
Ingredients
Dipping Sauce
  • ¼ cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (or any dairy-free milk)
  • Zest and juice from ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Sea salt, to taste
Moroccan Meatballs
  • 1lb ground bison or beef
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup packed parsley leaves, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
Dipping Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Chill until ready to use.
Moroccan Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl, combining everything evenly with your hands. Careful not to overwork the meat.
  3. Form in to 1½ inch balls.
  4. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet, then bake for 20 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  5. Serve dipping sauce on the side, or drizzled on top of the meatballs.
Notes
You can also grill these meatballs. Preheat the grill to medium high, then grill for 10-15 minutes, while turning every 2-3 minutes until they are cooked through.

Paleo Moroccan Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Dipping Sauce

ahi tuna steaksI believe this is the first time I ever cooked seared tuna steak (not to be confused with canned tuna) at home.  I’ve only eaten it at restaurants and it’s always been a treat for me. The delicious nutty crust with the buttery, raw inside felt like a fancy delicacy only to be enjoyed on occasion. When I saw tuna steaks being sold by my favorite seafood vendor at the farmers market a week ago, I decided to go for it. I figured, if I mess up, I can always make tuna salad.

What I didn’t realize was how quick and easy it is to make a sesame-seed crusted seared tuna from scratch. As long as you have high quality tuna (wild-caught and fresh), it’s really hard to mess up because the flavor is already there, and all you need remember is to not cook it for too long.

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

I’m not sure if I’ll make this all the time because good quality seafood can be expensive, but it’s great knowing that I can whip up dinner in less than 10 minutes if I had to with this recipe. I really love stupid easy and quick meals!

The added bonus is that tuna has great nutritional benefits. It has a high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, as well as healthy nutrients like selenium, potassium, iodine, phosphorus, magnesium, and B vitamins to nourish our brains and hearts! Supplementing with omega-3 capsules and vitamins may be beneficial, but I’d rather eat them in their most absorbable and delicious forms rather than swallowing pills all the time. Wouldn’t you?  

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Dipping Sauce
 
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Ingredients
Seared ahi tuna:
  • 2 ahi tuna steaks (about 5 oz each)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ cup white or black raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
Dipping sauce:
  • ¼ cup tamari sauce or coconut aminos
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp raw sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (omit for sugar detox)
  • ¼ tsp Korean red chili powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour sesame seeds on a shallow plate.
  2. Pat the tuna steaks dry with a paper towel.
  3. Use a teaspoon of dijon mustard for each steak to coat on both sides.
  4. Press both sides of each tuna steak in sesame seeds, making sure they are coated evenly.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  6. Lay one steak in the pan and fry for 1 minute. Flip the steak and cook for additional 1 minute on the other side. Transfer to a cutting board, then repeat the process with the other steak. They should be cooked just on the outside. Make sure you don't overcook them!
  7. Cut the tuna steaks in to ¼-inch slices.
  8. Whisk together all ingredients for the dipping sauce and place in a small bowl.
  9. Serve tuna with the dipping sauce.

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