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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)

The Best Guacamole Ever

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any gathering with this best guacamole ever! I’m not kidding. 

The Best Guacamole Ever

Okay… I know that it’s a bold statement to say that a recipe is “THE BEST EVER,” but this really is the best, I promise! Not to toot my own horn, but hey, there’s a reason why I’m in charge of making guacamole for any gathering with family and friends. I’ve been making and perfecting guacamole for years now, so I don’t even measure anything anymore, but I did just to share this amazing recipe with you all!

To me, the perfect guacamole is something that’s simple, with no crazy ingredients. There are various versions out there with unique add-ins that I have seen and tried. However, I always go back to this simple and classic recipe that tastes pretty dang close to the guacamoles that I have tried in Mexico.

The Best Guacamole Ever

I’m actually quite excited that it’s less than a week since I came back home from Mexico after our wedding there, and it’s going to Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! I seriously loooooove Mexican food and I’ll take any excuse to consume it as often as I can. And no Mexican dish is complete without some delicious guacamole.

So if you want to be loved on by your friends and family tomorrow (or any day), whip up a batch of this guacamole, and they won’t stop raving about it. And if you need some delicious paleo chips to go along with it, I highly recommend Siete Foods tortilla chips. They are grain free, crispy thin, and so delicious! They make three flavors that are all amazing: Sea Salt, Lime, and Nacho.

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Need more Mexican dish inspirations for Cinco de Mayo? Here are some of my favorite recipes from the archives:

Grain-Free Paleo Taquitos

Mexican Stuffed Delicata Squash

Chili Lime Pork Spare Ribs

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Shakshuka

Paleo Horchata

Hope you enjoy this colorful and fun holiday!

The Best Guacamole Ever

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The Best Guacamole Ever
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 large or 3 small hass avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin (Omit for AIP)
  • Optional: ¼ tsp cayenne (Omit for AIP)
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Optional: 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Peel and seed the avocados, and scoop out the pulp into a large bowl.
  2. Pour lime juice over the avocados.
  3. Add salt, cumin, and cayenne (if using), and mash together with a fork or a potato masher.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and cilantro (if using), and stir together.
  5. Let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving, so the flavors can meld together.

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The Best Guacamole Ever (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan)

Start-Loving-Sardines Salad

AIP Paleo Whole30 Start Loving Sardines Salad

Happy New Year! I’m finally back home after a 2-week road trip to LA with my mom and it was so much fun. It was challenging at times to stick to the Autoimmune Protocol while traveling (my mom has rheumatoid arthritis), but it was a great learning experience for me and I’m going to share soon about how we stuck with it the whole trip so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I made this sardine salad the other day for lunch and it was so darn delicious so I want to share it with you all! If you don’t like sardines, I think this recipe can change your mind. It’s simple and yummy, and the tostones (fried plantains) really do a great job of balancing the flavors of the whole dish. The name of this salad really says it all!

AIP Paleo Whole30 Start Loving Sardines Salad

AIP Paleo Whole30 Start Loving Sardines Salad

AIP Paleo Whole30 Start Loving Sardines Salad

If you have never had sardines before and you just don’t like it because of its appearance or smell, I highly recommend you try it! It’s actually a lot tastier than you think and it’s full of healthy Omega-3 fats, as well as heart-healthy vitamins and minerals. I consider it a superfood because it’s so nutrient dense.

Canned sardines are also a great way to incorporate high quality seafood without blowing your budget. I always suggest you buy wild-caught seafood and the canned versions are significantly cheaper than the fresh cuts of fish.

I hope you start 2017 with healthy and delicious meals like this Start-Loving-Sardines Salad. Cheers to new beginnings!

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Start-Loving-Sardines Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 oz canned sardines (preferably wild-caught and in olive oil)
  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped roughly
  • 1 tsp + 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • ½ greenish yellow plantain, peeled and cut into ½ inch slices
  • ½ avocado, peeled and cut into slices
  • Juice from ¼ lemon
Instructions
  1. Open up canned sardines and set aside.
  2. Heat coconut oil or ghee over medium heat in a skillet.
  3. Sauté the kale leaves in the oil stirring frequently for 1 minute. Season with salt. Pour the oil or water from the sardine can over the kale and cook for 4-5 more minutes until the liquid is evaporated and the kale leaves are wilted down.
  4. Place the cooked kale on a plate. Lay the drained sardines on the bed of kale.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil or ghee over medium heat.
  6. Place the plantain slices in the oil and cook for 3 minutes on each side until golden in color.
  7. Remove the plantain slices and place them on a cutting board. While still warm, use a flat bottom of a mug or a bowl to flatten each plantain slice to about ¼ inch thick.
  8. Return the flattened plantain slices to the pan and fry for 2 minutes, 1 minute on each side. Salt both sides.
  9. Place the fried plantains on top of the kale. Add avocado slices.
  10. Squeeze ¼ of a lemon over everything and serve.

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