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Paleo Horchata

paleo horchataHappy Cinco de Mayo! I love any good excuse to feast on Mexican food, my favorite cuisine, and that’s what this day is for me. Back in college, it also meant getting copiously wasted on shots of tequila and endless amount of margaritas. These days, it’s mostly about the food… but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little bit of a spiked cocktail now and then, right?

I first tried horchata when I used to live in New York City. My friends and I went to a Mexican restaurant and I saw it for the first time on the menu, and decided to try it out. This was before I found out about my dairy sensitivity, and while I truly joined how creamy and sweet it was (it was like a delicious, cinnamon-y milkshake!), my stomach did not at all later that night. Needless to say, I haven’t tried it again since.

paleo horchata

paleo horchata

paleo horchataWell, I thought it was time to introduce horchata back into my life without the dairy part. Because 1) it’s Cinco de Mayo and 2) I think a rum-spiked creamy cocktail that won’t make me sick is a good thing to add to my life. Them’s the facts. This paleo horchata feels so decadent but it’s made with all clean, healthy ingredients, and sweetened with a touch of honey. You can even make it for the entire family and add the alcohol at the end for the adults. I highly encourage you make this and enjoy it with a side of tacos, guacamole, and sombreros!

paleo horchata

Paleo Horchata
 
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • ½ cup rum (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews and cinnamon sticks in 4 cups of water for at least 3 hours at room temperature.
  2. Place the mixture in a high-powered blender and blend for several minutes until smooth.
  3. Strain through a cheesecloth into a pitcher.
  4. Stir in honey and vanilla extract. Add rum if using, then chill in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve over ice, garnished with ground cinnamon, if using.

Paleo Dairy Free Vegan Horchata

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Turkey Eggplant LasagnaWhat an amazing weekend I just had! I got back on Sunday from Portland, after attending the 3-day Nutritional Therapy Association Conference, where I learned SO much about nutrition, business, and much more from prominent figures in the holistic health industry. It was so good to connect with like-minded people and seeing my classmates who graduated as NTPs with me. Although it was such a great experience, it was also super tiring attending talks and workshops all day long. I didn’t really get to see much of Portland which I’m pretty sad about, but that just means I gotta go back to get the full experience I missed!

The day after I got back, C left to go to NYC for work, so we haven’t been seeing much of each other in the past week. However, one good thing that comes out of that is I get to cook all the things that he hates and I love. Like eggplants! 

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Turkey Eggplant LasagnaAs someone who can’t eat gluten and dairy, the one thing I miss is ALL THE LASAGNA. That cheesy gooey yumminess has been what I’ve been craving recently. Of course, when cravings hit, I must feed it… but in a healthy way! Using cashews for cheese and eggplants to create layers actually worked out surprisingly well to imitate the flavors of real lasagna, and I enjoyed this dish a bit too much. Since I don’t usually cook with eggplants at home because C’s not a fan, it was like I was making up for lost times and just kept eating and eating this stuff. Like, it was hard to breathe after (I’m so embarrassing). No regrets though, it was so good and totally worth it!

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Turkey Eggplant Lasagna
Turkey Eggplant Lasagna
 
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Ingredients
Cashew cheese
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Eggplant lasagna
  • 2 eggplants, cut lengthwise into ¼ inch thick slices
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups sugar-free marinara sauce
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces.
  • Sea salt, to taste
Instructions
Cashew cheese
  1. Drain the soaked cashews and place in the food processor.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until thick and creamy.
Eggplant lasagna
  1. Heat up the broiler.
  2. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with avocado oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Place eggplant slices on a broil safe baking sheet and broil for 8 minutes, flipping them half way through.
  4. Take out the eggplants and lower the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Heat ghee in a a saucepan over medium high heat.
  6. Add ground turkey, garlic, and salt in the saucepan, stirring until the turkey is browned.
  7. Add marinara sauce into the saucepan, lower the heat, and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in basil leaves.
  9. Spread out ¼ of the turkey marinara sauce evenly at the bottom of a 8x8 baking dish.
  10. Take ⅓ of the eggplant slices and add a layer on top of the sauce, having the edges overlap.
  11. Spread ⅓ of the cashew cheese on top of the eggplants.
  12. Repeat these layers 2 more times, then top with remaining turkey marinara sauce.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes until the lasagna is bubbling.
  14. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Turkey Eggplant Lasagna

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed NutsHope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I really enjoyed mine staycation-ing and traveling to rest and relax in Sonoma County for a few days. It’s been a busy but fun week with my family here to celebrate Christmas, and that usually means I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and baking meals for them. I don’t mind, but it can be a lot of work and time, so I usually turn to easy recipes that require minimal effort. So when they requested a salty snack to go with their adult beverages, I whipped up this addictive recipe in a flash with whatever I had in the kitchen. 

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts 

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts

I’m not a huge fan of rosemary because it can taste a bit medicine-y if used too much in a dish, but the flavor complemented really well with the maple syrup and cayenne pepper. If you don’t mind the taste, I suggest you use more. Just a sprinkle of the herb was plenty enough for me. You won’t be able to stop on a few bites of this salty, spicy, sweet goodness. We gobbled this up within a few hours.

What’s everyone up to for the New Year? I’m honestly not into big celebrations on New Year’s eve and usually end up partying it up in my sweatpants on my couch (which is like, the best kind of partying). But who knows. Last minute plans can change and maybe I’ll force myself into something sparkly… probably not.

OOO, and I’m getting ready for some big changes in the New Year with the website, so stay tuned for some new and exciting news coming up!

Have a Happy New Year, all, and see in you in 2016!!

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed NutsSpiced Maple Rosemary Mixed NutsSpiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb raw cashews
  • ½ lb raw walnuts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped, plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cashews, walnuts, and melted coconut oil.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour out the nuts onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the nuts are golden and crisp.
  6. If needed, sprinkle with more salt and fresh rosemary while still warm.

Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts Paleo Gluten Free Vegan Whole30