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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread

This delicious grain free and Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is so comforting and delicious with a hot mug of coffee, and you’ll love the crunchy nut topping!

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread

What is it about a warm buttered toast and a cup of coffee on a chilly morning that just gives ALL THE FEELZ? That’s what I’ve been doing for the past several days ever since making this delicious Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread and it’s what’s been getting me out of bed when it’s usually too cold to.

This bread is just so yummy and I love that the apple flavor really shines through without it being overly sweet. It’s sweetened mostly with applesauce making it a healthy treat, unlike other similar breads I’ve tried which is overpowered by high amounts of sugar and doesn’t even taste like real apples at the end of it.

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The applesauce not only gives the bread flavor, it also creates a delicious moistness (sorry if you hate that word) so it won’t dry out even if you decide to toast the slices like I’ve been doing. And the crunchy nut topping with that soft fluffy bread is just the most delectable texture combo. Best of all, the prep time is less than 5 minutes, so most of the work to make this recipe is done by the oven. It’s definitely my kind of recipe!

I guest posted this Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe on Lauren Geertsen’s blog, Empowered Sustenance, so go check it out and let me know what you think:

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread

Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai

This post was sponsored by Green Giant as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

This gluten free and Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai gives the Thai classic dish a low carb makeover using spiralized carrots for the noodles! 

Gluten Free Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of those dishes that I really love at Thai restaurants. There’s something about that salty and sweet combo that is just so addicting. However, being gluten free, I sometimes get nervous about ordering Pad Thai when I’m dining out since I’m never sure about the ingredients they use in the sauce and the noodles. This is why I haven’t had it in a long time at a restaurant, and it’s just not worth the stomach bloat and pains that I experience if I’m exposed to gluten.

Well, I’m not too sad about it because I’ve been making variations of it at home that’s healthier and cleaner, and I’ve been having so much fun recreating and experimenting with the flavors that I love so much. One of my favorite grain free and low carb versions is this Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai that’s packed with so much umami and yumminess and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you.

The noodles are made with spiralized carrots, and it couldn’t be easier to prepare with the Green Giant® Veggie Spirals that you can find at the frozen section of grocery stores. They are the perfect, gluten free swap-in for traditional pasta, and most importantly, they are made with 100% vegetables and no other preservatives or weird ingredients.

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I especially appreciated the simple cooking instructions: You can either microwave the noodles or sauté them, and then they are ready to eat in soups, salads, or as an entree, easily substituted into any dish that use noodles. I used and followed the sauté method for this recipe and it was perfectly cooked by the end of it.

There are 4 different vegetables that are currently sold under Green Giant® Veggie Spirals: zucchini, carrots, butternut squash, and beets. While I will definitely be trying out all of them, I thought the spiralized carrots would fit best with the flavor profile of this Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai and I wasn’t wrong. This dish came out fabulous and my husband asked for seconds, so it’s definitely a winner!

If you are want to check out Green Giant® Veggie Spirals, you can learn more about where you can find them, along with other fun recipes ideas, here. Because if you are like me, you love cooking with spiralized veggies, but they can be a pain in the butt to prepare and they add to more dishes you have to do. I always appreciate finding out about these new products that make healthy cooking at home so easy and convenient!

Gluten Free Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai

Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This gluten free and Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai gives the Thai classic dish a low carb makeover using spiralized carrots for the noodles! 

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil divided
  • 1 lb raw peeled and deveined shrimp preferably wild-caught
  • 1 package of Green Giant® Veggie Spirals Carrot or about 4 cups of spiralized carrots
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 2 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts

Pad Thai Sauce

  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 bird's eye chili pepper, chopped finely omit if you don't like spicy

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the Pad Thai Sauce and set aside. 

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium low heat. 

  3. Add the almonds to the skillet and toast them while stirring frequently until they are golden brown and smell fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.

  4. Remove the almonds from the skillet and chop them roughly. Set aside.

  5. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the skillet over medium high heat.

  6. When the pan is hot, add the shrimp and onions to the pan. Stir fry for 3 minutes until the shrimp are opaque and the onions are somewhat translucent.

  7. Remove the shrimp and onions from the pan and set aside.

  8. Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the same skillet. 

  9. Add Green Giant® Veggie Spirals Carrot. Cover the skillet and let it cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking.*

  10. Push the carrot spirals aside and add the eggs and green onions and let them cook while stirring occasionally until the eggs are almost cooked through, about 1 minute.

  11. Add the the shrimp and onions back in to the pan, with mung bean sprouts and Pad Thai Sauce. Stir together for about 30 seconds.

  12. Remove from heat and toss chopped toasted almonds and cilantro. 

  13. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

*If using fresh spiralized carrots, stir fry uncovered for 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 367mg 122%
Sodium 1701mg 71%
Potassium 356mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 11.1%
Vitamin C 17.9%
Calcium 23.1%
Iron 20.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

“Roasted” Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Make perfectly steamed Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli, along with the most delicious “roasted” garlic lemon dressing, all without turning on the oven!

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those side dishes that’s a staple in our house. It goes well with almost all dishes, and it’s one of the few vegetable that my husband actually enjoys. I used to love roasted broccoli, but recently switched over to the steamed version. Either way, broccoli is just so delicious in all forms, and I especially love it seasoned with garlic and lemon.

One of the newest ways I’ve been cooking broccoli that’s been a LIFE CHANGER is in the Instant Pot. It’s so easy, SO quick, and there are just so many less dishes at the end of it all. In this “Roasted” Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli, both the garlic and broccoli are cooked in the Instant Pot and all if it’s done in less than 30 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

You may be confused with the instructions when it says that you set the Instant Pot to 0 minutes for the broccoli, but that’s correct. The broccoli will cook super quickly as the Instant Pot comes to pressure, and that’s all it needs. You release the pressure as soon as you hear it beep, and you’ll have a perfectly cooked broccoli that’s ready to be seasoned.

And the “roasted” garlic lemon dressing, guys. I kinda wanna put it on EVERYTHING. It’s such a great flavor combo and I couldn’t stop eating these until they were gone. If you are in need of a new way to prepare your broccoli, I highly recommend you try this Instant Pot method, because it’s absolutely delicious. I’m pretty sure this will be the only way we cook broccoli until we get sick of it!

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

"Roasted" Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 122 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Make perfectly steamed Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli, along with the most delicious "roasted" garlic lemon dressing, all without turning on the oven!

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Ingredients

  • 1 small head of garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heads of broccoli separated into florets (about 6 cups of florets)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper, for garnish Optional: omit for AIP

Instructions

  1. Slice off the top of the garlic head. 

  2. Pour water into the Instant Pot and fit a steamer basket over the water. 

  3. Place the garlic head on the steamer and drizzle 1 tsp of olive oil over it.

  4. Close the the lid and make sure the pressure valve is set to SEALING. Set it to HIGH on MANUAL for 8 minutes. 

  5. Once it beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to release naturally. 

  6. Open the lid and carefully remove the garlic and set aside to cool. Leave the water and the steamer basket in the Instant Pot.

  7. Add broccoli florets to the Instant Pot on the steamer basket, while the water is still hot.

  8. Close the the lid and make sure the pressure valve is set to SEALING. Set it to MANUAL for 0 minutes. 

  9. Immediate release the pressure valve once it beeps to a finish and open the lid. 

  10. Transfer the broccoli florets to a mixing bowl.

  11. Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, gently squeeze out the cloves and place in a blender.

  12. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the blender with the garlic cloves and blend until smooth and creamy.

  13. Pour the lemon garlic sauce over the broccoli. Gently toss together. Taste and add more sea salt, if needed.

  14. Garnish with crushed red peppers, if using, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
"Roasted" Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 457mg 19%
Potassium 664mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 25.3%
Vitamin C 223.3%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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