Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

CRUST

  • 2 handfuls of almonds
  • 4-5 Medjool dates (soak in water for 30 minutes)
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil

 

Instructions:

  1. Pulverize almonds until they turn into a fine meal (watch carefully as to not make almond butter).
  2. Add dates and a little of their liquid from their soak. Continue to puree.
  3. Add the coconut oil and pulse for another few seconds.
  4. Spread the mixture using your hands on a non-stick small pie plate.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees Fahnrenheit for 7 minutes (watch not to burn) to crisp up. Remove.
  6. As crust is cooling, make filling.

 

FILLING:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 5 dates or dried figs (soaked and pureed)
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil or all natural almond butter
  • Halved pecans or walnuts for topping
  • Drizzle of all natural maple syrup
  • All spice or cinnamon

 

Instructions:

  1. Mash avocado with fork.
  2. Add pureed dates, coconut oil or nut butter and all spice. Mash together.
  3. Transfer this mixture to the pie cooled pie crust.
  4. Place pecan halves on top and drizzle with maple syrup.
  5. Broil in oven for a few minutes to caramelize top.

 

Enjoy a slice (1/8 of pie) as a perfect pre workout meal or a special indulgence!

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Silk unsweetened almond milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cloves of roasted garlic, optional

 

Instructions:

  1. Slice the cauliflower florets from the stalks with a sharp knife. Slice each floret into bite-sized chunks for a faster cooking time.
  2. Bring the water to a boil over high heat and add the cauliflower.
  3. Pour the contents of the pan through a colander in the sink and allow it to drain.
  4. Place cauliflower in a bowl or in the same pot and with a hand blender mash the cauliflower with the other ingredients. Add more or less almond milk until you achieve your desired consistency.

Spanish Tortilla

Anyone who has every spent any time in Spain can tell you that the Spanish tortilla is a special part of Spanish cuisine.  Having had lived in Spain for 5 years, I know how important this dish is to my Spaniard husband.  I’ve made some small changes to this typical Spanish dish that he loves so dearly so we can both enjoy it without much guilt.   I have swapped the white potatoes for yams, and the 5-7 eggs for 3 eggs and 1 cup of egg whites. I also use a lot less oil (my mother-in-law uses a 1/2 litre!) and a non-stick skillet. This is perfect warm or cold, as a party appetizer cut into squares, or as a pre/post workout meal. The whole family loves it, and it is often found sitting on the counter in my kitchen. Que disfruten!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 medium onions (I used red sweet here, but white look nicer when cooked)
  • 3 eggs and 1 cup egg whites
  • olive oil (for cooking)
  • salt and pepper

 

Instructions:

  1. Sautee peeled and sliced sweet potatoes and onion together with some olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add some salt and pepper and continue on med/low heat, stirring every so often for approx. 20-30 minutes until mixture looks like picture.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together egg whites and eggs (picture here is done with 7 full eggs which is fine- just higher fat content). Add some salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When sweet potato mixture is ready, add immediately to egg mixture and stir quickly. You want to slowly “cook” or temper the eggs without scrambling them. Keep stirring for a minute and return to pan. I like to use a smaller, higher lip pan for this part to make a more condensed “cake” looking omelet).
  4. Cook on medium to low heat until the sides start to cook.  There are two options here, you can either flip the omelette on a plate and cook the other side and finish cooking on the stove top, or insert the oven-safe-skillet in the oven under the broiler until done. I have done both ways depending on the size of the tortilla.
  5. Turn on plate and enjoy!!! I like mine a little more “wet” in the middle. If you like it more dry, make sure you cook a little longer, or use a bigger pan to make it thinner.
  6. Let cool slightly and serve!

Jingle Balls

Each holiday season I find myself trying to find the balance between keeping up with family traditions, which are very important to the Catolino’s and Garcia’s, and trying to keep to my lifestyle choice of avoiding processed foods and sugar. Of course I let myself have treat, wine and cheese in moderation with no guilt (something that has taken a while to achieve), but having some natural sweets on hand in the freezer always helps when a dessert platter needs to be made up.  The great thing about these balls is that they take 10 minutes to whip up, there is no baking involved and my 7 year old helps make them as they are fool proof! No sugar highs or crashes with these yummy treats, just good old yumminess! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups soaked, pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 cups of nuts (pecan, walnut, almond, brasil nut, or a mix)
  • ½ cup unsweetened natural coconut
  • organic 72% chocolate (for coating)

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and process until a thick paste forms, not too smooth but almost like chunky nut butter.
  2. With a heaping teaspoon amount, form balls in between your palms.
  3. You can keep them like this, or you can roll some in coconut, nut pieces, or dip in melted chocolate.  Keep in airtight container or freeze until needed.  They get chewier in the freezer, not rock hard.

Ariana’s Cupcakes

Sometimes you just need to have your cake and eat it too! After experimenting in the kitchen with my daughter, we came up with this cupcake recipe that is not only “Rita Friendly”- yes, I ate 2, and felt no remorse, no bloating and not sugar crash (there is no sugar). The great thing was that my daughter loved them, and so did my husband! Eat them at room temperature and the frosting will be nice and creamy. Alternately, my hubby likes them right out of the fridge in which the frosting is hard like a fondant!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2-3 scoops of your favourite About Time flavoured protein
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla bean or extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in mixer until batter is formed.
  2. Line 12 cupcake tins with liner and fill with batter.
  3. Bake in 350 oven for approx. 20-25 min.
  4. Let cool before frosting.

 

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop About Time birthday cake protein powder
  • A dash of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

 

Frosting Instructions:

  1. Mix the ingredients together until a thick paste forms.  You may need to add more almond milk or more coconut oil to get the right consistency.
  2. Frost cupcakes.

Roasted Beets

Twice a week when I am prepping my meals for the next few days, I like to take advantage of the oven being on.  So if I am cooking my meatloaf muffins, I take a few sweet potatoes, beets (with the skin on), a head of garlic, and carrots and wrap them in aluminum paper, and they go in the oven to cook slowly until I can pierce them with a fork.

 

In terms of the beets, I remove them from the oven, let them cool slightly and take off the aluminum paper.  They are easy to peel off when the skin is slightly warm; it just slides off. I thinly slice the beets for a great addition to any meal. Keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Add salt and pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

 

Beet Carpaccio

 

For the beet carpaccio, let the whole beet get cold and slice them paper thin.  Drizzle with white balsamic vinegar, top with orange rind and the juice of 1/2 orange.

Apple Loaf

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • optional scoop of protein powder
  • 1 cup organic apple sauce
  • ¼ cup pure organic coconut flakes (optional)
  • 3 large eggs (free range) or 2 large eggs or ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • cinnamon to taste
  • pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash coconut oil and apple sauce in bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs and add to apple sauce mixture with vanilla and cinnamon. Mix together.
  4. Mix in coconut flour and baking powder. Add optional coconut flakes.
  5. Spoon into loaf pan. Decorate top of loaf with sliced apples.
  6. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until edges are golden and toothpick comes out clean.