I love Greek food to pieces and Tzatziki sauce is right up there with the best for anything Greek. It's used for Gyro's and pita wraps but I decided to make a chopped Greek salad and toss the sauce as the dressing. It was a hit and even better that this version is totally dairy free! It tasted the same as the dairy version used with Greek yogurt. You can go either way with this dressing.
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk. I open a can and take the fat part off the top.
You could also use COYO plain coconut yogurt or Greek yogurt.
1/3 cup healthy mayo. I use Chosen Foods Avocado mayo
1 c. chopped cucumber
1/2 juiced lemon
1 tsp. dried dill
1 heaping tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8th tsp. pepper
Mix all ingredients together. Add more salt and lemon if desired. You can add as
much cucumber as you wish. Allow the flavors to chill together for 15mn or more for full flavor. The coconut milk will also thicken in the fridge.
Serve over pita wraps or in a chopped salad. I used grilled lemon chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions. It would be great with green olives and feta on a dairy option.
Sometimes I just want old school comfort food. But, I want it as healthy as possible. Using grass fed beef, mushrooms, zucchini and fresh spinach, this dish is much lower in calories and fat than most stroganoff dishes. I used organic sour cream but it would be great with coconut milk or almond based creams as well. It must be thick! Use gluten free noodles for a gluten free option. Season it up as much as you want to your liking but the smoked paprika is an absolute must. Don't skimp! If you don't like mushrooms, you won't be making this dish. It isn't stroganoff without them.
1 1 /2 pounds grass fed hamburger
1/2 cup diced onion
1 1/2 C. chopped zucchini (any size chunk desired)
1 T. minced garlic
1/2 lb. sliced or chopped, fresh mushrooms
2 C. sour cream or substitute cream
2 t. or more smoked paprika (I love Spice Hunters brand)
fresh spinach, chopped
pasta of choice
Cook noodles per package and set aside. In a skillet, brown the onions, hamburger and garlic till the meat is almost done. Add in the mushrooms, zucchini, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and cook until the veggies are tender. Add more paprika, salt and pepper as desired. When the meat and veggies are cooked, turn the heat to low and stir in the sour cream. Add more salt and pepper if needed with the sour cream added. Toss in the noodles. Around 4-5 cups cooked or as desired. Top with chopped spinach and serve.
This stir fry is done in a pinch. It took me 20 minutes, start to finish. I even cheated and used frozen broccoli and chicken tenders. I use the brown rice and millet ramen noodles from Costco for a healthy GF option.
1/4 c. coconut aminos, soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos
1 T. cassava root flour
1/4 c. chicken broth
1 T. rice vinegar
2 T. coconut sugar or brown sugar
3 cloves minced garlic
1 lb. chicken, cut in chunks
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
2 green onions
9 oz brown rice ramen noodles (about 4 squares)
Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
Stir fry the chicken and broccoli in a fry pan with some oil of choice until the broccoli is tender and the chicken is no longer pink. I used frozen tenders and frozen broccoli as a cheat. Season with salt and pepper as you stir fry. Pour in the sauce and with temperature on medium to low, let the sauce thicken real quickly. Do not let it get too hot and burn!
Add the cooked noodles (for the Costco kind, 3 minutes boiling time) and toss to coat. Add the copped green onions (green part) on top and serve.
Breakfast can be delicious and healthy! It's the easiest meal to make healthy and the most important one for those little minds. I love these healthy GF, Vegan breakfast cookies by Ambitious Kitchen. She has all sorts of great recipes to sample from. Try these out and eat them warm.
2 T. coconut oil, melted or softened
1/4 c. coconut sugar
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 c. flaxseed meal
1/2 c. almond meal flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. rolled oats (GF for GF option)
1 T. chia seeds
1/2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
Stir oil, coconut sugar, banana, vanilla and almond extract
together till smooth. Add in the flax meal, almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt till a thick dough forms.
Next add in the oats and chia seeds and gently fold in the blueberries. Add nuts if desired.
Use a cookie scoop or 1/4 c. scoop to scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Greased or parchment lined. Gently press down the dough a little and make sure it is compacted together. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool slightly. Refrigerate leftovers.
Thanks to the Green Smoothie Girl, this hot lemonade drink is a staple for me to keep healthy and fight oncoming germs. Keep these ingredients on hand for when you first start to feel anything brewing or make it a regular part of your diet! It's a super tonic for your liver and kidneys and we want to keep those happy!
4 cups hot water
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice (I used some limes as well)
1/4. c. apple cider vinegar (with the mother strain)
1 heaping T. chopped fresh ginger
2 T. raw honey
dash of cayenne
Blend all ingredients in a blender and drink a tall glass while hot. Keep the rest in the fridge to sip later. Do not reheat! It will kill the good enzymes.
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