Friday, August 11, 2017
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
4 (1/4 cup) tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla stevia
1 1/2 cups zucchini, grated and drained/squeezed to dry out
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a food processor combine almond flour and cacao powder.
Pulse in salt and baking soda.
Pulse in eggs, coconut oil, and stevia.
Briefly pulse in zucchini. (Add 1/2 cup walnuts now if you prefer.)
Transfer batter to a greased 6.5 x 4 inch medium loaf pan, dusted with almond flour.
Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes.
Cool for 2 hours.
Monday, July 10, 2017
I used parchment paper between the Salmon and the aluminum foil, because BJH was watching me as I prepared this dinner at the lake. Probably always a good idea, though. I did add extra time, however, because the extra layer kept the salmon and vegetables from cooking very quickly.
I also used broccoli florets instead of asparagus because that is what I had in the fridge. Now we make the broccoli this way all the time, with or without the salmon!
"Best broccoli I ever tasted." - CMH
· 4 boneless skinless salmon fillets, preferably wild caught
· salt and pepper to taste
· 1 pound organic asparagus, ends trimmed
· 1 lemon, thinly sliced, (plus additional wedges for garnish)
· ½ cup organic butter, at room temperature
· 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
· 3 teaspoons minced garlic
· fresh thyme or parsley, for garnish (optional)
1. Season salmon generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Arrange one salmon fillet and ¼ of the asparagus in the center of one 12 x 12 inch piece of foil. Repeat with remaining salmon and asparagus on 3 other pieces of foil. Slide lemon slices under the salmon and asparagus.
2. In a small bowl mix butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Drop large dollops of the herb butter on top of the salmon and asparagus.
3. Fold the foil tightly around the salmon and asparagus, being sure to seal the ends together tightly so the juices and butter doesn't run out while cooking.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, until asparagus is tender and salmon is flaky.
5. Drizzle fresh lemon juice over the top and serve immediately.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This recipe is simple, elegant, and so easy to prepare. Make the crust (2 ingredients), blend all other ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, and done!
1 cup raw almonds
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) melted coconut oil
1 cup raw cashews soaked in very hot water; then drained.
1 can full fat coconut milk (well shaken)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 droppers-full of liquid stevia
4 limes, juiced and zested. This should yield approximately ⅓ to ½ cup of juice.
Line a JUMBO muffin tin with 6 jumbo cupcake liners and set aside. NOTE: It is best to DOUBLE the cupcake liners as this is a wet batter before it chills.
Line a JUMBO muffin tin with 6 jumbo cupcake liners and set aside. NOTE: It is best to DOUBLE the cupcake liners as this is a wet batter before it chills.
Place the almonds and melted coconut in a food processor and blend until the mixture is crumbly and sticks together when pinched between your fingers.
Place 2-3 tablespoons of this almond mixture in each lined muffin cup and press down to form a mini “crust.”
Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the filling.
In a high speed blender or in a food processor add the drained cashews, coconut milk, stevia, lime juice, melted coconut oil and most of the lime zest. Reserve some lime zest for garnishing the top of the mini cheesecakes.
Puree the mixture until smooth. Taste the mixture for tartness and adjust stevia if necessary. (Limes can be tricky.) Pour the mixture into a measuring cup to make the next step easier.
Remove the muffin tin from the freezer when the crusts have hardened a bit and pour the filling mixture over the crusts. Top with lime zest and chill in the refrigerator for approximately 4 to 6 hours to harden.
Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Ginger Cookies have a power over me at this time of year. I will be going about my Maximized life, minding my own Maximized business, and pow! Out of nowhere a Ginger Cookie appears in front of me, calling my name so loudly that it deafens me to all my healthy intentions and practices. The last time I ate one (two weeks ago), I vowed to write a GOOD FOOD recipe for a sugar free, grain free version, and here it is.I have used a Stevia-Erythritol blend for the sweetening of this cookie. According to B.J., Erythritol is the best of all the sugar alcohols. I have sampled it in other recipes and I find it does not upset my stomach, as does Xylitol. Furthermore, I wanted a snappier Ginger cookie than I could achieve with Stevia alone, so I was willing to take a chance on this blend, which, by the way, is available at the Bulk Barn.
2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup Pumpkin Spice Blend
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
1 cup chopped raw pecans
1/2 cup organic butter, roon temperature
1/2 cup Stevia-Erythritol Blend, plus a tiny bit extra for sprinkling
1 tablespoon pure vanilla (no sugar – check the label)
- In a stand mixer, or using an electric hand held beater, combine the butter and stevia-erythritol blend.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix again until all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Using a piece of parchment paper, form the dough into a log, approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter.
- Freeze the log for approximately 1 hour; then unwrap and cut into 1/8 inch slices.
- Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with a clean piece of parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees until lightly golden, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with additional Stevia-Erythritol blend while the cookies are just out of the oven.
- Cool and serve.
Makes 24 cookies
Note: Image credit Martha Stewart
Note: Image credit Martha Stewart
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Pumpkin Spice is always so popular this time of year. Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice ice cream, pumpkin spice breakfast smoothies, next there will be pumpkin spice kale salad! Here's a simple recipe for your own blend. I like to make a batch in the early fall and hope it lasts throughout the holiday season, so I can add it to all sorts of recipes. To do that, I would recommend doubling the recipe below.
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoons ground cloves
Store in a glass jar with a tight lid. I like to use Mason Jars.
Mayonnaise, if bought at the regular grocery store, is not fit for human consumption. Here is an easy, delicious recipe for a spicy mayonnaise that will keep in the refrigerator for at least three weeks. . .if it lasts that long. (The beautiful photo which I use here is not my own. My mayonnaise never lasts long enough to take a great picture like this. Props to the original photographer.)
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon Chipotle powder
1 - 1 1/4 cups olive oil
Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor or high speed blender such as a Blendtec or VitaMix. Blend or process, while very slowly streaming in the olive oil until the mixture becomes mayonnaise. It really is that simple.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Here's a wonderful recipe that we literally lived on during the summer months. This recipe is based on (translation: stolen from) my friend Kimberly Roberto's amazing recipe which can be found at her SMART MEALS blog on WordPress. I have never tried one of Kim's recipes without it becoming a staple in our family meal plans. She is amazing. And I know her recipes will never contribute to ill health or weight gain because they all conform to the Maximized Living Nutrition Plan. She is, after all, the co-author of the book!
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it can be incorporated into a busy family life so easily. For instance, because there are only two of us (although Cliff eats enough of these wings to feed a gaggle of teenagers) I make the sauce, and then use half for one meal and refrigerate the other half for the next time we want to prepare the dish. The other benefit is the ease of the preparation. Once the wings are in the oven, as you will see by the method below, you have all the time you need to organize all the other things you have to organize in an afternoon.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
- 1/2 cup organic unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons spoonable stevia (or equivalent)
- 1/2 cup red wine (optional, but highly recommended)
- 1/2 cup liquid aminos or organic tamari
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup hot sauce (adjust to your taste)
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt (Do not use table salt. Unbelievably, it contains sugar!)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 4 to 5 pounds of organic chicken wings (Adjust the amount of wings based on family size.)
- Melt all the ingredients (except the chicken) in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
- Pour sauce over chicken wings in a large plastic bag to marinate for up to 6 hours. If making a smaller batch of chicken wings, use half the sauce and refrigerate the other half for up to twenty-one days.
- Arrange chicken wings on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake wings at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 275 degrees. Remove the parchment paper and replace wings onto an oven rack over the rimmed baking sheet and continue to cook for up to 2 hours. Lifting the wings onto the rack gives them room to groove, and we find the end product is more tender and extremely tasty.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
This recipe is so good for use on any salad, but particularly good on Caesar Salad.
BTW, this stuff is like popcorn. You will find yourself snacking on it long after the salad has been eaten.
INGREDIENTS3 to 4 cups large, unsweetened coconut flakes (not regular shredded coconut!)
3 tablespoons Bragg's Aminos, aka: Bragg All Purpose Liquid Soy Seasoning.
2½ tablespoons liquid smoke (any flavor, choose your favorite)
10 drops liquid stevia (I sometimes use 12 - 15 drops. Taste it!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a half-sheet pan or large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the liquid ingredients in a small measuring cup or bowl.
- In a large bowl, drizzle the coconut flakes with tamari, liquid smoke and liquid stevia mixture. Mix well. I find it easiest to toss with my hands. Spread the flakes into an even layer on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake on the middle rack for 12 to 14 minutes, until flakes are mostly dry and turning golden on the edges.
- (Keep an eye on the coconut as it can go from golden brown to deep burnt brown fairly quickly. For softer bacon, you'll probably only need to bake for 12 minutes, for crispy bacon, aim for 14.)
- The coconut flakes will further crisp up as they cool.
- Let the "bacon" cool. Then use it immediately, or freeze for up to three months (It will never last that long).
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Finding an organic turkey in your regular grocery store is getting easier all the time. Stuffing the turkey seems to be the problem for most Advanced Plan eaters. I hope this recipe helps you, whether you've prepared multiple turkeys over the years, or if you've never been the chef for a festive holiday dinner before.
I know this looks like a lot of ingredients and a ton of preparation, but it really is a matter of chop, sauté, season, and stuff! When you've done it once, you'll be amazed at how easy it is. Read the recipe through, chop everything, and have it all at your fingertips before you begin, and you'll find it a breeze.
1 to 2 cups each (depending on the size of your turkey) :
Chopped organic celery
Chopped (preferably organic) cooking onions
2 cloves minced garlic (optional)
3 to 5 cups (again depending on the size of your turkey) bite sized cubed pieces of Grainless Rolls. (I usually cut up 5 or 6 rolls.)
2 - 3 tablespoons grass fed butter
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 organic free run large or extra large eggs
1/2 cup grass fed butter
Seasonings to taste
(If you love thyme, add thyme.
If you love rosemary, add rosemary.)
First, gently melt and then cool the 1/2 cup of butter and set it aside.
Gently melt the 2 - 3 tablespoons of butter and olive oil in your largest sauté pan. Add the celery, onion and garlic, and lightly sauté over medium heat until they just begin to sweat. (The celery will become a brighter green.) Understand that the stuffing ingredients will fully cook when you roast your turkey, so don't worry. . . Enjoy!
Add the cubed grainless rolls to the vegetable mixture and stir in to combine.
In a small bowl, slightly whisk the eggs. Add the eggs to the melted and cooled butter and whisk until combined.
Pour the butter and egg mixture over the cubed bread and vegetable mixture. Toss over low heat until everything is combined and the egg mixture is heated through.
Add your spices. I use salt and pepper to taste, a healthy tablespoon full of dried sage, and about the same amount of fresh, finely chopped parsley. (You could use dried. . . If you do, use less.) Again, the amount you use is largely dependant on the size of your turkey and the amount of your stuffing. Stir to distribute the spices and TASTE. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste.
At this point your stuffing is ready to go into the turkey. If you are not roasting the turkey immediately, DO NOT put it into the bird. You can, however, make this stuffing the day or night before and refrigerate it until you stuff and roast the turkey on the big day. Stuff both the neck cavity and the large inner cavity of a rinsed, patted dry organic turkey.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This is the simplest, tastiest, healthiest Ranch Dressing recipe you will ever find. You do need a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, but after that, you need 5 minutes, some cashews and an appetite. Enjoy.
- 1 1/4 cups raw cashews
- 3/4 cup water or coconut water (or a little more)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Put everything into a high speed blender. Blend 'til creamy. That's it.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup any nut you have on hand (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
4 small carrots, peeled and chopped into 2-3 inch pieces
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup gently melted coconut oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 droppers full of liquid stevia (I used vanilla stevia, so I omitted the vanilla extract.)
Note: If you really don't like stevia, use an amount of xylitol to achieve the same sweetness. I would love to give you a measure, but I really don't like xylitol, so my experience with it is limited. I can tell you that two droppers full of vanilla stevia is very sweet. Make this recipe your own by tasting and adjusting the sweetness as needed.
Place all ingredients in a high powered food processor and process until fully combined.
Form mixture into 1 inch balls (bites) and roll in a little cinnamon or a bit more unsweetened shredded coconut.
Chill for a few hours or overnight. You can freeze the chilled bites in an airtight container in the freezer for a few months, but I guarantee they won't last that long.
Recipe yields approximately 24 "bites."
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The incredible Kimberly Roberto has done it again. These wings are ridiculously easy to prepare and they turn out perfectly every time. What a great dish to take to an outdoor bar-b-que. By the way, they are also delicious cold, (for breakfast. . . .yes, I did).
Friday, September 5, 2014
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1/3 cup organic raw coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1 – 2 droppers full of liquid stevia
3 organic lemons (fresh squeezed juice)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
All ingredients in the food processor. Whizz it up. Use a mini ice cream scoop to form balls. Drop balls into unsweetened shredded coconut. Roll. Chill.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I made this for dinner this evening. Could NOT be simpler.
2 cups water (next time I will use Coconut Water)
1 cup raw cashews
1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
1 dropper liquid stevia
First into the Blendtec (high speed blender)
Then into the Ice Cream maker
Done and done
Friday, June 27, 2014
This recipe takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare. I can't seem to keep it in the fridge. Everybody enjoys this "creamy" strawberry pie. I hope you will too.
3.) Place all filling ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
4.) Carefully pour on top of crust and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
If you want to make your own almond milk, there are lots of easy recipes to be found online. This recipe is different. The secret ingredient is coconut water, which adds a delightful hint of sweetness to your home made almond milk. I think you will love it.
This smooth and creamy, subtly sweet recipe comes from Joe the Juicer, and his team at rebootwithjoe.com. It is really delicious. When I read the recipe the first time, I thought it a strange concoction, but since it was a small amount to experiment with, I went ahead. Even as I was putting the ingredients into the blender, I was skeptical. . .but felt that it could always be used in a smoothie if I didn't like the taste or texture on its own.
The smoothie option was not necessary. Twice.
1 cup/250 ml coconut water (if you have access to a fresh coconut, use the water from that, but if not, try to find organic coconut water. At the very least, be sure it is 100% coconut water with no additives or added sugars)
1 tbsp. raw almonds
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
About 1/2 pinch of Himalayan salt, to taste
dash of cinnamon (optional)
1 handful of ice cubes - 3 or 4
Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend on high for 45 – 60 seconds, until smooth.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Look who's Vegan all of a sudden! Can't say when it began, but slowly over the long Winter, I have had less and less interest in eating meat for protein. Before you start to worry about my nutritional needs, let me just say I have never felt better. I am excited to share this creamy, delicious cauliflower soup for a few reasons. 1.) It is Vegan. 2.) No one in your family will ever suspect it is Vegan. 3.) It is delicious.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (about 2 cloves - I used 4 cloves)
2 cups (200g) chopped leeks (white parts only, from 2 or 3 leeks)
Kosher or Sea salt
1 head cauliflower, chopped
7 cups vegetable broth (or water with a bit of added Kosher or Sea Salt)
1/4 cup (35g) raw unsalted cashews (available at Bulk Barn)
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and saute the garlic, leeks, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt for about 3 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add the cauliflower and saute for another minute. Add the vegetable broth (or water), increase the heat to high, and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is completely tender. Stir the mix periodically and mash the cauliflower with a wooden spoon.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly; stir in the nuts. Pour the soup into your blender in batches and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. (Remember to remove the plastic cap in the blender top and cover the opening with a kitchen towel so steam can escape while you blend.) Return the soup to the saucepan and warm it over low heat. Taste to adjust seasoning.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Winter is holding on too long this year! Looking for a really healthy, tasty, warming breakfast? Allow me to share this amazing post from one of my favorite recipe authors, Elana Amsterdam. Her website and her book are an inspiration, and her recipes usually take very little manipulation to make them "Advanced Plan Approved." Her Porridge recipe is a perfect example. There are enough superfoods in this lovely cereal to get anybody going in the morning!
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until finely ground
- Pour boiling water into a blender, cover with lid. Then cover lid with a tea towel.
- Blend very carefully starting on low setting, then moving to high, until porridge is smooth
- Transfer porridge to a bowl. By the time you rinse and dry the blender, the consistency will be perfection!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
This might be my new favorite use for almond flour and for pumpkin puree. The batter is made in a food processor in record time!
However, let's do the "Notes" first:
1.) The pumpkin bread is easier to remove from the loaf pan if you let it cool for about an hour. This is only an assumption on my part, since the warm loaf was far too appealing for me to wait. Delicious warm or cold! (I'm thinking toasted, for breakfast. . .)
2.) I enjoyed the process of making my own pumpkin puree, following Elana Amsterdam's easy recipe. I am sure you would have wonderful results using 1 cup of any good organic pure pumpkin puree.
3.) This recipe, like so many of my favorite almond flour recipes, is adapted from one I found at Elana's Pantry.
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons good quality ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg (If you can grate your own nutmeg, use less)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup roasted pumpkin puree
1/8 teaspoon "Kal" brand or "Now" brand concentrated powder stevia
6 organic eggs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and seasonings in a food processor. Pulse to mix.
Add the pumpkin puree, the stevia, and the 6 eggs to the mixture, and process for approximately 2 minutes.
TASTE the batter. IF you want to add seasonings or stevia, do so. (When I made my roasted pumpkin puree, I used a Grey Ghost organic squash, which has a sweeter taste to start, so I did not need to add anything.)
Pour the batter into a glass loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes. You will have a wet batter, and your end product will be moist when it has cooled.
Monday, August 12, 2013
I wish I could say it is my own creation, but I can't. I must give all the credit to Christel, a fellow admirer of Sarah Shilhavy @ Free Coconut Recipes. I have adjusted the recipe so that it meets the requirements of the Maximized Living Advanced Plan - using liquid stevia instead of honey, for instance; and I should also mention that the original recipe was for STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE, and I changed that, too. This was to meet the requirements of Dr. Cliff, who does not eat strawberries, so if you are so inclined, feel free to switch out the berries. Just make SURE the berries are organic. Conventionally grown berries are loaded with pesticides. Just don't eat them.
I am including a link to Sarah Shilhavy's website, so you can watch her prepare this recipe, all in a high speed blender, in less than 5 minutes. Just be sure to use the "Maximized" ingredients below.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
- 3/4 cup crushed raw pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups fresh raspberries (or strawberries)
- 1 cup raw organic cashews
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 droppers full of liquid stevia (to taste)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
Grind crust ingredients in food processor or high speed blender and press into bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, building up the sides slightly.
Place all filling ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Carefully pour on top of crust and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Maximized food has become a no-brainer for us. I hear all kinds of protests about the "cost" of organic, grain-free, sugar-free cooking. I can only reply that my health is worth paying for. In fact, I can not think of anything that is more worthy of my money. I will admit, though, that the idea of a grilled organic turkey burger without a bun has often left a little to be desired. That's why I needed to share with anyone who doesn't already have the recipe. . .these Maximized Grainless Rolls are the bomb! The recipe is from Kimberly Pease-Roberto, co-author of The Maximized Living Nutrition Plan, so rest-assured, your health need never suffer from eating a burger again!
By the way, they freeze beautifully. . . .if they last that long.
Kimberly's great recipe goes like this: