Vegan Potato Salad with Dill

Vegan Potato Salad with Dill

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, SERVE COLD
Occasion BARBECUE, CASUAL PARTY

Ingredients

  • 2lb small red potatoes
  • 1 Large avocado
  • 1 Medium lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon raw, local honey
  • 1/3 cup dill (minced)
  • 1/2 bunch green onions (sliced)
  • 3 Medium celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 Small red onion (diced)
  • black pepper and paprika (to taste)

Directions

Step 1
Steam potatoes for 10 minutes, until fork tender. Refrigerate for an hour, then chop into bite-sized chunks.
Step 2
Peel avocado. Mash with lemon juice, mustard, sea salt and honey.
Step 3
Combine dill, green onion, celery, onion, and avocado dressing. Add to potatoes. Season with black pepper and paprika to taste.

If you need egg-free and/or dairy-free recipes, be sure to check out vegan recipes, as they contain neither. This vegan potato salad with dill is perfect for a summer barbecue, plus you don’t have to worry about the eggs in the mayo spoiling in the sun because there are no eggs in it!

GAPS Barbecue Baked Beans

GAPS Barbecue Baked Beans

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 5 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type BEANS & LEGUMES, SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY
Occasion BARBECUE

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 Large green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups navy beans (soaked overnight or for 8 hours; rinsed)
  • 1 cup Paleo Barbecue Sauce (see recipe)
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons raw, local honey

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Step 2
In a large saucepan, place navy beans and cover with an inch of water. Put lid on and heat over medium-high heat. When beans begin to foam, lower heat to low and skim off foam. Cook for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until soft.
Step 3
Place a dutch oven or heavy pot on medium heat. Heat oil, then and add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute until slightly softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Step 4
Remove from heat and add beans, barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, and honey. Stir to combine.
Step 5
Place lid on pot and transfer pot to oven. Bake for 1 hour, minimum, longer if you want a thicker sauce.

You know not to use canned foods, right? Cans are lined with BPA, an endocrine disruptor. It’ll take a little longer to soak and cook these beans from scratch, but it’s worth it knowing that your food is cleaner.

Use the Paleo Barbecue Sauce recipe here. Kids will love these beans, and you can bring them to a summer barbecue party, too!

Oven-Roasted Fiddlehead Ferns

Oven-Roasted Fiddlehead Ferns

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary BODY ECOLOGY DIET, DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type OTHER VEGETABLES, SIDE DISHES
Misc SERVE HOT

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fiddlehead ferns (trimmed)
  • 1 Medium lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 3 tablespoons capers (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400F.
Step 2
Coat inside of 9"x13" roasting pan with ghee or coconut oil.
Step 3
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Blanch fiddleheads for 2 minutes. Drain and plunge into an ice water bath or cold water to stop cooking.
Step 4
Drain. Toss with lemon juice, oil, capers and salt.
Step 5
Place in pan and roast for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp around the edges.

Don’t be afraid to try fiddlehead ferns! Their bitterness, crunchiness and short-term availability make them something to look forward to every spring.

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Sauce

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Sauce

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary BODY ECOLOGY DIET, DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type SIDE DISHES
Misc SERVE HOT

Ingredients

  • 4 Large artichokes
  • 3 Medium lemons (quartered and juiced)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1-1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Step 1
Trim stems and cut off top 1/2 inch of leaves. Cut off top of remaining leaves to remove points with kitchen shears.
Step 2
Place steam basket at bottom of large stock pot. Fill pot with water until just below basket.
Step 3
Add bay leaves, parsley, peppercorns and 1 teaspoon salt to water.
Step 4
Place artichokes and quartered lemons cut side down on steamer basket.
Step 5
Bring pot to simmer. Cover. Cook 30-40 minutes, until an outer leaf easily pulls off of artichoke.
Step 6
While artichokes are steaming, combine olive oil, lemon juice and remaining 1/8 teaspoon of salt.
Step 7
Dip artichoke leaves into sauce and eat! Be sure to cut out the artichoke hearts underneath the spines and eat that too once you've eaten all the leaves.

Braised Endive and Fennel

Braised Endive and Fennel

Serves 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type LEAFY GREENS, SIDE DISHES
Misc SERVE HOT

Ingredients

  • 4 heads Belgian endive (cut in half, lengthwise through the root)
  • 3 bulbs fennel (cut into thin wedges)
  • 1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 cup homemade vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries ((optional))
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400F.
Step 2
Coat inside of 9"x13" roasting pan with ghee or coconut oil.
Step 3
Arrange fennel and endive in pan. Cover with broth. Add salt. Sprinkle with dried cranberries.
Step 4
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the fennel is tender.

Baking softens the bitterness of endive and brings out the sweetness of fennel. This recipe is super-easy to make and delicious!

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type OTHER VEGETABLES, SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, SERVE HOT

Ingredients

  • 1lb asparagus (tough ends chopped off)
  • 1 Medium lemon (juiced and zested)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Step 1
Place all ingredients in a baking dish; toss to coat. Roast for 30 minutes at 350F.

The bitter flavor of roasted asparagus is excellent for stimulating bile production and flow, which is necessary for proper digestion.

 

Dairy Free Sweet Potatoes

Dairy Free Sweet Potatoes

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 50 minutes
Total time 2 hours
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, PALEO, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type OTHER VEGETABLES, SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, FREEZABLE, PRE-PREPARABLE, SERVE HOT
Occasion HOLIDAYS

Ingredients

  • 4 Large sweet potatoes (I prefer hannah yams. They're creamier and not as sweet as sweet potatoes.)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (preferably homemade)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Large apples (peeled, cored and sliced into 1-inch slices)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet or Silpat and bake until until tender, 80-90 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Step 2
Scoop out insides of potatoes and place in electric mixer bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee and coconut milk, and mix on medium speed with paddle attachment until smooth. Add in applesauce, ginger and salt.
Step 3
Transfer mixture to baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
Step 4
Cook apples in remaining coconut oil until soft, about 10 minutes. Place apples on top of sweet potato mixture and serve.

I use Hannah yams instead of sweet potatoes in this dairy free sweet potatoes dish because they’re creamier and not as sweet as regular sweet potatoes.  One of the quirks of the Paleo diet is that sweet potatoes are legal, while regular potatoes are not.  Because the Paleo diet excludes many carb sources, this is a tasty way to get necessary carbs into your diet.

Wild Rice Dressing

Wild Rice Dressing

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Allergy TREE NUTS
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type GRAINS, SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, FREEZABLE, SERVE HOT
Occasion HOLIDAYS

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups wild rice (soaked overnight, rinsed and drained)
  • 3/4 cups brown basmati rice (soaked overnight, rinsed and drained)
  • 4 cups cold, filtered water or homemade broth
  • 1 piece kombu (kelp)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup pecans (soaked overnight, rinsed, drained and dehydrated)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Medium onion (peeled and diced)
  • 3 Large celery ribs (diced)
  • 8oz shiitake mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon fresh sage or thyme (minced)
  • 1 Large carrot (peeled and diced)

Directions

Step 1
Combine rice, broth, kombu and sea salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. Drain grains and set aside.
Step 2
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325F. Adjust oven rack to middle shelf. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Coarsely chop.
Step 3
In a wide heavy skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil. Saute onions over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent stick. Add carrots and saute for 3 minutes. Stir in celery with a pinch of sea salt; continue cooking another 5 minutes. Add garlic and sage; saute another minute. Remove from pan.
Step 4
Wipe out pan and heat another 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add in mushrooms and saute until light brown. Add in other vegetables, rice, pecans and parsley. Stir to combine.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free, savory side dish to add to your rotation or holiday table, try this easy and satisfying wild rice dressing dish.

LENTIL SALAD WITH CILANTRO AND LIME

LENTIL SALAD WITH CILANTRO AND LIME

Serves 16
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Dietary DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type BEANS & LEGUMES, SIDE DISHES
Misc SERVE COLD

Ingredients

  • 3 cups French lentils (small greenish/black) (soaked overnight, rinsed and drained)
  • 5 cups filtered water or homemade stock
  • 1 piece kombu (kelp)
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley (minced)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 Large red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Large limes (zested and juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Note

Cilantro, lime and red onion give a fresh twist to boring old lentils in this summer-salad recipe.

Directions

Step 1
Bring lentils and kombu in broth to a boil; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.
Step 2
Combine lentils with other ingredients in a large bowl.

SAVORY KALE AND QUINOA

SAVORY KALE AND QUINOA

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary BODY ECOLOGY DIET, DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type GRAINS, SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, SERVE HOT
From book It's All Good: Delicous, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-3/4 cup cold, filtered water
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 8 Large leaves of kale (shredded, stems discarded, finely shredded)
  • 4 Large scallions, white and green parts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Note

Believe it or not, my kids gobbled this up!  It's an easy and delicious way get gluten-free grains AND green veggies into your kids.  This recipe is a version of Gwyneth Paltrow's "Quite Savory Leftover Quinoa" from her new cookbook, "It's All Good:  Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great."

Directions

Step 1
Rinse quinoa and drain. Add to water in a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Step 2
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute' for 1 minute. Add kale and scallions; saute' for another 3 minutes or until kale is wilted. Add in quinoa and season with sea salt.

 

 

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