Raw Coconut Aminos- get some

My new favorite pantry item, Raw Coconut Aminos. Why do I like them? The obvious reasons are listed on the label. 100% organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and low glycemic.

Made from coconut tree sap, coconut aminos are a great source of 17 amino acids, vitamins and minerals. They contain 65% less sodium than soy sauce and can be used in place of soy in marinades, dressings and for sautéing. Overall, coconut aminos are a much healthier alternative to soy sauce and they’re PALEO.
Coconut aminos are available at your local health food store.

Here’s an article on the dangers of soy based products
http://paleodietlifestyle.com/dangers-soy/

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Pumpkin seed pesto

Here’s a variation on the traditional pesto. Substitute cilantro for basil and roasted pumpkin seeds for pine nuts or walnuts. This one is dairy free as well.
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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup plus 1/3 cup or more as needed organic olive oil
4 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves*(see note below)
1 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
4 cloves peeled garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
Grated lemon zest( optional)

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 325′ and place pumpkin seeds on a tray. Roast no more than 10-15 minutes and remove from oven placing them in a clean bowl.
In a food processor, place washed and dried cilantro leaves ( use a bit of the green stem as well)
1 cup olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Process until the mixture forms a coarse paste. Add the extra olive oil as needed. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for a few weeks, remembering to add a bit more olive oil on the top of the pesto. Or fill ice cube trays 3/4 full with pesto, freeze and then store in zip locks bags for future use.

USES:

Base for dips, marinating chicken meat or fish, great on pasta and spread on toast points.

20130725-103440.jpg* see my earlier post on basil walnut pesto for tips on how to wash cilantro or basil

Asian inspired slaw

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Cool down with this Asian slaw. No cooking required, make this ahead, keep refrigerated for a few days. Add some protein, keep it simple and quick. When I’m rushed for time I add leftover shredded chicken or store-bought shredded roasted chicken right to this slaw. It pairs well with shrimp and lobster too.
To save time purchase pre-shredded mixed cabbage or slaw and just add the dressing.
Use 4 cups of slaw.
If you have a food processor follow the instructions below.

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 head each of red and green cabbage, finely shredded in food processor~ 3 cups total
1/2 cup store-bought broccoli slaw
1/4 cup store-bought match stick carrots
2 green onions chopped
1 tbsp grated ginger(optional)*
1 1/2 -2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
Pinch of salt and pepper
Sesame seeds for garnish

PREPARATION:
Microwave honey for 10 seconds, then add vinegar,lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
In a large bowl add the cabbage, broccoli slaw, carrots and green onions. Pour in the dressing and mix. Refrigerate at least an hour.
Garnish with sesame seeds.

Basil walnut pesto

The finished product
There are so many versions of pesto out there. This one is my go to.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup walnut halves
1 large garlic clove
1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt
cracked pepper
ground chili peppers(optional) (to taste)

PREPARATION:

Start by filling a container or pitcher with cold water. Plunge the basil leaves into the water several times, then drain the water and repeat. This is the best way to get all the dirt and sand off the basil leaves.
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Then lay the basil on a tea towel or paper towel to dry.
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Once dry, snip the leaves from the stems, measure and place in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process until it forms a coarse paste. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze in ice cub trays then store in zip lock bags. Use as a marinade for grilling chicken, fish and seafood, in tomato sauce to enhance the flavor or as a sauce on its own.
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