6/12/14

Paleo Meatballs and Macadamia Nut Ranch Dip

Candida Cleanse Dinner number two! Today I started phase 2 of the candida cleanse and I am feeling pretty good, although have had the munchies all day. While in this phase, eating raw food is a must as it contains enzymes to break down in the tummy. I am not a fan of raw food. Not beyond raw milk or yogurt and some carrots and celery once in awhile. I love raw chia pudding and nuts and I can down a green smoothie without a problem. But, that is about the extent of my experience with raw food. It is so fun learning new things!!

Today I wanted a nice leafy green salad for dinner. But what am I going to put on it? No dairy, no orange juice, no vinegar. So, I came across an idea for a macadamia nut dressing. I tweaked it to my liking and came up with a hummus textured treat. Really awesome for dipping crunchy things in.


Macadamia Ranch Dressing
6 oz macadamia nuts
juice of one lemon
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup expeller pressed coconut oil
1 tsp ranch dressing mix
Salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, start the nuts and lemon juice a-whipping. Then stream in the water and the coconut oil. Finally, add the ranch seasoning and any additional salt and pepper you wish. Keep processing until it resembles hummus. Or, if you want to use as a salad dressing, Continue streaming in water until desired consistency.



I served it up with my Paleo Meatballs to make a complete meal.
1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 backyard egg
1 cup shredded backyard yellow squash
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup almond flour

Mix it all until well combined. then using a cookie scoop, place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until no longer pink in the center. Serve with a big, raw salad.


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6/11/14

Fajita Tostadas with Almond Flour Tortillas

10 days ago, I started the pre-cleanse phase of the Candida Cleanse outlined by one of my mentors, Laura Jacobs. It was not super difficult as it is an elimination phase and involved gently opening pathways of elimination that do not include my respiratory system and skin...yea! Today starts phase two of the cleanse, which I will write more about this week. Simply stated, it excludes all foods that contain sugar or can be quickly converted to sugar and most dead foods that are difficult to digest because they don't come with their own enzymes. This severely limits our diet choices, but has forced me to come up some new grain free, sugar free, cheese free options. And most of them include yellow squash, simply because it is seasonal in my garden right now. Here is what I came up with last night!

Fajita Tostadas
 
 

2 T Olive Oil
1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 medium zucchini thinly, sliced
1 sliced red pepper
1 sliced onion
1 tsp taco seasoning
Juice of one lime
1 handful chopped cilantro

If you wish you can add a pound of grilled steak, cooked to your liking. Saute veggies until crisp tender, season and squeeze lime juice over the top. Add steak if desired.

Now for the fun part!

Almond Flour Tortillas
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1 egg
1 t olive oil
1 t nutritional yeast (for a cheezy flavor)
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients to make a workable dough. Start with one cup of the almond flour and add a bit at a time until you can roll the dough into a ball. Then divide into five equal sized balls.

 
 
Using the palm of your hand, press the balls flat, then use the whole hand to get them as thin as you can. They peel off a Silpat quite easily, but you must handle them carefully. Place them on an ungreased (medium temp) griddle and cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes until golden.



These are not flexible, so best used as a chip or tortilla. They work great as tostadas or would be delicious dipped in guacamole.

I feel much improved vitality as a result of just phase one of the cleanse. If you would like more information, feel free to contact me. I look forward to sharing more recipes with you.

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