Whole30 Pho

One thing I’ve always wanted to make was Pho and during my 4th Whole30 was the first time!

I had a large batch of bone broth that I made the weekend before that had to be used so this was the perfect time.

Instead of rice noodles in traditional Pho I used zucchini “noodles” to make this Whole30 compliant. Of course you can use rice noodles if you are not following Whole30. I use a spiralizer but if you have a julienne peeler that works great too!

Whole30 Pho

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chunk (thumb size) fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 3 Garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • 3 Whole star anise
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • ½ Cinnamon stick
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 5 Cups Bone broth or whole30 approved broth
  • 12oz cooked, thinly sliced pork sirloin (alternate chicken or beef sirloin)
  • ½ Cup Shitake mushrooms, chopped (alternate white or brown mushrooms)
  • 1 Cup Bok choy, chopped (alternate kale or spinach)
  • ½ Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Jalapeno, thinly sliced (seeds removed if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • Cilantro and lime for garnish

Method:

  1. Place ginger, garlic, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns in large pot with a splash of broth and cook over medium heat until fragrant about 3-5 minutes. Add remaining broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Thinly slice your pork or protein of choice (unless you have some already cooked). I seasoned mine with a little salt, pepper and ground ginger.
  3. Strain the broth removing all the spices and return broth to medium heat. 
  4. Add mushrooms, bok choy, onion and jalapeno and cook for about 10-20 minutes until veggies are soft and flavours develop. 
  5. Spiralize or julienne your zucchini and place into serving bowls.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls over “zoodles” and top with fresh cilantro and lime. Optional add some bean sprouts too!


Hope you enjoy as much as I did. I had leftovers for lunch!

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Protein Krispy Treats

A healthy version of rice krispy treats! It’s high in protein and fiber too .. bonus!!

Protein Krispy Treats

Ingredients:

Bottom layer:

•½ Cup natural peanut butter
•½ Cup (175g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup (Can sub honey/rice syrup ect.)
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Protein Vanilla whey protein powder
•2-½  Cups puffed rice cereal Natures Path Organic

Top layer:
•2 Tbsp coconut oil
•1 Tbsp cocoa powder
•1 tsp VitaFiber IMO Syrup (Can sub honey/rice syrup ect.)
•¼ Cup dark chocolate chips
•1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Protein Chocolate whey protein powder

Method:
Grease 8×8 glass dish with coconut oil or line with parchment paper and set
aside. Combine peanut butter, VitaFiber syrup and vanilla in saucepan over medium heat, stir until smooth; about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder until smooth, add puffed rice cereal and stir until combined.  Press into prepared pan and set aside. In same saucepan add coconut oil, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and VitaFiber (it’s ok if there is some PB residue left) and stir until melted over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder until smooth. Spread evenly over puffed rice mixture and place in fridge to harden for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Keep in fridge for up to a week, they do keep at room temperature but not as long.

Macros per square: Yield 16
Calories: 136 | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Carb: 20g

Raw Blackberry Mini “Cheesecakes”

​Is been a while since I’ve made some raw treats and I have an abundance of blackberries growing so I adapted this recipe from my Raw Raspberry Cheesecakes it’s almost identical 😊 Picked some pansy flowers and chamomile flowers to decorate 🌼

Blackberry Mini “Cheesecakes”

Ingredients:
Crust :

(Extras for bliss balls or bars)
•1 Cup almonds
•1 Cup dates, soaked
•1Tbsp cacao powder
•1/4 Cup shredded coconut


Filling:

•1 Cup raw cashews, soaked overnight or at least 6hrs
•1/2 Cup blackberries
•1/4 Cup raw honey or choice
•1/4 Cup Coconut oil
•1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2Tbsp fresh lemon juice


Top layer:

•3/4 Cup blackberries, mashed
•1/2Tbsp raw honey (optional)
•1Tbsp chia seeds

Method:
Soak dates in hot water for about 20 minutes (fresh medjool dates don’t need to be soaked). Prepare muffin tin by cutting strips of parchment and placing in muffin tin for easy removal or use single silicone cups. In food processor blitz almonds until little bits, add dates, cacao powder and coconut and blitz until you get doughy texture. Portion out 6 tablespoon size balls and press into prepared muffin tins (use the extra dough and roll into balls or form bars for later snacks :). For top layer mash blackberries and honey or blitz in food processor, stir in chia seeds and let rest for about 10 minutes and prepare filling. Clean food processor and combine all filling ingredients until smooth, scraping sides down as needed. Divide evenly between the 6 muffin tins. Spoon top layer evenly over the tops. Place in freezer overnight. Store in freezer and allow 20min to thaw when ready to eat.

Berry Crumble

If you feel like dessert for breakfast without the guilt … look no further! This berry crumble taste like dessert and very well is dessert but why not have it for breakfast too!

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Today’s recipe inspiration comes from ValentinaBallerina on Instagram. I added some LeanFit whey protein, almond flour, VitaFibre and cinnamon to the crumble, chia seeds to berries and adjusted measurements to my liking.

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Topped with greek yogurt mixed with vanilla whey protein and fresh strawberry slices.

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Look no further here is the recipe ⬇

Berry Crumble

Ingredients:

Berry Filling:
•6 medium strawberries, sliced
•1 Cup frozen or fresh blueberries
•1 Tbsp Xylitol (Or any sweetener of choice or Omit)
•½ Tbsp Chia seeds
•Sprinkle of cinnamon

Crumble:
•¾ Cup large flake oats
•½ Cup oat flour
•¼ Cup LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey Protein (Vegans use plant based)
•1 Tbsp Almond flour
•1 Tbsp Coconut flour
•1 Tbsp VitaFibre powder (Xylitol/Stevia/Coconut Sugar can be used for replacement)
•1 tsp Cinnamon
•4 Tbsp Coconut oil, melted

Method:
Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a glass baking dish (at least 1.5 litres or 8×8)
line half of sliced strawberries on bottom, top with blueberries and then
remaining sliced strawberries. Sprinkle cinnamon, Xylitol and chia seeds over berries (alternatively you can toss all in bowl with some freshly squeezed lemon). In bowl combine all dry ingredients, pouring coconut oil in once all dry incorporated then mash together with fork until you get crumbly texture. Spread crumble mixture over berries and press down slightly. Bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve with greek yogurt and extra berries if desired.

■Yield 4 servings

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Seafood Paella

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I’m lucky enough to live in the west coast and have an abundance of fresh seafood around and as soon as I seen the mussels in the store I knew I had to make a paella (plus they were dirt cheap! $6.50 for about 30). I had some shrimp and salmon in my freezer that I thawed out to add to this yummy and healthy dish. I also used quinoa instead of the standard rice that this dish usually has. Recipe below ⬇

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Seafood Paella

Ingredients:

•2 bell peppers (red, yellow), grilled and chopped
•1 small onion, sliced in 1/2-inch-thick rounds, grilled and chopped
• 3/4 pound raw shrimp (appx. 15-20), peeled and deveined
•3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•3 garlic cloves, minced
• 4 large mushrooms, sliced
• 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
•1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
•2 cups quinoa (or rice)
•1/2 cup peas
•18-25 mussels or clams
•4oz Salmon
•cilantro or parsley for garnish
•Pepper and other seasonings as desired

Method:
1. Slice bell peppers in half, remove seeds and grill on preheated
grill until char marks visible and slightly cooked (peel skin if desired). Set aside and grill onion slices until slightly translucent. Chop bell peppers and onion.

2. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Lightly brush with olive oil.

3. Heat oil in a large paella pan or large high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook stirring until fragrant 2-4 minutes. Stir in broth and salt; bring to a boil. Add quinoa and stir just to combine. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stir sides in and cook for about 5-10 minutes more until liquid absorbed, stirring every few minutes. Add peas
once liquid is absorbed, stirring in gently.

4. While quinoa is cooking place the skewered shrimp, mussels and
salmon on the grill. Grill the salmon for about 3-5 minutes per side, chop into chunks and place in large bowl. Grill the shrimp until firm and pink, 1 to 2 minutes per side, remove from the skewers and place in bowl with salmon. Grill the mussels until their shells pop open, 4-8 minutes total. (Discard any mussels that don’t open.) Set aside.

5. When the quinoa is done, remove from the heat, and add the seafood plus any accumulated juices over the rice, add mussels on top and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Serves appx. 8

Enjoy ✌

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

Looking for a way to spice up your quinoa? I know it can be pretty bland by itself so I like to mix it into salads or make a large batch and have meal prep done for the week! It is also a great pot luck dish. Recipe below!

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

 
Ingredients:

•1 Cup Dry Quinoa

•2 Cups Water

•1 large bell pepper, chopped

•1 large green onion, chopped

•2 Roma tomatoes, guts removed & chopped

•½ jalapeño, seeded & minced (keep seeds if you like spicy)

•1 large handful cilantro, minced

•1 can (341ml) corn niblets (no sugar/salt)

•1 can (540ml) black beans (no salt)

•½ tsp cumin

•½ tsp salt

•½ tsp pepper

•½ tsp onion powder

•Dash chili powder

•2 limes, squeezed

 
Directions:

Cook quinoa with water and let cool for approximately 2 hours.  Prepare all vegetables and mix all remaining ingredients together with cooked/cooled quinoa. Rest for about 30 minutes or longer for flavours to develop (best overnight). Top with avocado, salsa, greek yogurt, cilantro or whatever you like! Enjoy. Makes a lot! I would say it would make at least 8 servings.

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Feel free to add some cooked chicken breast for extra protein!

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