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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Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Pumpkin is everywhere right now and I love eating it everyday for now. It’s also very good for you too! I used VitaFiber for extra fiber in these cookies but you can always use maple syrup or honey if you don’t have any. I made 12 big cookies. Recipe below.

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Recipe:

Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Dry:
•1 Cup oat flour
•1 Cup whole oats
•1/2 Cup chocolate protein powder (I use Kaizen Naturals)
•1/4 Cup Cacao powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•Pinch nutmeg
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/4 Cup mini chocolate chips
Wet:
•1/4 Cup VitaFiber (or maple syrup/honey)
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 Egg or flax/chia egg
•1 Cup pure pumpkin puree
•1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce

➡Preheat oven to 300ºF, line cookie sheet with parchment and set aside. Combine all dry ingredients together in large bowl. In separate bowl whisk all wet ingredients together then add to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Using ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto parchment lined sheet and press down with fork, add extra chocolate chips to top if desired. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. I made 12 cookies, if you like make them smaller.

Macros for 12 (using VitaFiber):
Calories: 120 | Fat: 4g | Carbs: 18g (4g Fiber / 3g Sugar) | Protein 7g

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Dig in!

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Enjoy 🙂

Sweet Potato Brownies

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Got my thinking cap on for these beauties! @pbeechie on Instagram is running a recipe contest for her ebook reserving one space for one of her lovely followers recipes as long as it fits the sweet, healthy and under 300 calorie theme … these fit that theme perfectly! Really hoping I get that spot #30under300

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So moist and guilt free!

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Here is the recipe:

Sweet Potato Brownies with Protein Frosting

Brownie batter:
•1 Cup sweet potato or yam, cooked and pureed
•1 ripe avocado
•½ Cup unsweetened applesauce
•2 Whole eggs
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ Cup Xylitol
•½ Cup oat flour
•½ Cup raw cacao powder
•1 Tbsp baking powder
•¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
•½ Cup walnut pieces

Frosting:
•¾ Cup plain 0% greek yogurt
•¼ Cup natural peanut butter
•2 Tbsp raw honey
•¼ Cup raw cacao powder
•¾ Cup chocolate whey protein powder (I used @KaizenNaturals)

Method:
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 8×8 dish with parchment paper and set aside. In food processor combine sweet potato puree, avocado, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and xylitol. Process until smooth and creamy.  In separate large bowl combine oat flour, cacao powder, baking powder and salt. Mix until all well incorporated.  Add sweet potato ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together until well incorporated, fold in walnut pieces. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 25-28 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Remove from oven and let cool for couple hours.  Prepare frosting by combining all ingredients in food processor until nice and creamy, spread over cooled brownies and refrigerate for hour before slicing. Slice into 12 squares and enjoy!

Macros per serving (serves 12):
Calories: 226 | Carb: 21g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 13g

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They couldn’t have turned out any better!

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See how long the last in this house…

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Quinoa Salad

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Fresh veggies growing in the garden means salad time. I have an abundant amount of different cherry tomatoes growing and also very happy with my lemon cucumbers, huge crop this year 🙂

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I used a lemon cucumber, indigo fire cherry tomatoes and cilantro in this salad from my garden.

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This is by far my favorite salad I could eat it every day for lunch! It is also a great dish to bring to a potluck.

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Here’s the recipe:

Salad:
•1-1/2 Cup cooked quinoa
•1 medium bell pepper, chopped
•15 cherry tomatoes, halved
•1 lemon cucumber, chopped (add more cucumber if you don’t have)
•1/2 cucumber, chopped
•Handful cilantro, minced
•S&P

Dressing:
•1 medium lemon, squeezed
•2Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•Dash each dried spices: onion powder, oregano, garlic, S&P

Optional: Sprinkle of hemp hearts for top

Method:
Cook quinoa 2 hours before preparing and let cool (I cooked 1 cup dry and saved remaining). Whisk dressing together and set aside. Prepare veggies and toss in large bowl, add cooled quinoa. Pour dressing over salad and toss well. Place in fridge to let flavors develop for at least 20 minutes before serving. Leftovers can be stored for a few days in fridge.

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Enjoy!

Coconut PB Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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I love seeing pictures of food and trying to recreate them, this is what I did with these muffins. Coconut, peanut butter and chocolate muffins was the verdict! They looked very similar to the image I seen and the taste is amazing! Working with coconut flour can be tricky but with the right ratios of other ingredients it can turn out amazing!

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Baked fresh for breakfast.

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They turned out so good, I’ve had my fails with coconut flour before. So happy how these turned out, not dry at all. Yummy!

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Let cool slightly before taking liners off. Or be courageous and just peel it hot you may be licking the liner though …

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Here is the recipe:

Coconut PB Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Ingredients:

•6 eggs, room temperature
•1/2 Cup natural peanut butter
•2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
•2/3 Cup scant coconut palm sugar
•1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
•1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
•1/2 Cup coconut flour, sifted
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/3 Cup shredded unsweet coconut
•1/3 Cup dark and white chocolate, chopped into chunks (save extra for topping)

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line or grease 12 muffin tin. With electric mixer beat together eggs, peanut butter, coconut sugar, salt and vanilla until well combined then while still mixing add melted coconut oil. Sift coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon into separate bowl. Add into batter and mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chunks and shredded coconut. Pour into prepared muffin cups coming up about 3/4 of the way. Decorate the muffin tops with extra chocolate chunks and shredded coconut if desired. Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly. Yield 12 muffins.

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You can use muffin liners, silicone liners or just grease your muffin tin.

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I only have 3 left after distributing some out to my friends and family that were around today 🙂

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The one I sliced open for the picture didn’t have many chunks of chocolate inside but the others did!

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Spread with ghee.

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Hope you enjoy!

Coconut Chocolate Swirl Cream Pie

This is seriously one of the best guilt free desserts I’ve ever made! Coconut and chocolate together is so delicious! If you’ve never tried making avocado mousse before you must try. This is how I made the filling for this pie plus swirled in coconut cream. The crust is so simple to make from flaked coconut, maple syrup and coconut oil. Hope you enjoy. Recipe is posted below.

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Coconut Chocolate Swirl Cream Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:
•1 cup shredded coconut
•2 Tbsp maple syrup
•½ Tbsp coconut oil
•Pinch salt

Chocolate Avocado Mousse:
•1 Avocado
•¼ Cup maple syrup
•¼ Cup Cacao powder
•1 Tbsp coconut oil

Stir in:
•1 Can coconut milk, refrigerated (top cream only)

Chocolate swirl top:
•2 Tbsp maple syrup
•1 Tbsp cacao powder
Or use your favorite chocolate melted

Method:

1. In a food processor combine all of the ingredients for the crust and pulse until combined. Cut parchment circle for bottom of your mini springform pan and press (you can use ramekin or pie dish but may not be as easy to get out).
2. Clean your food processor bowl and combine all the ingredients for the chocolate mousse and process until smooth. Set aside.
3. Scoop the solid coconut cream off the top of the can (reserve liquid part for use later) and whisk together until smooth.
4. Carefully fold the chocolate mousse and coconut whipped cream together, leaving the mixture swirled. Scrape the filling onto the crust (you may have a little extra – bonus!).
5. For the chocolate swirl mix together maple syrup and cacao powder until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the top and run a knife through to create swirls (make extra chocolate to drizzle once served).
6. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours. Thaw for 1 hour before serving. Can be stored in fridge or thawed in fridge overnight as well. Serves 4-6.

Drizzled with Lindt 70% cacao.

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Scooping a bite.

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Nomnom … look at that silky mousse.

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Enjoy

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Raw Raspberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

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I’ve been wanting to make these for a while now.  Finally got a big bucket of cashews on sale and decided to make them! Step by step instructions and recipe below … keep scrolling. Delicious!

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All raw ingredients, trying out this new local coconut oil.

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Line tins with parchment strips then press your date mixture down coming up about 1/3 of the tins.

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Pour cashew mixture over crust.

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Swirl raspberry with toothpick into filling. Place in freezer.

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Pop out of tins and remove parchment strips.

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Beauties!

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Decorate for pictures 🙂

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Recipe:

Raw Raspberry Mini “Cheesecakes”

Yield: 6 mini cakes

Crust:
•1 cup Whole Almonds
•1 cup Dates, soaked in warm water
•1/4 cup flaked coconut

Filling:
•1 cup Raw Cashews, soaked for at least 6 hours in cold water
•1/2 cup Frozen raspberries
•1/4 cup Raw honey, melted
•1/4 cup Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
•1/2 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
•2Tbsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice

Swirl top:
•1/2 Cup Raspberries  (if frozen, thaw)

Method:
1. Soak cashews for at least 6 hours in water. Pit and soak dates for 20 minutes.
2.In food processor pulse almonds and flaked coconut until crumbly, add soaked dates and process until you get sticky dough like texture.
3. Line muffin tin with strips of parchment for easy removal. Divide date mixture into 6 portions (I actually had extra that I used for “LÄRA Bars”) and press into bottom of prepared tins, coming up about 1/3 of the tins. Set aside.
4. Melt honey and coconut oil. In clean food processor process all filling ingredients until smooth. Divide over the 6 prepared crusts. Set aside and work quick with next step.
5. Process or blend your raspberries until liquidy. Divide over 6 prepared fillings and swirl in with toothpick. Place in freezer for at least 4 hours. I set mine overnight.
6. Pop out of muffin tins and peel off parchment. Sit out for 20 minutes before enjoying. Store in freezer.

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Enjoy!
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