Paleo/Gluten Free/Vegan Pesto Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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Yield: 4 stuffed mushrooms

-4 portobello mushrooms (the larger the better)

-2 cups fresh basil

-1 cup of frozen spinach, thawed and excess water pressed out

-1/3 cup walnuts

-1 clove garlic

-2 tsps freshly cracked black pepper

-4 tablespoons olive oil

-4 thin slices of beefsteak tomato

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Gently remove the stems of the portobello mushrooms. Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Be sure to do this gently or else you could break your mushroom.

Place the mushrooms into a large glass baking pan. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the mushrooms are fork tender.

In a food processor or blender, add the fresh basil, thawed and drained frozen chopped spinach, walnuts, garlic, black pepper, and olive oil. If you need more olive oil, depending on how thick your pesto gets, feel free to add more.

Fill each mushroom cap with the pesto. Like the picture shows, add enough pesto so that it comes up past the rim of the mushroom. Place a slice of tomato on top of each mushroom, then place them back into the oven for just a few more minutes until the tomato gets tender.

Let the mushrooms cool for 5-10 minutes so the juices will be retained in the mushroom when you eat it, & then enjoy!

Potato and Corn Salad with Avocado & Sriracha Dressing

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Okay so, I will say right off the bat that this is NOT the most attractive looking side dish (unless your favorite color is puke green, which is TOTALLY okay :)). But it is very delicious, healthy, and vegan/gluten free (if you care about that). The avocado is creamy, imitating the typical texture we have in a mayonnaise-based potato salad. The corn is nice and sweet, & the sriracha adds a spicy kick. So despite the interesting color, I hope you’ll give it a taste!

Serves: 4

-5 medium sized red potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces

-1 and 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed

-2 ripe avocados

-1/3 cup vegetable oil

-1 tablespoon sugar

-1 to 2 tablespoons taco or enchilada seasoning, depending on your preference

-1 to 2 tablespoons sriracha, depending on your preference as well

-Juice of 1/2 a lime

-Salt to taste

In a medium pot, add the cubed potatoes and cover them with water. Cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes on medium-high heat, or until potatoes are tender when you put a fork in them. Put them into a large mixing bowl and add the thawed corn.

In a small mixing bowl, add the ripe avocados. Mash them well until it becomes the consistency of a thick greek yogurt, then add the vegetable oil, sugar, taco seasoning, sriracha, and lime. Whisk the dressing together and pour it on top of the still-hot potato & corn mixture. Stir well and taste for seasoning.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries & Slivered Almonds (Foo Foo Salad)

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Thanks to my friend Courtney, this salad has a fun nickname! I made it for the first time when I had her over for dinner early this Spring. I had never tried it before but it turned out to be a hit. She has made it for kids she babysits for; and even the kids loved it! This salad can be served either warm or at room temperature. It is full of sweet and salty flavor, but still maintains its healthy integrity. Enjoy!

Serves: 4

-1 bag shredded Brussels Sprouts (around 3.5 cups worth)

-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

-1/2 cup dried cranberries

-1/2 cup honey roasted slivered almonds

-2 teaspoons salt

-1 teaspoon pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. It should take about 30 seconds to heat up effectively, and then add in the shredded Brussels sprouts. Cook the vegetable for 5-7 minutes, or until tender. Stir every minute. Add in the salt, pepper, cranberries, and honey roasted slivered almonds. Stir well so that the ingredients are evenly distributed, and taste for salt & pepper. Adjust as needed.

Pineapple Salsa

IMG_7239This recipe is super simple & delicious. Just mix all of the ingredients together, taste for salt & pepper, and then let sit for about 20 minutes in the fridge before serving. This will give it enough time for the flavors to marry. If you like your salsas a little spicier, you can add minced jalapeno to it (I would say about 1/2 tsp worth for this quantity). I love how this salsa is nice and sweet and has a great texture from the pineapple. Enjoy!

Serves: 4

-1 fresh pineapple (small), cut into small pieces

-1 medium roma tomato, diced

-2 tablespoons minced onion

-2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

-1 teaspoon salt

-pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)