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  1. Boosted Chocolate Tahini Fudge {Gluten-free, Paleo}

    Boosted Chocolate Tahini Fudge {Gluten-free, Paleo}

    Boosted Chocolate Tahini Fudge {Gluten-free, Paleo}

    Well, I might just have to quit after this. This Boosted Chocolate Tahini Fudge features two of my favorite things together in a marriage so perfect I am not sure any treat can ever compare. At least for this girl. As if it couldn’t get better, this treat features the bonus healing powers of one of my favorite daily supplements.

    This fudge is dreamy. It’s rich and decadent, it’s unique and “mmmmm”-inducing. Here’s the thing though, if you don’t like tahini, it may not be for you (though you could likely swap in some almond butter or sunflower seed butter). But if you are a lover of all things tahini, you’re in luck. MAJOR luck. The tahini flavor shines bright and in it’s prominence it’s complimented so perfectly by the decadent, rich super dark chocolate. Don’t skimp here, quality is of key. Better yet, use homemade dark chocolate if you’ve got some. You guys already know how I feel about dark chocolate, a square or two a day of this magical superfood and that’s about all this lady needs to be satisfied. It doesn’t take much. Curious on why dark chocolate is a great option for a daily treat? Read more about the many benefits of dark chocolate.

    Boosted Chocolate Tahini Fudge {Gluten-free, Paleo}

    But here’s the best part, this is so much more than your usual treat, in true Tasty Yummies style, I boosted this fudge to bring an added layer of healing benefits. Vital Proteins’ Vanilla and Coconut Water Collagen Peptides is one of the latest and greatest from my pals over at Vital Proteins. You guys have already heard me sing the praises of collagen peptides as part of a healing diet and lifestyle. But since I have started incorporating Vital Proteins in my life, daily, they have continued to expand their product and introduce more and more incredible collagen based products. The new Vanilla and Coconut Water Collagen Peptides is no exception, this has been a wonderful addition to smoothies, as well as baked goods and now this amazing boosted fudge.

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  2. New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 4

    Whether you are starting the year off with the Whole30 or a 21 Day Sugar Detox, maybe you are going paleo or gluten-free for the first time or perhaps you are simply just getting back to your usual mindful-eating ways – we could all use our regular, pre-holiday routines and definitely some healthier eats. I want to make these first weeks of 2017 a breeze for all of you, this is the final week of meal plans all month. I hope it has been helpful.  All of the meals featured in the weekly meal plans, throughout this month, are gluten-free and paleo, all of the recipes are free from grains, dairy, legumes and sugar (or have very simple options to make them as such).

    New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 4

     

    Greek-Style Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki

    Monday: Lettuce-Wrapped Greek Lamb Burgers (for dairy-free, just leave out the optional feta and make dairy-free tzatziki). Serve with a big  ‘ol Greek salad and some homemade dressing (skip the feta and the sweetener) and some kalamata olives.

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  3. New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 3

    Whether you are starting the year off with the Whole30 or a 21 Day Sugar Detox, maybe you are going paleo or gluten-free for the first time or perhaps you are simply just getting back to your usual mindful-eating ways – we could all use our regular, pre-holiday routines and definitely some healthier eats. I want to make these first weeks of 2017 a breeze for all of you, so I have meal plans set for every week this month.  All of the meals featured in the weekly meal plans, throughout this month, will be gluten-free and paleo, all of the recipes are free from grains, dairy, legumes and sugar (or have very simple options to make them as such).

    New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 3

    Turkey Pot Pie Soup with Grain-free Drop Biscuits
    Monday: Grab a rotisserie chicken or make your own roast chicken in the slow cooker and use the leftovers to whip up this Pot Pie Soup with Grain-free Drop Biscuits (can be made with chicken or turkey). Drop in your favorite veggies and leave off the grain-free, nut-free biscuits, if you prefer.

     

    Slow Roasted Citrus Fennel King Salmon with Crispy Fried Lentils

    Tuesday: A seasonally-inspired meal, this Slow Roasted Citrus Fennel King Salmon with Crispy Fried Lentils (leave off the lentils if avoiding legumes) features winter citrus and beautiful, aromatic fennel for any easy but luscious weeknight meal. Serve with your favorite green veggie on the side!

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  4. New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 2

    Whether you are starting the year off with the Whole30 or a 21 Day Sugar Detox, maybe you are going paleo or gluten-free for the first time or perhaps you are simply just getting back to your usual mindful-eating ways – we could all use our regular, pre-holiday routines and definitely some healthier eats. I want to make these first weeks of 2017 a breeze for all of you, so I have meal plans set for every week this month.  All of the meals featured in the weekly meal plans, throughout this month, will be gluten-free and paleo, all of the recipes are free from grains, dairy, legumes and sugar (or have very simple options to make them as such).

    New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 2

    Chicken Ruby Murray (Chicken Curry from Dishoom)
    Monday: Inspired by our recent travels to London and it’s amazing curry scene this Ruby Murray (Chicken Curry from Dishoom) is delicious over cauliflower rice if you are avoiding grains and if you want to add some green goodness to the dish, stir in baby spinach and frozen peas right at the end. My favorite.

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  5. New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 1

    Whether you are starting the year off with the Whole30 or a 21 Day Sugar Detox, maybe you are going paleo or gluten-free for the first time or perhaps you are simply just getting back to your usual mindful-eating ways – we could all use our regular, pre-holiday routines and definitely some healthier eats. I want to make these first weeks of 2017 a breeze for all of you, so I have meal plans set for every week this month.  All of the meals featured in the weekly meal plans, throughout this month, will be gluten-free and paleo, all of the recipes are free from grains, dairy, legumes and sugar (or have very simple options to make them as such).

    New Year Reset Meal Plan // Week 1

    Instant Pot Beef Stew

    Monday: A hearty, yet easy to make meal, this Instant Pot Beef Stew is the perfect, cozy winter dish. (Don’t have a pressure cooker? Don’t worry, I include instructions for the slow cooker)

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  6. Winter Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark with Smoked Sea Salt

    Winter Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark with Smoked Sea Salt

    Winter Spiced Dark Chocolate Bark with Smoked Sea Salt

    For those of you that follow me on social media, you likely see that I spend a fair amount of time at the Terranea Resort here in the LA area. (Full disclosure, I was selected as one of 5 influencers to be a 2016 Terranea Resort Social Media Ambassador, but my love for this place runs deep and far beyond that title.) I truly feel that Terranea is one of Southern California’s best kept secrets, yet it really shouldn’t be. Terranea sits on the coast in Rancho Palos Verdes, about 15 miles from our front door in Long Beach. The 102-acre private peninsula paradise, is like stepping into a whole new world – minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. Surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific, the coastal setting of Terranea embraces the California lifestyle and it’s Mediterranean heritage. Regardless if you are a guest at the resort the sprawling land is all open to the public, so you are free to walk the ocean-side trails, dine at the many restaurants, plan a spa day or just enjoy the views.

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  7. Strawberry Hibiscus Jello

    Strawberry Hibiscus Jello

    Happy 5th Birthday Tasty Yummies!!!

    This week we are celebrating Tasty Yummies’ Birthday / Anniversary / Blogaversary!! I seriously cannot believe it has been 5 years since I sat down to share the first gluten-free recipe here. Where, oh where has this time gone? From the deepest depths of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for supporting me and this website over the last 5 years. I can say in all sincerity, this blog and my life wouldn’t be what they are – without all of you!!

    Besides the usual feelings of excitement surrounding a big anniversary like this, it has also stirred up some unique emotions, as well. Given the state of things currently, I am reminded fondly on this special day of the idea that this blog was built from my desire to create a space, a virtual community where I could share my journey and my creations! I also always had the hope that in the process of sharing, I might help to empower others to find strength amidst a less than ideal situation with their health and diet. Here we are, 5 years later, continuing our journey together, with new struggles and challenges unique to us, yet still reminded that we are not alone.

    Strawberry Hibiscus Jello

    Sometimes in life, you have to shift your focus and your energy, finding the positive in whatever situation you are in, no matter how challenging. Being in the middle of the autoimmune protocol, I have actually been finding so much joy in the restrictions. I get so excited I find myself dancing around the kitchen when I can pull together a delicious recipe that not only fits the long list of things that are not allowed but actually tastes good and makes me as happy as any other recipe would. This has all been so much more rewarding than the usual creations. With each recipe I develop, it feels like I have completed the most challenging board in a video game, I get my gold crown and I get to move on to the next level. I’ve actually have been quite enjoying this forced shift in my perspective, the encouragement and motivation to be creative in the kitchen – it’s all so invigorating and it makes each step and each day easier!

    Strawberry Hibiscus Jello

    I won’t lie to you though, with all of the many restrictions on my diet currently, I nearly let this special celebration pass. I was worried that without some grandiose, pinterest-worthy baked good, a layered cake or dainty little cupcakes with cute little number 5s on them – that it wouldn’t feel much like a birthday. But that just simply isn’t true! So what, I can’t have my favorite grain-free chocolate cake right now? There is still so much celebrate and it’s just as special of a holiday, chocolate or not!

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  8. Veggie Mole Bowl

    Veggie Mole Bowl

    This month for my ongoing series with Beachgreens Organic Produce Delivery rather than focusing on a single vegetable or fruit, we wanted to share a recipe featuring one of our favorite local foods, this Mole Monarca sauce from Peppered Up, right here in Long Beach. This traditional red mole sauce is inspired by owner Griselda’s mother and grandmother and it stays true to its roots from central Mexico.

    Veggie Mole Bowl

    This sauce has incredible flavor notes. Rich, dark, smoky and earthy with a spicy kick, this unique blend of peppers, spices, seeds and nuts can literally turn any dish into a party! For those following along with my Autoimmune Protocol journey, you can obviously guess that this isn’t bowl of deliciousness sadly doesn’t fit my current restrictions. I created this recipe before I started AIP earlier this month, so I was able to happily able to enjoy it then. Now I am just dreaming of it, it’s that good!

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  9. Edible Earth Day: Cookies and Milk, the Healthy Way

    Edible Earth Day: Cookies and Milk, the Healthy Way

    For many of us, eating and living consciously is already part of our everyday life; eating clean foods, using clean or homemade beauty and household products, incorporating yoga and meditation. But, beyond an awareness of what we consume, it’s also important that we think of the far reach of our consumption. The results of our actions and our purchases, the energy needed to produce what we consume, our waste and what we are leaving behind.

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    I personally choose to make as much as I can at home for myself, not only because I prefer to know what exactly is in the foods and products that I consume, but I also love the idea of creating less waste, fewer things to throw away or recycle. As much as I can, I try to remove the worry about packages and boxes, cartons or wrapping. To me, the ripples and reach of my actions carries a heavy weight. Buying one box of almond milk, isn’t just about the actual almond milk inside, it’s the carton, the plastic top, the energy needed to produce and of course, all of the unnecessary ingredients being added.

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  10. Roasted Baby Bok Choy with Lemon Garlic Cashew Cream

    Roasted Baby Bok Choy with Lemon Garlic Cashew Cream

    I know it’s been a quiet week here on TY. I was away in Northern California for the long weekend, for our women’s empowerment retreat RISE and it’s actually taken me more than a few days for me to come down from it all. Wow! What a weekend. I am still riding high on the incredible energy and vibes from the beautiful women that I had the pleasure of sharing space with for those 4 days. I plan to write up a whole post in review of the weekend, sharing photos, thanking brands and all of that good stuff, so look for that some time next week. For now, I am still buzzing and processing all of the amazingness that happened and slowly getting back into the routines of my regular living. Gosh this has actually been quite a challenge, this retreat changed me and it’s been hard to just jump back into life, as if nothing has happened.

    Since I have returned I have slowly been getting back into my everyday routines, yoga, exploring recipes in the kitchen and I am actually finding more time for myself. I am making more time to write and to meditate and using the extra hours in the day to read and just unplug, as much as I can.

    Roasted Baby Bok Choy with Lemon Garlic Cashew Cream

    Wednesday of this week, our organic produce box from Beachgreens arrived at our front door, loaded with organic produce – it was like Christmas morning to me. Nothing fills me up the way cooking in my own kitchen does. After two weeks of traveling and lots of going, I was happy to see my own personal stash of goodies. This is the stuff that gets me excited to eat and keeps me going. I sincerely adore vegetables and most meals in our home are based solely around what vegetable I want to cook with. These beautiful Shanghai Bok Choy immediately had me excited. I typically go with Asian-inspired flavors, making stir-fries or serving alongside a ginger soy-glazed fish of some sort.

    Roasted Baby Bok Choy with Lemon Garlic Cashew Cream

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  11. Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites with Asparagus Ribbons and Dill Cashew Sour Cream

    Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites with Asparagus Ribbons and Dill Cashew Sour Cream

    Guess what today is? Today is baby shower day! A bunch of us food bloggers got together and we are throwing a surprise virtual baby shower for our friend Emily of The Pig & Quill, who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of  her first little piglet in the next month.

    Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites with Asparagus Ribbons and Dill Cashew Sour Cream

    First off, I want to talk about how jealous I am of their new addition. I am pretty sure this is going to be the most well-fed little one, ever! That Emily sure knows her way around a kitchen and she doesn’t mess around when it comes to combining flavors and creativity in her recipes. When it came time to create a dish to bring to our little virtual gathering, I quickly realized that couldn’t just bring any ‘ol pink cupcake or some chips and dip, I had to step up, bring my A-game and get serious with my offerings. But, as you guys know I am still smack in the middle of an elimination diet (it was 10 weeks this past Friday, but who is counting) – so with lots of restrictions and true to the real life, selfishly I also wanted to bring something to this party that I could eat.

    Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites with Asparagus Ribbons and Dill Cashew Sour Cream

    These delicious little bites are so simple to put together, they are so fresh and light and they are absolutely beautiful to top it off. Perfect for any party. I’ll be honest, the concept of this recipe came straight from me looking for a savory dish I could incorporate the color pink, given that Emily and Chris are expecting a girl! Though salmon isn’t exactly that pale baby girl pink color we all know, I still think I should get major bonus points on sticking with a theme! Thank you.

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  12. Strawberry Blood Orange Margarita

    Strawberry Blood Orange Margarita

    There is something about this time of year that I just love. The fresh newness of spring, the feeling of balance in the air with more and more hours of light. Though the winters are not freezing and snowy here in Southern California, the days are still short, the sun sets early and despite what you might think, the nights do get cool. No matter where you reside, as spring starts to creep in and as we get closer to summer, we have lighter and brighter days, everything is in bloom and feels new again. In these first few weeks of the new season however, one of the best things is this “Swing Season”, where we still have the remnants of winter and the beginnings of spring together for a short time. Mostly I am talking about produce. My beautiful local organic produce boxes that have been delivered the last few weeks, have had both the last bits of winter, my favorite being the beautiful citrus like these blood oranges. Plus the new spring fruits start showing up in our boxes too, like these fresh strawberries. With this beautiful, vibrant combination, I found myself inspired to create a gorgeous bright and seasonal Strawberry Blood Orange Margarita, the perfect drink to cheers the arrival of spring with.

    Strawberry Blood Orange Margarita

    While you read this, I’ll be sitting on the beach in Mexico, *hopefully* sipping away on a margarita just like this one. We planned a super quick escape from the craziness of life, with our friends Dan and Debbie, for a 4-day trip down the coast to Playa de Rosarito for a little rest and relaxation. Life has been so busy and hectic as of late, Mark was away for 10 days at SXSW in Austin, meanwhile I have been getting ready for our 4-day Women’s retreat next weekend, plus the Yoga and Yummies event this past weekend and lots of other projects. So, although I will still be working away most mornings while we are in Mexico, you’ll find me practicing yoga and sitting on the beach most afternoons and hopefully finding time to just breath and enjoy being back with my hubby and surround by my friends.

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  13. Chilled Green Curry Kelp Noodle Bowl

    Chilled Green Curry Kelp Noodle Bowls

    I know for those of you just barely feeling spring trying to force it’s way in, you won’t want to hear about the extreme heat we’ve had in southern California recently. With temperatures in the 90′s, it seems we have skipped right over the spring and jumped right into summer. I have switched from comforting winter soups and stews and roasted veggies to salads and cooler meals.

    Chilled Green Curry Kelp Noodle Bowls

    Soup that isn’t served hot may seem strange, but there are times when it just works and this is definitely one of them. It’s super fast to throw together — no slaving over a stove! — you don’t have to wait around for hours to let it simmer and there is very little prep.

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  14. Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

    Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

    I have said it several times before but it seriously cannot be said enough, the community of passionate people I have met in the blogging world is one of greatest, if not THE best, perks of keeping a blog. What a beautiful gift to be surrounded, even if only virtually, with people that constantly inspire and excite you. I have had the distinct pleasure of connecting with many beautiful, passion-filled people sharing their love and their life with the world.

    I am not even sure the first time I connected with Kris Orborne of 80Twenty, but she is one of those people the minute you see her site and connect with her words online, you can feel her genuineness and you know instantly she is the real deal. Kris’ site is very much in line with my eating and cooking style. A focus on whole, nourishing foods that are in season, 80Twenty also celebrates the balance in life, the good and the good for you!

    Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

    I am super excited to be over on 80Twenty today, sharing this incredible, simple, seasonal hash inspired by the beautiful organic produce I received from local farmers this week in my organic produce box from Beachgreens. This Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash is hearty and comforting and could seriously work at any meal. Great as a side or make it the main event by serving with eggs or another protein of your choice.

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  15. Orange Matcha Smoothie

    Orange Matcha Smoothie // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

    As someone who rarely drinks coffee, I do love the occasional morning pick-me-up. Enter matcha! Matcha is finely ground green tea, that comes in the form of a powder. Matcha’s benefits far outweigh your typical mug of steamy green tea, as you are ingesting the whole leaf, not just water brewed from it. When it comes to nutritional value and antioxidants, I have read that just one serving of matcha is equivalent to 10 servings of regular green tea! Matcha boasts a very long list of benefits, including increased energy levels, boosting memory, it’s also been known to help to burn calories and detoxify the body. Additionally, matcha has also been shown to improve cholesterol and fortify the immune system, with a long list of vitamins and antioxidants show to have antibiotic properties know to promote overall health.

    Orange Matcha Smoothie // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

    Not only do I enjoy matcha as I do any traditional hot teas, simply with boiled water poured over (whisked to make a frothy hot beverage), I especially enjoy it in a latte, with steamy coconut and/or almond milk. However, adding matcha to my morning green smoothies has quickly become my favorite ways to find a boost of energy for the day!

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  16. Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

    Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

    You didn’t actually think I would let Valentine’s Day come and go without some sort of sweet, did you?

    In the world of candies and sweets, baked goods and other treats, in my opinion, these Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates for sure fall somewhere in the world of a “healthy sweet”. Sure, sugar is sugar, but if the options include these naturally sweetened treats, than I am all in, especially considering I have been avoiding all traditional sugary sweets the last handful of weeks.

    Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

    Stuffed dates have always been one of my favorite ways to indulge in something sweet, without the guilt. Generally I opt for coconut butter, coconut oil or almond butter, but I also love a little crunch, too. The best part about this recipe, is that it’s more of a guide and you can easily make these tasty dates however you would like. Stuff them with whatever you fancy, top them with whatever makes you most happy, but however you make them, I suggest you enjoy them with some warm Valentine’s Day love in your heart and share them with those around you, whom you adore the most!

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  17. Charred Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

    Charred Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

    For me, carrots fall into the category of vegetables that I simply don’t give enough love! I find myself thinking of the boring, mushy steamed carrots we were served as kids and I find myself bored before I even take a bite.

    Charred Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

    I tend to forget how amazing roasted and charred carrots can be. That roasted goodness, where the carrots get tender but still retain a bit of their bite in the middle. The slightly caramelized brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots.

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  18. Grain-free Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa

    Grain-free Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa

    I feel like I have to start this post out by addressing the fact that yes, this is the second seafood recipe in one week. And they are in fact the first seafood recipes I have posted on this site in probably well over 2 years. I don’t usually eat much seafood, in fact I spent quite a few years feeling quite indifferent about most seafood, minus the occasional sushi dinner or crab legs, when I was craving them.

    As of the past few months, I have been slowly reintroducing healthy, sustainable seafood back into my diet. Once a week at the most. Now that I have removed meat from my diet for the time being due to my naturopathic doctor’s suggestion, I am exploring incorporating more seafood into my meal planning. It’s a fun challenge for me. More specifically (though I shared two shellfish recipes in a row), I have been looking to incorporate healthy, fatty fish, as fish oil has been proven to provide great results in those battling kidney diseases. I am taking a daily high-quality liquid fish oil supplement, but I truly believe in getting as much as you can from your diet, whenever possible.

    Grain-free Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa

    When it came time to find a recipe to feature for this week’s Foodie Friend Fridays post, I turned to this gorgeous book – The Paleo Foodie Cookbook from my girl Arsy Vartanian, of Rubies and Radishes. There are countless gorgeous and tasty recipes in this cookbook, but the Grain-free Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa really caught my eye, primarily because I have a husband that loves the deep-fried, carb loaded, unhealthy version found at many restaurants. I love that I have a healthier version I can make him at home now.

    It wasn’t easy to select just one recipe to share from The Paleo Foodie Cookbook. A gorgeous collection of 120 healthy, gluten-free, grain-free & delicious recipes fit for food lovers, this book is the cookbook for people that love good food. Written by someone that clearly has a passion for creating delicious, nourishing meals, it’s more than apparent that Arsy takes pride in sharing the nourishing meals that she makes for her very own family.

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  19. Grain-free Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Relish

    Grain-free Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Relish

    I am so excited to be guest posting on Better Home and Garden’s Delish Dish today sharing an updated version of their classic recipe for Crab Cakes – adapted to be gluten-free!

    When looking through the archives of BHG recipes, looking for the perfect one to recreate for their Week of Gluten-free, I was instantly excited when I saw the crab cakes recipe. Crab cakes are something that I really only get to have if I make them myself, which means in 10 years, I have probably had crab cakes a total of 3 times. At most restaurants they add flour or breadcrumbs or some sort of gluten-containing binding agent, which means this is always a big fat NO WAY, for me.

    Grain-free Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Relish

    With all the chatter of Super Bowl parties and finger foods and my new meat-free diet, I had near instant cravings for crab cakes while planning the menu for our Super Bowl shindig. Whether they make the cut for the final menu or not, I had to make a batch to test out this updated recipe (DARN!).

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  20. Paleo Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting {gluten-free, dairy-free}

    This Paleo Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting requires no strange or hard to find flours or starches, its simple to make, rich, decadent and most people would never believe it’s totally gluten-free and grain-free!

    Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

    I feel like it’s alarming and shocking whenever I share a dessert recipe here on Tasty Yummies. I do it so infrequently. In the nearly 5 years I have had this blog, you have probably heard me say more than a dozen times, that I have never really cared much about baking and I don’t get super excited about sweets. But, this month (January 2017) marks the 10 year anniversary of me going gluten-free, so this is certainly something to celebrate and what better way than a super epic Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting. With nearly 5 years of gluten-free recipes here on Tasty Yummies, it’s time we have a good special occasion cake up in here!

    I know to some of you, celebrating the complete removal of some of your favorite foods from your diet, forever – wouldn’t likely be something you would get excited enough to bake a cake for, but for me it is! Before my diagnosis, I spent so many years with silly health issues, an unhappy gut, unexplained migraines and many sicknesses. Discovering my gluten intolerance is something I am forever grateful for and I never regret seeking out the answers that led me to such a huge lifestyle change, nor do I ever wish that it hadn’t happened to me. It truly has been a blessing disguised as a curse. It has made me a stronger person and has led me to look at things in a much different way. Without that discovery and that huge life change, I wouldn’t be who I am today, this site wouldn’t exist and I don’t think my love for cooking would have evolved in the way that it has.

    Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

    Without knowing where my severe gluten intolerance stemmed from, I simply ate 100% gluten-free upon discovering how gravely it affected me after that month-long cleanse, at the end of January, 10 years ago this week. By the time a doctor finally tested me for celiac disease, I had already been gluten-free for 5 years and it of course came up negative. So for me, an exact reason or diagnosis was never as important as simply knowing my body couldn’t tolerate it and therefore avoiding it at all costs and never looking back, for 10 whole years (and counting)! {You can read more about my journey to living 100% gluten-free, here. Written Aug. 2013}

    The irony of this big anniversary for me is that I am currently in the middle of a whole new health exploration, if you can call it that. This past summer I was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a kidney disease. This kidney disease was presenting, what I thought, were little to no symptoms and I only discovered that I had it, by a routine life insurance physical in the spring of 2013. After being declined life insurance due to high levels of protein in my urine, as well as blood, I had to get myself health insurance so I could begin the journey to discovering what was causing it. After over a year, many tests and several doctors, finally a kidney biopsy this past summer confirmed that I had an autoimmune kidney disease called IgA Nephropathy.

    In speaking with several doctors and doing some research, I have learned that it is very common for there to be a crossover with celiac patients and IgA patients. So, I suppose it is even more possible than I once thought, that I do actually have celiac disease.

    Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

    After finding a nephrologist and getting a second opinion from another, I started by protecting my kidneys in the short term and I began taking several pharmaceutical drugs as prescribed. These drugs immediately set off a slew of new symptoms and seemed to tip the scales of balance in my body in epic ways. Two weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new naturopath, to not only treat my kidney disease but to also help me heal some other health related issues I’ve been dealing with over the past few months. Unhappy digestion, strange skin rashes and acne, low B12, allergies & sinus issues, etc. At our first appointment we discussed the probability that I am likely dealing with leaky gut and candida and we started with a small amount of supplements and herbs to start healing my gut and balancing things out a bit, so we can begin to get to the root of what might be causing all of these issues.

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  21. Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw

    Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobaello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

    I am super excited to share this simple but delicious recipe for these Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw, nspired by the beautiful green cabbage in-season now.

    I feel like cabbage has to be one of the most underrated vegetables of all time. I honestly feel like it gets a bad rap. Most people simply boil it or roast it, maybe they ferment it or add it to salad. I don’t feel like enough meals are centered around cabbage – it seems it’s usually an afterthought. In comes these Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw.  This super easy to prepare meal is all about the cabbage! From the filling of the tacos, to the tasty slaw, we use the entire head!

    Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobaello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

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