Finally, gluten-free + dairy-free pizza! Thank goodness!
Jicama Fries. Okay, if you are anything like me…giving up french fries for a healthier lifestyle with better oils was not easy. To be honest, at in-n-out I still slip some of the time and just pay the price for fried french fries.
Some people are soft french fry people and some are crunchy french fry people. My grammy was always the best to go out to get burgers and fries because she loved the crunchy ones and I loved the squishy one. This was a match made in heaven, so I thought. You can skip the steaming process to have crunchy fries.
These jicama fries have changed the way we make fries at home. They are easy to make, great for a snack or addition to a meal.
Start by gathering a sheet pan and cooling rack. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Start with jicama sticks or whole jicama. Trader Joe’s, WholeFoods and our local co-op sell jicama in prepared sticks which saves you on prep time. If you can’t find those, you are more than welcome to peel and cut the jicama into 1/2 - 3/4 inch sticks.
Once they are cut, place strips into a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave for 15 minutes. If you don’t have a microwave (we don’t), you can steam them on the stovetop for 7-8 minutes to reach the same desired tenderness. If you skip this process of steaming, you will have crunchier jicama fries.
Remove sticks from microwave or stovetop, place in large bowl and toss with avocado oil and spices.
Get a sheet pan and place a cooling rack on it. Any wired rack with work. You want them to be able to cook throughly. Arrange sticks on the cooling rack.
Bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees or until crispy. Enjoy!
· 1lb. sliced Jicama
· 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
· 1tsp Sea Salt
· 1 tsp Tumeric
· 1 tsp Paprika
· ½ tsp Chili Powder
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and fit it with a cooling rack. (this helps with baking and clean up)
2. Place the jicama strips in a microwave-safe bowl Add two tablespoons of water. Cover, and microwave for 15 minutes, stopping once to gently stir. (If you don’t have a microwave, don’t worry. You can can steam them on the stove top for 7 mins)
3. In large bowl, toss the jicama fries with the avocado oil and the spices. Arrange on the cooling rack.
4. Bake for 45 minutes or until browned.
5. Serve immediately
Okay, these sound funny but are so delicious. The great thing is that these are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free but not flavor-free. They taste cinnamon-y and are so festive for fall and winter.
Use them for friendsgiving, a dinner party or for a festive snack.
Start with a mixture of different apples. About 5-6 apples will be plenty. The kind man, at the farmers’ market, helped me pick out a mixture of Braeburn, Jonathon, and golden delicious apples.
Peel and slice apples into a bowl. You are going to want them to be sliced thinly so it makes wrapping them a little easier. My friend and I reminisced how our moms used to use a apple peeler with a crank that made it so much faster but 8 apples weren’t so bad.
To your bowl, add 1/2 cup organic brown sugar (not my first sugar choice but maple syrup would be too runny to stay in the wraps). I use Wholesome organic brown sugar.
Add 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (if you don’t have this- use cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom or a mixture of these)
Mix sugar, apples and spice together.
Spread a thin layer of coconut oil on the sheet pan and have ready to go for your apple pie rolls.
Take your rice paper sheets (I find these in the Asian specialties section of the grocery store) and soak in warm water for about 30 seconds each. Soak them one at a time and as you go so they do not stick together or get mushy.
I set one soaked sheet on the counter and fill with 3-4 apple slices. Fold up the bottom and then the side and roll upward to form a “roll.”
Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Flip them half way through the time.
Top with ice cream or whipped cream for a delicious dessert!
Baked Mini Apple Pies in Rice Paper
1 sheet pan
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil (or another cooking oil)
1 package of rice paper sheets (they are normally circular)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel and slice apples into a bowl.
Add brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice and mix together
Soak each rice paper sheet for 30 seconds-1 minute. Set on clean surface. Scoop 3-4 apple slices on sheet and fold into a roll.
Brush sheet pan with coconut oil to avoid sticking.
Bake for 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, flipping half way through.
Top with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!
In the kitchen, there are a thousand tools that could clutter your space. Tools like a strawberry huller and a corn silk remover, not all are created equal and not all are completely worth the drawer space and money. Trust me, I have owned and then cleared many over the years. There are 5 essential tools that I love and use to make meal prep and lunch on-the-go a much easier part of my day. These have earned a valuable corner in the drawer and a valuable space on my top 5.
5 Essential Kitchen Gadgets (plus, they make perfect gifts for a friend)
Avocado 3-in-1 tool
Avocado 3-in-1 tool
The avocado 3-in-1 tool IS a game changer. You can buy it here. When I switched to eating a higher fat, lower carb lifestyle, avocado became a regular star in meals. We eat avocado at least 3x a week and this tool slices the avocado evenly and saves time. Beware the tool is hard to clean once the avocado dries so wash it right away.
This tool is hands down my absolute favorite. Who likes to finely chop herbs? Sage, mint, rosemary…to name a few. Don’t all speak up at once…no one likes to chop green onions or dill. These shears finely and evenly chop a variety or things from basil for pasta sauce to cilantro for tacos. Easy to use, dishwasher safe. This one is a wonderful gift for your foodie friend.
There are two different sizes of this tool: green for limes and yellow for lemons. Buy them here.
I do have to admit that the first 3 times I used this tool the wrong way, so let me spare you. Cut your lemon or lime in half and place the fruit facing down into the juicer. (see picture below) Press the squeezer down with two hands and, boom, you have juice. Great for adding citrus to drinks, sauces, guacamole, dips, lemon water. So many options for using this tool.
For a long time we used the veggetti tool to make zoodles. Great option but this spiralizer has been easier to clean and you can spiralize carrots, squash, beets and zucchini. Simply cut off the ends of the vegetable and twist through the spiralizer to make “noodles.” You can top noodles with sauce, make into eggs nests for brunch, drop into soups, or create a stir-fry. Spiralized “noodles” cooked extremely fast so it makes them wonderful for quick meal prep.
This one is not hard to figure out but does save a lot of time and is very easy to clean. Peel garlic and place under rocker. Rock back and forth until garlic is finely minced. Done and done!
Joseph Joseph is at the top of my list when it comes to clever kitchen gadgets.
In summary, here are a few of my favorite things…(I hear Sound of Music in my head when I say that aloud.)
Let me know what your favorite kitchen items are in the comments below.
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This quick and delicious "go-to" dressing will soon be a favorite when basil is in abundance! Try it out for your next salad or chicken dish!
Best addition to any Football Sunday. These bell pepper “nachos” are gluten-free and a party hit FOR SURE.
Restaurant-style Garden Fresh Salsa. Onions, tomatoes, garlic and peppers are ready in the garden and this salsa is a perfect way to use them up.
No-dairy, no-sugar, no-gluten, NO PROBLEM! This creamy chicken is delicious and is the perfect amount of flavor and creaminess to keep you wanting more!
We are in the kitchen whipping our next recipes and blog posts. Please stay tuned and feel free to contact us to let us know what you would like to hear about in the next blog post.