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Garden Herbed Crust-less Quiche

Garden Herbed Crust-less Quiche

I used what vegetables and herbs that I had on hand. Feel free to use the ones you prefer in this recipe as it is very versatile.

This makes a great make-ahead recipe to use for weekday morning breakfast or take to work for lunch.

Gluten, soy and dairy free

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Ingredients

  • 1 t. avocado oil and 1 T. avocado oil separated
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 cups greens of your choice. (kale in spinach work well but I have made this with mixed dark greens and came out great)
  • Other veggies: here is what I used but play around with this: 1 c. sliced mushrooms, 4 mini bell peppers chopped, 4 broccolini stalks chopped.
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast (optional but gives it a protein and nutrient boost and has a cheesy taste)
  • Mixed Herbs: I used what I had in my garden and did not measure. Here is what I used.  Rosemary, basil, green onion, chives.  Feel free to use fresh or dried and add according to your taste.
  • s/p to taste.
  • ¾ c. milk alternative (I like pure coconut milk as most of the boxed milk alternatives on the store shelves are filled with so much added “stuff”. I don’t use cow dairy as large organic farms have been getting through loop holes and these big dairy organizations have found to not be following true organic practices.) 
  • 5 pasture raised eggs
  • Organic cheese (optional) I did not add any

Directions

  1. Grease a 9- inch pie dish with the 1 t. avocado oil. Set this aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat the 1 T. avocado oil in a large skillet. Add in the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add in the peppers, mushrooms, broccolini and the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.  Add in the leafy greens and sauté until they have wilted. 
  3. Add in the s/p and the fresh or dried herbs of choice
  4. Whisk the milk and the eggs together and cheese if using. Add in the nutritional yeast and stir. 
  5. Blend the veggie mixture with the milk and pour into the pie dish (to save one step, I measured out the milk in a large measuring cup and added in the eggs and yeast. Then I poured this and the veggie blend right into the pie dish and give it a good stir in the dish.)
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes (mine in a convection oven took 45) until top is lightly browned.
  7. Serve hot or cold.

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Herb Seasoned Chicken Legs

 

 

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Herb Seasoned Chicken Legs

Ingredients

  • Roughly 6-8 chicken legs with skin on
  • ¼ cup cilantro (or one small bunch)
  • ¼ c. parsley (or one small bunch)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 T. fish sauce
  • ¼ c. lemon juice
  • ½ inch piece of ginger root sliced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 T. avocado or coconut oil
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1 T. honey
  • 2 T. coconut milk

Directions

  1. Line a baking dish with parchment and layer in the chicken legs. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.
  2. Place all other ingredients into a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped and incorporated.
  3. Pour sauce evenly over the chicken. It is not a thick liquid so you may need to pick up some of the herbed liquid and place it on top of the chicken. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip over and spoon some sauce on the chicken and cook for another 30 minutes.  The chicken should have a nice brown color to it.  There should be some sauce left at bottom of pan-if so, rub the chicken legs in this before removing for extra flavor. 
  5. Enjoy hold or cold!

Note: I didn’t have non dairy milk one time so  I used goat milk kefir-still tasted great!  Try adding in or swapping out for other herbs you have on hand.

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

For more information visit  www.trufoodsnutrition.com

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As a nutrition professional, Karen does not treat, cure nor diagnose. This information is for educational purposes only.

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Detox Salad

Detox Salad

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While I am not a huge fan of detox diets, this is a salad that can be added into your meals and contains vegetables and herbs that aid in detoxing the body.  This salad can be used as a side dish and or you can add some protein to it, maybe some avocado slices, etc. and take it to work for lunch the next day. 

Ingredients

  • 1 small head broccoli
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • ½ a bunch parsley
  • ½ a bunch cilantro
  • 1/8 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast
  • Ratio: 3 T. EVOO and 1 T. lemon juice
  • s/p to taste

Directions

  1. Place the broccoli florets into food processor and process into small pieces. Remove and place in large bowl
  2. Next add in the cauliflower and process until very small pieces and then add to bowl with broccoli.
  3. Next add in the carrots the food processor and then add to the bowl with broccoli and cauliflower
  4. Chop up the parsley and cilantro and add to the bowl. Add in the yeast
  5. In a separate bowl, blend the EVOO and lemon juice. Add s/p to taste. Pour over broccoli blend and mix in.  Depending on how much broccoli blend you have and your taste preference, you may need to increase the amount of the dressing. 
  6. Note: you can adjust this recipe to your taste. Next time try basil and garlic or sliced almonds. 

Cilantro: this herb is great for cleansing.  It contains compounds called flavonoids. These antioxidants bind to heavy metals and aid their removal from the body via urine. These compounds can also help fight inflammation caused by toxic overload.

Cauliflower and broccoli: these foods contain organosulfur compounds, essentially a fancy way of saying they contain sulfur.  Sulfur rich foods can reduce inflammation, and bind to and aid in the excretion of heavy metals. They also can protect the liver from toxins.  I bet you can’t say that about your fast food burger!

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

For more information visit   www.trufoodsnutrition.com

Get her Food Swap Guide here to get started on your health journey today! Want more information, then like her fb page here

As a nutrition professional, Karen does not treat, cure nor diagnose. This information is for educational purposes only.

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Sixth Recipe of Christmas: Roasted Cauliflower with Nutritional Yeast

Cauliflower with Nutritional Yeast and Garlic

cauliflower-cooked

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower

  • 1-2 T. avocado oil

  • 1 T. potato starch

  • 1-2 T. nutritional yeast

  • s/p to taste

  • 1 clove garlic minced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Line cookie sheet with parchment

  2. Chop of cauliflower into small florets and place in bowl

  3. Blend the rest of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Add in the cauliflower and stir to get the cauliflower coated with the ingredients. Spread the cauliflower onto your cookie sheet. 

  4. Place in oven for 20-30 minutes. At the halfway point in the time check on the cauliflower and give it a stir. 

Note

  • Oven times vary so check that it does not burn. In my oven, I need about 22 minutes. 

  • Nutritional yeast: I use the full 2 tablespoons as I like the flavor (has a cheesy taste). If you have never used it before you may want to start with one tablespoon. 

  • Oil: depending on the size of the cauliflower head, you may need less or more oil. You be the judge. 

nutritional-yeast

Nutritional Yeast Benefits: This is considered a “super food” or a “booster food”.  You only need small amounts to add to a food to give it a boost of nutrients.  It provides extra protein and B vitamins to your food that you add it onto. Sprinkle it onto salads, veggies, popcorn, into rice and quinoa dishes and much more!  It has a cheesy taste to it.  It has also been shown to boost the immune system when given to athletes after workouts (immune system dips after strenuous workouts) You can find nutritional yeast in your local health food store.  This is NOT the same as Brewer’s Yeast!

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (candidate) is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

For more information visit her site at  www.trufoodsnutrition.com

Get her Food Swap Guide here to get started on your health journey today! Want more information, then like here fb page here

As a nutrition professional, Karen does not treat, cure nor diagnose. This information is for educational purposes only.

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First Recipe of Christmas: Apple Bread with Caramel Sauce

Apple Bread with Caramel Sauce

(Paleo, gluten, soy and dairy free)

apple-bread

This makes a nice breakfast treat for holiday guests, or to give as a hostess gift.  I do not use the caramel sauce as I rather avoid the extra sugar in this recipe.    

This recipe took me 22 minutes to make from start to finish (when I put it in the oven).  That included getting out all the ingredients I needed and the clean up when I was done.        

It is a very moist bread. Be sure to not use heaping tablespoons of the oil as it may come out too oily then. 

 

Ingredients

Apple bread

  • 2 c. almond flour
  • 1 T. coconut flour
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1 small org. granny smith apple-peeled, chopped
  • 1 small can coconut milk full fat
  • 4 T. coconut oil melted
  • 6 T. raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 pasture raised eggs
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c. walnuts chopped (optional)

Crumb topping                                                                                                         

  • 2 t. almond flour
  • 1 ¼ t. coconut oil melted
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon or the pumpkin spice blend
  • 1-2 T. of the walnuts reserved from the 1/3 c. mentioned above

Caramel Topping

  • 2 T. filtered water
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. coconut milk
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • dash sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper with coconut oil.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, spice blend, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, oil, honey, eggs, ACV, and extract.
  4. Add dry to the wet and blend until just combined.
  5. Fold in the apples and walnuts (save about 1-2 T. walnuts for the topping)
  6. Pour into loaf pan.
  7. For the crust: mix all crumb topping together, then sprinkle on to the bread along with the walnuts
  8. Bake for 30 min. then cover the bread with foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  9. After you have removed the bread from the pan drizzle on the caramel sauce.
  10. For the sauce (prepare while bread is in the oven): bring the water and sugar to a boil stirring constantly. Add in the milk, extract and salt and cook for 10 min. on med. heat stirring constantly so that it does not burn. It will thicken and turn a darker color.

Notes:

  • Typically, I avoid the use of aluminum foil but when I do use it I am careful so that it does not touch the food. Make a tent over the loaf pan so that it does not touch the bread if possible. OR try using parchment paper
  • If using an organic apple, no need to peel

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (candidate) is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

For more information visit her site at  www.trufoodsnutrition.com

Get her Food Swap Guide here to get started on your health journey today! Want more information, then like here fb page here

As a nutrition professional, Karen does not treat, cure nor diagnose. This information is for educational purposes only.

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Lemon chicken: An Easy, Healthy Week Night Dinner

Lemon Chicken

Gluten free, dairy free, paleo

(Adapted from celiac.com)

Serves 4

I love this dish-so easy to make for a weeknight dinner and taste so good!  You probably have all the ingredients you need at home. 

lemon chick

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breast pounded thin (personally I don’t do this-instead I slice my thick chicken breasts so that they are thinner)
  • ¼ c. cornstarch, or potato starch (if using corn starch use non GMO brand)
  • ½ stick grass fed butter or ghee if dairy free
  • 1/3 c. dry white wine
  • 2/3 c. chicken broth (even better-use homemade bone broth)
  • Juice of half a lemon (or bottled pure lemon juice)
  • ½ t. fresh thyme minced (or dried if not fresh on hand)
  • s/p to taste

Directions

  1. Dredge chicken into cornstarch and shake away excess
  2. Melt butter in pan over med. Heat and add chicken
  3. Cook 5 min. each side until golden brown
  4. Remove chicken and set aside
  5. In the same pan, add wine, broth, lemon juice, salt, thyme, pepper, and whisk until blended.  Adjust sauce thickness as desired with water or additional cornstarch. 
  6. Bring to boil then return chicken to the pan. Lower heat and cook about 5 minutes
  7. Serve with basmati white rice or cauliflower rice and a salad.

Tip: use the left over in a salad to take to work the next day or slice thinner and wrap in gluten free tortillas with veggies to pack for a school lunch. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (candidate), author of the E book Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC believes in food first when addressing the root causes to your health conditions.  For more information, visit her website at www.trufoodsnutrition.com

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