Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 7.15.2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Here are this week’s post submissions from Jeanine & Megan:

Gluten Free Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake
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How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)
Refined Sugar Free Gravlax

LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Flourless, Doughless Gluten-Free Pizza from Gluten Free Easily
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MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet from Deep Roots At Home
rasp sorbet
Roll Out Sugar Cookies from Making It Milk Free
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Raising A Gluten-Free Toddler On a Playground of Animal Crackers & Cheerios from Homegrown State of Mind
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How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)

Gravlax is Scandinavian in descent, meaning “grave salmon” or “buried salmon.” Raw fillets or pieces of salmon are covered (or buried) in salt, sugar, and spices that, over a period of time, draw moisture out of the fish to cure and preserve it. Once the cure mixture is washed away from the fish, the end result is a tighter, firmer, and darker piece of salty salmon.  

I like to eat thinly sliced pieces of gravlax on gluten free crackers (either Mary’s Gone Crackers or these rice crackers) with goat cheese, red onions, capers, and a drop or two of Sriracha. If you are grain-free or being a bit more health conscious, use cucumber slices to replace the crackers. You can also eat gravlax on a bagel or piece of toast, as a side with eggs, or any way you like, really. Who could resist a salty piece of gravlax? It’s like the bacon of the sea! 

How To Make Refined Sugar Free Lox-Allergy Free Alaska

Before I share the actual recipe with you, I thought I’d take you on a visual journey through the process of How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon). It all starts with a fillet of salmon – fresh is best, but a thawed fillet of frozen salmon will work just fine, too.

Fresh Alaska Wild Salmon - How to Make Lox - Allergy Free AlaskaIn this last batch of gravlax I made, I used Alaska wild red salmon, and although I recommend you use Alaska wild salmon (no biased opinions here), really any type of salmon will do (just please don’t support farmed!). Make sure your fillet is clean. If it’s not, just give it a quick rinse in cold water and then pat it dry with paper towels. Now cut your fillet in half – and leave the skin on. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you pull out the bones or leave them in. I leave them in, and then remove them when I slice the slice the gravlax after the curing process. If you do decide to remove the bones at this point, pliers or heavy duty tweezers work best. 

Make the cure mixture, which has the consistency of coarse sand, and do your best to cover the flesh of the salmon in the cure. Use your hands to press the cure into the fish. You don’t need to worry about covering the skin in the cure – only the flesh. 

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Now quickly (and carefully) sandwich the two pieces together – flesh to flesh with the skin out, and then wrap both together tightly in plastic wrap.

Allergy Free Alaska-How to Make LoxPlace the wrapped salmon in a glass baking dish with 2-3 inch sides. Moisture will release from the fish almost immediately, so make sure you get the wrapped fish into the dish right away. This picture (below) was taken 10-15 minutes after these fillets were placed in the dish. 

AFA - How to make loxSome prefer to place a heavy item, like a brick or another baking dish filled with heavy cans, on top of the wrapped fish to flatten it down and grind the cure mixture into the fish. This step is entirely optional; I often times skip it, but it normally depends on how much room I have in my refrigerator. 

Now place the baking dish in the refrigerator for 2-5 days. I know… that’s a super huge span of time. How do you know when to pull it out? Here’s the thing about gravlax: the first batch you make is generally always an experimental batch- a chance for you to figure out how exactly you prefer your gravlax. It’s almost like cooking an egg – some like their yokes runny, and some like their eggs completely cooked through and well done. We all have our different preferences. I know from making previous batches of gravlax that I prefer my thinner salmon fillets cured for about 2 days. The thicker ones, the ones that are 1-1.5 inches thick (or thicker), I let cure for a full 3 days. You just have to give it try to know what you prefer. 

Happy Gravlax making! 

All my love,
Megan

How To Make Lox-Allergy Free Alaska

A note about the brown spots you see on the gravlax in the picture above- this is the natural fatty part of the fish. I choose to leave mine on and eat it, but if you don’t care to, simply cut it off and discard it. 

How To Make Refined Sugar Free Gravlax (Salt-Cured Salmon)

Yield: enough cure for 1 lbs of salmon

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Rinse the salmon fillet and pat it dry with paper towels. Cut it in half and leave the skin on.
  2. If desired, remove the pin bones from the salmon using pliers or heavy duty tweezers.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, make the cure mixture by combining the kosher salt, palm sugar, coarse ground black pepper, and Wright's Liquid Smoke.
  4. Press the mixture into all parts of the flesh of the salmon being sure to thoroughly coat it. Don’t worry about coating the skin, only the flesh.
  5. Quickly (and carefully) sandwich the two pieces of salmon together – flesh to flesh with the skin out, and then wrap both together tightly in plastic wrap.
  6. Place the wrapped salmon in a glass baking dish with 2-3 inch sides. Moisture will release from the fish almost immediately, so make sure you get it into the dish right away.
  7. Place a heavy item, like a brick or another glass baking dish filled with heavy cans, on top of the wrapped fish to flatten it down and grind the cure mixture into the fish (This step is entirely optional; I often times skip it, but it normally depends on how much room I have in my refrigerator.).
  8. Refrigerate for 2-5 days (you can read more about this, including how many days I cure my fillets above). Rotate the fillets and discard the excess moisture from the fish every 24 hours.
  9. Remove the fish from the plastic wrap and rinse the cure mixture off of the salmon by placing the fillets under cool running water. Not all of the cure mixture will come off. Pat dry with paper towels.
  10. Serve immediately or store, up to 3 days, in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
  11. To cut the gravlax, hold a very sharp knife at an angle (I like to use a fillet knife) and slice 1/8” thick pieces on the diagonal.

Recipe Notes from Megan

The cure mixture makes enough for 1 pound of salmon, so if your fillet weighs more than 1 pound, adjust the recipe accordingly.

Fresh dill can be hard to come by where I live, but if you have access to it, and would like to include some in this recipe, try adding 1/4-1/3 cup chopped dill to the curing mixture.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/07/10/how-to-make-refined-sugar-free-gravlax-salt-cured-salmon/

This recipe is linked to, Marvelous Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesdays,Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday and Gluten Free Fridays. 

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Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday 6-17-2014

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Welcome to  Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday – brought to you by Jeanine of The Baking Beauties, and Megan of Allergy Free Alaska. Your submissions each week will appear on BOTH websites, in addition to possibly being highlighted on our many social media platforms. 

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Here are this week’s post submissions from Jeanine & Megan:

Gluten Free Easy Apple Crumble Pizza
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Gluten Free & Vegan Spinach Tortillas
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LAST WEEK’S READER FAVORITE:

Vegan & Gluten Free Salted Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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MY TOP PICKS FROM LAST WEEK:

Gyro Meatballs with Greek Inspired Sauce from Those Who Help Themselves
greek gyroballs
Moist Cacao Chocolate Almond Cake from Bare Root
Moist chocolate almond cake
 Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea Cooler from Recipes to Nourish
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Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream

Creamy vanilla ice cream + rich & decadent hot fudge sauce + chopped almonds = pure bliss.  Seriously. You just can’t go wrong with vanilla and chocolate. 

Paleo & Vegan Fudge Tracks Ice Cream - Allergy Free AlaskaI’m very much an emotional eater; I’ve always been one, although I’ve curved it a lot over the last several years (or attempted to). Some days though, despite what is going on in life, I just want to eat a big bowl of ice cream. You know? It just makes everything better. 

I quit buying store-bought dairy free ice cream a while ago. Not because it didn’t taste good (well, for the most part anyways), but because of what was in it (soy, xanthan/guar gums, sugar, agave, “natural flavors”)… and the cost.  A family of four can completely decimate 1-2 of those little pint-sized containers in one night with no problems. I figure if I can make something healthier here at home, that’s nearly entirely sweetened using dates and stevia, that the whole family LOVES, then why not? And in my opinion, the more ice cream in my freezer, the better. :)

Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream- Allergy Free Alaska

Paleo Vegan Fudge Tracks Ice Cream - Allergy Free AlaskaCourse, as with most dairy free, egg free ice cream recipes, this Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream will be creamiest when it’s at a soft serve consistency. It’s how I prefer to eat it. If your ice cream has been sitting in the freezer for a while and is hard, simply let it warm up for a while on the counter, maybe 15-30 minutes; or if you’re super impatient like me, you can zap it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. 

And adding nuts is entirely optional.  :) 

All my love.
xoxo,
Megan
Vegan Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream - Allergy Free Alaska

Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 1/2 quarts

Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped dates in a small mixing bowl and cover with 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the dates and discard the water.
  3. Place the dates in a high speed blender with 1 can of full fat coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups). Puree on high until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining can of full fat coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, NuNatural’s Liquid Vanilla Stevia, and sea salt. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into a mason jar with a lid and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or until very cold.
  6. Give the chilled custard a quick stir (it may separate in the refrigerator as it chills, this is completely normal) and then pour into an ice cream maker (I recommend this one) and churn according to manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Place half of the ice cream into a freezer safe 1 1/2-2 quart glass storage container (I use the biggest container in this set) and then gently spread 1/4-1/3 cups of the fudge sauce over the top of the ice cream. Repeat the layers with the remaining ice cream and fudge sauce.
  8. Serve immediately for soft serve, or freeze for at least 4-6 hours for a firmer texture.
  9. Top with chopped almonds if desired.

Recipe Notes from Megan

The brand of canned coconut milk you use can make a HUGE difference in the quality and taste of your ice cream. My absolute favorite brand of coconut milk is the Aroy-D brand, which is guar gum and preservative free. I don’t recommend using the Natural Value brand, as often times it’s gritty and will not produce ice cream with a smooth texture.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/06/05/vegan-paleo-fudge-tracks-ice-cream/

This recipe is linked to, Marvelous Mondays, Fat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesdays, Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday and Gluten Free Fridays

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Whole Food Fridays 5-16-2014

Welcome to Whole Food Fridays! 

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This week’s featured recipe from the Allergy Free Alaska:

Rich & Decadent Dairy Free Hot Fudge Sauce
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10 Tips: How to Handle Children with Emotional Fits/Trantrums Due to Gluten Exposure
How to Handle a Child with Emotional Fits Tantrums Due to Gluten- Allergy Free Alaska

Top highlighted posts from last week:

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls from Live Free, Gluten Free
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Gluten Free Vegan Wholesome Fig Newtons from Tessa the Domestic Diva
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Lentil Paleo Wrap Burrito + Hidden Sources of Gluten from Strength & Sunshine
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Want to participate? Here’s how to join:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • Please provide a link back to Whole Food Fridays somewhere in the body of your post. 
  • Recipes that are gluten free and made with whole food ingredients are preferred, but not required. 
  • Your recipe or post does NOT have to be gluten free. 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!
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 ~Megan


Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas (and a giveaway!)

There is something special about tortillas. I wouldn’t call them a comfort food, but there’s nothing better than being able to eat a soft taco stuffed to the brim with all the fixin’s. You know what I mean?!

These Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas are totally legit. They look like the real thing (a gluten-filled white flour tortilla), bend like the real thing, and nearly taste like the real thing, too. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised how “normal” these are. 

I use a tortilla press to make my tortillas. I press the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper and then I use a rolling pin to roll the dough out thinner (to about the thickness of a nickel). That’s my secret to making my tortillas look so round and uniform. ;) 

All my love,
xoxo, 
Megan

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This giveaway is now closed. So because you guys are so awesome, I’m giving away 2 IMUSA Cast Iron 8-inch Tortilla Presses. That means there will be TWO lucky winners! You can enter using the form below:

Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas

Yield: eight 6-7 inch tortillas

Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the blanched almond flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, psyllium husk powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
  2. Stir in the olive oil and then slowly pour 1/2 cup of warm water into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes to allow the psyllium husk powder and coconut flour time to expand and absorb the liquid.
  4. If the dough is still dry and crumbly, continue to add additional warm water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough easily comes together to form a workable dough.
  5. Form the dough into 8 even balls and place them back in the mixing bowl; cover with a damp paper towel to prevent the dough from drying out.
  6. Preheat a lightly oiled 10-12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Roll a dough ball between 2 pieces of parchment paper into a round tortilla, as thin as you can get it (about the thickness of a nickel), about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  8. Peel off the top layer of parchment paper and place the tortilla, dough side down, into the hot skillet. Within a few seconds, you should be able to gently peel off the remaining piece of parchment paper. Cook until bubbly and golden. Flip and continue to cook until bubbly and golden on the other side (Be careful not to overcook. If the tortillas start to burn, beyond normal charring like you see in the picture, reduce heat to medium.).
  9. Place the cooked tortillas on a plate between layers of paper towels (or a clean kitchen towel). Some of the tortillas might come out of the skillet somewhat crispy, but as they sit on top of each other, between the layers of paper towels, the warm moist heat makes them pliable and soft.
  10. Continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough.

Recipe Notes from Megan

There is a difference between whole psyllium husk and psyllium husk powder. Please make sure you use psyllium husk powder in this recipe.

The key to these tortillas remaining pliable is moist warm heat. After refrigerating, simply warm in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to "revive" its pliability.

Q: How do these freeze? A: I don't know. I haven't tried it yet, so if you do, please come back and leave a comment so we'll all know the results!

Substitutions: For those of you who are nut free, you might be able to substitute sunflower seed flour for the blanched almond flour, but I haven't tried it yet, so I can't guarantee it will work. There are no substitutions for the coconut flour, or the psyllium husk powder.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/04/09/grain-free-vegan-tortillas/
 

 This recipe is linked to, Marvelous Mondays, Fat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesdays, Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday and Gluten Free Fridays. 

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Whole Food Fridays 4-4-2014

Welcome to Whole Food Fridays! 

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Welcome back to another edition of WFF! Thanks for continuing to share your latest posts and recipes! I can’t wait to see what you share this week. ;) 

This week’s featured recipe from the Allergy Free Alaska:

Moist Carrot Cake with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting (Gluten & Dairy Free)
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Highlighted Posts from Last Week:

Corn (-less) Tortillas from Creating Silver Linings
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17+ Gluten-Free Green Mint Desserts from All Gluten-Free Desserts
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Want to participate? Here’s how to join:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • Please provide a link back to Whole Food Fridays somewhere in the body of your post. 
  • Recipes that are gluten free and made with whole food ingredients are preferred, but not required. 
  • Your recipe or post does NOT have to be gluten free. 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!
  • By linking to Whole Food Fridays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC to use your post photos in future Whole Food Fridays if your recipe or post is selected to be highlighted the following week. 

 ~Megan


Whole Food Fridays 3-28-2014

Welcome to Whole Food Fridays! 

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Welcome back to another edition of WFF! Last week we had 32 entries. Thanks for continuing to share your latest posts and recipes! I can’t wait to see what you share this week. ;) 

Featured recipe from the Allergy Free Alaska archives:

The Everything Guide to Making Gluten-Free Bread – Including Troubleshooting Tips
Rice Free Multigrain Bread (Small)

Highlighted Posts from Last Week:

How To Make Coconut Milk from Don’t Mess with Mama
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The Best Power Bars Ever from Deep Roots at Home
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Flourless Chocolate Torte from Recipes to Nourish
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Want to participate? Here’s how to join:

  • Please link to your individual post, NOT your home page or a static blog party page.
  • Please provide a link back to Whole Food Fridays somewhere in the body of your post. 
  • Recipes that are gluten free and made with whole food ingredients are preferred, but not required. 
  • Your recipe or post does NOT have to be gluten free. 
  • Other posts for DIY, homemade, crafts, etc. are also welcome.
  • Please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!
  • By linking to Whole Food Fridays, you acknowledge and allow Allergy Free Alaska, LLC to use your post photos in future Whole Food Fridays if your recipe or post is selected to be highlighted the following week. 

 ~Megan


Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately… there’s been a LOT going on! First things first, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on this amazing opportunity: 

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Enter for a chance to WIN a Blendtec, Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor, and lots of other amazing prizes over at March Muffin Madness hosted by Shirley of gfe-gluten free easily. Shirley is teaming up with some of your favorite bloggers to share a different muffin recipe each day for the entire month of March! I shared my Delicious Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins. To see the complete line up of bloggers and to read all of the DELICIOUS details (including instructions on how to enter to win), CLICK HERE

Ultimate-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies450px-AllergyFreeAlaskaI’ve kept the recipe for these Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies in my back pocket for a while, just waiting for the right time to share it with you. After a few super busy weeks, I think it’s the right time.  ;)

I make these for my family when we need a little treat or pick me up (I may have even let my girls have 2 for breakfast the other day… but I won’t confirm or deny that). I’ve made this recipe for several friends, some are gluten free, some are not. Regardless, everyone has loved them, and some have been completely surprised these are grain free. They taste a lot like a regular “Toll House Style” chocolate chip cookie. Who knew grain free could taste so good?!  ;) 

A Few Notes About Substitutions:
1. If you can’t do almond flour or nuts, this recipe isn’t for you. Try my Gluten Free Toll House Style Chocolate Chip Cookies instead (the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of almond flour, but simply substitute sorghum flour for the almond flour and you’ll be golden). 
2. If you are egg free, try these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites or Protein Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies instead. 
3. And lastly, for sugar-free, try these Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies (just use cocoa nib in place of the chocolate chips for completely sugar-free). 

All my love, 
Megan (with a long E)

Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen (depending on the size)

Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot starch, palm sugar, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. Cut in the coconut oil until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. The dough will appear to be dry, but keep mixing until the ingredients come together to form a thick cookie dough.
  5. Stir in the Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips.
  6. Refrigerate in an airtight container for 2 hours.
  7. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment or silicone lined baking sheets and bake 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  8. Cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring the cookies to paper towels to help draw out the excess oils. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes from Megan

These cookies come out of the oven crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. For extra chewy cookies, under bake them by a minute. For completely crispy cookies, bake them until they are deep golden in color (just be careful not to burn them).

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/03/12/ultimate-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

This recipe is linked to Make Your Own Monday, Fat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, and Gluten Free Fridays. 

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Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties with Lemon Caper Sauce

Do you ever get stuck in a dinner rut? Where you feel incredibly uninspired to prepare meals, so you end up fixing the same things over and over again? That’s been me this past week, although fortunately it doesn’t happen often. Oddly enough, this recipe for Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties with Lemon Caper Sauce was a direct by product of my dinner rut. I’d finally had it and wasn’t going to settle for fixing an old standby… again.   

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When I set out to create these quinoa patties my refrigerator was running on empty. I wasn’t going to the store anytime soon, so I wanted to use what I had on hand. A green vegetable was logical (thank goodness for the last remaining broccoli head ALL the way in the back of the fridge), but I also wanted to include another protein, so I choose tuna. I thought the results were wonderful, but my opinion was confirmed when the critics (a.k.a my children) taste tested them. They gobbled the patties up and kept asking for more. The girls even went as far as asking to have them for breakfast the following morning. 

Score one for mom!! 

On its own, quinoa is packed with healthy protein, fiber, and other minerals, but combined with tuna, broccoli, eggs, and almond meal, these Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties are nutrient powerhouses. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack… you decide when to eat them, but these little babies are versatile, portable, kid-friendly, and are TO DIE FOR dipped in Lemon Caper Sauce (again, just ask my girls about the sauce… they love it!). 

Enjoy these!
All my love,
xo Megan

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Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties with Lemon Caper Sauce

Yield: 12 three-inch patties

Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties with Lemon Caper Sauce

Ingredients

    For the Lemon Caper Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon capers, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • For the Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties:
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup diced broccoli
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup drained & flaked tuna or salmon (about a 7 ounce can)
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour or gluten free bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3 tablespoons coconut oil, for frying

Instructions

    To make the Lemon Caper Sauce:
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate in an air tight container until ready to serve.
  2. To make the Tuna & Broccoli Quinoa Patties:
  3. Cook the quinoa according to package directions, or use The Better Way to Cook Quinoa method. Drain and cool.
  4. In a medium sized skillet, sauté the broccoli and onions in 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil over medium heat until they are beginning to turn soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from burner and cool.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, broccoli and onions, tuna, almond flour, garlic, and dill. Season with lots of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in the eggs.
  7. Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in a 10-12 inch skillet (this is the one I recommend) over medium heat.
  8. Pack a 1/4 cup metal measuring cup with patty mixture and carefully ease the mixture out into the skillet. Use the back side of a spatula to press the mixture into a three inch patty, about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
  9. Reduce temperature to medium low, and fry the patties for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown. Keep adding more coconut oil to the pan as needed. Serve warm or at room temperature with the Lemon Caper Sauce.

Recipe Notes from Megan

I like having a good amount of coconut oil in my frying pan, about a tablespoon, because it makes the outside of the patties nice and crunchy (but that’s just my preference, feel free to do what you like).

If you are using left over cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa equals about 1 3/4 cups of cooked quinoa.

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