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Ridiculously Easy Basil Pizza Sauce

It is already the season for fresh basil here! The plant I have has taken off like wildfire and basil from the garden is in abundance here. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more recipes with basil in the future, and probably some fun recipes to get the kids in the kitchen as well. This pizza sauce is ultimate in simplicity. A can of fire roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and olive oil are combined for a simple sauce that allows nature’s flavors to shine! I think I’ve finally perfected my soaked grain pizza crust and topped with this sauce it was absolutely delish! Here’s to pizza night (Friday at our house). :)

If you want to make your own crust as well you can opt for the grain free crust made with coconut flour. It is amazing like a cheesy bread crust. Or, for a more classic take on crust try the thin and crispy buckwheat crust.

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makes enough for 2 medium pizzas

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves of garlic finely minced 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained (BPA free can- I use these) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small pan and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Mash with a potato masher to form a chunky sauce or lightly blend with an immersion blender. You can skip the simmering, but your sauce will be more watery and the flavors won’t be as nicely married together. Recipe from Food.comSchema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin2.2http://thischickcooks.net/2013/06/22/ridiculously-easy-basil-pizza-sauce/

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Coconut Peanut Butter

Time once again for the Secret Recipe Club. (Read more about SRC) This month my assigned blog was Easily Good Eats. Once I came across the recipe for coconut peanut butter I knew that it was a must make recipe. I’ve been making my own peanut butter for a while because you can save so much money and it is as easy as opening a container and dumping ingredients in the food processor.

Making your own lets you get that delicious peanut buttery taste with just the right crunch, perfect sweetness and a hint of saltiness if desired. I always add coconut oil to my peanut butter since coconut oil is so good for you (coconut oil benefits and some yummy recipes!). If I were stranded on a desert island having some coconut oil would definitely be on my short list as I use it around the house for so many things!

But, back to the peanut butter. The idea of adding coconut to peanut butter absolutely intrigued me. It turned out to be super yummy. I have to say that my favorite way to eat this peanut butter is to stick it in the fridge and then scoop out a hardened spoonful. It feels so indulgent… a really yummy (healthy) treat!

 

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Ingredients

3 cups roasted peanuts (Aldi always has the best deal I’ve found) 1 cup shredded coconut (my favorite) 3 tablespoons honey (more or less to taste) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup coconut oil

Instructions

Add nuts coconut to food processor and blend on high until very crumbly and moist. Dump in honey, salt and 1/4 cup coconut oil. Add more oil 1 tablespoonful at a time until your desired consistency is reached. 1/2 cup total coconut oil was perfect to me.Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin2.2http://thischickcooks.net/2013/06/03/coconut-peanut-butter/

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25+ Strawberry Recipes for Strawberry Lovers and Non-Strawberry Lovers

Strawberries are so delicious! Not only are they one of the tastiest delicacies when fresh, they also pack a great nutritional punch. According to WHFoods:

“Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional.”

Strawberries are an awesome source for antioxidants, but they are also an excellent source of calcium and flavonoids and a good source or folate, potassium and dietary fiber. 8 strawberries provide more vitamin C than an orange! (source)

Here is a collection of recipes for strawberry lovers and some recipes to sneak some in for those who aren’t a fan.

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream from Baked Bree Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi from The Healthy Foody Black Bean and Feta Tacos with Strawberry Mango Salsa from Eats Well with Others Strawberry Kombucha from Cultures for Health Chicken and Strawberry Salad from Cooking Light Blueberry, Strawberry, Jicama Salsa from Two Peas and their Pod via Eat your Books

 

 

Strawberry Sauce from My Food Book (serve atop Grandma’s Whole Wheat Pancakes)

 

Strawberry Almond Butter Soup from Oh She Glows (I’d use regular milk and honey to sweeten as agave is highly processed)

 

Strawberry Ice Cream from My Whole Foods Life (dairy free)

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries from The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Strawberry Lemon Iced Tea from Curry and Comfort Strawberry Basil Lemonade from Kitchen Meets Girl 10 Minute Strawberry Jam from Splash of Something

 

Quick Strawberry Spring Salad from Cheerios and Lattes (would be awesome with sweet onion poppyseed dressing or 5 minute candied nuts)

Grain/Gluten Free Strawberry Almond Flapjacks from Just Eat Real Food

The Best Dessert Ever from GNOWFGLINS

 

Follow This 1 Tip for a Ton of Organic Strawberries in the Garden from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

 

Strawberry Lemon Zest Mousse from Apron Strings

Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote with Honey Custard from Nourished Kitchen

 

Strawberry Water Kefir from Our Nourishing Roots

Strawberry Fool from The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Strawberry Refrigerator Oats from This Chick Cooks (me) Organic Strawberry Fruit Leather from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

 

Yogurt Covered Strawberries from This Chick Cooks

And more…

Berry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Homemade Strawberry Shakes from Kelly the Kitchen Kop

If you’re looking for more creative ideas for using strawberries you should check out The Flavor Bible. It is one of my favorite books ever. It gives suggestions for pairing foods. Simply look up an food and it gives you a long list of other ingredients that will compliment it!

 

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How to Bake with Coconut Flour {and 25+ Recipes}

For those who are trying to eat a grain/gluten free coconut flour is awesome for making the occasional baked goods. Coconut flour is rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats, which makes it a very filling ingredient. It is also naturally gluten free.

Dried coconut is finely ground to produce coconut flour. If you are industrious you can even try making your own coconut flour, but as it is rather complicated and I prefer to buy it pre-made. Coconut Secret is the brand I use most often. You can find it at health stores on buy online.

Tips for Cooking with Coconut Flour Substitute up to 20% coconut flour in place of standard grain-based flour in recipes Coconut flour can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio when used for breading on meats or veggies. When cooking with coconut flour as the main flour, you need far less flour than you would in a standard recipe, but you will need a lot more liquids since coconut flour is 4 times as absorbent as wheat flour. The coconut flour will soak up liquids as it sits so don’t be tempted to cut back on the liquids in a recipe with coconut flour.Once you mix the recipe let it rest for 5 minutes to fully absorb the liquids. Thoroughly blend recipes using coconut flour to avoid clumps. For every cup of coconut flour used, you generally need 5-6 eggs and 1 cup of liquids (such as milk).

 

COCONUT FLOUR WAFFLES from Deliciously Organic

COCONUT FLOUR PIZZA CRUST from This Chick Cooks COCONUT FLOUR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES from Cooking Traditional Foods

COCONUT FLOUR POUND CAKE from Healthy Indulgences

COCONUT FLOUR APPLE PANCAKES from This Chick Cooks COCONUT FLOUR PIE CRUST from The Coconut Mama

LEMON POPPYSEED PANCAKES from The Roasted Root

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES from This Chick Cooks COCONUT FLOUR BACON BISCUITS from Primal Den Mother

COCONUT FLOUR SWEET POTATO PANCAKES from This Chick Cooks COCONUT FLOUR BLUEBERRY MUFFINS from Wholesome Home SCALLOPED SWEET POTATOES from A Girl Worth Saving PALEO AND GLUTEN FREE TORTILLAS from Zest Bakery GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA MARBLED CUPCAKES from Parenting

COCONUT FLOUR CREPES from Healing Foods Cookbook

COCONUT FLOUR DOUGHNUTS from Pragmatic Paleo

CLEAN EATING FREEDOM BROWNIES from The Gracious Pantry

GRAIN FREE ROSEMARY FOCACCIA BREAD from Living Nutrition

SPICE MUFFINS MADE WITH COCONUT FLOUR from Thrive Style

(I’d use maple syrup as the sweetener)

COCONUT AND DARK CHOCOLATE POPOVERS from Doughmesstic

(note: These contain white flour which would be a VERY rare treat. Use either unbleached white flour or try a sprouted white winter wheat)

BERRY BREAKFAST CRUMBLE from This Chick Cooks COCONUT FLOUR TORTILLAS from askgeorgie.com

COCONUT FLOUR CAKE WITH COCONUT FROSTING from Nourished Kitchen DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS from This Chick Cooks

 

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY COCONUT FLOUR CUAKES from The Nourishing Gourmet

 

COCONUT FLOUR BREAD from Nourished Kitchen PUMPKIN BREAD from Loving Our Guts MINI CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES from The Nourishing Gourmet BACON ARUGULA AND CHEDDAR QUICHE from Loving our Guts

 

Helpful Resources for Cooking with Coconut Flour: Cooking with Coconut Flour: A Delicious Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Alternative to Wheat Coconut Flour! 47+ Irresistible Recipes for Baking with Coconut Flour: Perfect for Gluten Free, Celiac and Paleo Diets 20 Incredible Coconut Flour Recipes Baking with Coconut Flour A Primer: Baking with Coconut Flour Do you have any tips for cooking with coconut flour or favorite coconut flour recipes? Share them in the comments below.

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