Hungarian-Style Cabbage Roll in a Bowl

Cabbage rolls can be a lot of work, but now you can get all of the flavour of an authentic Hungarian meal without all the fuss!

Being half-Hungarian myself, this recipe brings back a lot of memories from my younger years, particular of my grandmother’s (nagymama) cooking. The added sauerkraut and paprika make the dish a genuine and foreign favourite! Get ready to dig into this hearty Hungarian comfort food. Mmm…

Ingredients:

 

 

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*shown without rice.

 

  • 1 Tbs avocado oil
  • 2 lb ground chicken ( or ground meat of choice)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce (if on whole30, make sure to read ingredients for a compliant brand)
  • 1 – 2 Tbs Hungarian paprika
  • 1 cup chicken stock (can sub for water)
  • 2 cup cooked rice (exclude if following a Paleo/Whole30 diet)
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup wine sauerkraut – fully rinse underwater to tame the flavour!

Directions (Instant Pot):

  • Press the saute button on the Instant Pot
  • Heat oil and then add the gound meat, salt & pepper
  • Brown meat, about 5 minutes
  • Add the onion, garlic, paprika and mix well
  • Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth
  • Cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes.
  • Quick release, add the rice (if desired), cabbage and sauerkraut and cook 5 minutes high pressure.
  • Quick release and Enjoy!!

*add a dollop of sour cream for real authentic flavor!

Stove Top Directions:

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil
  • Add the ground meat, salt & pepper
  • Brown meat, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic and paprika stir.
  • Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth
  • Cover and cook medium-low 25 minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice, cabbage and sauerkraut, cook approx. 15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  • Enjoy!

*add a dollop of sour cream for real authentic flavor!

 

 

 

 

Shwarma-Style Chicken with Tahini Dressing

img_9117Here is a quick and easy recipe your whole family will love! This Middle-eastern chicken has incredible flavour that is not only aromatic, but delicious too! Accompanied by tahini dressing  that adds an extra punch of nutty and creamy-ness to top it off. Enjoy on a salad, in a wrap or on its own – how every you eat it, I am sure you will love it as much as I do.  Paleo and Whole 30 Approved!  Mmm…

Ingredients:

  • 2 Lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbs Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbs Paprika
  • 1 Tbs Cumin
  • 1 Tbs Hawaij (if you cannot find, sub for 2 tsp Turmeric)
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

For Dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup Tahini
  • 1 – 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 Tbs water (until you get a smooth consistency)
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Clean and pat dry chicken thighs and place in a bowl
  • Combine all of the seasonings in a small  dish
  • Pour avocado oil over chicken followed by the seasoning mixture
  • Rub all together and ensure chicken is heavily coated
  • Transfer to plastic food bag and place in fridge for 6 hrs, or overnight
  • Cook on BBQ until well done!

Tahini Dressing:

  • Whisk all ingredients together
  • Drizzle on top of chicken and Enjoy!

 

 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve been searching for a simple and delicious treat, look no further than these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are one of my favourite recipes on the site. They have it all: a thick and chewy texture paired with warm dark chocolate chips. Consider it love at first bite.

Another great perk of this sweet is they are naturally gluten free and paleo. You can also tailor them to your liking.  Instead of almond butter, use your favorite nut butter like peanut butter or soy nut butter. You can also add in coconut, dried fruit or oat on top; the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:IMG_8059

  • 1 Cup Smooth Almond Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup dark vegan chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place parchment paper on cookie sheet
  • Place all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in food processor and blend
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Measure 1 Tbs of mixture, form into a ball with your hands
  • Place on parchment paper and bake for 8 – 9 min, middle rack
  • Once out of oven, place on cooling rack for 5 – 10 min
  • Enjoy!

Classic Bolognese Sauce

This rich authentic Bolognese Sauce is super easy to make and a true Italian classic. This is a hearty and flavourful sauce that is the perfect recipe for comfort food!IMG_7345

Classic Bolognese sauce traditionally uses ground beef, ground veal, ground pork and often pancetta (Italian bacon).  Mine uses 1lb of ground chicken, combined with 1lb of extra lean ground beef, to enhance the overall flavor and keep ingredients to a minimum.

The sauces also freezes well (perfect for a later time) and can be used in any pasta dish. For a pure Paleo option, use over a plate of spaghetti squash.

The key to a good Bolognese is to not cut corners! Blend with an immersion hand blender to make this sauce silky smooth! Mmm…

Ingredients:

  • 2 Lbs ground meat (1 lb ground chicken and 1 lb extra lean ground beef)
  • 1 Tbs Avocado Oil
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cans crush tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Set Instant Pot to Sautee function, pour in avocado oil.
  • Add in ground meat, brown fully
  • Stir in all of the remaining ingredients
  • Set Instant pot to High Pressure 15 min
  • Quick release once completed
  • Blend with immersion hand blender
  • Enjoy on spaghetti, spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, baked potato…..the yummy possibilities are endless….

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On a plate of spaghetti squash

 

 

Edamame Salad

IMG_4643 (1)If you’re not into complicated recipes, or your schedule doesn’t allow it, then this Edamame Salad is a quick and easy solution.

This is a a power salad packed with sweet and salty Asian flavor, and also filled with vitamins, protein, and fibre. If you’re looking for a light vegetarian side for your lunch or dinner, or just a quick snack, this Edamame Salad is a total protein source that is guaranteed to fill you up without weighing you down! Mmm…

Ingredients:

  • 400gm edamame, peeled
  • 1 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs everything bagel seasoning

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Serve chilled

Sweet Potato Hash with Baked Eggs

Who doesn’t love eggs? This recipe is a hearty hash with eggs that will give you protein punch at any time of day. Whole eggs are cracked over the hash and baked in a skillet for a complete one pan meal.IMG_3511

And don’t get me started on the health benefits. If you are an athlete of any kind (and I mean running, walking, swimming, kickboxing…you name it), you need some healthy carbs to fuel your workouts. Sweet potatoes are a smart carbohydrate choice that also contain manganese, which aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates and can help level out blood sugar levels.

Brunch or dinner is served! Mmm…

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs avocado oil
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Small onion, diced
  • 1 Medium sweet potato, diced into 1inch cubes
  • 10 small-sized brussel sprouts, roughly chopped
  • 3 – 4 pieces thinly sliced prosciutto (omit for vegetarian option), chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

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  • Heat oil in skillet and add onions, sauté for 1 – 2 min
  • Add in sweet potato, sauté for 5 mins
  • Stir in brussel sprouts
  • Pour in water and cover skillet for 5 – 8 min to fully cook sweet potato and brussel sprouts
  • Stir in cut up prosciutto slices
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Crack eggs on top, all around the hash mixture and cover, cook for 5 mins or until whites are firm and yolks are runny
  • Serve and enjoy

Sweet Potato & Prosciutto Baked Egg Cups

These little cups of golden delicious-ness are an easy option for busy families who need something quick in the mornings. Sweet and salty, they are great for breakfast, brunch or a simple snack on the go.IMG_4033

These prosciutto egg cups are high-protein and portable, and easy to make in advance so you can enjoy them all week.  Eat them at your desk, in your car, or right out of the fridge with your hands (when no one’s looking 🙂 ). Best of all, they can be filled with any ingredients to suit your taste (add spinach, your favourite deli meat or seasonings). You can also adjust your cooking time to how you like your eggs (I like mine not too runny, but still soft in the middle).

There’s nothing better than a healthy and wholesome breakfast that not only tastes great, but also leaves you energized all morning. Mmm

 

Ingredients

*Yields 12

  • Oil or cooking spray01FC1470-E2B1-436F-A73A-4ABD91755F2C
  • 1-2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 12 eggs
  • 12 thin slices of prosciutto (can be substituted with your favourite deli meat or omitted)
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Spray muffin baking tray
  • Slice Sweet potato thin with a mandaline
  • Line each muffin tin with 2 peices of sweet potato
  • Lay thin slice of prosciutto over the sweet potato
  • Crack egg and lightly season with salt and pepper
  • Bake on middle rack for approx. 15 minutes, or until the whites are firm and yolk is runny.
  • Cool and enjoy!

*Recipe tipmake in advance as part of your weekly meal prep for a quick breakfast and easy snack full of protein!