Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I have a secret. I’ve only eaten brussel sprouts twice in my life, this being one of them. Gasp! I know! How could such a veggie lover not have experienced such a wonderful vegetable?

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts // Naturally Lindsey

Well let’s be honest… up until the past few years brussel sprouts were, well, slightly less than glamorous in the food world. It was like one day they went from smelly and “ew” to totally posh and trendy (thanks in large part to bacon, I think). BUT there’s another reason I never had brussel sprouts before. My dad LOATHES them. I mean totally and completely hates them. They are the bain of his existence, hence they were never allowed in the house despite the fact that my mom didn’t mind them. Pretty funny, huh?

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts // Naturally Lindsey

Although there’s something even more peculiar. My dad is the reason I first tried them. One day he apparently got a little spark in him that made him go to Whole Foods (which isn’t exactly his type of store) and buy us dinner from the food counter. Orange glazed brussel sprouts were one of his picks, just to “give them another chance” — he spit them out as soon as he took a bite. I thought they were okay, but not great. A little sulfurous. Now I just think they weren’t cooked right, because these were delicious. Continue reading

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Grain-Free Garlic Cilantro Lime “Rice”

Rice that’s not rice? You heard right! This tasty recipe uses cauliflower to give you all of that ricey goodness without the grains. Though as far as cruciferous vegetables go, cauliflower seems to be the most polarizing. People either love it, or they hate it. Maybe it’s because too many people have either only had it on veggie trays (raw is a bit hard to palate, in my opinion), or from frozen medley packages with a lovely side of freezer burn. Not exactly the best impression…

Grain-Free Garlic Cilantro Lime "Rice" // Naturally Lindsey

No matter which side you fall on, fear not! This recipe is for you. It’s also free of practically every common food allergen. Pretty cool, huh? Although I’m in the pro-cauliflower camp, I can tell you that you would never guess this is cauliflower! Just chop it up, cook with onion, garlic, and spices, throw in some cilantro and squeeze a lime on it et voila! Zesty rice perfection. My mouth is watering in reminiscence.

Grain-Free Garlic Cilantro Lime "Rice" // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe calls for a whole head of cauliflower, but before you get into that please know that it’s A LOT, about 6-7 cups worth. So if you’re not looking to make that much, feel free to half the measurements. If you want to make that much but don’t have an extra large sauté pan, just cook it in batches. Maybe make one spicier than the other or try different kinds of seasoning. Get creative! It’s easily adaptable and super versatile… Continue reading

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs with Garlic Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Light and healthy meatballs meet a tangy garlicky dipping sauce with Thanksgiving flair… Actually, before I dive into this can we talk about the word garlicky real quick? At first you’re like, “hey, K, what are you doing in there?” And while it may seem gratuitous at first, you then realize garlicy would be decidedly less appetizing. But I digress…

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

The month of November marks the true start of the holiday season: Christmas displays in the store, holiday music on the radio, and Black Friday commercials out the wazoo. But with the craziness comes something else – holiday parties! I absolutely love parties, but unfortunately no one entertains like they used to (Mad Men, anyone?). I grew up with a mother who hosted Bunco, Pampered Chef parties, jewelry parties, fabulous themed birthday parties for me and my siblings, etc. Seriously, she went all out! Though my 4th story studio doesn’t quite afford me the opportunity to entertain, I am fortunate enough to have a dear friend with a lovely house who shares the same love of entertaining. This past weekend she hosted the first party of the season, so naturally I had to do my part and provide a yummy appetizer for the hors d’oeuvre potluck!

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

My mother (coming full circle here!) introduced me to this recipe from Fresh4Five last holiday season and we could not believe how delicious it was, so I just had to make it again! However, I’m never one to leave a recipe alone nor do I like to go out of my way (or budget) just to find certain ingredients, so I substituted some fresh sage I had on hand for some of the dried herbs, and I put my own Thanksgiving-themed twist on the on the molasses sauce. Really, I should have just called these “Thanksgiving on a stick” even though they really, really should be enjoyed year-round.

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

I doubled this recipe with much success for the party – and it’s a good thing I did, because there were only 6 meatballs left at the end of the night! And just today I made another double batch for a beloved co-worker’s surprise baby shower potluck – they disappeared quickly. Whether made for dinner, a snack, or an appetizer, I think this it’s safe to say this recipe is a keeper :)

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Soy-free
• Refined sugar free
• Nut-free
• Paleo

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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus

I love hummus. LOVE it. I use it as a dip for any kind of vegetable, spread it on rice cakes or gluten-free toast, and even use it in place of mayo in my tuna salad. Though I have to say, I’m somewhat ashamed. Not of my love of hummus, no, but because I’d never made hummus until now! It’s ridiculously easy – all it takes is a few ingredients and a few minutes in the food processor. This version is a little more complicated considering you have to roast the red bell pepper first, but it’s really quite easy. The roasted red bell pepper combined with the zesty flavor of the raw orange bell pepper give this hummus a unique sweet-and-spicy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your own combinations! For instance, I like garlic so I decided to use 3 cloves, but you can add just one if you please. It’s simple, delicious, and nutritious. What more could you ask for?

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free
• Nut-free
• Vegan

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus // Naturally Lindsey

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