Whole30 Ketchup

I have been trying to find a decent ketchup and BBQ sauce recipe for Whole30 and have not been happy with what I have found so far.  I tried this recipe, which was originally supposed to be a Paleo BBQ sauce recipe, but it tasted like ketchup to me.  So I have changed the recipe some to make it tastier and compatible with Whole30 and I like it better by far than the other recipes I have tried.  Even better is it is super quick and easy!

Whole30 Ketchup
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Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
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0
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
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0
Whole30 Ketchup
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Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
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0
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
0
Ingredients
Servings: cup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.
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Dump Ranch

This recipe came from www.whole-sisters.com/dump-ranch/cookbook-print/882/

The only change I made to it was to add a little dill.  I was quite impressed with how good it was!

Dump Ranch
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This is a healthy, quick and easy to make, Ranch dressing, without all the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought version.
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Dump Ranch
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This is a healthy, quick and easy to make, Ranch dressing, without all the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought version.
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Blend with an immersion blender in a wide mouth mason jar all ingredients, except herbs for approximately one minute. Start with the immersion blender at the bottom of your jar working your way up to the top. Don't start moving your blender upwards until you see it thickening up.
  2. Incorporate the herbs during the last 15 seconds or it will turn your ranch green. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
Recipe Notes

A large handful of fresh herbs of your choice can be used in place of dried parsley.  Our favorites are cilantro, parsley and dill.

If your ranch is too thin:

Make sure you are using full fat canned coconut milk.  If you want a dip like consistency use only the solid cream, but for a dressing, use the cream and the liquid.  It may also thicken up just being in the fridge for a few hours.

Make sure you're using an immersion blender for guaranteed success.

Use a small container, like a mason jar or salad dressing container.

HERE IS THE TRICK TO SAVING YOUR DUMP RANCH... If your ranch never thickens it probably didn't emulsify properly. Just add another egg!  Yep, that's all it takes to quickly save all those ingredients.

 

 

 

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Beef Stew

This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies.  If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan.  If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.

Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
  2. Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
  3. Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
  5. Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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Fried Rice

This is a recipe that serves one, so I can make it for myself for lunch with leftover ingredients.    Of course, if you want more than one serving, you can easily double or triple the ingredients.

As always, you can change the vegetables and /or meats that go into this dish.  Add bean sprouts, ham, chicken, celery… you get the idea.

This is the recipe I use for a soy sauce substitute:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute/

Fried Rice
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Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Fried Rice
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Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat sesame oil in a medium sized skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add peppers, peas, garlic and mushroom. Saute, stirring often, for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add eggs and stir. They will cook very fast.
  4. Stir in lobster, rice, soy sauce or soy sauce substitute, and lobster or shrimp. Stir and heat until warmed through.
  5. I like mine with toasted black sesame seeds added to the top.
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Baked Chicken Tenders

I make up a bunch of this seasoning mix and store it in an airtight container, so it is really easy to make on a busy day!

Baked Chicken Tenders
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Baked Chicken Tenders
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a Ziploc bag with some milk. Let set for at least 20 minutes. Preheat oven to Speedbake 400 degrees. If you do not have a Speedbake, you might want to bump it up to 425.
  2. Place 1/2 stick of butter in a cookie sheet with sides. Melt butter in oven as it is preheating. Make sure there are no dry spots on the pan.
  3. Shake excess milk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix. You can either shake the chicken in a bag, until coated, or dip each piece in a bowl until coated.
  4. Cook 15 minutes. Turn each piece of chicken and continue cooking for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. I served mine with broccoli and seasoned brown basmati rice.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Fruit, Nut and Seed Granola

You can change this to include your favorite granola ingredients.  The grandkids and I love this recipe!  It makes a healthy snack that is quite filling.  This will be a great snack to take with us on vacation.

Fruit, Nut and Seed Granola
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Fruit, Nut and Seed Granola
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the oats, nuts, seeds, fruit and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the almond butter and honey. Mix well. Combine the almond butter mixture with the oat mixture, and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour the granola mixture onto the parchment paper lined pan, and spread out evenly. Bake for 1/2 hour or so, stirring halfway through.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool in the pan for an hour or two until it dries out. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

I found a bag of dried fruit & raw nuts at Costco.  It contained all the fruits and nuts that I needed for this recipe.  I just used 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds and 1 3/4 cup of this mixture.

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Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Sesame Seeds

These carrots are roasted until they become sweetly caramalized.  Add garlic and sesame seeds for a delicious treat!

Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Sesame Seeds
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Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Sesame Seeds
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Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Peel and cut carrots into 2-3" lengths. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add sesame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the garlic. After the carrots have baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven and add garlic. Stir to combine. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

We buy peeled garlic from Costco in a large bag.  Then it can be put in freezer and used as needed.

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Chocolate Almond Granola

This is not at all sweet, but my husband loves it!  Of course, if you prefer it sweeter, add more brown sugar or honey!

Chocolate Almond Granola
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chocolate Almond Granola
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine liquid ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir to mix. Spread onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes without stirring. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Break into large clusters. Store in covered container at room temperature.
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Stir Fried Veggies

This is actually the start of my Breakfast Skillet (http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/breakfast-skillet/), but without the eggs and cheese.  I make this often when I want a quick, healthy lunch.  If you are watching your carbs, you can leave the potato out, although this is a very small potato anyway.

Stir Fried Veggies
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Stir Fried Veggies
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat cast iron skillet on stove. Add avocado oil. Add potatoes and onions to skillet.
  2. Let that cook while you prep the other veggies.
  3. Add remaining veggies to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until they are cooked as desired.
  4. I like to add roasted black sesame seeds to mine for extra flavor and nutrition.
Recipe Notes

Each serving contains 271 calories, 15 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 1131 mg potassium (32%), 31 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 6 g protein, 44% vitamin A, 180% vitamin C, 9% calcium, 19% iron

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