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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Lemon Butter Shrimp

I’ve talked before about my love of pasta. Honestly who doesn’t love a big bowl of al dente hopes and dreams carb-y deliciousness slathered in creamy sauce? Don’t lie, you know your mouth is watering 😉

Back in 2015, my husband David and I had only been married about a year, living in a little one bedroom apartment on-base, and I was really starting to experiment in the kitchen. I was feeding us all sorts of delicious, albeit not great for us, foods – pasta most of all! When January 2016 rolled around, our New Year’s resolution was to save for a trip to Italy in 2017. I was going to learn how to make homemade pasta from some Italian grannies, David was going to see all the fantastic art, and we were going to eat and drink our way through the country. Come May 2016, we had saved about $1,300…but then my Aunt Flo didn’t show up for her monthly visit, and I saw two pink lines that completely shifted our future plans. In January 2017 we welcomed our Zemirah Capri (you can read her birth story here), whose middle name was inspired by our plans to visit Capri, Italy, and the rest is *happy* history! We still plan on visiting Italy one day – after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day – so I’m sure it will stick around 😉

Fast forward another year and I discovered how much steering clear of dairy really helped my IBS symptoms (you can read our journey with healthy-ish eating here), and we both discovered limiting gluten helped with decreasing bloat and feeling better all around! We are not 100% dairy free or gluten free, but I can tell you that a big bowl of the *real deal* fettucine alfredo would not do us any favors. And since it is now officially fall and all the lovely gourds are in season, I thought I would make over this classic comfort food to be easy for our digestive systems while still tasting amazing! I truly hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did, and can indulge in your comfort food cravings without regret!

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Lemon Butter Shrimp


Ingredients

    For the spaghetti squash:
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • Two medium sized spaghetti squashes, to produce about 7-8 cups of shredded spaghetti squash (roasting instructions below)
  • 1/3 cup of avocado oil based mayonnaise (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 10 oz of light coconut milk
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp of dried parsley
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of dried basil
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • Cayenne to taste, optional
  • For the shrimp:
  • 1 lb of peeled and de-veined shrimp (if using frozen, thaw them first)
  • 3 tbsp of butter or ghee
  • One large lemon (or two small), sliced
  • Dried parsley
  • Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  2. Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and pulp (you can pierce the squash and microwave for about 5-6 minutes to soften up if you are having a hard time cutting it)
  3. Drizzle each half with olive oil, and season to your taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
  4. Roast on a baking sheet, cut side up, for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the skin is easily pierced with a fork, and the flesh can easily be scraped out.
  5. Shred the squash and set aside.
  6. Make the sauce by combining mayo, nutritional yeast, coconut milk, lemon juice, and seasonings in a large pot.
  7. Bring sauce to a soft boil, stirring often. If the sauce looks too thick, add more coconut milk. If it looks to runny, add more mayo.
  8. Once sauce has come together, reduce heat to low and add squash, using tongs to toss and combine.
  9. Cover and keep heat on low while you cook the shrimp.
  10. In a large pan, melt your butter over medium-low heat.
  11. Once melted, add the shrimp – making sure all shrimp are touching the pan and not overcrowded.
  12. Season as desired with kosher salt and dried parsley.
  13. Lightly squeeze lemon slices, then add those to the pan as well.
  14. Cook shrimp for about 2-3 minutes per side, until pink.
  15. Serve immediately and garnish with lemon slices and parsley, if desired.
  16. Keep leftovers covered in the fridge. The shrimp will keep for about 3-4 days and the squash for a week.

For another noodle “pasta” recipe, check out my Zoodles with Meat Sauce, but if you’re wanting some actual gluten free noodles, check out my Spaghetti Bake with Balsamic Glaze or Baked Ziti with Sausage – personally, I love them all. But then again, I could swim in a pile of noodles, whether they are spiralized veggies or made from chick peas.

This spaghetti squash recipe is so easy, healthy, and astoundingly delicious! I am sure it will be a fall favorite for my family, and I hope it will be for yours, too. Eat some healthier comfort food, really savor it…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Apple Pie Parfaits

It is officially fall! The first day of fall was four days ago and the high today is…95. So while it may not quite feel like fall, we can still celebrate by busting out the decorations and using all the warm, spiced flavors! These Apple Pie Parfaits are full of all the fall flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and coziness. 🙂 Warm, spiced apples are “cozy” between layers of dairy free whipped cream and nutty, crunchy granola crumble. Delicious! I knew this recipe was a keeper when my picky nephew kept asking for more. *praise hands* I hope you and your family enjoy this vegan, refined sugar free fall treat as much as mine did!

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Apple Pie Parfaits


Ingredients

    For the apple filling:
  • 4 medium sized apples, thinly sliced (I used two Gala and two Granny Smith. I also left the skin on for looks + extra fiber, but you can peel them if desired.)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the granola crumble:
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp of whole flax seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • For the whipped cream layer:
  • Generous spoonfuls of dairy free whipped cream (there is also a coconut cream whipped cream made by Reddi Whip)

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Drop apple slices in the boiling water and boil for about 5-7 minutes, until tender crisp.
  3. While the apples are boiling, make your granola crumble by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined, but with texture – you don’t want granola dust!
  4. Once apples are cooked, drain and return to pot. Stir in remaining apple filling ingredients until all slices are coated in “coziness” 😉
  5. In a glass of your choice, layer whipped cream, granola crumble, and apple slices. Repeat layers until you reach the top, ending with whipped cream!
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Keep leftovers separate – apples in the fridge and crumble at room temperature. Simply reheat the apples when you want more and layer away!

For more recipes to celebrate fall (or “hotumn” as I saw on Facebook), check out my Cinnamon ApplesauceSlow Cooker Apple CiderPumpkin Bread with Crumb Topping, or Pumpkin Spice Cake. And to make your home smell like a fall-themed bakery, use my “recipe” for Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Scent! I certainly wish it were cooler, but it’s my favorite season, so I will still celebrate! Enjoy this marginally cooler weather, celebrate anyway…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Berry Watermelon Jigglers

Okay so I admit, I don’t know if “jigglers” is a word, but that’s what my mom always called the Jell-o squares she made us, and it’s just fun to say! We are still hanging out in the triple digits here in Texas, and I basically wish I could live in the refrigerator next to these refreshingly cool jigglers. These tasty little gelatin squares are made from fresh fruit, water, honey, and unflavored gelatin. That’s it! They are cool, fresh, and healthy! You get plenty of hydration from the fruit juice, antioxidants from the berries, and collagen from the gelatin. Not to mention, your kids will love them, and you can offer dessert without dripping sweat into a bowl of brownie batter. I hope these yummy fruit treats hit the spot for your family and keep you nice and cool!

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Berry Watermelon Jigglers

  • Servings: 16 squares
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh berries of your choice, or thawed from frozen.
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh watermelon
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 oz of unflavored gelatin

Directions


1. In a blender or food processor, combine fruit, water, and honey.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Strain juice through a nut milk bag
4. Follow the directions for your gelatin on how much juice to boil, but for the Knox brand (linked above), I boiled 3 cups of juice and sprinkled the gelatin over 1 cup of cold juice.
5. Pour boiling water over soft gelatin, and stir until all gelatin is dissolved.
6. Pour gelatin into a 9×9 pan or these cute silicone molds
7. Refrigerate for 2+ hours, until firm.
8. Slice (or use cookie cutters for fun!) into individual jigglers!
9. Keep leftovers refrigerated.

If you, like me, are not a fan of unnecessary sweating, check out some of my other no bake treats like Dairy Free Chocolate MilkshakesNo Bake Chocolate Date Cake, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. And for more berry treats, try my Berry Lemonade or No Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust – which is divine topped with fresh strawberries. Whatever you end up making, I hope you enjoy! Stay cool…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Dairy Free Chocolate Milkshakes

We had our first triple digit days this week in good ol’ Dallas, Texas, and I have to tell you…it wasn’t that bad  I thought my face was going to melt off! Now you know I’ve had a long standing affair with chocolate (sorry, honey 😉 ), but when it feels like the oven might actually make my eyelashes meld into my eyelids, I am not about to bake – no matter how delicious a chocolate chip cookie might be. Thankfully I’ve discovered a lot of delicious, dairy free, no bake desserts where I can literally have my cake and eat it, too. One of those delicious desserts is, of course, “nice cream” – a creamy, sweet creation made with frozen bananas. This “milk”shake is a version of nice cream: a thick, creamy dark chocolate shake sweetened with honey and maple syrup, and thinned with coconut water for an extra burst of hydration + electrolytes. If you are melting in this heat wave, a big pitcher of Dairy Free Chocolate Milkshakes is just what you need to hydrate, cool you off, and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Dairy Free Chocolate Milkshakes


Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor
  2. Pulse/blend until smooth
  3. Serve immediately – chilled

For more no bake treats, check out my Chocolate Banana “Nice” CreamNo Bake Chocolate Date CakeNo Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate CrustMicrowave Molten Lava Cake, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Do you think I have a thing for chocolate?! 😉 Whichever no bake treat you whip up, I hope you enjoy! Stay cool…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Berry Lemonade

Since late summer of 2014, I’ve been frolicking on beaches, dipping my feet in the cool water, enjoying the ocean breeze coming through my open windows, and never had to worry about bug spray. That was in sunny Oceanside, California. Cut to now, late spring 2019 in Dallas, Texas. I have sweat dripping from my elbows after an hour outside – I didn’t even know your elbows could sweat! The sun is so hot it feels like I’m living on it, my body is covered in bright red mosquito and chigger bites, and the humidity makes my hair look like a small dog that just rolled in the mud.

But nothing beats summertime here with our family. Everyone is a sweaty mess so we just let it slide while we sit around, watching the kids play outside, eating watermelon and sipping lemonade. Lemonade is a must around here – cool, sweet, tart, and refreshing – it’s a welcome treat in the hot summer sun. I decided to make my own refined sugar free version and add some berries for an antioxidant boost! It turned out to be a hit – well received by my daughter, niece, nephew, sister, and, most importantly, my husband – who isn’t a lemonade fan! In his words it was “the perfect amount of tartness”. High words of praise from a lemonade hater!

Zemirah and I had a blast having a tea party (well, technically a lemonade party) outside one hot morning, but because of those dreadful chiggers I put down our gorgeous Karastan rug from Rug Studio, and we drank our lemonade in peace from bugs! You can get my rug here – in different sizes to fit your needs. It adds such a cozy feel to our bedroom, and is luxuriously soft! Plus it makes a great bug protector 😉

However and wherever you choose to have your lemonade party, I hope you make this Berry Lemonade for a refreshing and immune system boosting treat!

Berry Lemonade

Makes 2 quarts.

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of  fresh or thawed (if frozen) berries (I used a blackberry/blueberry/raspberry combo)
  • Juice of 4 large lemons
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of raw honey

Directions:

  • In a blender, combine berries with 2 cups of water
  • Blend just a few seconds until combined
  • Strain berry juice through a nut milk bag and mesh strainer – squeezing all the juice out into a large pitcher (this is the most time intensive step, but it’s worth it so you don’t have berry seeds stuck in your teeth all day!)
  • On the stove in a small pot, combine honey (to taste) and 1 cup of water, whisking until combined
  • Add honey water to the pitcher with the berry juice
  • Squeeze all four lemons directly into the pitcher
  • Add remaining 4-5 cups of water (to taste)
  • Chill until cold or serve over ice
  • Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to a week

For more “berry” delicious summertime recipes, check out my Berries and Greens SmoothieChocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding, and No Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust! For some scrumptious treats to accompany your lemonade, whip up some Chocolate Banana “Nice” Cream, a No Bake Chocolate Date Cake, or a batch of  Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies! I sincerely hope your summer is off to a great start – filled with family, healthy food, laughter, and happy movement. Soak up your family this summer…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Berries and Greens Smoothie

 

It’s officially summertime! Which to me means pool parties, late nights, fireflies, and fresh berries. Growing up, we would pick blackberries and blueberries every Father’s Day; it was always hot, and there were bees everywhere, but we would run and hide in the bushes, sampling all our berries while filling up buckets full! That night, we would come home sticky, tired, and covered in thorn scratches, but we would sit down to a cool, refreshingly sweet bowl of berries and cream. This smoothie is an homage to the berries and cream of my childhood summers – berries and greens! Also cool and refreshingly sweet, this smoothie is delicious and packed with antioxidants (which gives it the pretty purple color), vitamins, healthy fat, and fiber. It’s as easy as tossing some ingredients in a blender, and I guarantee your whole family, kids included, will gulp it down! Your toddler may get super messy and turn purple, and may even have some chia seeds stuck in her hair the next day (true story), but messy, healthy fun will be had by all!

Berries and Greens Smoothie

Serves 4-5.

Ingredients:

  • Two large bananas – ripe with brown spots
  • 1.5 cups of frozen berries – I used a blackberry/blueberry/raspberry medley
  • 1 cup, packed down, of fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp of ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender
  • Blend and enjoy!
  • Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator and give it a shake/stir before drinking

I hope you give this short and sweet recipe a try – smoothies are a great breakfast or snack in the summer heat, and you’re giving your kiddos essential vitamins and nutrients! Without them complaining about eating veggies…which is an extra bonus 😉 If you like breakfasts in a jar/cup, be sure to check out my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding and my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats, and for more summer-y treats, check out my No Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate CrustNo Bake Chocolate Date Cake, and Chocolate Banana “Nice” Cream. Wishing a happy start of summer to everyone! Get your antioxidants and vitamins in, stay cool…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a chocoholic, and I am a lover of all desserts. I don’t discriminate, each dessert is delicious in it’s own way (except you, Jell-O, you’re a sick food and can’t pass as dessert), but I have a special spot in my heart for milkshakes. When my husband and I first moved to California, we lived within walking distance of a burger place that sold those really big milkshakes like in a 50’s diner. Of course, after thoroughly enjoying my usual chocolate covered strawberry shake, I would feel sick from all the sugar and dairy and did not enjoy the stomach ache…but would still usually get one whenever we went. Oops.

The first time I made this chia pudding, I was instantly transported to sunny Southern California and reminded of the flavor of my beloved chocolate covered strawberry shake. It’s a huge bonus that this deliciously sweet pudding is refined sugar free and dairy free – so no stomach aches or wacky blood sugar! Chia seeds are small but mighty, containing 11 grams of fiber, 9 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein in just one ounce. Plus they are high in magnesium, which has a calming effect, zinc, B vitamins, and calcium. So when people find out you don’t eat dairy and ask about your calcium intake – tell them you eat chia pudding! This sweet treat is perfect for breakfast meal prep, and is delicious eaten as is, mixed with overnight oats, or on top of smoothies or even nice cream. Let’s grab a spoon and dig in!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding

This recipe is for one half pint mason jar. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk – this can change depending on the consistency you want
  • 1 tbsp of no sugar added strawberry fruit spread or preserves
  • 1/2 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of honey and/or pure maple syrup
  • Optional toppings:
    • more preserves
    • a drizzle of syrup/honey
    • fresh or frozen fruit

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a half pint mason jar
  • Stir to combine well
  • Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator overnight
  • Stir again before eating
  • Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

For more sweet breakfast treats, check out my Flax and Oat Pancakes or my Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal – both sure to leave your tummy, and your sweet tooth, satisfied. Don’t forget to pin this recipe by clicking the “pinterest” button down below – that way you can come back to it often. Chia pudding may be something new for you, but I dare you to try it! It’s light, sweet, refreshing, and high in fiber, healthy fats, and calcium. Eat your tummy-ache free “milkshake”, get your calcium in…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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