Lasagne Stuffed Peppers Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo}

These are so delicious they remind me of the last time I had stuffed peppers. It was middle school and I was on summer vacation visiting my grandparents. That was a really really long time ago! I’m not sure why stuffed peppers aren’t really made that often. They make such a delicious meal. This is definitely a modern recipe and great if you are craving lasagne but don’t want the cheese and do not want to or cannot eat lasagne noodles. I have yet to find a gluten free noodle I really like so I prefer using vegetables instead of the not so good gluten free options. This is also a super delicious paleo dish.

Here is what you need:
4 colorful bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
Olive oil
1lb spicy italian sausage, removed from casing
1 clove garlic minced
2 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tsp red chile pepper
1 tsp fresh ground pepper

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Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

4. While peppers are baking, saute garlic with 1 tsp olive oil.
5. Add sausage and brown over medium heat
6. Add dice tomatoes, red pepper, salt to pan and combine over medium heat.
7. Add basil, stir, and remove from heat.

Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

8. When peppers are done, spoon sausage mixture into peppers
9. Bake stuffed peppers for 10-15 mins at 400 degrees
10. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve. I cut mine in half like this.

Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

Here are the recipes I looked at before making this for other variations.

Recipe 1

Recipe 2

Recipe 3

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Do I Need To Wash Raw Meat Before Cooking It?

I have always wondered, should I wash the raw meat before cooking it? Many recipes tell you to and it just seems like the right thing to do. So I have been washing it and sometimes would think to myself, I really wish I didn’t have to touch for so long. It’s slimy and gross. But I would continue to do it because I thought it was the RIGHT thing to do. Especially after hearing so many stories about people getting sick from veggies that haven’t been fully washed. But, I was incredibly WRONG. Do not wash your raw meat! The best way to prevent the bacteria from spreading is to cook your meat. I am so glad NPR covered this topic recently. Click on the link to read the full story and to hear the radio version. They cover a study and a new health campaign to help spread the word. Basically, you risk spreading bacteria because bacteria can fly up to 3 feet from where you wash the meat. Keep it simple to be safe. Just cook your meat to kill the bacteria and check it with a thermometer. The article states chicken needs to be cooked to 165 degrees to ensure it’s fully cooked. Yippee! I can be lazy again. Now with confidence I am doing the right thing.

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The Best New Fish Grill In Long Beach

It’s Friday night on what feels like the hottest day of the year. Where does this girl who doesn’t feel up to cooking go for a delicious, healthy, gluten free and paleo meal? I’m so glad you asked. Pier 76 Fish Grill of course! It’s in the super cool downtown Long Beach Arts District on the corner of Ocean and Linden. For about $10 I got a piece of grilled fish, a delicious kale salad, and a broccoli salad I substituted for the rice for a small extra fee. There is a great outside courtyard area with picnic style communal tables on the side of the building. It’s newly opened and completely remodeled with reclaimed wood furniture. Next time i’m looking forward to trying the artichoke and cucumber lemonade. The mussels also look delicious. And, hello parmesan zucchini fries with bleu cheese bacon dipping sauce. For my gfree friends, check before you eat bleu cheese. It often contains gluten. And, unfortunately the zucchini fries contain wheat. Ride your bike if you can. Parking is no bueno.

Pier 76 Fish Grill

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Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

Last week was crazy. Lots of early morning meetings, presentations, phone calls overseas, offsite meetings, after work dinners, juggling the dogs, seeing old friends, and trying to stick to our 5:30am workouts. I made this thinking we would have it for dinner and it ended up being at least 5 separate meals throughout the week. It’s delicious to have on hand so you don’t get tempted to eat something you really don’t want to and I never get tired of it. It’s perfect and easy for parties, groups, or potlucks. And, you can serve it with eggs and corn tortillas too – breakfast tacos anyone? Even better, it’s an awesome recipe for anyone who thinks they cannot cook. Don’t need to tell your guests, but there really isn’t any cooking going on. Just dump a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot, stir, let it cook for 4 hours, and pull the meat apart with forks. Really, it’s that easy.

Here is what you need:

Package of Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1 Jar Salsa Verde
1 Can El Pato Jalapeno Salsa
1 Can Diced Jalapeños {optional for those who like it spicy}
1 Diced Shallot
1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Lettuce Leaves
Limes

Optional:
Corn Tortillas instead of Lettuce
Avocado
Limes
Crumbled Cotija Cheese
Crema Mexicana
Tapatio

One of my favorite paleo blogs, sh1tcrossfitgirlsdo recently posted another similar version of this recipe plus served over a lettuce bowl – genius! They have awesome recipes – check ’em out!

Here are the steps:

Place all ingredients except lettuce and limes into a slow cooker or crockpot and stir.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Here is the Salsa Verde, El Pato, and Jalapeños I use:
Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Tacos

El Pato Pulled Pork tacos

Diced Jalapenos Pulled Pork Tacos

After slow cooking for 4 hours, pull apart meat with forks:
Easy Pulled Pork Tacos - Paleo and Gluten Free

For a paleo version, serve with lettuce leaves. For gluten-free serve with warmed corn tortillas. And, don’t forget the lime wedges on the side.

Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos - 'Nuf Sed

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Albondigas Soup – Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

This soup is delicious, super easy, makes great leftovers, and is really fast to make. Plus it’s gluten free. I found the original recipe on Pinterest here and have modified it below to use all of the meat you need to buy for it and to make it paleo. The original recipe, also gluten free, is delicious too and is more traditional with rice in the meatballs. I like to make the soup first and make the meatballs while the soup is simmering to save time. It’s great for making a day ahead, taking leftovers for lunch, and freezing for later.

Here is what you need for the soup:

Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe
2 shallots diced
1 tsp grund cumin
1 tsp oregano
5 celery stalks chopped
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes in their juice
64 oz. chicken broth
Limes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 zucchinis chopped

Here is what you need for the meatballs:
Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe

1lb lean ground beef
1 lb. gluten free spicy italian sausage
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Make the soup first – Combine chicken broth, shallots, celery, tomatoes, cumin, oregano
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
3. Make the meatballs – Combine all ingredients with a stand mixer to mix thoroughly
4. Form meatballs with your hands
5. Add meatballs to soup with tongs
6. Simmer for 10 minutes
7. Add zucchini and simmer for 10 minutes
8. Season with salt and pepper

Serve with limes, cilantro, and tapatio

Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe

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Watermelon, Peach, Heirloom Tomato, and Basil Salad Recipe

This salad is not only beautiful but delicious capturing so many flavors of summer in one dish. It goes great with anything from the BBQ. You could assemble it as a salad like I did or for parties you could also do skewers of all the same ingredients. Here is what you need plus fresh pepper and olive oil:

Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Basil and Peach Salad Ingredients

Here is what it looks like:

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Optional additions:

Feta Cheese
Ricotta Cheese
Fresh Mozzarella {thanks Jacqueline!}

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No Flies Zone – Deter flies without a fly trap

I love to sit outside and had a nice table and chairs but the space wasn’t welcoming. Plus, whenever I had people over there was never enough seating. People would go outside to check out the view, and then come back inside. So rather than buying all new furniture I decided to spruce up the space by having 2 custom benches made and adding some decor items. I had the benches made by Heirlooms and Hardware at the OC Mart Mix and got a bunch of random pillows from Crate and Barrel. And here is how it turned out. We spend so much time out here and have even had up to 6 people sitting at the table at once. It’s a small table but the benches give so much extra seating that you don’t really notice the small table.

No Flys Zone 1

In case you are curious, here is the before and after.

No Flys Zone

The first night we sat outside, there were a ton of flies coming into the space which is totally annoying. I remembered a friend posted something on Pinterest to keep them away and decided to give it a try. Here is a link to the original post I saw. Basically, you hang a bag full of water with a couple pennies in it. The flies don’t like the reflection when they get near it and go somewhere else. So I tried it, and it totally worked! Like magic. Immediately the flies were gone. After a couple of weeks I didn’t like looking at the bag and it started to leak. I thought, I wonder if a glass jar would have the same effect? So I took the bag down. I grabbed a canning jar from my kitchen filled it with water, added the pennies, and put it on my table. And, amazingly it worked too! It’s much easier on the eyes and looks more like decor. Plus, it does it’s job to keep the flies away. Who would have guessed that a simple jar with a few pennies would deter flies?

Keeps Flies Away

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Shrimp and Pineapple Curry Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

I love the look of pineapples. They are so strange looking and you would never know something so delicious and juicy is inside. Tonight, I was craving soup so I made this delicious, super easy, and super fast Shrimp and Pineapple Curry over Cauliflower Rice.

What you need:
3T Vegetable Oil
1 Can Red Curry Paste
1 Can Coconut Milk
1.5 Cups Water
1 Lb Peeled Raw Shrimp
1 Whole Pineapple Cubed
1.5 Tbsp Gluten Free Fish Sauce
1.5 Tbsp Sugar
Limes

Directions:
1. Heat cooking oil in a small pot
2. Add the curry paste and stir for about 30 seconds. Do not let burn. I have never been able to find curry paste in my local stores so I ordered this one from Amazon:
Shrimp and Pineapple Curry

3. Add the coconut milk, water, and bring to boil. I used this can of coconut milk:
Shrimp and Pineapple Curry

4. Add shrimp and pineapple and cook for 3 minutes on low heat.

5. Add fish sauce and sugar. This is an excellent gluten free fish sauce:
Shrimp and Pineapple Curry Gluten Free Fish Sauce

Serve with limes as a soup or with Cauliflower Rice.

Shrimp and Pineapple Curry Soup Over Cauliflower Rice

Shrimp and Pineapple Curry with Cauliflower Rice

For the Cauliflower Rice, I followed the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo and used these ingredients. I kept the lid on the pan for 5 minutes and it was cooked perfectly.

1 Small Head of Cauliflower
1 Shallot Chopped Fine
1 Tbsp Garlic
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

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Boost Your Juice Plus The Top Secret Cheapest Juice Bar in Long Beach

We were driving home from LA late a couple weekends ago, starving, and wanted something quick but good to eat. What does a taco place have in common with juicing? They are both super cheap! And that is how we just found our new favorite juice destination in Long Beach, El Taco Loco #3. Where else can you get 5 tacos and a large fresh juice for $10? Yes, it’s kinda in the hood. No, it’s not fancy. You will probably get stared at if you aren’t from the neighborhood. I don’t recommend going alone because your friends will definitely want to know about this place too. Juice and tacos are a strange combination I know but seriously this place is AMAZEBALLS – the best tacos in Long Beach and quite possibly in LA in my opinion and the fresh juices are so good. Yes, they have all the legit juicing devices. And, it’s as good as the totally trendy yet overpriced place next to Trader Joe’s. Check it out. You will not be disappointed. Here is a photo of their juice menu. My favorite, The Vampiro, has beet, celery, carrot, orange, pineapple, and apple.

Best Juice Bar In Long Beach

Boost Your Juice

For when you can’t make it to the juice bar and want to make your own juices at home. Here are some of the best ingredients to add.

#1: Spinach
Nutrient rich, protects against inflammatory problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers. No wonder Popeye got super strong from eating it.

#2: Flaxseed
Adds fiber, protein, and omega-3 fat {good fat with heart healthy benefits}. Tastes great with banana, pineapple, or kale.

#3: Avocado
Adds a creamy texture and healthy unsaturated fat. Avocados have tons of anti-inflammatory nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins C and E. Plus, they are rich in the antioxidant lutein which keeps eyes healthy. Who knew?

#4 Fresh Ginger
Ginger is amazing. It helps balance out gastrointestinal distress, helps with nausea and vomiting, has very potent anti-inflamatory compounds, and it boosts your immune system. Plus, it is adds a great spicy balance to fruit.

#5: Green Tea
Contains powerful antioxidants, increases metabolism, helps regulate glucose levels, helps regulate blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol in the blood, improves memory function, and helps with wrinkles and signs of aging.

#6: Almond Butter
Not just for sandwiches, almond butter adds protein and healthy fat.

#7 Watermelon
It’s fun to eat and a source of excellent vitamins helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums. I especially like it because it neutralizes leafy green veggies and takes away yhe bitterness of kale and spinach.

#8 Coconut Water
Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, super hydrating, and an excellent hangover cure. Need I say more?

#9 Almond Milk
It’s high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc and calcium. It’s low in calories and low in fat. Plus it’s lactose, gluten, casein and cholesterol free.

#10 Meet Kale, your new friend with benefits.
Kale is low calorie, high fiber and has zero fat. It’s high in iron – more than in beef. Kale is high in Vitamin K which can help protect against various cancers. It’s filled with antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids which help protect against various cancers. It’s filled with omega -3 fatty acids, a great anti-inflammatory. Kale is high in Vitamin A- great for your vision and your skin. Kale is high in Vitamin C, very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration. Kale is high in calcium – more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, prevents osteoporosis and maintains a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility. It is a great detox food, filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

#11 Beets are one of nature’s Viagra.
Seriously. Romans used them as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly associated to human sex hormones. Beets have a ton of other health benefits too – they are high in Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid. Beets cleanse the body and act as a tonic for the liver. Beets are used as a stomach acid tester. If you are eating a lot of beets or beet juice, and your pee turns pink you have low stomach acid. Beets are a high source of energy and a wonderful addition to any diet.

#14 Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. They are very rich in antioxidants to boost up your immune system and prevent infections. A strong immunity prevents colds, fever, and viral and bacterial communicable diseases.

These are just some of my favorites and I definitely don’t get enough. What are your favorite juice add-in’s?

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Jicama Cucumber Dill Simple Salad Recipe {Gluten Free}

I love non-lettuce salads with unique ingredients and this is one of my favorites. It’s easy, fast, and unexpected. Dill is such a refreshing herb not used much in the US and it adds so much when used in the right dishes.

Here is what you need:

1/2 Jicama – remove skin with knife
1/2 English Cucumber – Quartered
Pinch of Salt
1/8 Cup Chopped Dill
1/8 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

Here are the steps:
Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Saladad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

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