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Summer Vegetable Saute ~ Garden Fresh

ImagePursue Maximum Nutrition with a basket full of  fresh vegetables from your garden or Farmer's Market? Make a delicious Summer Vegetable Saute ~ chock full of garden fresh veggies, perfect for lunch or dinner!  This is an extremely flexible side dish, whips up in mere minutes on the stove!  Enjoy summer's bounty while it lasts.

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Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale is an absolute staple in our home. We can't get enough of it. Seriously, when I pull it out of the oven, I had better be ready to sit down and scarf it down, or there won't be any left! It drives them nuts when I try and stall and get a photograph...they want it NOW!

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Kale - Sauteed Greens

Kale - Sauteed Greens are wonderful cooked to a tender saute, with a tad of crispness left. Try this California twist on a Southern staple a few times and see if you don't begin craving this new way of cooking greens. It works well with Kale, Collard, or Turnip - all nutrition packed powerhouse of anti-oxidants and nutrients! Assuredly, it is not Granny's greens with pot liquor, boiled for half an hour, with the nutrition seeping through the liquor.

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Cauliflower Rice

While making "Clean out your fridge Stir-Fry" I decided to whip out a quick batch of Cauliflower Rice. There are MANY recipes online for those of us who are following an uber low carb, GAPS friendly, paleo/primal (without the worldview) type of diet.

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Barbecue Beans

With a huge crockpot of Vidalia Onion Shredded Chicken bubbling contentedly away in the crockpot, I got a hankering for some yummy Barbecue Beans. We were in the midst of a huge outdoor project, cleaning up outside, then making our whole patriotic theme front porch, so I needed to make something out of what we had on hand.

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Ever buy a spaghetti squash and end up staring at it, not quite sure what to do with it? We all need to know how to cook a spaghetti squash and it is actually quite easy to bake one up and have a great, veggie based stand in for pasta. Spaghetti squash is low carb winter variety, bursting with flavor and nutrition and absolutely yummy!

So how DO you cook a spaghetti squash?

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Carrot Souffle with Stevia

Ever since trying a luscious Carrot Souffle at The Farmer's Daughter, a family style restaurant in Tennessee, we have been trying to make a Carrot Souffle recipe with stevia! We had no idea that cooked carrots could translate into something so delicious. Their version was utterly rich, delicious and decadent, probably full of sugar and a little wheat flour. The one item on the table we really did not want to try, we kept getting more, because it was SO good.

If I admitted how many times we have taken extra carrots that are hurtling toward that less than crisp mode, and made them into Carrot Souffle...

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Roasted Peppers and Portabellos

Roasting takes vegetables to a completely new level and taste. This simple medley of peppers, roasted with portabello mushrooms and sliced onions takes a few minutes to cut up and 20 minutes to roast. Inspired by painting sunflowers on a snowy day, this easy veggie side dish will grant you rave reviews and fit into any anti-inflammatory diet, along with GAPS, paleo and primal plans - all very low carb!

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Habanero Kimchi

This recipe IN PROCESS...sitting in my kitchen, culturing, fermenting! Here is to a gut healing, fermented, cultured vegetable beginning, first recipe is the very anti-inflammatory Habanero Kimchi!

Habanero Kimchi

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Ranch Style Beans

Sometimes I get a hankering for some delicious Ranch Style Beans, so I decided to create this super simple recipe! We had some gorgeous heirloom Italian tomatoes we had gotten at Farmers Market the day before, so used those. I will post a second recipe for canned items! That way, you can make it no matter what you have on hand. Prudent cooking is all about using what you have!

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Coconut Rice

Yes....we have obsessions with anything coconut, which is why it appears in so many recipes. Now that you have read my coconut disclaimer, made the world's BEST Coconut Rice tonight! Oh happy day, fluffy, flavorful, Coconut Rice was utterly phenomenal. and the perfect base for any of our stir frys.

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Roasted Cauliflower

A brand new roasting obsession happened tonight, as we awaited a thunderstorm, utterly delicious Roasted Cauliflower. Similar to Baked Kale, which is an absolute staple in our home, Roasted Cauliflower just hit every single happy taste bud, each bite. We could not get enough of this magnificent paleo, primal, GAPS, anti-inflammatory friendly, GFCF side dish.

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Fine Herb Roasted Potatoes

Herb Roasted Potatoes are a family favorite at Chez Baughn. We love the roasted herb flavor Fine Herbs give potatoes, with a touch of olive oil, cracked pepper and sea salt.  Perfect!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

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Baked Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes

Whip up some delicious low carb, creamy, low calorie, Baked Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes, or are they Mashed Garlic Cauliflower, or Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes? Doesn't matter, Baked Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes are the ultimate in decadent low carb luxury, tasting just like real mashed potatoes, especially for the carb deprived!

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Cucumber Salad ~ Summer Abundance

What do you do when your garden is overflowing with cucumbers? Make this delicious Cucumber Salad. Ideal for picnics, outdoor lunches, church picnics and more. Ideal outdoors because there is NO sour cream, mayo or easily spoiled ingredients!

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Mashed Cauliflower Fauxtatoes

Whip up some delicious low carb, creamy, low calorie, Fauxtatoes, or are they Mashed Cauliflower, or Mock Mashed Potatoes? Doesn't matter, Mashed Cauliflower Fauxtatoes are the ultimate in decadent low carb luxury, tasting just like real mashed potatoes, especially for the carb deprived!

So get off the carb train and on to the vegetable wagon and crank out a quick batch of Cauliflower Mash Fauxtatoes with this easy recipe with complete step by step directions and lots of photos! There are MANY recipes online for those of us who are following an uber low carb, GAPS friendly, paleo/primal (without the worldview) type of diet, but still get that little crave for regular mashed taters.

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Curried Cabbage

Last summer, I made a Curried Cabbage Saute and have been craving it ever since. Naturally, I did not write down the recipe. So, after a bit of searching, cobbled this one together tonight and it turned out superb. Paleo, primal, GAPS, anti-inflammatory diet friendly, totally gluten and casein free, you will love this simple Curried Cabbage recipe.

There are two versions, the regular and the Habanero Curried Cabbage Saute, take your pick! We served it with Habanero Salmon Patties and a simple quinoa

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Thyme for Quinoa

As a child, my mom would make Spanish rice, and the smell of sauteed onions would perfume the house in their golden aroma. Tonight, just wanted to make a rice dish with onion, only using quinoa. We are currently on a no grain diet that is pretty restricted, so whipping up a pan of Thyme for Quinoa was an unbelievably yummy treat! We find that having quinoa once a week is a welcome change that we all do fine on, despite being on a primal, paleo, anti-inflammatory diet 99.9% of the time, that is GF CF!

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Spinach Sauteed with Garlic

Spinach Sauteed with Garlic is the easiest side dish in the world to make. Bursting with nutrition, vitamins, antioxidants and flavor, it whips out in less than ten minutes. This is a great way to use up spinach! We have this at least once a week, if not more!

Spinach Sauteed with Garlic is wholeheartedly anti-inflammatory diet friendly, and will hit the high notes on all GAPS, primal and paleo, low carb eating plans. Naturally gluten and casein free, you gotta whip up a huge bowl of it today!

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Deviled Eggs ~ Brain Building

Whip up these delicious brain building, herbed Deviled Eggs up in a flash!

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Scalloped Potato Peels - Crockpot Side

Determined not to waste, we decided to whip up this yummy side dish from potato peels. Yes, you read it right, potato PEELS! Make this simple dish in the crock pot in minutes, and let it cook all day for a yummy side dish.

Scalloped Potato Peels ~ Crockpot Sides was created using Yukon Gold Potatoes. They make a far superior dish, than than regular Idaho's.

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Cornbread Dressing GF- Cornbread Stuffing Gluten Free

What do you make for a gluten free crowd who still wants a tasty stuffing? Or is it dressing? Or in Pennsylvania Dutch country, they call it a filling. No matter what you call it, try our Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing as a simple base. This versatile Cornbread Stuffing recipe easily converts into your favorite holiday variations!

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Herb Roasted Carrots

Herb Roasted Carrots are a delightful, simple side dish made with a classic spice blend with a decidedly French name, "fines herbes." We discovered fines herbes a few years ago and have enjoyed using them in many roasted vegetable dishes. They give a delicate, subtle, herbed flavor that is just delicious.

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Asparagus with Lemon

Asparagus with Lemon cooks up in a few minutes, crisp-tender, with an irresistible sparkling lemon flavor. This is not your average overcooked, mooshy asparagus!

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Decadent Mashed Potatoes

Decadent, utterly fabulous, delicious, luscious and creamy, world's best, all of these describe our Decadent Mashed Potatoes! The people clamoring for them at hubby's office call them, those potatoes your wife made and Dave calls them Lisa's Famous Mashed Potatoes, but really, they are Decadent Mashed Potatoes! Truly, we don't care, they just want these carbaliscious, high fat, yummy mashed potatoes for a holiday treat. First discovered at a Thanksgiving event with our old homeschool group, Lucy McNamara made these and we went wild, so this will always be Lucy's base recipe! These are hands down the BEST mashed taters we have ever had - bar none!

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Garlic Sauteed Greens

Garlic Sauteed Greens are a family favorite that we make and crave year round! They are so yummy, filled with  maximum nutrition for families on the go.

Life is simply too short to eat nasty greens! These flexible greens are a tried and true favorite that I have been making for years, another hybrid blend of our California life, melded with our transplanted Southern obsessions!

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Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes - Quick and Simple Side


Crash Hot Sweet PotatoWhile poking around online at the Pioneer Woman's site, I found Tasty Recipes and I found this recipe. Not totally clear on who gets credit for this - since I bounced quite a bit before I found it!

Anyways, I had made a similar recipe for Christmas dinner with fresh sweet potates, but picked up two extra cans of sweet potatoes to take along in case people did not want HOT and SPICY sweet potatoes. So, decided to improvise and use the canned sweet potatoes, gotta use them up somehow so I can get more fresh ones. This was absolutely spectacular! It almost makes a "dry rub" or a "blackened seasoning" and I could just sit and eat the spice mix all night. Nevertheless, we put it on sweet taters and it was dreamy!

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Chipotle's Cilantro Rice ~ Recipe and How To Video

Zucchini with Fresh Herbs

Zucchini with Fresh HerbsWondering what to do with your bounty of summer quash? If your zucchini plants are like most, they are spitting out more zucchini than you know what to do with! This recipe whips together in seconds and tastes fantastic! Low carb, gluten free and totally delicious!

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Zucchini in Herbed Cream


Wanting to make something a little more substantial and elegant out of your bounty of summer quash? When your zucchini plants are going like crazy, it is easy to get tired of all the normal squash recipes. Take up zucchini to the next level, with this luscious Zucchini in Herbed Cream. Got this from a friend who lives on a beautiful, Civil War era farm in Tennessee. This recipe whips together in seconds and tastes fantastic! Low carb, gluten free and totally delicious!

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Feta Portabello Pizzas with Cayenne ~ Low Carb

Looking for a low carb pizza treat, then try simple Feta Portabello Pizzas with Cayenne!