Avocado Salsa- Phase 3


This is great on tacos, or to dip veggies in, or try your hand at some garlicky crackers and dip away! In maintenance, this is great on Mexican Rice. 

Avocado Salsa
Phase 3
Makes 2 standard servings of healthy fat

1 ripe avocado
Half a juicy lime
Pinch of salt
1/2 serano pepper
A few fresh cilantro stems and leaves
Spring water

If you want it to be spicy, use the end closest to the stem. If you want less heat, use the end away from the stem end.

Put everything in your blender and blend until smooth. Start with a splash of water, and add more to blend until smooth. This will not be a thin sauce. Taste and add more salt or cilantro if you need. 

Chai Spiced Apples- Phase 1 and Maintenance


This compote is good on toast, pancakes, biscuits, oats. Or just to eat with a spoon. In maintenance, add a spoon full of my Coconut Cashew Butter under the warm apples on you pancakes and enjoy the best breakfast ever!

Be sure to use a cooking apple and not a snacking apple. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala are good choices, among others, to cook. Red Delicious are not a good cooking/baking apple- save those to eat fresh. 
I like to use 2 kinds of apples- my favorite blend in Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. 

Chai Spiced Apples
Phase 1 and 4
Makes 2 standard servings of fruit

2 cups of diced apples
1-2 tsp Chai Spice Blend (recipe on the blog)
1-2 whole star anise
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
Pinch of sea salt
Stevia or pure monk fruit
2T Vegan Butter (phase 4 only)

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat until very warm. Add the spice blend and whole star anise. Stir with rubber spatula for 15020 seconds, to toast, then scrape into small bowl. 

Add the diced apples and return the pan to the heat. If you are in maintenance, add the vegan butter. Add the pinch of salt. Let the apples sit for a minute or so- you want the apple to start to caramelize but not burn. Stir or toss the apples in the pan and allow to lighly brown some more. Add the spices, stir to coat. Then add a splash of water. Stir and cook the apples just until soft. Do not cook to reduce the size/amount of apples. Add vanilla and stir. If you want to sweeten the apples, add as much sweetener as you like. Remove star anise before serving. 

Chai Spice Blend- All Phases


Use this to flavor your herbal tea, coffee substitute, hot chocolate, apples, pancakes. So many uses!

Chai Spice Blend
All Phases

4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground star anise
1/2 - 1 tsp finely ground black pepper

Measure everything into a bowl and stir well to mix. Move to a jar with a lid and store with your spices. 

Italian Beef Sandwich- All Phases

You can use my Hamburger Bun recipe for P1 or P3 to make delicious sandwiches your whole family will love. In P2, make lettuce wraps, or use thin slices of jicama to make tacos. Or top your salad with this yummy protein!

Italian Beef
All Phases
Makes 12 servings protein

3lb chuck or round roast, trimmed of fat
2 cups beef broth, divided
8 oz pepperoncini pepper slices, plus 1/4 cup juice from the jar
8 oz giardiniera (mild or spicy), chopped variety
1 T Italian seasoning
2 tsp xylitol or stevia equivalent
1-2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper, ground
1/4 tsp dried thyme, ground

Bring meat to room temp for 30 minutes. Season liberally all sides with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in a hot skillet on all sides. While the meat browns, measure out your spices into a bowl and mix together.

Transfer the beef to a crock pot or slow cooker. Add some of the broth to the skillet and scrape up the bits on the bottom. Pour over the meat in the crock pot. Add half of the spice mixture over the beef. Add in the pepperoncini peppers and juice, giardiniera (no juice from this) and remaining broth. Sprinkle the remaining spice blend over everything. Cook on low for 8-10 hours until the meat is soft and shreds easily. Once the meat is shredded, mix with the juices in the crock pot and cook for 30 additional minutes.

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