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Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chickpea Patties

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chickpea Patties

Chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets.  There are also packed with fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and all selenium which help boost the immune system.

Here is a delicious recipe for Chickpea Patties made with simple ingredients and my favorite all-purpose season Redmond’s Organic Season Salt.

Bonus: Enjoy 15% off your order of Redmond Real Salt products using promo code: OurFlipSideLife

Ingredients

2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15 ounce can rinsed and drained)
1 carrot, grated
1/2 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup gf oat flour
1/2 -1 tbsp Redmond Real Salt All Purpose Seasoning
olive oil for frying

Instructions:

1. Mash together all ingredients, except oil, thoroughly.
2. Form into 3-inch patties.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
4. Lightly fry patties on each side in oil until golden brown.

If you like this recipe for Chickpea Patties and would like more, CLICK HERE to get my FREE Recipe Book! 

Versión En Español

Los garbanzos son ricos en proteínas y son un excelente reemplazo para la carne en las dietas vegetarianas y veganas. También están llenos de fibra, vitaminas B, hierro, magnesio y selenio lo cual  ayudan a estimular el sistema inmunológico.

Aquí les dejo una receta deliciosa para los patties de garbanzos hechas con ingredientes simples y mi sazon favorita para todo uso Redmond Real Salt Organic Season Salt.

Disfrute de un 15% de descuento en su pedido de productos Redmond Real Salt utilizando el código de promoción: OurFlipSideLife

Ingredientes

2 tazas de garbanzos cocidos (o una lata de 15 onzas enjuagada y escurrida)
1 zanahoria rallada
1/2 cebolla picada
1 diente de ajo picado
1/4 taza de harina de avena sin gluten
1/2 -1 cucharada de condimento para todo uso Redmond Real Salt
aceite de oliva para freír

Instrucciones:

1. Mezcle todos los ingredientes, excepto el aceite, a fondo.
2. Forme patties de 3 pulgadas.
3. Caliente el aceite en una sartén grande a fuego medio.
4. Freír ligeramente las empanadas de cada lado en aceite hasta que estén doradas.

Si le gusta esta receta de patties de garbanzos y desea más recetas faciles, ¡HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para obtener mi libro de recetas GRATIS!

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Homemade Almond Butter Cups

Homemade Almond Butter Cups

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you will love this recipe. Made with homemade almond butter and dairy-free chocolate chips, healthier alternative to an all-time favorite treat!

Homemade Almond Butter

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you’re going to love this recipe for Almond Butter Cups! It’s easy to make and better for you b/c it’s made with quality ingredients and none of the processed junk plus it’s delicious on its own or chopped and tossed into your favorite dairy-free ice cream. (see below for some of my favorite brands of dairy-free ice cream!) Carolina and I make Almond Butter Cups together all the time. You can use peanut butter but I prefer almonds over peanuts and you can read why that is here. It’s a fun activity to do with the kiddos and an opportunity to teach them the importance of clean, healthy eating. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do! Happy Holidays!!

My Top 3 Dairy-Free Ice Cream Brands

  1. Larry and Luna Coconut Bliss
  2. NadaMoo
  3. VanLeeuwen

BTW – if you’re looking to make better-for-you cookies for Santa this year I highly recommend this 5-ingredient Almond Butter Cookies.

Almond Butter Cups

Ingredients

10 oz. (1 bag) Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips 5 tbsp. coconut oil (divided) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Almond Butter Layer 3 1/2 tbsp. homemade almond butter (store bought works too) 2 tsp Coconut oil 2 tsp coconut flour 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch salt

Almond Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin pan with parchment paper liners.
  2. For the bottom chocolate layer, heat 5oz (or ½ the bag) and half of the coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp.) in a double boiler on the stove, stirring until melted. Stir in half of the vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  3. Fill the bottom of the parchment cups evenly with chocolate (about 1/8 cup in each). Freeze for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for the almond butter layer, heat the almond butter and coconut oil in a double boiler (same method as step 2). Stir in the coconut flour, vanilla, and salt, until smooth.
  5. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the almond butter mixture onto the center of each cup over the chocolate layer. Freeze for another 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the top chocolate layer. Heat the remaining chocolate (5 oz.) and remaining coconut oil (2 1/2 tbsp.) in a double boiler (same method as step 2). Stir in the remaining vanilla (1/4 tsp).
  7. Pour the chocolate into the cups, over the almond butter layer (about 1/8 cup) in each and place back in the freezer, 20-30 minutes, until completely firm.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Related links: Black Bean Brownies , Tahini Cookies  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Before I take off I wanted to share a short clip from the TV show, Aqui Estamos, I did while in Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving. Not only did I share 2 simple recipes everyone on set loved, but I also explained the term holistic nutrition and what it means to eat “holistically”. Grateful for the opportunity to come on the show again and do what I love most, spread the word on health and wellness!  

Version En Español

¡Si te encantan los Reese Peanut Butter Cups, te encantará esta receta de Almond Butter Cups! Son fácil de hacer, y mas saludables porque están hechos con ingredientes de calidad y sin ingredientes procesados además son deliciosos asi solitos o en tu helado favorito. (¡vea a continuación algunas de mis marcas favoritas de helado sin lácteos!) Carolina y yo hacemos este postre juntas todo el tiempo. Puedes usar mantequilla de maní, pero prefiero las almendras a el maní y puedes leer por qué aquí. Es una actividad divertida para hacer con los niños y una oportunidad para enseñarles la importancia de una alimentación limpia y saludable. ¡Espero que disfrutes la receta tanto como nosotros! ¡¡Felices Fiestas!!

Lista de los mejores helados sin lácteos!

  1. Larry and Luna Coconut Bliss
  2. NadaMoo
  3. VanLeeuwen

Por cierto, si está buscando hacer galletas para Santa este año, le recomiendo estas galletas de mantequilla de almendras hechas con solo 5 ingredientes. Puedes enconrar la receta en mi pagina de Instagram.

Almond Butter Cups

Ingredientes

10 onzas. (1 bolsa) Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips sin lácteos Life 5 cucharadas aceite de coco (dividido) 1/2 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla Capa de mantequilla de almendras 3 1/2 cucharadas mantequilla de almendras casera (o compradas en la tienda esta bien) 2 cucharaditas de aceite de coco 2 cucharaditas de harina de coco 1/8 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla 1 pizca de sal

Homemade Almond Butter Cups

Instrucciones

  1. Forre un molde para muffins con bolsas de papel pergamino (parchment paper).
  2. Para la capa de chocolate de abajo, caliente 5 onzas (o ½ la bolsa) y la mitad del aceite de coco (2 1/2 cucharadas) en un caldero doble en la estufa (o baño de maria), revolviendo hasta que se derrita. Agregue la mitad de la vainilla (1/4 cucharadita).
  3. Llene el fondo de las tazas de pergamino de manera uniforme con chocolate (aproximadamente 1/8 de taza en cada una). Congelar por 10 minutos.
  4. Mientras tanto, para la capa de mantequilla de almendras, caliente la mantequilla de almendras y el aceite de coco en un caldero doble (el mismo método que el paso 2). Agregue la harina de coco, la vainilla y la sal, hasta que quede suave.
  5. Coloque 2 cucharaditas de la mezcla de mantequilla de almendras en el centro de cada taza sobre la capa de chocolate. Congelar por otros 10 minutos.
  6. Mientras tanto, prepara la capa superior de chocolate. Calienta lo que queda del chocolate (5 oz.) y el aceite de coco (2 1/2 cucharadas) en un caldero doble o baño de maria (el mismo método que el paso 2). Agregue la vainilla que quede (1/4 cucharadita).
  7. Heche el chocolate en las tazas, sobre la capa de mantequilla de almendras (aproximadamente 1/8 de taza) en cada una y vuelva a colocar en el congelador, 20-30 minutos, hasta que esté completamente firme.
  8. ¡Sirve y disfruta!

ANUNCIOS

Antes de despedirme, quería compartir un clip del programa de televisión, Aqui Estamos, que grabe mientras estaba en Puerto Rico para Thanksgiving. No solo compartí 2 recetas simples que les encantaron, sino que también expliqué el término nutrición holística y lo que significa comer “holísticamente”. ¡Agradecida por la oportunidad de venir al programa y compartir consejos saludables con la gente de mi hermoso Puerto Rico! Vean el video clip arriba!

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife and FlipBox

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5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips (+ a new recipe)

5 Healthy Holiday Tips for eating smart and staying on track this season. Plus a new recipe that will impress even the pickiest eater!

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Last week on Instagram I shared 5 Healthy Holiday Tips that will help you stay on track during the holidays. The time of year when food is in abundance and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves overindulging and sabotaging all the hard work you’ve put into improving your health. 

Here is a recap of my tips for staying healthy this holiday season plus a delicious veggie recipe that will impress even the pickiest eaters! ⠀

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5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 1 – Eat mindfully. Have one plate of your favorite holiday foods and stop when you’re satisfied. Holiday meals aren’t a free pass to overeat and drag it out with unhealthy leftovers. Instead, enjoy the foods you love during one meal and move on.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Tip# 2 – Share your favorite veggie dishes and keep it simple. Don’t risk complicated recipes that might not turn out as you expected. Try roasting or sautéing your favorite fall veggies or try making my Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder or  Purple Potato Salad 

Bonus tip: Share your recipes with friends/family and get a conversation going on ways you plan to stay healthy this holiday season. You never know who will leave inspired! 

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Tip# 3 – Beware of the Food Police! Friends and family that overstep boundaries and try imposing their dietary rules on you and your family. As I tell the clients that I coach, our food choices are unique to our individual needs – what works for you doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. This is why one-size-fits-all diets don’t work. Stay on your path and choose foods that work best for you and your family. 

Tip# 4 – Stay hydrated! Water accounts for 60% of your body’s total weight and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. Also, if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages over the holidays, try alternating with glasses of water in between your cocktails. This will help with unwanted weight gain and hangovers. 

Tip# 5 – Carve out 20-30 minutes a day for yourself. This might sound challenging at first but making time for yourself can be a total game-changer during the holidays. Take some time off to unwind. Try going for a walk, meditate, listen to a podcast or read a book. Whatever it is make sure it’s something for you – something that brings you joy. 

Click here for other healthy holiday tips! 

Joe and I are spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico this year. Carolina is very excited to spend time at the beach and pool! 

I also have a very exciting announcement to make! I’ll be sharing these healthy holiday tips with my friends on Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR in Puerto Rico this Friday, November 29th at 1.30 pm local time. I’m so excited for the opportunity! If you’re in Puerto Rico I hope you can tune in. 

And Before I take off, I’m leaving you with a new recipe for Cauliflower Mash that is a hit in our home and so simple to make! Try making it this Thanksgiving as your veggie dish! I hope you enjoy it. 

 

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower (florets only)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

3 tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee, melted

1 tbsp dairy-free milk (almond or oat)

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp chopped chives

 

Instructions

  1. Place a pot with water over medium heat. Add the cauliflower, and simmer until the cauliflower is soft, 6-7min. Drain well and set aside*.
  2. In a blender add the garlic, melted butter, dairy-free milk and blend until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the cauliflower into the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, and puree again. If it’s thicker than you like, add dairy-free milk until you reach the consistency you like.
  4. Serve and top with chopped chives.

*Drain the cauliflower well by squeezing out as much extra water as possible. You can do this by wrapping the cauliflower florets in a towel and twisting.

Version En Español

La semana pasada en Instagram compartí 5 consejos saludables que lo ayudarán a mantenerse saludable durante las festividades navideñas. La época del año en que los alimentos abundan y, si no tenemos cuidado, podemos darnos el gusto y sabotear todo el trabajo duro que ha realizado para mejorar su salud.

Aquí hay un resumen de mis consejos para mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas, ¡además de una deliciosa receta vegetariana que impresionará incluso a los más exigentes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

5 consejos simples para mantenernos saludables durante las festividades navideñas.

Consejo # 1 – Las comidas navideñas no son excusas para comer en exceso ni un paso libre para continuar con las sobras poco saludables. En cambio, disfruta de los alimentos que te gustan durante una comida solamente y ya!⠀⠀⠀⠀

Consejo # 2: Lleve verduras a la mesa. Hágalo simple y no se arriesgue con platos complicados que podrían no resultar como esperaba. Intente asar o saltear sus verduras de otoño favoritas o intente hacer esta sopa de coliflor sin lácteos o ensalada de papa morada

Consejo adicional: comparta sus recetas con amigos / familiares y entable una conversación sobre maneras de mantenerse saludable en esta temporada de fiestas. ¡Nunca se sabe quién se irá inspirado!

    5 Healthy Holiday Tips

    Version En Español

    Consejo # 3 – ¡Cuidado con amigos y familiares que sobrepasan los límites e intentan imponer sus reglas dietéticas a usted y su familia! Cuando les digo a los clientes que entreno, nuestras opciones de alimentos son únicas para nuestras necesidades individuales: lo que funciona para usted no necesariamente funciona para otra persona. Es por eso que las dietas de talla única no funcionan. Manténgase en su camino y elija alimentos que funcionen mejor para usted y su familia.

    Consejo # 4 – Manténgase hidratado: el agua representa el 60% del peso total de su cuerpo y necesitamos mantenernos hidratados para mantener esta proporción. Además, si consume bebidas alcohólicas durante las vacaciones, intente alternar con vasos de agua entre sus cócteles. Esto ayudará con el aumento de peso no deseado y las resacas.

    Consejo # 5 – Reserve 20-30 minutos al día por ti mismo. Esto puede sonar desafiante al principio, pero tomarse un tiempo para usted mismo puede ayudar muchisimo. Tómese un tiempo libre para relajarse. Intente salir a caminar, meditar, escuchar un podcast o leer un libro. Sea lo que sea, asegúrese de que sea algo para usted, algo que le brinde alegría.

    Joe y yo vamos a pasar el Día de Acción de Gracias en Puerto Rico este año. ¡Carolina está muy emocionada de pasar tiempo en la playa, piscina y con la familia!

    ¡También tengo un anuncio muy emocionante que hacer! Compartiré estos consejos con mis amigos en Aqui Estamos Chanel 6 WiPR en Puerto Rico este viernes 29 de noviembre a la 1.30 pm hora local. Estoy muy emocionada por la oportunidad! Si estás en Puerto Rico, espero que puedas sintonizar.

    Y antes de partir, te dejo con una nueva receta de Puré de Coliflor que es un éxito en nuestro hogar y ¡muy fácil de hacer! ¡Intenta preparar este Día de Acción de Gracias como tu plato vegetariano! Espero que lo disfruten.

     

    Puré de coliflor

    Ingredientes

    1 cabeza de coliflor (solo floretes)

    3 dientes de ajo (picados)

    3 cucharadas de mantequilla o ghee, derretida

    1 cucharada de leche sin lácteos (almendras o avena)

    sal y pimienta  a gusto

    1 cucharada de cebollin picada

     

    Instrucciones

    1. Coloque una olla con agua a fuego medio. Agregue el coliflor y cocine a fuego lento hasta que el coliflor esté suave, 6-7min. Escurrir bien y dejar reposar*.
    2. En una licuadora agregue el ajo, la mantequilla derretida, la leche sin lácteos y mezcle hasta que se combinen los ingredientes.
    3. Agregue el coliflor a la licuadora y mezcle hasta que quede suave, raspando los lados con una espátula de vez en cuando. Agregue sal y pimienta a gusto y vuelva a hacer puré. Si es más espesa de lo que desea, agregue leche sin lácteos hasta que alcance la consistencia que desea.
    4. Sirva y cubra con cebollin picada.

    * Drene bien el coliflor exprimiendo la mayor cantidad de agua posible. Puedes hacerlo envolviendo las flores de coliflor en una toalla y girándolas.

      Karla A Salinari

      Karla A Salinari

      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

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      Health Benefits Of Purple Potatoes

      Health Benefits Of Purple Potatoes plus the recipe for Mayo-less Purple Potato Salad. Made with cashews, Dijon mustard and fresh herbs, this dairy-free side dish is perfect for summer bbqs by the pool.

      Unlike white starchy potatoes which don’t offer much protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and have a high glycemic index, their pretty cousin, the purple potato, is quite the opposite. 

      Purple potatoes are rich in fiber and protein and provide good amounts of potassium and vitamin C, as well as various B vitamins. Most importantly, however, purple potatoes contain more than 4 times the antioxidants as regular potatoes, largely due to the concentration of flavonoids, the pigments that give red, purple and blue plants their rich coloring.

      Health Benefits Of Purple Potatoes

      1. Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
      2. May Prevent Blood Clots
      3. Are Packed with Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

      You can read more on the health benefits of purple potatoes here

      Cooking Purple Potatoes

      Purple potatoes are versatile but can become mushy if overcooked. We like to roast them or mashed.

      Keep in mind that mashed, boiled or roasted is the best method versus deep frying, which kills useful nutrients and is harmful to our health.

      Here’s a recipe for Mayo-Free Potato Salad made with purple potatoes! Joe and I are hooked on this easy to make salad and you will be too!

      We hope you enjoy them! Don’t forget to share your photos with us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK using the hashtag #OurFlipSideLife

      Announcements

      You might have noticed that I’m sharing this blog post in English and Spanish (see below).  I thought it would be helpful for native Spanish speakers, like myself, who follow the blog to enjoy it Spanish as well.

      Also, don’t forget to check out the EVENTS section of the blog for information on pop-up class and events in NYC, the Hamptons and Miami! There’s a lot happening this year, guys! I’m so excited!

      Ok, now back to the recipe.

      Until next week, friends! Lots of love and good health from our family to yours! 

      Mayo-Free Purple Potato Salad

      Ingredients

      2 pounds purple potatoes

      3 cloves garlic

      1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, then drained

      1 tablespoon dijon mustard

      1/3 cup avocado oil

      1 cup fresh basil, chopped

      1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

      2 chives, chopped

      salt and black pepper to taste

       

      Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
      2. Cut the potatoes into squares and place them in a large roasting pan. Toss with avocado oil, sea salt, and pepper.
      3. Spread out potatoes in a single layer and bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
      4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and set them aside to cool.
      5. While the potatoes roast combine the garlic, drained cashews, mustard, and avocado oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy, adding water if needed to thin slightly. 
      6. Add the cashew sauce, basil, dill, chives, salt, and pepper and toss to combine.
      7. Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!

      Version En Espñol

      A diferencia de las papas blancas con almidón que no ofrecen mucha proteína, fibra, vitaminas y minerales y tienen un alto índice glucémico,  la papa morada, es todo lo contrario.

      Las papas moradas son ricas en fibra y proteína y proporcionan buenas cantidades de potasio y vitamina C, así como varias vitaminas B. Sin embargo, lo más importante es que las papas moradas contienen más de 4 veces los antioxidantes que las papas regulares, en gran parte debido a la concentración de flavonoides, los pigmentos que dan a las plantas rojas, moradas y azules su rico color.

      Beneficios para la salud de las ppapas moradas

      1. Puede ayudar a bajar la presión arterial
      2. Puede prevenir coágulos de sangre
      3. Están llenos de antioxidantes y fitonutrientes

      Puedes leer más sobre los beneficios para la salud de las papas moradas aquí

      Como cocinar papas moradas

      Las papas moradas son versátiles pero pueden volverse blandas si se cocinan en exceso. Nos gusta asarlas o hacer puré. Tenga en cuenta que el puré, el hervido o el asado es el mejor método en comparación con la fritura profunda, que elimina los nutrientes útiles y es perjudicial para nuestra salud. 

      ¡Aquí hay una receta de ensalada de papa sin mayonesa hecha con papas moradas! A la familia les encanta y es fácil de hacer. ¡Esperamos que les guste!

      No olvides compartir tus fotos con nosotros en INSTAGRAM y FACEBOOK utilizando el hashtag #OurFlipSideLife 

      Anuncios

      Puede que hayas notado que estoy compartiendo la publicación de hoy en inglés y en español.

      Pensé que sería útil para hablantes nativos de español, como yo, que seguimos el blog para disfrutarlo también en español. Que les parece?

       Además, ¡no olvide consultar la sección de EVENTOS del blog para obtener información sobre la clase emergente y los eventos en la Ciudad de Nueva York, los Hamptons y Miami! ¡Mucho está pasando este año, chicos! ¡Estoy muy emocionada! 

      Ok, ahora volvamos a la receta. 

      Hasta la próxima semana! ¡Mucho amor y buena salud de nuestra familia a la tuya!  

      Ensalada de patata morada sin mayonesa

      Ingredientes 

      2 libras de papas moradas

      3 dientes de ajo

      1/2 taza de cashews crudos, remojados en agua caliente durante 30 minutos, luego escurridos

      1 cucharada de mostaza de dijon

      1/3 taza de aceite de aguacate

      1 taza de albahaca fresca, picada

      1/4 taza de eneldo fresco, picado

      2 cebollines, picadas

      Sal y pimienta negra al gusto

      Instrucciones

      1. Precaliente el horno a 450 grados F.

       2. Corte las papas en cuadrados y colóquelas en una asadera grande. Mezcle con aceite de aguacate, sal de mar y pimienta. 

      3. Extienda las papas en una sola capa y hornee por 20 minutos, revolviendo ocasionalmente.  

      4. Retire las papas del horno y déjelas a un lado para que se enfríen. 

      5. Mientras se asan las papas, combine el ajo, los anacardos escurridos, la mostaza y el aceite de aguacate en un procesador de alimentos. Pulse hasta que esté suave y cremoso, agregue agua si es necesario para adelgazar ligeramente. 

       6. Agregue la salsa de cashews, la albahaca, el eneldo, las cebolletas, la sal y la pimienta y mezcle para combinar.

       7. Servir caliente o frío. Disfrutar!

       

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      Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

      Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

      Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

      Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

      Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

      Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

      However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

      Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

      This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

      I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

      The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

      creamy 

      refreshing 

      and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

      Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

      If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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      Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

      Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

      A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

       

      Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

      I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

      When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

       

      Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

       

      BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

      I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

       

      Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

      Ingredients

      2 green plantains

      Avocado oil, for frying

      Sea salt

      Toppings (optional)

      Fresh cilantro, chopped

      Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

       

      Instructions

      1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

      2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

      3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

      4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

      5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

      6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

      7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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      Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

      Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

      Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

      What is Aquafaba?

      Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

      It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

      Where to use it

      Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

      In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

      I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

      Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

      1. We added a 2 new section to the blog: “My Favorite Things” and “Events”

      My Favorite Things: here you can shop some of our favorites from kitchen staples, to supplements and healthy ingredients.

      Events: here you can find information on upcoming events like the Woman’s Summit (more on this below) and FlipBox Pop-Up Classes we are hosting throughout NYC and the Hamptons.

      You can find both sections on the upper right-hand side of this page next to “recipes”.

       

      2. If you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook you know I’m co-hosting a Woman’s Summit tomorrow (March 9th) at Hub Seventeen in NYC. It’s going to be an amazing event and I invite all you kick a** ladies to join us. We have experiences (essential oil consultations, chair massages, a braid bar, etc) guest speakers, healthy food, music, and other fun surprises. To learn more and to purchase tickets click here.

      Ingredients

       

      1 cup chickpea water

      ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

      ¼ teaspoon salt

      1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

      1/3 cup oat milk

      Instructions

      1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

      2. Once ready set aside.

      3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

      4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

      5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

      6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder. A creamy, low carb, hearty and simple recipe perfect for the entire family. 

       

      Happy New Year, guys! I hope everyone had a nice (and somewhat healthy) holiday season. It’s hard to believe that it’s over, right? We didn’t travel this year – instead, we celebrated with Joe’s family here in NYC. I missed seeing my family who is scattered across the country but it was nice to relax, wake up without an alarm clock, not workout in a rush and catch up our favorite shows (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisle being my favorite!). I also took the time to organize and clean our apartment which is, in my opinion, a great way to start the New Year. 

       

      Anyways, it was also nice to eat at home. Joe and I cooked a ton and only indulged a few times while visiting family on Christmas and New Year’s. While at home, we made tons of easy, healthy meals that I will be sharing over the coming weeks. 

       

      One of my favorites is this Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder made with fresh veggies and roasted garlic. It was my first time roasting a head of garlic. The flavor is mild enough to spread on toast/crackers and incredibly delicious as part of a hearty soup. It’s the star ingredient in this dish! 

       

      I hope you like the recipe as much as we did and when you try making it, let us know! Leave a comment, and don’t forget to tag a photo #OurFlipSideLife on Instagram!

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder

      Ingredients

      4 cups vegetable broth

      1 head of garlic

      Olive oil

      1 head of cauliflower, chopped

      1 sweet potato, chopped

      2 shallots, chopped

      2 tsp fresh thyme

      Salt and Pepper to taste

      Method

      1. Preheat the oven to 425F and line two baking sheets.

      2. Slice off the top of each head of garlic to expose some of the cloves inside and place the heads on a piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in the foil and place on the baking sheet.

      3. Add the chopped cauliflower, sweet potato and shallots alongside the garlic and onto the second baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with olive and season with salt and pepper.

      4. Place both baking sheets in the oven to roast, 30-35 min or until tender. Remove the veggies from the oven and let cool, 5-7 min.

      5. Remove the roasted head of garlic from the foil and gently squeeze each clove casing onto a dish (you should now have a deliciously fragrant garlic paste).

      6. Add the vegetable broth, garlic paste and roasted veggies to a saucepan over medium heat. Let the veggies cook in the broth, 10-12 min or until the flavors are combined.

      7. Using an immersion blender blend the veggies until smooth and season with salt, pepper and thyme.

      8. Plate and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, more thyme, gluten-free croutons, pumpkin seeds and cauliflower (toppings are optional). Enjoy!

       Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Chowder
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      Karla A Salinari

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      Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms

      Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms

      Looking for veggie options to add on Thanksgiving? Well, look no further! This Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa And Mushrooms is a perfect add-on to the menu. Made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes, this healthy recipe will please picky and non-picky eaters alike. Plus it’s a great option for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free guests.

       

      This year, we are headed to Miami for Thanksgiving. My Mother’s side of the family is hosting which means a delicious mix of traditional American and Latin American dishes. It’s like the United Nations Of Thanksgiving! I usually start with rice, beans and fried plantains. Seconds are more traditional and somewhat healthy! J Then dessert…

       

      I’ll be sharing this Acorn Squash recipe with the family and of course, baking a FlipBox with the little ones!

       

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      We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

      Ingredients

      2 acorn squash, halved crosswise, seeded

      Salt and pepper

      3 tablespoons olive oil

      1 cup button mushrooms, trimmed and chopped

      2-3 garlic cloves, minced

      1 medium yellow onion, diced small

      1 cup quinoa

      1 ½ cups vegetable broth

      1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

      ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast (optional)

      Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

      Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast the squash, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside
      2. Place a pan (or skillet) over medium heat and heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add onions and garlic and sauté 1-2min. Add mushrooms and cook, 3-5 minutes
      3. Mix in the quinoa and vegetable broth and bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes
      4. Carefully scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons of pulp from each squash half and stir into quinoa mixture. Mix in the spinach, Nutritional Yeast and season with salt and pepper
      5. Divide quinoa mixture among squash halves and top with fresh parsley (optional)
      6. Plate, serve and enjoy!
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      Karla A Salinari

      Karla A Salinari

      Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
      and FlipBox

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      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

      Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

      Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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