Thai Almond Sweet Potato Noodles

Thai Almond Coconut Sweet Potato Noodles Caras Kitchen

Its time to use that spiralizer again. I seriously can’t get enough of it these  days and eating something in noodle form is just more fun isn’t it? Atleast I think so. Even saying the word noodle is kinda fun. nooooodle. Ya know? (not adultish). If there is one thing the paleo and gluten free diet produced that I am thankful for its the idea to turn vegetables into noodles. I’m a big fan. 
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5 Ingredient Almond Rosemary Crackers with Fig Tapenade

5 ingredient rosemary almond crackers

This past week I have spent a generous amount of my free time in the kitchen and I ain’t mad about it. I flew up to San Francisco last Friday with my boyfriend to visit my dear friends K&C who recently moved and we enjoyed a lovely dinner at home together on Sunday night. The evening began with a trip to a really cute local market called Oceana in Pacifica where we gathered ingredients and snapchatted away about some superfood ice cream we discovered (username: CaraCarin). Immediately after getting home we got to work, Christina on the crackers and me on a pear chutney. It was just like old times and I couldn’t help but feel nostaligic as we laughed and sipped on red wine together in the kitchen again.

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Holiday Kale Salad with Fennel, Sweet Potato, Apple and Pomegranate

Winter Kale Salad 058 #vegan #glutenfree #kale

Over the last 9 years I have been living apart from my immediate family spending 8 of them in Los Angeles and 1 in Melboune, Australia. There have been many years where I haven’t made it home for the holidays for various reasons including school, work, boyfriends or because sometimes going home for the holiday’s is difficult. Like many, my parents are divorced and figuring out which parent to spend what holidays with isn’t always easy. On the upside, so many people I know and love in LA also don’t go home for the holidays so there is always a friends-giving or gathering of the like so I’ve never felt like I missed out. However this Thanksgiving I am traveling with my dad back to Chicago to see the extended family- cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My traditional Italian family is not very vegan or vegetarian friendly so I have been thinking a lot about what I want to contribute to the meal and this kale salad recipe is a serious contender. 
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Market Vegetables with Spicy Pesto, Almond Crumble and Poached Eggs {Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian}

Market Vegetables with Pesto and Poached Eggs 020Who decided that eggs were only for breakfast? This agreement that we have as a society that certian foods are only meant to be eaten at certian times has always perplexed me. Does any one else find it odd that at certain restaurants they stopped serving breakfast at 11am? Seriously, its not like the ingredients aren’t still in the cold storage. And why is it that when we have pancakes for dinner we sort of feel a little naughty?

I say to hell with it! You should be able to eat whatever, whenever.

So I made this for the bf and I for dinner.

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Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower Rice

cilantro and lime rice

I have always thought that potatoes were the most verstile vegetable, providing us with some of my most favorite things- french fries, chips, vodka, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes and on and on and nom. But cauliflower is slowly creeping up the versitility ladder with cauliflower crust pizza, cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’, cauliflower couscous, buffalo cauliflower and cauliflower rice. kapow.

This recipe for how to turn the cauliflower into rice is adapted from theKitchn  but the process is fairly easy and all you need is a food processor or vitamix. I made this Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower Rice to add to a burrito bowl recipe that will be posted tomorrow but you could make this as the rice in a number of dishes or served as a side. Its gluten free,  low calorie, paleo and girlish figure friendly. Yay. I was truly surprised with how much it actually resembles rice in texture and flavor – I am excited to use this as rice in more dishes in the future but until then, enjoy! xo

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