honey lime sauce

A wonderful mix of flavors, this honey lime sauce is absolutely incredible for dipping just about any fruit. It goes perfectly with our fruit summer rolls too!

fruit-summer-rolls-platterThe prep for this honey lime sauce is easy. Simply mix honey and lime juice. Another fantastic option for this recipe is to add a little fresh mint. The addition of some fresh mint completely changes the flavor of this honey lime sauce, making it taste extra refreshing!

I take our fruit summer rolls to parties and barbecues with this honey lime sauce for dipping. The dish is always a huge hit and I never walk away with leftovers, which is sometimes a bit of a bummer for me, haha. To have a great dish that isn’t too difficult and a great sauce to dip it in is just awesome. The honey lime sauce also goes great in the center of a tray with fresh fruit. Strawberries, cantaloupe, mango and apple chunks with toothpicks in them make for a great finger food for any occasion!

Honey Lime Sauce
A deliciously sweet dip, great for fresh fruits!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup honey
  2. juice of 1/2 lime (juice of 1 whole lime if you really love lime)
  3. 1 to 2 Tablespoons water (amount of water will depend on consistency you're aiming for)
  4. Fresh mint, finely chopped (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Mix honey and lime juice, stir well.
  2. Slowly add the water while stirring until you have the consistency you want for your sauce.
  3. Add fresh mint (OPTIONAL).
  4. Dip fruits and enjoy!
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nicely spicy salsa

spicy-salsaA very nicely spicy salsa that adds a fantastic kick to any Taco Tuesday!

We don’t always do Taco Tuesdays at our house, but when we do, we have nicely spicy salsa!

This salsa is the perfect blend of spicy hot and awesome flavor.The flavors truly do mix well, and the kick they provide is like fireworks for you taste buds! When making this salsa for our youngest child, I generally leave out the chipotle chili and cut the jalapeño in half. This is simply because our youngest son isn’t a fan of spicy, though I’m hoping he will be one day!

This recipe takes minimal prep time, as everything is put into a food processor, meaning fine chopping or dicing is completely eliminated from the process. I’ve said it before and I will say it again… minimizing prep time is a huge bonus! It allows us all to spend more time doing what we love and less time chopping things!

This recipe is absolutely Whole30 and Paleo compliant. We use all fresh ingredients and we love eating as healthy as possible!

Nicely Spicy Salsa
A fantastically spicy blend of flavors to give a kick to your cuisine!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  2. 1/4 medium red onion
  3. 1 jalepeno
  4. 1/2 bell pepper
  5. 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  6. 2 cloves garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (use 1/4 teaspoon or do not add to make less spicy)
Instructions
  1. Drain diced tomatoes.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and process. NOTE: ingredients do not need to be diced or chopped up small because they are all going into the food processor!
  3. Pour into a bowl and ENJOY!
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homemade ranch dressing is incredible

ranch dressing

This is a simple homemade ranch dressing that was modified from the Whole30 version a little bit to make it a little thinner and add a bit more of a kick (that’s the extra chili powder!). Though the recipe was modified, it is still Whole30 compliant and Paleo… delicious!

homemade ranch dressingHomemade ranch dressing is awesome!

My family can seriously eat some ranch dressing! My family says homemade ranch is better than Hidden Valley, which I think is fantastic, and here’s why… Hidden Valley bottled ranch dressing contains MSG, added sugar, added salt, artificial flavoring and other ingredients that simply aren’t necessary. Here’s a great post I found explaining all the ingredients in Hidden Valley ranch and any issues with them: Inside the Label: Ranch Dressing.

We use this ranch for dipping, and as a dressing on salads and other foods. When I use it as a salad dressing, I either add a little extra coconut milk or water to get the consistency I need. It’s a great dressing and I love it that our kids think it’s better than the store bought stuff!

This recipe calls for a cup of mayonnaise… I use our homemade mayo for that, recipe here.

Homemade Ranch Dressing
A deliciously creamy ranch dressing that is Whole30 and Paleo compliant, no added junk!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk with some cream (I put a can of coconut milk in the fridge for an hour and use 1/3 cup of the soupy mixture it ends up becoming)
  3. 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  4. 1 clove garlic (pressed or finely minced)
  5. 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  6. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  9. 1/8 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until fully mixed.
  2. Eat and love it!
Adapted from The Whole30
Adapted from The Whole30
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Quick and Easy Mayo

quick and easy mayo

This recipe is awesome! It’s super quick and easy to make, and I know my family LOVES mayo, so this is total perfection!

Quick and Easy Mayo
Super simple mayo recipe, tastes awesome!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups extra light olive oil
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 lemon, just the juice
Instructions
  1. Place egg, 1/2 cup extra light olive oil, mustard powder and salt in blender or bowl to hand blend in. Blend well.
  2. **You should already see your mayo start to thicken at this point**
  3. Once fully blended, add a little more olive oil and continue blending.
  4. Continue to slowly add the olive oil and blend until you have used up all the olive oil.
  5. Fold in lemon juice, this step will turn your mayo the normal white color.
  6. Put in fridge.
Notes
  1. The key here is to add the extra light olive oil SLOWLY, while continuing to mix.
  2. The ingredients do not have to all be room temperature (something you may have heard before) if you mix it all properly.
  3. Mayo will keep in the fridge for about a week after the "use by" date on the eggs, so keep this in mind when making a large batch.
Adapted from My Mother-in-Law
Adapted from My Mother-in-Law
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Quick and easy mayo? But don’t all the ingredients have to be room temperature?

Great question! The answer here is NO. I have read over and over again that it’s not possible to get your mayo to properly emulsify unless all ingredients are room temperature. Well, I make mayo at least once a week (I make large batches), and I can honestly tell you, my ingredients are almost always straight out of the fridge. The trick is really to make sure you’re mixing in the extra light olive oil SLOWLY… it is a step you absolutely cannot rush! Aside from that, it’s never mattered what temperature my ingredients are, if they’re all the same temperature, if one is super cold… it just doesn’t matter.

simple spaghetti sauce

Simple Spaghetti Sauce
Super simple homemade spaghetti sauce, easy for anyone to make!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. crushed or diced tomatoes, 1 can, 14.5oz
  2. tomato paste, 1 can, 12oz
  3. 2 tablespoons oregano
  4. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/3 to 1/2 cups water (depending on how thin you want your sauce)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix it all up.
  2. Heat on stove when ready to eat, adding water to thin it out.
Notes
  1. Ground meat makes an excellent addition to this recipe!
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This super simple spaghetti sauce is awesome!

zoodles-with-homemade-meat-sauceWe absolutely love this spaghetti sauce. Our kids love it, our friends and family love it, and best of all… it’s super easy to make! I love easy recipes that take a minimal amount of time. Wonderful. Making this spaghetti sauce only takes about 10 minutes. And the best part is that you don’t have to heat it up until you actually need to use it. So there’s no initial cooking involved!

Have it over zoodles or noodles, or add it to some alfredo sauce for a different flavor. I personally prefer to have it over zoodles because I absolutely love them. I sautee our zoodles in a little olive oil with fresh garlic to add some extra flavor to the zoodles themselves.

homemade-meat-sauceLove meat in your spaghetti sauce?

Add meat to your simple spaghetti sauce to make it even more delicious! Ground turkey or deer are fantastic additions. Simply brown the meat and add it in to the amount of sauce you need for the meal  you’re making. I like to make two batches of sauce and freeze half so I don’t have to make it later. It freezes really well and tastes just as good when it’s reheated.

This sauce can also be used for sloppy Joe’s, just add more meat than you would for regular spaghetti sauce and BAM! Awesome sandwiches for the win!

 

tomato bell pepper sauce

tomato pepper sauce
Tomato bell pepper sauce
A wonderful mixture of flavors, add meat for something similar to spaghetti sauce, or eat it without meat as more of a salsa.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
  2. 3 bell peppers, any color
  3. 1/4 large onion
  4. 1 cup tomato or carrot paste
  5. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop up peppers and onion, put them in food processor until chopped very finely.
  2. Put diced tomatoes (including juice), peppers, onion, tomato or carrot paste and garlic powder in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. Add browned meat for a spaghetti-like sauce, or eat it cold as more of a salsa.
  2. Want a little spice? Add jalapeño!
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This tomato bell pepper sauce is easy to make and tastes great!

I have made this recipe using both my carrot paste and using tomato paste. Either one will work and the recipe tastes fantastic either way. For me, I use whichever one I have on hand. I’m not making a separate trip to the store for a can of tomato paste… I’d rather just spend an extra few minutes making carrot paste, being around my family.

meal-tomato-pepper-sauce-cauliflower-riceThis recipe allows for a lot of variations, and can be made spicy with some jalapeño, more like spaghetti sauce with some oregano, or eaten just the way it is. I usually add browned ground turkey to this sauce and have it over either cauliflower rice or zoodles.

This sauce also makes a great salsa when chilled, which is just another bonus if you have any leftovers!

Creamy Garlic Sauce

creamy garlic sauce

Creamy Garlic Sauce
Serves 4
A nice and creamy garlic sauce to add wonderful flavor to a huge variety of meals.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut milk
  2. 3 tablespoons clarified butter
  3. 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 teaspoons oregano
  6. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Instructions
  1. Heat saucepan over medium-low heat, add butter.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add all other ingredients.
  3. Simmer on low, stirring often, until all ingredients are mixed together well.
  4. Pour over kale, zoodles, or whatever other dish you're having and enjoy!
Notes
  1. For a little extra kick, double the amount of chili powder in the recipe.
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This creamy garlic sauce goes great with lots of dishes. Pictured, I have the garlic sauce over sauteed kale and cashews, with chicken. Delicious!

This sauce is also fantastic with shrimp dishes, like shrimp and zoodles (or noodles if you’re not a zucchini fan). Spicy shrimp with this awesome creamy garlic sauce is incredibly delicious!

For an added kick of flavor, double the amount of chili powder… great on the taste buds!

Easy Tomato Sauce

Super easy, slightly chunky (yet not overly chunky) tomato sauce that tastes amazing!

Easy Tomato Sauce
Fantastically flavorful tomato sauce on the quick.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. One large can crushed tomatoes (make sure there’s no added sugar)
  2. ¼ white onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 tbsp oregano
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp pepper (I prefer white pepper)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring fairly consistently to avoid burning anything at the bottom of the pan. Enjoy!
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Amazingly Hot Adobo Sauce

This recipe is for incredibly hot adobo sauce. This sauce can be canned for use later or used right away. This is one of those sauces that you actually need to warn people about, as just the tiniest amount can set off a spicy sensation that a gallon of water is unable to quell!

Amazingly Hot Adobo Sauce
HOT HOT HOT! Adobo sauce to spice up any dish!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small 7oz can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  2. 1/2 cup orange or mandarin juice (I prefer to juice it myself to ensure ample flavor)
  3. 1 1/2 cloves garlic, sliced
  4. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (using a citrus juicer is best, takes about 3 small limes)
  5. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Put in blender or food processor until everything is liquified. You're done! See notes for canning instructions.
Notes
  1. When canning this sauce, place it in a pot on the stove and heat, stirring often. While heating the adobo sauce you should also be prepping/preheating your jars and lids for canning. Once the adobo sauce is hot (generally about 10 minutes on medium heat, with stirring), transfer to jars leaving about 1/2 inch head space. Put lids and rings on jars, place in hot water bath, water 1 inch over jar lids, for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn heat off and leave jars in water for 5 minutes. Remove jars and place on countertop. You will hear a "pop" as each jar seals. After about 30 minutes, if any of the jars have not sealed, repeat the process... you may need to use a new lid if the previous one did not seal properly (the lids are what actually seal to the jar, if the rubber has a flaw it may not work).
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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