Spicy Rum and Rosemary Mixed Nuts

January 28, 2015
Spicy Rum and Rosemary Mixed Nuts

Warning: these nuts are highly addictive! Don’t make these if you’re not into insanely delicious, sweet and salty snacks. Just walk away now if you don’t like your tongue to tingle. Cover your eyes if you can’t handle the smoke. Wait, who am I kidding? Run to your kitchen and make these pronto. Candied nuts are simple to make and great for: snacking on giving away as gifts sprinkling over your salad topping a cake nibbles at a party dessert taking on a hike sharing with your favourite person hoarding to yourself If you make these Spicy Rum and Rosemary Mixed Nuts make sure to snap a pic and hashtag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on them! 5.0 from 1 reviews Spicy Rum and Rosemary Mixed Nuts   Save Print Author: Kristen Stevens Serves: 9 cups Ingredients 3 cups walnut halves 2 cups cashews 2 cups pecans 2 cups whole almonds 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup dark rum 3 rosemary sprigs 2 teaspoons sea salt 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder Optional: 1 teaspoon of chili flakes (for some extra spice) Instructions Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. In […]

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Skinny Chili Cheese Dip

January 26, 2015
Skinny Chili Cheese Dip

Can you even believe what is going on here? This skillet. This dip. This cheeeeese. This skinny cheese. Whoa wait, skinny cheese dip? Does that even make any sense? It does when you mix the cheese with pureed cauliflower, the magical transforming vegetable. I know I know,  I was skeptical at first too. But trust me when I tell you that the cauliflower creates a creamy béchamel like base for the cheese to melt into. ♥♥♥ food that’s healthy but tastes like it’s deliciously bad for you. Most recipes that use cauliflower as a base for cream sauces suggest boiling or sautéing it, but I wanted the cauliflower to act not just as a base but to add flavour to the dip too. By roasting the cauliflower until it is very brown it gives a deep, nutty flavour that works great with the chili spices. I want you to make me a promise. Promise me you won’t leave the lime out of the recipe. I know it probably sounds a little odd, but it makes the whole dish. It adds a brightness to the dip that makes all the other flavours pop. I have to give credit to my handsome […]

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Sunday Supper :: 01.25.15

January 25, 2015
Sunday Supper :: 01.25.15 :: a Super Bowl menu + timeline

Today’s Sunday Supper features a menu perfect for celebrating the Super Bowl. The whole thing will take you 2 hours to make, plus a few minutes during halftime. We’ll be serving some of the best ever Chex mix and my favourite Mexican beer cocktail: The Michelada. During halftime we’ll be chowing down on ribs so tender they’re falling off the bones, a bloomin’ baked potato covered in cheese and bacon and some crispy oven baked buffalo cauliflower bites. For dessert there’ll be some super cute football cupcakes, and likely lots more micheladas. May the best team win! Buffalo Cheddar Ranch Chex Mix :: by Iowa Girl Eats :: I absolutely love this Chex mix! You might want to make more than you think you’ll need … it’ll go quick.   Big Game Michelada :: by Day Dreamer Desserts :: Super Bowl and beer go hand and hand, but I love a cocktail at a party. This Mexican beer cocktail is nice and light so you can drink lots of them.   Fall Off The Bone Ribs :: by  Jenny Can Cook :: You’re going to fall in love with these deliciously sticky ribs. They really do just fall off the bone. […]

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Sweet Hoisin Meatballs

January 23, 2015
Sweet Hoisin Meatballs

Oh hello you delicious balls of meat. Yes you, all covered in a sweet and sticky sauce that just makes me keep coming back for more. I really want you in my life right now. I’ve been wanting to create a meatball recipe that would be both paleo friendly and gluten free. Most meatball recipes use breadcrumbs to help bind the meat together so I had to look for an alternative. The result here is perfect. The meatballs are tender, hold together well and have tons of flavour. I’ve used almond flour in this recipe instead of breadcrumbs and love the result. Unlike coconut flour, which I find gives a sawdust texture to everything it comes in contact with, almond flour behaves a little more like breadcrumbs. A big bonus is that almond flour, which is really just ground up almonds, adds a subtle tasty flavour to the meatballs. If you like to eat paleo or try to avoid gluten then you’ll probably already know that most store bought hoisin sauces do contain wheat. If this is something you strictly avoid then you can always make your own wheat free hoisin sauce. There are several recipes on the internet, but […]

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Carrot Noodle Pad Thai

January 21, 2015
Carrot Noodle Pad Thai

I did it again. I just couldn’t help myself. This whole turning vegetables into noodles has gotten the best of me. I’m totally addicted. Thanks for putting up with me while I work my way through this veggie noodle phase. It turns out carrots make great noodles. Did you know that? I’m often the last to know things so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is old news for you. To make carrot noodles all you need is you handy ol’ vegetable peeler. Pad Thai noodles are typically wider and a vegetable peeler does a great job at helping carrots mimic these wider noodles. If you’re using older ‘winter’ carrots you’ll want to start by gently peeling them first. (If you have fresh, new, summer carrots you can skip this step.) Next you’ll want to peel the carrots into long, noodle-like strips. I find that pad Thai is typically a little mushy but by using carrots you have more control over how mushy, or not, you want the dish to be. I like it when the carrots have just a tiny bit of crunch left to them. If you’d like yours even softer you can cook them for another minute […]

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Sweet and Spicy Paleo Chicken Fingers

January 19, 2015
Sweet and Spicy Paleo Chicken Bites

In the off chance that you can’t tell by the picture, I’ll say it here, “these sweet and spicy paleo chicken fingers are amazing. Wait … paleo? Yep, you heard right. The chicken is coated in an almond meal (aka almond flour) crust that is both 100% paleo and gluten free. After a bake in the oven it’s dunked in a deliciously sticky sweet and spicy sauce. If you forget about your knife and fork you’ll licking the sauce off your digits for sure. One thing you’ll notice is, because of the almond meal the chicken is VERY filling. The first time I made this I was super starving and thought that the recipe would only serve 2, at most. Even with the best of intentions my handsome man and I can barely finish half this recipe. I should warn you that it is not quite as crispy as it would be if it were coated in panko or breadcrumbs. Maybe that seems obvious to you, but I had my fingers crossed that it would be. The almond meal does give the chicken a nice coating that adds extra flavour and helps all the delicious sauce to cling better.   I […]

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Sunday Supper :: 01.18.15

January 18, 2015
Sunday Supper :: 01.18.15

Sunday supper is about connecting with friends over a table of beautiful food. This week we’ll be sharing a bourbon based cocktail that is going to rock your world and some salty sweet potato skins that will leave kicking yourself  for throwing away the peels all these years. Sitting down for the main course we’ll be serving a sage salt roasted chicken chicken with an insanely tasty herb sauce, cauliflower steaks with gremolata and a green salad tossed with roasted sweet potatoes – sans their skins that we ate earlier! For dessert we’ll be nibbling on some secretly spicy chocolate dipped pistachio cookies. Serious yum. Today’s supper will take you about 3 hours to put together, start to finish. Make sure to check out the timeline at the bottom of the post for a stress-free dinner party. Bon appétit! Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips :: by Half Baked Harvest :: These sweet potato skins are the ultimate sweet/salty/feel good snack. Later in the meal you’ll use the yummy insides so this is almost like a bonus dish that somehow manages to be super crazy awesome.   Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour :: by She Eats :: I can’t help it, I love […]

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Carrot Beet and Apple Salad with Mint and Cumin Vinaigrette

January 14, 2015
Carrot Beet and Apple Salad with Mint and Cumin Vinaigrette

This salad is confusing. It reminds me of summer: hot days, sweet vegetables and sunshine. But it’s made with certifiable winter veggies: beets, apples and carrots. It would go equally well alongside some bbq as it would beside something tasty and tender you pull out of your slow cooker. It’s kinda like a cross between a mayo-free coleslaw and a salad. It’s crunchy and sweet and a tiny bit earthy from the beets. I like to mix in lots of mint; it’s my favourite part of the salad. It also keeps for ages so if you don’t finish it all at dinner you can take the leftovers for lunch. Is it right to call something a salad that can turn into leftovers. Now that I think about that I’m not sure I named this right … Unless your a bit masochistic you’ll want to use a mandolin to slice the veggies. I don’t know about you but fussing over cutting vegetables perfectly thin and just the right length is not my idea of fun. With a mandolin you’ll get the job done in about 2 minutes as opposed to 20 minutes if you tried to cut each little piece. And […]

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Coconut Crusted Salmon Bites with Sweet Chili Sauce

January 12, 2015
Coconut Crusted Salmon Bites with Sweet Chili Sauce

I thought it was too soon in January. Too near resolution time to be going here. But I did it anyway and, I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty darn happy I did. There are few things better than a crisp coconut-y coating and a sweet sauce that burns your tongue in just the right way. Other than how great these guys taste there is one other thing you need to know about them: They’re healthy for you! No no I haven’t lost my mind. Not yet. Just give me a minute to explain. The crunchy blanket the salmon is surrounded in is just a little flour of your choice (regular, corn or, for paleo, coconut flour), a bit of egg and some unsweetened shredded coconut. Then they’re given a quick pan fry in coconut oil. From what I’ve read about coconut oil is so good for you that it could save the world and make you live forever. Or so I’ve heard. The sweet chili dipping sauce is a paleo friendly version of She Simmer’s thai sweet chili sauce. I swap the sugar for honey and used agar agar in place of the cornstarch. If you’re not following a […]

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Sunday Supper :: 01.11.15

January 11, 2015
Sunday Supper :: 01.11.14 :: by The Endless Meal

This week’s Sunday Supper features a completely paleo menu, although it’s so delicious that no one will notice that it is grain-free, sugar-free and super healthy. The star of the show are some slow braised citrus lamb shanks that are fall-off-the-bone tender. We’ll serve these with dark roasted spiced cauliflower and a perfectly roasted beet salad. To start the evening we’ll begin with some tasty smoked salmon salad in crunchy little cucumber cups. There’s a ridiculously tasty gin based cocktail with kumquats and sage to wash that down. Dessert is simple yet addictive: dark chocolate almond clusters. We’ll be putting down a plate of these in the centre of the table and letting everyone nibble as we keep chatting and laughing. Bon appétit! Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites :: by Nom Nom Paleo :: This little appy has it all: crunchy, creamy, spicy and totally yum. The recipe calls for paleo mayo, which is really just regular homemade mayo made with paleo friendly oil. If you haven’t made mayo before don’t be intimidated, it’s really really easy. You can find out how easy it is by checking out a post I did for Allrecipes here or by watching a video that […]

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15 Minute Zucchini Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce {vegan + gluten free}

January 9, 2015
15 Minute Zucchini Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce {vegan + gluten free}

This is what a weeknight, quick and easy dinner looks like for me. It takes all of 15 minutes to throw together, is super healthy and totally yum. It’s also paleo, vegan, gluten free, grain free and all that other good for you stuff that’s totally hip right now. My handsome man will usually have the sauce with regular spaghetti noodles, but I prefer it with zucchini spaghetti. It’s one of the other things I love about this; he gets his pasta fix his way, I get mine my way. A few weeks back I posted a recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Kale Pesto, Pistachios and Pomegranate Seeds where I went on about how much I love zucchini noodles (or pasta, or zoodles … ). I told you there that I MUCH prefer twirling zucchini around my fork than eating any gluten free pasta I’ve ever tried. I even like it better than regular ol’ boxed dried pasta. It’s not better than homemade pasta. Not going to lie. The flavour in the sauce comes from sautéing the onions till they’re super dark. Like, just this side of burring dark. You want them brown. Dark dark brown. Once you sauté the onions […]

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Ginger Miso Salmon Steaks

January 7, 2015
Ginger Miso Salmon Steaks

You know those meals that, when you make them once, you want to make them again and again for ever and ever? These salmon steaks were like that for us. Cooking salmon can be a touch tricky as it has a tendency to dry out and become rubbery if you overcook it.  But … I’ve got the trick for cooking perfect salmon every time and, I’m going to share it with you. To prevent salmon from drying out you want to cook it at a low temp in the oven. I cook these at 225 degrees over 20 minutes. Low and slow is the way to go.  By cooking the salmon slowly you get perfectly tender and melt in your mouth fish. Try this method just once and you’ll be hooked. It’s the only method I use for baking fish. Do watch out for bones when you eat your steaks. There does tend to be quite a few of them. If you’re serving this to kids you might want to make salmon fillets for them. You can cook them exactly the same. If you make this Ginger Miso Salmon make sure to snap a pic and hashtag #theendlessmeal on Instagram […]

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Cauliflower Fried “Rice” and The Essential Paleo Cookbook Review + Giveaway

January 5, 2015
Cauliflower Rice and The Essential Paleo Cookbook Review + Giveaway

I’ve been more and more curious about the paleo diet over the past few months. The concept behind it makes a lot of sense to me. We all know that our bodies developed over a few hundred thousand years and, for the vast majority of that time, we ate a simple diet of vegetables, fruit, nuts and meat. Grains were only introduced into our diet a short while back (at least as far as our evolutionary timeline is concerned) and it makes sense to me that our bodies have not evolved to be able to properly digest them. I know for sure that when my diet is free from grains and processed sugars that I feel a lot better. When Jeremy, from PaleoMagazine.com contacted me to see if I’d be interested in having a look at his and Louise’s new cookbook, The Essential Paleo Cookbook, I was curious to see if there were recipes that I could include in my everyday cooking. My policy whenever I receive a cookbook is that I only review it if I love it. No love = no review. I fell in love with it first because of the stories Louise and Jeremy share about their […]

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Sunday Supper :: 01.04.15

January 4, 2015
Sunday Supper :: 01.04.15

Welcome to 2015! After all the incredible, but heavy, meals this holiday I’ve decided to lighten things up this week and prepare a completely vegan and gluten free dinner menu. If you’re making this for carnivores I wouldn’t mention the lack of meat; my hunch is that they will barely even notice it’s missing. We’re beginning the meat free feast with truffled white bean hummus crostini topped with portobello mushrooms and a limoncello gin cocktail garnished with grilled thyme sprigs. The main course features an Indonesian satay made with meat-like tempeh and served with a sweet and spicy sauce. On the side is a chopped kale salad with in-season oranges and a gorgeous vegetable tian. The dessert is hiding a secret healthy ingredient. See if your guests can guess what it is. Bon appétit! Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta with Truffled White Bean Hummus :: by Keepin’ it Kind :: This simple starter has tons of flavour from the truffle oil. You can serve this either on a regular baguette or on gluten free bread. I like the idea of putting the hummus, sautéed mushrooms and crostini on a platter and letting everyone assemble their own.   Limoncello Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme […]

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Best Recipes of 2014

January 2, 2015
Best Recipes of 2014

Choosing the best recipes on The Endless Meal this past year was not an easy task. I only ever share recipes with you guys that I really love, so narrowing down the 87 posts in 2014 to the best 12 was a bit of a challenge. Some of the recipes here, like The Best Greek Salad, are my personal favourites. Others, like the Crispy Boursin Arancini, received some of the highest visits during the past year. And good choice, guys. Those deep fried balls of risotto are deelish! January: The Best Greek Salad Kicking off the year in review is a healthy salad that still remains one of my favourites.    February: Beer Battered Fish Tacos Early last year I went to Sayulita, Mexico and came back wanting to eat fish tacos every. single. day. The light and crispy batter is totally worth pulling out your deep fryer or pot of oil for.   March: Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken  This sweet and slightly spicy glazed chicken was one of your favourites for 2014.   April: Vegan Dark Chocolate Pots de Creme This post took off after begin featured on Finding Vegan. It’s also my go-to vegan dessert recipe that I’ve […]

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