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Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers

Adorable Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers

Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers

In a recent post I wrote how I was using intermittent fasting and drinking broth to lose weight. I also touched on another component that I found has been very important for me… apparently in order to lose weight I need to stay very low on my carbohydrates.

Very low carb = Ketogenic Diet. While taking a closer look at this protocol via the site called Rule.me I discovered that not only was I getting too many carbohydrates but I was eating too much food. This is mostly due to the fact that my job requires a lot of concentrated sitting in front of a computer so my caloric needs aren't as high as they might be if I were working a job that was more physical.

While doing the Intermittent Fasting Challenge with Jennifer Dages I learned she had had to go very low on her carbohydrates to lose weight (under 30 grams daily) but I finally decided to research the Ketogenic Diet because my friend Renee Harris reported liking the protocol, and I was especially encouraged by her mentioning that she was not feeling hungry or deprived. I hate tracking calories but I finally decided to give it a go.

Here's the good news: It is definitely possible to do the Ketogenic Diet in combination with GAPS.

I am pleased to report that I have lost 24 pounds since May!

If you are interested in combining GAPS with Keto it's pretty simple. Stick with the full GAPS list of foods. You'll want to pay attention to the vegetables as they are your carbohydrates. Then start tracking your calories and carbohydrates. I like to use MyFitnessPal, an app that I can use on my desktop computer or any mobile device.

To start you out, here's a GAPS-friendly recipe I found inside 30 Keto Meals in 30 Minutes30 Keto Meals in 30 Minutes. Louise Hendon is the author and she has given me permission to share this recipe.

30 Keto Meals In 30 Minutes

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30 Keto Meals in 30 Minutes (GAPS Friendly Rating 4.5 stars)

I have looked through Louise's e-book and found it to be quite GAPS-friendly plus mostly dairy-free and ideal for the Paleo Diet. The few issues I found:

  • It mentions using the microwave in a few recipes
  • It calls for Stevia in the Desserts section (this is only four recipes)
  • Some recipes include tamari sauce, I would recommend substituting coconut aminos
  • The only dairy I found was ghee

The recipe I am going to share is Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers and they are just adorable and look so tasty and you can have dinner on the table is less than 30 minutes!

Due to the “mini” feature, I'm betting the kiddos will also enjoy these!

Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers

Serves 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 large zucchini, chopped into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices (around 14-16 slices)
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) ground beef
  • 1/4 avocado, cut into small slices
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil or avocado oil for greasing baking tray
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) coconut mayo (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) mustard (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
  2. Grease a baking tray with olive or avocado oil and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt across it.
  3. Place the zucchini slices on the baking tray.
  4. Form small balls from the ground beef and press into patties – around 7 or 8 patties – and place on the baking tray.
  5. Place baking tray into oven and bake for 15 minutes. Alternatively, instead of baking them, you can grill the zucchini and beef patties or pan-fry them in some olive or avocado oil.
  6. Put the mini burgers together by placing the burger patty in between 2 zucchini slices and adding the avocado slice, mayo, and mustard to the patty.

 

Adorable Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers
Author: 
Recipe type: Keto
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 7
 
Cute little "mini" burgers. Have dinner for two on the table in under 30 minutes. Keto-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly and GAPS-Legal.
Ingredients
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped into ½-inch (1 cm) thick slices (around 14-16 slices)
  • ½ lb (225 g) ground beef
  • ¼ avocado, cut into small slices
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil or avocado oil for greasing baking tray
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) coconut mayo (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) mustard (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
  2. Grease a baking tray with olive or avocado oil and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt across it.
  3. Place the zucchini slices on the baking tray.
  4. Form small balls from the ground beef and press into patties – around 7 or 8 patties – and place on the baking tray.
  5. Place baking tray into oven and bake for 15 minutes. Alternatively, instead of baking them, you can grill the zucchini and beef patties or pan-fry them in some olive or avocado oil.
  6. Put the mini burgers together by placing the burger patty in between 2 zucchini slices and adding the avocado slice, mayo, and mustard to the patty.

 
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Brown Butter Spice Cake from Nourishing Holidays e-book

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Guess what? My affiliate partner Jaclyn Harwell is the author of Nourishing Holiday, an e-book packed full of holiday dishes that are sure to please your family and friends, regardless of whether they are on a “special” diet or not!

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Right now (for a limited time) you can get 20% off with a special promo code that Jaclyn has given me for my readers. Use the promo code GAPSJOURNEY and click on this link to get your very own e-copy and get a head start on planning your holiday menu: Nourishing Holiday

 

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Nourishing Holiday is a gorgeous and stunning e-book, filled with recipes that are all GAPS-Legal, grain-free and Paleo Friendly. PERFECT for any special occasion. Not just the holidays, you can use these recipes year round!

And I'm really excited that Jaclyn has given me permission to share one of her recipes: Brown Butter Spice Cake, but first, let me tell you a bit more about Nourishing Holiday!

Nourishing Holiday e-book

I wish this book had been around my first holiday meal on GAPS – did you know that I started GAPS the first week of December? I don't know WHAT I was thinking! 🙂 Over the years, I came up with substitutes, but I would have been one happy mama if I'd had this book on hand.

There are over 50 recipes inside, all of which are appropriate for the full GAPS Diet. Here's what you'll find inside:

Staples

  • Crispy Nuts & Seeds
  • Cashew Milk
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Cauli-White Rice
  • Roasted Pumpkin [affiliate link] Puree
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meat Stock

Snacks & Starters

  • Cheesy Crackers
  • Gingerbread Man Immune-Boosting Gummies
  • Candied Nuts
  • Cran-Apple Kraut
  • Dilly Cracker Appetizers
  • Party Mix
  • Pumpkin Bread with Streusel Topping

Soups & Salads

  • Spice Curried Pumpkin Soup
  • Turkey Twice Soup
  • Roasted Cauliflower Soup
  • Ham and Collard Greens Soup
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Winter Pear Salad with Sweet Olive Oil Dressing
  • Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Honey [affiliate link] Mustard Dressing

Sides

  • Honey “Wheat” Dinner Rolls
  • Sweet “No Potato” Casserole
  • Broccoli Rice Casserole
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Carrot Souffle
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Mashed Faux-Tatoes
  • Roasted Root Veggies
  • Mama's Sweet “Corn” Bread Stuffing
  • Real Deal Turkey Gravy

Suppers

  • Roasted Turkey
  • Honey Ham
  • Mincemeat Pies
  • Rosemary Roasted Chicken
  • Stuffed Turkey Breast

Sweets

  • Coconut Cranberry Kefir Cake
  • Flaky Pie Crust
  • Fruit Cake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Cinnamon [affiliate link] Rolls
  • Creamy Dreamy Pumpkin Pie
  • Brown Butter Spice Cake
  • Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Pecan Pie
  • Carrot Cake
  • Figgy Pudding
  • Homemade Marshmallows
  • Gingerbread Man Cookies
  • Apple Pie
  • Eggnog Ice Cream

Sips

  • Eggnog
  • Chai Tea Concentrate
  • Golden Hot Chocolate
  • Spiced Holiday Wassail

There are so many dishes to choose from, you will be set for several holiday meals in a row!

And now, as I mentioned earlier, the recipe for Brown Butter Spice Cake. Jaclyn says brown butter adds a caramel-y depth of flavor to baked goods, and this spice cake is no exception. She says it is perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert. I can tell you it was AMAZING. SCRUMPTIOUS. DELICIOUS. YUMMY.

And it wasn't even chocolate!!

I kept going back for another slice and another slice and another slice… finally I had to have my husband hide it from me!

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Brown Butter Spice Cake

Brown Butter Spice Cake

Serves 8-12
Time: 45 min

Cake:

Glaze

  • ¼ cup crispy cashews
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup butter (Replace with ghee for casein-free option and skip browning step.)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese (Omit for dairy-free and increase cashew milk to ¼ cup.)
  • 1 tbsp cashew milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla [affiliate link]
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8” cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  3. In a small saucepan, brown ½ cup butter: turn the burner on medium-high and keep a close eye to be sure it doesn’t burn, which will result in a bitter-tasting glaze. When butter turns brown and smells caramel-y, take it off the burner to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, cloves, and cardamom.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine eggs and honey and use a hand mixer to mix on high for one minute, until frothy.
  6. Add egg mixture and ¼ cup brown butter to coconut flour mixture and mix on high with a hand mixer until batter is smooth.
  7. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a platter and drizzling with glaze.
  9. Make the glaze: In the container of a high-powered blender, blend cashews, honey, cream cheese, cashew milk, vanilla, and remaining ¼ cup brown butter until smooth.
  10. Pour evenly over cake and dust with cinnamon, if desired.

 

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Winter Soups Community Cookbook

Winter Soups Community Cookbook

Pumpkin Sausage Soup from Paleo Table

Have you ever heard of community cookbooks? I've seen them over the years, and most of the time they seem to be put together by women's groups. I've seen community cookbooks put together by church groups, parent teacher associations and gardening groups. Just google “community cookbooks” and tons of hits come up. Oftentimes they are put together as a fundraising project. Or not. My all time favorite “community cookbook” is Whole Foods for the Whole Family by La Leche League. It is such a great basic collection of real foods. I believe every kitchen needs a copy – this is the version I own: Whole foods for the whole family: LaLeche League International Cookbook. I keep mine in a freezer Ziploc bag to keep it safe as it's rather worn because it's been used so much for over two decades – ever since my boys were little babies. 🙂

Recently I learned that Pat Robinson from Heal Thyself and Aubrey Griffin Johnson from Homegrown and Healthy were putting together a community cookbook of soups. Winter soups, to be exact. I was excited to take part, it just sounded like such a neat idea!! Especially since we make so much soup on GAPS and I'm always interested in new soup recipes. Even when they aren't exactly 100% GAPS legal, I love looking at soup recipes because it sparks new ideas.

Winter Soups Community Cookbook

Winter Soups is an electronic book in PDF. You can download it immediately after purchase and begin using it. You don't need to limit your use of it to your computer, you can load it to your iPad or email to your Amazon Kindle or other reader. You can also print it out, punch holes in it and place in a three ring binder.

Pat and Aubrey asked us to share our favorite and most loved soups and the one I chose to include is a new favorite. As I've shared here at the blog, my mother came to live with us several months ago. My mother taught me to cook and Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce Soup was a collaboration between the two of us. I started the soup, and my mom finished it with a few select herbs and spices. I have always admired her ability to know which herbs and seasonings to use.

In addition to my favorite soup, there are 51 more favorites + each recipe is accompanied by a photo of the soup – I have to tell you there are some GORGEOUS photos in this collection. In my opinion, photos are THE best part of a cookbook, don't you agree?

Winter Soups Hearty Lentil Soup

I've been through this entire e-book personally, in fact, if you don't mind me tooting my horn for a moment, I am proud to say that I am responsible for the formatting of Winter Soups.

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The photo you saw at the very top of my post is one of my favorites – it's Pumpkin [affiliate link] Sausage Soup is by Pamela from Paleo Table and is GAPS legal as written, along with 23 more soups. Many more of the soups are easily modified by simply removing or substituting ingredients, and if you need any help with modifications, just shoot me an e-mail at starlene at gaps diet journey dot com.

Below you can see the collage I put together of the GAPS legal soups. Gorgeous?? Or rather, delicious?

GAPS Legal Winter Soups Community Cookbook

30 DAY GUARANTEE:  I'm so sure you'll love Winter Soups that I will refund your purchase price in full within 30 days of purchase. Check it out and let me know what you think.

After February 4th, 2014 Winter Soups will be sold for $9.97. For a limited time, you can get Winter Soup when you purchase through my link using coupon code WSCC2014 to save $6 and get it at its special introductory price of only $3.97. That is less than 8 cents per recipe!

Limited Time Launch Price $3.97

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Feel free to stop over and visit any of the contributors to Winter Soup:
Alison of Healthnutnation, Amanda of The Curious Coconut, Amy of Real Food Whole Health, Beth of Red and Honey, Carol of Studio Botanica, Carolyn of Real Food Carolyn, Christy of Whole Foods on a Budget, Colleen of Five Little Homesteaders, Dina-Marie of Cultured Palate, Emily of The Urban EcoLife, Heather of The Homesteading Hippy, Iris of De Voedzame Keuken (The Nutritious Kitchen), Jackie of Deductive Seasoning, Jan of Healthy Notions, Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama, Jill of Real Food Forager, Jo of Nourishing Time, Joe of Wellness Punks, Joelle of jarOhoney, Karen of Nourish with Karen, Karen of Sustainable Fitness, Katie of Kitchen Stewardship, Kris of Attainable Sustainable, Kristen of Rethink Simple, Kristine of Real Food Girl: Unmodified, Lauren of Healing and Eating, Laurie of Common Sense Homesteading, Libby of eat.play.love…more, Libby of Libby Louer, Linda of The Organic Kitchen, Lydia of Divine Health From The Inside Out, Natalie of Honey, Ghee, & Me, Pamela of Paleo Table, Sandi of Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes, Sarah of Real Food Outlaws, Shannon of All Things Health, Shanti of Life Made Full, Shelley of A Harmony Healing, Sjanett of Paleolland, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Stacy of Paleo Gone Sassy, Starlene of GAPS Diet Journey, Susan of Grow In Grace Farm, Susan of Learning and Yearning, Suzanne of Strands of my Life, Sylvie of Hollywood Homestead, Tracy of Oh, The Things We’ll Make!, Vanessa of Natural Family Today, Vivian of The Real Food Guide, Vivica of The Nourished Caveman and Wendy of Cooking Quinoa.

Special thanks to Pat [Heal Thyself] and Aubrey [Homegrown and Healthy] for organizing this project, and collating the recipes. Thank you to Vivian [The Real Food Guide] for creating the beautiful cover and thank you to Sjanett de Geus [Paleolland] for allowing us to use her gorgeous photo of her Cozy Celeriac Soup as part of the cover.

 Limited Time Launch Price $3.97 

Remember to use coupon code WSCC2014!

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New e-cookbook Beyond Grain & Dairy

Giveaway of my e-Book Beyond Grain & Dairy at Wooly Moss Roots

Beyond Grain & Dairy

Wooly Moss Roots is giving away a copy of my e-book, Beyond Grain & Dairy. Head over to enter for a chance to win. Super simple entry, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog post. Thanks, Taryn!

 

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