Monday, July 27, 2015

Brown Butter Cacao Nib Skillet Cake

Brown Butter Cacao Nib Skillet Cake (Gluten free, Grain free) | acalculatedwhisk.com
This quick brown butter cacao nib skillet cake is gluten free, 
grain free, and so satisfying.

It cooled down just enough in Boston this weekend for me to feel good about cranking up the oven and baking a cake. And boy, was I glad I did! This grain-free skillet cake is so easy to whip up, looks and smells like a giant cookie, but boasts a unique and sophisticated flavor thanks to the browned butter and cacao nibs. I highly recommend making it today--it's perfect for dessert or simply as a snack cake!

Brown Butter Cacao Nib Skillet Cake (Gluten free, Grain free) | acalculatedwhisk.com

This recipe is adapted from Selma's Table, my assigned blog for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal day. I had a hard time choosing a recipe because Selma has so many tantalizing options. I almost bought anchovies for the first time because this walnut, herb, and anchovy sauce sounded so delicious (I wanted to pair it with some zoodles!). This Italian version of shepherd's pie looks fabulous, too. Also, what sounds better than black summer truffle pesto roast chicken?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Basil Lime Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Basil Lime Chicken with Roasted Vegetables | acalculatedwhisk.com 
An easy basil lime compound butter makes crispy chicken 
and roasted vegetables extra special.

Happy Friday! Are you ready to slather your dinner in an irresistible basil lime compound butter?

I love this meal because it's simple and flavorful. The basil lime butter makes the chicken and vegetables more delicious without making them taste any less like themselves. Instead of obscuring the flavors of the main ingredients like heavy sauces sometimes do, it just kisses them with a little herbal, citrusy richness that still lets their natural essence come through. 

Basil Lime Chicken with Roasted Vegetables | acalculatedwhisk.com

For the roasted vegetables, you can use whatever you have on hand. I used beets, carrots, summer squash, and onions. They need different amounts of time to roast, so I added the beets to the baking sheet first, then the carrots, and finally the squash and onions. If you want to sub in other vegetables and aren't sure how long they need to roast, check out this handy chart.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Caramelized Salmon with Basil Chile Oil and Pickled Vegetables #30MinuteMondays

Caramelized Salmon with Basil Chile Oil and Pickled Vegetables #30MinuteMondays | acalculatedwhisk.com
Broiled salmon, basil chile oil, and quick-pickled summer vegetables
 team up for a fast and fresh paleo dinner with tons of flavor.

As a recent salmon convert, I'm still a little bit surprised every time I bite into a piece of salmon and find that it's totally delicious. 

For so long the strange pink hue of salmon turned me off, but now I can't get enough. My favorite way to prepare salmon is under the broiler, where it cooks in less than ten minutes flat. I love how the top of the fish gets nicely browned and even a little bit crispy (especially here, with the help of a sprinkling of maple sugar) while the inside remains perfectly tender. This caramelized salmon is inspired by a recipe from Lindsay of Pinch of Yum and it's SO good.

Caramelized Salmon with Basil Chile Oil and Pickled Vegetables #30MinuteMondays | acalculatedwhisk.com

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Tiger Nut Brownies + A Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Tiger Nuts USA.

Tiger Nut Brownies + Tiger Nut Flour Giveaway | acalculatedwhisk.com
Tiger nut flour is the secret ingredient in these super fudgy nut-free paleo brownies!

Have you heard of tiger nuts? They're a new-to-me ingredient that I'm really excited to share with you. Here are three fun facts about tiger nuts:

1. They are not nuts! Tiger nuts are actually tubers, which means they're a great snack option for anyone, even people with nut allergies.

2. Tiger nuts are a truly paleo food--scientists believe that they formed a large part of the diet of hominims and other early humans. They've also been found in Egyptian tombs from over 6,000 years ago. (I found this info on Wikipedia.) 

3. Tiger nut flour makes delicious brownies!

Tiger Nut Brownies + Tiger Nut Flour Giveaway | acalculatedwhisk.com

Bonus fact: tiger nuts are widely cultivated in Spain, where they're used to make a special kind of horchata. Grab the recipe here!

The folks at Tiger Nuts USA sell peeled and unpeeled tiger nuts as well as tiger nut flour. I haven't used the unpeeled tiger nuts yet, but I'm planning to use them to make tiger nut milk. (That has to be the coolest name for a kind of dairy-free milk, right? Why drink almond milk when you could drink TIGER NUT MILK??)

The peeled tiger nuts are perfect for snacking. They're a little bit chewy with a hint of sweetness, and are great on their own or as part of paleo trail mix (I added raisins, chocolate chips, and almonds to mine). I carried my bag of peeled tiger nuts around with me for a couple of days so my friends and coworkers could try them, and they were a big hit! My mom especially liked them, and eventually I had to take the bag away from her.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Creamy Sesame Slaw #30MinuteMondays

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Creamy Sesame Slaw | acalculatedwhisk.com #30MinuteMondays
Quick and easy grilled shrimp skewers, creamy sesame slaw, and ripe avocado get together to form the perfect paleo summertime meal.

I know it's been quiet on the blog this past week, but I'm back with another delicious and fast recipe for 30 Minute Mondays! You can grill or broil these shrimp skewers, and the vegetables don't need cooking. That means if you grill outdoors, you can avoid heating up your kitchen and still end up with a delicious and balanced meal. That's what summer is all about, right?

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Creamy Sesame Slaw | acalculatedwhisk.com #30MinuteMondays

My fiancé and I have been down in Chattanooga for the past few days, checking out jobs, houses, and apartments. Even though I grew up in Boston, I've always felt like I'm a Southern girl at heart due to my mom's Texas roots and all the time I've spent down there, so I'm really excited that we're moving to Tennessee next month. I'm almost done with graduate school, and after we move I'll get to start my job as a speech-language pathologist working with kids of all ages (and of course, blogging in the evenings and on weekends). I can't wait!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Rainbow Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Walnut Dressing #30MinuteMondays

Rainbow Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Walnut Dressing #30MinuteMondays | acalculatedwhisk.com
All the colors of the rainbow are represented in this quick paleo salad with a creamy, dairy-free raspberry walnut dressing.

I've been wanting to make a rainbow salad for a while now, but this seemed like an especially opportune moment. Summer produce is everywhere in all its resplendent hues, and more Americans are able to get married than ever before. Let's celebrate with this salad!

Rainbow Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberry Walnut Dressing #30MinuteMondays | acalculatedwhisk.com

This healthy salad has pretty much all the colors of the rainbow (if you kind of merge indigo and violet together) plus pink. Pink is my favorite color and it's not really fair that it's not a part of the official rainbow, so I made sure it was included by making a nice pink dressing. Despite how creamy it looks, the dressing is dairy-free--the creaminess comes from the walnuts and shallots, and the color is thanks to the raspberries. It's inspired by the creamy shallot dressing from my pan-seared chicken, orange, and walnut salad, but this one's even better because it's pink.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Cashew Chia Cacao Nib Pudding

Cashew Chia Cacao Nib Pudding (Gluten free, Paleo) | acalculatedwhisk.com
This cashew chia cacao nib pudding is paleo, gluten-free, and easily made vegan. It's also a snap to make and surprisingly satisfying!

Happy fourth of July weekend! I made you a healthy dessert packed with superfoods: chia seeds, cacao nibs, honey, and cashews. Well, I am not totally sure that honey and cashews are superfoods, but they're not bad, right? I think this pudding would be a welcome change on a weekend when desserts are often pumped full of artificial colors and flavors. (Although, if you do need something naturally red, white, and blue, may I suggest my pico de gallo de frutas? Just use blueberries instead of kiwis.)

Since this pudding is a make-ahead dessert, it's perfect for having guests over. While you're out grilling lamb burgers and mixing drinks (agua fresca, perhaps?) these perfectly-sized treats will just be gelling in the fridge.

Cashew Chia Cacao Nib Pudding (Gluten free, Paleo) | acalculatedwhisk.com

This was my first time using chia seeds and cacao nibs, and I loved them both. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the cacao nibs since they're unsweetened chocolate, but while I wouldn't necessarily eat a handful plain, they were perfect in this pudding. Some of the cacao nibs are blended with the cashew and chia base to deepen the chocolate flavors of the entire pudding, and some are sprinkled whole on top. This gives each bite of cashew chia pudding this craveworthy chocolatey crunch. It's so good!

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