Crispy Oven Baked Wings…you’ll think they’re deep fried!

Oh Pinterest, how I love you.

Nope….there is no oil or frying for these wings….could easily fool you though eh??

We tried this one night and they were amazing! I decided to share them on a family vacation to Prince Edward Island…east coast Canada…and got the thumbs up approval from my 7 year old sister…which is all the approval anyone needs 🙂

Here’s how to enjoy these healthy, crispy, no added oil, gluten-free chicken wings for yourself!

Ingredients:

• Chicken wings (approx. 20 pieces – 10 flats and 10 drums)

• 1 Tbsp Baking Powder (with no aluminum)

• 1 tsp Salt

So why the baking powder?? Apparently it breaks the peptide bonds in the skin causing it to dry out and crisp up while baking. Yum!

Directions:

• Toss all 3 ingredients together…this is not a breading but rather a thin coating…the baking powder will be absorbed and it will seem like there isn’t enough, but don’t worry it will work!

• Line baking tray with parchment paper and line up the wings but don’t crowd them

*the original recipe calls to bake the wings on a wire rack to let the fat drip out onto the parchment…however it works just as well if you put them directly on the parchment too…no need to flip!*

• Bake at 250F for 30 minutes

• Then pump up the heat to 425F and bake for another 45 min

• Remove wings from tray into a bowl.  Toss in your favourite wing sauce and serve! Or serve the sauce separately and dip 🙂

Here’s a few dips that I made:

Sauce #1 (spicy):

1 Tbsp each of:
• Ketchup
• Thai Red Curry paste
• Hoisin
• Sweet soy sauce
• Water

Sauce #2 (mild):

1 Tbsp each of:
• Ketchup
• Oyster sauce
• Maple Syrup
• Soy sauce
• Apple Cidar Vinegar

And a cooling dipping sauce:

• 1/4 cup Mayo
• 1/4 cup Yogurt
• 1 tsp Dill weed
• 1 tsp Lemon juice

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did 🙂 I guarantee you they will disappear really fast! 

Thank you to The Cookful for this amazing recipe and info!

Your, 
Natural Groove Gal 

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Goddess Bowl #1

Buddah bowl…Power bowl…Awesome bowl…

Whatever you want to call it, it’s a bowl with so many possibilities- flavour and nutrition wise!

Here’s an example of a bowl we made the other day…

Ingredients:

• Carrots, shredded
• Homemade Kimchi
• Avocado
• Salsa
• Mixed Greens
• Green Onions
• Salmon with crispy skin!!
• Olive Oil and a squeeze of Lime
• Salt and Pepper

So this specific bowl is:

*Nut and Seed free

*Gluten free

*Dairy free

*If you’re missing that “crunch” factor you can add your favourite whole grain crackers or corn chips work too!*

Here’s a list of what I enjoy putting into my goddess bowls:

Grains
• Rice
• Quinoa
• Cous Cous
• Soba Noodles
• Buckwheat Noodles
• Barley

Protein
• Beans/Lentils
• Legumes
• Chicken
• Seafood
• Tofu
• Egg
And if you’re not worried about being nut or dairy free…
• Cheese
• Nuts/Seeds

Vegetables
• Tomato
• Cucumber
• Carrots
• Broccoli
• Green Beans
• Peppers
• Brussel Sprouts
• Zucchini
• Corn
• Kale
• Spinach
• Seaweed
• Leafy Greens
• Cabbage/Coleslaw
• Kimchi
• Red Onion
• Avocado
• Raisins or other dried fruit

Sauces
• Hummus
• Nut Butters
• Salsa
• Guacamole
• Dressings and Dips

Herbs/Spices
• Ginger
• Lemons/Limes
• Chives/Green Onions
• Sriracha (or your favourite hot sauce)
• Olive oil or Coconut oil

So there you go! What do you like to put into your bowls?

Your,
Natural Groove Gal

Summer Tortilla Salad

It’s summer time and that means fresh salads!

This was inspired by one of my boyfriend’s menu items at work 🙂

Tortilla Salad

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Beautiful ingredients:

Spinach
Romaine
Green Onion
Corn
Homemade Salsa (or you can just toss some chopped tomato and onion)
Feta Cheese (or goat or queso fresco)
Avocado
Multigrain Tortilla Chips (Because sometimes you just miss that crunch!) – For a gluten free option, use corn tortilla chips 🙂

And the dressing is simply just some olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice 🙂

Throw everything into a big bowl and toss just before you dig in!

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Et Voila!

MMMMM yum yum! Enjoy 😉

Your,
Natural Groove Gal

Spinach Slaw Salad with Blueberry Dressing

This is one of those…

“Babe, can you do the salad tonight?”

“Sure.”

Drive to grocery store.

Walk around the produce section.

Five minutes later I’m at the checkout with a fresh mouth watering idea.

…kind of thing.

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Fresh greens and a berry dressing!

Yum Yum ;p

Recipe:

Ingredients:
Baby Spinach
Broccoli Slaw Mix
Goat Cheese
Blueberries

Dressing:
handful Blueberries
1/2 Lemon, juiced
4 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Honey
Basil
Pepper

Blend dressing ingredients together. Toss salad ingredients into a bowl. Pour that dressing on. Voilà!

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Enjoy 😉

Your NaturalGrooveGal

Lemon Cashew Cake (Vegan “Cheesecake”)

This cake is un-f**king believable. Now I LOVE my cheese and I couldn’t believe my taste buds!

And yes it’s vegan. Get over it already. Food is delicious. Try everything.

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Recipe:

Crust:
1 cup dates
2 cups raw almonds
Surround the inside of a cake pan with wax paper or plastic wrap. Pulse dates and nuts together in food processor until you get a rough, sticky mixture that you can pat down with your hands into the bottom of the cake pan. Do so. Set in fridge.
 
Cheesecake:
3 cups raw cashews (preferably soaked for 3 to 4 hours)
3/4 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod

 

Blend all ingredients, EXCEPT coconut oil, together until smooth and creamy. Add coconut oil and make sure it blends completely. Taste it. Yes. Pour onto crust in cake pan and set in the fridge until it has the hardness you want (probably 3-5 hours or overnight). Take out of cake pan holding the wax paper or plastic wrap and put on your favourite plate. Slice and enjoy, or eat it like a wild animal.

I didn’t have vanilla bean handy for this trial but it was still scrumptious! Thank you to This Rawesome Vegan Life for this amazing recipe!

Until next time! Get natural!