Gluten Free Honey Basil Buttermilk Squares

Are you ready for another Super Bowl recipe?! Just kidding! I’m sure you’ve got every recipe planned by now. I married a man who doesn’t watch football (gasp!). Our sports watching consists of cycling, sailing, rugby, triathlon, and swimming (gotta love foreigners and their favorite sports!). But I did grow up with three brothers who were all huge Dallas Cowboys fans, so I feel like I put in my dues already with the sport. Am I right?!

Okay Okay, let’s talk snacking and food. What are you bring to your Super Bowl party? Or are you hosting? Either way, I think it’s great to bring at least one healthy dish or something to even out the cheese and chocolate consumption. Or at least something some what healthy to slather the cheese, dip, and chocolate with!

#gluten free HONEY BASIL BUTTERMILK SQUARES. great for snacks, with soup, or breakfast! @cottercrunch #baking

I am usually the one in charge of salads and veggie trays because I’m the “nutritionist” in the family. Typical, right? But surprisingly, all the veggies usually get eaten, along with the ranch (buttermilk that is)! But this year I am contributing another snacky bread/bar item that will pair well with Chili and are kid friendly! And yes, it will include buttermilk.. minus the ranch.


HONEY BASIL BUTTERMILK SQUARES - gluten free and great for snacking, with soup, and more! #healthy @cottercrunch #baking

Buttermilk Squares (bars). I made these a while back for a Love Grown Foods Recipe contest and could not stop eating them with soups, chili, you name it! Lightly sweetened yet still buttery. It reminded me of my grandma’s sweet jiffy cornbread in a way.

Gluten Free Honey Basil Buttermilk Squares
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Serves: 6
  • · 1 ½ cup honey Power O's cereal (or you can use ½ cup of brown rice or chickpea flour)
  • · 1-2 tbsp chopped basil
  • · dash of sea salt
  • · 2 tsp baking soda
  • · ⅔ cup buttermilk pancake mix (we used Flapjacked)
  • · 2 tbsp honey
  • · ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • · 6-8oz cup almond, coconut milk, or buttermilk
  • · If you are not using Flapjacked mix, then I would add in 1 egg or 3 egg whites (whisked) to make it more fluffy!
  1. First, grind up your cereal to make a flour. You can use any oat, bean, rice, or corn based cerael to make the flour. We love using Lovegrown Foods power O's. Then mix all your dry ingredients first, then fold in your eggs (if you are using them) and milk. Whisk until smooth. Add in your honey and stir again. Pour into a small square brownie pan or bread pan and bake at 350F for 35 minutes or so. (I used a really small casserole dish)
  2. Remove from oven at let cool. Then drizzle with more honey and basil leaves.
  3. Makes about 6 squares.

The good thing is that these bars are UBER easy to make for anytime of year and are great with any meal. Want one for breakfast? Here ya go, take one!


Well.. I’m off to decide who to route for. Because I have no clue, and I’m pretty sure I’ll just watch the commercials. Who you routin’ for?

Favorite way to use buttermilk? Do tell! I’m all about it these days.

Cheers and have a wonderful relaxing weekend!





One Dish Fish and Veggie Bake {Paleo Friendly}

One dish meals. Oh goodness, we love them! I mean, throw everything in a pot or pan, cook, serve, bam! You’re done.  And if you’re like us, maybe you make a couple of dishes and save some for the next day? Leftovers for lunch is like GOLD!

Really though, one dish meals can save you a ton of time in the kitchen and make week night dinners delicious and healthy.

One Dish Baked Fish an veggie potato bake! #paleo friendly. Easy week night dinner. Healthy and delicious! @cottercrunch

When I cook one dish meals, I focus on making them balanced. This means healthy fats, protein, carbs, and flavor. Hey, good taste has to be included, right? You don’t want a one dish meal without flavor, that would be a waste. Flavoring is KEY to make the whole dish come together.

One dish fish and veggie bake - @Cottercrunch Now I know what you’re thinking…. fish, again? How in the world do you flavor fish along with all the other ingredients in the ONE DISH?

Here’s my fish dish trick. —> Try pairing light fish (like cod or haddock) with a starchy vegetable and then add a more fats by roasted the potatoes in ghee, duck fat, or butter. (optional). Or choose a fatty fish (like salmon) to go with a fruit grain (like wild rice or quinoa) and keep the veggies more green based, like spinach, kale, etc. I use lemon and olive oil to keep the flavor light with more fatty fish.

one dish cod and veggie bake #paleo Easy dinner!

5.0 from 2 reviews
One Dish Fish and Veggie Bake {Paleo Friendly}
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Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup diced onion and celery (1/4 cup each)
  • ¼ tsp chili pepper or paprika
  • dash of sea salt and black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic.
  • 3 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 cod fillets (4oz-5oz) - Or other white fish. I use sizzlefish Cod
  • ¼ cup honey mustard dressing
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • feta cheese or goat cheese to top (optional)
  • 1 tbsp butter, ghee, or duck fat
  1. First, lightly pan fry your potatoes in sea salt and duck fat. cook until slightly tender but not all the way cooked. Next, coat your fillets in a mustard dressing and lemon juice then set aside. Combine your veggies and potatoes together, mix with balsamic vinegar and the rest of your seasoning. Place your fish fillets in a casserole dish, add your veggies and potatoes on top along with feta cheese. Bake at 450F for 15-17 minutes. Broil the last minute to make Brussel sprouts crispy!

Both of these styles of fish dishes are great for those looking to refuel after a workout or for growing kids! A good source of omegas, glycogen from the rice/potatoes, and antioxidants from the veggies.

Mmm k. Who’s hungry?

One dish fish and veggie bake - Week night meals made easy! #paleo friendly and delicious! @cottercrunch

What’s your go to one dish meal? I’d love more ideas!






Gluten Free Paella {Texas Style}

Two of my favorite dishes of all time are Paella and Texas Caviar. You know, the blended dish of black eyed peas and, corn, onion, and cilantro! Needless to say, I haven’t had corn or beans in a long time. Mainly for gut health reasons. Though each of us are so different in the way we can handle food, even the healthy real food, so I always like to share a variety of recipes! Plus I like talking about nutrition. You know me, I love a good reason to explain a recipe and it’s nutrients.

Like this one! The legumes/beans/peas! Is there a way for them to be “digested” properly?

We’ve definitely been trying them out more for their resistant fiber, or resistant starch. I’ve chatted about this in the past and would love to chat about it again now.

So, resistant starch is in several commonly consumed foods including raw potatoes, cooked and then cooled potatoes, green bananas, various legumes (beans), cashews and raw oats.

What do they do?

Resistant starch both feeds the friendly bacteria and indirectly feeds the cells in the colon by increasing the amount of butyrate. source

Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid that can help ease several digestive disorders. But you have to add in slowly and allow the gut flora to “adjust” accordingly, especially if you are already having gut issues.

Texas Salmon and Pork Paella (8 of 8)

But since the Kiwi is training for his last Ironman, I’m trying to keep his (our) blood sugar stable as well as increase his good carbs and beneficial gut flora! Legumes can help with all that (if your gut is healthy).Check out Dr. Alan Christianson great article on beans here.

We’ve been eating potato starch, potatoes, and plantains for a while now so i thought I’d venture more into the legumes for more types of resistant starch. Adding in a little each week to see how this helps with both our digestion, adrenals, and immunity. Lentils and Black eyed peas are a safe “segway” into beans if you are senstive. I also recommend soaking them first to help break down the phytic acid.

Okay okay, let’s get to this lucky recipe, shall we?

Texas Style Paella - cottercrunch

I’m feeling fancy, but frugal, so Texas style paella is the way to go! A Texas Caviar (Black eyed peas relish) combined with sizzlefish salmon and little bit of pork (bacon). I know the Spanish are mocking me right now, but hey, that’s okay. I’ll take my resistant fiber along with some spanish flare!

Easy Gluten Free Paella (Texas Style)
Serves: 3-4
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cups of long-grain white rice
  • 1½ cups chicken or veggie stock
  • ½ cup of diced fresh or canned tomatoes, strained
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili pepper or cayenne
  • sea salt/ black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini
  • ⅓ cup chopped bacon or pork (optional)
  • 1 cup or about 6-8oz of cooked salmon (chopped)
  • 1 cup black eyed peas
  • lemon juice
  • Optional- chopped cilantro mixed in.
  • optional toppings- Avocado and/or roasted red bell peppers
  1. First cook your rice in the broth. Once it’s ready, add in your tomatoes, garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, cumin, and dash of salt.
  2. In another pan or large skillet, sautee your zucchini and onions with garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, cayenne, and a dash of black pepper/sea salt. Once it’s about done, add in your cooked salmon, pork, and drained peas. Add a little lemon juice on top and stir in skillet until mixture is hot and everything is cooked through.
  3. Serve your rice first then salmon/pea mixture on top! Add cilantro or chili pepper and even avocado to garnish!
Note: You'll want to go ahead and grill or bake 2 small salmon fillets. I just bake mine or grill with a little olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper. Don't cook them all the way, just about 8 minutes on 400F. The rest of the cooking will be in the pan with the veggies.

If you are sensitive to peas, I would try soaking the black-eyed peas overnight in a large pot before cooking them. You can also just use canned peas and drain the juice.

Recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

texas style seafood and pork paella- cottercrunch

See, it’s easy! And it’s actually really good cold the next day.

Did you eat your black eyed peas this year? What’s your favorite way to eat iresistant fiber? Deep questions here ya’ll. 



The Sherpa Wife (LC)


Easy Gluten Free Paella (Texas Style)
Serves: 3-4
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cups of long-grain white rice
  • 1½ cups chicken or veggie stock
  • ½ cup of diced fresh or canned tomatoes, strained
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili pepper or cayenne
  • sea salt/ black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini
  • ⅓ cup chopped bacon or pork (optional)
  • 1 cup or about 6-8oz of cooked salmon (chopped)
  • 1 cup black eyed peas
  • lemon juice
  • Optional- chopped cilantro mixed in.
  • optional toppings- Avocado and/or roasted red bell peppers
  1. First cook your rice in the broth. Once it’s ready, add in your tomatoes, garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, cumin, and dash of salt.
  2. In another pan or large skillet, sautee your zucchini and onions with garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, cayenne, and a dash of black pepper/sea salt. Once it’s about done, add in your cooked salmon, pork, and drained peas. Add a little lemon juice on top and stir in skillet until mixture is hot and everything is cooked through.
  3. Serve your rice first then salmon/pea mixture on top! Add cilantro or chili pepper and even avocado to garnish!
Note: You'll want to go ahead and grill or bake 2 small salmon fillets. I just bake mine or grill with a little olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper. Don't cook them all the way, just about 8 minutes on 400F. The rest of the cooking will be in the pan with the veggies.

If you are sensitive to peas, I would try soaking the black-eyed peas overnight in a large pot before cooking them. You can also just use canned peas and drain the juice.

Recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

Ditching Resolutions for a Fun and Flavorful 2015

I was going to title this post…

How to Make Healthy Resolutions Fun, Flavorful, and Achievable.”

But I just couldn’t. I couldn’t bring myself to focus on resolutions. Why? Because I’m the worst at making resolutions, yet alone keep them.

I think this quote from my favorite wise woman sums it up for me.

We compare, we assume, we assess, we measure and most times walk away shaking our head at how woefully short our “me” falls compared to everyone else. How dangerous it is to hold up the intimate knowledge of our imperfections against the outside packaging of others.

If I make a resolution, I beat myself up or compare myself to others if I don’t keep them. Which defeats the whole purpose. I learned that the hard way, years ago!

So instead, I focus on INTENTIONS. To me, intentions give me a DAILY purpose, not a deadline.

how to make healthy intentions achievable, flavorful, and FUN

 So let’s talk healthy. I know, it’s a common word so often misused. Wouldn’t you agree? What’s healthy to you, might not be healthy to me, and vice versa. But either way, HEALTHY should be defined as daily principles that make you feel your best; physcially and mentally.

Simple. Achievable. Purposeful.

Healthy Food Intentions Ideas

  • Add more color to your meals.
  • Try out a new vegetable/fruit/herb weekly
  • Adding in more VARIETY of good fats to your diet.

duck fat, eggs, and basil

I think that’s a good start. And you know what? All these things can make your HEALTHY quite FLAVORFUL.

For exmaple. here’s a simple yet flavorful recipe that adds in a variety of good fats (avocado and salmon) more use of vegetables, and well.. it’s FUN! Try it out for your next Taco tuesday!

P.S check out Sizzlefish for more fish recipes! 

Avocado Salmon Taco Boats
Recipe from Lindsay at Cotter Crunch
Serves: 3 taco boats
  • Organic GMO free Corn tortilla cups (you can use taco shells too)
  • 1 cup cooked salmon (chopped). I like to use leftover sizzlefish salmon.
  • steamed green beans
  • greens or spinach (slightly steamed)
  • avocado slices
  • Creamy dill or cilantro yogurt dressing.
  • ground pepper
  • Optional : curry powder
  1. Heat your tortilla cups in microwave or in oven for just a few seconds until warm and toasted. Fill each cup (boat) with your greens and then add your salmon and avocado slices on top. Drizzle with dressing and add fresh ground pepper and curry powder (if desired).
  2. Note -> or you can bake tortillas in muffin pan to form cups!
  3. Super easy leftover lunch or light meal!

Okay, so we’ve got a simple yet healthy “intention” with food and diet. But what about fitness?

Again, this is where it can be easy to compare. You see countless pictures on social media of people hammering it out at the gym for hours, training for marathons, fitness competitions, etc. And if you are like me, you’re married to a man who spends hours a day training.  It’s easy to feel, well… like a slacker.

Ouch. That’s a whole lotta wrong intentions right there. Let’s shift away from comparing other’s goals and make ours more realistic and FUN.

Healthy Fitness Intentions Ideas

  • Sign up for a few FUN 5k runs with your friends.
  • Recruite friends or family to take your favorite fitness class with you once a week.
  • Just move more! That’s why i love the Garmin vivofit. It reminds me to get in my steps, easy!

vivofit garmin

Be a cheerleader to others goals and they will cheer you on right back!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAre you ditching resolutions this year? What are your Healthy “Intentions”?



Grain Free Winter Spice Plantain Bites

What makes a recipe successful? I actually think about that a lot when cooking and/or recipe creating. And you know what? To me, it’s about 3 things.

  1. Does this recipe benefit someone NUTRITIONALLY?
  2. Does this recipe make someone WANT to cook/ bake or just feel INSPIRED in the kitchen?
  3. Does this recipe make you want more (meaning taste)!?

Which is why I created Healthy Bites in the first place. To be able to fuel myself, my family, and others with nutritionally dense gluten free snacks. And to inspire others to make them for their kids, their loved ones, themselves. They are usually pretty easy to make, simple directions, always gluten free, and oh so tasty!

Grain Free Winter spice  Healthy protein Bites


This month’s flavor has that same purpose and function, but in an extra special way. It’s nourishing for these winter months.

I created this healthy bites flavor using my favorite winter spices.

Cinnamon, Clove, Ground Anise – > all healing spices with anti-inflammatory properties. a Which means you can keep that immune system working like a charm!

I also made them grain free (with plantain flour) and added in molasses (for that sweet flavor and a boost in iron).

WINTER SPICE plantain Healthy Bites 4 (4 of 1)


Winter Spice Plantain bites (GF)

Grain Free Winter Spice Plantain Bites
Serves: 33-36
  • 1 cup coconut or almond flour
  • ½ cup plantain flour or ground plantain chips. you can also use protein powder instead if you don't have plantain flour
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ -1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves (ground)
  • ¼ to ½ tsp ground anise --> optional. you can use nutmeg instead
  • ½ tsp butter or vanilla extract
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  1. First, grind up your plantain chips. Then just mix up dry ingredients and add in nut butter, extract, and, molasses, and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then use Vanilla Protein Powder or use coconut flour/sugar to roll bites in after frozen. Store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Makes around 34-36 bites, give or take.
  2. NOTE –> if your batter is dry, you might need to add more honey and/or nut butter to keep batter from being to dry.
recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

And now comes the “successful” recipe part. I want you all to be able to make these yourself or try them yourself, so I am giving away a batch of Healthy Bites, a $100 gift card to whole foods (thanks to #pathToFit Garmin/Whole Foods) so that you can go buy the ingredients yourself, plus other healthy items and groceries. I’m also going to throw in my Healthy Bites ebook, just for kicks. Sound good?

winter spice plantain Healthy Bites 2 (4 of 1)

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Okay, best of luck and thanks for always supporting!




Grain Free Winter Spice Plantain Bites

#PathToFit Recipe for 2015! Cranberry Basil Shrimp Cocktail

So here we are. Year 2015! Personally, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally stand tall. You know that feeling? When you give yourself a break from trying to EXCEED at everything and just focus on the one thing that makes you your best.

That’s what 2015 is about. It is not to become new in improved. It’s about feeling good, refreshed, and embracing where you are in life.

Which leads me here. Welcome to my old yet new Cotter Crunch. If your’e viewing this in bloglovin, email, or other format, just click to go to my real website and you’ll see a FRESH look ( thanks to jenny). I will definitely go into more details when time allows, but for now, this Sherpa Wife is all about inviting you to sit and eat at my table and cheer you in on your 2015! Whatever that may look like! Yes, corny, but that’s me.


How are you kicking off the 2015? Are you trying something new? Are you striving to take better care of yourself?

I think both are great. But let’s Keep it simple and Choose wisely.

Just move each day. Just focus on REAL food. I think it’s always best to start with that and go from there. Wouldn’t you agree?

veggies from whole foods (4 of 1)

I’ll be teaming up with Garmin vívofit and Whole Foods Market to help keep us ALL on the PATH to good health and fitness these next few weeks.

The Garmin vívofit tracks your steps, sleep, activity, and more. And I think you know what Whole Foods Market can provide. -→ REAL food focus!

shrimp cocktail with cranberry basil sauce

Now, about the eating part. Here’s a LUCKY recipe you can try out for the New Year. Fruit and Fish (or Seafood) are supposedly  to be eaten at the first of the year to bring “abundance” and luck. Good thing I have an abundance of Sizzlefish shrimp and fish to keep our year stocked full of luck!

cranberry basil cocktail sauce and shrimp

I also love using fresh basil in this recipe because it can bring in the medicinal properties we all need after a holiday season of eating. There are several types of basil plants, all which contain essential oils and phytochemicals. Plus it has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial properties, which can help remedy headaches, fever, anxiety, nausea and more. I’ll cheers to that after a month of holidays!

Healthy Gluten Free Cranberry Basil Shrimp Cocktail
Serves: 1-2
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries (or frozen and thawed)
  • ½ bunch basil leaves chopped
  • gluten free cocktail sauce (I buy mine from whole foods) or you can make your own.
  • lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional for more creaminess)
  • ¼ tsp each black pepper and sea salt
  • 10-12 medium wild caught shrimp (preferably peeled)
  • Note: want is spicy? add in 1 tbsp fresh horse radish or siriracha.
  1. First, boil your shrimp. Devien and place in ice.
  2. In blender, combine your basil, cranberries, and cocktail sauce. Blend then add in 1- 2 tsp of lemon juice and your sea salt. Blend until smooth.
  3. Spoon into bowl. Place shrimp and veggies around the bowl and sprinkle a little basil and black pepper around the shrimp to add more flavor. Make sure to keep your shrimp on ice to keep cold. Shrimp are safe at room temperature for 2 hours but need ice to maintain freshness if left out longer.
  4. I also like serving this with feta and gluten free crackers or dehydrated veggie chips!
Recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

Well friends, that’s my first Path To FIT (and Healthy) Recipe for 2015! More to come, as well a big long update on the Healthy Bites, Cotters, and more! Oh, and after 6 years of blogging, I finally created a COTTER CRUNCH Facebook page. Another change, and reason for it! I hope to connect more with you all there.

Favorite good luck food to eat at the beginning of the year?

Cheers to 2015!

Disclaimer: Garmin provided a vívofit and Whole Foods an $100 gift card

Grain Free Orange Maple Holiday Cookies

My Holiday gifts usually consists of food. Let’s face it, I’m frugal but also like to feed people. That’s allowed, right? Well, the Christmas is a perfect example. I have family and friends who like to receive Healthy Bites. Easy, I make a big batch for Holiday Parties, etc. But I also have friends who are more than gluten free. They are grain free or paleo or dairy free, etc. Hey, I’m all of those at times as well. Just depends on the week!

orange maple ginger cookies- cottercrunch (PALEO)

orange ginger maple (4 of 1)

Needless to say, I wanted to make sure those friends could enjoy an allergy friendly treat this Holiday season. Hence these cookies.

paleo orange maple cookies

To be honest, I winged the recipe. And to be honest, I loved them! But I wanted to make sure they were up to PALEO PAR so I had 2 other honest friends try them before I gifted them.


orange maple ginger cookies - Cottercrunch

APPROVED. Not too sweet. Refreshing. And the ones with icing were a bonus!

Grain Free Orange Maple Holiday Cookies
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Serves: 20
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup potato starch or arrowroot
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • ½ tsp each --> clove and cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or xylitol to keep low sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sparkling orange juice (feel free to use fresh orange juice if you don't have sparkling)
  • ¼ cup coconut or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter (I used sweet spreads maple flavor)
  • orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional -- Orange stevia liquid (3-4 drop fulls)
  • optional icing -
  • coconut oil
  • vanilla protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  1. Combine all your dry ingredients and seasonings in a large bowl. Make sure they are finely mixed. In another bowl, whisk your egg and milk. Gently fold into the dry ingredients and beat on low, then stir in your sparkling drink , coconut butter, and maple syrup (or sugar if you are using it). All while beating on low or with mixer.
  2. The batter will be THICK but keep beat until all is mixed. Then add in your extract and mix again.
  3. Roll into a dough ball and place in wax paper in fridge for 2-4 hrs.
  4. Once that is set, roll out your dough with a floured rolling pan. Use cookie cutters to cut into 20 or so cookies. place on greased baking sheet and bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. If you want them extra crispy, I would bake for 2-3 minutes longer.
  6. Remove and let the cookies cool.
  7. Once cooled you have the option of using icing. I mixed a ¼ cup coconut oil with ¼ cup maple syrup, a little vanilla, and cinnamon. Coated each cookie with the mixture them sprinkled with extra orange peel or orange zest and vanilla protein powder. You can easily use powdered sugar instead.
  8. If you want these cookies to be more sweet, then use extra maple syrup and icing!
Recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

Oh, and did you see that special ingredient listed?

Yep –> it’s a sparkling fruit drink. Bai Bubbles Blood Orange to be exact. When added in with that maple coconut butter and orange zest, it creates a killer combo! More on that drink later.

bai bubbles

Okay Okay, I so i might have healthified these cookies to the max, but trust me,  you can make them extra sugary… if you so dare. ;-)

Favorite Holiday Cookie? Do you healthify things for friends or yourself?




Thai Coconut Cabbage Soup {Paleo}

Last week I spoke about my love for coconut and cranberries in a soothing smoothie (for gut health). My husband (aka the kiwi) also happened to chat about rest/taking it easy. I guess you could say a little TLC is needed these days, and that is A-OKAY by me!

This week the love of soothing foods for gut health continues, along with more coconut. But let me explain why here. Hang with me.

Thai coconut soup with cabbage

You see, when the body (or at least my body) is under a certain amount of stress, digestion needs a little more support. This is usually why we back of high volume or intense training, and why we focus on getting nutrient dense foods in the system. But it can be tricky. The body responds differently to certain foods for EACH person.

For us, smoothies and soup can give you more bang for you buck. Easy on the stomach but allow you add in KEY nourishment., such as herbs and spices! Adding in herbs and spices are also a great way to significantly increase the nutritional value of your meals, plus many herbs and spices serve as digestive aids.

Thai coconut soup with cabbage2 (4 of 1)

Hence my love affair with soup! It’s full of good broth, you can add in extra gelatin (see here why it’s good for gut health), herbs, spices, fats (like coconut milk), etc.

For this one, I took out the grains (like rice), and replaced it with cooked cabbage slaw. It’s soothing, nourishing, and just plain good for the soul!

Thai Coconut Cabbage Soup (Paleo)
If you are not comfortable making your own broth, then i would use Nona Lims Thai Coconut Lime Broth
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1¾ cups unsweetened light coconut milk (15-ounce can)
  • 1 to 2 red chiles seeds removed, sliced or diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • dash of sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 quart organic chicken broth or homemade stock
  • lemon grass - I tried using 1tbsp of ground lemon grass paste, but you can also use 2-3 stalks of fresh lemon grass (mash the ends)
  • 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup cabbage or broccoli slaw
  • Optional add ins: shrimp, chicken, tofu, etc., sirirachi, dried basil
  1. First, sauté your cabbage slaw in oil, lime, garlic, and pepper. Set aside. (be sure not to cook all the way)
  2. Next, in a large pot, bring to boil your herbs, spices, and broth. Let is simmer about 10 minutes then add in your cabbage and simmer another 5 minutes.
  3. Next add in your coconut milk and another protein you want to add if desired.
  4. Mix in the your peppers (chiles) and cilantro and serve with sirirachi on top.
  5. Note --> don't like cilantro? Try using sweet basil instead
Recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

For those of you who prefer to buy your broths, I highly recommend using Nona Lims broths! I used their miso pho and their thai curry lime in similar ways! The best!

nona lim broths

Now let’s get get cooking! Your gut will thank you.

thai coconut soup with cabbage 4 (4 of 1)

What’s your favorite type of herb to use in soup? 

Have  meatless Monday recipe to share? Be sure to link up with Tina and Deborah!




Since we are on the topic of NOURISHMENT, check out my friend Laura (mommyrunfaster) RESET program going on next month! A 21 day challenge to really RESET your health and focus on whole foods! She’s offering 10$ off the program to Cotter Crunch readers with the code COTTER! If you want to hear about last year’s program and success stories, go here!

Paleo Cocoa Hazelnut Bread with Molasses

Bread.. oh bread. How I love the smell of baking bread, or anything sweet for that matter. And can I tell yo something? 80% of the time, the gluten free food/treats I bake are for the Kiwi. Don’t get me wrong, I eat them too, but I mean I make things I know he will love (flavor wise). Then again, there isn’t much that man won’t eat. Which makes my job easy!

That other 20% of the time, I make something that is MY FAVORITE and then completely hoard it. Okay, I give him a few pieces, then hide the rest. Come on, you know you’ve done that before.

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Well, this bread is my craving. My dark chocolate, nutty, molasses craving. And it’s grain free because that’s what my body wanted.

Paleo Cocoa Hazelnut Breads

This bread.. it’s rich, in the best possible way. And if you warm it up, add butter or coconut butter, and drizzle with more molasses or dark chocolate sauce, you’re totally allowed to lick the plate.

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This bread… I probably make again soon for the Holidays, and the hoard more. Hey, sometimes a Sherpa Wife needs to be selfish. Oh and that I did!

Paleo Cocoa Hazelnut Bread with Molasses
  • ⅓ cup coconut or tigernut flour
  • 1 cup plantain flour (you can use other GF flour here or oat flour if you don't have plantain flour)
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • dash of sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional --> to make sweet feel free to add in stevia baking sugar or ½ cup coconut sugar/brown sugar, etc.
  • Optional --> for extra protein add in ¼ cup gelatin powder
  1. Mix your dry ingredients first in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk your eggs and milk. Pour into bowl with dry mix. Add in your hazelnuts and molasses and beat or mix until batter is smooth. Pour into an oiled bread pan and bake at 350F for about 25-35 minutes. Check center of bread at 25 minutes to see how it's baking. If you are using a different flour, it could take longer/shorter.
  2. Once cooled, drizzle with extra molasses, cocoa powder, and chopped hazelnuts to top!
  3. Makes about 8-9 slices.
Recipe via Lindsay @
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8-9 slices

Make this, share if you’d like, or selfishly save it all for YOU! Santa won’t put you on the naughty list quite yet, I promise.

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Do you hide food from your family? Favorite way to use Molasses?


The Selfish Sherpa Wife


Paleo Pumpkin Kale and Turkey Frittata

Here’s a confession… I have the hardest time spelling the word FRITTATA! Why isn’t it in my spell check? But I think I’ve finally mastered it. Yes, almost 32 years later.

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Wanna know something else that is quite shocking? Well, i mentioned this in last week’s post but….

We aren’t huge fans of turkey. I know! Shocking! Although, we do love turkey or chicken sausage or using turkey in a stew, recipes, etc. etc. So maybe it’s not really turkey, but the way it’s prepared. Which is why I always get sent home with either smoked or dark meat Turkey leftover from Thanksgiving. It’s more flavorful and a great ingredient added to a recipe.

Like this one. Yup. It’s darn good!

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And I’m thankful. I’m thankful to have a family who always shares and makes way too much food at each holiday event.

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Because this allows the Kiwi and I create many delicious leftover concoctions. Hey, that’s what happens when you dream big and are always on a budget. You mooch off your family and make the best of each ingredient out there.. Come on, you know you do it too! ;-)

Pumpkin Kale and Turkey Frittata {Paleo}
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ to 1 cup roasted turkey or chicken
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried basil (optional)
  • sea salt
  • 1 bunch chopped kale (about ½ cup frozen)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp potato starch (or flour of choice)
  1. First sauté your veggies in a skillet until tender. Add in your turkey (cooked) and spread evenly in cast iron skillet. In another bowl, whisk your eggs and add in your milk, pumpkin, starch, and spices. Pour over the skillet mixture and top with addition basil or chili pepper. Bake in cast iron skillet at 350F for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Serves 4-6

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So go ahead, make this dish, learn to spell FRITTATA right, and enjoy leftovers like they should be …. FULL of LOVE and FLAVOR!

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Are you sick of turkey yet?

What’s your favorite way to make a frittata?


Sherpa Wife Cotter


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