Recipes for Sugar Free 30 Challenge

pistachio-crusted-salmonPistachio-Crusted Salmon

serves 3


  • 1 (1-pound) wild king salmon fillet, skin on, bones removed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard (you can use the whole grain variety)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallions
  • ½ cup shelled salted and dry roasted pistachios, crushed


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and divide the fillet into three uniform portions. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the skin, and lay it skin-side down on the parchment-lined baking tray.

Combine the mustard and chives in a small bowl. Spread one-third of the mixture evenly on each piece of fish.

Next, sprinkle the crushed nuts on top of the salmon and pat the mixture down gently  to make sure it sticks.

Place the tray in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through to your desired doneness. If you’re cooking a whole 1-pound filet, you may need to increase the baking time to 15 minutes.

Take the salmon out of the oven and let the fillets rest for a few minutes. In the meantime, reheat some leftover roasted vegetables or dice up a basket of cherry tomatoes.



Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie

serves 2


3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 ripe avocado
2 large handfuls fresh spinach
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 soft Medjool dates, pitted
1 1/2 cups water or almond milk
2 handfuls of ice


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until liquified. Adjust sweetness and spice to taste, if necessary, then serve immediately!


Cherry-Tomato Vinaigrette


1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
Unrefined sea salt and pepper


Place the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, and garlic in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Slowly add the oil under well blended. Season with the salt and pepper.


Coconut Cookie Dough Balls


Scant 2/3 cup pitted dates (80 g)
1 and 1/2 tbsp coconut butter or Homemade Coconut Butter
Tiny pinch salt (can be omitted if desired)
Optional: shredded coconut

Blend everything together in a food processor. This makes a small batch, so I used my Magic Bullet. If you have a bigger processor, it might be best to double or triple the recipe so everything blends more smoothly. (The recipe can be done in a blender, but the results are stickier.) Smush into one big ball, then roll into little balls or bars or cookie-cuttered shapes.



Paleo Banana Breakfast Cookies


2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon 
1-2 cups total mix-ins (nuts, shredded coconut, or raisins)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients until well blended. Drop by tbs. onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

These will spread a bit, so leave sufficient space between your cookies.


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