Category Archives: Sides

Zucchini sausage pesto rolls

Day 11! Okay, we’ll I kind of cheated on the sugar detox yesterday but it was conscious decision and not a crazy craving. It was this magnificent piece of cheesecake which I only ate half, and I took the smallest little bites so it lasted like an hour. Yum. BUT, my stomach felt like shit and I got a sugar high right before I had to stand up and speak to about 40 people. I totally spazzed out and forgot what I was going to say and reverted to the scared of public speaking Kari from years ago. That sucked. I blame the cheesecake. But whatever, that’s after 11 days no sugar, no fruit.

Okay, on with today’s meal! I made this tonight for dinner and I either should have made a salad, side, or more. These should definitely be used for an appetizer. I saw this on paleOMG today and had to make it.


  • Zucchini (about 2 or 3)
  • Italian sausages (I got the spicy chicken sausage from Whole Foods)
  • Fresh made pesto sauce

Cut the zucchini’s with a mandolin or about 1/4 inch thick. Spread on pan (or grill would be much better) and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. I broiled them until they were tender and a little brown from broiling.

Put the sausages in a frying pan and cook them for about 10 minutes. Flip over when one side is brown and cook the other side.

Make your pesto sauce (basil, olive oil, garlic, a few walnuts)

Take your pesto and spread it on the zucchini strips. Take your sausage and cut it into 1 inch pieces and roll them up with the zucchini strips, pesto facing the sausage. You can put a toothpick in them or just set on the side that was last to be rolled. Enjoy!





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Coco Monkey Smoothie

Thank god I discovered this. I got this from the 21 day Sugar Detox book of recipes that are okay, and this is the best. I only wish I could have one at every meal. I didnt put any coconut cream concentrate in mine and it was still delicious but I can’t wait to try it when I get that creamy delishesness in my house. I made this after searching around my cabinets and found my handy dandy magic bullet blender. I forgot I had this and now I cant wait to start using it more.


  • 1 cup coconut water (no other added ingredients)
  • 1 frozen banana (with green tips so not quite ripe)
  • 1 tbls almond butter
  • 2 tbls coconut cream concentrate (optional)
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients in the blender or hand blender and enjoy. So good I want another! As you can see I didnt have the patience to put in a regular cup or even wait to drink before taking a picture!



Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Breakfast, Sides, Sugar Detox approved!


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Cucumber/Avocado salad with lots of other goodies!

So day 4 now of this sugar detox. I dont seem to have a ton of cravings, but all I want to do is eat! Well there isnt a whole lot to eat unless you make up snacks to chow down on when in need. I saw that you could eat a few root chips on this plan, well never- I repeat- never put the bag in front of you. Take a handful or so, or the whole bag disappears quickly. I stopped myself before finishing out of guilt that my boyfriend would come home and see this bag empty.

This salad is just full of a bunch of stuff from my fridge. Threw it all together and made up a dressing to toss on top and it was so good. Pair that with some stuffed mushrooms and I had the perfect lunch with enough left over to snack on.

In Salad:

  • Persian cucumbers chopped up (any cucumber would do, these were just cute and cheap at TJ’s)
  • Cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • Jicama in little pieces
  • 1 avocado diced
  • some cilantro
  • some red onion chopped up


  • Some olive oil
  • A tad of balsamic (had to be careful here because sometimes this is packed with sugar)
  • squeeze of a lime
  • salt and pepper

Chop up all ingredients, toss in a bowl, add dressing. BAM! Enjoy.


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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Lunch, Salad, Sides


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Coconut Flour Muffins

These are great to add to a dinner dish or even have with breakfast. If they were bigger you could make a little egg mcmuffin with them! Easy, light, and yummy.

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbls coconut oil – melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbls coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400 and grease muffin tins. Whisk the eggs and melted coconut oil. Sift in the coconut flour and baking powder until blended. Fill in the muffin tins about 1/2 way and this should make between 6-8. Bake for about 15 minutes until barely brown on edges. Pop out and eat!



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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Sides


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Kale crisps

Well everyone always talks about how great Kale crisps are so since I order the vegi in a box every couple of weeks ( I usually get kale in it and never really know what to do besides throw it in a salad.

This is really easy. And surprisingly good!


  • Bunch Of Kale
  • Tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the kale into bite size pieces. Make sure to cut out the spine of the kale because I didn’t and when you chomp into one, bitter!

Place on a cookie sheet, mix with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes until nice and crispy. These were actually really good! Note the pictures I couldn’t get one without my BF hand in it!




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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Appetizers, Sides, Veggies


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Chocolate zucchini ‘bread’


So I have a huge chocolate obsession. Love me some chocolate! I try to not eat any but when I must, I reach for extra dark. This bread (more like squares) gives you just a taste of chocolate without feeling too guilty. These are so good but filling so your pretty content with one.


  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup zucchini grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbls honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • Dark chocolate chips or bar cut into small pieces.

Blend up banana, honey, and eggs together in food processor. Add almond meal and other dry ingredients. Add chocolate last and mix all together in processor.

Put in a 9×9 greased pan (coconut oil) and spread evenly.

Bake 30/35 minutes at 350

Cut into squares and enjoy!


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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Desserts, Sides


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