Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl (Slow-Cooker, Gluten-Free)

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)

I think you are all going to fall in love with this simple and easy slow-cooker paleo root vegetable pot roast recipe! This is pure comfort food right over here! This dish was created with a chuck roast, carrots, parsnips, and one really huge turnip! This paleo pot roast gets its fabulous flavor from one of my favorite seasonings, Herbs de Provence. Not only is this meal pure comfort food on a plate, but this paleo & gluten-free dinner is simple to create at home.

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast

Roast preparations

First things first though. Let’s discuss this Root Vegetable Pot Roast from the beginning. The meat is the highlight of the meal after all. The first thing I do for a slow-cooker roast is salt and pepper that slab of meat, throw it on a hot saute pan with olive oil, let it sizzle and brown. When you brown your meat you lock in the juice of the meat and your meat will be so tender when dinner time rolls around. I used a small 2 pound roast for this recipe but I believe you could use any chuck roast up to three pounds. If you are looking for a great deal on a chuck roast, I have had great success with shopping at Kroger. read more


Nut Butter Amazon Shopping Guide By GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

Nut Butter Is All The Rage! Get In On It! Healthy Hot List – A Top 10 Amazon Shopping Guide

In case you have been living under a rock, then you would be aware that nut butter is all the rage nowadays. Peanut butter is boring, so move over peanut butter! There are so many new nut butters available today. It is overwhelming to see so many all over Amazon so today I broke down my favorite nut butter into this top 10 list as part of my Healthy Hot List series on my blog. read more


Coupon Codes, Promo Codes, Discounts To Help You Save Money

Coupon Codes & Discounts On Food / Groceries To Help You Save Money – Give It A Whirl Girl To The Rescue!

Hello to all and welcome to my blog post that is all about saving you some money. Today I am sharing some special coupon codes with you. These coupon codes will help you save on food & groceries. I have some special offers featured in this post and also several coupon codes included in this post at the bottom of the page.

I don’t know about you but I sure do love my coupon codes and I do not purchase anything online without hunting some down first. Most of the time you can find these special coupon codes and these savings sure do add up! I do love saving money whenever I can. So I am sharing these ways to save with you today. read more


PALEO CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE RECIPE

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake)

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I recently came up with for a paleo, vegan, no-bake cranberry cheesecake. This gluten-free (and no refined sugars) recipe features my homemade cranberry sauce as the star of the show. I just recently posted the recipe for my paleo cranberry sauce on my blog and I used those cranberries to come up with this holiday dessert. This faux cheesecake is not only scrumptious and delicious but you can enjoy this cheesecake without all of the guilt! If you like a dessert that is a bit on the tart side then this cheesecake might just be for you. read more

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Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake)
Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I recently came up with for a paleo, vegan, no-bake cranberry cheesecake. This gluten-free (and no refined sugars) recipe features my homemade cranberry sauce as the star of the show. This recipe will be a hit at your next holiday gathering or party. If you love cranberries you will love this paleo cranberry cheescake!
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 0
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Crust
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Filling
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Topping
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 0
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Crust
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Filling
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Topping
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE
Instructions
Crust
  1. For the crust, you are going to use a food processor and place all CRUST ingredients in the food processor and blend them on high until all ingredients are incorporated. This will be thick and it needs to be spread out evenly on a parchment paper lined 9" springform pan.
Filling
  1. Place all of the filling ingredients (except for the one cup of sauce, reserve that for a bit later) into the food processor. Blend up these filling ingredients until smooth. You may need to stop the food processor and stir the ingredients with a soft spatula.
  2. Once the filling is smooth, place the filling into a medium sized bowl. Stir in one cup of fresh paleo cranberry sauce.
  3. Smooth the filling out evenly on the crust. I use a soft spatula to smooth out the filling.
  4. Refrigerate the filling and crust for 6 hours.
Topping
  1. Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and place the cranberry sauce and the pecans on top with whatever design you would like. I did a bullseye design with my sauce and my nuts.
  2. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Please keep refrigerated to maintain freshness.

Pumpkin pie spice can be subbed in for the seasonings if you do not have them.

Items you will need to create this recipe:

 



Paleo Cranberry Apple Sauce With Pecans RECIPE

Paleo Cranberry Sauce With Apples & Pecans RECIPE (Slow-Cooker, No Refined Sugars)

This recipe is for a slow-cooker Paleo Cranberry Sauce with diced Honeycrisp apples and pecans. This sauce is completely sweetened with pure maple syrup. No refined sugars in this fresh cranberry sauce!

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Cranberry Apple Sauce (Slow-Cooker, Paleo)
This recipe is for a slow-cooker Paleo Cranberry Sauce with diced Honeycrisp apples and pecans. This sauce is completely sweetened with pure maple syrup. No refined sugars in this fresh cranberry sauce! This paleo cranberry sauce will be enjoyed at your next Thanksgiving Day feast or your Christmas dinner.
Paleo Cranberry Apple Sauce With Pecans RECIPE
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Paleo Cranberry Apple Sauce With Pecans RECIPE
Instructions
  1. Start out by pouring one 2lb bag of fresh cranberries into a slow-cooker. Set it on low for 6 hours.
  2. Zest one whole orange and place zest into the slow-cooker.
  3. Chop the orange in half and squeeze all of the juice out and place it in the slow-cooker.
  4. Pour maple syrup into the slow-cooker.
  5. Add the pecan pieces to the slow-cooker.
  6. Add the spices to the slow-cooker (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and allspice).
  7. Give it all a good stir and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  8. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
    Paleo Cranberry Sauce in the slow-cooker
  9. Serve, eat, and enjoy!
    Paleo Cranberry Sauce w/ Honeycrisp Apples & Pecans
Recipe Notes

If you would like to make this sauce a bit sweeter, simply add more maple syrup or some coconut sugar.


Gluten-Free Shopping Guide - Healthy Hot List by Give It A Whirl Girl

Gluten-Free Food Shopping Guide – Healthy Hot List Part 4

Today I have compiled this list of gluten-free food that I am just dying to try! I searched high and low on Amazon to bring you a list of my top 10 favorites that are on my wishlist. Many of these items are also paleo and keto-friendly and you can easily incorporate these gluten-free items into your healthy diet and lifestyle.

Real Good Foods Gluten-Free, Low Carb Pizza

You can find Real Good Foods at their online store or on Amazon. Their pizzas are offered as a chicken crust pizza or a cauliflower crust pizza. Amazon currently has a $15 off clippable coupon. read more


Kettle & Fire Bone Broth Review and Giveaway at Give It A Whirl Girl

Kettle & Fire COUPON & REVIEW – How I Made Healthy Chili Made With Bone Broth

Today I will be sharing my experience with Kettle & Fire Bone Broth. This is an excellent source of nutrients and a splendid way to warm up on a cold winter day. These paleo, Whole 30, and keto-friendly bone broths should be a part of your diet regimen for various reasons. There are so many health benefits to incorporating bone broth into your diet. read more


Chocolate Giveaway at Give It A Whirl Girl

GIVEAWAY – CHOCOLATE – Happy Holidays and Thank You

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CONCLUDED. Thank you all for your participation. More giveaways soon!

I would love to wish all of my readers happy holidays and a huge thank you to all who take a moment out of their day to read my blog. I just recently hit the 6-month mark of blogging so YIPPEE and HOORAY! As a thank you I would love to gift one person ten pieces of gluten-free, organic chocolate from a wide variety of different brands. I am hosting this chocolate giveaway as a thank you to my loyal readers that have followed along on my blogging journey. read more


The Best Holiday Gifts For Foodies - Gift Guide by Give It A Whirl Girl

Best Holiday Gifts For The Foodie – Gift Guide

This gift-guide is chock full of the perfect gifts for the foodie in your life. This foodie gift-guide has a variety of different food-related items that will surely put a smile on the recipient's face. Hopefully, you can find an item in this foodie gift guide that will make for a very memorable gift. I know I would be completely and totally happy and content with anything from this gift-guide.


Hosting My First Thanksgiving by Give It A Whirl Girl

Hosting Thanksgiving At My Home – My First Time Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving has came and went. Whew! This was my first year hosting the Thanksgiving Day holiday at my home. I gotta say that I was probably nervous about the whole situation for the month leading up to it. I know that a lot of work and prep goes into pulling off this festive day. Our feast that we had here was perfect and excellent from start to finish. I was satisfied with how every single element of it came out. No complaints whatsoever here! I hope all of my readers also had a great holiday and enjoyed their big plate of food!

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.

 

Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce



Clean Eating With The Sun Basket Meal Kit REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

Sun Basket REVIEW & COUPON – Clean-Eating Subscription Box Meal Kit – Special Offer Inside

I recently had the pleasure of trying out one meal kit subscription box from Sun Basket. If you are not familiar with Sun Basket, their meal kits are all about clean-eating and healthy, organic ingredients. They offer vegetarian subscription boxes for those eating a plant-based diet, and there is a paleo option for those who follow a gluten-free diet. My family tried Sun Basket for one week and we had 3 meal kits delivered. Today I will be sharing my Sun Basket review with you and a special Sun Basket coupon/discount. We were highly satisfied with all three meals and I plan on ordering more subscription boxes in the future. I went with the paleo box and it was love at first bite!

You can sign up for Sun Basket right now and $80 off your first three orders.

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Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket) Review - GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)

Sun Basket Review

Sun Basket has clean-eating meal kits for everyone’s diet

Sun Basket makes it easy to order meal kits based on your diet. I ordered the paleo box and all of my meals were gluten and grain-free.

  • Mediterranean
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  • Paleo (gluten-free)
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    Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (gluten-free, vegan)

    Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

    Saturdays are my favorite days of the week to get in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen and whip up a tasty treat for my family to enjoy. This weekend I created a vegan and gluten-free, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Is there anything in this world better than edible chocolate chip cookie dough? Hell no! This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake is completely safe to indulge in and does not contain any eggs which are typically found in cookies. The filling is of this cheesecake mimics the real deal quite well and my little family of 3 absolutely loved this faux cheesecake recipe.

    I think that it is a universal idea that raw cookie dough is the bomb! When I was a little girl and my mom whipped up a batch of cookies I always had to have a taste of the cookie dough on the spatula. I would give it a good lick and the taste of raw cookie dough is pure, straight up comfort food! Am I right?

    Raw cookie dough almost always has eggs in it, and let’s face it… raw eggs can get you sick with salmonella nowadays and that is the last thing in the world that anyone needs. This recipe is perfect for those that admire that taste of raw cookie dough. If you don’t feel like creating an entire cheesecake with this recipe, go ahead and just create the filling and indulge in that with a spoon or use something to dip in it. The filling on its own makes a great dip!

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Vegan-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Vegan-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Creating the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    This cheesecake has a very rich taste thanks to the 4th & Heart ghee that I used. If you are able to get hour hands on the 4th & Heart vanilla ghee I am sure that would be fantastic in this recipe as well. In my cheesecakes, I always go with coconut oil but for this one, I swapped that out for ghee since chocolate chip cookies are full of butter. The ghee turned out the be a wise choice. When I took that first bite of this cheesecake I knew that using ghee in this recipe was a smart decision. I used coconut oil a couple months ago to make a cookie dough cheesecake, and while it was delicious this recipe with the ghee knocked it out of the park!

    It may seem as though this recipe has a lot of ingredients. If you have a well-stocked pantry, chances are you already have most of the items on the ingredient list. There are also some kitchen items, such as a good-sized food processor, that you will need. A springform pan is essential as well in order to create a cheesecake. A standard 8-inch size will do. If you use anything larger you will have to increase the amount of the ingredients in the chocolate ganache topping.

    Most of the ingredients

    Most of the ingredients

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake crust

    The first step of this recipe is to create the crust of the cheesecake. For the crust of this cookie dough cheesecake, I used a mix of Medjool dates, raw almonds, almond flour, finely shredded coconut, maple syrup, cacao powder, ghee, and some pure vanilla extract. This results in a chocolatey crust due to the added cacao powder. If you do not want a chocolate crust, simply just omit the cacao powder. The crust is gluten and grain-free. The crust has a nutty texture (from the almonds) and the perfect amount of chocolate flavor.

    Crust ingredients in the food processor

    Crust ingredients in the food processor

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chocolate crust pressed into a springform pan

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chocolate crust pressed into a springform pan

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake filling

    The filling is composed of raw cashews, almond flour, coconut flour, ghee, maple syrup, lemon juice, coconut sugar, and vegan dark chocolate chips. This is the part of cheesecake that is all about that edible cookie dough flavor. The soaked cashews mixed with that little bit of lemon juice, believe it or not, are going to imitate a cheesecake. This type of formula with the cashews and lemon juice is very versatile and you can totally get creative here with your non-dairy, vegan cheesecake. I posted some other recipes for cheesecakes at the bottom of this post.

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    Filling made... just need to stir in some chocolate chips

    Filling made… just need to stir in some chocolate chips

    Filling smoothed out over the crust. Just needs a chocolate ganche topping.

    Filling smoothed out over the crust. Just needs a chocolate ganche topping.

    Close up of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Close up of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake topping

    For this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake, we are going to top it off with a simple chocolate ganache that is only 2 ingredients: vegan dark chocolate chips (from Enjoy Life Foods) and just a dab of coconut oil to smooth it all out. This is my daughter’s favorite part of any cheesecake that I create. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be because she is a chocolate lover like myself? This is the first part that she always goes for when I cut her a slice.

    Melting down some dark chocolate chips for the topping

    Melting down some dark chocolate chips for the topping

    Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

    Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake