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coffee-tasting

May 09

Is Coffee Paleo?

By Jane Barthelemy. So, is coffee Paleo? Well, the correct answer is NO. Even wishful thinking won’t put it in the Paleo era. The bullet-proof truth is that coffee was first cultivated in Ethiopia c. 900 years after Christ, roughly 10,000 years after the Paleo period. One of today’s most profitable and addictive habits, coffee was actually banned in Mecca in the 1500’s as intoxicating and inciting radical thinking! But royal intervention changed all that, and soon coffee spread 

cashew-mayo

May 07

Instant Egg-free Cashew Mayo

Quick to blend, this creamy vegan mayo is healthier and tastier than oil based store-bought mayonnaise. You’ll want to spread it on everything! It’s non-GMO, Paleo, low-fat, with no stabilizers, canola, trans-fats, or sugar. And it tastes fabulicious. Cashews make a wonderfully smooth base for mayo. And cashews are low in fat compared to other nuts. Yay!

orange-buttercream-frosting

May 03

Paleo Orange Buttercream Frosting

This is the easiest and creamiest frosting you’ll ever make. No cooking, no thickeners, just five ingredients whipped in the food processor, and it is delicious beyond words. A favorite frosting for my Mexican Chocolate Birthday Cake, it also tastes yummy on Paleo Carrot Muffins. The secret to its creamy texture is pure coconut

chia-tapioca

Apr 26

Chia Tapioca Pudding with Fruit

This is the simplest and quickest power-breakfast or snack you can make. Chia seeds are a perfectly balanced superfood, high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. In fact, “chia” means “strength” in the Mayan language. Chia tapioca tastes yummy 

fermented-carrot-mango-relish-1

Apr 09

Fermented Mango Carrot Relish

This refreshing relish adds zingy flavor and vibrant color to any meal. It takes 5 minutes to prepare and 1-2 weeks to ferment, so that every bite feeds your healthy micro-biome. Carrot, mango, and ginger combine well with many dishes, like Paleo Meatloaf and Paleo Chicken Parmesan!

non-dairy-butter

Feb 27

Non-Dairy Butter

Here’s a fantastic vegan butter spread that’s quick to make and 100% dairy-free. This butter is far more delicious and much healthier than any chemical blend sold in groceries. A Paleo butter, it’s perfect for your grain-free Flaky Herb Biscuits, Irish Soda Bread, or Artisan Olive Bread. 

Best-nut-milk

Feb 06

My Nut Milk Experiment: Which is Best?

Wow! Once you’ve tasted the original flavor of homemade nut milk, you’ll never go back! I’ve always been curious to compare flavor and nutrition in nut milks. Today’s experiment was to compare seven nut milks made with the same easy recipe – see it below. I used Almonds, Brazil 

Flavor-nut-milks

Feb 06

Spike Your Nut Milks!

Boost them with delicious superfoods! These are my favorite flavorings to send your nut milks to a new level in tasty nutrition! Today I’m in love with Eggnog, and my friend Christopher went crazy for Mayan Mocha. They’re all yummy, and so easy! Start with my basic nut milk recipe

Greek Egg Eyes-cropped

Jan 15

Greek Eggs

If you live in Athens or the Greek Islands, you’ll find this easy everyday breakfast on the street corners. My friend Kalpita in Athens says it will stave off a big fat Greek hunger all morning. The name Avgá Mátia means “egg eyes,” like two eggs looking up at you, with a side of Kalamata olives

roasted-garlic

Jan 09

Roasted Garlic, Aluminum-free

Roasting garlic is super-easy. Just toasting gives it a deeper yet delicate flavor. Raw garlic is crunchy, pungent, and fiery. However once roasted, it transforms magically into a golden soft buttery spread. Roasted garlic is delicious on meats, veggies, breads, and tastes divine in Roasted Garlic Soup with Shallots & Mushrooms!

pumpkin-hot-chocolate

Jan 09

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, Dairy-free

What could be more wonderful than hot chocolate, pumpkin, and foamed coconut milk? A nourishing snack or even breakfast, this treat is high in protein and Vitamin A. Most hot chocolate gives me a sugar spike and dairy allergy that destabilizes my metabolism for days – Ouch! However this recipe suggests non-glycemic sweeteners

choc-nut-butters

Jan 03

Chocolate Nut Butters

I’m flipped over homemade nut butters! They save money, I can make lots of flavors, and I can choose my own healthy sweeteners. High in protein and other nutrients, flavored nut butters make a great snack! Start with my simple Homemade Nut Butter recipe and then come back to this page for chocolate and flavorings. 

cashew-butter

Dec 19

Homemade Nut Butters in Minutes

Today I made cashew butter for the Chocolate Cashew Butter Cookies. Homemade nut butters are quick and easy to make. Nut butters such as almond, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds, are a delicious, high-protein snack, cheaper and fresher than store-bought. Even better, they’re unprocessed, unsweetened, and you can choose

pumpkin-latte

Dec 14

Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte

Paleo Pumpkin Latte is a quick and satisfying way to start the day. It’s also a great snack! This Vegan pumpkin latte uses non-dairy milk. It’s also a Paleo recipe, free of sugars, gluten, grains, processed ingredients, GMO’s, and extracted oils. Millions of health-conscious people are looking to the Paleo diet, avoiding chronic disease 

pumpkin-eggnog-vegan

Dec 10

Pumpkin Eggnog, Vegan

This creamy spiced eggnog will warm any holiday gathering. Entertaining is challenging when you’re balancing dietary restrictions. However this delicious recipe solves that, as it is compatible with most special diets! Your guests will be guzzling it, and no one will ever guess it’s free of gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, sugar, and tree-nuts. 

pear-ginger-relish

Dec 05

Pear Ginger Tangerine Relish

Keep your digestion in tune with fermented foods! This super-easy relish combines ripe pears with ginger and tangerines, for refreshing and luscious flavor! Make it in 15 minutes and ferment for 3 to 5 days, depending on how zingy and vibrant you like it. Fermented foods promote healthy intestinal bacteria –

fermented-cranberry-relish

Nov 21

Fermented Cranberry Orange Sauce

This easy cranberry relish takes only 3 days to ferment! Our great grandmothers always fermented cranberry sauce. They knew it would keep for a long time, and was a delicious natural probiotic to promote healthy intestinal flora. If you’re new to fermenting, it’s EASY and tastier than store-bought!

pie crust

Nov 19

Perfect Gluten-free Coconut Pie Crust

Finally, a revolutionary piecrust that tastes deliciously crispy and rolls out beautifully! It’s ideal for Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, or Quiche. The secret Paleo ingredients are coconut butter and chia seeds! Everyone can enjoy it as it’s free of gluten, grains, tree nuts, flour, dairy, and sweeteners, although no one will EVER guess it’s “alternative”. 

egg-foo-yong-sauce

Oct 08

Paleo Egg Foo Yong in 5 Minutes

My first teenage infatuation was a young Chinese artist and family friend, Fong Yiu Lee. He painted portraits and taught us to cook authentic Cantonese dishes. Egg Foo Yong is a favorite 5-minute breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with optional meat. It’s a great use for leftover veggies, and you won’t miss the sticky-sweet sauce. 

crispy-coconut-chicken

Aug 30

Crispy Paleo Coconut Chicken

Easiest and tastiest chicken I ever ate, with only 5 ingredients, this is perfect for Labor Day weekend! Everybody loves fried chicken, and it’s great when all can enjoy, including those on alternative diets. Paleo, gluten-free, tree nut-free, diabetic-friendly, and so crispy, no one will guess this is special. Oven-frying is quick, healthy, less greasy, 

zoodles-herbs

Aug 27

Zoodles with Ghee and Herbs

In Italy you can ask for “Spaghetti con Burro e Salvia” or “Spaghetti with Butter and Sage”. This Paleo adaptation is even more delicious. Zoodles are a 5-minute veggie – much quicker than spaghetti, gluten-free, and grain-free. The easy herb sauce is melted ghee with your favorite herbs. Grass-fed ghee is packed with nutrients

Ayurvedic-skin-cleanse

Aug 22

Ayurvedic Beauty Skin Cleanse

Say good-bye to drying soaps and expensive creams. Say hello to clean, radiant skin. This traditional Indian homemade cleanser is good for all skin types. It removes excess oil, gently exfoliates, and leaves your skin soft and glowing. Easy and economical, it is made of gluten-free flours,

raspberry-anti-cancer-smoothie

Aug 01

Raspberry Anti-Cancer Smoothie

I want to share this morning’s smoothie with you. It’s a delicious anti-cancer medicine. We know that raspberries are a powerhouse of anti-oxidant phyto-nutrients. Yogurt and flaxseed oil make this doubly potent, inspired by cancer physician and Nobel Prize nominee, Dr. Johana Budwig. 

Paleo-Pink-Lemonade

Jul 25

Paleo Pink Lemonade

It’s sweltering hot here in Santa Fe, we’re all living on pink lemonade. My mom’s lemonade was sugary-sweet, however this refreshing recipe is sugar-free, using a natural zero carb sweetener. I don’t use stevia after learning (what the Grocery Association doesn’t want you to know)

spinach-walnut-dip

Jul 22

Paleo Spinach-Walnut Dip

What’s the life force in your food? Here’s a quick and easy dip that’s bursting with flavor and nutrients, like a creamy, fresh pesto. Life force isn’t easy to measure, however we all know instinctively that fresh foods have Qi and processed foods do not. Yes, that’s true – freshly harvested veggies, meats, and nuts are very high in life force. 

guacamole

Jun 15

Paleo Guacamole, Nightshade-free

My favorite avocado snack is usually made with tomatoes, cayenne, and jalapeños. So here’s a traditional Mexican recipe without them. Nightshade vegetables are a common allergen (tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, eggplant).

hummus-side

Jun 14

Sprouted Hummus, Original Lebanese Recipe

We think of hummus as a healthy snack, a staple of the Middle Eastern diet. But how healthy is store-bought hummus? Every Lebanese grandmother knows how to make authentic hummus with sprouted chick peas. Traditional soaking and sprouting makes beans sweet, digestible, healthy, and quick to cook.

grapefruit-greens-smoothie

Jun 08

Grapefruit, Greens, Ginger Smoothie

Delicious, refreshing, detoxifying for breakfast or snack, grapefruit makes a great anti-oxidant smoothie. Even better, it’s low-glycemic and tastes yummy with ginger. I enjoy the mild flavor of spinach, however any greens will do such as kale, chard, collards, dandelion, arugula, watercress, etc. Imagination and variety are my

three-macaroons

Jun 01

Paleo Coconut Macaroons, 3 Flavors

Plain, chocolate, or caramel, which is best? Everyone knows the best macaroons are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Gluten-free, perfect for Passover, and my #1 easiest cookie, anyone can make guilt-free Paleo macaroons in under 30 minutes. All you need is shredded coconut, eggs, coconut milk, and 

fuji-fennel-smoothie

Jun 01

Fuji Fennel Smoothie

Detoxifying and refreshing with a hint of sweet licorice, here’s a great use for those feathery fennel greens. High in anti-oxidants, vitamin-C, and bioflavonoids, fennel’s exotic flavor comes from the essential oil anethole, also found in anise and licorice. Fuji apples are pleasantly sweet, and relatively low in sugar, so

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