With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, my inner child is already craving Noodle Kugel, that irresistible comfort food. I wondered, can sweet potatoes and coconut milk create that delirious joy of traditional kugel? The answer is YES and NO. Yes, my taste testers agreed this Kugel re-made healthy is deliriously delicious. However no, it bears little resemblance to the mouth feel of authentic noodle kugel, which requires forbidden
This year celebrate the Jewish New Year with traditional treats, re-invented healthy! Here below are my top 10 favorite recipes for the holidays: Paleo Rugelach, Sweet potato noodle kugel, Gluten-free Jewish apple cake, No-honey cake, Pumpernickel No-rye bread, Grain-free apple fritters, Instant Apple butter, Paleo Liver Pâté, Dairy-free cream cheese, and Authentic Borscht. For the perfect non-dairy topping, try my Instant Coconut Whipped Cream! The holidays are all about traditions, so why not start a new one with one of these clean-eating recipes! As always, leave your comments below. 1. Aunt Jane’s Paleo Rugelach Authentic rugelach is irresistible, crispy cream cheese dough rolled with nuts and jam.
There’s nothing more traditional for Rosh Hashanah than apples and honey. However this is NOT your grandmother’s apple cake. While enjoying familiar traditions, this gluten-free recipe integrates surprising methods and healthy ingredients, to yield a cake so moist and luscious, you’ll never miss the sugar or flour. I love honey, but it sends my blood sugar
Homemade apple butter tastes fantastic on toast or pancakes! This creamy butter is ridiculously easy to make – just blend and enjoy with toasted Flourless Blender Bread or any of my other healthy breads. The secret to it’s luscious flavor and thick texture is pure coconut butter. Sadly, commercial jams contain sugars, GMO’s and pesticides.
Authentic rugelach is irresistible, crispy cream cheese dough rolled with nuts and jam. Rugelach means “rolled bites” or “little twists” in Yiddish. This Paleo version is every bit as tempting, but free of grains and dairy, with coconut and lemon instead of cream cheese. Heads up, this is a non-traditional recipe, with a surprisingly delectable flavor and texture.
French Onion Dip is quick, tasty and healthy! Why’d we ever need a mix? Dairy-free so it won’t go bad on a warm day, the secret to its tantalizing flavor is dehydrated onion, found in the bulk section of most groceries or online. Premium coconut milk makes it thick and creamy. Organic miso paste makes it flavorful, alive, and GMO-free.
Tangy honey-mustard chicken wings are a perfect irresistible snack, hot & spicy with an exotic twist. How about a zesty superfood glaze with turmeric and goji berries? Oh yeah! This tasty sauce will rev your engines! Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory,
Three layers of incredible flavor, I think I just died and went to heaven. Rich cacao with Paleo Orange Buttercream Frosting and Raspberry Sauce is deeply satisfying, titillating, and refreshing all at the same time. Avocado and apple make the cake incredibly moist so it melts in your mouth. Cinnamon, coffee, and hot pepper give it an ¡Ay caramba! Latino flavor. Everybody loves this cake and never guess it is Paleo,
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
Today I was craving a healthy melt-in-my-mouth treat! These bite-size Paleo cookies are absolutely irresistible, with chocolate chips, spices, and a hint of orange zest. Great for the holidays or anytime of year, they’re nutrient-dense, free of gluten, grains, GMO’s, and dairy. They won’t cause a blood sugar spike or weight gain
These scones make a high-protein, nutrient-dense breakfast, dessert, or snack. Finally after 6 trials, I discovered how to make them irresistibly soft and moist. I found that frozen butter gives them a flaky texture and authentic old-world flavor.
Finally, a tree nut free carrot cake with non-dairy cream cheese frosting! This cake is alive with flavor! Fresh carrots, apple, and orange zest add nutrition and keep it lusciously moist. It goes perfectly with my dairy-free Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting! Great for birthdays, special occasions, or just a snack,
Cashew-chocolate swirls on a chocolate Brazil nut crust, 1 square is the recommended dose to gently elevate your mood for the whole day! Chocolate stimulates endorphins in the brain for pleasant feelings of well being, excitement, and alertness. Yeah, I need that! There are 3 steps to make the fudge.
Am I dizzy? Am I dreaming? Or does my whole house smell deliciously like hot caramel apples? This luscious treat seems complicated but isn’t. Just 4 easy layers: coffee cake batter, sliced apples, coconut milk-egg custard, streusel topping, and bake. Oh yum! Bread Pudding originated in ancient times
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
Whether it’s a holiday treat, a special day, or just because you want to bake them, everyone will give a thumbs-up to Thumbprint cookies. These sweet, crunchy morsels will melt in your mouth. Thumbprint cookies are easy and fun for kids to make. They look and taste just like my Mom’s, however this Paleo adapted recipe is far more nutritious, free of
These easy Paleo cookies taste crispy, decadent, and chocolaty. But Aha! Appearances can deceive. In truth, they’re filled with the healthy whole nutrition of cashews. You can buy cashew butter. Or you can check out my easy recipe for Homemade Nut Butter in Minutes. You’ll save a bundle when you make homemade nut
Like spiced wine, this zingy raspberry pomegranate punch is quick to make and perfect for any holiday gathering. The flavor is deep and refreshing. Just blend, add sparkling water, and serve. It’s filled with with vitamins and anti-oxidant nutrients from berries, pomegranate, and cherries. Even better, it’s sugar free and won’t cause a holiday sugar spike,
No holiday is complete without mashed potatoes! Plenty of fluffy potatoes, whipped up with butter, are a delicious holiday tradition we’ve loved and enjoyed for generations. But nowadays we have 3 big problems with potatoes: 1) Many people are intolerant to nightshades. 2) The new GMO potato
Crunchy on the outside, soft & chewy on the inside, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a MUST to try any time of year! They’re a genuine improvement on regular Chocolate Chip Cookies with the addition of pumpkin and spices. Like all my sweets, these cookies won’t cause a blood sugar spike or added pounds, if you use the suggested
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.
Quick and easy “melt in your mouth” biscuits are perfect for holiday dinner. Paleo, free of gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, and processed ingredients, no one will ever guess they’re “alternative”. Herbs, onion, and garlic impart a vibrant, savory flavor. Add your favorite herbs – I used parsley, sage, and basil – yummy!
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 –
Finally, we can make gluten-free, grain-free cookies for the holidays! Hooray! These yummy cookies have a zingy lemon-ginger flavor. Maybe you’re wondering how the dough is so pliable, easy to roll and cut in shapes? Aha! The secret ingredient is coconut butter, pure coconut meat, ground. It’s unprocessed, low in carbs, and delicious.
With so many holiday leftovers I just HAD to make turkey pot pies! These are designed to use ALL your leftovers, including veggies, gravy, and meat. I made a pot of turkey broth, and used it in the pies – or use your favorite broth. This Paleo crust is made of coconut butter and chia seeds!
These nuts are amazing. I receive rave reviews every time I make them. Crispy pecans have a exotic spicy sweet coating that solidifies into a crunchy glaze as they cool. A great holiday snack, you’ll be tempted to eat the whole batch! They’re delicious on Pumpkin Pudding with Spiced Pecans.
Need a quick and easy dessert for the holidays? This is your luscious ticket. My guests went crazy for this easy raw Paleo mousse. A last minute substitution, as a friend who was to bring pumpkin pie had to cancel, it was no problem! Blended with pumpkin, coconut milk and coconut butter, it’s free of dairy and eggs.
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!
These are simply my favorite recipes for the holidays. Wishing you happy, easy, delicious, nourishing, and healing times! Jane…
Here’s a Paleo twist on the Classic Pumpkin Pie we know and love. Not all pumpkins are equal. For a truly authentic flavor, start with the best fresh pumpkin you can find. A friend gave me the most flavorful organic pumpkin I’ve ever seen or tasted, a strange variety with a long neck and bright orange pulp! Wow!