Italian

paleo-pasta-alfredo

Aug 01

Zucchini Pasta Alfredo with Chicken

I love Italian food, especially when it’s pasta! But why eat spaghetti that’s high-carb and nutritionally empty? Zucchini noodles are easy to make on a mandoline slicer or vegetable spiralizer. Traditional Pasta Alfredo is made with heavy cream and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a dairy load my body can’t tolerate.

Sesame-squares

Apr 25

Crunchy Sesame Squares

I’ve always craved these crispy sesame squares! Maybe that’s because I loved their crackling crunchy texture as they disappeared into my mouth one after the other – a perfect high-protein snack. But I don’t buy them any more, as they’re loaded with sugars and stabilizers.

Fegato-Alla-Veneziana

Mar 19

Liver Venetian Style “Fegato alla Veneziana”

The Italians really know how to cook liver. That’s probably why all those Italian men are so sexy. If you normally don’t like liver, keep reading. Organ meats, including liver, have an off-the-charts nutritional profile, especially the nutrients we’re often lacking

paleo-caffe-latte-4

Mar 12

Paleo Caffe Latte

If you secretly desire a Starbuck’s double latte with whipped cream, be deprived no more! Quick to make and 100% free of caffeine, dairy, soy, sugar, and gmo’s – this Paleo caffè latte tastes way more satisfying than store-bought. Brew it just like coffee. Roasted chicory root has a rich, satisfying flavor

vegan-meatballs

Feb 10

I Can’t Believe they’re Vegan Meatballs

You don’t have to be Vegan to love these meatballs. Everyone goes crazy for them. Call them “no meatballs”, with a taste so much like meat, you won’t miss it. They’re Paleo, Vegan, free of eggs, beans, soy, flour, grains, and breadcrumbs. They’ve got that “Mamma Mia” Italian flavor,

Paleo-Calzone

Aug 31

Paleo Calzone

Calzone are a flavorful meal or healthy snack on the go. Gluten-free and grain-free, everyone loves a little taste of Italy in a pocket! And they freeze beautifully – just pull them out 20 minutes before you need them, and heat in any oven,

Avocado-Pesto

Aug 25

Avocado Pesto

Here’s a super-easy avocado dip that’s delicious on everything. It’s a dip for veggies, a pizza or pasta sauce, sandwich spread, mayo substitute, topping for sauteed veggies, meats, or garnish on your fried eggs. It’s easy

Personal-pizza

Aug 23

Paleo Personal Pizza

Somebody asked me for a super-quick personal pizza. Well, here it is! So simple you can bake in a toaster oven and eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The delicious secret is my 3-minute Pizza Crust. I topped it with Avocado Pesto, arugula, bacon, and egg. You can use any sauce or toppings you want. Serves one.

Paleo-Pesto-Pasta-chicken

May 28

Paleo Pesto Pasta with Chicken

I’m super-excited about this new discovery! It’s so delicious, easy to make, AND it tastes just like authentic Italian Pesto Pasta, only better. Zucchini noodles with avocado basil pesto is Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. You’ll swear it’s real pasta and Parmesan

bone-broth

Mar 26

Paleo Bone Broth

When you’re feeling weak and tired, bone broth is the #1 best cure. Real broth tastes delicious and is easy to simmer for hours or overnight while you’re doing other things. I learned this traditional Italian recipe in Venice. It is different from American bone broths in that it uses plenty of vegetables, and focuses on the flavorful tail bone

spaghetti-carbonara

Mar 21

Paleo Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

I love authentic carbonara, but the pasta causes me to gain weight. However Zucchini noodles are the key to an easy meal. They’re super-low in carbs, so I feel svelt and satisfied after eating. Traditional Italian carbonara is made with raw eggs cooked on contact by boiling hot

Cauliflower-Risotto

Mar 14

Cauliflower Risotto with English Peas

Today I discovered fresh organic English peas in the market! When I lived in Italy, fresh peas in the pod were a sign of spring. Everyone rushes home to make this risotto, called “Risi e Bisi” in Venetian dialect, or “Rice with Peas”. However you won’t find this particular risotto in Italy!

Paleo-focaccia-2

Mar 05

Best-Grain-free-Focaccia

Authentic Italian Focaccia is hard to find. Here’s an easy gluten-free, Paleo recipe that is so satisfying that I’m back in the piazza in Tuscany. Delicious with or without onions, warm focaccia is a delicious snack or accompaniment for any meal.

Rosemary-focaccia

Mar 04

Vegan Focaccia with “Parmigiano”

This is a fantastic crispy flat bread with a savory topping that’s great for vegans and anyone avoiding eggs. It’s something like a Focaccia Pizza, topped with my delicious Vegan Parmesan Cheese that tastes just like “Parmigiano Reggiano”.

Risotto-alla-milanese

Feb 26

Risotto alla Milanese, Paleo & Vegan

I love traditional Italian  risotto, made with arborio rice, saffron, and lots of Parmesan cheese! Just so you’re not deprived, here’s a cauliflower rice recipe that tastes almost the same. Paleo cauliflower rice is a quick and easy low-carb side dish, and I find it lighter on the digestion than rice.

Mushroom-Risotto

Feb 15

Mushroom Risotto with Quinoa

An authentic Italian risotto, re-invented Paleo style, means it has a wonderful broth, and rich, deep flavor of Parmesan cheese. I was planning a cauliflower risotto for you today. But someone in the family cooked up a batch of sprouted quinoa that has to be used. Wow!

Asparagus-Gremolata

Feb 15

Asparagus Gremolata

Wow! What an easy and delicious way to eat asparagus! I prefer asparagus steamed al-dente, so it’s sublime flavor comes through. Gremolata sauce sounds fancy – but how simple is lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and parsley? No equipment required.

Paleo-Biscotti

Jan 28

Paleo Biscotti

If you wake up in Milan, Venice, or Palermo, biscotti are always there for breakfast. But you won’t find THESE biscotti in Italy! That’s because they’re Paleo, low-carb, gluten-free and grain-free, so you’re guaranteed to have a great day! Fantastic for dipping in your herbal Paleo Coffee or Spiced Chai Tea Latte, that crispy ‘crack’ might alert

No-Yeast-Pizza -Dough

Jan 17

Paleo Pizza Dough

Here’s a quick and delicious gluten-fee, grain-free pizza crust. It has a slightly crispy texture with a rich flavor of garlic and herbs. It’s a snap to make, as this pizza dough recipe has no yeast. This saves time, so you can mix it, press it in the pan, and use it! I prefer a no-yeast pizza crust because it’s a lot quicker.

Paleo-Pizza-BBQ-Chicken

Jan 15

Paleo Pizza with BBQ Chicken

This 16″ pizza is a full meal deal, alive with the flavor of tender barbecued chicken chunks, mushrooms, and onions. Everybody knows that a great pizza needs cheese, however dairy isn’t Paleo. So I top it with my Vegan Mozzarella Cheese, or use your favorite grass-fed cheese. The crust is easy to make, with yummy savory herbs. To make this pizza nightshade-free,

Vegan-Mozzarella-cheese-pizza

Jan 15

Dairy-free Mozzarella Cheese

An accidental discovery, this is now my absolute favorite “cheese” for Pizza. We DO want cheese on our pizza! It slices beautifully, and uses pure coconut instead of dairy. It has a milder flavor than Vegan Cheddar Cheese and Paleo Parmesan Cheese. Easy to blend, it’s not quite an exact duplicate of the mozzarella taste. However it’s so close

Paleo-Chicken-Parmesan

Jan 11

Paleo Chicken Parmesan

I used to love my Mom’s baked chicken parmesan because it was crispy, flavorful, and the whole house filled with delicious aromas. This easy recipe is Paleo-adapted, free of gluten, grains, dairy, and I promise you’ll love every bite. Instead of cheese, it uses lemon, coconut butter, nutritional yeast and

Paleo-chocolate-biscotti

Jan 01

Paleo Chocolate Biscotti

Biscotti are made for dipping – and why not dip them in chocolate? I admit the thought of Paleolithic Chocolate Biscotti seems over-the-top decadent. When you taste them you’ll forget about all that! It took several tests to get them to stay together, since these are gluten-free.

Easy-apple-tart

Dec 15

Gluten-Free Apple Tart

My favorite Italian dessert is also the easiest. This is not a fancy tart – it’s just an everyday sweet with apples and cinnamon that always pleases. It’s fun to make with children because it NEVER FAILS! That’s why it is often suggested for beginning Italian cooks.

Zucchini-Pizza-Bites

Oct 15

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Fun to make and fun to eat, Zucchini Pizza Bites are a delightful appetizer, party food, snack or side dish. It’s a simple pizza on a zucchini slice, but people go crazy for this delicious treat. The recipe is truly Paleo, Vegan, and Nightshade-free when you use No-Tomato Sauce and Vegan Mozzarella Cheese. Or

Paleo-Pizza

Oct 14

Paleo Pizza!

Watch out! There’s a new Pizza in town. If you have a Pizza Passion like me, get ready. This Paleo Pizza is loaded with flavor and nutrition. It’s a real meal. Most pizzas don’t excite my senses – they’re often tasteless with processed ingredients, acidic tomatoes, or don’t satisfy

spaghetti_015

Oct 10

Zucchini Spaghetti with No-Tomato Sauce

I love Italian food, especially when it’s pasta with tomato sauce. However my body prefers this amazing recipe with zucchini pasta, No-Tomato Sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce), and Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Zucchini spaghetti is easy on a mandoline slicer, or a vegetable spiralizer. A steamer is best

No-Tomato-Sauce

Oct 09

No Tomato Sauce

This is a fabulicious sauce for anyone who loves Italian food and doesn’t tolerate nightshade vegetables, which are common allergens (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and eggplant). Instead of tomato, this recipe uses carrot, beet, sweet potato, and lemon. However you’ll never know when you taste it

Paleo-Lasagna

Aug 24

Best Paleo Lasagna

My friends go crazy for this amazing lasagna. With its rich layers and luscious flavors, every bite transports me to Italy. However I can’t eat wheat, cheese, or tomatoes. So this recipe uses zucchini strips, coconut ricotta filling, Vegan Parmesan Cheese, and No-Tomato Sauce. Or use

vegan-parmesan-cheese

Aug 20

Dairy-free Parmesan Cheese

I never thought I’d invent Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Well, here it is! Ladies and gentlemen you can grate it, slice it, or cut into chunks. It is dairy-free and fabulicious! Instead of milk, it uses coconut butter, lemon, nutritional yeast, and Vitamin C crystals for that sharp, aged cheese flavor.