Quick & Easy

Chocolate-Pumpkin-waffles

Feb 21

Chocolate Pumpkin Sour Cream Waffles

The rich, mellow flavor of pumpkin blends beautifully with chocolate. I’m told waffles were invented in medieval days. A knight in full armor sat on a cake cooling outside a lady’s house in Sweden. What was he thinking? 

Cornbread-mini-muffins

Feb 20

Paleo No-Corn Mini-Muffins with Bacon

I’m reposting this as I found some confusion in the instructions – sorry! These muffins are crumbly and rich, with the look, feel, and taste of corn bread, yet they’re 100% free of corn, gluten, grains, and GMO’s. The secret ingredients are shredded coconut and 

Paleo-Apple-Fritters1

Feb 17

Paleo Apple Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Someone mentioned National Pancake Day this morning, and my taste buds took a 180° turn. Suddenly I HAD to have pancakes! These grain-free, gluten-free apple flapjacks are super-easy and the flavor is divine. They taste fantastic with Paleo Caramel Sauce, Maple Fruit Sauce, or Berrylicious Sauce.

Baked Sweet Potato

Feb 12

Paleo Baked Sweet Potato with Sour Cream

Who wants a hot baked sweet potato slathered with Coconut Sour Cream and bacon? Today I felt an irrepressible craving for comfort food that makes me feel warm, safe and loved! Luscious trimmings, such as dairy-free Coconut Sour Cream, green onions, bacon, and melted ghee,

buckwheat-pancakes

Feb 07

Buckwheat Pancakes & Apple Butter

Last night, wide awake with the full moon, I had a vision of fluffy buckwheat pancakes without flour. Sounds impossible. I got up to soak some buckwheat groats. Next morning, the results were the fluffiest and tastiest pancakes ever! Even better, I enjoyed them within 15 minutes including the apple butter.

congee

Feb 01

Congee, My Favorite Comfort Breakfast

Just as Americans love chicken soup, Asians crave Congee. Easy to make and light on the digestion, Congee is a beloved comfort food from Shanghai to Manila. Ridiculously simple to prepare overnight in a slow-cooker, your breakfast will be soft, hot, and ready to eat in the morning. Also known as jook, kanji, hsi-fan, or zhou, it is basically rice porridge

Paleo-pumpernickel-bread

Jan 28

Paleo Pumpernickel Bread

If you’re a fan of authentic old-world breads, you’ll love the subtle flavors of this dark rye loaf. Pleasantly dense with hints of fennel and caraway, one bite transports me to Eastern Europe. Except it is 100% gluten and grain-free! This bread slices and toasts beautifully, great for sandwiches or your morning toast. 

sweet-potato-mini-muffins

Jan 12

Paleo Sweet Potato Mini-Muffins

Today I had an irresistible craving for healthy muffins, not too sweet, with the rich flavor of sweet potatoes. I adore these for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Mini-muffins seem so small and innocent, I can pop half a dozen in my mouth before I catch myself. Anyway, it’s not a problem as these are pretty much guilt-free,

kitchari-sprouted

Jan 06

Sprouted Kitchari

Kitchari is my favorite soup for cleansing – especially after the holidays. There’s something so satisfying and nourishing about it when I’m tired. A staple in Ayurvedic cooking, kitchari as been used for thousands of years to cleanse and heal digestion. It is a combination of rice or quinoa with split yellow or red dahl lentils and spices,

oven-crunchy-chicken

Dec 08

Oven Fried Chicken with Garlic & Herbs

This simple combination is absolutely the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. A comfort-food favorite, it is super-easy to bake with breading and seasonings. Even better, it is gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo, with no processed ingredients. I serve it with a vegetable such as steamed broccoli,

Paleo-pumpkin-coconut-macaroons

Nov 24

Paleo Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

These super-easy cookies taste crunchy on the outside, and like pumpkin pie on the inside. Kids love to make them as they’re quick to enjoy. A Paleo-adaptation of those decadent old-fashioned macaroon with evaporated milk and tons of sugar, these are free of flour, gluten, grains, sugar and dairy.

gravy-turkey

Nov 15

Best Turkey Gravy Ever – Paleo-style

This is the creamiest gravy I’ve ever tasted. And the quickest. The secret to rich gravy is turkey drippings, coconut milk, and arrowroot to thicken instantly. Turkey gravy doesn’t have to be hard. We don’t have to wait while mom stirs over a hot stove for an hour and everyone’s ready to dig in. There’s no need for a roux,

Spiced-Beet-kvass

Nov 01

Holiday Spiced Beet Elixir

This delicious non-alcoholic punch is made from spiced ginger tea, pomegranate, and yes – fermented beets! The flavor is exalting, the feeling uplifting and enlivening. Warm spiced punch with cinnamon and cloves is a comfort food for me. This elixir combines delicious flavor and invigorating medicinal qualities.

pasta-al-salmone

Oct 28

Wild Salmon Zoodles

Tonight I was craving a favorite dish I use to love in a certain trattoria near the Pescheria in Venice, Italy – Spaghetti al Salmone con Panna. The sublime combination of salmon, cream and fresh pasta makes a smooth, rich, sensational flavor experience. This Paleo-adapted version 

Yogurt-herb-dressing

Oct 26

Yogurt Herb Superfood Dressing

Today’s recipe is a new discovery that combines amazing flavor with medicinal healing. Fresh lemons and limes are loaded with flavonoids which have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Pumpkin seeds contain free-radical scavenging phytosterols that boost liver function and – yes – make you feel sexy!

hot-chocolate-hazelnut

Oct 21

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Whip up a hazelnut hot chocolate and it will change your whole day. My love affair with hazelnuts has gone to new heights of expression. Everyone knows that hazelnuts and chocolate are a special combination, rich and satisfying. Even better, hazelnut milk is a super-easy, high-nutrition snack.

paleo-pumpkin-butter

Oct 12

Paleo Pumpkin Honey Butter

This creamy mélange is one of the best recipes ever to come out of my kitchen. There are so many uses for this luscious spread – starting with Thanksgiving dinner! It tastes tempting on biscuits, hot rolls, apple muffins, even pancakes. Try it on meat dishes like chicken, or pork. Pretty soon, you’ll be

stuffed-delicata-squash

Oct 07

Sausage Stuffed Delicata Squash

Homemade sausage is easy, and far tastier than store-bought. It’s quick to mix ground meat with herbs and spices. Spoon it into a squash and bake, for one of the easiest meals in town. And yummiest! I used organic ground turkey. However grass-fed, grass-finished beef, bison, non-gmo chicken, or pork are also delicious. 

hazelnut-brownies

Sep 30

Amazing Hazelnut Brownies

OK, this is trouble…a serious love affair with um – hazelnuts. Their deep, dark, rich flavor blends tantalizingly with chocolate. Pure hazelnut butter, toasted hazelnuts, and hazelnut meal put these Paleo brownies right over the top as the fudgiest and chewiest I’ve ever tasted. They’re free of gluten, grains, dairy,

tuscan-chicken-livers

Sep 30

Tuscan Chicken Livers with Prosciutto

Even folks who hate liver love this easy recipe. Tuscany has long been an epicenter of traditional cooking lore, with its refinement and emphasis on rich flavor using simple, healthy ingredients. The addition of Prosciutto, lemon, anchovy, and herbs to chicken livers give this easy dish a satisfying

sesame-tahini-kale-steamed

Sep 26

Kale with Sesame Tahini Sauce

I used to think kale was terribly boring, however this sesame tahini sauce perks it right up into a tasty vegetable everyone loves. Kale is loaded with nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, and especially K – a vitamin many people need. Just 1 serving of kale contains almost 4 grams of protein.

choc-avocado-zucchini-muffins

Sep 16

Chocolate Avocado Zucchini Muffins

It’s zucchini season and gardens are overflowing. What to do? Aha! Zucchini muffins, but with a twist! I wanted to know if avocado and chocolate together would make an incredibly moist and rich muffin. Well, the answer is emphatically yes! These babies have a lusciously smooth texture using low-carb, grain-free coconut butter

avocado-fudge

Sep 01

Dark Chocolate Avocado Fudge – Oh my!

The easiest fudge I ever made. And oh my! The most delicious by far. With a velvety smooth texture and crunchy nuts, it’s quick to make as there’s no heating or baking – just mix and chill. Avocado has a mild flavor, so I added cinnamon and allspice. The spices blend beautifully with chocolate, however they’re optional.

vegan-quiche

Aug 25

Crustless Vegan Quiche

I confess, it took me 8 tries to make a vegan quiche worthy of sharing with you. This Paleo-vegan recipe has a wonderful flavor and just the right consistency. The texture is similar to traditional quiche – except it’s egg-free! Instead of eggs, blended cashews, coconut, and grain-free flour bind it together.

paleo-artisan-olive-bread

Aug 21

Paleo Artisan Olive Bread

Firm, moist, and extremely flavorful, this olive loaf is a grain-free, no-knead, no yeast bread. Just mix, bake and enjoy. Instead of yeast, it uses old-fashioned baking soda and apple cider vinegar as leavening. Artisan bread baked in a pot is as old as the hills,

watercress-salad-3

Aug 19

Alkaline Watercress Salad

Today I found organic watercress at the grocery! So I made this super-easy salad using all high-alkaline veggies. Watercress, with its pleasantly pungent flavor, is helpful in reversing acidity and purifying the blood. It has been used as a healing food for thousands of years. Watercress is especially high in anti-oxidants

Garlic-Naan-Bread

Aug 13

Grain-free Garlic Naan

This easy Middle Eastern–style flatbread is grain-free, yet tastes surprisingly similar to that irresistible garlic naan in Indian restaurants. It’s a tasty wrap for veggies, meats, eggs, or any leftovers. Super-quick to make – just mix the batter and cook like a pancake. Slather it with Avocado Pesto,

dark-choc-macaroons-1

Aug 05

Dark Chocolate Macaroons, Paleo

These are super-easy, a Paleo version of that decadent old-fashioned macaroon made with evaporated milk and tons of sugar. But these are free of flour, gluten, grains, sugar and dairy. I made the Mexican Chocolate Macaroon variation below – it’s a spicy twist on the traditional treat.

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-seaweed-squares-2

Jul 31

Sesame Seaweed Superfood Squares

Sweet toasted sesame seeds make these squares crunchy with a hint of Asian flavor. Mild tasting hiziki seaweed makes these nutrient-dense and irresistibly scrumptious. Also called hijiki, you can find it in the Asian section of most grocery stores. It may appear expensive, however you only need a tiny bit,