Quick & Easy

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. The creamy, real-food taste of homemade nut milk is so superior to expensive store-bought beverages, you’ll never want to go back. Why do we pay more for imported chemical dilutions, when we can have the original flavor in minutes? Coconut milk gives it a richer, creamier flavor. I prefer toasted hazelnuts, because they taste

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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,

wild-salmon-cauliflower-hash

Jul 25

Wild Salmon Cauliflower Hash

I love this savory hash for its luscious contrast of textures—crispy cauliflower and tender, moist salmon. It’s very quick to make in 15 minutes or less, low in carbs, and a great use for leftover salmon. You can add a fried egg on top for a crowning touch, although it’s just as good without.

paleo-irish-soda-bread

Jul 17

Paleo Irish Soda Bread

Soda Bread is surprisingly easy and versatile, a recipe that has stood the test of time as an Irish classic because of its simplicity. A yeast-free, no fuss bread, this is my kind of recipe! Feel free to change it by adding other tasty things like olives, rosemary, and herbs – but this time I added spring onions!

lemon-ginger-coconut-bars

Jul 12

Lemon-Ginger Coconut Bars

Today I needed a refreshing bite of lemon & ginger to balance a hot, muggy day. These bars have a zingy citrus flavor, plus they’re raw and alive with powerful anti-oxidant lemon nutrition. In Chinese medicine lemon is cooling — yes I get it. And ginger moves Qi, the vital force in the body

chocolate-hemp-bars

Jul 05

Chocolate Hemp Bars

Chocolate cravings were stronger than usual today. I saw hemp nuts, chia seeds, coconut, and blueberries sitting on the counter. These bars were in my tummy soon after – with no baking needed. How shall I describe them? Well, fruity, nutty, an easy snack or semi-sweet dessert that’s loaded with protein,

raspberry-coconut-milkshake

May 30

Raspberry Coconut Milkshake

Whew! My senses are still vibrating from the deep flavor and nutrition in the glass I just downed. Raspberries are a refreshing low-sugar fruit that’s loaded with antioxidant flavonoids, anti-inflammatory ellagic acid, plus Vitamins C and K (that’s the one most of us are needing!).

Orange-Sesame-Chicken-front

May 19

Paleo Orange Sesame Chicken on Zoodles

If sesame chicken is yummy, then orange sesame chicken is even yummier. A symphony of Asian flavors, the orange is is combined with sesame tahini, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms. I serve it over zoodles, so it’s high-protein, low-carb, and loaded with flavorful nutrition.

hiziki-carrot-salad-top

May 13

Hiziki Carrot Salad

This nutritious salad is a tasty way to get your sea vegetables. A delicious nutrient-dense superfood, seaweed is high in fiber, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. It’s the Vitamin K that’s really critical, as it’s the single vitamin most of us are lacking!

wild-salmon-creme-cheese-spread

May 07

Paleo Wild Salmon Spread

Finally, a healthy salmon spread or dip! This is great for lunches, picnics, or parties, and tastes fantastic on crackers or veggies. The flavor is even better than my mom’s salmon cream cheese spread. And since it contains no mayo, you can leave it out of the refrigerator with no worries.

rhubarb-apple-crisp-5

May 06

Apple Rhubarb Crisp

My love affair with rhubarb continues! Rhubarb’s tantalizing tart flavor blends beautifully with apples, cinnamon, and fresh ginger. This is a yummy afternoon snack or dessert that’s sweet, refreshing, and easy to make. I used tart apples like Fuji, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady to keep the carb count down.

chocolate-chia-energy-bars

Apr 29

Chocolate Chia Energy Bars

Hungry at the grocery check-out counter, I almost grabbed a chia bar. But then I saw the ingredients. Uh oh! Agave syrup, brown rice syrup, apple juice concentrate – 3 high-fructose sweeteners that would send anyone’s blood sugar through the roof. So I came home and made these delicious babies!

raspberry-chia-bars-1

Apr 28

Raspberry Chia Energy Bars

Whew! I’m still recovering from the shock of finding 3 high-fructose sweeteners in “healthy” chia bars at the Whole Foods check-out counter. Agave syrup, Brown rice syrup, and Apple juice concentrate are hidden sugars that destabilize metabolism. But not THESE bars!

thai-lemon-ginger-chicken-nuggets-1

Apr 26

Paleo Thai Chicken Nuggets

Succulent and irresistible finger-licking morsels of spicy chicken with a crispy lemon-ginger coating. These are quick to make and indescribably luscious with green chili dip. Who needs barbecue sauce with this kind of flavor? Look for pasture-raised organic, or non-gmo chicken if possible.

chicken-enchiladasour-cream

Apr 26

Coconut Sour Cream, Dairy-Free!

A little sour cream on your enchiladas? Sounds delicious! Rich, creamy, and dairy-free, this coconut sour cream is free of the chemicals and stabilizers found in commercial brands. It’s easy to make and an ideal topping for any savory indulgence.

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.

rhubarb-yogurt

Apr 17

Yogurt with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce

OK, I confess, I’m having a love affair with rhubarb. Why does it taste so irresistably luscious to me? Well, maybe it’s because I found an easy way to cook it in minutes with a bit of ginger, cinnamon and natural zero-glycemic sweetener. So far you’ve seen my Paleo Rhubarb Coffee Cake and