Dairy-free

Sweet-Sour-Chicken

Nov 15

Gong Fu Chicken!

Someone recently asked what is my favorite sauce. Well, this is it! I call it Gong Fu Chicken. In English that means Achievement of Man, which describes this sauce perfectly. You’ll never find anything this yummy in Chinatown. The closest thing is sweet & sour chicken.

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,

Sprouted-Cuban-Black-Bean-Soup

Nov 11

Sprouted Cuban Black Bean Soup

I remember a traditional black bean soup in my favorite Cuban cafe on West 72nd street. The deep, dark flavor was indescribably delicious, but oh boy it gave me gas. Well, this recipe resolves that! Sprouted beans are easy to make and digestible. When I learned this simple home technique, my digestive issues disappeared. Hooray! Even better, sprouting boosts protein content and reduces carbs. All types of sprouted beans are a potent source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, especially important in fall and winter. Sprouting is so easy! See the 2-Step instructions below. A few words of advice on beans.

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paleo-turkey-stuffing

Nov 09

Paleo Turkey Tagine Stuffing

I’m in the mood for a new stuffing this holiday. Something with rich exotic spices! And crunchy textures. This Paleo stuffing is based on a Moroccan stew, slow-cooked in a Tagine clay-pot. That’s similar to baking inside a bird, right? This turkey stuffing is nothing like my mom’s. It is gluten-free and grain-free,

green-herb-bread-1

Nov 04

Gluten-Free Green Herb Bread

Nutritious and deep green, I created this bread as an appetizer for an herbalist friend’s birthday. While the color is surprising, the flavor is wonderful, it slices perfectly, and tastes absolutely divine with grass-fed butter or Vegan Cream Cheese. Chia seeds replace gluten to give the bread a perfect traditional texture like wheat.

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!

pear-ginger-smoothie

Oct 24

Pear Ginger Smoothie

When I have only 2 minutes for a healthy breakfast, I go for a smoothie. This is a favorite because pear and ginger taste fabulicious together! It takes just 5 ingredients – plus any optional super foods you’d like to add. I drink it in the car, and it keeps me going with stable energy for several hours. 

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-Vegan-gravy

Oct 21

I Can’t Believe it’s Vegan Gravy

Amazingly tasty and rich, caramelized onions with mushrooms and herbs makes the best gravy I’ve ever tasted. I was recently invited to a gathering, and asked to bring a vegan gravy. This original recipe is the result. Easy to make, it is both vegan and Paleo, without any broth or refined

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

black and white chia seeds

Oct 12

Chia Seeds a Superfood? Best Chia Recipes

Recently I’ve been using a lot of chia seeds in my recipes. I find them perfect for grain-free cooking, and loaded with nutritional benefits. People often ask how to use chia seeds in recipes. Aha! I have some amazing secrets to share with you. Chia seeds expand to absorb 9x their volume in liquid,

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

Beet-Borscht

Sep 29

Authentic Borscht, Paleo-Style

With its deep red color and satisfying Old World flavor, my Jewish friends said they’d never tasted a better Borscht. Well, I guess my Russian heritage is coming out today! It’s not just traditional root veggies like beets and carrots. The surprise addition of sweet potato and rutabaga give this soup a novel flavor twist. Feel free to make your own changes,

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.

IMG_4019-peaches-cream

Sep 23

Coconut Peach Ice Cream with Ginger Pecans

Homemade dairy-free coconut ice cream is an indulgence any time of year. Then the other day my friend Kirtan brought me a basket of peaches from her tree, heavy with fruit. I couldn’t bring myself to cook these gorgeous peaches. Creamy peach ice cream was the result, delicate and divine, with bits of fruit and

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

happy-birthday-candles

Sep 12

10 Fabulous Birthdays, Paleo & Gluten-free!

A few weeks ago I was invited to a birthday party for a good friend. The party was in a local restaurant, with a special-order cake from their bakery. All my friends were going, and I really wanted to be there to celebrate. My friends know my books and recipes, and they understand I don’t eat grains, sugar, dairy, or GMO foods.

Fluffy Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Sep 12

Luscious Lemon Cupcakes

Fluffy Lemon Cupcakes are delicate and light, filled with tangy citrus flavor, a perfect treat for yourself or someone special. Yes, those are my teeth marks again! Although you’d never guess from tasting them, they’re gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo, hypo-allergenic, and diabetic friendly. Plus they’re even yummier with

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,

crepe-cake-piece

Aug 07

Paleo Strawberry Crepe Cake

Paleolithic crepe cake is surprisingly easy to make. A stunning treat for birthdays or special occasions, it looks and tastes incredibly luscious and decadent. Um – hardly caveman food! But it’s secretly loaded with hunt & gather ingredients, protein, and anti-oxidants, a truly nutrient-dense dessert.

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.