I can’t live without peanut-butter cookies. But there are lots of reasons to avoid peanuts on a healthy diet. For one, peanuts aren’t Paleo. That’s because they’re not a tree-nut, but rather a legume, a bean that grows underground, and wasn’t a major part of the human diet until well after the advent
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, loaded with vitamins, potassium, and beta carotene. Even better, they’re grain-free and extremely low in the carbs that cause weight gain, especially if you use the zero-carb chicory root sweetener suggested. Oh, and if you’re out of sweet potatoes, they’re also very tasty with yams,
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, that does not create gas. Delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Kitchari adds nutrition-supporting spices and vegetables to stabilize blood sugar. It helps to burn fat and release toxins. Sprouting the quinoa and lentils removes the seed coatings, and adds another level of cleansing and vital
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,
A fabulous way to serve sweet potatoes any time of year, this traditional dish explodes with Latino flavors of roasted sweet potato, peppers, and spices. Like a warm Niçoise salad with authentic Mexican character, I made it for an office party, and it was a huge favorite. Called Ensalada Calientita de Camote y Tocino, this Paleo version is perfect
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.
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.
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,
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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,
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
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,
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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