The Paleo diet was first brought into the spotlight by Loren Cordain, PhD, considered the world’s leading expert on the Paleolithic diet, and author of the best-selling The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat. Dr. Cordain’s extensive research focused on the evolutionary and anthropological basis for dietary health and the links between modern diets and disease.
Recently, the Paleo diet has surged in popularity. Also known as the primal diet, caveman diet, Stone Age diet, or hunter-gatherer diet, it consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, roots, nuts, wild fish, free-range poultry, and grass-fed meat. It excludes all grains, legumes, dairy products, refined sugars, and processed oils. The modern Paleo diet is a whole lifestyle of particular foods and exercise, and it has many interpretations.
Need a quick and easy dessert for the holidays? This is your luscious ticket. My guests went crazy for this easy raw Paleo mousse. A last minute substitution, as a friend who was to bring pumpkin pie had to cancel, it was no problem! Blended with pumpkin, coconut milk and coconut butter, it’s free of dairy and eggs.
This easy cranberry relish takes only 3 days to ferment! Our great grandmothers always fermented cranberry sauce. They knew it would keep for a long time, and was a delicious natural probiotic to promote healthy intestinal flora. If you’re new to fermenting, it’s EASY and tastier than store-bought!
These are simply my best recipes for Thanksgiving. Wishing you a happy, easy, delicious, nourishing holiday! Jane…
Here’s a Paleo twist on the Classic Pumpkin Pie we know and love. Not all pumpkins are equal. For a truly authentic flavor, start with the best fresh pumpkin you can find. A friend gave me the most flavorful organic pumpkin I’ve ever seen or tasted, a strange variety with a long neck and bright orange pulp! Wow!
Finally, a revolutionary piecrust that tastes deliciously crispy and rolls out beautifully! It’s ideal for Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, or Quiche. The secret Paleo ingredients are coconut butter and chia seeds! Everyone can enjoy it as it’s free of gluten, grains, tree nuts, flour, dairy, and sweeteners, although no one will EVER guess it’s “alternative”.
My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin cake with chocolate chips and hot fudge sauce! Trust me! It’s a perfect moist, flavor-filled cake for Thanksgiving to show friends and family that Paleolithic cavemen really had it together in the dessert department. This high-protein, nutrient-dense, low-carb cake won’t even raise your blood sugar if
Try this easy dip for the holidays – I think you’ll really like it! I created it in minutes for a party, and it was the biggest hit of the evening! Spicy, creamy, great with veggies or crackers. You can save time using butternut squash, it’s even yummier than pumpkin to me. This spice mix is very special, as I don’t use store-bought curry powders.
Smooth, rich, and creamy, I thought a Vegan Cream Cheese was impossible until I invented this! A spreadable Paleo cheese, it tastes delicious on Artisan Olive Bread. Make it in a blender with coconut milk, coconut butter and lemon for an incredibly yummy flavor without dairy, gum, or stabilizers. Hooray! Then chill and use it
Shockingly delicious sweet potato bacon brownies combine my three favorite holiday flavors: 1) Chocolate 2) Bacon 3) Sweet potato! These babies are chewy, chunky, easy to make, and so soft they melt in your mouth like fudge. Even better, they won’t raise blood sugar or add to your waistline if you use the suggested ingredients.
A smooth and creamy snack with irresistible flavor, easy to make, and so full of superfoods! Spicy Hot Chocolate Chai will keep your body running on high-energy fuel for hours, while promoting long-term health. Just look at the list of superfoods!
Watch out, there’s a new cookie in town! These guilt-free Chocolate Chip Cookies are sure to blow your Paleo mind, a perfect nourishing snack! Even better, these Paleo cookies won’t raise blood sugar or add to your waistline. That’s because they’re made with coconut, almond meal, and sweetened with zero-sugar chicory root,
Why do apples and bacon taste so irresistible together? A fabulicious breakfast or snack, these are filled with apple chunks, crunchy walnuts, and bacon. They’re Paleo, free of gluten, grains, sugars, dairy, and processed foods. They won’t raise blood sugar or cause weight gain if you use the recommended natural zero-sugar sweeteners.
Pumpkin is my favorite flavor, especially when it’s paired with chocolate. These bars are perfect for Thanksgiving, and equally yummy made with squash or sweet potato. I love blondies with chocolate chips, and finally found Paleo 100% chocolate chips! Hooray! Most chocolate chips are loaded with sugar. Even “healthy” chocolate chips are 35% to 70% cacao.
My first teenage infatuation was a young Chinese artist and family friend, Fong Yiu Lee. He painted portraits and taught us to cook authentic Cantonese dishes. Egg Foo Yong is a favorite 5-minute breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with optional meat. It’s a great use for leftover veggies, and you won’t miss the sticky-sweet sauce.
Turmeric Tea, called Golden Milk, is a delicious way to get your daily dose of turmeric. This spicy chai will warm your heart and stimulate vitality. Sweet potato latte is quicker to prepare and tastier than pumpkin. This homemade version is far healthier than store bought latte, as it’s free of dairy, sugar, GMO’s and chemicals.
Decadently wonderful, sensuously delicious. It’s hard to believe it’s healthy. Look at the 100% Paleo ingredients, unprocessed, low-carb. You be the judge. A brownie in a cup. Yes, baked in a cup. Just stir the ingredients together and bake. 20 minutes later, you’re in heaven.
OMG – the best brownies I ever tasted! These dark chocolate babies are moist, chewy, and will satisfy the most serious chocoholic craving. They’re easy to make, extremely fudgy, and taste even more luscious with Paleo Mocha Buttercream Frosting. Like all my desserts, these are Paleo, free of gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, and
A friend brought me some freshly picked cherries and raspberries. Whoa! That’s just begging for a tart! So I got out my tart pan, invented an easy grain-free dough, and here’s the result. Pitting the cherries was a labor of love. You can use frozen pitted cherries to save time. I happen to love freshly picked sour cherries
Refreshing and creamy, when I tasted these bars I couldn’t believe how delicious they were (and I’m pretty sure you’ll have the same reaction as well!) The filling is made with fresh lime juice and creamy avocado. Smooth, cool, and exhilarating, mild avocado adds richness to these Key
Tired of sweet muffins for breakfast? Try a savory grab & go muffin packed with healthy veggies! You’ll love the luscious, rich flavor of coconut with carrots, green onions, and dill. Mom said “Eat your vegetables!”, and you’ll get lots of healthy veggies in every bite. Use your favorite vegetables,
Easiest and tastiest chicken I ever ate, with only 5 ingredients, this is perfect for Labor Day weekend! Everybody loves fried chicken, and it’s great when all can enjoy, including those on alternative diets. Paleo, gluten-free, tree nut-free, diabetic-friendly, and so crispy, no one will guess this is special. Oven-frying is quick, healthy, less greasy,
In Italy you can ask for “Spaghetti con Burro e Salvia” or “Spaghetti with Butter and Sage”. This Paleo adaptation is even more delicious. Zoodles are a 5-minute veggie – much quicker than spaghetti, gluten-free, and grain-free. The easy herb sauce is melted ghee with your favorite herbs. Grass-fed ghee is packed with nutrients
I woke up hungry this morning. What’s for breakfast? My body wanted something nutrient-dense, and more filling than a smoothie. Strange, as my book Good Morning Paleo has 165 amazing breakfast recipes, but none of them felt right today. Out came the apples, green powder,
Want an easy 5-minute dessert or treat with rapturous flavor that will make you swoon? Zabaglione is a smooth Italian delicacy made with heavy cream. Instead I’ve used coconut milk and coconut butter to make it lusciously thick and dairy-free. Orange and peaches taste delightful together.
A magical blend of warm comfort food with squash, rutabaga, carrot, onion, and sweet potato, I created this creamy soup for my Qigong students, an example of how to heal inflammation, epidemic in our times. Easy to make if you have an immersion blender, it has a naturally sweet flavor of root veggies.
These brownies are chewy, rich, luscious, and spicy because they’re made with pure Mayan ingredients like cacao, coconut, chia seeds, avocado, and hot pepper. Gluten-free, grain-free, flourless, non-glycemic, and Paleo, you’d never guess by the amazing flavor and texture. Avocado provides healthy
You don’t have to drink your breakfast smoothie – you can take it with you as a muffin! These taste moist and delicious like banana bread, except they’re green! A nutritious snack that packs, travels, and freezes well, tuck a few in your bag for a nourishing meal on the go.
It’s sweltering hot here in Santa Fe, we’re all living on pink lemonade. My mom’s lemonade was sugary-sweet, however this refreshing recipe is sugar-free, using a natural zero carb sweetener. I don’t use stevia after learning (what the Grocery Association doesn’t want you to know)
You won’t find THIS rice pilaf in Athens or Mykonos, because it is made with cauliflower. A healthy alternative to potatoes or rice, no one will guess it is low-carb, grain-free, and Paleo. In fact one of my guests asked if I used Basmati rice! Easy to make in 15 minutes or less, cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting
My doctor requested an easy, healthy dark chocolate fudge. Well, here it is, luscious and so quick to make! If you’re eating 75% chocolate thinking it’s healthy, don’t kid yourself. The remaining 25% is probably sugar, definitely not healthy. Pure 100% chocolate is a superfood, one of the healthiest, highest-anti-oxidant