Paleo diet

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.

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.

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. 

No-Peanut Butter Cookies

Jan 20

Paleo No-Peanut-Butter Cookies

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 a legume, a bean that grows underground, and wasn’t a major part of the human diet until well after the advent of agriculture

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,

mex-sweet-potato-salad-horizontal

Dec 01

Warm Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

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 

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.

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,

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 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