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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.

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Jul 27

Amazing Paleo Green Smoothie Muffins!

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.

Paleo-Pink-Lemonade

Jul 24

Paleo Pink Lemonade

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)

cauliflower-pilaf

Jul 14

Paleo Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

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 

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Jul 13

Dark Chocolate Fudge, Sugar-free

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 

hot-dinner

Jul 07

A Paleo Traveler’s Secret – Healthy Meals in a Hotel Room

Every frequent traveler knows the challenge of eating well on the road. If you’re doing gluten-free, Paleo, GMO-free, or any healthy diet, you can solve that with a bit of planning. It’s all in the preparation. I recently took a trip and photographed my hotel kitchen set up. Here are my 6 steps to eating healthy in a hotel room: 

chocolate-zabaglione

Jul 01

Paleo Chocolate Zabaglione

Classical Zabaglione sounds difficult but isn’t. This 5-minute Italian delicacy is super-easy to make! Even better, it’s healthy, non-glycemic, and Paleo, made with dairy-free coconut milk. You can whip it up and enjoy it immediately, no need to heat or chill. This recipe uses an orange instead of Marsala wine, 

kale-pesto

Jun 24

Kale Pesto with Pumpkin Seeds, Vegan

Inspired by Pesto alla Genovese, this easy pesto tastes just like the authentic Italian. It’s even better, because it’s perfect for alternative diets. A snap to make in a food processor, no one will guess it’s Paleo, Vegan, free of common allergens like dairy, cheese, and GMO’s. It tastes wonderful on Zoodles, salads, 

carrot-mini-muffins

Jun 22

Paleo Carrot Muffins

Taking a break in Taos, where the natural beauty is gorgeous. But no healthy muffins to be found. So I invented these tender mini-muffins using fresh carrots and farm eggs. Ooooh – they came out so yummy! No one would guess they’re Paleo, 100% free of gluten, flour, glycemic sweeteners, GMO’s, dairy, or processed junk. 

guacamole

Jun 15

Paleo Guacamole, Nightshade-free

My favorite avocado snack is usually made with tomatoes, cayenne, and jalapeños. So here’s a traditional Mexican recipe without them. Nightshade vegetables are a common allergen (tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, eggplant).

dark-chocolate-souffle

Jun 09

Paleo Dark Chocolate Soufflé

Julia Child never dreamed of a soufflé this easy! Just blend and bake, no egg whites to beat. And Ohhh! The flavor! Rich, creamy and yes, VERY chocolaty. When I served it, a hush came over the room – a good sign! I discovered that a blender makes a fine soufflé, so I put away my egg beater. This soufflé is not only

grapefruit-greens-smoothie

Jun 08

Grapefruit, Greens, Ginger Smoothie

Delicious, refreshing, detoxifying for breakfast or snack, grapefruit makes a great anti-oxidant smoothie. Even better, it’s low-glycemic and tastes yummy with ginger. I enjoy the mild flavor of spinach, however any greens will do such as kale, chard, collards, dandelion, arugula, watercress, etc. Imagination and variety are my

three-macaroons

Jun 01

Paleo Coconut Macaroons, 3 Flavors

Plain, chocolate, or caramel, which is best? Everyone knows the best macaroons are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Gluten-free, perfect for Passover, and my #1 easiest cookie, anyone can make guilt-free Paleo macaroons in under 30 minutes. All you need is shredded coconut, eggs, coconut milk, and 

fuji-fennel-smoothie

Jun 01

Fuji & Fennel Smoothie

Detoxifying and refreshing with a hint of sweet licorice, here’s a great use for those feathery fennel greens. High in anti-oxidants, vitamin-C, and bioflavonoids, fennel’s exotic flavor comes from the essential oil anethole, also found in anise and licorice. Fuji apples are pleasantly sweet, and relatively low in sugar, so

Raspberry-Rhubarb-Bar

May 25

Raspberry Rhubarb Goji Bars

These luscious bars came to me in a dream. A fantasy in warm red raspberry-rhubarb filling oozing out of a rich, crumbly cinnamon shortbread, with refreshing sweet goji berries. And they came out just like I imagined! Guilt-free superfood bars, low-carb and tantalizing. Goji berries are higher in protein than any other fruit, 

slice-peach-tart

May 25

Creamy Paleo Peach Tart

Heavenly flavor, indescribable bliss, like a Paleo dream bar, layered with luscious slices of peach. It’s a simple 3-part recipe – a nutty crust, blended cashew-peach filling, and sliced peaches on top. The combination tastes divine, looks beautiful, easy to make, and 100% raw with no baking needed. My guests were moaning with pleasure, and 

quinoa-bowl

May 15

Sprouted Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

When I need a hot breakfast, this easy Quinoa Bowl is my go-to favorite! Quinoa is tasty, high in protein, and satisfying. An ancient Incan superfood, Quinoa (KEE-no-ah) is 100% gluten-free, loaded with iron and B-vitamins. Even better, it’s a complete protein, a rare bonus in plants. The Incans call Quinoa 

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May 15

Gluten-free Sugar-free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Quiz: When a delicious cupcake is made with REAL beets, apple, coconut butter, and eggs, does it count as a GOOD food, or is it still naughty? One thing for sure, its luscious deep red color is from beets, never food coloring. In fact, these cupcakes are made with nutritious low-carb, Paleo ingredients that taste fantastic, but won’t cause weight gain. 

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May 15

Red Velvet Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This Paleo Buttercream Frosting is so luscious, no one will guess it’s made with healthy beets, coconut oil, cacao. I’ve a passion for real food desserts, and I can’t believe how smooth and chocolaty this tastes! Try it on Red Velvet Cupcakes! Yes, those are my teeth marks in the photo. 

Cream-Cheese-Frosting

May 08

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting – Vegan!

You’re going to fall in love with this amazing frosting! It is easy to blend and tastes absolutely scrumptious. Paleo and gluten-free, it has a sweet, tangy flavor of lemon, and a consistency like cream cheese without the dairy impact. This frosting is great on Red Velvet Cupcakes, or Orange Nut Muffins, 

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May 07

Paleo Baked Logger’s Hash

A fantastic weekend or company breakfast, Baked Logger’s hash is comfort food for me. Super nutritious, this Paleo version is made with sweet potatoes, eggs, organic ham, mushrooms, and an entire bunch of kale. Then you pour the egg filling on top and bake like a crustless quiche. I used morel and shiitake mushrooms,

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Apr 28

Paleo No-Honey Cake

Traditional honey cake is ancient, its rich flavor imprinted deep in my memory. I know honey is Paleo and natural, however it sends my blood sugar sky high! This unique recipe tastes just as satisfying as the original, but contains no honey at all! Instead of honey and refined flour, the surprise ingredients 

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Apr 26

Green Mayo, Egg-free

Basil and herbs make this mayonnaise green! Green means it’s alive and healthy. Homemade mayo is way better than store-bought. It’s got fresh lemon juice, healthy oils, and tastes yummy on salads or sandwiches. This is also a vegan mayonnaise recipe and a Paleo mayo, made without soy or eggs.

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Apr 26

Zoodles, Quick & Easy

How to make zucchini noodles? Zoodles are a guilt-free, no-weight-gain solution to authentic Italian dishes like Pasta Alfredo. Way better than rice, corn, quinoa, and other high-carb, processed noodles, nothing beats fresh vegetable spaghetti! Once you try zoodles you’ll never go back! 

Paleo-coffee-ritual

Apr 23

My Rejuvenating Paleo Coffee Ritual

I’ll NEVER give up my coffee ritual EVER. Warm, rich, tantalizing, and SUPER rejuvenating! Move over Starbucks! My “coffee” is made from pure natural roasted roots of chicory and dandelion. The familiar coffee jolt we crave will actually add 10 years to your appearance and body age.

papaya-tangrine-smoothie

Apr 21

Papaya Tangerine Smoothie

Today’s breakfast was a refreshing flavor treat of creamy, luscious papaya. I added tangerine, coconut milk, and strawberries for a WOW! Intensely luscious smoothie! Look for healthy organic or non-GMO papaya, as many papayas are genetically modified. This papaya milkshake tastes like the papaya “batidos” I used to 

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Apr 15

Fiddleheads! What to do?

Today I had just 10 minutes for lunch. The refrigerator was almost bare except for – Aha! Fiddleheads! These coiled-up fern shoots taste like a cross between wild asparagus and green beans. Since I love asparagus omelets, I thought I’d experiment with fiddleheads, throwing in a few shiitakes and garlic. Yummilicious! 

wild-salmon-ioli

Apr 11

Wild Salmon & Cashew Aioli Sauce

Yesterday I wanted a quick and different way to prepare salmon. Aha! How about a blended cashew aioli sauce? Surprise ingredients, fish sauce and cod liver oil, made it high in Omega-3 oils, super-healthy, and delicious with fish! I wanted to put the sauce on everything…

Dandelion-Avocado-Pesto

Apr 05

Wild Dandelion Avocado Pesto

It’s dandelion season! I went for a walk in the hills of Santa Fe, and the wild dandelions were calling me. I love them sautéed, but today I want them raw with nutrients and enzymes intact. Aha! How about a pesto? An hour later I was spreading yummy pesto 

pumpkin-pancakes-with-sauce

Apr 02

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

This is an easy 15-minute weekday breakfast, super-luscious with an irresistibly rich flavor. My friend Shauna Ireland came to Santa Fe for a photo shoot. We made these together, she loved them, and there were no leftovers! I confess, I didn’t use pumpkin. I used butternut squash, as it has a natural sweetness, 

pomegranate-pear-sauce

Apr 02

Pomegranate Pear Sauce

I was making the Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast, and didn’t have any syrup. Hmmm… What to do? All I had was a pear and a bit of Pomegranate powder. I threw them in the blender and presto!  OMG, this divinely luscious sauce was the result. Yummy and instant! Try it on Buckwheat Pancakes, Plantain Pancakes,