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Dec 01

Warm Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

A fabulous holiday way to serve sweet potatoes, 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-adapted 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.

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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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. 

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. 

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.

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

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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

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.

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Jul 31

Sesame Seaweed Superfood Squares

Sweet toasted sesame seeds make these squares crunchy with a hint of Asian flavor. Mild tasting hiziki seaweed makes these nutrient-dense and irresistibly scrumptious. Also called hijiki, you can find it in the Asian section of most grocery stores. It may appear expensive, however you only need a tiny bit,

wild-salmon-cauliflower-hash

Jul 25

Wild Salmon Cauliflower Hash

I love this savory hash for its luscious contrast of textures—crispy cauliflower and tender, moist salmon. It’s very quick to make in 15 minutes or less, low in carbs, and a great use for leftover salmon. You can add a fried egg on top for a crowning touch, although it’s just as good without.

lemon-ginger-coconut-bars

Jul 12

Lemon-Ginger Coconut Bars

Today I needed a refreshing bite of lemon & ginger to balance a hot, muggy day. These bars have a zingy citrus flavor, plus they’re raw and alive with powerful anti-oxidant lemon nutrition. In Chinese medicine lemon is cooling — yes I get it. And ginger moves Qi, the vital force in the body

paleo-no-sugar-cookies-5

Jun 20

Paleo Lemon Ginger No-Sugar Cookies

Yesss! Grain-free sugar cookies are possible! These yummy cookies have a distinctive lemon-ginger flavor. How is the dough so soft and pliable? So easy to roll out and cut into your favorite shapes? Aha! The secret ingredient is coconut butter, pure ground coconut meat. It’s best to keep the dough cold, and

raspberry-coconut-milkshake

May 30

Raspberry Coconut Milkshake

Whew! My senses are still vibrating from the deep flavor and nutrition in the glass I just downed. Raspberries are a refreshing low-sugar fruit that’s loaded with antioxidant flavonoids, anti-inflammatory ellagic acid, plus Vitamins C and K (that’s the one most of us are needing!).

Orange-Sesame-Chicken-front

May 19

Paleo Orange Sesame Chicken on Zoodles

If sesame chicken is yummy, then orange sesame chicken is even yummier. A symphony of Asian flavors, the orange is is combined with sesame tahini, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms. I serve it over zoodles, so it’s high-protein, low-carb, and loaded with flavorful nutrition.

hiziki-carrot-salad-top

May 13

Hiziki Carrot Salad

This nutritious salad is a tasty way to get your sea vegetables. A delicious nutrient-dense superfood, seaweed is high in fiber, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. It’s the Vitamin K that’s really critical, as it’s the single vitamin most of us are lacking!

wild-salmon-creme-cheese-spread

May 07

Paleo Wild Salmon Spread

Finally, a healthy salmon spread or dip! This is great for lunches, picnics, or parties, and tastes fantastic on crackers or veggies. The flavor is even better than my mom’s salmon cream cheese spread. And since it contains no mayo, you can leave it out of the refrigerator with no worries.

chicken-enchiladasour-cream

Apr 26

Coconut Sour Cream, Dairy-Free!

A little sour cream on your enchiladas? Sounds delicious! Rich, creamy, and dairy-free, this coconut sour cream is free of the chemicals and stabilizers found in commercial brands. It’s easy to make and an ideal topping for any savory indulgence.

Sesame-squares

Apr 25

Crunchy Sesame Squares

I’ve always craved these crispy sesame squares! Maybe that’s because I loved their crackling crunchy texture as they disappeared into my mouth one after the other – a perfect high-protein snack. But I don’t buy them any more, as they’re loaded with sugars and stabilizers.

rhubarb-yogurt

Apr 17

Yogurt with Rhubarb Ginger Sauce

OK, I confess, I’m having a love affair with rhubarb. Why does it taste so irresistably luscious to me? Well, maybe it’s because I found an easy way to cook it in minutes with a bit of ginger, cinnamon and natural zero-glycemic sweetener. So far you’ve seen my Paleo Rhubarb Coffee Cake and