Here’s a super-easy avocado dip that’s delicious on everything. It’s a dip for veggies, a pizza or pasta sauce, sandwich spread, mayo substitute, topping for sauteed veggies, meats, or garnish on your fried eggs. It’s easy with a food processor, but you can make it in any blender, or mash it by hand. Makes 1 cup spread. Print Avocado Pesto Rating: 51 Ingredients 1 ripe avocado 2 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh basil 1 clove garlic, pressed 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast 1/4 teaspoon unprocessed salt 1/4 cup nuts or nut butter Instructions In
Somebody asked me for a super-quick personal pizza. Was it you? Well, here it is! So simple you can bake in a toaster oven and eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The delicious secret is my 3-minute Pizza Crust. I topped it with Avocado Pesto, arugula, bacon, and egg. You can use any sauce or toppings you want. Serves one. Print Paleo Personal Pizza Rating: 51 Ingredients Toppings: 3-4 tablespoons Avocado Pesto, Vegan Cheddar Cheese, No-Tomato Sauce, or your favorite pizza sauce. Handful arugula or baby spinach 2 tablespoons cooked bacon pieces, optional 2 tablespoons herbs such as green
I’m so excited about the new breakfast recipes that are coming out of my kitchen. Here’s a sneak preview of a fantastic Orange Marmalade that takes just 20 minutes to make. It’s yummilicious on toast with almond butter. Oranges are naturally sweet, so it doesn’t take much sweetener to make a marvelous marmalade. I used zero-carb chicory root Just Like Sugar, or you can use raw honey, or your favorite Paleo sweetener. The best oranges for marmalade have thin skins, such as Valencia oranges. I do not recommend Navel oranges as they have a thick white pulp which is very
It’s a tough job, inventing 125 breakfast recipes with pure and simple foods. But hey! Someone has to do it. The truth is, I never had so much fun. Today I made Breakfast Parfaits! With before and after photos! It was one of those unforgettable days, and felt like I was on a roll. The recipes are for my new book on Paleo Breakfasts, coming Spring, 2014. I can’t post them, but I CAN give you a preview of how deliciously fun they will be. A Parfait is a layered treat with cream and decadently sweet things, rarely healthy. However these
I’m so excited about this new discovery! Easy Vegan Mayonnaise that’s smooth, delicious, and healthy too! Slather it on sandwiches or wraps. Use it a dip, a salad dressing, or a sauce for veggies. I wanted a creamy homemade mayo that’s ready in minutes, with no risk of curdling in the blender, no worries about eggs spoiling, and no sugary store-bought mayo with gmo oils. Just pure and healthy with a smooth, spreadable texture. This mayo doesn’t taste exactly like Hellman’s. It has that rich and subtle flavor of – well, hemp. I discovered the recipe by accident when making
I’m super-excited about this new discovery! It’s so delicious, easy to make, AND it tastes just like authentic Italian Pesto Pasta, only better. Zucchini noodles with avocado basil pesto is Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. You’ll swear it’s real pasta and Parmesan cheese! I created this for a Memorial Day gathering, and everyone loved it. No one could believe the pesto is made of avocado, nuts, and lemon juice. I made two versions of the recipe: One is vegan with zucchini noodles and pesto sauce. For the other I added a chicken saute. Both were a huge hit! Let’s talk
I was so in love with the Berry Superfood Crumble Bars, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. So I made them with a rich chocolate raspberry filling. Oh, I promise they’re decadently yummy! But more importantly, they’re chock full of superfood nutrition, such as cacao nibs, protein powder, and chia seeds. This is a high-protein, high-Omega-3 recipe that will go easy on your blood sugar. The crust uses chia seeds as a binder, however you can substitute an egg if you prefer. Chocolate does contain caffeine, which may keep children (and adults) awake at night. If this is
These yummilicious bars have a fruity berry filling and crumb topping. I’m always looking for easy, nutrient-dense breakfasts, snacks, or desserts that are low in sugars. They’re loaded with high anti-oxidant berries and superfoods. The crust uses chia seeds which are high in protein and Omega 3 oil, instead of eggs, a common allergen. The filling is made with fresh berries, avocado, and a few optional superfoods such as berry powder and goji berries. These bars use zero-glycemic Just Like Sugar Table Top chicory root sweetener which has no effect on blood sugar, or you can use your favorite sweetener.
I love plantains, with their rich, exotic south American flavor, that blends beautifully with orange. If you can find a really ripe plantain, almost black, it’s time to make plantain pancakes for breakfast or brunch! These Paleo pancakes are easy to make in one step in the food processor. Or you can make them by hand: just mix dry and wet ingredients separately, mash the plantain, and stir everything together. Vegans note, there’s a yummy egg-free version below with white chia seeds. I thought it tasted even better than the egg recipe! You’ll need a non-stick pan for frying both
I used to think tater tots were silly. Well, they really are. Then I invented an easy way to make them super-healthy. Oh my! These crispy bites are flavorful, addictive, and healthy with all unrefined ingredients! Just grate raw sweet potatoes, mix the ingredients, roll into balls, and fry or bake them. Baking is much healthier, and tastes equally delicious. Why pre-cook the sweet potatoes? After all, cooking them twice takes time and destroys more nutrients. I googled the history of tater tots and read they were developed by Ore-Ida to use up leftover broken French fries. A brilliant plan!
I can’t remember what happened. I spun the blender, and somehow poured this sauce on the Chocolate Brownie Waffles. I’ve no memory after that. Just pure berries. Perhaps I just blacked out or drifted into a parallel dimension, transported further away with each bite. This is the easiest sauce I’ve ever prepared. And it tastes sensuously wonderful on everything. Maybe it was the deep fuchsia color. I have no words – and can’t even write this post. When I come back, I’ll try to describe my experience. Makes 1 1/4 cups sauce. Print Easy Blackberry Sauce Rating: 51 Ingredients 12
Tomorrow is moving day, and I promised my helpers a lunch. I’ve got 2 beets, 2 carrots, and some herbs in the fridge. Well, it’s time for my favorite grated beet & carrot salad! This is a super-healthy side dish that’s economical and tastes delicious with everything. It’s easiest to make if you have a food processor with a grating blade. Just grate the beets and carrots, make a dressing and mix. I’m excited because I’m moving into a new place to set up a test kitchen for my upcoming book on Paleo Breakfasts! Stay tuned for more info on
Kids love cake pops! I used to think they were arduous and silly. What’s ball of cake on a stick? But THESE cake pops are so easy a child can make them. AND they’re made with 100% Paleo ingredients – they’re gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, diabetic-friendly, healthy for kids and adults too! Oh, and they taste lusciously decadent – a bite of rich mocha cake inside, with chocolate frosting on the outside. I’m curious about the cake pop craze, which suggests that you bake a sugary cake mix, and destroy the cake by rolling it into balls? Then you dip and
I’m not Irish, but I love Ireland and I especially love GREEN. Here’s an absolutely delicious, INSTANT and refreshing mint mousse that will make your taste buds AND your blood cells tingle. It’s so easy, just blend and enjoy in 5 minutes. I would NEVER use food coloring, so I had to come up with a HEALTHY way to create the prefect color of green. Well, why not chlorophyll, the original phyto-chemical that makes plants green? Cholophyll controls photosynthesis, AND it is a powerful body de-toxifier. You should probably be taking this anyway, because it increases the oxygen available to the
Today I discovered fresh organic peas in the market! When I’m in Italy, fresh peas in the pod are a sign that spring is exploding. Everyone runs home to make this risotto, called “Risi e Bisi” in Venetian dialect, or “Rice with Peas”. However you won’t find this yummy cauliflower risotto in Italy! It is Paleo, Vegan, free of gluten, grains, and dairy. Traditional Italian risotto must be stirred continuously for 20 minutes to give the rice a thick, creamy texture. Then just before serving, you add tons of butter and Parmesan cheese! To mimic that creamy Parmesan quality Paleo-style,
This is a fantastic crispy flat bread with a savory topping that’s great for vegans and anyone avoiding eggs. It’s something like a Focaccia Pizza, topped with my delicious “Vegan Parmesan Cheese” that tastes just like “Parmigiano Reggiano”. Chia seeds are a highly nutritious egg-substitute that creates a soft, pleasing texture in the bread. White chia seeds are available in most whole food groceries, and disappear in the the bread. Black chia seeds will make black spots, but it will taste just the same.Quick to make, you can eat Focaccia as a snack, a meal accompaniment, or serve as an
Smooth and flavorful ketchup means the best tomatoes, and a perfect balance of tart, sweet, and a bit spicy. This easy homemade ketchup tastes so delicious you’ll want to use it on everything! It’s quick to make in the blender, then simmer and it’s ready to enjoy. I used Eden’s Organic Roma crushed tomatoes, which are packed in an amber glass jar to protect the nutrients from being destroyed by light. It’s important to buy tomatoes either raw or in a glass jar, never canned. Tomatoes are high in acidity, which dissolves the toxic BPA plastic lining in cans, so
I love traditional saffron risotto, made with arborio rice and lots of Parmesan cheese! Just so you’re not deprived, here’s a cauliflower rice recipe that tastes almost the same. Paleo cauliflower rice is a quick and easy low-carb side dish, and I find it lighter on the digestion than rice. The “cheese” sauce is deliciously rich, and comes very close to that Italian “Milanese” flavor. Saffron is one of my favorite spices. Although I’ve cooked with it for years, I recently learned it comes from the pistils of a crocus, and has to be delicately plucked from the flower. No
Heinz is yummy – however THIS ketchup is tastier! Tart, sweet, and rich all at the same time. If tomatoes are off your list, this is for you. It’s made of carrot, sweet potato, and beet, but you’d never guess. Commercial ketchup is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup or sugar, so why buy it when you can have more flavor, lower carbs, and higher nutrition for less money? The recipe uses natural chicory root Just Like Sugar Table Top sweetener, which has zero sugars and zero calories, to spare you the glycemic rush. Or use your favorite sweetener. Just blend
At the expo in San Francisco, many people requested a healthy chocolate cake without eggs. Well, here it is! It’s a super-luscious, ooey gooey chocolate cake, soft and creamy, like a real chocolate decadence cake. The secret ingredients are sweet potato, chia seeds, and coconut butter. It’s very easy to make in a food processor or a blender. This is my second experiment in vegan cakes, and I think it came out fantastic. The first test had too much chia, and tasted grainy and boring. This second try has a deep dark chocolate flavor and a sensual, smooth texture. There’s
Unbelievably easy and decadently wonderful, this chocolate pudding is instant! It’s made with blended sweet potato and cacao. Children and adults love the rich flavor, reminiscent of a Southern chocolate sweet potato pie. Mmmmmm! A quick and healthy snack or dessert, no one would guess they’re eating vegetables! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamin A, an important antioxidant. They’re high in Vitamin B6, which is critical in preventing hardening of the arteries. Sweet potatoes also contain healthy fiber, which gives them a “slow burning” quality. The suggested sweetener is Just Like Sugar Table Top natural chicory
This is an authentic Italian risotto, re-invented Paleo style. Which means it has a wonderful broth, and rich, deep flavor of Parmesan cheese. I was planning a cauliflower risotto for you today. But someone in the family made quinoa that had to be used. Wow! It was incredibly delicious and so easy! You can make this recipe with EITHER quinoa or riced cauliflower. The Paleo Police are on the fence about quinoa. Technically, quinoa is neither a grain or a grass – it is rather a seed related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets, so many people define it as
Make this yummy, rich, satisfying treat in just a few minutes. Smooth, creamy sweet potato with coconut butter tastes just like butterscotch pudding. AND it’s a healthy vegetable! Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant. They’re loaded with Vitamin B6, which is crucial in preventing hardening of the arteries. Sweet potatoes are also high in fiber, which gives them a “slow burning” quality. Just blend the ingredients slightly warm, and they’ll soften into a lovely pudding quality. It tastes wonderful eaten right away warm, or you can chill it to thicken even more. This is
Wow! What an easy and delicious way to eat asparagus! I prefer asparagus steamed al-dente, so it’s sublime flavor comes through. Gremolata sauce sounds fancy – but how simple is lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and parsley? No equipment required. Asparagus is a rich source of glutathione, a detoxifier and antioxidant that helps break down free radicals. It powerfully prevents diabetes by helping to balance insulin levels. It is a natural diuretic, promoting kidney health. We wouldn’t want to forget that asparagus is an aphrodisiac, one of the best foods to increase libido – just notice its shape. Lemon zest
I just invented this quick and delicious pick-me-up or dessert. Everybody goes crazy for the creamy texture. It’s so simple and elegant made with pure strawberries and coconut. Just blend, chill and serve. Only 5 ingredients plus love. It’s low-carb and luscious. Find lots more luscious treats in my new book Paleo Desserts! Serves 2. Print Easy Strawberry Mousse Rating: 51 Ingredients 1 lb fresh strawberries, or 1 package frozen and very well drained (I suggest organic strawberries, as they’re one of the “dirty dozen” foods that absorb a lot of pesticides.) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/3 cup sweetener. I
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars – You might just swoon at the sweet flavors in these romantic love bars! You’ll taste 4 creamy layers in each bite – crunchy nuts, chocolate fondant, smooth cheesecake, and tart raspberry glaze. This is not a bar, it’s a candy! A love bite! And a perfect healthy treat for someone special. It’s Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and raw. Just a tiny piece puts me in a good mood. Makes one 9 x 9-inch pan of pure bliss. I cut them in tiny 1-inch squares, or you can cut them any size you like… Find more
That’s right, it’s blue! Once in a blue mousse, you discover something so fabulous that it jump-starts your day in 2 minutes! This creamy blueberry mousse gives you everything you need – smooth texture and great flavor for vital health. It’s instant – just blend and enjoy immediately! Use it as an afternoon pick-me-up or easy dessert. The thick texture comes from natural pectin in blueberries; and the rich creaminess comes from blended avocado. Blueberries are loaded with healthy polyphenols known as anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body. Anthocyanins are what makes blueberries blue in color.
I just discovered a super-easy way to make delicious vegan cheese sauce for broccoli. It’s so tasty and quick, I ate the whole batch myself! Broccoli is an important source of calcium for folks that don’t consume dairy, like Paleo and vegans. Instead of cheese, the recipe uses coconut milk, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast. This is yummy for lunch or as a side dish. You can choose to eat the broccoli stems or not. I love broccoli stems, and they’re chock full of healthy nutrients like Vitamin-C, Vitamin-A, beta-carotene, folic acid, and fiber. Broccoli is best steamed to retain
I love sharp cheddar cheese! This Paleo-Vegan cheese tastes almost exactly like Wisconsin cheddar, except it’s dairy-free. It is a firm, rich, creamy cheese, with a slightly tangy flavor. Delicious on crackers, slice it for sandwiches, grate it into salads and soups, or use it to make vegan cheese sauce for veggies. It is made with coconut butter, lemon and a few other secret ingredients you can find in any healthy grocery. It’s easy to make – just blend, chill, slice, and eat! It keeps well in the freezer, so you can use it whenever you want. Allow it to
I created this recipe by accident, and it has become my absolute favorite “cheese” for Vegan Pizza and Paleo Pizza. We DO want cheese on our pizza! It slices beautifully, and uses pure coconut instead of dairy. While it’s not an exact duplicate of the taste, it’s so close that when you serve it, the enthusiasm takes center stage and no one notices it’s not cheese. This recipe is also free of soy, gmo, and stabilizers or thickeners like so many “Vegan” cheeses. You’ll need a good blender and a bit of patience, but the reward is definitely worth it!.