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fiddlehead-spring

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! 

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, 

detox-soup-green-goddess

Mar 25

Green Goddess Detox Soup

Pamper yourself with the most cleansing foods on the planet – green veggies! This easy soup is the perfect detox medicine, using the magic of pure vegetables. The recipe makes a big pot, and it’s very flexible. Use any veggies on hand, like cabbage, celery, turnip, parsnip, etc. So if you don’t like asparagus, just choose another vegetable! 

pumpkin-nut-balls

Mar 23

No-Bake Paleo Pumpkin Nut Balls

These Caveman Cookies are a super-quick, high-protein snack, and easy enough for a child to make. They’re also a yummy way to use up leftover pumpkin. If you use one of these natural zero-glycemic sweeteners, they won’t raise blood sugar or cause hyper-activity in kids.

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 Muffins with Bacon

These muffins are crumbly and rich, with the look, feel, and taste of corn bread, yet they’re 100% Paleo, free of corn, gluten, grains, GMO’s. Secret ingredients shredded coconut and chia seeds give the EXACT texture and flavor of cornbread! Um, if you follow the recipe carefully. These taste absolutely scrumptious with

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.

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,

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 foolproof and quick to enjoy. Made of real food and so yummy, no one will ever guess they’re healthy. Especially if you use a zero-sugar natural sweetener suggested, then they’re 100% guilt-free 

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 and digestible. When I learned this simple technique, my digestive issues vanished.

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.

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,

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,

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

choc-avocado-zucchini-muffins

Sep 16

Chocolate Avocado Zucchini Muffins

It’s zucchini season and gardens are overflowing. What to do? Aha! Zucchini muffins, but with a twist! I wanted to know if avocado and chocolate together would make an incredibly moist and rich muffin. Well, the answer is emphatically yes! These babies have a lusciously smooth texture using low-carb, grain-free coconut butter