Wild Salmon Zoodles alla Veneziana
Tonight I was craving a favorite dish I use to love in a trattoria near the Fish Market in Venice, Italy - Spaghetti al Salmone con Panna. The sublime combination of salmon, cream and fresh pasta makes a smooth, rich, sensational flavor experience, that is always satifying. This Paleo-adapted version is quick to make. It uses zucchini noodles and coconut milk, skipping the wheat pasta with gluten and heavy cream. The flavor is every bit as delicious. "Zoodles" are easy to make on a ...
High nutrition and super-quick, whipped avocado is one of my top favorite snacks. For this 5-minute blended treat, you don't even need a recipe. An avocado dip that tastes yummy on everything, use it as a sauce for pasta or pita, sandwich spread, garnish for veggies, mayo substitute, topping for veggies, meats, or garnish for your eggs. Super-easy with a food processor, you can also make it in any blender, or mash it by hand. Makes 1 cup spread. Enjoy!
Paleo Caesar Salad – Mamma Mia!
I can't keep my finger out of this authentic Caesar dressing – it’s that yummy! Made it in less than 5 minutes! There’s something magical about 100% natural ingredients like olive oil, lemon and garlic that make Caesar dressing irresistible. But this Paleo dressing is also Vegan, free of anchovies, eggs and dairy! Yet, it tastes just like authentic Parmigiano Reggiano dressing. Ha Ha! Instead of cheese, it uses lemon, nutritional yeast and coconut butter. It's so delicious, you won't ...
Easy Vegan Focaccia with “Parmigiano”
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. ...
Low-Carb Cauliflower Risotto alla Milanese
This recipe is for all my friends that love Italian food! The secret to traditional Risotto alla Milanese is the best arborio rice, aged Parmiggiano Reggiano, and saffron. However, this Paleo-Vegan adapted recipe is super-low in carbs and far quicker to make. With Cauliflower Rice, you don't have to stand over a hot stove stirring for 20 minutes. It's an easy low-carb dish that's much healthier and easier to digest than traditional risotto. ...
Best Gluten-free Focaccia
Happy New Year! Cheer up with my favorite authentic Italian focaccia, an easy comfort food for all, including my alternative diet. This quick gluten-free, grain-free Paleo Pizza is so satisfying that it transports me to Tuscany. A great crust recipe for your favorite topping, this is delicious with onions, veggies, or even plain. I like to enjoy warm focaccia instead of bread as a quick snack or side dish. ...
My favorite Apple “Torta di Mele”, Paleo-adapted
My favorite Italian treat is also the easiest. This is "Torta di Mele Morbida"
(soft apple tart), Paleo-adapted from my amazing friend Giorgia Pistellato in Venice. Not a fancy dessert - it's an everyday sweet made with apples and cinnamon that always pleases (and reminds me of my former opera career in Italy.) This Apple Torta is a perfect choice for beginning bakers and children, simply because it NEVER FAILS!
A luscious last-minute recipe like this can be a very useful resource in your kitchen, since it uses common ingredients that you probably have on hand. ...
Sicilian Eggs with Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce!
A GREAT holiday breakfast! This high-protein, low-carb, one-skillet meal has a real Sicilian flavor when you use fresh basil, rosemary, and parsley. My vegan Spicy Cheese Sauce adds a tantalizing flavor that’s completely dairy-free. That’s because the rich, mellow flavor of this cheese is so compatible with Italian foods. You'll love this sauce and will want to pour it on everything! The sauce is made of coconut butter, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice, yet tastes almost exactly like aged cheese....
Best Dairy-free Parmesan Cheese
I invented this recipe in 2012, and I think it is the best recipe I ever created. Check it out! Never thought I’d invent Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Well, here it is! Ladies and gentlemen you can grate it, slice it, or cut into chunks. Yep. It is dairy-free and fabulicious! Instead of milk, it uses coconut butter, lemon, nutritional yeast, and Vitamin C crystals for that sharp, aged cheese flavor. This Paleo Parmesan cheese looks, tastes, slices and grates just like authentic Parmiggiano Reggiano.
I can’t stop eating chunks of it as I write this post. Grate it on salads, stir it into soups, use it in Paleo Lasagna
or Zucchini Spaghetti
. OK, sprinkle it on everything! It’s very easy to make, just blend and chill. It freezes well and grates best when it is cool. ...
Mamma Mia! No Meat Balls alla Toscana
The best meatballs I ever tasted! You don't have to be vegan to love them. Everyone goes crazy for these flavorful plant-based morsels. With a taste and texture just like Italian meatballs, or "polpette", they taste fantastic with tomato sauce. If you're sensitive to Nightshades, try them with my No-Tomato Sauce
. You'll never guess there's no meat. This recipe is Paleo, vegan, free of many common allergens: gluten, eggs, beans, soy, grains, cheese, and breadcrumbs. Ha ha! Even better, they've got that "Mamma Mia" Italian flavor, ...
Paleo Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Alive with flavor and life force, this pesto is an easy nutritional powerhouse you can enjoy in 2 minutes flat. It looks and tastes just like authentic Pesto Genovese
, but dairy-free with pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts. For this vegan pesto, I used lemon juice and nutritional yeast to give a tangy parmesan taste. You'll need a food processor. Pumpkin seeds are a true superfood loaded with a wide variety of healthy nutrients from magnesium to copper, protein and zinc. ...
Zoodles alla Carbonara, Paleo style
Everyone loves Spaghetti alla Carbonara!
This easy 15-minute meal is high in protein, low in carbs, Paleo-adapted with zoodles, or zucchini noodles! We think of this as a traditional Italian dish, however it's actually a 1944 adaptation of US Army rations. Spaghetti alla Carbonara
was invented by a smart Italian refugee woman during WWII. It seems American troops shared powdered eggs and bacon with starving coal diggers who had fled to the hills around Rome to escape the Germans. ...
Omega-3 Italian Fish Stew with Garlic and Saffron
This recipe is inspired by an amazing day on the Adriatic coast. After teaching a Qigong workshop in Italy, I spent a few magical days in the charming beach town of Sirolo. Of course there's nothing to do but relax and eat fish! The sky and sea were calm and brilliant blue. We lounged under umbrellas all day, while the aroma of roasted garlic, olives, and the freshest fish beckoned us from the restaurant. ...
Paleo Strawberry Rose Panna Cotta for Lovers
A healthy way to say "I love you". This sensual dessert is made with coconut, strawberries and rose water. It's very easy to prepare, Vegan and Paleo. Inspired by a treat I tasted in Italy, Panna Cotta
means 'cooked cream'
in Italian, served like a custard or pudding. The flavor is rich and romantic, while being dairy-free. It won't even spike blood sugar if you use one of the suggested natural non-glycemic sweeteners. Coconut cream is thick, luxurious coconut milk. ...
Bewitched Apple Crisp
This easy seasonal favorite will warm your heart and fill your home with the scent of baked apples and cinnamon. Why bewitched? Well, it's spiked with a tantalizing Italian liqueur of herbs and spices called Strega
, which means Witch!
Think golden velvet, sweet mint, anise, juniper, fennel, and many other herbs. ...
Zoodles with Ghee and Herbs
In Italy you can ask for "Spaghetti con Burro e Salvia"
or "Spaghetti with Butter and Sage"
. This Paleo adaptation is even more delicious. Zoodles are a 5-minute veggie - much quicker than spaghetti, gluten-free, and grain-free. The easy herb sauce is melted ghee with your favorite herbs. Grass-fed ghee is packed with nutrients...
Paleo Chocolate Zabaglione
Classical Zabaglione sounds difficult but isn't. This 5-minute Italian mousse 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 orange peel and lemon juice instead of Marsala wine, ...
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,
Zoodles in 1-minute
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! ...