Avocado with Micro-greens & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Lately, with the weather warming up, I’ve been craving quick and simple sides for dinner that are packed with flavor and nutrients.  I threw this avocado salad together one evening and my whole family went nuts for it! Sometimes, it’s the simple flavors that really stand out. The creamy avocado coupled with the tangy, sweet balsamic and slight crunch […]

Double Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies (gf, grain free, df, ef, nf, sf, refined sugar free)

I frequently get asked questions regarding my use of eggs in paleo baking.  As many of you know from my first book, The Healthy Gluten Free Life, my hubby can’t have eggs.  So why do I use eggs in my second book, Paleo Indulgences?  Well, mostly because my husband doesn’t eat sweets all that often so most of the treats I make, he doesn’t […]

Cranberry Vinaigrette – (Cranberry Sauce – Take 2)

Apparently, it’s really difficult to make a small amount of cranberry sauce.  Have you ever noticed that?  Long after the leftover turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie have vanished, there’s still that bowl of cranberry sauce sitting in the fridge.  My family loves cranberry sauce, but no matter how much we use on the big T-Day, we […]

Spiced Maple Pecans

  It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I just realized I have NO munchies for guests before dinner!  Uh-oh.  Hungry guests are a no-no in my family, so I’m whipping up some Spiced Maple Pecans, from my first book, The Healthy Gluten Free Life, to keep everyone busy while dinner is cooking.  Along with a variety of olives, munchies […]

Sweet N Sour Meatballs – Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Egg Free Option*

I originally created this recipe for the wonderful US Wellness Meats when they were nice enough to have me as their featured chef in September 2012.  This dish quickly became a family favorite, especially for my kids, which is a success all on it’s own.  These delectable little meatballs explode with sweet, tangy, gingery flavor […]

Last Night’s Dinner – Chili Dusted Cauliflower (GF, DF, EF, NF, SF, Paleo)

Sometimes getting the family (or yourself) to eat certain things means finding the right combo of flavors that make you appreciate what you’ve been avoiding.  For my kids and me, the same ‘ol salt and pepper cauliflower was getting boring and I found we weren’t making it very often anymore. To accompany a lovely, spiced pork […]

Cherry Berry Smoothies – (GF, DF, EF, Sugar Free, Paleo)

The weather is warming up quickly here which means one thing to my kiddos…smoothies!  They love making smoothies for breakfast, snacks, whatever, then taking leftovers and freezing them into smoothie popsicles. And with ingredients like fruit and coconut milk, who can complain?  The best part about smoothies, for me, is that I can take pretty […]

Father’s Day Treat – Vanilla Maple Walnut Pecan Crunch

Father’s day is quickly upon us and when I think about my dad, I think about snacks.  He’s a snacker.  Always was, always will be.  I remember, when I was little, he would plow through a snack craving until it was exhausted, then move on to the next.  Now, back then it was the not so […]

Monkey Munch

Yesterday was a little cooler and rainy which tends to make me want to snack more.  Apparently I feel the need to store calories and be prepared for a famine when the weather cools off. To satisfy my chocolate craving but with something semi-substantial, I decided to doctor up one of my favorite on-the-go snacks […]

Macadamia Thumbprint Cookies (No Bake!)

(Grain free/Paleo) I love making no bake cookies with my kids.  They can really get elbow deep in it from start to finish, without the long wait time of baking and cooling.  In case you haven’t heard, patience is not a star quality in most 10 and 6 year olds. We tried these out over the […]