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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Green Salad with Apples, Fermented Beets, and Ginger Orange Vinaigrette

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY  |  DAIRY OPTIONAL


This light and refreshing salad makes a stunning starter or main course. It contains everything that healthy meals should: fiber, protein, healthy fat, and a fermented food. Every day I encourage my patients to eat more fermented foods because they support the friendly bacteria inside our digestive tracts. These beneficial microorganisms manufacture nutrients, break down environmental toxins, reduce inflammation, strengthen our immune systems, and modulate the expression of genes that influence metabolism and fat accumulation. We wouldn't live long without them.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Vegetable Beef Pho

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY  |  VEGAN VARIATION


Soup is a great dish for the change of seasons when we crave food that’s lighter but still satisfying. This recipe has everything a healthy meal should contain: vegetables, protein, and healthy fat. It’s my version of the Vietnamese favorite called pho (pronounced "fuh").

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ginger Peanut Noodle Bowl with Mango and Shrimp

DAIRY-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY  |  GLUTEN-FREE VARIATION  |  GRAIN-FREE VARIATION  |  VEGAN VARIATION


I don't eat pasta very often, so when I do, it better be good. This colorful pasta salad is an excellent example. It's light and refreshing but also satisfying. Because it's served cold or at room temperature, it makes a great dish for picnics, potlucks, and trips to the beach.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Detox Salad with Orange Ginger Vinaigrette

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY  |  DAIRY OPTIONAL


This colorful salad is delicious and nutritious. It's especially good for detox because the ingredients support the body's natural mechanisms that help eliminate the environmental toxins we're exposed to every day. Beets, fermented foods, and raw nuts are three of the top twelve detox foods I discuss in chapter eight of my book, The Prediabetes Detox. Citrus and parsley also support detox pathways and have been shown to improve blood sugar control. And avocado adds the kind of healthy fat that helps fight inflammation in the body.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cauliflower Chowder with Bacon and Green Chilies

GLUTEN-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE  |  CONTAINS DAIRY


This creamy soup has a complex, smokey flavor. I don't eat a lot of bacon, but when I do I make sure it comes from well-raised pigs and I use it as condiment to flavor other dishes. It's one way to incorporate pasture-raised meats into a plant-based diet.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pickle Shots and More


Every day I encourage my patients to eat more fermented foods to support a healthy microbiome (the collective community of microorganisms living on our bodies that we couldn’t survive without). While it's easy to ferment your own foods at home, not everyone has the time or interest. Fortunately, there are some good products available for purchase.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Moroccan Chickpea Soup

GLUTEN-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY


This soup is delicious and nutritious. It contains all the components of a healthy meal: fiber, protein, and healthy fat. It also contains anti-inflammatory spices and bone broth. The nutrients and protein in bone broth are particularly well absorbed and they support the growth and repair of connective tissues in the body like bones, joints, and skin. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sweet Potato Larb with Avocado


GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE


Larb, also known as Laab or Laap, is a delicous and healthy dish from northern Thailand. It's full of protein, healthy fat, anti-inflammatory compounds, and bold flavors. Larb is usually made with ground meat, most often pork and sometimes chicken or duck, but it can also be made with crumbled tempeh or tofu (extra firm, pressed and drained). Larb is eaten wrapped up in a lettuce leaf. It's fresh, flavorful, and healthy.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Grain-Free Granola with Coconut and Cacao

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE


This granola is full of fiber, healthy fat, and antioxidants. It's also free of grains, so it's naturally gluten-free. Eat it as you would would any granola, covered with milk or stirred into yogurt.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Vanilla Salt

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY


This unusual condiment is surprisingly delicious. In the United States, vanilla is usually paired with sweet dishes, but in other cultures and cuisines it's paired with savory foods. So think of it as a spice, like cinnamon, which is as good in apple pie as it is in lamb tagine.