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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cherry Chickpea Quinoa Salad

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  VEGAN  |  VEGETARIAN


This healthy whole grain salad is light yet satisfying and full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Fresh cherries give it an unexpected fruity flavor which complements the fresh herbs and raw walnuts. It can be eaten at room temperature, so it's easy to take to work or to the beach.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tofu Salad with Korean Gochujang Sauce

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  VEGETARIAN


Tofu can be bland but this flavorful sauce really dresses it up. It features gochujang, a Korean fermented chili paste. You could drizzle this sauce over almost anything or serve it as a flavorful condiment at your next barbecue. I garnished this dish with raw hemp hearts but sesame seeds would be more traditional to Korean cuisine.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Summer Rolls with Tempeh, Mango, and Mint

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


Vietnamese-style summer rolls are light and refreshing. They’re also extremely versatile because you can add any fillings you like. This is a vegan version made with mango, mint, cilantro, red bell pepper, cucumber, and tempeh sautéed in coconut oil. Delicious and nutritious, these summer rolls contain everything that a healthy meal should: protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Serve one roll per person as a colorful starter or two or three as a main course.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Octopus Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Olives, and Caper Berries

GLUTEN-FREE |  DAIRY-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY


This simple salad makes a stunning starter. I had the opportunity to cook some baby octopus and took the less-is-more approach. To preserve its tender texture I cooked it quickly, dressed it with olive oil and lemon, and tossed it with just a few other ingredients.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Curried Mango Chicken Lettuce Wraps

GLUTEN-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE  |  DETOX-FRIENDLY


These lettuce wraps are delicious, nutritious, and full of anti-inflammatory spices. Cashews add texture and a bit of crunch while mango adds a subtle sweetness. You can make the chicken salad ahead of time and take this dish to go, whether you're headed to school, work, the park, or the beach.

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.