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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lavender Sea Salt

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE


Autumn is the season to dry fresh herbs that won't last the winter, like lavender flowers. You can savor them all winter long with this unusual condiment. Use it as a finishing salt for lamb, chicken, scallops, roasted vegetables, fresh fruit, and chocolate desserts. Incorporate it into French-style vinaigrettes and dishes that contain lemon, which pairs so well with lavender.

I used a spice grinder to make this salt but alternatively you could use a food processor or a mortar and pestle. If you use a mortar and pestle, you may want to substitute fine sea salt for the coarser crystals.

½ cup coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon organic dried lavender flowers
  1. Add the salt and lavender flowers to a clean spice grinder and pulse to a fine consistency.
  2. Transfer the lavender salt to a glass container and label it. 
  3. Store at room temperature.







Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweet and Sour BBQ Tofu Lettuce Wraps

GLUTEN-FREE | GRAIN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | VEGETARIAN


Looking for a new take-along lunch? This meal is light and healthy but also filling. And it travels well.

Serve it one night as an appetizer alongside a pile of fresh lettuce leaves. Each person can spoon some of the tofu mixture onto a lettuce leaf, then wrap it up and eat it. Take the leftovers for lunch the following day. Pack the lettuce leaves and tofu mixture separately, and re-heat the tofu mixture or eat it cold. Either way it's a winner.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Easy Grain-Free Apple Crumble

GLUTEN-FREE  |  GRAIN-FREE


This recipe was inspired by a recent apple-picking trip in the Hudson Valley.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Healthy Halloween Fudge Bites

GLUTEN-FREE  |  DAIRY-FREE  | GRAIN-FREE


This fudge only has two ingredients -- 72% dark chocolate and coconut milk -- and two toppings -- dried peaches and raw walnuts. There's no added sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream, or sweetened condensed milk, so, eaten in moderation, it's a healthy treat. It's also easy to make and kids can help.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Curried Peas with Tomatoes and Tofu

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


This dish was inspired by Curry Made's recipe for Indian Spiced Peas with Tomatoes and Dill. It contains some of the same flavors you'd find in an Indian curry -- like coriander, cumin, garlic, and chili pepper -- as well as the fresh flavors of dill, cilantro, and sweet cherry tomatoes.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Endive Salad with Octopus and Feta

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


Bitter leafy green vegetables are in season now and they are so good for us. They're on my list of the top 12 detox foods and good sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Curly endive -- also known as frisée -- adds structure to this dish, supporting dense chunks of octopus, feta cheese, olives, and cherry tomatoes.  Serve this colorful salad as a colorful starter or a light but filling main dish.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Marinated Corn Salad

GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE


Make this colorful and flavorful salad while fresh sweet corn is still in season. I don't eat a lot of grains or starchy foods, but fresh sweet corn is hard to resist, so I enjoy it in moderation when I find it at the farmers market.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back To School Bars

GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | GRAIN-FREE


Feed these home-made protein bars to kids for breakfast on the go, pack them into school lunches, and hand them out as a healthy snack.

They're a healthy alternative to store-bought granola bars full of sugar, corn syrup, inflammatory fats, preservatives, and processed grains. In fact, these bars don't have any grains at all so they're naturally gluten-free. They don't contain any added sweeteners but they are full of protein, fiber, healthy fat, and antioxidants.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Home-Made Ancho Steak Sauce

GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | DETOX-FRIENDLY


Making your own steak sauce from whole food ingredients is easy. If you're not a steak eater, serve it as a dipping sauce for grilled vegetables or brush a bit onto skewers of freshly grilled chicken, shrimp, or scallops. Freeze what you don't use within a few days and thaw it this winter to serve as a condiment with roasted meats.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stuffed Peppers With Grassfed Beef and Artichoke Hearts

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


Bell peppers are in season, so take advantage of your local harvest and make this healthy dish. If you don't have peppers or don't like them, try stuffing seeded zucchini or portobello mushroom caps instead.