School's out, wedding season has begun, the nights are warmer and the parties last longer. In short, summer is here! We begin this beautiful season with the daunting task of keeping our kids busy all day every day. Knock, knock, it’s creativity here! Outdoor activities, pool time, beach time, build-a-slip-n-slide in your backyard time, camp, playdates and anything else you can think of to keep them entertained. As parents, this is a great time to come up with out-of-the-box activities, and what better way to do that than encouraging your children to explore their creativity in the kitchen.Exhibit A: Simple, Kid-Approved, Gluten-Free Banana Bread Read More
We’ve got a thing for french bakeries. Bite-sized pastries, fancy espresso drinks, curiously shaped breads, and that feeling that so much care went into the creation and preparation of this beautiful meal that the calories just don't count. The intricate elegance of it all immediately takes us out of our day-to-day grind and into the sophistication of a streetside Parisian cafe.
There is nothing like the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies coming from the oven. Ooey, gooey, and melting in your mouth… they are simply irresistible! What is even better? A little fresh, real sea salt sprinkled on top. There is something about that sweet, chocolaty taste, combined with coarse salt that just makes your mouth water.Read More
Tonight my family had bacon for dinner. Yep, it was one of those nights where everybody wanted breakfast for dinner and bacon sounded too good to pass up. What I love most about cooking bacon though, is all that yummy, nutrient dense fat that pools in the bottom of the skillet. The best part is, when it comes time to fry the eggs, they are cooked in the delicious taste of the bacon “leftovers,” and it got me thinking about the benefits of animal fats. Lard is that famous fat that grandparents use to love and save jars of in the pantry. So what exactly is it?Read More
Confession: I love pudding. Smooth, melt-in-your mouth swirls of it, topped with angelic wisps of whipped cream and garnished with delicate slivered nuts...sigh. Layer it into a darling parfait dish or bake it in a ramekin and I find the stuff to be completely irresistible. While I enjoy most flavors, I have always been particularly fond of pistachio pudding, with its sophisticated taste and charming pale green color. One thing is for sure however...a dessert this good shouldn’t come from a box mix, nor should it be something that is sacrificed for those needing to avoid dairy. So, here is a cunning no-cook, dairy-free version that uses the natural coloring of an avocado, the robust sweetness of a banana and the creamy texture of coconut milk to create an easily-digested, satisfying mousse-like treat in minutes.Read More
Fall has finally arrived here in my little town of sunny SoCal! It is hard to believe November is upon us and yet just a few days ago my thermostat read 102 degrees! A brisk fog rolled in off the ocean over the weekend though, and today the high reached 60 degrees. I don't know about you, but in my house, fall screams “warm cup of tea,” and one of my favorite recipes “Chai Spice Muffins!” I finally feel a little better about turning the oven on, and not having to blast the air conditioning to compensate for all that extra heat!
Last month I posted on “Three of the Many Wonderful Benefits of Collagen.” If you did not see that post, or you are new to the blog, you can check it out here! Today I am going to dive in to the topic of Gelatin and share some great facts, as well as a couple of my favorite recipes and ways to incorporate more gelatin into your diet.
Often times gelatin and collagen are used interchangeably and many people think they are one and the same thing. However, gelatin and collagen are indeed different, both with their own purposes and special health benefits. So let us jump in to gelatin and the amazing goodness that it is! (1)Read More
You really can’t go wrong with the classic combination of cinnamon and raisins. In this recipe, the spicy-sweet duo is folded into a simple coconut flour batter to make hearty, flavorful muffins. Not only do these muffins taste delicious, they are also satisfyingly high in healthy fats, fiber, minerals, and protein. Topped with a dab of nut butter or drizzled with coconut spread, they are one of our absolute favorite recipes to use as a nutrient-dense breakfast or snack on-the-go.
Sardines. What can you do with this shimmery, nutrient-packed seafood? While undeniably rich in protein, omega-3s, and minerals, the strong tasting little fish can be very challenging to incorporate into the diet. Some brave people enjoy them straight out of the can or spread neatly over crackers, but I’ve never quite managed to get them down in that way. That’s why I’m always looking for creative, simple strategies to include them in meals. One of my favorite ways to eat sardines is in this traditional Fisherman’s Eggs dish with lots of garlic, shallots and parsley. It provides just the right balance of flavors and textures to make eating sardines delicious and easy.
With its highly palatable taste and wide availability, nearly everyone has heard about olive oil’s heart helping, cholesterol lowering, blood sugar regulating properties. Olive oil is popularly used in cooking: drizzled in the pan as a base for quick, hearty sautés or slathering over veggies for roasting. However what many people don’t realize is that this powerhouse plant oil is really best featured in dips and salad dressings where its 200 plus beneficial compounds and complex fatty acids can be enjoyed in the raw. In this article I'll share some of the key features to look for when selecting an olive oil, review tips for using it wisely in the kitchen, and share one of my favorite salad and homemade dressing recipes.Read More