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
Around here we have already started to see the very first hints of fall. Certain leaves are beginning to fade into a golden yellow, apples are decorating orchard trees and there's a cool edge to the afternoon breeze. The season for steaming drinks, flannels and all-things-pumpkin is about to arrive! To celebrate, I've prepared this Coconut Flour Pumpkin Pancake recipe. Made with hearty ingredients and filled with the rich flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup, this breakfast treat is the perfect way to usher in the upcoming season.
Last week I found myself in a breakfast rut. Don't you just hate when that happens? I woke up, walked down to the kitchen and scanned it blankly. I swung open the cabinets and peered into the refrigerator, but nothing looked appetizing. I was bored with my go-to options and was craving something new. That's when I dreamed up this Vanilla Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl. Packed with healthy fats, protein, antioxidants and fiber, it has plenty of nutrition to satisfy and just enough sweetness to leave you scraping the bowl.
Making healthy, real food desserts isn't always easy. Gluten-free flours can be tough to work with, recipes seem to have a million steps and at times it can feel like you've spent days in the kitchen experimenting only to end up with a recipe flop. But every so often I find a dessert like this one that tastes amazing and is super simple to make. I guess it's hard to go wrong with chocolate, nuts and fresh berries. This unique nutrient dense dessert combines these beloved ingredients into something that falls between a tart, pie and fruit pizza. Call it whatever you'd like; most importantly it is delicious!
If you are looking to add more fermented foods to your diet, then it may be time to give switchel a try. This simple colonial farmer's drink is made with tangy apple cider vinegar, warming ginger, fresh lemon and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. Switchel packs a punch of beneficial enzymes, detoxifiers and anti-inflammatory compounds, all in one sweet and refreshing gulp. Best of all this DIY fermented beverage can be mixed up at home and savored within minutes.
At our house, no holiday spread is complete without a dish of cranberry sauce. Next to buttery heaps of potatoes, earthy green beans and cheerful orange squash dishes, there is something about the deep red of cranberries that is both alluring and dramatic. I love the complex tart flavor that the sauce lends to the meal too; especially when it mingles with the gravy and makes its way into almost every bite on the plate. This simple cranberry sauce variation uses the natural sweetness of pears and honey to replace the refined sugars found in most other recipes.
Eating simply and healthfully isn't always easy on-the-go. Cold leftovers are only appealing for so long, and I don't know about you, but I somehow always manage to forget my spoon or fork on the counter when I am rushing out the door. I can't tell you how many times I've been left stranded at lunch time with a container full of messy food and nothing to eat it with. Oh the drama! That's why I've been loving these simple quinoa bites lately. These tasty little cups can be tossed into lunchboxes, brought to work, used as an appetizer or savored as a side dish for dinner. Best of all there are no utensils required. This is finger food at its finest!Read More
There is something about the simple act of holding a mug of tea that is healing. From the steam whisking up off the surface to the herbal aromas and warmth created between the hands, the experience of tea time is inherently comforting to the soul. Add to this the health benefits of ingredients like ginger, and tea can be a very powerful medicine for the body as well. This fresh ginger tea can be used to soothe an upset tummy and ease the symptoms of a cold, allergies or the flu. It is also the ideal thing to cozy up with at the end of a long day, especially as the temperatures start to drop and dusk falls earlier with each passing evening.
This summer I upended my life in Boston and settled in Denver, CO. Although there are plenty of cultural differences between Beantown and Rocky Mountain Central, immediately evident was the beautiful weather and high presence of outdoor activities- hiking, picnicking, patio dining, poolside lounging, etc…, which equate to a flourishing industry of farmers markets.
Throughout the drive across country, I mentally checked off the recipes I’ll be able to make with my fresh produce & veggies. Interestingly, I realized that each of these healthy, all-natural, and fresh dishes contains the vitamin folate. But what is the significance of folate? How does it help us function? And which foods can we find it in? In this edition, I provide you with folate-rich recipes that will leave the taste of summer in your mouth and a satiated feeling in your belly.Read More
Mixing up marinades at home is both simple and rewarding. Fresh ingredients create flavors that are zingy, mouth-watering and exciting; the kitchen becomes filled with the refreshing scent of chopped herbs and lemon; and there is no longer a need to squint or put on glasses to scan labels or review tiny ingredient lists on the side of a bottle. Homemade marinades don't have to be works of culinary art either—in fact some of the most basic recipes will add the best flavor. Take this simple herb and lemon marinade for example. With balsamic vinegar, a handful of basil and a squeeze of citrus, it brings a bright, savory flavor to almost any meal.Read More