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
A few weeks ago I was walking around at our annual town fair when a gourmet dog treat vendor caught my eye. I strolled over and started to survey the table, oogling at the impressive spread of cookies and crackers—some drizzled with icing, some bone shaped, some plain—all made especially for dogs. I grabbed a tiny bag of grain-free treats, decorated with precious little paw stamps and cinched nicely with an orange bow, and brought it to the register. I'm not even going to even tell you how much I paid for those little morsels! Fresh-baked dog goodies certainly come with a price, so lately, I've been making these quick and easy dehydrated chicken liver treats instead. My dog has been very happy about it...and so has my wallet!Read More
June means it's strawberry season around here. The dainty white flowers that have decorated the maturing strawberry plants throughout the spring have finally started to fade and give way to clusters of small, bright red fruits. In the blink of an eye, there soon will be patches full of ripe juicy strawberries ready for the picking. In honor of this harmonious time of year, I've put together this recipe for strawberry shortcake. It has all of the classic components of the beloved dessert but with a twist. This strawberry shortcake is grain, dairy and refined-sugar free, and still as tasty as ever.
There are certain things that I always look forward to just as the weather begins to get warm. Beach towels are wrestled out of closets, piles of flip flops accumulate at the front door and colorful Adirondack chairs make their first appearance on the lawn. With the long, lazy days of the season stretched out ahead, the very beginning of summer is the ideal time for get-togethers outdoors with family and friends. This cool and sweet real food beverage has become a favorite of mine for such occasions. With just four ingredients, no added sugars and loads of flavor, watermelon "juice" is the perfect addition to any cookout menu.