- 2 yams or red sweet potatoes
- 1 zucchini (optional)
- 1 lb of ground beef (grass-fed) or ground turkey
- 2 TBSP Tomato Paste
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Add 1 – 2 tsp of your favorite fresh herbs – Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano
- 2 Eggs
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Pinch Ground Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or rectangular pan with aluminum foil.
- Peel the sweet potatoes, cut into large chunks and cook in a steamer or boiling water. Check that they are soft and well cooked using a fork (should take about 15 minutes). Drain water and mash potatoes.
- Grate the zucchini on the medium fine teeth of a cheese grater.
- Mix together all the ingredients until well blended, and make into balls (about 16).
- Cook the meatballs on your lined cookie sheet for 18-20 minutes. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash with fresh marinara sauce.
*Note: These meatballs freeze very well. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and space out the meatballs without touching. Put them in the freezer for about 2 hours until they harden. Then put all the meatballs in a freezer-safe container and take them out one at a time when you need them.
Makes 16 meat balls, calories vary depending on type and leanness of meat
For a summer breakfast treat, play Jack Johnson’s Banana Pancakes and whip up these very simple, paleo-friendly pancakes. They are adorably small and snack-able, but satisfying and delicious.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- Dash Nutmeg
- 2 tsp Coconut oil (for the fry pan)
- Mash the ripe bananas
- Add the eggs and spices to the banana mash mix well
- Add 1 tsp of coconut oil to a skillet and heat up to medium-high heat (cast iron works well for even heat distribution)
- Drop dollar size amounts of batter on the pan. When the pancakes are slightly dry on the edges and bubbly in the middle, they are ready to flip.
- Add more oil as needed between batches of pancakes
- Serve with fresh peaches, berries, or almond butter and maple syrup
Makes 24 dollar pancakes, 23 calories each
(Fat 0.9g, Carb 2.4g, Protein 0.9g)
- 2 cups almond flour or meal
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 ounce dark chocolate, finely grated
- 2 strips of extra crispy bacon, broken into bits
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Grate chocolate over the dry mixture, add chocolate chips, and set aside.
- Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (30 to 45 seconds), add the honey, and mix well.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
- Drop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes.
Makes 24 cookies, 105 calories each
(Fat: 8 g, Carb 7 g, Protein 2 g)
As the heaters turn up and the frost lines windows, I love warm comfort foods, especially when they are good for you too! This recipe was originally inspired by Bob’s Red Mill’s cookbook, but I have made several modifications until it finally became my perfect autumn/winter breakfast.
- 1 large apple, chopped (Honey-crisp is particularly delcious)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats (or 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup fresh pressed apple cider
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- Put the coconut oil in a medium sauce pan on high-medium heat. When the oil is melted, add the chopped apples and spices.
- Saute apples until soft, then add the oats, apple cider, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer until the oatmeal thickens (15 – 20 minutes).
- Heat the chopped pecans in a fry pan over medium heat. Stir them frequently and watch them as they burn quickly. Remove from heat when they are slightly toasted.
- Once the oatmeal has thickened, add the chopped pecans and serve immediately.
Makes 3 servings, 250 calories per serving
(Fat: 13 g, Carb 33 g, Protein 4.3 g)
As the holidays wind down and the cold months of winter are spread before me, I love the excuse for delicious comfort food at the end of a busy, cold day. This soup is particulary delicious after a day on the slopes, with a cold nose and tired achy muscles.
- 1 large (3 lb) butternut squash
- 1 large apple, skinned and chopped (Honeycrisp is particularly delcious)
- 1 large orange sweet potato (or yam)
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil)
- 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp Tobasco sauce
- 4 cups of Chicken broth (or vegetable stock for vegetarian)
- 14 oz can of Light Coconut Milk (or low fat 2% evaporated milk)
- Put butternut squash in the microwave for 2 minutes. Take it out, cut off the stem, and then cut it half at the waist of the squash. Put the flat edge of the squash down on the cutting board, and slowly cut down to skin the squash. Cube the squash into squares and set aside.
- Peel sweet potato and chop into cubes. Steam squash and sweet potato in a basket until it’s soft (20-30 minutes). Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add chopped onions, apples, curry, pepper and salt, sautéing over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes.
- Add squash, sweet potato, Tobasco, and chicken broth to the onion base. Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until it is smooth.
- Add the coconut milk to the soup, return to simmer, and the soup is ready to serve. This recipe freezes very well for spur of the moment soup on a cold winter day.
Makes 8 cups, 140 calories per cup.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The air feels crisp and clean, apples taste sweeter, and my favorite winter squash abounds: Pumpkin! How can you not love a vegetable that makes the most delicious desserts? I use every possible opportunity to incorporate pumpkins into my fall recipes, but pumpkin pie custard has to be my favorite. I eat it for breakfast or as a sweet treat after lunch or dinner. Best of all, it is filling and satisfying but without all the extra sugar and processed flour in pumpkin pie.
- 2 x 15 oz cans of Fresh Pumpkin
- 1/2 cup Raw Honey
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (1-1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cloves)
- 4 Large Eggs
- 14 oz can of Light Coconut Milk (or low fat 2% evaporated milk)
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Lightly grease glass bakeware with butter (one 13″ x 8″ dish, or several smaller dishes)
- Mix together pumpkin, honey and spices (KitchenAid mixer will work well!). Add the eggs. Last, pour in the coconut milk.
- Pour the liquid into your greased dishes. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 40 – 60 minutes (depending on the size of your pan). The custard will be done when you can shake it and the middle does not jiggle (or insert a butter knife in the middle and see if it comes out clean).
- Let the pumpkin cool completely (overnight is ideal) and serve cold, either as breakfast or a dessert.
Makes 12 servings, 100 calories per serving.
OPTIONAL Alternative Serving Ideas:
- Top custard with nonfat vanilla greek yogurt as a creamy topping.
- Serve custard with a plate of ginger snap cookies for a sweet dip at parties.
This recipe could also be called “Pumpkin Coffee Creamer Reclaimed.” Essentially, I add a couple eggs to the pumpkin creamer that is already well-stocked in my fridge, and we have some delicious pumpkin french toast batter!
- 2 cups Pumpkin Coffee Creamer
- 2 Large Eggs
- 8 Slices of Bread (slightly stale brown rice bread or New Cascadia Honey GF bread works well!)
- Ground Cinnamon
1. Preheat griddle to high (or 400° F). Add 1 tsp of butter to grease the surface.
2. Preheat oven to 170° F.
3. Whisk eggs and blend with pumpkin creamer in a flat bottomed bowl or dish.
4. Soak each slice of bread for 30 seconds in the batter.
5. Place bread on preheated griddle and sprinkle cinnamon on the top.
6. Cook bread for 3 minutes, or until the bread is browned and crispy.
OPTIONAL Topping Ideas:
- Almond Butter
- Maple Syrup
- Toasted Pecans
- Vanilla Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- Pumpkin Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- Sauteed apples with cinnamon
From book clubs to movie nights to prayer groups, I love inviting people to come into my home, drink wine and be together. While there is something profoundly delicious about the standard “chips and salsa” fare for such occassions, I have added a few additional dips and and dippers to add color and diversity. This is not so much “cooking” as it is an idea for a quick way to create a vibrant, colorful spread for a party.
- Tortilla Chips (look for the 3 – 5 ingredient chips: corn, oil, salt, touch of lime)
- Mini Bell Peppers, halved with the tops cut off
- Jiama, skinned and cut into flat strips, spritzed with fresh lime and chili powder
- Guacamole (fresh avocados, garlic, salt and pepper, and some fresh salsa)
- Fresh Salsa
- Cowboy Caviar (available pre-made at Trader Joe’s or Costco; bell peppers, black beans, and corn)
When it comes to dessert , the taste really needs to be worth the calories. Therefore, my general rule is make dessert as decadent as possible, enjoy every spoonful, and be satisfied with a smaller portion. Dairy ice cream, even in small doses, tends to make me feel a bit sluggish, so I started trying some non-dairy ice creams, and that is how I fell in love with the taste and creamy texture of ice cream made with coconut milk. Unfortunately, this treat also tends to be rather expensive, except for the simple flavors I can find at Trader Joe’s. Thus, with a little creativity, I have sought to make a delicious, calorie-worthy, dessert of excellence. INGREDIENTS:
- Pint of Chocolate Ice Cream made with Coconut Milk
- 1/4 Cup salted creamy peanut butter
- Set ice cream on counter to soften slightly (the time it takes to get from the store to home is generally the perfect amount of time for the ice cream to soften)
- Put ice cream and peanut butter in kitchen aid mixer on a low setting and mix together for 30 seconds.
- Scrape ice cream out of kitchen aid mixer, put it back in the ice cream carton, and return to freezer. Ready to Serve.
Makes 4 servings, 340 calories per serving.
OPTIONAL Chocolate Peanut Butter Hard Shell Topping:
- Melt 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips with one tablespoon of peanut butter for 30 seconds in microwave. Stir. If not melted, continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until smooth
- Pour melted chocolate peanut butter topping directly over ice cream. It should harden within a minute or two.
OPTIONAL Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie:
- Follow recipe for Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies, omitting baking soda and eggs
- Microwave for 45 seconds, then pile on the ice cream
As the cool spring sunshine gives way to a warmer summer blaze, the really good tomatoes are returning to us. The gritty, hard tomatoes in the winter are hardly satisfying, but those sweet juicy summertime tomatoes are just delicious! This is one of my favorite summer recipes, bringing the delicious open-faced caprese sandwich to a veggie-loving palate, offering a grilled eggplant disk in lieu of a crusty bread.
- 1 Eggplant, cut in discs, 1/4″ thick
- 2 Beefsteak Tomatoes, cut into discs
- 4 oz Soft Mozzarella
- Fresh Basil leaves
- Olive Oil
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly Ground Pepper
- Balsamic Vinegar, drizzled
- 1-2 Tomatoes (chopped to 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
- 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 Lime, juiced
1. Combine all the pesto ingredients and puree in a blender until smooth.
2. Heat olive oil on grill (or in a flat bottom pan on the stove top.
3. Fry eggplant on both sides in the olive oil. Season with salt.
4. Spread pesto on the eggplant, then top with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
5. Top eggplant stacks with freshly ground pepper and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.