These modern-day gingerbread men are made with coconut oil and have a soft, chewy texture with classic gingerbread flavor. JUMP TO RECIPE
Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than making gingerbread cookies. This year I updated my old recipe, one I’ve been using for many years, and came up with Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men. These cookies have a soft texture and classic gingerbread flavor and are so much fun to decorate. My old gingerbread men recipe calls for vegetable shortening, and in the past I used Crisco to make these cookies, but I no longer use partially hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats) because they’ve been linked to inflammation and heart disease. A great replacement for products like Crisco is coconut oil and it can be used 1:1 so it’s an easy substitute. (more…)
A wide assortment of super savory ingredients combine to make the most delicious Thanksgiving stuffing ever! JUMP TO RECIPE
When the pilgrims arrived on the shores of Plymouth, Massachusetts back 1621, they never could have imagined that their ceremonial harvest feast would eventually turn into one of the most treasured national holidays. (Read more about the history of Thanksgiving here.) What makes Thanksgiving so special is its lack of religious connotations and commercialism. It is, quite simply, the best day of the year to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal, and be grateful not only for the food we eat, but for our relationships as well. I take this sentiment to heart each year when I prepare my Thanksgiving feast, always making sure that I include dishes that my family loves, one of which is this Best Ever Gluten-Free Stuffing. (more…)
One of your favorite French foods just got healthier! This quiche is every bit as delicious as traditional quiche Lorraine with an easy-to-make, nutrient dense, chickpea flour pie crust. JUMP TO RECIPE
Quiche Lorraine is a recipe I made on are regular basis when I first started cooking because it was easy and I could remember it without having to reference a cookbook or recipe card. This was way before the internet and way before I had amassed any serious cooking equipment. In my tiny studio apartment, all I had was one mixing bowl, some very basic utensils, and an old gas oven, but with a frozen pie crust and a few simple ingredients I turned out quiche after quiche. My trick for remembering how to make it was simple – I recalled the number 3. The quiche custard consisted of 3 main ingredients: eggs, light cream, and cheese. As for how much of each of these ingredients, again, the number 3 helped me remember that the recipe called for 3 eggs, 3 half cups (1½ cups) of light cream, and 3 half cups (1½ cups) of cheese. After that, it was just a matter throwing in some meats or veggies and seasonings. To this day, there are very few dishes as delicious as this one that I can remember by heart which is why I thought it was high time for me to do a blog post. This recipe for Classic Quiche with a Chickpea Flour Crust is the updated version of my old favorite and replaces a store-bought, frozen pie crust with a delicious, gluten-free crust made from chickpea flour, also known as garbanzo flour or gram flour. It requires more effort to make than using a frozen crust (and might require you to actually refer to the recipe) but it’s much healthier and pairs amazingly well with the savory flavors in the quiche custard. (more…)
Wild rice gives these delicious beef burgers an earthy texture while Gorgonzola cheese and fresh rosemary deliver a big punch of flavor. Best of all, they’re cooked in the oven and ready to eat in about 10 minutes! JUMP TO RECIPE
It’s universally accepted that the best method for cooking hamburgers is grilling, but for those occasions when grilling is not possible, you can still have perfectly cooked burgers by using the same oven roasting technique I employ when I make these delicious Oven Roasted Gorgonzola Wild Rice Hamburgers. Oven roasting is hassle-free and results in burgers that are more juicy than ones cooked on the grill because with oven roasting, none of the juices are pressed out with a spatula the way they typically are with grilled burgers. Although the cooking method used in this recipe is a little unorthodox, it’s the burgers themselves that really stand out. Wild rice gives them a wonderful, earthy quality while Gorgonzola cheese and fresh rosemary deliver a big punch of flavor. These are definitely not your average hamburgers, and, best of all, they can be cooked to perfection in about 10 minutes. (more…)
A healthy, delicious, frozen treat with intense blueberry flavor. Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants. JUMP TO RECIPE
There’s nothing earth shattering about frozen yogurt, but I’m still willing to bet that once you try 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, it will rock your world, and, quite possibly become your favorite summer-time treat. Why? Because not only is it delicious, and super easy to make, but it’s rich in antioxidants and has the most gorgeous, vibrant color. And if that alone doesn’t make you want to instantly whip up a batch, then consider this: each serving is less than 100 calories with only 8 grams of sugar. Compare that to the same size serving of ice cream, which clocks in at a minimum of 150 calories with 16 grams of sugar or more! And, that’s a conservative estimate – many popular brands of ice cream contain far more calories and sugar than that. (Click here to see the numbers.) If you have a nightly ice cream habit, just switching to 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt may help you lose anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds over the course of a year. Now THAT’S earth shattering! (more…)
This vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, bread has a super nutritious line-up of ingredients, including 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to white, or even whole wheat bread, look no further! This Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and contains no refined sugar. You’ll be hard-pressed to find bread with a more nutritious line-up of ingredients, including almond flour, brown rice flour, 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices. This hearty, delicious bread takes a full hour to bake, but preparing the dough involves nothing more than combining all the ingredients thoroughly, and, since there’s no yeast in this recipe, there’s no extra time required for rising. (more…)
A healthy remake of classic chocolate pecan turtle candies. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. These little bites are sweet, chewy, chocolately, and utterly delicious!
Anyone who has a sweet tooth knows that when cravings strike, they’re hard to ignore. Even those of us who aren’t “addicted to sugar” won’t pass up a sweet treat every now and then. We can blame our yearning for sweet tasting foods on our early ancestors, who evolved to crave sugar because it was a good source of energy and protection from starvation. But the amounts and forms of sugar consumed back then were quite different than what’s readily available to us today, and this has led to over-consumption and, some would argue, contributed to the obesity crisis here in the U.S. So, what’s a sugar-loving person to do? In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is deprive yourself of sweets. Instead, look for ways to reduce your sugar consumption. Read nutrition labels carefully, and as much as possible, steer clear of foods with added sugars, especially refined and artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame. And, when reaching for treats and desserts, choose ones sweetened naturally, without processed/refined ingredients. These Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites fit the bill. They’re free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and are also vegan. Candy doesn’t get much healthier than this! (more…)
A delicious, gluten-free, vegetable-based pizza crust that contains no breadcrumbs and clocks in at only 80 calories per slice!
What if I told you that an easy way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet is to eat pizza – crazy, right? Well, not if that pizza is made with a Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust! Each serving of pizza (2 slices) made on this crust contains about 1 cup of vegetables, which will help you reach the USDA’s recommended goal of 2-3 cups of vegetables per day for teens and adults. (Click here for more info.) You can top this pizza crust with whatever your little heart desires, but for maximum health benefits keep the toppings simple and nutritious. Some marinara, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves are all that’s needed for a drool-worthy pie that’ll satisfy even the most intense pizza craving.
Get a healthy dose of omega-3’s with this easy and elegant dish you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. JUMP TO RECIPE
I find salmon almost as versatile to cook as chicken so I make it quite often. My usual preparation is roasting it simply, with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a sprinkling of Herbs de Provence, or, if I’m in the mood for something with more robust flavor, I’ll spread some homemade pesto on top before roasting. Lately I’ve gotten a little bored with these dishes and decided it was time for something new. Pistachio crusted recipes are popular right now so I decided to come up with one of these toppings for salmon. After doing a little research I learned that apricots pair well with pistachios, so I mixed up a traditional pistachio topping and threw in some apricot jam to create this easy and elegant salmon dish. Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon has incredible savory flavor with just a hint of sweet and tart from the apricots and lemon. If you’re a fan of salmon, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your lunch/dinner rotation. (more…)
This moist delicious quick bread has twice the protein and fiber as most banana bread. One of the best uses ever for overripe bananas! JUMP TO RECIPE
Quick breads are no-yeast breads that can be made in a wide variety of sweet and savory flavors. These easy-to-make loaves are not only super-fast to make, as the name implies, but are a lot less finicky than bread made with yeast because you don’t need to be concerned about proofing the yeast (a process whereby you test the yeast ahead of time to make sure it’s active/alive) or whether you have the right climate for your bread to rise properly. Banana bread is by far the most popular in the quick bread category but most recipes you’ll come across call for all-purpose flour and refined sugar. This recipe for Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a bit healthier. It swaps out all-purpose flour for gluten-free, protein and fiber rich chickpea flour, uses coconut sugar in place of a refined sweetener, and throws in some dark chocolate chips to make it even more decadent. If you’re like me, and you stopped making banana bread once you decided to cut back on gluten and refined sugar, you can say HELLO to banana bread again! This rendition of traditional banana bread is every bit as tasty as any you’ve ever had – I promise! (more…)