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Category Archives: Dairy-Free

Cook This: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Eggplant ‘Parm’

Cook This: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Eggplant ‘Parm’

People often ask me if I feel deprived or if I crave the things I ‘can’t’ have on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet. The answer is typically no. If I do, it’s rare, and usually has nothing at all to do with food but has to do with a mood I’m in or the crowdContinue Reading

Cook This: Gluten-free Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Cook This: Gluten-free Garlic Cauliflower Mash

As a rule I’m more of a protein and veggies girl rather than a protein and starch girl. And that said, I do really enjoy the occasional potato dish. Home fries are probably my favorite, then truffled french fries, and I can also dive head first into homemade potato skins with broccoli and turkey bacon,Continue Reading

What’s on Your Breakfast Plate?

What’s on Your Breakfast Plate?

Last night I went to dinner with a naturopathic physician (ND) friend visiting from SF and two other NDs. We got on the subject of breakfast and one woman admitted that she pretty much has to force herself to eat breakfast. Then one particular comment she made struck me. “If I have to make myself eat anyway I might as well eat something really healthy.” Turns out she chucks down two giant sardines every morning. For real. She just leans over the sink and eats them because she doesn’t want her plates to smell like fish.Continue Reading

Cook This: Coconut Lime Halibut with Quinoa and Spinach

Cook This: Coconut Lime Halibut with Quinoa and Spinach

I’m a big fan of halibut. It can be a little spendy so I tend to buy it for special occasions. But this week, my husband went shopping as I’m a bit socked in at work. And he came home with halibut. Please note, I’m not complaining, the only question I had was how to prepare it. We chose a coconut lime marinade, which it turned out my kid didn’t go for. So veggie burger for him, and more halibut for us!
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Cook This: Chipi Chipi (Venezuelan Clam Soup)

Cook This: Chipi Chipi (Venezuelan Clam Soup)

If you’ve read my past posts you may know that I’m always looking to try new Central and South American recipes. One of the cookbooks on my shelf, Latin Ladles, included recipe for a Venezuelan clam soup called Chipi Chipi.Continue Reading

Cook This: Pepián de Pollo (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free)

Cook This: Pepián de Pollo (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free)

My son was adopted from Guatemala as an infant. We try hard to get him exposure to various things Central and South American, food included. Actually, given how much we love to eat, food especially. Today I made Pepián, a dish we first had about five years ago when we were holed up in Antigua, Guatemala waiting for the final word that we could bring our son home.Continue Reading

Cook This: Rosemary Chard Frittata

Cook This: Rosemary Chard Frittata

A recent research article was published with the finding that the scent of rosemary improves brain performance. Since I’ve got a lovely old rosemary bush in the back yard I figured why not set my sights on developing some recipes that incorporate this lovely and aromatic herb? My first thought- frittata.Continue Reading

Cook This: Ling Cod Fish Tacos

Cook This: Ling Cod Fish Tacos

I originally found this recipe calling for halibut on Epicurious. I’ve made it probably a dozen times but I wanted a slightly less expensive fish for a weekday meal so I asked Lyf at Flying Fish Co what he thought would work well and he chose the Pacific Ling Cod. It was fresh, never frozen, about half the price of halibut, and Lyf was sure. Who am I to doubt the fishmonger?Continue Reading

Cook This: Homemade Granola.

Cook This: Homemade Granola.

The granola at the market is always a bit too expensive and a bit too sweet for my taste. I started making my own just last year.Continue Reading

Cook This: Lemon Walnut Green Beans v2.1

Cook This: Lemon Walnut Green Beans v2.1

I had another lemon-walnut green bean recipe up a few months back but the original poster took the recipe down. I decided to make some changes and ended up with this deliciousness.Continue Reading

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