Dairy-Free

To Dairy or Not to Dairy?

I first stopped eating dairy when I was a sophomore in college. I had been a vegetarian for over a year at that point, but dairy was still a staple in my diet. One day I was chatting with a friend about needing to make a little extra money and she suggested that I apply for a job at Mixed Nuts, our college food co-op. These jobs were coveted…

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Why You Need to Snack, and Why You Don’t!

Just like everyone doesn’t need breakfast, everyone doesn’t need to snack! Some people enjoy snacking and some people don’t- you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re deciding about snacking. That said, whether it’s best for your health to snack is very individual (I know, I know, I’m a broken record.) And of course what you’re snacking on is important. Snacking on a snickers bar…

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Cook this: Gluten-free, Vegan Walnut & Goji Berry Saute

When I was in acupuncture school we had a class on Chinese Medicine dietetics. I called it ‘Chinese Home Cooking.’ My herb professor hosted this class at his home, and his wife would cook samples of all of the meals we discussed. Each meal would be made with a specific intention for addressing imbalances. Many of them contained super-foods such as goji berries that are a…

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Farm Spirit- A Vegan (& Gluten-free) Tasting Menu Beyond Delicious

My first day as a vegetarian was in spring of my freshman year in college. A high school friend was visiting and I ordered a hamburger at Friendlies (an East Coast mid range diner type of place.) My friend looked at me, slightly disgusted “you mean a flesh burger?” Uh…make that a grilled cheese. I spent the better part of the following decade a strict…

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Easy Tasty Gluten-free Chia Pudding

I grew up under the watchful eye of a stay at home mother, an architect father, a sassy housekeeper, a posse of siblings and a dog named Tiger. In other words, my babysitter was The Brady Bunch, aka channel 5. Every day at 5pm, rain or shine, before my actual parents came home from work I would curl up in my parents’ bed with a Tab (or…

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Eat 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 crowd I’m hanging with. That said, I do occasionally come across…

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Cook This: Gluten-free Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

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, or a nice fat latke with applesauce on a cold…

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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.

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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) Gluten-free

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.

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