Recipes

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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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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Cook This: Gluten-free Meat Muffins (an easy, high-protein grab and go lunch!)

Meat Muffins: Gluten and dairy free meaty goodness. A patient recently told me she made up a recipe for “buffaluffins.” Buffalo meat muffins. Brilliant, I thought. And look what was sitting in my fridge- a pound of grass fed grass finished beef waiting to be made into burgers. Forget it! Muffins it is. They were good. Not great. I tweaked the recipe a bit to…

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Cook This: Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea & Quinoa Salad (easy!)

Although asparagus isn’t my personal jam (TMI alert: I can’t stand when it makes my pee smell!!) I know that people love it. And, it’s a great food for spring according to Chinese Medicine. Here’s why: Living in tune with the cycles of the seasons is a lifestyle recommendation made in Chinese Medicine to help achieve a state of balance and health.  In addition to…

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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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On Breakfast

Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are studies that show metabolism is affected by when we eat as well as what we eat.  If we skip breakfast it can make us more likely to have issues with insulin resistance and higher blood sugar which, over time, if you have a disposition, can be a set up for…

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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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