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Sauteed Cabbage with Fennel, Apples and Ground Lamb

Sauteed Cabbage with Fennel, Apples and Ground Lamb

Lunch & Dinner

I made this recipe for a presentation at Natural Chef School on digestive wellness and healing the gut.   I practiced several times before the presentation as I had to make it in a certain time frame and well to be honest, talking in front of a group is my least favorite thing to do.    It really is my very least favorite thing to do.  I wanted to be prepared.  Not that I am alone- it's most peoples.  Any more than 3 people at a cocktail party listening to me tell a story and I start to break a little sweat.   I heard a talk once about giving speeches and the speaker said for most people talking in front of…

Lemon Basil Loaf  (grain free)

Lemon Basil Loaf (grain free)

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

Panic set it.  What have I done? Why did I push for this?  Oh my goodness. What was I thinking? There I was standing in my driveway in the middle of the night in the freezing cold... so our puppy could go potty. sigh. I haven't had a pet since I was in high school.   This is a big transition for me. And then I looked up and saw the sky sparkling and twinkling- a sight I am not often awake and outside to witness.  And at 9,000 ft it's pretty spectacular.   Suddenly I wasn't so panicked. I took a deep breath and thought, it's going to be okay. It's going to be great. Our new puppy, Nutmeg, has…

Grain Free Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Grain Free Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Kid Friendly,Lunch & Dinner

This is  comfort food at it's best.  A family style meal that is so tasty.  So filling.   So good for the body and soul.  Yum! I tell Max that in high school I won't be able to make enough meatballs- he and his friends will eat them all.  But for now, he's not biting.  So until then,  I freeze the leftovers.   Eric takes them for lunch.  I defrost some here and there for an easy dinner.  They don't usually last too long.  I'll have to double the recipe when my kids get a bigger appetite and are more adventurous. To mix these meatballs, the best tools are your hands.  Get them messy and mix all these ingredients with your…

Watermelon Radish, Avocado and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Watermelon Radish, Avocado and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

This is a wonderful and simple lunch for one.   I am often rushing from one place to the next during the day, or home cooking and working on recipes for this blog and cooking classes all the while grazing on food.  I admit I have a hard time sitting down to a nice lunch.  But when I do, I feel more calm and collected.  I try to just eat the meal.  Not check my email, Instagram account or Facebook.   I try not to multitask.  This is not easy for me.  At all.  I rarely make it through the meal just sitting there focused on the meal.  But I strive to.  One day I hope to be better at it.…

Mini Chocolate Rolls

Mini Chocolate Rolls

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I give you a delectable chocolate dessert, in mini form. Have you heard of the 80/20 rule?  Eat well 80% of the time.  This recipe applies to the 20%.  Strictly for enjoyment.   And these won't disappoint. Have you had a chocolate roll before?  This is a recipe I adapted from my Aunt Nancie, who made this cake for many special occasions.  I didn't try to make one myself until this past Christmas.   This cake recipe calls for very little flour and swapping out regular flour for almond flour worked well.  I assume any gluten free flour would work okay, but I have only tested this with almond flour. While it's not a hard…

Chocolate Donuts (grain free)

Chocolate Donuts (grain free)

Baked Goods,Breakfast,Kid Friendly

My sweet girl can't get enough of these.  Little does she know one of the main ingredients is cashews.  I try to throw them in the blender and cover them with the milk and eggs before she's any the wiser.  My seven year old, on the other hand, saw the cashews  go in and became very inquisitive. What kind of donuts have cashews? Why the kind you have been eating for some time. Yah.  That didn't fly.  He had recently tasted his first dunkin donuts on a trip to chicago and he was not going for my cashew ones.    Cecilia still loves these, as do I. One day I made this batter into muffins (or cupcakes- sometimes there is a…

Oat and Buckwheat Molasses Muffins

Oat and Buckwheat Molasses Muffins

Baked Goods,Breakfast,Kid Friendly

These are some tasty muffins.  I love the combination of nutty oats and earthy buckwheat flour.  Add some maple syrup, molasses and cinnamon and you have yourselves a winner. These healthy and hearty gluten free muffins are sure to start your day off on a good note.  Despite it's name, buckwheat is not actually wheat.   Buckwheat groats are gluten free and when cooked are often called Kasha. Buckwheat is high in magnesium which is so important as magnesium is needed in order for our bodies to absorb (more…)

Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips

Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great holiday season and are feeling rested and ready to start out 2015 on a healthy note.  It's a good time to reflect and think about what you want to bring to this new year.   January is the month we all have the motivation to change our bad habits and start on a healthy track.  I ended 2014 with a few too many indulgences so  I started this month on an elimination diet and a week  free of social media.   It felt really good. It was also hard and I had to be really conscious and present in my actions.  I now feel more aware and mindful in my life.  I…

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