Curried Pumpkin Soup with Fried Sage Leaves

I love making soup with all types of squashes, but my favorites are butternut squash and pumpkin. They are hearty, can be made sweet or savory, and feel grounding especially when paired with warming spices. This recipe hits most dietary considerations and comes together very quickly! It’s a delicious and comforting meal on windy autumn or cold wintery days. The almond-coated fried sage leaves are a crunchy bonus! (Butternut squash can easily be substituted for pumpkin for another variation.)

Broc-Cauli Rice & Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love crispy tofu and I love peanut butter. Enter a savory, Thai-inspired dish with both, made grain-free by using “riced” broccoli and cauliflower in place of traditional white rice. To me, this is comfort food at it’s finest, perfect for dark or cold winter days when I’m craving something rich and savory, yet wholesome. While this type of “rice” isn’t considered low-FODMAP, I can tolerate small amounts of both every so often, as is present in this dish. But please assess your own tolerances and adapt using regular rice instead if needed (see note below).

Spiced Marinated Olives

What’s not to love about salty, savory olives? I didn’t think I could love olives any more until I made marinated olives using wholesome and warming spices and herbs–a perfect accompaniment for a holiday meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas. In fact, you don’t need a seasonal reason to make these; they can become a staple in your fridge as they are in mine, all year long.

Golden Raisin & Ginger Cranberry Sauce

I was never a fan of cranberry sauce growing up because of how gummy and gelatinous it was, not to mention it was usually overly sweet. This version eliminates all the gummy ingredients like gelatin and pectin, tones down the sweetness by using fresh orange juice and honey, and adds a few unique ingredients like ginger and golden raisins. For a dash of spice, I recommend cayenne pepper! It pairs wonderfully with other Thanksgiving favorites.

Candied Pecan Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is an adaptation of my grandmother’s famously sweet and buttery mashed sweet potato dish that she used to make for Thanksgiving–true to her Southern roots! Since I try to avoid most dairy and refined sugar, I substituted vegan butter for dairy butter and coconut sugar for brown sugar, but it still packs a punch. It’s so sweet and creamy, you might just think about forgoing the pumpkin pie… This dish has become a Thanksgiving favorite and staple of mine and my family’s; it just might become one for yours too!

Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Grain-free)

There is a lot to love about these cookies starting with the fact that they are super light and chewy. They’re also vegan, grain-free, and oil-free. They aren’t considered paleo because I use white sugar to maintain their pale color, but substituting for coconut sugar will do the trick. I often make them when I’m dying for a sweet fix after dinner but don’t have a lot of time to make something time-intensive because they are super easy to whip up.

Roasted Fennel & Potato Salad

Summertime is finally here and that means we’re eating lots of delicious, savory salads! Fennel has an unmistakable fresh, licorice flavor that pairs wonderfully with the roasted potatoes, parmesan cheese, and a squeeze of lemon. I recommend eating this salad on an outdoor patio, deck, or yard with a glass of dry Italian Sauvignon blanc! 

Green Power Smoothie Bowl

This breakfast bowl is cold, green take on the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe. This breakfast bowl comes together quickly since all ingredients are added to the blender at once, and is a perfect option for busy mornings. Topping with homemade or grain-free granola (recipe coming soon!) and blueberries adds delightful texture, color, and crunch. It’s also a great way to get in your first serving of healthy greens!

Lemon & Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

These just may be my favorite muffins ever. Light and fluffy, sweet and lemony, they are a perfect start to the new year! The poppy plant and poppy seeds have been an important decoration and food item throughout the Christmas season through New Years Day for centuries. It is thought that when eaten during this season they will bring love and money. Besides all that, they are simply delicious! These have become a staple in my own household because they are perfect for quick breakfasts, pair wonderfully with coffee or tea, and also make for a healthy snack or dessert. Enjoy!

Springerle (Anise) Cookies

I recently read a wonderfully interesting book about the plants, spirits, and rituals at the origins of Yuletide, or Christmas. In it, I was introduced to a host of Christmas traditions and foods, most of which originated in Scandinavia, Germany, and other surrounding countries. One such recipe was Springerle cookies, German anise cookies, which are made during the Christmas week. While these cookies are typically made with wheat flour, powdered sugar, and embossed with various designs using wooden molds, I have Paleo-fied the recipe and used cookie cutters instead. For those of us unable to eat the traditional version, these anise cookies will certainly lighten up your heart and home this Christmastime!

Herb Pesto

When you think of pesto, you probably think of basil. However, pesto can be made of all different types of leafy greens and herbs. Basil makes me think of summertime and I wanted to create a winterized version. I substituted winter herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme in place of basil to create a more cozy pesto that can accompany your favorite salad, pasta or risotto dishes, sandwiches, crackers, cheese, and hors-d’oeuvres. Get creative! You may also just want to eat this pesto with a spoon… 😉It’s delicious.

Cinnamon Nut “Oats” Bowl

This breakfast bowl is modeled after a Buddha Bowl, in which all elements to a meal are incorporated in a single bowl. It comes together quickly and is a great option for busy mornings because it can be made the day before and stored for up to three days. Take note that you will only need a small bowl for yourself since it is laden with healthy fats and protein.

Scoop-n-Bake Cookies

These cookies hit every diet category and the easiest cookie recipe I’ve ever created. Playing off the break-n-bake cookies you can buy at the store, these are scoop-n-bake: they only take 10 minutes to whip up and another 10 to bake! I often make these cookies when I’m dying for a sweet fix after dinner but don’t have a lot of time to make something time-intensive. This recipe includes chocolate chips, but you could replace the chocolate chips with chopped nuts or raisins. Try them out and let me know what you think! 

Bread Rolls & Buns

Today you can buy gluten-free or vegan dinner rolls or buns, but many of those found in the grocery store are made with a lot of unpronounceable filler ingredients that lack any nutritional quality. This recipe, however, has only 5 ingredients and can be whipped up within 15 minutes! It’s made from potatoes and cashews, so would not be suitable for those strictly following the Paleo diet or who have a nut allergy. But, for those of you who are simply grain-free, low-FODMAP, or vegan, this is the recipe for you! Enjoy the dinner rolls on their own or with a bit of vegan butter or cheese. The buns can be used for tofu or veggie burgers or fritters. 

Chocolate Pecan Cookies

When I started baking using alternative ingredients to wheat flour several years ago, cookies (and pancakes) were the hardest for me to figure out. They seemed so finicky. I had difficulty getting the correct consistency and texture. Thankfully, I’ve figured them both out! This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. You probably noticed from many of my recipes that I’m a huge chocolate fan (and who isn’t?!), so not surprisingly, these cookies are about as chocolatey as it gets! Enjoy!

Potato & Cashew Kofta Curry

When I go to Indian restaurants, I always look to see if there is a kofta dish on the menu.  It is rich, creamy, savory, and oh-so-delicious. Kofta can be made from a variety of ingredients and all different types of vegetables depending on the flavor you want. This is a relatively simply kofta recipe (made of potatoes and cashews) and I’ve paired it with a hearty tomato curry sauce. Enjoy!

Banana Bread

I love plain banana bread. But I also love sprucing it up to include all sorts of tasty add-ins! This recipe is great for either option. The loaf in the photos contains both chocolate chips and blueberries and is delectable. Banana bread is great with your morning coffee or tea. Try topping a plain banana bread slice with cream cheese or vegan cream cheese!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Most puddings are laden with artificial flavors and refined sugars. Not to mention many contain gelatin, milk, or egg yolks, which is not appropriate for vegans. Well, this version is vegan and doesn’t contain any of the processed ingredients normally found in store-bought versions or mixes. The rich, creamy texture and mouthfeel comes from the avocado and banana, while the sweetness is derived solely from the banana and dates! Since this rich, filling pudding has a high healthy fat content, it’s best served in 6 to 8 oz glasses and shared. 

Blueberry & Lemon Donuts with Mint

My favorite donut growing up was the blueberry cake donut from Dunkin’ Donuts! Since then, I’ve had to alter my diet significantly and therefore was determined to come up with my own gluten-free version. This recipe features blueberries paired with sour lemon and fresh mint, which helps moderate the sweetness. Currently, it’s as close to the cake-style donut as I can come up with, but this post will be amended with any additional improvements I discover. Since I use powdered sugar for the frosting, it cannot be considered paleo (see my suggestion below). But if you are going to, this would be the recipe to splurge on!

Muesli Health Rusks

Rusks were one of the first tasty treats I was introduced to in South Africa. The impossibly hard, crunchy and crumbly, sweet little cookie-like biscuits, similar to biscotti, paired beautifully with rooibos tea or coffee and softened when dunked. I sure ate my fill of them! While buttermilk rusks are the standard version, you can find all different types of rusks in the stores. My favorites were muesli, or heath, rusks since they had nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in them. During my time in South Africa, I began to deal with GI issues. It eventually meant that traditional wheat rusks were off the table. After returning from South Africa I was determined to create a grain-free, dairy-free “muesli” version, so I could still enjoy them in the mornings with my tea or coffee. So here is my version!

Spicy Indian Eggs on Roti

If you’re not Indian, you probably have Indian food for lunch or dinner rather than breakfast, but it is certainly no less delicious! This is my Indian version of “scrambled eggs and toast” with heightening flavors and spices to kick-start your day. The eggs are paired with my delicious paleo version of roti (the most delicious bread in existence) for a scrumptious, filling breakfast. Honestly, you could also have this for lunch or dinner if you can’t bring yourself to enjoy this first thing in the morning. 

Instant Classic Waffles

Sweet, Savory, and Simple. Waffles have always been one of my favorite breakfast foods. They’re easy to make, scrumptious, and can be dressed up with a myriad of toppings. You can make these sweet or savory by adding ingredients to the batter or to the tops of the waffles. For that reason, this is my base waffle recipe. These ingredients are more filling than traditional waffles, so you two is typically enough per person. Weston and I occasionally make these for brunch on Sunday mornings or early afternoon.

Flaxseed Croutons

Because these croutons are nut-free, people with nut allergies can also enjoy them. Add them to any and salad you choose, top a warm soup with them, or simply snack on them like crackers! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂 

Pumpkin Butternut Soup with Side Salad

In this savory rendition, I’ve added pumpkin puree to the soup and trimmed it with winter herbs, raw walnuts, and salty feta cheese. Interested in making it vegan? Simply switch out the feta for a vegan brand (suggestion below)! The soup is accompanied by a quick-and-easy side salad topped with my famous flaxseed croutons!

Herb, Tomato & Olive Scones

In British-influenced countries, scones take on a US biscuit appearance and flavor. They are less sweet or savory and usually topped with butter, cream, or jam. This is my savory interpretation of a British-syle scone, crumbly and savory. At the bottom, I’ve provided some other savory variations.

Lemon Cranberry Scones

In the United States, scones are like sweet, soft pastries with dried fruit or nuts baked inside. This version represents the American scone, with sweetness baked right inside. At the bottom, I’ve provided some other variations.

Jalapeño Root Veggie Hash

In all honesty, this recipe was created by my husband, Weston. Many mornings, he takes charge of breakfast and will make these delicious hash browns with scrambled or fried eggs and seasonal fruit. After the meal, we remain full for the entire day until dinner-time! These hash browns are also great as an appetizer or afternoon snack. Think spicy French Fries!

Tofu Bobotie

One of the most iconic South African dishes is bobotie, a spiced, minced meat dish baked with an egg-based topping. It’s generally considered a Cape Malay dish, although the exact origins of the recipe are unknown. Since this dish is so tasty, I had to make a vegetarian version. The trick here is to use spiced crumbled tofu to mimic the minced meat.

Instant Classic Pancakes

After many miserable failed attempts and floppy, crumbly pancakes, I’ve finally done it! These pancakes are the base and can be dressed up however you want: chocolate chips, raisins in the batter, cream cheese, blueberries, and more! Get creative. 

Nutty Quinoa “Oatmeal”

I used to love having a hot bowl of oatmeal topped with berries in the morning. But several years ago when I began to have GI issues, oats were taken off the menu. Desiring to enjoy that meal again, I recreated it using nuts and quinoa, a seed I’m able to tolerate.