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.)
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).
Growing up my grandmother used to make these deliciously buttery and crumbly crescent cookies around the winter holidays, when the days reached their darkest. They were a favorite Christmastime treat of mine, but since I had to change my diet, I wasn’t able to enjoy them anymore. This year, I created a grain-free version that rivals the originals, crumbles and all!
While this recipe does use butter (I’m working on developing a vegan version), I replaced the white sugar and powdered sugar with monk fruit, a sugar-free fruit sweetener, to keep it paleo (you can also use coconut sugar). Hope you enjoy these delectable cookies this holiday!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
While this quiche is technically crust-less, the sweet potatoes brown and crisp to help make up the difference. This is my go-to breakfast dish if I have several guests over and especially for Christmas morning when you need something scrumptious and filling but don’t have time to prepare something extravagant. The best part? This can be assembled the evening before!
Fudge has always been a favorite treat of mine. Whenever I pass one of those boutique chocolate shops making fudge in the window I can’t help but stop. Smell. And go in and buy some! In recent years, my diet has prompted me to create my own. What’s unique about this recipe is that all sugar comes in the form of dates! Using rich, dark unsweetened chocolate cuts out the refined sugars and milk products. Go on, have several fudge squares!
What makes this version unique is the addition of ground ginger and cayenne pepper. Get ready for a spicy kick! Instead of making one cup of hot cocoa at a time which is time-consuming, you can make a large quantity of it, store it through the winter, and enjoy a mug whenever you desire!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I’ve recreated this childhood favorite by eliminating the meat and using potatoes and parsnips to mimic the chew and texture of the beans. While I have retained the Fritos and cheddar cheese of the original dish, you can make it vegan by following the tip at the end of the post.
Growing up, gingerbread and gingersnap cookies were my favorite Christmas treats! This year, I finally attempted my own and I’m pleased to say the first cookie batch exceeded my expectations. In fact, the photos shown here are taken of that first batch!
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.
This breakfast porridge is similar to my Quinoa “Oatmeal” recipe, except this recipe does not have quinoa in it. It makes a delicious porridge base for winter and summer alike! Add peaches when they are in season in the summer and try bananas and peanut butter in the wintertime. Get creative!
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.
Some morning I just want and need something that is quick and easy to make but is tasty and satisfying. Two of my favorite foods are peanut butter and bananas and they complement each other so well! I created this simple smoothie recipe to combine those ingredients. The raw cacao nibs provide a crunch and the cinnamon, a dash of spice!