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.)

Grandma’s Crescent Cookies

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!

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.

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! 

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!

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!

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.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Fudge

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!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa & Mix

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!

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. 🙂 

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.

Gingerbread Cookies

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!

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. 

Grain-free Porridge

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!