Easy Pea-sy Salad

This may be the easiest salad you’ll ever make. Except for chopping the onion. Why isn’t there an easier way to peel and chop a red onion? Anyone? If you don’t like onions, don’t add them, or chop them. Oh and if you don’t like canned vegetables, read no further….or use fresh vegetables, knowing this is no longer the easiest salad you’ll every make. I … Continue reading Easy Pea-sy Salad

RECIPE: Your New Favorite Pasta Salad

I’ve spent a lifetime sampling various offerings on buffets, smorgasbords, picnics and potlucks.  Never have I left raving about a pasta salad.  There is an orzo salad with basil, tomato and feta I can get down on, but this pasta salad is far better!  Healthy, simple and colorful, what more could you want?  Oh, yeah it’s low carb, paleo-friendly, and gluten*, dairy and egg-free. Boom. … Continue reading RECIPE: Your New Favorite Pasta Salad

RECIPE: Chard Wraps

Needs something you can grab in a hurry? Detoxing but tired of veggies and salmon? Trying to figure out how to eat right/well/cheap/satisfying?  The wraps are a great low-carb, gluten-free, alkaline, wheel food, paleo-friendly, whole 30, detoxing option. Make a batch and then pull ’em from the fridge all week.   INGREDIENTS: Chard Leaves, 5-6 Organic Rotisserie Chicken, 1/2 Avocado, 2 Humus (optional), 10 Tbsp Lemon … Continue reading RECIPE: Chard Wraps

RECIPE: Simple Spring Salad

Some people taste soap when they eat cilantro.  Stinks to be them!  This salad is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser! (Unless you’re the soapy cilantro type) In a large bowl combine: 2 cups spinach 2 cups arugula 1 avocado, diced 1/2 can corn  OR even better, the kernels from 2 roasted ears of corn 3 celery stocks, chopped 1/8-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1 bunch cilantro to … Continue reading RECIPE: Simple Spring Salad

RECIPE: Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie

Hey Y’all! Have I got a tasty, healing, anti-inflammatory, delicious smoothie for you! Inspired by the lovely folks at Barre3.com, this smoothie combine turmeric and ginger to boost immunity, lower cholesterol, and combat inflammation in the body! For anyone who feels stress, needs a little energy boost, or likes a tasty treat, this one’s for you! In a d Blender combine: 1 frozen banana 1-2 … Continue reading RECIPE: Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie

RECIPE: Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Y’all. Make this NOW. Thanks, Mer, for the Reco! Pumpkin pie is one of the healthiest desserts on offer this season, but only if it’s not loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients! This seasonal dish from Against All Grain is yum-ski, Paleo-freiendly, chemical-free and also happens to be gluten-free, so you can skip the inflammation of dairy and wheat this glutton-fest we call Thanksgiving. Dig in. … Continue reading RECIPE: Pecan Pumpkin Pie

RECIPE: Rockin Turkey Left Overs

I’ve never needed a special day to over eat. Historically I’ve done that day in and out. Fortunately, now my gluttony now wears a bridal, and unless it’s 9pm and there’re warm, fresh baked goods, I’m able to pull the reigns. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that A) I’m healthier and happier then last year, that B) I don’t have to cook a turkey and C) … Continue reading RECIPE: Rockin Turkey Left Overs

RULE: Meal Plan

We all know that “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”.  (This was one of my medical school professor’s cheesey catch phrases). While true at exam time, I think it’s applicable with our eating habits and meal preparation. If it’s 6 pm and nothing is in the fridge, we end up grabbing a bucket of ‘chicken parts’ or having a huge, hot disc of cheese and meat … Continue reading RULE: Meal Plan

RULE: Try New Grains

If you’re like me, the only grain I knew growing up were wheat and white rice.  And let’s be honest, there was no “whole wheat” bread or pasta. There was WonderBread and spaghettios; and bread, pasta and rice were my 3 best ‘carb’ friends. (Note: in those days, potatoes were still considered vegetables)  I could’ve consisted entirely on Kraft mac n’ cheese and Chinese buffets (and, later, did! in my … Continue reading RULE: Try New Grains

RECIPE: Apple Cookies

  Fall is upon us. Which means delicious, crisp apples!  A dear friend shared this genius idea of-a-fun-snack-or-healthy-dessert with me when we wanted stopped at her place for lunch, breaking up our 5 hour drive from the NC coast to the mountains.  Not only did she provide an exceptionally tasty, healthy lunch of chicken salad lettuce wraps and prosciutto with melon; she busted out these little numbers, which … Continue reading RECIPE: Apple Cookies

RECIPE: Simple Gluten-Free Lasagna

Who doesn’t like warm, crisp, gooey, melted-cheese? OK, I know dairy-free folks won’t back flip at this, but for the rest of us…this healthy lasagna will blow your mind! Savory and delicious minus the inflammatory, sleep-inducing, belt-busting pasta.  Even your Italian friends’ll be gesticulating “Benissimo!” INGREDIENTS: 1 cup Quinoa 6 large Chard leaves 5-6 ounces of goat cheese (small sleeve, plain or spiced) 16 ounce jar marinara … Continue reading RECIPE: Simple Gluten-Free Lasagna

RECIPE: Great Balls of Fire

First off, I cannot utter the phrase “Great Balls of Fire” without recalling that scene in Top Gun….Goose and Maverick plus a piano–when Tom Cruise was crazy hot…not crazy! That aside, these Great Balls of Fire are crazy good!  Just a smudge of cayenne brings the heat while rev-ing metabolism and fighting infections! I’ve been on a coconut kick lately, but if those tropical shavings don’t suit your … Continue reading RECIPE: Great Balls of Fire

RECIPE: Jicama Salad

Looking for a simple salad that’s not the same ole, same ole?  Look no further.  If you have access to Trader Joe’s cubed Jicama (hick-uh-muh), it won’t get much easier than this! If not, you could swap apples and still get a super-duper, fresh, new salad or ‘work for it’ and peel n’ chop your own jicama! Organicfacts.net tells us jicama’s health benefits are “derived from … Continue reading RECIPE: Jicama Salad

RULE: Eat Plants at Breakfast

Have you seen what constitutes the average American’s Breakfast?  I have. Trust me, I can ‘put it away’ in the food department.  But I am appalled at what we ingest first thing in the am.  Did you know that anymore than about 500 calories at a time immediately gets stored as fat? The body can’t use all of the “energy” we give it. And by … Continue reading RULE: Eat Plants at Breakfast