Recipes

Recipes and tips with an emphasis on whole-foods eating.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Appetizers & Snacks | 0 comments

Garlic Scape Pesto

Have you tried garlic scapes? If you are a garlic lover like me, you’ll find this yearly delicacy right now (early to late spring) at your farmer’s market or green grocer. Young, tender scapes can be chopped into salads or used as a topping like you would scallions. Mature scapes can be treated like asparagus – sautéed lightly and tossed into pasta or a egg dish, mixed with cooked greens, pickled or in any dish that would be complimented by garlic. My favorite way to use scapes is in this garlic scape pesto. Recipe: Garlic Scape Pesto Summary: Use this as a dip for veggies,...

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Blood Orange Vinaigrette with Spicy Greens

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Salads | 0 comments

Blood Orange Vinaigrette with Spicy Greens

There is nothing tastier to brighten up a meal in the dead of winter than a refreshing orange. Citrus is in abundance in supermarkets right now, but have you tried a blood orange? Grown since the 18th century in China and the Southern Mediterranean regions, blood oranges are now primarily grown in Italy, Texas and California. Along with the usual citrus notes, a  blood orange has an almost raspberry flavor though it is less acidic than most oranges. The anthocyanins – some of the strongest antioxidants available – give this fruit its crimson blood-colored flesh. Other than its...

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Have You Tried Delicata Squash?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in GAPS & SCD, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Have You Tried Delicata Squash?

Piled in front of the acorn and butternut squash, the distinctive dark-green longitudinal stripes of this winter squash’s creamy yellow body is what initially attracted me at the farmer’s market. Cooking that first beautiful delicata several years ago, I’ve been hooked ever since! I’m not sure if I had my eyes closed to them before, but they are in most grocery produce departments all fall, winter and into the spring. Why not pick one up next time and try one of the recipes below? Many of you may moan here thinking if the delicata is akin to the butternut, then you won’t bother . ....

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Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in GAPS & SCD, Mineral Balance, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes aren’t just for Thanksgiving! I found this recipe for Chili-Bathed Sweet Potatoes in the NYT. Drooling over this mix of hot and sweet flavors on a cold winter’s night made me want to share the benefits of enjoying this incredibly delicious vegetable with you. Keep it simple and bake one for dinner, or make some baked sweet potato fries with lunch, or have a bowl of left-over mashed sweet potatoes with crumbled bacon for breakfast. Sweet potatoes also make a great dip or spread for snacks, appetizers or even your morning toast. Check out some recipe ideas I’ve included...

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Kale Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Detox, Essential Fats, Salads | 0 comments

Kale Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado

Have you noticed how gorgeous the grapefruits in your market are this year? Why not get a few Ruby Reds or Rios on your next visit for a refreshing, tangy pick-me-up full of many micronutrients including vitamin A and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese, folate and many B-vitamins. Some of the health benefits attributed to grapefruit include treating colds, fever and pneumonia, weight loss, boosting the liver, breaking up gallstones, lowering cholesterol, lessening joint pain, and promoting better digestion and immunity. The Health Benefits of Grapefruit If you’re...

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You Can’t Beat Beets!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Detox, Digestion, Mineral Balance, Salads | 0 comments

You Can’t Beat Beets!

I have bad memories of the lunch ladies in grade school “making” us eat our warm, mushy canned beets. But there is so much more to beets! In the last year, I’ve come to appreciate beets in many forms – raw and shredded in a salad, pickled, roasted, as a fermented beverage called kvass, and sauteed beet greens and garlic with my eggs for breakfast. I grew beets in my garden this year – traditional red beets, golden beets, and white Chiogga beets which, when sliced, look like a bulls-eye. Aside from being beautiful, beets are very healthy! These colorful root...

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Pumpkin Mole

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Condiments & Sauces, Gluten-Free, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pumpkin Mole

On the way home from a Cyclocross race in Astoria a few weeks ago, we stopped by a a restaurant in Seaside where Mark had Chicken Enchiladas with a Pumpkin Mole sauce that was, well, to die for.  I had to recreate it! Mole, a type of Mexican sauce, comes in a variety of flavors and ingredients, with chili peppers as the common factor. Modern “Americanized” moles usually have the spice from the pepper, the sweet from the fruit (blackberry, raspberry, and in our case, pumpkin) and a good hint of chocolate. When I looked online for a healthy pumpkin mole recipe, most contained wheat...

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