Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Confession: I’ve got a thing for pumpkin. As soon as the cooler weather starts rolling in, nothing sounds better than warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread.  And though this pumpkin bread is gluten, dairy, sugar and grain free, it’s loaded with flavor and goodness.  Paleo (grain free) ingredients are easy to digest, anti-inflammatory and wont irritate [...]

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

Who doesn't love pancakes for breakfast? Yum! But traditional American pancakes are laden with sugar and gluten - just what we don't need for breakfast. Since we all need protein to balance our blood sugar throughout the day, I decided to give myself a quick deadline. "Who wants pancakes?" I called, and quickly heard "I do, mom! Yay, pancakes!" Wanting to fill up our bellies with protein and smart carbs, I took out the almond flour and eggs, also some leftover sweet potatoes, cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder.

Budino Reinvented

When Blackbird Kitchen opened in my hometown in 2009, they introduced many of their fans to budino, the Italian, totally decadent dessert. It’s a knock-your-socks-off custard made with cream, eggs, sugar, and chocolate that’s cooked, chilled, then served with olive oil and sea salt on top. Its consistency is closer to fudge than regular custard. [...]

Moroccan Chicken & Butternut Squash Soup

I teach cooking classes at Cancer Support Community in Bozeman, Montana, and one of the regular participants requested that I teach something with butternut squash. I started with this recipe but tried to make it more nutrient-dense by increasing the amounts of protein and healthy fat. Its medium-thick broth is hearty, sweet and spicy. The [...]

Healthy Apple CRISP

This tasty dessert is my latest creation. The thought of biting into a crisp, tart apple picked fresh from a tree makes me beyond happy. I grew up eating loads of green apples off the trees in our orchard, and that’s certainly why green apples are among my favorite foods. And you can’t go wrong when [...]

Boo! Healthy Carrot Cupcakes

My first son’s birthday is two days before Halloween. Late October in our home is a parade of family, friends, and festivities. I’ve made this carrot cake every year for the past six and it's evolved along with me: getting  healthier each year. The original carrot cake recipe was from a friend who was a [...]

Your morning SHAKE needs a MAKEOVER

I need things to be easy in the morning. Thankfully, a morning shake can be both easy and an ideal meal - a great balance of protein, healthy fat, and carbs. It can set you up for the day so your blood sugar levels stay even, you are energized, able to burn fat, and (many hours later) [...]

Healthy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Yum! These ginger molasses cookies are the best I've ever had. I created them over the holidays and let's just say that they're so good- I almost wish that I had never discovered them. But, trust me, you'll be glad I did. They're loaded with fiber, omega 3's, the healthiest form of fat (coconut oil), and [...]