Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anytime I am creating a new dessert, my goal is to find a way to include as much fiber as possible. Fiber helps slow down blood sugar spikes and it produces a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. In these chocolate chip cookies, ground flax seed helps create a soft texture along with the perfect amount of chewiness. They’re also paleo - full of healthy fats but free of sugar, gluten, dairy, and grain. Finding good sugar-free chocolate [...]

Shrimp Tacos, Tacos de Camerón

Those who know me well have certainly heard “I’ll eat anything in a tortilla” along the way. I’m only sort of kidding that I think of them as a life-giving force. Let’s just say when our dear neighbors announced they were opening Victory Taco in the parking lot of The Lark, my heart sang.

Guacamole My Way

Rich and filling, avocados are high in fat – the good kind – and relatively calorie-dense. Guacamole, the salad/sauce of avocado, tomato, chiles, onion, and cilantro, is at its best when at its freshest and simplest – which doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a secret ingredient! A generous dollop of Chipotle Vegenaise adds a welcome kick and a touch of acidity. I like to make guacamole in the morning and serve it the same [...]

Gluten Sensitivity: Fad Or Fact?

Gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley has been causing quite an upheaval both in social media and in the stomachs of those who don’t seem to tolerate it well. According to a 2013 survey, about one in three Americans are trying to avoid gluten. This number is growing rapidly. Despite the increasing number of people eliminating gluten from their diets, the general public seems eager to claim that gluten-free is nothing more than [...]

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 combination of basil, orange zest, and toasted walnuts gives it some zip. Altogether it takes less than a half-hour to [...]

Lemon Poppy-Seed (Chia Seed) Protein Pancakes

  I have a confession: I have a full blown lemon obsession. I love everything about them from the refreshing smell to all of the mouth-watering, puckering, sour goodness they offer. So, it's no surprise that lemon poppy-seed muffins happen to be one of my favorite treats. I took a chance and decided to combine my favorite flavors with a classic American breakfast staple: pancakes. While nothing says breakfast quite like a pancake, protein is [...]