Recipes

Purslane Salad with Strawberry and Avocado

Harvested purslane, roots snapped off picked and plopped in a bowl Harvested purslane, roots snapped off, picked and plopped in a bowl

This year we have our largest vegetable garden by far.  Thanks to my husband, our family gardener, we have four separate beds that have been planted with nearly a hundred plants including tomatoes, peas, beans, peppers, kale, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, garlic and herbs.  Sounds impressive, and it is (an heroic effort!), but it’s also a comedy of errors.  As organic gardeners we’ve endured pests a plenty, including cabbage worms, tomato blight, slugs, aphids, and most recently…rabbits.  We’ve sprayed our weight in neem oil, sent our toddlers out to chase the rabbits, and even dumped beneficial ladybugs into the garden.

Some of our efforts have been rewarded nicely; our kale looks awesome, we have green tomatoes on several vines, healthy garlic scapes made delicious pesto, and the kids are happily picking snap peas every day.  Other areas of the garden are a little depressing…the rabbits continue to eat down the carrot tops and swiss chard into little stumps, our strawberry plants failed to actually fruit, and the beans have had to be replanted.  Ah well, you win some you lose some, I guess.  We are still learning, after all.  Still, it is hard to put so much effort into some of these plants, only to have them fail to make something edible.

On the other hand, there is one edible plant in our garden that took no effort at all.  Absolutely none, because it’s a weed – purslane.  We didn’t plant it, didn’t plan for it, and yet it’s thriving in its own [...]

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins So good, I don’t even feel bad about giving these for breakfast!

I unapologetically love chocolate.  Especially dark, roasty, not-too-sweet, super-chocolate chocolatey things.  Real cocoa and cocoa-loaded dark chocolate are high in good-for-you antioxidants, so what’s not to love?

These muffins are the perfect balance of substance and indulgence.  Composed mostly of good-for you ingredients (oat flour, eggs, good quality butter, plain yogurt, cocoa powder) with just enough of the less stellar (white or gluten free flour, sugar, chocolate chips) to make them a treat.

My girls are ecstatic when I make these for breakfast or brunch on the weekends, and since they have a solid nutritional foundation, I really don’t feel guilty about it!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recipe:  Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Total Prep Time: 45 hours
Active Time: 15 minutes
Serves:  4

Ingredients

2 cups flour (I use 1/2 cup gluten free flour + 1 ½ cups oat flour)
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs
1 ¼ cups plain yogurt or buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips or a combination of dark and white chips

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare your muffins tins how you like them (non-stick spray or liners, etc).
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour through sugar).
  3. Whisk together wet ingredients, including melted butter, then combine the wet and dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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By |June 1st, 2015|Recipes|

Honey and Soy Glazed Turbot with Garlic Greens

Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot with Garlic Greens Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot with Garlic Greens

Life moves pretty fast with three kids, and it’s been a while since my last post.  Since I’ve taken on full-time stay-at-home parenting, I’ve been busy to say the least: diapering, rocking, potty-training, potty-training cleaning, pre-school transporting, and yes, cooking.  I’m always cooking.  I’ve come to really, really appreciate easy recipes like this Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot.

Now that I’m not spending so much time writing and developing meal plans, I’m free to actually use my old ones.  People would frequently ask me if I followed my meal plan and my answer was always, unfortunately not.  The reality was that I was always testing new recipes and figuring out what would be on the next week’s menu.

But now I am liberated!  (Sad as it is to not be writing new plans!)  Now I pick a meal plan, give the shopping list to my husband on the weekend, when he takes our 4 year old out on errands, and follow the plans that I took so much time to produce for others in the past.  I am happy to report that they’re pretty darn nice to have around.  Fantastic, actually, not to pat my own back or anything.

Over the past few years I’ve written literally hundreds of recipes.  Some were really great, but I only made once or twice (others were not so good, but I didn’t use those in my plans!).  So in using my old meal plans I’m rediscovering some of those recipes.  This Soy and Honey Glazed Turbot is [...]

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

If you’re looking for a new vegetable dish to try  tonight I highly recommend this Braised Red Cabbage with Apples.  Here is why:

  • It’s super easy, taking only about 10 minutes to throw together
  • It’s pretty hard to screw up
  • It tastes kind of like a candied version of a vegetable, making it easy to palate for non-veggie lovers, and a treat for veggie regulars
  • The health benefits are through the roof, yo
  • It pairs really well with mashed sweet potatoes, which are also super easy, and just about any protein you want to throw together

While “cabbage” has a pretty boring and bland reputation (one that may or may not be justified depending on the dish), red cabbage is its sexy cousin.  Not only is it glamorous in color, but it cooks down to be wonderfully sweet when paired with apples, and its health benefits are sky high.

What health benefits, you ask?  Well, pretty much any vegetable in the cabbage family has anti-cancer properties thanks to its sulfur-based glucosinolates.  From whfoods.org; glucosinolates “are cabbage’s trump card with regard to “anti-cancer” benefits. The glucosinolates found in cabbage can be converted into isothiocyanate compounds that are cancer preventive for a variety of different cancers, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.”

But red cabbage is also especially high in antioxidants thanks to its deep red, actually purple, color.  Here’s another little snippet from whfoods.org:

“A recent study showed that a 100 gram (about 3 ounces) serving of raw red cabbage delivers 196.5 milligrams of polyphenols, of which 28.3 milligrams are anthocyanins. Green [...]

Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

Oatmeal Breakfast Bar Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

We have four breakfast eaters in our house, including one toddler and one four-year old, and not everyone is always delighted about the idea of an oatmeal breakfast.  While I’m happy to make other things for breakfast when there’s time, oatmeal is such dependable staple we’ve figured out how to make it stay interesting and attractive…for everyone!

The secret is the Oatmeal Breakfast Bar.  Like a taco bar – but for oatmeal.  A variety of toppings that each person can pick to customize their oatmeal just how they like it.  Even though there may be a large number of toppings at play, more toppings doesn’t necessarily translate into more time or effort if they’re all easily accessible.

This morning I glanced at my counter (picture above), and realized that the number of oatmeal toppings we have on a daily basis is  a little bonkers.  But it’s really ok – I just pop things out of the fridge or cabinet – both of which are within arms’ reach of the counter.

This all evolved quite naturally, thanks to a very picky toddler.  At times the requests get a little obnoxious (syrup and cinnamon on top of the oatmeal – not mixed in, etc).  Even with the super picky requests we’ve managed to keep everyone happy over the years while only cooking one main ingredient: oatmeal.

So here’s what we have going on currently in our “toppings bar”:

  • Cinnamon
  • Raw honey
  • Real maple syrup
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Coconut oil (this really helps the oatmeal stick with you through the morning)
  • Hemp seeds for protein – you could also add any kind of nuts you like
  • Pumpkin seeds – full of protein and minerals, and store [...]

Apple Spice Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins Apple Spice Muffins

I seem to be on a baking kick lately, and these Apple Spice Muffins are my new favorite.  They are seriously so good, I’ve made them four times in the last month.  Just barely sweet, really moist, and very season-appropriate with their flavors of apple, allspice and cinnamon.  They store well, too, and I’ve been making a batch and enjoying them for breakfast for the next day or two.

A tart apple is really important, so make sure you have a Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or other tart apple.  I made them with Fuji apples and they just weren’t the same, the apple flavor just got lost.  Still tasty, just not fantastic.

I also love and recommend using coconut oil in this recipe.  Not only is it a really great, healthy fat, but the subtle coconut flavor goes nicely with the apple and spices.  I made these muffins once with butter and, again, not as good.  You won’t be able to distinguish a coconut flavor, but it just adds a certain special something to the overall taste.

I make them gluten-free with a flour mix of 1 3/4 cups oat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose GF flour mix.  But they absolutely do not have to be gluten-free – they are based on a recipe for regular muffins and they’ll work great with whole wheat pastry flour, whole grain spelt flour, or probably just about any flour you like to use.  Muffins in general are versatile and forgiving, making them a great low-stress baking experience.

Here’s the deal with the cinnamon and butter topping: I like how [...]

By |November 13th, 2014|General, Recipes|

Eat Happy the Book: Pre-Orders are Available, with Bonuses!

Eat Happy: Transform Your Health with Foods You Love is available now for pre-order Eat Happy: Transform Your Health with Foods You Love is available now for pre-order

My first book, Eat Happy: Transform Your Health with Foods You Love is now officially available for pre-order here.  And, if you order before 12/1/14 you’ll get some awesome bonuses, including a signed copy, free shipping, and a free month of Eat Happy Meal Plans.  All in plenty of time for the holidays!

If you’re wondering what this book is all about, I’ll try to explain a little more about it.  Basically, after years and years of working with clients to help them find their happiest ways of eating, I’ve come to one big, universal, most-important conclusion.  Yes, each client is unique, and I’ve seen my fair share of food intolerances and/or specific food triggers which make a world of difference to many people.  But that even those individuals still need to learn this most important rule: eat whole foods.

I have seen so many ailments, aches, pains, and discomforts alleviated with a switch to unprocessed foods.  Migraines, joint pain, fatigue, chronic hunger, sugar cravings, heartburn, constipation, IBS, etc etc.

It’s so simple, but in our current food culture – so complicated at the same time.  Truly whole and unprocessed foods are borderline difficult to recognize these days.   What do you buy?  How do you prepare it?  How do you make it taste good and be convenient?  Why is it even important?  This is what Eat Happy is all about!

Real food is so tasty, so simple to prepare, and will make your body feel [...]

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    Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction

Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction

Pasta with Roasted Squash and Apple Cider Reduction Pasta with Roasted Squash and Apple Cider Reduction

Celebrate fall with this slightly sweet and beautiful Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction. This dish has everything you need for a one-dish meal, including tons of veggies, whole grain pasta, and a little savory sausage.

The apple and roasted butternut squash are delightfully sweet, and the sausage and parmesan cheese provide a savory counterpoint.  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Pasta with Roasted Squash, Kielbasa and Apple Cider Reduction

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Serves:  4

Ingredients
12 ounces whole grain pasta (whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa and corn, red lentil, etc)
½ butternut squash, peels and seeds removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
½ lb kielbasa or other favorite sausage (antibiotic, preservative and hormone-free)
1 onion, minced
2 teaspoons minced garlic from about 2 cloves
4 cups broccoli florets from about 1 small head
2 cups apple cider
1 apple, core removed and cut into ½ inch cubes
½ cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), sea salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Toss the cubed squash with a little EVOO and large pinches of salt and pepper.  Spread single layer on a large baking sheet or roasting dish and roast for about 25 minutes until tender and golden, tossing once with a spatula so that the cook evenly.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente per package instructions. When the pasta is done cooking drain it and set it aside (toss [...]
By |October 29th, 2014|Meal Plan, Recipes|

New Babies and Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate banana bread Chocolate banana bread

Welcome to the world little Larson Alexander Glenn!  I just had my 3rd sweet little baby and he’s adorable.  I have been enjoying more of a break from cooking in the week since his birth, but since I’m nursing I have been HUNGRY.  Like, really really hungry.  And oddly after having a baby I seem to crave chocolate.  This led me to make the above loaf of chocolate banana bread.

If you have some ripe bananas hanging out in your kitchen, there’s nothing more tasty and convenient to make than banana bread; and what’s even better than regular banana bread…chocolate banana bread!

I like to eat this chocolate banana bread as a snack, or even for breakfast with some sunflower seed butter.  This recipe will be chocolaty and moist and have sweet bursts from chocolate chips if you use them.  Add some nuts and some rolled oats and it will be even more substantial.

Fair warning: it won’t taste like cake, which is what most banana breads and muffins taste like these days.  Because I eat it more like a mini-meal and not like a dessert I prefer it this way.  You can vary the sugar to your tastes; with 1/2 cup of sweetener the bread will be slightly sweet, 1/3 cup will be barely sweet, and you could always increase it to 3/4 cup (which is the amount in the original recipe) for a more dessert-like bread.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 – 1/3 cup sugar or honey, or a combination of both
2 eggs
1 cup mashed very ripe banana

By |September 18th, 2014|General, Recipes|

Meal Plan Menu Week of September 7-13, 2014

Meal Plan Menu Sept 7-13

Meal Plan Menu Sept 7-13

I had to post this particular meal plan menu, because it’s a celebration of something I love: traditional Italian tomato sauce!  I didn’t always love tomato sauce, but when I started making it myself (and especially when my Italian husband started to make it in large batches) I really began to appreciate how wonderful and versatile tomato sauce is.

In next week’s meal plan menu, you’ll get a chance to make your own simple tomato sauce from scratch and see just how much fresher and more delicious it is than store-bought options.  Then you’ll get to savor your work in two wonderful summer dishes: the Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan and a Traditional Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.  Sometimes traditional is simply comforting, after all.

 This is the meal plan menu for next week, Sept 7-13, came out this past Thursday morning.  But if you sign up before next Monday and shoot me an email I’d be happy to send it to you so that you can enjoy these delicious dinners:

  1. Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Steamed Broccoli
  2. Super Healing Summer Soup with Greens, Garlic and Chickpeas and Sardine Toasts
  3. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and a Spinach Salad
  4. Brazilian Black Beans with Red Pepper, Kale and Jasmine Rice

Enjoy these meals that are loaded with summer’s best produce.  Along with the full meal plan menu and shopping list, you’ll receive the easy-to-prepare recipes and a calendar for the week that describes how to prepare in advance for a super efficient week of dinners.

Sign [...]