Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles (Gluten+Dairy Free)

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 | 0 comments

The fall is upon us and warm(er) foods begin dictating our desires. Regardless of the gluten/dairy free nature of these (delicious) bad boys, I still consider this a dessert food. But do you. If they grace your table for a special occasion Sunday brunch, the world will not be worse off. 

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I hope you enjoy these, and stay tuned! I may do a grain free version for the paleo/gaps folks soon. Cheers!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles
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For the Dry
  1. 8 ounces homemade gluten free flour mix
  2. 2 Tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tsp bakin powder
  4. 1 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
For the Wet
  1. 8 ounces almond milk
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 2 ounces butter (1/2 stick, melted)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and whisk together until eggs are fully beaten. Add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir to combine until a batter is formed; add the chocolate chips and more almond milk (1 Tbsp at a time) if you want the batter to be thinner (for pancakes).
  5. Pour batter into your preheated waffle iron, and wait until the magic beep goes off.
  6. Serve!
Notes
  1. This is sweet enough (for me) due to the presence of the chocolate chips, coconut sugar, and cinnamon in the batter. If it's not sweet enough for you, go to town with butter, syrup, and a few extra chocolate chips as a finishing garnish.
  2. Roasting your own pumpkin with butter and cinnamon and pureeing it for the batter adds a “real-foods touch” that can’t be beat.
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Cool Refreshing Fennel Slaw

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 | 0 comments

This season we’re giving the cold cabbage salad known as cole slaw a makeover with this fresh, fabulous, “fen-nom-nom” favorite: fennel slaw. 

Fresh Fennel Slaw
Serves 4
Freshly shredded fennel, meyer lemon zest + juice, a glug of good quality olive oil, salt, and parm reg cheese does the trick. Add some freshly chopped basil and parsley for a color pop, and voila- a new take on an old classic.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large fennel bulb
  2. 1/2 meyer lemon (zest + juice)
  3. 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped (basil + parsley are recommended)
  4. 3 Tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (optional, to taste)
  6. salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Shred the fennel bulb on a mandolin, or, slice as thinly as you can by hand. (A good chef's knife will make easy work of this).
  2. Add the zest and juice of the lemon, chopped herbs, seasoning, olive oil, and cheese.
  3. Toss, and serve fresh.
Notes
  1. BBQ shrimp skewers would pair swoon-ing-ly well.
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Seared Summer Scallops + Salmon Salad Cucumber Cups

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Thank you for your patience with my lapse in posting. I’m transitioning all of my recipes to a more efficient, highly organized new system, and this has caused a lag in my publishing schedule. My videos go live on Wednesdays, and so far no one has written to hammer me about needing the recipes—so I figure it’s all good. Now you get two for the price of one. 

The first are the most succulent seared wild scallops from Greensbury Market; one of my new favorite online sources for grass fed meats and sustainable seafoods. I like them so much a) the product is delicious and b)  they deliver to your door, which is uber chronic illness friendly. 

Scallops are perfect in summer when they’re fresh, and they cook in about 4 minutes flat (another helpful chronic illness tip) making oven time on minimized, while delicious time is maximized. Here I used some french liquor called Lillet to deglaze the pan, and it was incredible paired with bitter greens from my garden in a pasta medley. Swoon!

Seared Summer Scallops with Lillet
The most succulent seared wild scallops served in a french Lillet sauce with shallots and fresh herbs. Swoon!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound wild scallops
  2. 1 medium sized shallot, diced
  3. 2 Tbsp ghee
  4. 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. 3 cloves garlic, diced
  6. 1/4 cup Lillet (white wine will work well too)
  7. 2 Tbsp fresh seasonal herbs (basil, oregano, & thyme all work beautifully)
  8. salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat a skillet over high heat, and lower just before you add the butter and olive oil to the pan.
  2. Be sure your scallops are dry, and season them. with salt and pepper.
  3. Once the butter begins to brown at the edges, add your scallops and sautee for about 2 mins per side, until they are firm and the edges are browned and crisp looking.
  4. Flip and sautee for another 2 minutes per side. Once finished, transfer them to a bowl.
  5. Add the garlic and onion, and sautee until translucent.
  6. Add herbs, and lillet to deglaze the pan.
  7. Cook for another 4 minutes, or until the alcohol is evaporated and doesn't have a sharp taste.
  8. Pour the lillet shallot herb sauce over the scallops and serve.
Notes
  1. I paired these with pasta and bitter greens from my garden. The sweet lillet worked perfectly in this context. White wine will work as well.
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The second is my twist on a recipe by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong of the website NomNomPaleo: Summer Salmon Salad Cucumber Cups. I modified them to utilize what was already in my pantry, and they were DELICIOUS.  If you’re not going to make the salad from seared or grilled fillets, use VitalChoice’s Wild Salmon to be sure you keep the integrity up. 

Salmon Salad Cucumber Cups
Bit sized salmon salad cucumber cups are perfect for summer picnics and bbq's, are a great nutritious snack, and taste awesome.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can VitalChoice Wild Salmon
  2. 1/2 green pepper, red pepper, yellow pepper, diced
  3. 2 celery ribs, diced
  4. 1/3 cup (or more to taste) homemade arugula mayo
  5. 1 large cucumber, peeled in strips and cut into large chunks (see video)
  6. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all of your ingredients to a large bowl and thoroughly mix to combine.
  2. Taste to adjust seasoning; when it tastes awesome, set aside.
  3. Peel the cucumber in strips, leaving some skin on for aesthetic reasons. Unless you hate cucumber skin. By all means in that case strip it off!
  4. Cut the cucumber into evenly sized chunks, about 2 inches deeps.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, but leave a little bit at the bottoms for the "cup."
  6. Fill with salmon salad, garnish with chives or cherry tomatoes if you have 'em, and swoon!
Notes
  1. Make my homemade aioli, and blend in arugula for that extra spicy green kick.
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Rosemary Infused Olive Oil + Professah KIR Rap

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 | 1 comment

This is the last week that I’ll be delivering content via my RSS feed. If you want to continue receiving my recipes + cooking videos, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter (located inside the big black and white box to the right of this post).  That will be the new delivery system. And of course, if for whatever reason you tire of hearing from me, you can always unsubscribe. 

For now, make Rosemary Infused Olive Oil to add depth charge and fuller flavor to your summer dishes. Marinades, popcorn, salads–those are just a few places where I’ve used and loved this herb-infused oil. 

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  2. 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  3. mortar + pestle
Instructions
  1. Smash the rosemary with the pestle in your mortar in order to release its aromas, oils, and flavor.
  2. Add rosemary to an olive oil container and pour olive oil over it. Let sit for a few hours, and use in salads, marinades, and a finishing touch to dishes with italian vibes.
Notes
  1. Keeps well for a week. If rosemary begins to blacken, remove it from the oil--the oil is fine to continue using.
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Never Before Released Appisode!

Posted on May 28, 2014 | 1 comment

Camera is broken and so today I’m releasing a never before published TM Appisode for the most swoon heavenly Peaches n ‘Cream’ Smoothie. The basil pairs terrifically with the peaches and strawberries in this dairy free, yet still decadent twist on the classic peaches and cream combo. This smoothie is like a blended fruit salad. 

I love and live for the addition of  fresh summer herbs in fruit salads. Blanching the basil takes off the sharp bite, but is probably not necessary, especially if you’re chronically ill and needing to keep standing time limited. 

Peaches & 'Cream' Smoothie (Swoon Yumminess)
Serves 4
Peaches, frozen strawberries, basil, the creamiest coconut milk, and dried dates make this smoothie so swoon heavenly yummy that it'll make its way into your dreams.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ripe peach
  2. 1/2 medjool date
  3. 5 frozen strawberries
  4. 1/3 cup coconut milk
  5. 1/4 cup summer basil, briefly blanched
  6. 1 inch nub of ginger
  7. Note: I didn't have ginger and it still turned out great!
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Serve and swoon!
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The Secret to Real Deal Tostones

Posted on May 21, 2014 | 0 comments

There’s a Puerto Rican restaurant in San Rafael, CA that makes the best gluten free steak sandwich using tostones in place of bread. The instant I had it, I knew I wanted to make a healthy version at home.

I failed. Miserably. Enter Giselle of Eco Rico TV. As soon as I knew I was headed down to L.A. to film in the studios, I wanted her to come on the show and teach me how to make tostones the real-deal way. She taught me the #1 secret to successful tostones: salt water! Watch the video to see how they’re done. 

I made one teeny adjustment that did not alter the excellence of the end result. In place of vegetable oil, I used coconut (swoon!)

Next time you come across cheap green plantains, buy ‘em up and fry ‘em up! You won’t be sorry. 

Tostones aka Fried Green Plantains
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Ingredients
  1. 4 green plantains
  2. coconut oil (enough to cover a 2 inch chunck of plantains)
  3. 1 bowl of heavily salted water
  4. salt (for seasoning at the end)
Instructions
  1. Heavily salt a bowl of water. It should taste a hair less salty than the ocean.
  2. Peel your plantains (watch video for instructions) and cut into 3-4 inch chuncks.
  3. Add to your salted water.
  4. Heat your oil over medium heat. When a splash of water produces 5-6 fast bubbles, you're ready to go.
  5. Add the plantains. The oil should be fizzing like soda carbonation. Fry until they are cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  6. Strain onto a paper towel lined plate, and wait to cool.
  7. When cool enough to handle, smash them.
  8. Add back to salt water for a fast dunk, then into the oil again.
  9. Fry until golden brown and crispy looking at the edges.
  10. Strain, season with salt, and mangia!
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One Dairy Item You Might be Avoiding Unnecessarily

Posted on May 15, 2014 | 1 comment

Clarified butter, also known as ghee, is one dairy item you might be avoiding without needing to. The process of clarifying butter makes it more conducive to digestion because you’ve removed the lactose and casein, which are two components of dairy that cause allergic reactions in some people. You know your body best, and it’s up to you to figure out if this works for you. 

Ghee is delicious, stable at high temperatures due to it being a saturated fat, and helps make the nutrient content of your vegetables more bioavailable (ditto this for all healthy fats). It’s so easy to make and considering the high price tag, worth the effort. If you’re illness prevents you from standing at the stove for a long time, set a timer to go off at 15 minutes and check it periodically for the signs of readiness (illustrated in the video below). There is a point of no return, but you can easily catch it before then if you know your stove, cookware, and threshold for standing.

How to Clarify Butter AKA Ghee
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds grass fed butter (Strauss is 100% grass fed; Kerry Gold is 99% and more cost effective).
Instructions
  1. Bring butter to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. After 2-3 minutes turn the heat down to medium-low. The milk solids will start to rise to the top, separating from the butter; then it will foam. Let it continue cooking until the foam turns a golden brown color and milk solids drop to the bottom of the sauce pan. (Watch the video to see what this looks like).
  3. Use a fine mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth into a clean jar to strain it. Can be stored at room temperature and will keep up to a month.
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