Anti-inflammatory vs. Pro-inflammatory Foods

I treat pain all the time with acupuncture and herbs and it generally responds very well.  When I have a particularly tough case, however, I ask my patient, “are you aware of the connection between diet, inflammation and pain?”  And the answers I get probably won’t surprise you.  The majority of people are totally misinformed about the link between what they eat and their stubborn low back pain, tense shoulders or achy knees. While... Read More

Baked Rhubarb Donuts

Well I just barely missed National Donut Day, but I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for next year. I got a pan for baking donuts a while back and have been meaning to put it to good use, this turned out to be the perfect recipe.  You can use any cake base to make baked donuts, but you can also scale back the sugar and use a muffin recipe.  This recipe is very similar to the one I use in my Parsnip Muffins, but without all the cinnamon... Read More

My Favorite Paleo Pancakes

I must admit, a lot of the recipes on Pinterest sound too good to be true, often it’s because they are.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found some gems on there, but they definitely aren’t all winners. For example, I kept seeing pin after pin tout that 1 banana and 2 eggs is all you needed to make paleo pancakes, unfortunately I found that combination to be more like banana flavored omelet cakes.  They were simply too eggy and... Read More

Grassfed Meatloaf with Summer Squash, Eggs, Flax & Chia Seeds

Now that Halloween is over but Thanksgiving is not quite here, this is the perfect time to roll out one of my weeknight favorites.  This is a recipe that I make so often I don’t usually think much about it, but I have been tinkering with it for years now so I’m really happy to share where it’s at. It started as a variation of a meatloaf recipe from the South Beach Diet.  The original version calls for ground turkey, egg whites,... Read More

Nut-free/Grain-free Banana Bread Muffins

I have always loved banana bread, but not everyone can enjoy it because of nut allergies or gluten-free/wheat-free diets.  The good news is that the already fruity flavors of banana bread are easily made more healthy with other natural ingredients. These little treats are extra special because I think they are the first baked good I have ever successfully made that are completely wholesome.  I didn’t need to use any processed sugars or flours,... Read More

Parsnip Muffins and Blood Orange Mimosas

I rarely follow recipes word for word.  I’ve been toying around with the proportions in this Whole Wheat Apple Muffin recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but with everything except apples.  I tried them with blueberries, pear, and now, shredded parsnip.  I got the idea for from a very gingery parsnip cupcake I had at Four Cafe.  I bulked up these muffins with some extra ground flax seed, as well as fresh and ground ginger. I made them with some... Read More

sweet and salty seedy nut bars

sometimes inspiration will carry me to the kitchen to bake something, but when i open the cupboards the ingredients are dismal.  i wanted to make granola bars but as i eyed the most discouraging amount of oats i had ever encountered, i thought it might not happen.  just then i spied small amounts of different seeds and nuts all over the cupboard, so instead of sulking away empty-handed, i got a little creative. i toasted them all up in a dry frying... Read More

raw maple flax granola

my dad bought a dehydrator many years back, probably after being convinced by an infomercial that making his own jerky would change his life.  but several years later it ended up sitting in the cabinet unused, along side the super slicer and turbo cooker.  being that i was in the market for a good dehydrator the past few years, for preserving fruit and making my own raw food treats, i happily accepted it as my mom did some spring cleaning. and... Read More