Chicken Vegetable Soup

If you are feeling overloaded from holiday food and looking for something light to get your digestion back on track, or if you have been battling with a low immune system all season, then this is just the soup for you. What better for digestion and immunity than homemade chicken soup, made with a whole chicken, bones and all. While with soup makes a great base if you’d like to add noodles or rice, without any heavy starchy components this... Read More

Chicken Pho with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

I am a total soup fiend, I love it in all its forms and all year long. Blended veggie soups are my go to, I love congee and other porridges, tom ka gai and tortilla soup are obsessions of mine, but pho ranks up there as one of my favorites. Pho has so many complex flavors, some fresh, bright and aromatic, some rich, deep and comforting.  A dish with such complex layers understandably requires a laundry list of ingredients and hours to develop,... Read More

Cauliflower Leek and Fennel Soup

The long Thanksgiving weekend brought a bit of much needed rain here in LA, so we finally got a taste of autumn weather and a respite from the unrelenting heat. I make soups all year round because I find it’s a great way to get bone broth and a good helping of veggies into my diet.  When it’s raining especially I can’t help but brew up a big batch of something comforting to sip on. One of my favorites is potato leek soup because... Read More

How to Cook a Basic Roasted Chicken

I make roasted chicken all the time, usually once a week. It is one of the simplest and most economical way of cooking chicken since it makes enough for dinner plus leftovers, and I can use the bones to make a batch of broth.  I get locally pasture-raised poultry from La Bahn Ranch at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market on Sundays. It never occurred to me to post this recipe on the blog because I thought of it as too simple.  That was until ... Read More

Roasted Butternut and Broccoli

When it comes to weeknight dinners I tend to keep it pretty simple.  Especially during the winter and early spring when seasonal veggies can get a bit monotonous this often means roasting whatever I have on hand.  Tossed with some coconut oil and flavored with garlic powder and aleppo pepper is one of my favorite ways to do it. You can really use this technique for almost any vegetable you have on hand – carrot, sweet potato, zucchini, cauliflower,... Read More

Paleo Salty Chocolate Custard

These little things are amazing.  I can make a big batch of them right in individual mason jars and then I have simple portioned treats for the rest of the week!  It helps that they are so easy to make, just 5 ingredients in the blender, pour and bake, that’s it! The original recipe I followed is called 3, 2, 1 Custard because it contains 3 eggs, 2 bananas and 1 can of coconut milk.  Together they have a banana bread flavor especially with... Read More

Roasted Chicken Coconut Curry

This recipe is so good that once I made it the first time, I made it again only 5 days later.  The first time was for a few friends who came over for a Sunday night dinner and we all knew right away that this was a winner. I probably took the most complicated route to making this recipe, since I roasted the chicken myself and toasted/ground my own spices, but don’t worry because I show you tips along the way that will save you some time in... Read More

Making Bone Broth at Home

I’ve already told you about all the Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth, so of course I have to let you know how to make it yourself! As an acupuncturist, drinking bone broth is one of the single most frequent nutritional suggestions I make to my patients. I drink it myself every morning. While I believe most other aspects of diet should be tailored to a specific person’s needs and constitution, bone broth is one of the few things that nearly... 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

Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

Peas are such a simple food.  You can easily toss them in a soup, curry, pot pie or casserole, but even when you cook them up by themselves they don’t need much to bring out their flavor.  A few minutes in some boiling water or a sautee pan with soften them up, then a little butter, garlic and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand will do the trick. Unlike mashed root vegetable which can turn into a creamy texture, the less starchy peas don’t... Read More

The Ultimate Healthy Chocolate Cupcake

These may look like normal sugar and flour laden cupcakes, but they’re not, they’re healthy!  Besides being grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free and paleo, they are also a sneaky way of hiding zucchini in a dessert. I have tried many other recipes for paleo cupcakes before, but most called for strange ingredients or complicated procedures.  Even worse, most of them just ended up heavy, bitter or greasy and would stick... Read More

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon and Coconut

This is the kind of side I would make for a simple weeknight meal or as part of a special dinner party.  It’s simple and easy to make yet has great texture and developed flavors. Bacon goes so well with most green vegetables and I also love the pairing of coconut and brussel sprouts.  If I don’t cook my brussel sprouts up in bacon fat, like I did here, then I usually fry them in coconut oil.  So to get that coconut flavor in there,... Read More

Super Simple Roasted Tomatoes and Okra

There are some foods that are friends, but I would call tomatoes and okra best friends. They grow in the same season, they have similar textures, they can be cooked at the same temperature, the are both easy to cook, and they taste great together! Longtime readers of the blog might remember my super simple okra and miso marinara from a back in 2009. The recipes are very similar in that both use less than 6 ingredients and are very quick to whip together.... 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

Paleo Chocolate Bark

Dark chocolate is one of the best paleo ingredients, it makes everything taste better.  It seems you can really pantry dive or raid the fridge for whatever ingredients you have on hand and as long as you have chocolate to hold them all together, you’re good.  So this recipe is really just a jumping off point. I could imagine this same technique but topped with cashews, cayenne pepper and dried mango. Or what about cacao nibs with dried strawberries... Read More