Ultimate Potato Salad (Whole30 Compliant!)

I grew up eating potato salad and it wasn’t until later in life that realized how spoiled I was by my mother’s potato salad, because it seems no one else makes it quite as well. It’s always really creamy and eggy, with plenty of mayo, and the light crunch of celery and red onion. It’s on my list of top 5 comfort foods so I make it a few times a year, and I’ve added some much welcome additions to a classic favorite, like... Read More

Paleo Zucchini Hummus

I’m almost done with my first ever Whole30 and this paleo zucchini hummus has been one of my favorite recipes so far! It makes a delicious dip for fresh veggies or an excellent addition to a Mediterranean plate with seasoned lamb patties, olives and a tomato cucumber salad. While hummus is usually made with garbanzo beans, this recipe uses fresh peeled zucchini, but doesn’t skimp on flavor. I brought this to a barbecue and nobody even... Read More

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

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

This fresh summer salad was inspired by something I had at one of my favorite restaurants, Barbrix.  The original dish was made with green and yellow beans tossed in a light vinaigrette and topped with delicious grilled octopus.  While I don’t usually make octopus at home, their preparation of green beans really inspired me to work them back into my dietary routine.  So when I saw Chinese long beans at the market I knew just what to do with... 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 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

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

While many commercial broths available today are only made with skin and may contain MSG, bone broth has been a staple of many cuisines throughout history and across the globe. This is largely because of its economic value (using every part of the animal) but more importantly because of its nutritional value (delivering many essential compounds to the body.) Minerals for example are plentiful in broth, and it can be difficult to get the same levels... 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

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

Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower

  I have been trying out a lot of new light recipes lately and even though I tried making mashed cauliflower before without much success, I tried my hand at it again and it was amazing!  Last time I tried the recipe, I tried to mash steamed cauliflower with a food mill and potato ricer, both of which did not work at all since cauliflower is more fibrous than potatoes.  This time I tried it in the food processor and that has proven to be the... Read More

3 Simple Steps to Making Raw Nut, Seed or Grain Milk

Soak: at least 7 hours in filtered water with 3/4th teaspoon of sea salt per cup of nuts/seeds or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of grains, strain and rinse away the soaking water Blend: on high with fresh water at least 2 minutes in a blender or food processor Strain: through a fine sieve and enjoy! I have used this technique to make milk alternatives from almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat, oat... Read More

Blended Winter Veggie Soup

I know it/s a mouthful, but these winter veggies blend together to make a beautifully creamy mixture that is slightly sweet and spicy.  I have made many soups like this one before, like the Carrot Garlic Soup I made a few years back or the Spicy Carrot Apple Ginger Soup that I made when I first started the blog, but I had never stumbled upon this mixture before a few weeks back. The ingredients found each one weekend when I wanted to make... Read More