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

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

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

Spring Veggie Frittata

I used to make a lot of quiches because they are really easy to make ahead of time for lunch leftovers and are a perfect catch-all for any veggies I have in your fridge.  But I realized that a frittata is basically a quiche without the crust – even lighter and easier to whip up! I made this one with a slew of spring veggies, a little of everything that has just popped up at the market in the past few months, but most of which will still... Read More

Roasted Zucchini and Fresh Rosemary Soup

When zucchini first appeared at the farmers market again this year (after a long an cold winter filled with seemingly endless root vegetables, oranges and kale) literally squealed with glee.  For some reason I could care less about summer squash all of last year, but as soon as they went out of season I got some serious cravings that lasted all winter. I know zucchinis and all other summer squashes can be pretty neutral in flavor, but i think... Read More

in season: english peas, green garlic, spring onions, stone fruit and summer squash!

i’m so sorry i’ve been away from the blog for so long.  after a very merry birthday, a bout of illness and some technical difficulties, cooking has been the last thing on my mind for the past few weeks.  it didn’t help that the produce at the market for the last few months has been dominated by dark leafy greens, root vegetables and oranges – lots and lots of oranges.  i had lost total interest in cooking, let alone posting. but... Read More

Zucchini Pizza with Homemade Lemon Herb Tofu “Cheese” and GF Crust

This recipe was inspired a few weeks ago by a post over at Smitten Kitchen.  I am constantly in awe of her creative recipes and stunning, crisp, clean presentation, but like to think of my own way to make the same dish. Based loosely on a creamy pasta sauce with tofu I once made, I created my own way to make homemade tofu “cheese” that even gets soft and melty!  The first time I served it up was to non-vegans who thought I had... Read More

Zucchini and Fresh Parsley Soup

I’ve recently been making soup out of all sorts of things, squash, kale, radish tops, spinach, green garlic, shallots, tomatoes.  You name it and I can make it into a soup.  Last week at the Echo Park farmers’ market I got a ton of zucchini for just that purpose.  It’s soft so it sautés easily and blends into a purée very well. When deciding on which herb would really accent its flavor I had a lot of choices.  Oregano?... Read More