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Berry-Licious Baked Oatmeal for Snowy Mornings

Feb. 22nd 2015

When Mother Nature dumps an insane amount of snow – over 91 inches – within a few weeks, you simply have to embrace it.

My perfect snow day includes a simmering pot of soup and a great read by the fire. After the storm, when the sky is brilliant blue against the stark whiteness of the snow, this Baked Oatmeal is the bomb before heading out snowshoeing.

Here’s to embracing winter!

Baked Oatmeal 7


Baked Berry-Licious Oatmeal
Hearty and slightly sweet this Baked Oatmeal is morning comfort food for body and soul.

2 cups rolled oats*
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional)**
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
scant 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups coconut milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
3 cups frozen mixed berries
2 bananas sliced
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil.

Combine oats, 1/2 cup of the pecans, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, lightly beat egg. Stir in maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla. Place sliced bananas on bottom of dish. Layer berries over the bananas. Spread oats on top of berries. Slowly pour coconut mixture over oats. Smash down a bit with the back of a spoon to ensure all of the oats are coated by the coconut milk mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans and flaked coconut on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden in color.

*Make sure you use regular oats and not instant oats. I love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats in this recipe.

**I’ve made this recipe both with and without the maple syrup. Either way it’s delicious!

This healthy breakfast also makes a wonderful snack.

Oats are one of my favorite grains. Energetically, they warm and strengthen the body which is so important during the winter months. Oats lower cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar and help to regulate thyroid function. Considered an adaptogen, they help to keep the body in balance by improving our response to stress. Throw in those antioxidant rich berries and you have a breakfast practically guaranteed to give you super powers!






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Raw Peach & Blueberry Crisp

Aug. 24th 2014




Maybe it’s because I grew up in the South. Or it could be because those little orbs have such sunny, happy colors. To me, nothing signifies summer more than a peach, so juicy, you have to stand over the kitchen sink to eat it.  If I were stranded on a deserted island with only one food, please, please make it a peach!

Peaches are not only delicious, they are good for you too!  Did you know that peaches contain calcium?  Combine peaches with kale for a super calcium boost!  In addition to the calcium, peaches are an excellent source of vitamins A & C.  A cooling food, peaches are perfect for hot summer days.

I threw together this guilt-free Raw Peach & Blueberry Crisp for a gathering of friends. It was the perfect finish to a lovely dinner.  Unlike most traditional fruit crisps, this one is low in added sugars and gluten-free. If you want to make it vegan, substitute maple syrup for the local honey.

It also makes a lovely “dessert for breakfast” topped with a bit of Greek yogurt.



Raw Peach & Blueberry Crisp

4 cups sliced peaches (about 7 peaches)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 teaspoon local honey

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Combine the lemon juice, vanilla, honey and cinnamon. Gently toss liquids with sliced peaches and blueberries. Place in square glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle nuts on top of fruit.                                                                                                                                                           

~ adapted from Whole Foods Raw Berry Crisp

Enjoy with the sun on your face and the warm breeze in your hair…..





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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Jun. 24th 2014

Would you believe today’s featured recipe took a year to post?  After preparing this family favorite for my daughter’s Cinco De Mayo themed bridal shower last year, I received a bunch of requests for the recipe. Perfect! I’ll send it out to my newsletter subscribers and post it on the blog! Several batches were prepared throughout the summer and immediately enjoyed. It was early September before I made a batch to photograph. Then it got cold. So here it is a year later. Some things are worth the wait. Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette is one of those things.  

Light, fluffy quinoa. Black beans. Fresh veggies. Honey lime vinaigrette. Oh Yeah! This salad will rock your world. Did I mention that I love, absolutely love, quinoa? Dearest quinoa let me count the ways… You cook up light and fluffy in just 15 minutes. Many mistake you for a grain, but you are really a seed from the Chenopodium quinoa plant. Your relatives include beet, chard and spinach. A protein powerhouse, you contain all nine essential amino acids. You have more calcium than milk. Got Quinoa? Manganese, magnesium, B2 and vitamin E Rich with flavenoids and phytonutrients, you are an anti-inflammatory warrior. Easier to digest than grains and you are gluten-free. It is no surprise that quinoa is considered a “superfood”! Make this salad for Cinco De Mayo, a family cook-out or weekday lunches.   DSC_0060   Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Honey-Lime Viniagrette Salad Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa, uncooked 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup diced red bell pepper 1 cup diced tomato, diced 3/4 cup peeled and diced jicama* 1/4 cup diced red onion 1 cup chopped cilantro 1 jalapeno pepper (or Anaheim), seeded and finely diced Kernels from 1 ear raw organic/local corn cut from cob* 1 avocado, chopped (optional for garnish) Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice 1/4 cup oil 1 1/2 tablespoons local honey To Prepare Salad: Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh strainer. Quinoa has a natural bitter coating that dissolves with rinsing. Rinse and repeat. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked quinoa, black beans, diced bell pepper, jicama, tomatoes, onion and jalapeno. Stir in the fresh corn and chopped cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, oil and honey until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over quinoa, coating well. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve topped with chopped avocado, if desired. Serves 4 * Jicama resembles a brown turnip from the outside and an apple from the inside. It is juicy, crunchy and slightly sweet. Jicama is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Use jicama to liven up salads and crudite platters. *To ensure your corn is non-GMO, buy organic or ask your local farmer about his farming practices. GMO corn can be found at some grocery stores and you have no way of knowing if what you buy is genetically modified or not. The beauty of this salad is its flexibility. You’re not a fan of cilantro? Use flat-leaf parsley instead. Do hot peppers give your beloved heartburn? Use super mild Anaheim peppers instead or leave them out entirely. Think of the recipe as a framework. Feel free to get creative. This post was originally sent to my newsletter subscribers in May.  Now that summer is officially here, I thought it might be a good idea to post here as well.  

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Burger Heaven

Sep. 11th 2013

Playing around on Pinterest the other day I was dismayed to see all the pumpkin recipes. The calendar may say September, but it’s pretty darn hot here. I’m boycotting heavy fall foods and savoring the last morsels of summer fare.

This is my go-to burger and it works equally well for cookouts, tailgating parties or weeknight dinners. Simple, easy and more flavorful than the average beef patty, this healthy version of the American sandwich even has a few omnivore fans. Head out to the farmer’s market (or backyard garden) for the tomatoes and basil…it really does make a difference.

Marinated Portobello Burger

4 portobello mushrooms, wiped clean, stems removed
1 large ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
ripe tomato, sliced
lettuce – I used baby romaine and spinach
4 sandwich buns

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced

Using a paper towel, coat grill rack with olive oil. Pre-heat grill to medium high heat.

Place mushrooms in a gallon sized ziplock bag. Cover with marinade and let sit 30 minutes, turning once.

Grill mushrooms 8-10 minutes on each side. Toast buns if desired.

While mushrooms are cooking, whip up the pesto.  True confession: I sometimes pick up a container of Bear Pond Fresh Pesto at Whole Foods.

Pesto -slightly adapted from Vitamix 
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese (Parmesan, made from cow’s milk,  is the traditional choice and would be absolutely acceptable.  I just prefer the sharpness of pecorino romano, made from sheep’s milk.)
4 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons pine nuts (optional)
fresh ground pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth. Hint: Freeze leftover pesto in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, place in freezer bag. Great way to add a tablespoon of pesto to soups and sauces.

Spread pesto on top and bottom of buns. Assemble burger with portobello, mozzarella, tomato and baby lettuce. Accompany with ice cold beverage of choice.

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Smooshed Avocado Toast – Oh How I Love Thee

Jun. 4th 2013

I’ve been obsessed with Smooshed Avocado on Ezekiel toast for quite some time.  It is one of my go-to breakfasts when the weather gets warm.  Not only is it quick, easy and portable but best of all…it’s super healthy!

Why I love avocados and random fun facts:

  •  “alligator pear”
  • Avocados are a nutritional powerhouse providing a good amount of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin E and B vitamins, except B12.
  • Avocados are a phenomenal source of potassium.  Phenomenal as in as much potassium as 2 bananas!  Other beneficial minerals that avocados contain include copper, magnesium and manganese.
  • Avocados are perfect for keeping blood sugar steady as they are low glycemic.
  • Added to salads and salsas, avocados triple the absorption rate of  fat soluble carotenoids (powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients).  Carotenoids are instrumental in fighting cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration that result from damage caused by free radicals.
  • During the 90′s low-fat/no-fat craze, avocados got a bad rap.  Yes, avocados are high in fat – the heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats that the average American lacks in their daily diet.  Regular consumption of avocados has been shown to reduce total cholesterol, LDL (lousy cholesterol)  and triglyceride levels while raising HDL (happy cholesterol) levels.

Go ahead and pick up a couple of avocados at the store.  You don’t need to worry about whether it’s organic or not.  The thick skin protects the fruit inside.

Smooshed Avocado on Sprouted Grain Bread

Smoosh about 1/2 onto a toasted slice of bread*.  Top with a sprinkle of sea salt.  Tomato slices are pretty awesome too!

*I prefer sprouted grain breads like Ezekiel, but if you have a more traditional palate, ensure that your bread is free of  the toxic chemical potassium bromate by avoiding anything that says “enriched flour”.

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Quiche – Gluten Free

Nov. 15th 2012

This recipe started as a butternut squash, kale and goat cheese frittata from the most recent issue of Vegetarian Times.  The kale wasn’t a big hit with everyone, so the next evolution of the recipe used spinach and gruyere.  It was then that I realized I’m not really a fan of frittatas – or omelets either.  Actually eggs really aren’t high on my list of  “must have” foods.  But the lovely quiche, with it’s fluffy custard and endless combinations of vegetables and cheeses – now that’s an egg dish I can dig in to!

Cook the onion over moderately low heat until it softens and begins to brown.  Add spinach and saute until just wilted.  If you like your spinach cooked a bit more, feel free.  I always tell my client to view a recipe as a guideline – feel free to substitute, omit, add and adjust to suit your tastes.  Works for most everything except baked goods.

Nourishing Tip:   Always roast an extra butternut squash.  Add it to soups, salads and this quiche recipe during the week to cut down on prep time.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Quiche – Gluten Free

1 cup diced onion

3-4 cups roasted butternut squash

7 ounce package of baby spinach

4 organic eggs

2 cups organic half and half

5 sage leaves, fried

1 cup shredded gruyere cheese

olive oil

black pepper – optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly oil 9 or 9 1/2 inch deep dish pie plate.

Cook onions over medium low heat until they are soft and beginning to turn brown.  Toss in spinach sauteing until wilted.  Line bottom of pie plate with spinach and onion mixture. While the skillet is still hot, add a smidge of olive oil and the sage leaves.  Cook for about 2 minutes or so, turning about halfway.  You want the leaves to be dark green and crispy. Next, place roasted butternut squash on top of spinach.

In a medium sized bowl, beat eggs until well blended.  Add 2 cups of half & half and mix.  To the egg and cream mixture add the gruyere cheese and fried sage leaves, crumbled.   Season with pepper if desired.  I never add salt because the cheese contains a fair amount of sodium.

Place quiche in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes until just set.  Let cool before slicing and serving.

A simple salad of mixed greens, pumpkin seeds and diced pear tossed with a white balsamic vinaigrette would be a wonderful accompaniment to this rich and savory quiche.

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Summer’s Last Hurrah – Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Sep. 5th 2012

September brings a glimpse of the changing season with brilliant blue skies and cooler nights.  But the warm days keep me in a summer state of mind.  Light and tasty summer rolls are perfect for those days when you aren’t quite ready for heavier fall foods.

Got a football game on the calendar?  These are a great alternative to ho-hum cheese and crackers.  Julienne vegetables, fresh herbs, avocado to make it super yummy – all rolled up like a burrito in rice paper wrappers.  Drizzle a bit of peanut sauce and it’s a party!

Summer Rolls 

Rice paper wrappers

Assorted raw vegetables:  yellow squash, zucchini, carrots, red bell pepper, cucumber, bean sprouts, pea shoots, leaf lettuce and avocado -

Fresh herbs – I used mint, basil and cilantro.

Grilled chicken or shrimp (optional)

One of the things I love about making Summer Rolls is that you can use whatever raw vegetables and fresh herbs you have on hand.  Don’t like red bell pepper?  Don’t use it.  Not a fan of cilantro?  Skip it.

I like my Summer Rolls vegan, but if you want to add grilled shrimp or chicken go for it.

Take your rice paper wrapper and soak it in water for about 20 seconds. A dinner plate works well for this. Carefully lift the wrapper from the water and lay flat.  Arrange the julienne vegetables on the wrap so the tips of the vegetables are near the edge and down the center.  Sprinkle fresh herbs over vegetables.  Fold the bottom up and roll like a burrito.  It may take a little practice to figure out the right amount of filling.  The wrappers tear easily.  Too tight and they rip.  Too loose and everything falls out on the first bite.   A couple of practice rolls and you’ll have the technique mastered!

Peanut Sauce

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons minced ginger

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Pinch red pepper flakes

1/4 cup coconut milk or water

Combine ingredients in small saucepan whisking in coconut milk last.  Heat over medium setting until sauce thickens.  You may need to increase liquid if it gets too thick.  Serve warm or cold.

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Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa & Lime-Cilantro Crema

May. 5th 2012


Grab a cold Corona and whip up these spicy Shrimp Tacos to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, warmer weather or just being alive!

For Chipotle Shrimp Tacos:

1 pound fresh shrimp, shelled and deveined

chipotle pepper powder

chili powder

1 tablespoon olive oil

shredded green cabbage

corn or flour tortillas

Heat olive oil in saute pan.  Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.  Generously coat shrimp with chipotle powder.  Saute in olive oil for 4-5 minutes.  Place in warm tortilla with shredded cabbage, mango salsa and lime-cilantro crema.  Serves 4

*** If you like it hot, go for the straight chipotle powder.  I did the first batch this way and really liked it.  Chipotle peppers are smoked dried jalapeno peppers.  They add a wonderful smokiness and heat to a dish. For those who prefer a milder version, use half chili powder and half chipotle powder.  And if you want no heat at all…. saute the shrimp with minced garlic.  It’s all good!


Mango Salsa

1 mango, peeled and diced

1/2 cup pineapple, diced

1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

1 tablespoon jalapeno, minced

2 tablespoons red onion, minced

2 teaspoons cilantro, chopped

2 teaspoons lime juice

Mix all ingredients together.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*** Save time by picking up prepared mango salsa at Whole Foods.  It is made fresh in the store daily.


Lime-Cilantro Crema

1/2 cup low-fat or fat-free greek yogurt

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

juice of 1 lime

Mix all ingredients.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Traditionally crema is made with sour cream.  By using greek yogurt, you can cut the saturated fat and even the pickiest of eaters won’t be able to taste the difference.

These tacos are a cinch to prepare and ready in a flash, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy that Corona :)


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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Aug. 21st 2011

I’m heading to Salt Lake City on Tuesday to attend the Usana Health Sciences convention.  Usana is the company I’ve partnered with for nutritional supplements.  With keynote speakers such as Dr. Christiane Northrup, Rudy Ruettiger, Chris Gardner and Shawn Achor for inspiration and learning about the latest developments in nutritional science from leading doctors and research scientists, it will be a busy week.  I always find it helpful to have a bit of a game plan before arriving to ensure that I am able to get the most out of the week.   With Steve joining me this year, one of my many lists is restaurants with gluten free menus.

A few years ago, Steve adopted a gluten free diet.  Not by choice.  Not because it is trendy.  Not because he thought it was a great way to lose weight.  Nope.  Steve has an intolerance to gluten – the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and spelt.  Gluten is also found in many products that you might not suspect such as soy sauce, thickeners, luncheon meats and malt vinegars – just to name a few.

Gluten sensitivities from mild intolerance to celiac disease have risen to prominence in recent years.  It is estimated that up to one third of the population may have some form of sensitivity to gluten.  Symptoms often mimic other conditions and include:  bloating, gas, diarrhea, fatigue, joint pain, headaches and skin rashes.  A simple way to determine if you have a sensitivity to gluten is to do an elimination diet.  Remove all gluten from your diet for 3-4 weeks.  Have your symptoms improved?  Do you feel better?  Re-introduce gluten containing foods over several days.  Did your symptoms return?  If you noticed a difference, it is a good idea to get tested to rule out celiac disease which is an autoimmune disease.

Take a peek in my cupboards and you’ll find a variety of gluten free products.  What you wouldn’t have found was a variety of gluten free flours for baking.  That is until this week.  Faced with a seemingly endless supply of zucchini from my CSA farm share, my thoughts turned to zucchini bread.   This gluten free recipe from Karina Allrich is absolutely delicious!!

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread Recipe

You can make this lovely gluten-free zucchini bread with or without eggs. And it’s dairy-free. Its delicate flavor comes from a secret ingredient. Coconut milk.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Line the bottom of a 9-inch loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Lightly oil it.

You’ll need:

1 rounded cup of fresh, grated zucchini (I partially peel my zukes, in stripes)
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch (sometimes called tapioca flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light olive oil or coconut oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
2 free-range organic egg whites, beaten or egg replacer (1/4 cup liquid)
1/4 cup coconut milk


1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Press the grated zucchini with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as you can. After pressing, fluff with a fork.   Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sorghum flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, and cinnamon. Add in the brown sugar.
Add the oil, lemon juice, egg whites or egg replacer, and the coconut milk. Beat to combine and continue to beat on medium high until the batter is smooth- about two minutes.
Add in almost all of the shredded zucchini (I save out a few shreds to decorate the top of the loaf) and stir by hand to combine. If you are adding nuts, stir them in to distribute.
Scoop and scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and using a silicone spatula, even out the top.
Add a few shedded zucchini strands to the top.
Bake in the center of a preheated oven until the top is golden and firm, yet gives a bit when lightly touched. It should feel slightly springy. This may take anywhere from 50 to 60 minutes. It took 55 minutes for my zucchini bread to bake. Test with a thin sharp knife or a wooden pick- either should emerge with no crumbs or batter.

Cook time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 9-inch loaf


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Nourishing Recipe: Red Lentil and Vegetable Stew over Basmati Rice

Sep. 21st 2010

The crisp mornings and cool evenings have me thinking of warm fires, a comforting cuppa tea and big pots of soup.  Lentils have been on my mind, so tonight I’m making a big pot of Red Lentil & Vegetable  Stew.  Red lentils are a favorite of mine.  They cook quickly, sit lightly on the belly and are easy to digest.  Lentils are a great source of fiber which helps to lower cholesterol and control blood sugars.  High in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, lentils increase vitality in the kidneys and adrenals.   A great source of protein, lentils help build strength.  Energetically, lentils promote grounding.

Red Lentil and Vegetable Stew over Basmati Rice

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 ¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced

3  large garlic cloves, chopped

4 cups water or vegetable broth

1 teaspoon curry powder

¾ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup red lentils, picked over to remove stones and rinsed

4 carrots, peeled and sliced

5 cups chopped spinach (swiss chard works well too!)

1 ½ cups frozen peas

½ cup fresh cilantro

Prepared brown Basmati rice

Heat oil in large stock pot over medium-low heat.  Add onions and ¼ teaspoon of the salt and cook until onions are soft and translucent.  Stir in garlic and ginger, sautéing until garlic is golden, but not brown.

Add curry powder, turmeric ,cumin and red pepper flakes and cook over low heat about 1 minute.  Add red lentils and broth.  Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add carrots and remaining salt, cover and simmer for another 15-20 minutes until the carrots are soft and the lentils have broken down to a coarse puree’.

Remove cover, adding spinach and peas.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Stir in cilantro and season to taste with freshly ground pepper.  If stew is too thick, add water.

Ladle stew over steaming brown basmati rice.

4-6 servings


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