Gluten Free

Even if you’re not allergic to gluten, you could have a gluten intolerance. Large quantities of gluten are likely very hard on most of us. These gluten free recipes were carefully crafted to ensure taste and texture are not sacrificed when removing gluten, especially from baked goods.

Paleo Muffins

Delicious Paleo muffins that taste like little honey cakes. Lovely for breakfast and great for the kids’ lunchboxes. Click for the recipe

Grilled Shrimp

These grilled shrimp are easy and delicious. Simply coat the shrimp with sauce, and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Whenever I make these grilled shrimp, I’m reminded that “fast food” does not have to equal “junk food!” Click for the recipe

Chocolate Mug Cake

Just so you know, I’ve been working on making the perfect chocolate mug cake for six months now. I wanted it to be just right – rich, chocolaty, gooey, and I also wanted it to be free of flour, not just to keep it gluten free but also because wheat flour is just not the most nutritious thing to put into one’s body.

I tried maybe 20 recipe, I kid you not, and besides gaining 5 pounds (OK, I don’t know exactly how much I gained but my jeans were definitely tighter for a while), I was sorely disappointed in all of them, mostly the texture – it was either very dry, or too crumbly and not cake-like.

Then it dawned on me – this wonderful gluten free chocolate cake, one of the culinary creations I am most proud of, deeply chocolaty and moist and so so good – why not try to microwave it? So I did, and OH MY GOD. This is chocolate heaven, ready in five minutes (including mixing the ingredients), and my only complaint is that it makes two servings (and difficult to halve because it uses one egg for the two servings), and it’s so good that unless you have someone to consume the second serving immediately, you WILL eat the second one, I guarantee it, from shameful personal experience.

The good news is that without wheat flour or white sugar, and with the goodness of almond butter, eggs and cocoa powder, even two servings will likely not result in the same blood sugar catastrophe that two servings of a regular chocolate cake would have caused (I actually measured my blood sugar to make sure).

OK, here’s the recipe. Click for the recipe

Coconut Haystacks

It’s really easy to make coconut haystacks at home, and if you use dark chocolate and unsweetened coconut, it’s a very healthy treat, too! Click for the recipe

Baked Plantain Chips

It’s official: baked plantain chips are my new favorite snack. I’ve always been curious about the big, fat plantains I always see at the grocery store. They looked like bananas, but I knew they were different, and upon researching online, I quickly learned that unlike bananas, plantains (considered a safe starch) require cooking. Green plantains are starchy, not sweet at all, and can be fried or baked; yellow, ripe plantains are mildly sweet and are excellent when sauteed with butter or coconut oil and cinnamon.

So. These baked plantain chips. Wow. Delicious, mildly spicy, and very flavorful. Great with guacamole, just as great on their own. And so easy to make! The only difficult part in this recipe is slicing the plantain thinly enough to produce crisp chips – the thinner you can get them, the crispier they will be, but I can tell you from personal experience that even the too-thick slices are delicious. They’re not as crispy, but nevertheless they are very, very tasty. Click for the recipe

taco salad

Taco salad makes a quick, tasty weeknight dinner. Simply sauté the beef with some onions, add spices, then build your salad. Bagged salad greens and store-bought salsa make this taco salad recipe especially fast, and you could obviously use store-bought taco seasoning too. Click for the recipe

Nori Wrapped Salmon

The idea is genius: bake your salmon in a wrap, to retain its moisture, only this particular wrap is edible, and lends extra flavor and texture to the salmon. When I saw this recipe over at Mark Sisson’s blog, I knew immediately that it was going to be easy and delicious, and I wasn’t disappointed. A great option for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner, this nori wrapped salmon is ready in 20 minutes. Click for the recipe