Kid Friendly

Healthy recipes that even the young ones will enjoy.

Chocolate Ice Cream

This wonderful chocolate ice cream has a deep chocolate flavor and a creamy texture. It requires no ice cream maker. Simply mix, refrigerate, then freeze. Since the cocoa powder slows down the freezing process, this ice cream takes a long time to freeze, so it’s best to make it a day in advance. Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Muffins

These incredibly tasty gluten free muffins are light and fluffy. They are at least as good as “regular” muffins, and with 9 grams net carbs and 9 grams of protein per muffin, are a far better breakfast choice. Click for the recipe

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Intensely chocolaty and delightfully creamy, this chocolate frozen yogurt recipe is the result of several attempts at getting to perfection. No need for an ice cream maker – simply stir the yogurt during the first 2 hours to achieve a creamy consistency.

Since the bitterness of the cocoa powder and the tang of the yogurt require a fairly large amount of sweetener, I opted to use xylitol in this recipe (here’s why I think xylitol is safe). If you prefer not to use sugar alcohols, you can simply use granulated sugar instead, or perhaps honey, although the nutritional analysis will change of course.

Out of all my frozen yogurt recipes, this chocolate frozen yogurt takes the longest to freeze. I’m not sure why, but unlike the others, this one is best if left to freeze overnight. Click for the recipe

Strawberry Ice Cream

Creamy and fresh, this homemade strawberry ice cream is a wonderful summer treat that requires no ice cream maker. Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Scones

These tender, delicious gluten-free scones make a wonderful weekend breakfast treat. These are for Mom – she’s been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and has been completely avoiding baked goods for a long time now. She and my dad will visit us soon, and as I was telling her about my experiments with low-carb baking, and how these baked goods do not affect my blood sugar the way bread does, she sheepishly asked, “Remember those amazing whole wheat scones you used to make that I loved so much? Maybe you can come up with a low-carb version of those?”

Needless to say, as soon as we hung up the phone, I was scouring the Internet for gluten free scones recipes. Several attempts yielded less-than-optimal results (edible, but not mom-or-blog-worthy), but this one is a keeper. Tender, sweet and chocolaty, these gluten free scones are almost as good as flour scones. Click for the recipe

Zucchini Noodles

These zucchini noodles are unbelievably good. Savoring the cheesy, garlicky strands, I thought to myself, well, it’s not EXACTLY like real pasta, but it’s surprisingly close. The best part? No need to use a scary mandoline, or to pre-salt the zucchini strands. Simply slice, sauté, season and enjoy. Click for the recipe

Hamburger Casserole

A delicious, cheesy hamburger casserole – a classic comfort food! I owe this very flavorful hamburger casserole recipe to Alix. Alix wrote, a few weeks ago, “I’m a big fan of you and your blog. I’m a university student who “went health nerd” a couple of years ago and frequently use your recipes. I recognize a lot of healthified childhood staples here. One “staple” I’m always looking for a healthier version of is a particular casserole I loved growing up. I guess you could call it a “hamburger casserole” – ground beef, pasta, pasta sauce, mozzarella, gravy … you know, all the food groups. I was wondering if you had a healthy version of this or a similar dish you could share. Would love to give it a try.”

Alix’s hamburger casserole sounded delicious, so I was happy to make a healthier version. I simply omitted the pasta, browned the ground beef and onions, added pizza sauce and cheese, and baked. This hamburger casserole is saucy, so definitely serve it on top of something – tonight I served it over plain shirataki noodles (make sure you rinse, boil and dry them in a hot skillet first), but cauliflower rice should work well too. Click for the recipe