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

Homemade Chocolate

Making homemade chocolate is easy, and when you make it at home, you know exactly what goes into your chocolate and can avoid unwanted additives such as soy lecithin. Using coconut oil makes this delicious homemade chocolate extra healthy, but also extra melty, so keep it in the fridge and remove 5 minutes before serving. Click for the recipe

Oven Fried Chicken

Delicious oven-fried chicken, crispy on the outside and very juicy on the inside, coated with a gluten-free mix of almond meal and Parmesan. Click for the recipe

Roasted Green Beans

Green beans are roasted in a hot oven until just-tender, then seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes and Parmesan. Click for the recipe

tomato sauce

I’ve got nothing against using a store-bought tomato sauce, as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar, flavoring, preservatives, or the all-mysterious “spices.” If the list of ingredients is clean, I go ahead and use it – it’s a huge time saver, and I really enjoy Rao’s spicy tomato sauce.

Having said that, sometimes I like to make my own quick homemade tomato sauce. It’s ready in 10 minutes, it’s very flavorful, and you can use it in so many ways – the obvious are as pasta sauce or pizza sauce, but you can also use it as a base for shakshuka or for baked eggs; cook meatballs in it; or use it as a topping for bruschetta.

I use the Pomi brand of chopped tomatoes for this recipe. I like this brand because it’s BPA-free, has no added sugar or salt, and also because the Italian tomatoes are sweeter than American canned diced tomatoes. Click for the recipe

Beef Tenderloin Roast

Beef tenderloin roast is an expensive cut of beef, perfect for special occasions. This simple method of searing the beef tenderloin roast in a skillet, then finishing it in a hot oven, produces a tender, juicy, very flavorful roast. Click for the recipe