pulled chicken

This incredibly flavorful pulled chicken is spicy and tangy, with just a hint of sweetness. It’s amazing on top of shredded cabbage – the combination of the warm, spicy shredded meat and the cool, crunchy cabbage is delightful. Obviously, you could also serve this pulled chicken over rice, or in a bun, but I highly recommend trying shredded cabbage! Click for the recipe

spicy barbecue sauce

This spicy barbecue sauce is delicious. The bonus: it’s free of the yucky additives typically added to store-bought barbecue sauces; it’s free of refined sugar; and it’s relatively low in sugars and carbohydrates. I find that there’s no need to add salt to this barbecue sauce, but do taste it when it’s done and salt to your own taste if you think it needs it. Click for the recipe

Mini Bell Peppers Recipe

A very easy side dish, these broiled mini bell peppers are delicious and fun to eat. Their unique flavor is perfectly complemented by the olive oil and Parmesan. Click for the recipe

Frozen Yogurt Recipe

This frozen yogurt recipe requires no ice cream maker. It’s easy, delicious and wholesome. Unlike commercial frozen yogurt, it contains no yucky additives, so don’t expect the “perfect” texture you get when you add thickeners, stabilizers and emulsifiers. In this frozen yogurt recipe, you can taste the tang of the yogurt and the sweetness of the fruit. It’s simple, delicious, and best eaten on the day you make it.

The basic recipe is simple: yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract. To that, you can add fruit – fresh or frozen, pureed or chunky. I like to completely puree the fruit in the food processor, then add the yogurt, honey and vanilla. But you can blend the yogurt and honey first, then add the fruit and process briefly, leaving fruit chunks in your yogurt.

The possibilities are endless of course, but the flavors I make most often are those that my kids request – mango, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate. I’ll post each recipe separately over the next few weeks. Today, I’ll start with the basic recipe: vanilla frozen yogurt. Click for the recipe

Ranch Dressing Recipe

This homemade ranch dressing is delicious and has a clean ingredients list. If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients list of a typical commercial ranch dressing, you were probably horrified.

The ingredients list for Kraft ranch dressing, for example: Soybean Oil, Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Sodium Lactate, Whey, Salt, Garlic Juice, Buttermilk, Xanthan Gum, Phosphoric Acid, Polysorbate 60, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Dried Parsley, Spice, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Natural Flavor, Vitamin E, Artificial Flavor, Natamycin.

Kraft’s junkiness may not come as a huge surprise, but even Annie’s organic ranch dressing contains unhealthy seed oils, added sugar and a thickener. The ingredients list: Expeller pressed vegetable oil, water, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, buttermilk, cane sugar, sea salt, whole egg, onion, garlic, chives, xanthan gum, parsley.

It’s so easy to make your own ranch dressing using wholesome, clean ingredients, there’s truly no excuse not to. Here’s my basic recipe for homemade ranch dressing. Click for the recipe

Chicken Stroganoff

I wanted to make beef stroganoff, but all I had in the fridge were boneless skinless chicken breasts. So I thought, how bad could it be – succulent chicken breast cubes cooked in a delicious sauce of onions, mushrooms and sour cream?

Indeed, chicken stroganoff turned out to be a delicious dish. As per usual, I don’t serve it over noodles – it’s good on cauliflower rice, on shredded lettuce or cabbage, and it’s also very good on its own. Click for the recipe

Roasted Cabbage

Cabbage is always delicious, even when very simply prepared with butter and garlic. But roasting cabbage certainly elevates it into a whole new level, turning the humble cabbage into a crisp, tasty, salty-spicy snack. Click for the recipe