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

Chocolate Covered Raspberries

These chocolate raspberry cups are amazing. As you take your first bite, the contrast between the tart juiciness of the fruit and the creamy sweetness of the chocolate is tantalizing. Do make these with fresh raspberries – I suspect that mushy frozen raspberries just won’t be the same. Click for the recipe


Gazpacho, a spiced, chilled tomato soup, is super refreshing and one of my favorite ways to chill on a hot summer day. For the tomato sauce, I like to use Pomi Strained Tomatoes – a very clean product, just tomatoes with nothing else added, no preservatives, BPA free and non-GMO; Sadly, fresh tomatoes often lack flavor, and these strained tomatoes are very, very flavorful. 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

Paleo Chocolate Donuts

These chocolate donuts boast a clean list of ingredients and a wonderful, deeply chocolaty flavor. The starch comes from plantain, and while you CAN faintly taste it, especially when trying these without the glaze, the glazed donuts are rich, chocolaty and delicious. As in, it’s very difficult to stop at one!

As always when it comes to clean baked goods, do not compare these donuts to “real” cake donuts. They are not as sweet, but they are also not as junky. No grains, no trans fats, no oxidized seed oils, no white sugar, no artificial colors and flavors, no preservatives. Click for the recipe

Steak Fajitas

Intensely flavorful and spicy but not too hot, these steak fajitas are ready fast. I’ve got nothing against marinating the meat before cooking, but if you forget to marinate, like I did today, worry not – simply season the beef and the vegetables well, saute them quickly, and these steak fajitas will turn out just as delicious and flavorful as fajitas made with marinated steak. Click for the recipe