paleo

Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

There are some flavors that are inextricably linked to seasons. Pumpkin, for example, is a fall staple. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and peppermint make me think of winter. Summer is the season of watermelon, and for me, grilled corn.  Grilling corn until it is slightly charred adds phenomenal flavor depth to a vegetable that can be […]

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Cilantro Crema

Hosting is often labeled an “art”, as in “the art of hosting” or “the art of entertaining.” I would argue that hosting is better described as a “practice”, much like either law or yoga, rather than an art. Practice, by the way, is defined as “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill […]

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Avocado Chimichurri

  Christmas may be heralded as the most wonderful time of the year, but I think that’s pretty unfair to spring. Oh spring. I’m so glad you’ve arrived. The sun is still up when I get home and we have a couple of hours of daylight left to grill on the patio and catch up, […]

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Herb-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Red Peppers & Asparagus

Roasted chicken and vegetables is one of my favorite comfort foods (in the “healthy comfort food” subsection, of course).  Don’t worry cookie dough, you’re still on top of the all-around favorite comfort food list.  I knew I was going to have to work late one evening a few weeks ago, so I marinated some chicken […]

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Butternut Squash Stuffed with Chorizo, Spinach & Cotija

This recipe is Part II of my Cinco de Mayo menu. I had to drag the post out a few days to keep my dear readers on the edges of their seats. I’m sure you’ve been asking yourself when, oh when, will I get around to posting the entire menu. Well, my friends, not today. […]

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Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake

I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing more and more spaghetti squash recipes all over the internet. I’d tried it before, but was always disappointed in the bland flavor. We’re huge squash and pumpkin fiends in my family; my standards are high because I know how delicious an exquisite kabocha squash is with nothing more than […]

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Mini Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Feta

I am pretty surprised myself that I’m proudly posting a recipe for meatloaf. What a frumpy food! I associate meatloaf with flavorless, dense, brown, sad clumps of meat stuffed with artificially-sweetened ketchup and some misery. That’s my dramatic way of saying that I don’t really like meatloaf. My first, and most intelligent, issue with it […]

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Creamy Parsnip & Pumpkin Soup with Thyme-Crusted Proscuitto

A vegetable-based, creamy soup is perfect for frigid winter nights. It’s healthy enough to be respectable (compared to, like, pizza) and more rich and smooth than you’d expect from a humble parsnip soup.  There are three keys to this comforting, flavorful soup:  Coconut milk – unsweetened coconut milk is not a “healthy” substitute for heavy […]

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Italian Sausage & Eggplant Roll

I take recipe naming very seriously. I think I took the chapter in Freakonomics entitled “A Roshanda By Any Other Name” to the extreme to heart. In the aforementioned chapter, the authors of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, analyze the long-term impact that the simple act of naming a baby has on the child’s future. […]

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Chicken and Chorizo Skillet with Roasted Cauliflower and Zucchini

I was going to post a leftover turkey dish today, but I just can’t type the word “turkey” anymore. I’m sick of the stuff. Instead, today I have a delicious, turkey-free recipe for a chicken and chorizo skillet with roasted cauliflower and zucchini. The flavor – and the heat – comes largely from a Peri-Peri spice […]

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