archive for April, 2009

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Posted on April 30, 2009

This gluten free Ranch Dressing is super easy to make and dairy-free to boot.  I will be using it quite a bit this summer for salads, dips and sandwiches.  Typically the base of a Ranch Dressing is buttermilk, however, I’ve omitted that ingredient and gone a completely different route in preparing this rich and creamy condiment.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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¼ cup grapeseed oil vegenaisse or Paleo Mayo
1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 clove garlic, pressed
⅛ teaspoon minced scallion
pinch celtic sea salt

Combine all […]

Cobb Salad

Posted on April 29, 2009

With a few edits to the classic Cobb, this tasty traditional salad becomes nutritious high protein fare packed with healthy veggies.  This Cobb Salad is a great make ahead dish.  Prepare individual ingredients earlier in the day or the night before and then assemble the salad just before serving.

Traditionally, blue cheese is one of the main ingredients in Cobb Salad, however, I’ve eliminated this ingredient to create a delicious dairy-free dinner.  Of course, Cobb Salad is traditionally gluten-free, so that was […]

Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake

Posted on April 27, 2009

Here’s another flourless cake for those looking for an alternative to almond flour or in search of a nut-free recipe.  My husband and older son loved this fruity chocolate cake.  I was thinking that with a nice strawberry frosting this cake would make a delicious banana split type dessert.

This gluten-free, grain-free cake is quick and easy.  You’ll just want to make sure that your bananas are quite ripe to ensure its sweetness.  If you can do dairy, this cake would […]

Orange Arugula Salad

Posted on April 24, 2009

This delicious salad is full of a variety of flavors.  The arugula is a buttery, bitter green and the oranges are sweet, sour and tangy.  Spiking dinner salads with fruit is a great trick when it comes to getting children enthused about eating their greens.  Works pretty well on green-phobic adults as well.  My boys devoured this salad right alongside my husband and myself the other night at dinner.

This Orange Arugula Salad paired with Mustard Lime Chicken makes a delightful […]

Sesame Dip

Posted on April 21, 2009

Garnish this Sesame Dip starter with pieces of carrot and celery for dipping and you have an instantly satisfying salty and crunchy snack.  This dip is a hit at parties and was enjoyed at our Passover Seder (thinned out with a bit of water and) served over roasted asparagus.  It’s quite versatile and makes a great salad dressing as well.

Unfortunately, we devoured all of the Sesame Dip at our Seder.  I was determined to make another batch the next day.  […]

Bread 2.0

Posted on April 17, 2009

This gluten free, gum free and yeast free bread is great toasted and spread with goat cheese, nut butter or dipped in olive oil.

Hello Mark’s Daily Apple readers! Be sure to check out my Paleo/primal Bread recipe.

I’ve been a bit lazy in the kitchen this past week –we’ve had sandwich night twice already.  I slice and toast the gluten-free bread (pictured) and then put it out with organic turkey slices, romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, dijon mustard, grapeseed oil vegenaise and […]

Double Chocolate Mocha Biscotti

Posted on April 14, 2009

These Double Chocolate Mocha Biscotti are egg-free and gluten-free.  Because eggs are a main component of biscotti, I haven’t seen a lot, if any egg-free recipes, for this type of cookie.  My favorite thing about these gluten-free biscotti, however, is how simple they are to make.  Just throw everything in the food processor and you’re already halfway there.

Double Chocolate Mocha Biscotti

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2 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
¼ cup cacao powder
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon organic decaf coffee, espresso grind
¼ teaspoon celtic […]

Chocolate Walnut Torte

Posted on April 10, 2009

Food is politics.  More than ever.  So, imagine my surprise when I found this comment the other day, right here on my little ol’ blog saying:

“I love your recipe blog, but really don’t agree with your political views or comments.  Try to stay more focused on the food instead of politics. You may keep more friends that way.”

I’d never thought of being less than genuine and hiding my views as way to gain friends.  Call me naive, that’s one strategy […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Posted on April 7, 2009

How low can you go?!  This gluten free chocolate peanut butter tart is sweetened with a delicious alternative sweetener that I have been enjoying of late –yacon syrup.

This lower glycemic sweetener is derived from the yacon plant which is often referred to as “apple of the earth.”  Yacon is high in fructooligosacharides (FOS), a form of fructose that is lower in sugar than others and is in fact, also a pre-biotic.  This sweetener feeds the friendly bacteria in the […]

Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes

Posted on April 3, 2009

Are you spending too much time on the computer?  That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.  After reading this article in The Atlantic and finding out about this new site that calculates the amount of time spent on twitter, I’ve really been pondering this matter.

I haven’t been pondering it too much though.  Instead, last weekend, I took a break and left my computer off for 48 hours.  Wow, I did have quite a surprise on Monday morning, […]