posts tagged "holiday"

Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again –Purim. Which means time for Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. This year because so many of you requested it on my Facebook page, I’ve developed Hamantaschen that are not only gluten and grain-free, they are nut-free as well.

Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar took quite some time to perfect. While I typically use almond flour to make cookies here, I use coconut flour –a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, and baked goods. This is the first time that I have developed a gluten-free cookie recipe using coconut flour.

Homemade Steak Rub

Posted on December 19, 2013

Homemade steak rub adds incredible flavor to grassfed steak and makes a great DIY gift for friends and family.

Whether you’re a family that’s gone gluten-free due to someone with celiac, or a die hard CrossFitter following the Paleo diet, you’ll love my homemade steak rub. It’s not only full of organic antioxidant-rich spices, it adds incredible flavor to your grass-fed or regular meat.

And, if you’re someone like me who needs to eat more red meat to get stronger, yet does ... read more →

10 Healthy Ingredients that Make Great Gifts

Posted on December 15, 2013

Looking for holiday gifts? Here are 10 healthy ingredients that make great gifts, from sweetly satisfying organic vanilla powder, to coconut butter so good you can eat it straight out of the jar, to gourmet olives that will knock your socks off during cocktail hour. These healthy ingredients are fantastic for everyone from folks following a gluten-free diet, to CrossFit friends that have gone full on Paleo, to that special neighbor who simply likes to cook with real food.

During the ... read more →

Paleo Halloween Cupcakes

Posted on October 25, 2013

Paleo Halloween Cupcakes are perfect party fare for guests with food allergies and those with none at all.

I think cupcakes and Halloween go together like apple pie and Thanksgiving, complementing each other oh so well.

These gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free Paleo Halloween Cupcakes are a wonderfully festive dessert. While we can no longer give out homemade treats to our trick-or-treaters, making Paleo Halloween Cupcakes for Halloween gatherings and parties screams celebration to your ghoulish guests. I hope you enjoy this fun ... read more →

Paleo Valentine’s Day Recipes

Posted on February 7, 2013

You can ? Paleo treats on Valentine’s Day (as well as any other time of the year).

Here are my favorite Paleo Valentine’s Day recipes. I’m not much of a romantic, so I must confess that Valentine’s Day is not my favorite “holiday,” however, there is an upside, and that is chocolate.

The gluten-free, dairy-free Paleo recipes below are full of healthy ingredients such as coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil, and dark chocolate. So give your loved ones some higher-protein treats ... read more →

Paleo Hanukkah Menu

Posted on December 5, 2012

Latkes with apple sauce are my favorite part of the Hanukkah meal –gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo of course.

The Hanukkah meal is a special dinner for us during the holiday season, we look forward to it all year. As soon as the gluten-free latkes hit the plate, they seem to disappear. Boys + latkes = lethal combination.

I am sharing our Paleo Hanukkah Menu so that you too can enjoy this amazing holiday whether you are Jewish or not.

I began the tradition ... read more →

Paleo Turkey Hash

Posted on November 23, 2012

Paleo Turkey Hash is the perfect remanifestation of your Thanksgiving leftovers.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you wonder, what to do with all of those leftovers? In fact, you might puzzle over this all weekend. What to do with the remains of a feast that have now become “must go’s”? Gluten free turkey hash is the answer to your post-Thanksgiving woes, and to that perennial question, what to do with all of that leftover turkey.

With just 3 main ingredients (onion, ... read more →

Thanksgiving Condiment and Sauce Recipes

Posted on November 18, 2012

Paleo condiments and sauces will make your Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers sparkle.

Here are my favorite Paleo Thanksgiving condiment and sauce recipes. All of these gluten free accompaniments will be used in my house throughout the entire Thanksgiving weekend to keep our leftovers jazzy and exciting.

Healthy condiments spice up surplus food (in other words “must go’s”), so that you can keep serving your guests scraps and remnants of your turkey day meal during a long holiday weekend of football games, parades ... read more →

Paleo 4th of July

Posted on June 27, 2012

If you are looking to celebrate July 4th with some fun, festive food; look no further. I have an array of quick and easy gluten free recipes that will satisfy family and friends.

For the most part, the menu below is Paleo –the Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies are more Primal than Paleo –still I included them for those looking for a healthy party treat.

Paleo 4th of July Recipes

Easy Veggie Snack
No Potato Salad
Cucumber Salad
Green Chili Turkey Burgers
Simple Fruit Salad
Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I ... read more →

Paleo Passover Recipes

Posted on April 2, 2012

Paleo recipes take your gluten free seder to the next level of healthiness.

Although I’ve been grain free since 2001, this will be our first strictly Paleo Passover seder. I’m sharing my seder menu since the requests for Paleo Passover recipes are coming in a mile a minute.

Many of these gluten free Passover recipes are traditional Jewish fare and can be used for other Jewish holidays as well –think Squash Pie, which I serve as kugel.

I hope this menu will make ... read more →

Gluten Free Tu B’shevat

Posted on January 26, 2012

photo by tess_marie on flickr.com

What is Tu B’shevat you ask? Why it is the holiday of trees established by the Talmudic rabbis sometime between the 3rd to 5th century –the early part of the Middle Ages.

As the daughter of liberal Jewish activists (my parents met at a civil rights meeting in the 1960’s) I’ve always been really into this holiday which is described by wikipedia as follows:

Tu Bishvat is considered by secular Israeli Jews and organizations to be the Jewish ... read more →

Giveaway: Holiday Goodies

Posted on December 21, 2011

You can win The Girl Hunter, a Moleskin Recipe Journal, The Future of Food documentary on DVD or a 5 pound bag of almond flour.

It’s the holidays. A time for gifts. And giveaways. Here’s what I’ve got today!

Gingersnaps

Posted on December 5, 2011

Craving gluten free Gingersnaps? Here you go.

Healthy yet tasty gingersnaps are a deliciously addictive traditional holiday cookie. My gluten free, grain free version contain a good dose of anti-inflammatory ginger. I’m passionate about creating desserts that please the palate and contain super foods as well –a win-win situation for myself, my family and my readers.

These cookies are one of those rare vegan, yet primal friendly treats. These nutritious cookies are the perfect primal friendly treat. I won’t call them Paleo ... read more →

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts

Posted on November 27, 2011

Stainless steel snack containers, mulling spices, cookie mix in a jar and a Wally mug; simple, yet useful gifts for the holidays.

Finding the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones can be a challenge. Especially if you’ve put off your holiday shopping until now.

Because we celebrate Chanukah it seems like we have far less pressure during the holiday season –though that could simply be the mindset I undertake during the holidays when I try to block out everything I ... read more →

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted on November 18, 2011

Make your Thanksgiving meal one of abundance AND health with these easy nutritious Paleo recipes.

A completely Paleo Thanksgiving menu –all gluten free, grain free and sugar free, including many delicious superfoods. Ten recipes for appetizers, salad, dinner, dessert and more.

For decades my father has said “eat the rainbow,” and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do just that. Each year, we have a variety of gorgeous, colorful dishes on the table, from the green of kale and brussel sprouts, to ... read more →

Healthier Halloween Candy

Posted on October 25, 2011

If you find the ingredients in Halloween candy a little spooky, you may want to try making treats for your children this holiday. The recipes below for healthier Halloween candy are a great way to please palates in search of sweets this season.

Gluten Free Fourth of July Recipes

Posted on June 30, 2011

For our July 4th celebration this year I will be serving some of my favorite gluten free recipes (pictured above/listed below).  We will have a small gathering at our house with two other families, then we’ll hike up Mount Sanitas to watch the fireworks show.

My younger son is begging us to take him up to the mountains for July 4th.  However, my older son has a bunch of baseball practices prior to the All Star District Tournament, and these practices ... read more →

Gluten Free Easter Recipes

Posted on April 18, 2011

The spring holidays (Easter and Passover) mark my favorite time of year. The ground begins to thaw, buds make their way up through the soil and the ground comes alive again. Year after year, my garden is reborn after a deep sleep –signs of transformation abound. As everything in my yard wakes up, a renewed hope and the promise of abundance emerge as well. This lovely time of transformation is the perfect backdrop for Passover and Easter.

Since Easter is in less than a ... read more →

Gluten Free Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 16, 2011

Lots going on here with a double header holiday week that includes both St. Patrick’s Day and Purim.  All of the festivities are keeping me quite busy. Luckily, I have not attempted to make green Hamantaschen, though if things keep progressing at this rate I just might.

Here are some of my favorite gluten free St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  They run the gamut from Peppermint Patties to Irish Soda Bread to a green shake –a little bit of something for everyone.

Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Posted on February 10, 2011

Here’s some gluten free Valentine’s Day desserts and treats for y’all.

I’m not a big Valentine’s day person, more of the practical type, so I don’t have a lot to say about, well, you know.  What I can tell you is that you might fall in love with one of the desserts below.  These gluten free recipes are made with wonderfully satisfying ingredients such as anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate, high protein almond flour and fiber rich coconut flour.  There really is ... read more →