PEANUT AND CHICKEN SOUP

  Fragrant, earthy, spicy, and perfect for a cold winter day! Recipe adapted from “Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.” Ingredients: 2 tablespoons peanut or coconut oil ½ cup chopped onion (2½ ounces) 2 teaspoons minced garlic (¼ ounce) ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons yellow…

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COCO-CHOCO-CHIA BARS

This is another of my favorite recipes from Nourished. Is it candy or cookies? You can decide. They are good and good for you! Nourished contains a total of 237 recipes including: Vanilla Spice Broiled Chicken, Home Fries, Cheddar Biscuits with Butter and Jam, Candied Fennel Tart, and Raspberry Marshmallows. (The…

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PROTEIN BARS

The recipe for these bars is one my favorites from Nourished. They make a healthful addition to your repertoire of holiday cookies as well as great bars for snacking. Wrap them in parchment paper and then in foil to use as a portable lunchbox treat, much less expensive than purchased protein bars. Ingredients: ¼ cup…

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THE PUDDING OF HAPPINESS

Pudding Cups Judy Barnes Baker

My husband counts the pills I put out for him in the morning to be sure I didn’t sneak in anything new. If he doesn’t recognize one, I have to show him the bottle. Once, when my children were small, I overheard my vegetable-phobic son whisper to his sister, “Don’t eat the…

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COOKIES FOR EVERYONE

Here is my first new recipe since discovering that I am allergic to eggs, almonds, and possibly dairy products. (The jury is still out on some dairy, but for now, it’s off limits.) It cheered me up immensely that these were so good. This is my new reality, but food allergies are…

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LOW-CARB, GLUTEN-FREE, FLAX-FREE, FLEXIBLE WRAPS

I’ve been experimenting with flexible wraps since I posted an article about the potential dangers of flax, a common ingredient in many gluten-free wraps, breads, and tortillas. The original post is here. I wanted a replacement that would taste great, be easy to make, low in carbs, and flexible enough to use for tacos and sandwiches, but free of plant…

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THE ESSENCE OF SPRING: RHUBARB SHORTCAKE

My rhubarb plants start testing the air in mid-winter, sending up ruffled probes through the mulch to ask, “Is it time yet?” Those persistent little sprouts are always a cheerful reminder that Spring will eventually come, no matter how remote it seems on a cold, gloomy day. The strawberries are not yet planted, but the rhubarb was ready to harvest before the…

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GLUTEN-FREE YOGURT BISCUITS

  I am so excited about my new recipe! It came out perfect the first time I tried it. The recipe is super easy and quick to make and the biscuits taste astonishingly like the buttermilk biscuits my mother used to make, but these are gluten-free, wheat-free, and low-carb. I used Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-free Bake Mix™ as a starting point. Isn’t…

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SHIRATAKI NOODLES WITHOUT SOY: NASOYA PASTA ZERO

Suffering from pasta withdrawal? Here’s a clip from Portlandia to show you how hard it can get! (Thanks to Laurie-Avalanche Rosen for sharing this.) I’m still looking for the perfect pasta substitute. Dreamfield’s contains wheat; spaghetti squash is, well, squash; spiral-sliced zucchini, sorry, still squash; shirataki is rubbery and tasteless; tofu shirataki contains soy……

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VALIDATION: Peter Reinhart

   Gluten-free products, recipes, and cookbooks are everywhere these days, but most of them just sub high-carb starches like potato, corn, tapioca, and rice for wheat, rye, and barley. The cookbook above is different. You can’t read the subtitle very well here, but it says, “80 Low-carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss.”…

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CRISP-BRAISED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SPROUTED BEANS AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

Crisp-Braised Chicken Thighs with Sprouted Beans & Pumpkin Seeds 4 servings The classic French pairing of duck confit and lentils inspired this dish of crispy-skinned, succulent chicken thighs atop a savory combo of sprouted beans and sautéed pumpkin seeds. Inexpensive chicken thighs cook up moist and tender and the gluten-free,…

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VIDEO #3: EZ CREAMY STAWBERRY PIE

EZ CREAMY STRAWBERRY PIE This luscious strawberry pie is low-carb, gluten-free, and probably the easiest pie you will ever make! Ingredients: 1 (9-inch) Almond Pie Crust, recipe below, baked and cooled 8 ounces frozen strawberries (to make 1/2 cup of cooked puree) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 10 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced…

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COOKIES FOR CHRISTMAS

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 cup natural peanut butter, crunchy or plain, brought to room temperature High intensity sugar substitute, such as sucralose or stevia, equal to 3/4 cup of sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of brown sugar replacement, such as Diabetisweet, LC Sweet Brown, or Just…

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