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Pumpkin season is around the corner and I couldn’t think of a better cozy Fall breakfast that tastes delicious and is loaded with healthy beta carotene and packed with iron. These Gluten Free Almond Flour Pumpkin Pecan Muffins are a spin off from my Carrot Banana Muffins with room for flexibility to incorporate applesauce or […]

Gluten Free Almond Flour Pumpkin Pecan Muffins


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Hummus is a staple in our fridge at home. We use it as a dip, a spread, a dressing, and more. I never buy hummus since it’s so easy to make. Also, since I discovered the effect that good sun-dried tomatoes have on the classic dish, acting as a delightful flavor enhancer, this recipe has […]

Sun-dried Tomato Hummus


Sprouted Raw Hummus

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I can’t say I always sprout my hummus but when I do have the time it’s a good way to make chickpeas more nutritious and digestible. The consistency and flavor of sprouted hummus feels more real, raw and earthy, and if you’ve never tried sprouting, it’s kind of fun to watch your chickpeas come alive. Serve this with […]

Sprouted Raw Hummus


Nealy's Zucchini Latkes

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Latkes are classically eaten during the Chanukah holiday but these yummy fritters shouldn’t be reserved for a once a year treat. In our house this zucchini version of the old potato classic is a year round staple. I put a healthified spin on the latke by shallow frying in olive oil and finishing them off in […]

Zucchini Latkes


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In the days when I used to eat bagels for breakfast, Passover seemed like agony. A whole week without breads, grains, legumes, rice and other staple carbs. Actually, sounds a bit like a Paleo week doesn’t it? Passover can be a breeze assuming you avoid matzah, jelly rolls, potatoes and anything with scary amounts of sugar. […]

Raw Spring Rolls with Herbed Almond Sauce


beef lettuce cups

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This new appetizer is a favorite of mine. It was created by accident one day (as many good recipes are) when I had some leftovers to play with. If you’re looking for a fresh and simple weekend bite or a well-balanced light meal idea, these beef lettuce cups are the perfect marriage of nutrition, texture, and […]

Beef Lettuce Cups


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They say you “don’t make friends with salad”. And brussels sprouts are certainly not a sure-fire way of making friends either. But trust me, these two signature ingredients will soon have you winning people over. This post was previously featured in Little Steps, the go-to guide for parents in Hong Kong, but I have since adapted the recipe slightly. If […]

The Best Green Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Salads and Sides

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I created this tabouleh by accident. I was chopping up herbs and veggies for an Israeli salad when I noticed I had some dehydrated crispy quinoa on the countertop. I threw some in and it added such a fun crunch and flavor that I kept making it over and over again.

Sprouted Quinoa Tabouleh

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spaghetti squash with rose sauce

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Just because you’ve given up heavy carbs like pasta doesn’t mean you have to suffer without spaghetti dishes any longer! Spaghetti squash is the perfect replacement for noodles because it still has the same feeling and taste as actual spaghetti. It’s also filled with vitamins and high in nutrients- minus the carbs and gluten! This […]

Artichokes served with spicy mayo sauce

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Artichokes are usually overlooked when it comes to sides but these green guys are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants all while served up on a pretty plate! If you’ve never cooked them before, don’t be intimidated! They are super easy and taste delicious. The simplest way to make artichokes is to cover them […]

lamb chops dressed in lemon, mint and garlic

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Lamb chops may sound scary to perfect but, slathered with this marinade and seared in a pan you’re guaranteed to nail these crispy and crave worthy lamb chops! You could, of course, add these lamb chops with mint, garlic and lemon to your next BBQ too and they make the most decadent summertime dish. It’s […]

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