Ginger-Lime Salsa

Ginger-Lime Salsa with kiwi, jicama and tomatillos

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 2 Comments

This green and white beauty is crunchy, juicy, tart, sweet and spicy. It’s great with barbecued chicken- such a refreshing side in the heat of summer! While you can serve it as a condiment, I like to serve generous portions; so it becomes part salad. Can you get tomatillos at your local farmer’s market? They’re becoming more common, growing well …

Pico con Avo

Pico de Gallo~ con Avo! {and how to cook fresh fish to go with it!}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 2 Comments

This is my sister’s recipe. We first had it for brunch, with scrambled eggs and bacon. It quickly took the rank as my all-time favorite pico de gallo recipe! The avocado makes it perfect! Sublime. It’s a 4-ingredient recipe if you wish. I love it like this, simple and yes, perfect. If you like zesty and the added nutrition of …

Watermelon Salsa

Roasted Poblano-Watermelon SALSA with feta

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 6 Comments

Ummina, ummina! This lovely salsa gives you the refreshing juicy crush of cubed watermelon mingled with the play of salty, creamy feta cheese and the super-rocketing comfort and heat of the coziest of all spicy peppers: the poblano chile. I LOVE roasting poblano chiles! I had several Mexican women in my life growing up. They would often cook for our …

Satin Buttercream

Satin Buttercream~ EXCELLENT FOR PIPING & honey-sweetened

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 29 Comments

Have you ever made a traditional French buttercream frosting, adding 1 tablespoon of butter in at a time and beating for ages, so it all incorporates evenly, pouring the simple syrup in slowly as well? It takes forever and you end up with something only mildly sweet that basically tastes like butter but frosts a cake with great form. The …

Rosemary Honey Chicken

Rosemary-Honey Chicken with Smashed Cauliflower {Paleo, GAPS}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 15 Comments

Here’s a family favorite. My husband says this is the best cauliflower he’s ever had. We all really like Smashed Cauliflower better than mashed cauliflower. Mashed cauli is a fun Paleo or GAPS alternative to mashed potatoes, a boon for many of us. But smashed cauli is waaay yummier, in our estimation. You get a better texture, and a better …

HUMBLE SALMON PATTIES~ Casual food that's high in protein and calcium.

HUMBLE SALMON PATTIES- {egg-free, grain-free}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes 22 Comments

Salmon patties are a bit different than salmon cakes, in my mind. Salmon cakes are made from fresh salmon, fried till crispy and served with aioli. They are served in French restaurants or made at home, often dipped in bread crumbs, flour or cornstarch before frying. Salmon patties are something my Granny made. They are humble, good cold and feature …

Basil-Mint Pesto

BASIL-MINT PESTO {no cheese}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 8 Comments

Perhaps there is no easier dinner, nor one that screams summer more loudly, than pesto. Fresh herbs make us happy, their zingy nutrition and flavor; they taste alive! We grow mint without labor, without lifting a finger. It blooms diminutive purple flowers that reach upward toward the heat and light of the sun. It grows wild in the gravel lane …

Paleo 7-Layer Dip~ bean-free

PALEO 7-LAYER DIP~ bean-free (and nut-free)

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 16 Comments

When Mr. Eat Beautiful and I were first married we liked to eat homemade 7-Layer Dip as our whole dinner, once in a while. Homemade guacamole, homegrown tomatoes from the hot Texas soil (we then lived on), beans…. lovely! What a fun meal: interactive, casual and packed with flavor in every bite! Years later, as we learned more about nutrition, …

Cauliflower Au Gratin with bacon and mustard greens

Cauliflower Au Gratin Casserole with Bacon and Mustard Greens

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 9 Comments

Classic cozy comfort food, this dish can be served as a main dish, serving 4-6 people, or as a side dish, serving 6-8. Add fried eggs to make it a casual main with added protein, and a green salad with fermented veggies. For a side dish pair it with pork chops, steak or any fresh fish.  There’s a creamy sea …

Carrot-Salad-with-Coconut-Manna-Dressing

Carrot Salad with Turmeric-Coconut Manna Dressing

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 8 Comments

Thank you for supporting this site with purchases made through links in this post. I grew up eating certain versions of traditional American salads, like most of you. My mom had one way of making cole slaw, for instance, always with celery seeds. We loved it and looked forward to the familiar favorite. When she made carrot salad it was …