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 …

One way to make egg-less quiches is with sprouted nuts or seeds and no cheese or dairy.

Egg-free, Dairy-free Quiche with Grain-free Crust and Spring Veggies

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 12 Comments

What the dickens is a quiche without eggs? It’s a quiche made with love for someone who can’t have eggs! And it’s delicious! My youngest son can’t have eggs; but we all can. I also have a daughter who can’t have dairy. Sooo…. What’s a mama to do? Sometimes I make three quiches: one without eggs, one without dairy and …

Zucchini Chorizo Butter Stew

Zucchini Chorizo Butter Stew

Megan Main Dishes, Soups and Stews, Whole Food Recipes 20 Comments

With a short 15 minute prep time, the complex flavors in this stew are deceptive.  Here’s how the components achieve their success: The butter performs magic. It makes an otherwise spicy stew into (even child-friendly) comfort food. It mellows the spices and makes the dish creamy. Zucchini, similarly, through a long, slow cook becomes soft and forms the stew-like base. …

Skirt Steak Stir Fry in Dish

How to Prepare Skirt Steak~ an economical cut of grass-fed beef (and Skirt Steak Stir Fry)

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 10 Comments

Our family of 5 spends between $0 and $10 nightly on meat. We spend no money at all on the nights we eat hunted venison from our freezer. We spend up to $10 on the nights we eat fresh fish or inexpensive steak. (Occasionally we spend as much as $20 when we buy a locally grown rabbit.) Skirt steak is …

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew~ Paleo, Crock pot, GAPS, Traditional

Megan Main Dishes, Soups and Stews, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 14 Comments

Engaging feasts are often marked by a table with bowls of toppings, to pass and share. A hearty bone-broth-based stew that’s rich and (optionally) spicy may ground the meal. The condiments are fermented, or zesty, or fresh and they each add conversation and harmony to the table. The food draws us together and gives us joy at the end of …

Lemon Chicken Parmesan

Lemon Chicken Parmesan with Artichoke Hearts and Spinach- 15 Minute Prep. Time!

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 39 Comments

This is French meets American in the dining room and decide to have a meal that everyone will like. Here are a few highlights of the easy feast: Frozen veggies make a fast assembly. The whole chicken can be cut up by the butcher or purchased in pieces. Both light and dark meat cook evenly in the recipe. The casserole …

Crockpot Enchilada Casserole


Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 23 Comments

Who doesn’t love coming home to something piping hot, creamy and delicious after working all day? With just a little forethought, to make the components, you can have a savory, indulgent Mexican feast made from whole foods waiting for you. This recipe is for the slow-cooker. But, of course, the assembly can be easily adapted for a casserole baked in …