Smashed Potatoes with Resistant Starch

Megan Health & Nutrition, Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides 40 Comments

When we were kids, folks told us that potatoes weren’t healthy. Nor was white rice. Thing is, they didn’t know about resistant starch. Course, potatoes are healthy either way- full of Vitamin C, B6, manganese, folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium, niacin and pantothenic acid, not to mention phytonutrients. In regard to resistant starch, potatoes aren’t born with it. It’s a matter …


Holiday Salad with Caramelized Delicata Squash and Fresh Sage Vinaigrette {Paleo & GAPS}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 18 Comments

The salad I share here has it all: color, caramelized veggies, sweet and savory, crunchy and soft, warm and cold- yumm! All the contrasts, even the temperature contrasts, bring mouthfeel and whole body pleasure– as well as nutrition! We eat a lot of main dish salads in winter, more so than in summer time. My favorite salads have roasted veggies …

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Make Ahead Sweet Potato or Winter Squash Casserole with Crumb Topping {Paleo/Gluten-free/GAPS}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 18 Comments

I was a vegetarian for 10 years. During that time folks always felt sorry for me on Thanksgiving, because I couldn’t have the turkey. I chuckled to myself, hehe: more room for sweet potatoes and stuffing! Yep, I’ve always been one for rich foods, full of fat, flavor and sure, crumb topping! Now that I can and do enjoy moist, …

Here's the beautiful salsa recipe to feature your zingy fruit; but be sure to snack on them plain too. We also enjoyed them with brie, aged cheddar and prosciutto, as a wonderful juxtaposition to all that's creamy and rich.

RAW PURPLE TOMATILLO SALSA~ a late summer harvest and education about tomatillos

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 24 Comments

I had never seen purple tomatillos until last summer when I was shopping at Food Front in Portland, OR.  They have a beautiful produce section. We bought them in a moment of delight. This post contains affiliate links. There is no up-charge to the buyer; and the purchase is a blessing and a benefit to Eat Beautiful. I was happy …


TACO-SPICED or CURRY! Resistant Starch CRACKERS, made with raw green plantains {egg-free}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 18 Comments

Spiced crackers, made in the dehydrator! By dehydrating, instead of baking, we are preserving the resistant starch present in green plantains. Resistant starch is a prebiotic: it feeds probiotics and is excellent for colon health! Since when have you eaten a Dorito and felt great about what you’re doing for your body? The green plantain gives you that gift! Find …

Avocado Milk

Avocado Milk *nut-free *dairy-free *coconut-free *GAPS *AIP

Megan Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 22 Comments

We all know that avocados are healthy. What makes them so? They are rich in monounsaturated fat, amino acids,  and vitamins and minerals that have anti-inflammatory effects, including B vitamins, and vitamins K, E and C. Most of us love avocado. Most of us are open to, or already have, enjoyed avocado in sweet settings: smoothies, cake or muffin recipes, …

3 Glorious Summer SALSAS!

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 14 Comments

I have always liked to eat salsa like soup, with a spoon- and lots of it.  Here are three fruit and veggie summer salsas that provide super exciting condiment options. Adding one of these salsas to any grilled, sauteed or roasted meat makes an instantly special meal. We oohed and awed our way through all of these meals pictured: sauteed …

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 …