Salade-Nicoise

Salade Nicoise~ A French Composed Salad

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 26 Comments

I am blessed to have great memories of a childhood filled with gourmet meals. One of the places my mom would take me for special lunches was Cafe LauTrec in La Jolla, California (in operation from 1973-2007). The walls were covered with giant, bright paintings by Toulouse LauTrec and we would always order the Salade Nicoise. I share it with …

Fried sage leaves are a gourmet snack. They are a lovely embellishment to cheese or meat platters. And they're a special garnish for soups, stews or casseroles. Seasoned with coarse sea salt, my favorite way to eat them is out of hand, crunchy and herbaceous. They are super easy to make, and quick, but technically they're deep fried. So they're good all by themselves, like kale chips, but more exotic.

Fried Sage Leaves

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 12 Comments

Fried sage leaves are a gourmet snack. They are a lovely embellishment to cheese or meat platters. And they’re a special garnish for soups, stews or casseroles. Seasoned with coarse sea salt, my favorite way to eat them is out of hand, crunchy and herbaceous. They are super easy to make, and quick, but technically they’re deep fried. So they’re …

Rose Petal-Beet Smoothie

Megan Drinks, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 18 Comments

For those who can’t have fruit or those who want more veggies in a glass, here’s a slushy creamy smoothie that’s a health food treat. Having recently written about the dangers of most green smoothies, one additional point to make is why are greens the only vegetables that gain admittance into smoothies? You have perhaps already found my fruit-free carrot …

Sweetened with just a wink of honey this treat will suit both kids and grown-ups. It's GAPS-friendly. The spices can be modified just a bit for it to be AIP. And since everyone loves pumpkin, it's a treat most people will enjoy.

Winter Squash “Fruit” Leather

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 21 Comments

Those of us on whole food diets always appreciate a grab-and-go snack that’s super healthy, yields energy and isn’t necessarily fruit-based.  This vegetable leather is just the snack. Winter squash fruit leathers are perfect for little ones, lunches and even for grown-ups. They’re a novelty, yet they’re familiar and delicious. Sweetened with just a wink of honey this treat is …

The goal is to reduce one's carbon footprint, not by going vegan or vegetarian, (because our bodies are obviously omnivorous by design), but by eating insects.

CRICKET FLOUR PANCAKES AND WAFFLES

Megan Food Philosophy, Main Dishes, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 23 Comments

Yes, cricket flour, flour made from dried crickets. It’s a good thing! My big sister Jill told me about cricket flour a year or two ago, after hearing about it on NPR, I think? I was on board immediately.  As long as it tastes good, one, and two, what are they feeding the crickets? Because what they feed the bugs …

Plantains are a healthy starch worth loving. Read more about the health benefit of plantains and resistant starches here. Cricket flour is a hot new insect-based flour worth loving if you're open minded, sustainably focused and enjoy the flavor of buckwheat. Read more about this grain-free flour substitute here. And now, without further delay, we'll jump right into this recipe that is made just for YOU, my AIP, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free friends!! May you enjoy all that you can have!! This recipe is all about living it up within the boundaries that help you flourish and heal.

AIP Plantain Cricket Flour Pancakes- Egg-free, Nut-free, Dairy-free

Megan Food Philosophy, Main Dishes, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 16 Comments

Plantains are a healthy starch worth loving. They’re gentle to digest, not for those on the GAPS diet but for those who flourish with Paleo or the AIP diets, and amazingly they are so starchy that very little flour is needed when baking with plantains. Similarly, you can make plantain recipes work without eggs. So they’re excellent for those with …

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Chorizo and Blue Cheese Pasta with Daikon Noodles- Grain-free and LOVING it!, GAPS

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 22 Comments

This is the kind of dish that makes you want to pause, to appreciate the play of flavors and textures. It is the marriage of inspiration and moderation. No grains, no sugar, but lots of grass-fed fat, creaminess and nutrition. I’ve been on the GAPS Diet for almost 4 years. During that time my sweet tooth took flight and has …

My mom is Jewish. And if you don't mind a little unbiased bias, all the Jewish people who've loved me have loved to feed me- large quantities! So even though blintzes have been our traditional Christmas breakfast my entire life, my mom also made 6 pounds of homemade sausage patties, 4 pounds of lamb chops (I'm not kidding!), had sourdough bread and butter, toppings for the blintzes, a huge fruit platter AND asked me to bring a large crustless quiche. Let me count... we had 15 people. 15 people and all that food! She is always worried we will not have enough!

Crustless Quiche with Kale, Zucchini and Garlic

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 14 Comments

The main differences between a crustless quiche and a frittata are that a crustless quiche is baked in the oven, not started on the stove top, and more importantly, that a crustless quiche is loaded with cream. We must give thanks to the French who knew the pleasure, and even the healthfulness, that comes from using well-sourced fat in abundance. …

Carrot Milkshake

CARROT MILKSHAKE {With Fresh Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon}

Megan Drinks, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 15 Comments

I use cooked carrots in this recipe! (So, it is gentle for healing diets, with GAPS cultured and AIP non-dairy variations.)  Cooked carrots aren’t that weird in a milkshake or smoothie.  Think cooked pumpkin! Pumpkin shakes, pumpkin ice cream, carrot cake… and we make and serve Carrot-Cinnamon frozen yogurt at our ice cream shops, not to mention our Bunny Food …