Breads Breakfast Muffins Paleo Recipes Sweets Vegan

Gluten-free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

Gluten-free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

IT’S SPRING. This calls for lemon poppyseed muffins. In case the wacky shadows in the photos didn’t give it away, it’s sunny here now! And these lemony little guys are make it just as bright and sunny inside my kitchen as it is outside.Since these are just a riff on my lemon-berry muffins, they’re still vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, but flavor-full little morsels of joy. They’re just as plush and tender as their berry-filled cousins. My hubby loves that they taste like the muffins from the bakery. I love that they’re an allergy-friendly indulgence that contains only one teaspoon of honey per muffin. They got the thumbs-up from the three sets of company I fed them to*. Win-win-win.These little beauties are ready for your Easter brunch, Saturday morning breakfast, or simply your quiet Tuesday night that happens to need more cake in it. Speaking of that: OMG CAKE. READ MORE

AIP Paleo Recipes Soup Vegan Veggies

Curried Broccoli Soup

Curried Broccoli Soup

I know spring is just around the corner, but HOLY MOLY I cannot get enough soup. Especially this magical curried broccoli soup. It’s creamy and delicious without any dairy, and hearty enough to be the star of your dinner table, with maybe just a little of your fave protein on the side (we like to re-crisp some of our handy-dandy chicken thigh pieces from the freezer and throw them on top of the soup, but it’s also nice with meatballs, or a little shredded pork roast.) Oh, and by the way: nightshade-free curry powder! Because yay anti-inflammatory foods. My five taste-testers who came over for dinner can vouch for the fact that this lovely curry powder still has all of the flavor, but none of the nightshades. READ MORE

Breads Breakfast Paleo Recipes Vegan

Buckwheat Bread with Cinnamon, Figs, and Honey

Buckwheat Bread with Cinnamon, Figs, and Honey

All the cloudy weather here has made we want to do nothing but bake, bake, bake. Thus, this gorgeous buckwheat bread with figs, honey, and cinnamon. Om nom nom. Buckwheat is a dream to bake with. It has a higher protein content than many other gluten-free flours, so it binds well without gums, eggs, or a million other flours. At the same time, it’s also a very fine, light flour that yields a very delicately textured finished product with a gorgeous crumb. A steamy slice of this slathered in whipped butter and served with a cup of tea? Bliss. READ MORE

AIP DIY Ferments Paleo Recipes Vegan

Kombucha, part 2: BREWING AND BOTTLING

Kombucha, part 2: BREWING AND BOTTLING

So, you joined the dark side and decided to start brewing kombucha? Congratulations—it is a true test of bravery to nurture a small alien on your kitchen counter.With most of my anecdotal stories having already found a place in my first kombucha post, I’ll spare you the unnecessary fluff and cut to chase. Herein, you will discover the secrets of caring for your kombucha scoby so it yields a virtually endless supply of probiotic-rich tea. For each quart of finished tea desired, you will need 3 ½ cups water, ¼ cup cane sugar, 2 tea bags, and ½ cup of raw kombucha tea. Keep it small, or go big! Get brewing! READ MORE

AIP DIY Ferments Paleo Recipes Vegan

Kombucha, part 1: GROW YOUR OWN ALIEN SCOBY (aka “kombucha mother”)

Kombucha, part 1: GROW YOUR OWN ALIEN SCOBY (aka “kombucha mother”)

I am almost ashamed to admit that I have wandered this far into paleo land. I mean, waffles made of plantains? tomato-less marinara? celeriac mash? Those seemed altogether normal compared to brewing my own kombucha—and not just brewing it, but going so far as to GROW MY OWN ALIEN SCOBY. Proceed with caution: kombucha may just be your rite of passage into paleo-hippie-land. I swear I haven’t gone off the deep end yet. Anyway, I was too cheap to spend the $10 or whatever for a kombucha scoby online, so I did a little research and figure out how to do it myself. $3 and a Whole Foods trip later, a bottle of kombucha rode the bike route home with me, with not-so-far-fetched dreams of becoming a real grown-up scoby once more. READ MORE

AIP Paleo Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Crispy Roasted Broccoli

Crispy Roasted Broccoli

Crispy broccoli. OH MAN. I never thought the humble broccoli crown could be elevated to this level. This was one of those eat-half-the-tray-over-the-stove kind of recipes. No shame. We’ve been eating it on repeat for weeks, I’m happy to report that no injuries have been inflicted over fighting for the leftovers. We’ve all been civilized. Mostly... With 5 ingredients (6, if you count salt) and only 5 minutes of prep required, you have no excuse not to make this—except lack of broccoli, in which case you should rectify that immediately and then come back and make this divine tribute to the vegetable kingdom. READ MORE

Quick Eats (30 minutes or less) Recipes Rice Sides Vegan

Mushroom Rice Pilaf (dairy-free, vegan options)

Mushroom Rice Pilaf (dairy-free, vegan options)

OHMYGOSH THIS PILAF. It’s made mostly with pantry ingredients, but don’t let that simplicity fool you. This side dish just might steal the show on your dinner table. No lie. I love making this for company, since they sometimes expect “gluten-free” cooking to also mean “taste-free”. Obviously, that’s not the case. This dish is a good one to persuade the doubters. I don’t have much to say about this rice pilaf, except that I forgot how good it was until I made it again for dinner the other night. My husband is out of town at the moment, and for once, I don’t mind the fact that I don’t have to share the leftovers. 😉 READ MORE

AIP Paleo Recipes Sides Vegan Veggies

Simple Roasted Root Vegetables

Simple Roasted Root Vegetables

This is the year I became obsessed with parsnips. They’re like carrots…but better. And when they’re paired with other root beauties and roasted till the ends become irresistibly crispy—they’re nothing short of addicting. I ate four parsnips while standing over the stove last time. Can’t stop, won’t stop. This recipe is almost too simple. The ingredient list is short, the prep is brainless (slice, drizzle, forget about them for an hour), and the result is show-stopping. One more thing to seal the deal? The cleanup: toss the parchment paper. The end. Team these veggies up with some basic roasted chicken thighs (which you can bake alongside the veggies), and you have the most wonderful hands-off dinner ever. We legit ate that three weeks in a row. Parsnips were on sale—or, at least, that’s what I told my family. ;) READ MORE

Cookies Recipes Sweets Vegan

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Perfect gluten-free gingerbread cookies are a quintessential part of any (gluten-free) holiday. Spicy, crisp, sweet-but-not-too-sweet treats just make the house feel perfectly wintery. In fact, you can make the house feel wintery all month long. The dough keeps very well sealed in a zip-top plastic bag in the fridge (assuming you can keep *ahem* curious fingers out of it). Last year, we made a double batch at the beginning of December and literally kept baking cookies clear through till Christmas. If you make the dough with real egg instead of a flax egg, note that its refrigerator life decreases to a week or less. For thoroughness, I tested 10 (TEN!) different iterations of these cookies, so they would be juuuuust right. With many thanks to my humble taste testers, clear conclusions were made... READ MORE

AIP Paleo Recipes Soup Sweet Potatoes Vegan Veggies

Winter Veggie Soup

Winter Veggie Soup

This winter veggie soup is a fairly basic recipe. Just a bunch of ordinary veggies simmered into tender happiness and pureed into a surprisingly hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup. You can play around with the veggies as you like—sub in another squash, use onions instead of leeks, add in other root veggies (celeriac, kohlrabi, parsnips...). This recipe is quite forgiving. And, to boot, you’ll be happy to know that it’s husband AND kid-approved as well. READ MORE