Grain Free Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake

Grain Free Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake from

While I love to cook, I have never really fancied myself as much of a baker. Don't get me wrong, I know a thing or two about baking, I just don't enjoy it as much as cooking savory food. When you become a mom, you need to start thinking about birthday cakes whether you want to or … [Read more...]

Homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing

Homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing from

We have not been cooking that much lately. Mostly because it has been hot. Not just regular summer in Seattle my house is warm because I don't have central air hot but HOT like 90F for days and days. I have talked to death on here about how our house faces West and our kitchen … [Read more...]

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes from

While this is a simple preparation, it is complex in flavor and perfectly balanced. Once you make this recipe, I have no doubt you will keep coming back to it time and time again. I originally shared this recipe in last year’s eBook - Think Vegetables First - but like … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mug Cake {Paleo}

Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake from

Are you making "mug cake" yet? I first saw this idea on Pinterest (of course right?) a couple of years ago and have tried my hand at  it a bunch of times. Most of the recipes I've seen are based on regular flour so I set out to make a couple grain-free versions and today am going … [Read more...]

How to cook Broccolette

How to cook Broccolette from

If  you aren't familiar, you may be thinking, "What exactly is Broccolette (also called Broccolini and Baby Broccoli)?" Well, Broccolette is a cross between Broccoli and Chinese Broccoli; it has long thin stalks and much smaller florets. It is something I buy a lot of and if … [Read more...]

Paleo Blueberry Muffins

Paleo Blueberry Muffins from

About a week ago, we wrapped up our final day of blueberry picking for the season. At $1.50 per/pound for local, organic berries, the "You Pick" farm close to me was the deal of the summer! This last time though, the bushes are pretty barren, picked over and the berries that … [Read more...]

How to Make Ghee

How to Make Ghee. Paleo. Whole30

If you aren't familiar with Ghee, this is your official How To Make Ghee Tutorial. Ghee is essentially clarified butter that is cooked a bit longer until the clarified butter is golden and the milk solids at the bottom are toasted (but not burnt!). You may be thinking, "Why … [Read more...]

Skinny Italian Wedding Soup with Kale

Skinny Italian Wedding Soup from

You already know that I am all about soups, stews and chili's so the fact that this is yet another soup post is, I am sure, no surprise. But, it's time I fill you in on another little obsession that has been going on over here - meatballs. Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Shrimp, … [Read more...]

Sort of a Kale Caesar

Kale Caesar from

Kale Caesar is all the rage and has been for a while. If you love Kale as much as I do, it's difficult not to imagine it coated in a creamy Caesar dressing. You know the leaves are going to hold up beautifully and the salty, creamy dressing is going to balance out the sometimes … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Basil Pesto

Lightened Up Basil Pesto from

Everyone and their mother has a recipe for homemade Pesto. It really isn't that hard to make, but like most simple dishes with a few components, it's all about the quality of the ingredients. This version keeps it traditional while  lightening it up. Most Pesto's are 4 Points … [Read more...]

Collard Slaw

Collard Slaw from

Almost every summer party or barbecue has some kind of cole slaw or cabbage salad. I love old fashioned Cole Slaw but never really feel good about eating it because it is usually loaded with lots of fat and sugar and pretty much devoid of real nutritional value. This collard … [Read more...]

Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad from

Oh, hello there. It's me, the girl who can't quit Feta Cheese. I don't eat that much dairy but I go through phases and right now we are in a Feta Cheese phase. I have been putting Feta in wraps, tossing it into quinoa and topping snap peas with it. The sad part is that … [Read more...]

Eggplant Parmesan Salad

Eggplant Parmesan Salad from

Eggplant has been on my mind lately.  I’ve been throwing eggplants into my shopping cart like they are giving them away and then making a lot of this, and this and of course, this Eggplant Parmesan Salad.  This satisfying and interesting salad is a perfect lunch (pack dressing on … [Read more...]