Herbal Sugar Cookies

Holiday Treats 2018

Here are some of the delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, soy/corn/other things-free treats I made for the holidays this year: Herbed Sugar Cookies Start with the recipe for the Ginger-Chamomile cookies. Instead of Ginger and Chamomile, powder white pine needles. Add 1 tablespoon at a time and taste – the flavor will come through a little more…

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hawthorn berries

Hawthorn: Herb of the Week

Hawthorn is often categorized as an “exhilarant” in old herbal literature – strongly uplifting to the spirit. Along with Rose, Vanilla, Vetiver, and others, Hawthorn is a great “rescue remedy”. Whether it’s sadness from a deep loss or just baked-on, caked-on gloom and doom, Hawthorn can help. I love to make an elixir of Hawthorn…

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Pretty Paleo Pecan Pie Bars

OMG, these are delicious! This all started because I saw a recipe for Paleo Pecan Bars, and I was excited! Delicious, I thought! But there was a lot of stuff in there that just wasn’t food, in the name of “it’s not really sugar”, and there was a ton of cream and butter – two…

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Ginger Chamomile Cookies

Ginger Chamomile is my favorite after dinner or bedtime tea. Today I decided to try it as a cookie!

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N’Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yesterday, we were really craving oatmeal raisin cookies, but I typically avoid oats, even gluten free oats. So we made them with no oats at all, and you can too! Sliced almonds give it that oatmeal texture; you can break them up a little bit to be closer in size to oatmeal, or leave them…

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Paleo Apple Fritters

OMG. This morning I was getting some groceries, and there were apple fritters for some reason in the produce section. Probably to tempt people who are trying to avoid baked goods. But suddenly it occurred to me: I could totally make those. So I did.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish. Really.

Gluten free? Dairy free? Paleo? Yup! These Raspberry Cream Cheese Danishes are exactly what you need. Because I wanted to stay as low-carb as possible, I chose to go with almond flour for this recipe, which makes a much denser danish than you could do if you were using tapioca or rice flour. But what…

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Coconut Treats

I was just writing to a client about ways to increase coconut oil in her diet, and I thought I should share with the class. A lot of people enjoy coconut oil in savory dishes, such as eggs or chicken, but I really don’t, so I’ve come up with some other ways to get my…

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Phoenix Cookies

Tonight, we’re teaching our Food Allergies for the Holidays class – we teach it every year, but every year the recipe list gets longer as we come up with more and more delicious holiday treats!

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Muffin Madness!

Love muffins? Tired of eggs and bacon for breakfast? Committed to sticking to your paleo* diet? Then you, my friend, have come to the right place.

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Paleo Pumpkin Muffins!

It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means, among other things, PUMPKIN! Pie isn’t the only thing you can do with pumpkin – in fact, I like pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins much better. If you do too, here’s a great recipe – it can be bread or muffins depending on which baking implement you use! Start…

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Classroom Experiment: Kadha (Fried Dumplings)

Today my Pharmacy students and I tried out a Thanksgiving experiment. Last week two students referenced a traditional Iraqi/Iranian treat, which is made with dates and almonds. We all agreed that replicating this recipe in paleo fashion would be just the thing for the week of Thanksgiving – and we were right!

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Family Reunion Cookies

OMG, you have to make these cookies. I’m really not kidding! We just got back from a week-long family reunion with Ryn’s family, which was absolutely fantastic! As part of the fun, we all headed out to Wells Beach, Maine, where they always went as kids for vacations. Part of the tradition was whoopie pies,…

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Offal: It’s Not Awful!

Maybe the thought of eating liver, kidney, and heart makes you say “gag me with a spoon!” – but it doesn’t have to be like that. Organ meats are probably the superfoodiest food there is, favored over muscle meat by many cultures around the globe, but they’re not exactly tasty to most modern Americans. Some…

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maitake mushroom growing on an oak stump

Bone Broth Demystified

Mineral deficiency is rampant in our society – depleted soils mean that our fruits and vegetables don’t have the same mineral content that they once had. But additionally, we no longer favor mineral-rich foods in our diets: organ meats, seaweed, and bone broths are not exactly staples in most families’ menus! They should be! This…

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Cod with Greens and Kumquats

Fish is a challenge for me. Where I grew up in Texas, fish choices were pretty much Long John Silvers or, for extra fancy, Red Lobster. As long as fish has crunchy batter breading on it and is served with hushpuppies, I’m fine — but since I don’t eat that stuff anymore, I’ve had to…

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Holiday Trimmings – Allergen Free!

Your family has great traditions for the holidays, and you don’t have to miss out! Here are some popular family recipes the way we make them in our house – allergy free!

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Egg Nog

Think living dairy-free means you have to give up Egg Nog? Think again! We whipped up a batch of this great Nog at a recent party – everyone loved it!

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Party food always seems to involve chips, crackers, cookies, and other things made from flours – but you aren’t eating processed junk anymore, so what to do? Here’s a great list of party foods your guests will love! No one will miss the crackers and chips – and you won’t have any crumbs to clean…

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Caveman Desserts for the Holidays

You’re not willing to compromise your newfound food priorities (allergy free, low carb, primal!), but you also don’t want to be a “downer” for the holiday parties. While I personally wouldn’t mind a party full of meaty goodness, your guests might not agree. Here are some great recipes to fill your dessert docket without compromising…

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Totally Caveman Pumpkin Pie

Gluten free, dairy free, low carb, pumpkin-y goodness! You might say no to stuffing, but you don’t have to pass on dessert with this awesome recipe! Not only that, but because you’re using a fresh pumpkin, this dessert also counts as a vegetable! (Unlike, say . . . pizza. Ahem.)

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What’s For Lunch?

One of the biggest challenges for families who are eliminating grains and dairy and/or limiting carbohydrate intake is what to put in children’s lunchboxes. Making this problem even more difficult is that most schools have nut-free policies, so one obvious staple is immediately out. (I definitely think schools should be a safe place for all…

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Almond Honey Cake: Low Carb and Grain Free!

Looking for the perfect caveman birthday cake? Try this:

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Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

Mayo doesn’t have to be bad for you! Sure, if you buy Kraft or even any of the organic brands, you’ll be loading yourself up with artery-damaging free radicals and enough omega-6s to crowd out a whole cod liver of omega-3: even the organic brands are made with soy or canola oil. But making it…

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Homemade Baby Formula

Breast is best, but what do you do when that’s not possible? Even the organic baby formulas are highly processed and highly sweetened – not a desirable option, and the conventional standard Similac, which is 40% corn syrup and 10% sucrose, is even worse. Here are some guidelines for making your own baby formula –…

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Grain-Free Granola!

Going grain-free often hurts most at breakfast – weekday mornings can be too busy for bacon and eggs, and we need something fast to grab for. How about granola and coconut milk! Nuts are not no-carb, but this recipe is low-carb, especially if you are careful to use unsweetened dried berries. I like Goji berries…

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Almond Meal Pancakes

Going grain-free but craving sweets? These pancakes come in low under the carb radar (not completely carb-free, but quite low). A tablespoon of good dark Grade B maple syrup only has 17g of carbs, plus good mineral content, so use plenty of ghee and a bit of maple and you can have your bacon, and…

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Spring Root Salad

It’s a liver tonic! It’s high in probiotic-friendly inulin! Not only that, it comes with its own probiotics! It’s crunchy and delicious! It’s exactly what you need this time of year! Last night I was craving something a little different, and this is what came out of it. It’s a good thing I made such…

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French Eggs – What to Eat for Breakfast!

A frequent recommendation we make is to cut back on carbs. Our current culture typically eats a very high percentage of the diet as carbohydrates, and just isn’t exercising (by which I actually mean, moving) enough. These two in combination is a sure path to insulin resistance – a root cause of so many modern…

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