Sugar Free

Recipes adapted to leverage natural sweeteners and avoid processed sugars.

Oyakodon (Japanese Rice Bowl)

Oyakodon is one of our favorite family meals; our sons argue over who can take leftovers to school for lunch the next day. It literally means “parent-child rice bowl”. In this donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish), chicken thighs are cooked in a ginger-soy sauce and a fried egg sits atop […]

 

Spicy Smashed Potatoes with Carrot Salad

We’re on a quest to eat more veggies – both in quantity and variety. This journey has lead to cookbooks that have not only exposed us to new plant-based recipes but also to new cultures and cuisines. One of our favorite discoveries is “Afro-Vegan” by Bryant Terry. The recipes are […]

 

Fresh Artichoke Frittata

Last week we brought home a few pounds of beautiful baby purple artichokes in our local farm box. We quickly steamed up a few and served them with a simple and delicious melted vegan butter and fresh lemon juice mix that our neighbor recommended. After, we still had more than […]

 

Vegan Chipotle Jackfruit Tacos with Purple Slaw

These spicy vegan tacos feature jackfruit, a common ingredient in Indian cuisine with a texture that resembles pulled pork. Our adaptation of this taco filling recipe (originally from Forks over Knives) has a spicy chipotle sauce that also features smooth and sweet diced potatoes. The Purple slaw is slightly sweet […]

 

Thai Curry Veggie Noodles with Chicken

We do not follow the Whole30 Program, but we found this recipe in the Food Network archives and it sounded delightful. It’s light, flavorful, and colorful; the cool veggies and slightly spicy dressing are a perfect complement to grilled chicken. A plus: spiralized cucumber is crisp and festive! We prepped […]

 

Alaska Turkey Burger Salad

Alaska Burgers are typically made with ground beef, but since we prefer turkey, we decided to adjust the recipe to fit our preferences. To keep the recipe sugar-free, we used Coconut Aminos instead of traditional Worcestershire sauce. It adds a sweet and salty flavor that we really enjoy. We first […]

 

Vegan Shephard’s Pie

This version of Shepherd’s Pie replaces the traditional ground lamb with green lentils, which don’t get mushy but keep their hearty texture and balance well against the creamy vegan potato topping. Based on how quickly our boys cleared their dinner plates, this vegan adaptation is just as comforting, savory, and […]

 

Ginger Chicken

Last week I was on my own to balance long days of meetings and work projects with parenting and keeping our house in order. I needed a VERY SIMPLE mid-week dinner idea; when I found the original version of this poached chicken recipe in the Food Network Kitchens archives, I […]

 

Broccoli and Cauliflower Kugel

Traditional Jewish kugel generally includes either noodles or potatoes, and can be either savory or sweet. This vibrant savory veggie version includes neither, and it has a texture much closer to a soufflĂ©. Dill and green onion nicely complement the mellow flavor of roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Thanks to Jaime […]

 

Carrot “Cake” Bites

During the Whole Life Challenge, we like to find recipes that address our sweet tooth without needing to add sugar. We discovered these Carrot “Cake” Bites from The Paleo Mom, which we made even healthier and vegan by using a secret ingredient to replace the unsalted butter in the original […]