Sugar Free

Recipes adapted to leverage natural sweeteners and avoid processed sugars.

Celery Root Remoulade

Remoulade is a sauce invented in France that is usually aioli- or mayonnaise-based. In this recipe from Alice Hart’s “Vegetarian” cookbook, the sauce is made lighter by use of vegan yogurt. We had half of a celery root left in our refrigerator from our Simmered Chicken and Vegetables recipe that […]

 

Meal Plan / Week 22 August 2019

As I look at this week’s meal plan, it’s obvious that I had Autumn on my mind. It was inevitable, with both of our sons back in school and the sun setting earlier every evening. Our kitchen smelled like a cornucopia of delicious spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. We […]

 

Simmered Chicken and Vegetables

The traditional version of this recipe comes from northern Japan, and includes lotus and taro root, konnyaku (preserved konjac potato), and dried shiitake. For our version, I researched vegetables that could stand as reasonable substitutes for these less common Japanese veggies. I discovered that celery root could replace lotus root, […]

 

Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowls

If you’re not familiar with Poke, it can best be described as diced raw, marinated fish – often tuna or salmon – which is tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and super-flavorful sauces. The word Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian. This recipe from Bon Appetit requires […]

 

Chicken Tikka Masala with Saag

Our boys love Indian food, especially creamy Butter Chicken or spicy Chicken Tikka Masala. We knew that preparing the latter for dinner would be a sure win, but we also wanted to serve a veggie side dish that we’d all enjoy. We had a half-bag of spinach in the freezer; […]

 

Meal Plan / Week 19 August 2019

We’re still playing the Whole Life Challenge, so this week’s recipes are mostly Paleo (or paleo + rice). We had fun this week, enjoying Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes for dinner mid-week, experimenting with pork belly, and loving Strawberry Cashew Chia Pudding (Vegan). Friends joined us for dinner over the weekend, and […]

 

Ground Pork Stir-Fry

This is another fast and easy way to use up any wilting veggies left in your fridge at the end of the week. This recipe is super versatile; simply swap in any ground meat or tempeh for the protein, and mix and match veggies to make a nutritious and tasty […]

 

Pork Belly with Green Beans

We’ve cooked hundreds of meals with bacon, but this was our first time using Pork Belly in a recipe at home. We followed the recipe from “Japan: The Cookbook” to the letter, and while we enjoyed the results, we also learned a few tips that will improve upon the original […]

 

Meal Plan / Week 18 July 2019

We’re halfway through the Summer ’19 Whole Life Challenge! We’re exploring two new Paleo cookbooks that we found at our public library – “Sheet Pan Paleo” by Pamela Ellgen and “Paleo Comfort Foods” by Julie & Charles Mayfield. We’ve had success adapting recipes from both, though I’m currently favoring the […]

 

Chile Verde, or Rojo?

We had a handful of tomatillos leftover from a farm basket we brought home a few weeks ago, and were excited to try a chile verde recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks, “Tacolicious” by Sara Deseran. The original recipe calls for a fresh poblano chile (hence, the verde or […]