Sugar Free

Recipes adapted to leverage natural sweeteners and avoid processed sugars.

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 […]


Middle Eastern Turkey Meatballs

This is a non-typical turkey meatball recipe, which we adapted from “Sheet Pan Paleo” by Pamela Ellgen. Oregano-seasoned turkey meatballs sit atop a bed of greens dressed with a lovely fresh tahini-lemon dressing; brightly colored cherry tomatoes add a pop of color and sweet flavors to this savory Paleo salad. […]


Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Adding a splash of balsamic vinegar adds just a hint of sweetness to these beautiful roasted brussels sprouts. They’re cooked with slices of bacon on top, which allow the flavor and fat from the bacon to seep into the vegetables. Truly delightful! We served this alongside Georgian Pecan-Crusted Trout.  


Chicken Adobo with Butternut Squash

This is a sweet and spicy one-pan meal that we adapted from “Sheet Pan Paleo” by Pamela Ellgen; the butternut squash is naturally sweet and the Serrano chilies in the marinade are delightfully spicy. After marinating overnight, the chicken thighs are bursting with flavor!  


Meal Plan / Week 17 July 2019

During the second week of this Whole Life Challenge, we decided to challenge ourselves by adhering to the Performance nutrition guidelines. Basically, in addition to no dairy, sugar, or wheat we eliminated beans, corn, white potatoes, and rice from our diet. We ate a LOT of vegetables and learned that […]


Sesame Chicken Salad

We found this recipe at Whole Kitchen Sink, and hands down, this is one of my favorite salads ever! The veggies are cool and crisp, the dressing is a wonderful blend of sesame, ginger, and coconut aminos, and the grilled chicken has that awesome warm, slightly charred, flavor. So good! […]


Braised Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

I pulled a recipe for chicken thighs with sweet potatoes and prunes out of an issue of Real Simple last fall; it sounded delicious. We ad libbed to create Whole Life Challenge-compliant Braised Chicken and Sweet Potatoes by replacing prunes and honey with dates and farmer’s market-fresh plums and pluots. […]


Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

We changed so little in the original recipe from Healthy Liv, I’m simply going to link to it here. Though the original recipe called for ground beef, we opted for ground turkey. We omitted the garlic powder and replaced the medium onion with one bunch of green onion, chopped fine. […]