Raw Coconut Milk Yogurt

Raw Coconut YogurtCoconut yogurt. It has an exotic scent, a tart, yet slightly sweet taste and the texture of a creamy custard. And, it actually improves digestive and immune health. All this and both dairy and soy-free? The concept seems almost too good to be true. But, shopping for coconut yogurt can be challenging, if not frustrating. Most grocery stores carry limited, and seemingly over-priced options.  Continue reading

Coconut Cashew Bars

DSC_6776While enjoying any Lara Bar, it’s hard not to think, ‘Tasty, spendy and they CAN’T be that hard to make!’ Well, you are right; their beauty is their simplicity. And, who knew Lara was Paleo?!

This is actually a 5-minute preparation recipe with a food processor. The recipe works just as well in a high-speed blender. But, you may want to coarsely chop the dates and the mix will require longer processing and intermittent scraping of the jar. I have made this recipe with various types of dates and prefer the Medjool variety. Medjool dates are larger and seem to be a little sweeter, more flavorful and softer than other varieties.

Full of fiber and dairy, gluten and sugar-free, these are my favorite pre or post-workout treat. They are also excellent with a glass of chilled almond milk and an ABC Afterschool Special.  Yield: 12 bars Continue reading

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Avocado and Grapefruit SaladThe heat wave persists. So, avoiding the stove is priority #1. Unfortunately, grilling and barbecuing are verboten on Manhattan balconies.

Salads to the rescue, particularly this one, which I am living on lately. Last week,  I prepared this recipe multiple times, including final assembly in Central Park during the free concerts.

Continue reading

Roasted Chickpeas Two Ways

Roasted Curried ChickpeasRemember Corn Nuts; that deliciously addicting snack we innocently risked our teeth for? That is, before we figured out that we probably shouldn’t deep-fry our snacks. And, before we realized corn had gone over to the dark side…with it’s GMO buddy, soy.

Continue reading

Kale Chips

Kale ChipsKale chips are a quintessential healthy snack food. But, these nutritious and ubiquitous morsels will set you back nearly $36 per pound at your premium grocer! Why pay a premium when they are a snap to make at home for a fraction of the cost? Any kale will work, but most people prefer to work with Curly or Lacinato kale, also known as Dinosaur kale. These take only 15-20 minutes, assuming you are starting with clean and, this is the key, thoroughly dried kale. Continue reading

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic in RamekinFor many cooks, roasted garlic is as much of a kitchen staple as a head of raw garlic. Roasted garlic bring an earthy sophistication to dishes. And the pungent smell of it cooking is almost reward enough for your efforts. Roasting mellows the garlic considerably. So, many people who cannot tolerate raw garlic can enjoy roasted garlic without any discomfort. One added convenience is that you can add roasted garlic when finishing a dish, allowing for last-minute adjustments without having to pull out a garlic press, a knife for mincing or a sauté pan. Just stir it in, or spread it like jam, garlic jam… Continue reading

10-Minute Hummus Recipe

Hummus RecipeHummus is a perfect refrigerator staple; rich in both protein and fiber and endlessly versatile. But, hummus is simply smashed up and flavored chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. So, if you can push the “on” switch of your food process or blender, you can quickly make a preservative-free hummus for about half the cost of packaged hummus. Continue reading

Non-Sushi Seaweed Rolls

Salmon RollsIf you can make a sandwich, you can make these rolls. And like a sandwich, the filling options are endless. Salmon pairs well with the seaweed. So, when baking salmon for a meal, I simply bake a few extra fillets for use the next day. Or, skip the salmon for a vegetarian option. Get creative! The ingredients used here are simply examples to get your ideas rolling. Just be sure all fillings are vegetables are thinly sliced and in bite-size pieces. Continue reading

Silky Avocado Sauce

Avocado Sauce Recipe After devouring an avocado-dressed pasta dish in an Italian restaurant, I was determined to recreate it at home. Surprise! This seemingly decadent dish sauce is not only a snap to make, versatile, but healthy too, full of fiber and monounsaturated fats. Use this avocado sauce over pasta, as a dip for vegetables. It also serves as fantastic addition to Mexican or Asian dishes with added heat via either hot sauce or wasabi. This recipe works fine with frozen avocados for most dishes, such as “Non-Sushi Sushi Rolls” post. Continue reading