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Recipes Side Dishes

Baked Fennel and Potatoes (Dairy Free)

Fennel is one of those rare vegetables that you can eat either raw or cooked, and tastes like two completely different foods depending on the preparation. Raw, it tastes distinctly like licorice and anise. Cooked, its flavor mellows and sweetens like a caramelized onion and imparts an aroma that many will recognize as the same […]

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Crohn's Disease My Thoughts Science

Resistant Starch and Crohn’s Disease: Friend, Enemy, or “Frenemy”?

Once upon a time in a not too distant past, the phrase “paleo diet” was synonymous with “low carb.” Along with grains, starchy tubers were shunned and consumption of fruit was to be minimized. That perspective started changing in 2010 when Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet began publicizing their Perfect Health Diet (later published as a […]

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Recipes Side Dishes

Garlic and Ginger Glazed Baby Bok Choy (Soy Free)

Bok choy (also spelled “bok choi” or “pak choi”) is a such a contradictory, complex, and delicious vegetable. When cooked properly, the stalks are creamy and have an underlying sweetness while the darker green leaves have an earthy flavor similar to chard or spinach. A member of the cabbage family, bok choy is a staple […]

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Beef Main Dishes Recipes

Garlic and Ginger Beef with Broccoli (Gluten Free, Soy Free)

I don’t get cravings for food from my pre-paleo days very often, but every once in a while I get a hankering and this recipe for garlic and ginger beef with broccoli is the result of my recent nostalgia for Chinese takeout. And like most home cooked meals, it is ¬†actually far superior in taste […]

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My Thoughts Personal

4 Valid Criticisms of the Paleo Diet

If 2013 was the year of paleo going mainstream, then it looks like 2014 may be the year the mainstream starts fighting back with criticisms of the paleo diet. ¬†First, US News and World Report released its annual rankings of the best diets of the year with “paleo diet” coming in last place and getting […]

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Crohn's Disease My Thoughts Personal

1 Year Ago Today… My Journey to Healing Crohn’s Disease With Food

January 22 is like a second birthday for me. One year ago today, on January 22, 2013, I made the life-changing decision to take a shot at healing myself and managing Crohn’s disease through diet. I had read the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall and was embarking on a 30 day trial […]

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Appetizers Fish Recipes

Easy Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche

Yet another winter storm and “polar vortex” is headed our way, so I’m dreaming of summer and tropical vacations! This recipe for a very simple shrimp and avocado ceviche is my answer to that longing. It literally took 5 minutes to throw together and except for the shrimp, all of the ingredients were things I […]

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Lamb Main Dishes Recipes

Italian Stuffed Leg of Lamb Roast (Grain & Dairy Free)

I was raised on a mostly meat and potatoes diet, but lamb wasn’t one of the meats in the rotation. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I first tried lamb and I must admit it wasn’t love at first bite. For the next 15 or so years I simply avoided it. But […]

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Chicken Main Dishes Recipes

6 Secrets to Simply Perfect Roast Chicken

Whole perfect roast chicken is a paradox, isn’t it? It looks impressive and intimidates cooking newbies. If done correctly it tastes amazing, yet it couldn’t be easier to prepare – just a tiny bit of prepping and then you stick it in the oven and ignore it. The less you do to it, the better […]

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Appetizers Chicken Offal Recipes

Nourishing Chicken Liver Spread (Dairy Free)

Yes, it’s chicken liver “spread.” It isn’t pate or mousse or even pretending to be, just its less fancy country cousin. But it is super nourishing and my recipe is even casein free (and can be made completely dairy free if you don’t want to use ghee). Why eat liver? Perhaps you’ve heard that liver […]