Stuffed bell peppers with an egg on top

These bell peppers make a nice light dinner on their own or can be served with pasta or risotto. They are also the perfect way to use an abundance of herbs if you have a garden!

Ingredients:

1lb grassfed ground beef

1/2 cup chopped herbs (oregano, parseley and basil work well)

Sea salt, to taste

Cracked pepper, to taste

One egg for the meat mixture

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup goat cheese

1/2 can tomato sauce

An egg to top each pepper

Four large bell peppers

Directions:

Slice the bell peppers open lengthwise, remove stem and seeds. Place side by side on a parchment-lined pan, like this one. Mix one egg, herbs, spices, Parmesan and beef in a bowl thoroughly. I usually mix with my hands. Separate the mixture into 8 equal portions and smoosh into the halved bell peppers.

Top each one with a couple of tablespoons of the sauce, then sprinkle a bit of goat cheese on each one. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and create a little divot in each. Gently crack an egg on top. Add a bit more salt ans bake another ten minutes.

Gluten-free Spring Blueberry Pie

When my three-year-old son Gus asked me: “Mom, you make me a blueberry pie?” Of course I immediately ordered the ingredients. This one was made with frozen wild blueberries and definitely had a fresh texture. You can use any gluten free pie crust for this! This one is my go to. And my favorite gluten free flour (King Arthur) can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3c8lneK.

Ingredients:

  • Three cups frozen organic wild blueberries
  • Three tablespoons corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup honey, to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • A dash of sea salt
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated (I used honey crisp)
  • Five teaspoons butter
  • 1 egg (for an egg wash before baking)

After rolling out one half of the crust and lining a pie pan with it, mix all of the filling ingredients except the butter. The apple helps it hold together, but you won’t taste it or see it in the final product. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Drop the teaspoons of butter into the filling, evenly spaced.

Add your top crust. I did mine in a lattice style (Here’s a tutorial!). Brush the beaten egg over the top of the crust with a pastry brush. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown. Let cool completely.

This pie has a very fresh texture! If you like more of a jelly-like filling, you can cook the ingredients in a saucepan for ten minutes before filling the pie. For a beautiful pan, click here.

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Roasted Chickpeas with Spices

This is just a quick easy snack or salad topper! Roasted chickpeas with pimenton (sweet smoked paprika) and my personal secret ingredient to everything — steak seasoning.

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tsp salt

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp smoked pimenton

1 tsp steak seasoning

Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Pat dry and allow to airdry until they don’t have any remaining water, about ten minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425. Toss the dried chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet and coat in the oil and spices. Bake foe 20 minutes (it could take up to 30 minutes to get the perfect crisp).

Enjoy!

Chicken chili—an easy, gluten-free, one-pot dinner idea

This recipe was borne out of the need for an easy, fast dinner that also packed nutrition and flavor. I’ve been down with terrible allergy symptoms since planting my garden last weekend and needed something requiring minimal work and even less cleanup, but it also needed to be warm and satisfying. I’ve made many different chicken chili variations before, but this one is by far the easiest. You literally put everything into a Dutch oven or heavy lidded pan and throw it in the oven. The only other step is slicing the chicken and placing it back in the pan at the end. We were so hungry when this came out of the oven that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the final product!

Ingredients (makes 4 large servings):

  • Three medium sized chicken breasts, thawed (they can still be partially frozen if you are pressed for time)
  • One 4 oz can of green chilis
  • One 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes (click here for the ones I love)
  • One can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • One onion, diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked pimenton (paprika)
  • A handful of your favorite chopped herbs (I used a spicy oregano and cilantro from my garden)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken breasts in the pan. Pour all other ingredients on top. Stir slightly, just to mix. Cover pan and bake for one hour. Pull the pan out and take the chicken breasts out with tongs. Place them on a cutting board, and, when cool enough to handle, dice them. Put the chicken back in the pot and stir gently. Place the pot back into the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and enjoy with your favorite tortilla (I like this kind, which are gluten-free and paleo).

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Cabbage rolls with Italian sausage

Cabbage roll served with Parmesan, basil and cherry tomatoes

I’ve been wanting to try a cabbage roll with Italian flavors for awhile. I’ve done Asian-inspired rolls before but wanted to branch out. I love Napa cabbage and found a huge head of it at the store so it seemed like a good day to try this recipe. This recipe tastes a little like Italian wedding soup, all wrapped up. You could easily serve it in a broth or with a marinara, or even over some risotto.

Ingredients:

  • Ten to 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage (I used turkey, but pork will do too)
  • One onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth (I use bone broth)
  • 1/2 cup Italian farro – this is optional, omit if gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, chili flakes and garlic powder.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning, or fresh or dried chopped herbs of your choosing.
  • Parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes, to garnish

Directions:

Sauté the onion in a little bit of avocado oil until it is soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the turkey and chop it up into tiny pieces with the spatula, and sauté about five minutes. add the spices and herbs. Add one cup of the broth and bring it to a simmer. Add the farro and simmer about ten minutes (you may have to add a bit more liquid to get the farro to soften enough). Add the tomato paste and stir it all together, remove from heat.

Add the second cup of broth to a stock pot or large pan. Bring it to a simmer. Take the cabbage leaves (washed and prepped) and place them on top of the broth, to steam for five minutes.

Pull them out onto a cutting board, draining excess liquid, and let them cool just until you can handle them. Scoop the sausage mixture into the leaves in equal parts, roll them and secure them with a toothpick. Place them back into the pan you steamed them in and let them simmer/steam covered on low for about another ten minutes.

Top with grated Parmesan and tomatoes and enjoy!

Duck Fat Fries with Rosemary: An Air-Fryer Recipe (Gluten-Free, too!)

A couple of weeks ago on Instagram I asked a question in my stories, “do I need an air fryer?” Well, my mom had one she didn’t use so she brought it over. I’ll admit I’m not a fan of the cabinet space it hoards, but there is no question that our fry game got better that day. So I came up with a very simple recipe for duck fat fries. I also recently became accepted as an affiliate for Fatworks, so the timing couldn’t be better!

Ingredients:

  1. Four to five medium sized yukon gold potatoes (I always go for organic potatoes if I can find them), chopped into french fry sized pieces
  2. Two tablespoons Fatworks Duck Fat
  3. Two sprigs rosemary, plus about a tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary
  4. 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) fine pink Himalayan sea salt

Add the chopped potatoes, oil, chopped rosemary and sea salt to a bowl and mix, coating all of the potatoes with the fat. Place them in the air fryer’s basket (we have one similar to this, and love it). Place the rosemary sprigs on top, gently. I cooked these for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees and they came out perfectly! Different fryers have different cooking directions, so pay attention to that.

This was a version I made without rosemary, but they were definitely better with it.
Kid approved!

Salmon burger dinner— a gluten-free, one-pan meal

Sometimes you just need a quick and easyoweeknight meal that’s also healthy and good. This one fits that bill. The salmon burgers aregsatisfying without being heavy, and the green chili cumin combo really sets off the flavor of the fish. The freshness of the dill with the potatoes and the simplicity of the green beans combine to make this one of my favorite easy meals.

Ingredients:

For the salmon:

  • One pound salmon filets, dried on a paper towel and skin cut off.
  • One half a white onion, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup green chili from a can or jar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

For the potatoes:

  • Four medium Yukon gold potatoes, pre-baked for about three minutes in the microwave (bake them all together, not separately).
  • 3-4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • A large handful of fresh dill

For the green beans:

  • One 12-oz bag of green beans
  • Two pats butter
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

View this video for the full how-to:

Chicken chili—an easy, one-pot dinner idea

This recipe was borne out of the need for an easy, fast dinner that also packed nutrition and flavor. I’ve been down with terrible allergy symptoms since planting my garden last weekend and needed something requiring minimal work and even less cleanup, but it also needed to be warm and satisfying. I’ve made many different chicken chili variations before, but this one is by far the easiest. You literally put everything into a Dutch oven or heavy lidded pan and throw it in the oven. The only other step is slicing the chicken and placing it back in the pan at the end. We were so hungry when this came out of the oven that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the final product!

Ingredients (makes 4 large servings):

  • Three medium sized chicken breasts, thawed (they can still be partially frozen if you are pressed for time)
  • One 4 oz can of green chilis
  • One 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes (click here for the ones I love)
  • One can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • One onion, diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked pimenton (paprika)
  • A handful of your favorite chopped herbs (I used a spicy oregano and cilantro from my garden)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken breasts in the pan. Pour all other ingredients on top. Stir slightly, just to mix. Cover pan and bake for one hour. Pull the pan out and take the chicken breasts out with tongs. Place them on a cutting board, and, when cool enough to handle, dice them. Put the chicken back in the pot and stir gently. Place the pot back into the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and enjoy with your favorite tortilla (I like this kind, which are gluten-free and paleo).

Cabbage rolls with Italian sausage and farro

Cabbage roll served with Parmesan, basil and cherry tomatoes

I’ve been wanting to try a cabbage roll with Italian flavors for awhile. I’ve done Asian-inspired rolls before but wanted to branch out. I love Napa cabbage and found a huge head of it at the store so it seemed like a good day to try this recipe. This recipe tastes a little like Italian wedding soup, all wrapped up. You could easily serve it in a broth or with a marinara, or even over some risotto.

Ingredients:

  • Ten to 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage (I used turkey, but pork will do too)
  • One onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth (I use bone broth)
  • 1/2 cup Italian farro
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, chili flakes and garlic powder.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning, or fresh or dried chopped herbs of your choosing.
  • Parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes, to garnish

Directions:

Sauté the onion in a little bit of avocado oil until it is soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the turkey and chop it up into tiny pieces with the spatula, and sauté about five minutes. add the spices and herbs. Add one cup of the broth and bring it to a simmer. Add the farro and simmer about ten minutes (you may have to add a bit more liquid to get the farro to soften enough). Add the tomato paste and stir it all together, remove from heat.

Add the second cup of broth to a stock pot or large pan. Bring it to a simmer. Take the cabbage leaves (washed and prepped) and place them on top of the broth, to steam for five minutes.

Pull them out onto a cutting board, draining excess liquid, and let them cool just until you can handle them. Scoop the sausage mixture into the leaves in equal parts, roll them and secure them with a toothpick. Place them back into the pan you steamed them in and let them simmer/steam covered on low for about another ten minutes.

Top with grated Parmesan and tomatoes and enjoy!

One pan green chili salmon burger dinner

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy weeknight meal that’s also healthy and good. This one fits that bill. The salmon burgers are satisfying without being heavy, and the green chili cumin combo really sets off the flavor of the fish. The freshness of the dill with the potatoes and the simplicity of the green beans combine to make this one of my favorite easy meals.

Ingredients:

For the salmon:

  • One pound salmon filets, dried on a paper towel and skin cut off.
  • One half a white onion, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup green chili from a can or jar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

For the potatoes:

  • Four medium Yukon gold potatoes, pre-baked for about three minutes in the microwave (bake them all together, not separately).
  • 3-4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • A large handful of fresh dill

For the green beans:

  • One 12-oz bag of green beans
  • Two pats butter
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

View this video for the full how-to: