I was first introduced to Ethiopian cuisine in Madison, WI while in college. At the time I was a vegetarian and Ethiopian food is very plant-centric, which meant I had lots of options to try and I took full advantage. Many Ethiopian dishes are served with injera, a flatbread made from fermented teff flour batter. Teff is a tiny ancient grain with an amazing nutritional profile. It’s high in protein, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper and it’s also gluten-free. For those looking to increase the mineral-density of their diet, especially vegans and vegetarians who may struggle to consume enough iron, teff is an excellent choice. The fermentation process used in injera also makes the nutrients and protein more bio-available, helping to ensure optimal absorption.
This Thanksgiving I finally acknowledged that it doesn’t make any sense to prepare a turkey for three people who dislike turkey. We were fortunate enough to have a friend give us an elk steak which inspired me to make this pomegranate sage steak — a simple yet super flavorful protein for our holiday meal. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a photo of the finished product (Ella dove into it before I could get a picture!) but I promise, it’s visually appealing.
When I was a kid, my family ate pancakes fairly regularly, especially in the winter before or after downhill or cross-country skiing. Physical exertion in the cold does indeed pair perfectly with warm, fluffy pancakes. But because the classic high carbohydrate recipes spike blood sugar and leave me famished a few hours later, I wanted to create a version of this wintertime staple that was gluten-free, high-protein, and added-sugar-free.
This winter salad is perfect for the holiday season. It’s hearty, rich in flavors, textures, and colors, and is beautiful individually plated or served family-style. I most recently made it as part of our Thanksgiving dinner and adults and kids loved it equally.
There’s nothing quite as delicious as a perfectly executed pastry or loaf of bread. Unfortunately, pulling off artisan-quality baked goods usually requires ample amounts of gluten and sugar. But these gluten-free, sugar-free, cornbread scones are a delicious exception.
The superpower smoothie won’t win any beauty contests, but it’s delicious, energizing, and will leave you feeling amazing. This concoction has everything our bodies need to thrive: 28g of high-quality protein, no added sugar, potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, several strains of probiotics, tons of fiber, and some healthy fat.
Isn’t this combination beautiful? It’s also unique, easy, and delicious. The hands-on time for the squash and dukkah combined is 15 minutes — leaving plenty of time to make a simple salad to round out a meal.
Although the outdoor growing season has ended here in Montana, the indoor growing season continues year-round and broccoli sprouts are the easiest and most inexpensive thing I’ve ever grown. They mature in 3-4 days and require no soil or artificial light. While they’re simple and cheap to grow, that wouldn’t be exciting unless they were also delicious and nutritious — which they are.
When I was little, as temperatures dropped and fall took hold in the St. Croix river valley of Minnesota, my mother frequently made cauliflower soup — it was delicious, yet incredibly simple. She used milk to create creaminess in her soup, but when considering my new riff on that comforting childhood staple, I decided to make mine dairy-free. While there are a number of ways to make a creamy dairy-free soup, I opted to use squash and this cauliflower squash soup was born!
Dukkah is a traditional Egyptian spice blend usually made of finely chopped nuts, sesame seeds, coriander and cumin. The type of nut and additional herbs or spices can be used to create any number of flavor combinations. This variation keeps close to the spice blend’s roots, but I opted to keep the nuts whole and added nigella seeds for flavor and color, and sautéed the mixture in browned butter and clover honey to give it some added dimension.