Chicken Piccata

I found the original recipe online at Julia’s Child, and modified it by using rice flour instead of flour to make it gluten free. I also substitute coconut oil for the olive oil. I love olive oil, but never use it to fry or with high heat because it breaks down. This dish hits the spot served with steamed artichokes when they’re in season, zoodles, or crisp steamed broccoli.

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Asian Meatballs

This recipe from Nom Nom Paleo yields a big batch of tasty Asian style meatballs, and is relatively easy because there’s no frying — just oven time. They are delicious.

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Banana Bread Waffles

This recipe comes from The Paleo Kitchen cookbook by Juli Bauer (of PaleOMG) and George Bryant (of Civilized Caveman). I will make these at least monthly because 1) they’re easy, and 2) I can freeze the leftovers and pop in my toaster for a quick breakfast during the week.

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Berry Compote

I like to make this on those rare occasions when I’m actually making a batch of gluten free waffles or pancakes. It’s a healthier, low sugar alternative to maple syrup. Especially if you’re using berries, which are loaded with antioxidants and have a low glycemic index. Plus, it’s easy — because I usually have several big bags of frozen organic fruit on hand from Costco. 

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Cashew Cream

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you’ve probably realized that I am obsessed with cashew cream. Vegan or not, it’s an amazing non-dairy substitute for mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch dip, even hummus… Plus cashews are rich in minerals like copper and magnesium.

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Lemon & Garlic Green Beans

People ask me for this recipe a lot. I think the secret is using good quality ingredients. Because it really is so simple. It makes a fresh, lemon-y dish that is great with fish and chicken, eggplant, kale, grilled broccoli — or anything that goes well with lemon. You can make it really simple by buying the pre-cut green beans in your produce aisle.

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Pork Chops with Gastrique

Don’t be intimidated by the name. Gastrique is a traditional French sauce, similar to a hot and sour sauce. It makes a super simple, versatile addition to pork dishes (think: pork chops, pork tenderloin, and even schnitzel…). It’s also great with chicken. 

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Napa Cabbage and Caraway Salad

This is a cool, easy salad that goes great with grilled pork chops and warm apples. I like Napa cabbage, but green cabbage would work, too.

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This recipe was inspired by The Pasta Bible cookbook. One of my favorites back in the day when I was eating gluten and homemade pasta. It’s still a useful book, full of great recipes for Italian sauces. This intentionally makes a huge portion of food, which is great because it freezes well.

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Whole Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Onions

This recipe originally came from Esquire’s cookbook called Cook Like A Man. Ironic, isn’t it? I changed it up to make a simple, more complete meal – and now it’s a staple in our house. Once I stick the bird in the oven, I have enough time to play with my daughter and make a big salad. 

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I'm Dr. Christine Maren, a board-certified functional medicine physician and mother of three. I advocate for real food, healthy living, and clean beauty. I think physicians should be role models when it comes to nutrition and healthy living. This is where I share that passion. Thanks for joining me!

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