Vegetarian

Chocolate Orange Truffles

This recipe for chocolate truffles from Practical Paleo is hands-down my favorite dessert recipe. I use a high quality, gluten-free and dairy-free cocoa powder from TCHO. Just make sure you read the labels well and splurge on higher quality ingredients. Coconut butter is meatier than coconut oil, and pretty yummy right out of the jar.

Grain-free Granola

This recipe for grain-free granola is adapted from the Make It Paleo cookbook by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason. It seems high maintenance because you have to soak the nuts overnight and then oven dry them the next day. It’s a process, but it’s worth it. Overall, I actually think it’s easier than the traditional granola I’ve made, which involves a sticky mess and lots of stirring. You can make a lot of modifications to the type of nuts and dried fruits you use — just play with it.

Paleo Banana Bread Muffins

I make this simple recipe for paleo banana bread from the Civilized Caveman at least twice a month with my 3 year old daughter. It makes an easy breakfast on days when I’m running out the door. It’s high in protein and healthy fats, and very low in sugar. I use ripe bananas to add some flavor. If you’re accustomed to a lot of sugar, you’ll perceive these as bland. Recalibrate your ‘buds and you’ll enjoy them.

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. 

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.