teres major steak with cowboy butter, aka top secret stuff

PALEO | GLUTEN-FREE | CAN BE WHOLE30* Time from start to finish: about 15 minutes Difficulty level: medium The teres major (or shoulder petite tender) is the second-most tender cut of beef, after the filet mignon. It cooks in mere minutes. It’s crazy inexpensive for what you’re getting ($8.99/lb. at my Whole Foods – filet is… Continue reading teres major steak with cowboy butter, aka top secret stuff

coconut oil brussels sprouts, aka trust me

VEGETARIAN | GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | PALEO | WHOLE30 Time from start to finish: 15 minutes Difficulty level: easy peasy I learned how to make some pretty solid Brussels sprouts in Paris. The secret? (butter, obviously) Usually, I let my Southern roots show when I make them, and add some bacon. Oui oui. I crisp up the… Continue reading coconut oil brussels sprouts, aka trust me

gooey skillet sea salt brownie, aka valentine’s day

SPLURGE Time from start to finish: 1 hour Difficulty: easy I’ve searched all my life for the most perfect brownies. Some were predictably sweet — they had no edge. Some were accidentally made without eggs. Some were clingy and stuck to the pan. Some were made of the wrong stuff, like vegetable oil. Some tried too hard… Continue reading gooey skillet sea salt brownie, aka valentine’s day

wine-drunk mushroom farro risotto

VEGETARIAN* | GLUTEN-FREE | CAN BE DAIRY-FREE** Time from start to finish: 45 minutes Difficulty level: easy peasy It’s taken me a while to come around to boxed wine. It wasn’t until this weekend, when someone whose wine opinion I truly trust cracked open a box in front of me, that I finally caved and bought… Continue reading wine-drunk mushroom farro risotto

2.5 hour meal prep: bold flavors for grey days

GLUTEN-FREE | CAN BE PALEO* Time start to finish: 2.5 hours Difficulty level: easy peasy To most people, “meal prep” conjours up images of rows of identical plastic containers, filled with grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, baked sweet potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and other nutritious – albeit boring – foods: I tried that once. By about day 3,… Continue reading 2.5 hour meal prep: bold flavors for grey days

the most basic bone broth, aka magical healing juice

PALEO | WHOLE30| GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE Time start to finish: over 24 hours (active time: 5-25 minutes) Difficulty level: easy peasy Today was huge for many reasons! It was the first day I didn’t feel like absolute death after several days of some strange flu-like virus. Yay health! LeanKit, the wonderful company where I work, won the… Continue reading the most basic bone broth, aka magical healing juice

lemony arugula salad, aka how to not eat a whole pizza

VEGETARIAN | GLUTEN-FREE | CAN BE DAIRY-FREE* Time start to finish: 7 minutes Difficulty level: easy peasy This simple lemon vinaigrette has superpowers: It can turn a pizza dinner into a somewhat healthy, fancy schmancy meal. Let me explain. It’s not often that I allow myself to order a pizza – or even buy a frozen one,… Continue reading lemony arugula salad, aka how to not eat a whole pizza