Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe—So Good I Want to Eat It with a Spoon

thai peanut sauce on a gado gado saladI don’t remember when I first tasted Thai peanut sauce, but I know for sure that I have been obsessed with it since childhood. It’s a top contender for my desert island food. I mean, what better to have on your desert island than a sauce that could make sea kelp or even sand taste delicious? It’s salty, sweet, savory, and a little (or a lot, up to you. I like a lot!) spicy. Nutty peanut butter, simmered with creamy coconut milk, a touch of brown sugar, a splash of lime, and a dollop of a complex Thai curry paste. I could seriously eat it on just about anything. Or on nothing at all, just straight from the pot with a spoon (I actually do this. A lot.)

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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Instant Pot

whole chicken instant potIf you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, all I can say is, well, you should! This is truly my favorite kitchen appliance ever. Why? Because I can make a delicious one-pot dinner—even starting with dried beans or frozen meat—in well under an hour. I can also use it as a slow cooker, to make rice, to make Homemade Chicken Broth, and even yogurt. But my very favorite thing to do is to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. I use the meat as the basis for other dishes—my Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, chicken salads, or my son’s very matzoh ball soup. Then I use the bones and cooking juices as a base for a rich, delicious Homemade Chicken Broth (great for matzoh ball soup!), which is also cooked in the Instant Pot.

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Gluten Free Pecan Tartlets with Date Caramel

I decided to make these delicious and adorable Gluten-Free Pecan Tartlets for #RecipeMakeover because they are practically health food. No, seriously. They’re not only gluten free, but also dairy free, refined sugar free, and packed with healthy pecans. The chopped nuts are napped in a rich caramel made from sweet medjool dates and coconut milk. The best part is that these Gluten Free Pecan Tartlets are super easy to make.

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Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie #RecipeMakeover

gluten free dairy free chicken pot pie with forkGluten free chicken pot pie has been my unicorn for years, ever since my husband went wheat-free making my old standby recipe useless. And then he cut out dairy, too. But chicken pot pie is just too good to live without. First I had to figure out how to make a gluten free pie crust that tasted good and would hold up to rolling and shaping. Next I found a trick to make that gluten free pie crust dairy free (thanks Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil!) All that was left to do was figure out a filling with chunks of tender chicken, carrots, peas, and a rich, dairy-free gravy.

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Gluten Free Pie Crust #RecipeMakeover

Disclaimer: I received a free jar of Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil to try for this post. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.

gluten-free-pie-crust-beforeGluten-free pie crust has been a source of frustration and many a mediocre meal for my family since my husband cut wheat from his diet. But at last, I’ve finally nailed it. This gluten-free pie crust is easy to make and turns out light, flaky, and delicious. It’s even easy to work with. You can roll it out and cut it into whatever shape you like or use it to encase fillings turnover-style. I’m posting it as my first #RecipeMakeover recipe, and later in the week I’ll add both a savory and a sweet filling option.

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#RecipeMakeover Week Is Here!

#RecipeMakeoverWelcome to the first day of #RecipeMakeover Week! To find out what #RecipeMakeover is all about, read on. And be sure to enter for your chance to win our awesome giveaway package!

Why #RecipeMakeover? Well, around here, spring has finally sprung and it feels like the perfect time to get serious about healthy eating with #RecipeMakeovers. We’re not talking about “diet food,” but about delicious dishes made from whole foods, loaded with fruits and veggies, packed with nutrients, and great for your overall health. Don’t even think about cutting out all of your favorite foods.  Instead tweak your recipes to include fewer “bad” ingredients and more “good” ones so that you can make them part of a healthy diet.

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Salt Cod Tartlets with Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce

salt-cod-tartlets-1Salt cod—or any salt fish—is one of life’s beautiful accidents, a genius invention born of necessity. Way back when, before refrigeration, some brilliant person (or people) thought to pack fish in salt to preserve it. The salt not only enhances the fish’s flavor, but also intensifies its meaty texture. Versions of salt preserved fish are eaten all over the world, used in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Greek, and Chinese cooking, among others.

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Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili

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white bean chicken chili in a bowl with garnishes


On International Women’s Day, I was thinking about the different types of paid and unpaid work that I do every day—writer, recipe developer, editor, blogger, self-promoter, social media manager, chauffeur, laundress, housekeeper, and family cook are just a few of them. Of all of those jobs, family cook is the one that challenges me most often. Every day I ponder the question of what to make for dinner for my family of picky eaters. Every day, I’m pressed for time to shop for and cook a meal, so I look for shortcuts that will cut down on the time it takes to make something healthy that my family will enjoy.

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Roasted Carrot Spread with North African Spices

roasted carrot spread in a bowlRoasted Carrot Spread is the answer to your appetizer dreams. Flavored with olive oil, tahini, and North African spices (fennel, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika), it is pretty much the best thing since hummus. And let’s face it, as great and variable as hummus is, we’re all a bit tired of it, right? Plus, if you use a non-dairy yogurt (or simply leave the yogurt out, adding a bit more olive oil if needed), it will make your paleo friends happy, too. In fact, it’s not only paleo but also gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins with Peanut Butter

gluten-free banana peanut butter muffin broken in half on a plate

 

The search for good, gluten-free replacements for your favorite baked goods never ends, does it? I don’t post much about my gluten-free cooking experiments, but these gluten-free banana muffins with peanut butter are so delicious I would make them even if my G-F husband didn’t beg me to make treats he can eat.


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