Vegan • Nutrient-dense • Paleo • Grain-, gluten-, potato-free • Dairy-free • Delicious • Easy
Would you like to try an Italian version of hummus? Admittedly, chickpea puree with wilted greens is not known as hummus. But I cannot help but think of hummus when I enjoy this dish. The Italian version of hummus is free of tahini and Middle Eastern spices. On the other hand, Italian chickpea puree is thoroughly infused with spectacular herbs – rosemary and sage. Add a generous drizzle of your favorite olive oil to this dish, and you are in paradise.
In texture, the puree is much fluffier and less fatty than hummus. In our version, fluffiness comes from the baked Japanese sweet potato. (The traditional recipe uses a regular baked potato.) The wilted sharp greens (traditionally, dandelion greens, which we substitute with less sharp broccoli rabe) add a new dimension to the mild, cozy flavors of the dish. In addition to wilted greens, this dish pairs well with mild seafood, such as calamari, white fish, and shrimp … and a glass of white wine.
Heart Healthy • Vegan • Low Glycemic • Gluten-free • Dairy-free • Nutrient-dense • Delicious • Easy
A traditional French dish, ratatouille differs at the hand of every cook. The basics, however, remain the same. In essence, it is a stew of summer vegetables – eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers and onions – that celebrates seasonal abundance. Toss this dish with fish, cannellini beans, or crackers, cheese and red wine, and you will enjoy a lovely Mediterranean meal.
Though ratatouille allows for many a variation, a few tips are critical to a tastier dish. Cooking the vegetables in a correct order and slow simmering deepen the flavors. It also ensures the right texture of the cooked vegetables. (For example, no one likes overcooked, soggy peppers. Bell peppers should therefore be added last to the dish.) Substituting some of the tomatoes with the tomato sauce reduce the cooking time and intensifies the flavor. You will find all of these tips in the recipe below.
Low Glycemic • Gluten-free • Vegan • Nutrient-dense • Delicious • Easy
This Flourless Fig Tart is remarkably succulent and is probably the perfect way for cooking a grain-free, sugar-free dessert with fresh figs. No doubt, you know that pistachios, goat cheese, and figs are a match made in heaven. But what makes this dessert truly stand out are a few clever secrets revealed in the recipe below. For one, we pre-roast our figs and use a carefully selected French fruit preserve to complete the palate. No worries – the French fruit preserve is available at your local grocery store (and of course, online). Once you’ve tried, I know that it will become one of your most beloved desserts.
Grain-free • Quick and easy • Vegetarian • Nutrient-dense • Delicious
This tender, succulent pesto baked cod will surpass any expectations – and any harbored biases against oftentimes bland white fish. Adding pesto and selecting just the right cooking time turned our entire family into dedicated enthusiasts of this white fish.
Thinking that it is bland and chewy, we used to turn to salmon and trout. But then, after an exhaustive research, we learned that the right coating can help preserve and amplify its natural juices. For this reason, some cooks recommend a mayo coating. See https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/broiled-cod-with-fennel-and-orange;https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/parmesan-baked-cod/. Moreover, when cooked properly, it becomes tender and succulent. The best cooking method for this fish, in our experience and research, combines both broiling and baking. See, e.g., https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/alaska-cod-parmesan-zucchini-noodles.
With careful modifications accounting for the thickness of the fillets, this delicious recipe works well with any other lean white fish such as halibut. Before you turn to the recipe below, please note one caveat: We are using our countertop convection oven for broiling and baking.
Vegetarian • Grain- and Potato-free • Low Glycemic • Gluten-free • Fast & easy • Delicious
Who doesn’t enjoy biting into juicy, crispy asparagus stalks? What if the seasoning enhanced asparagus’ light nutty flavor and caramelized skins? Our Easy Asparagus Recipe accomplishes just that. Cook asparagus this easy way and, in merely 10 minutes, you’ll be enjoying juicy, crispy, caramelized stalks.
Vegan • Gluten-, Grain- and Potato-free • Low Glycemic • Suitable for Diabetics • Quick and Easy • Delicious