Beet Mash (Low-Carb, Dairy Free, Plant-Based)

DID YOU KNOW? Beets are an excellent source of disease-fighting phytonutrients called betalains which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Betalains are also responsible for providing beets with their vibrant color. Studies show that these potent pigments may help protect against the development of certain types of cancer and disease. Try my Beet Mash recipe…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

DID YOU KNOW? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Brussels sprouts are used to improve digestive health. Just one cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provides four grams of fiber, which numerous studies show is important for digestive function. Fiber helps to support digestive health by encouraging regular bowel movements, preventing constipation or diarrhea, and detoxifying the…

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Chicken Soup for the Soul & a Cold

If you’re craving a warm bowl/cup of chicken soup or you’re looking for a great natural remedy during cold and flu season, I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try. It’s gluten, grain and dairy free.

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“Spaghetti” with Ricotta & Cherry Tomatoes

After my recent trip to Italy, I’ve been feeling even more inspired to create healthier gluten free versions of some great Italian spaghetti dishes. AND this time around, I decided to experiment with one of my favourite cheeses growing up – ricotta! I don’t consume dairy on a regular basis, but when I come across…

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Vegetable “Rice”

Vegetable “rice” is a great low-carb and nutrient-dense substitute for grains. I like to make a batch of this “rice” early in the week and add it to different meals throughout my week. It makes meal prep super easy – and adds tons of nutrients to my meals! Here are a few great ways to…

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Ciabotta – Italian Vegetable Stew

Ciabotta (also known as ciambotta or giambotta ) is a common summer dish in Abruzzo, as well as all throughout southern Italy. Similar to the French ratatouille, this vegetable stew is made up of seasonal Mediterranean vegetables slowly cooked down with tomatoes and finished with fresh basil. My Nonna (a.k.a. Ma) made this dish every…

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Creamy Dill Coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of my quick go-to healthy dishes when I’m short on time or preparing food for multiple people. This low-carb, keto & paleo friendly dish is packed with nutrients that are detoxifying and waistline loving. The trick to this quick dish is using a food processor. You literally throw all your ingredients in…

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Sautéed Garlic Chard

Did you know? Just one cup of cooked Swiss chard provides a whopping 636% of your daily vitamin K needs! Vitamin K is an essential nutrient for bone health — and reduces fracture rates because it activates the major non-collagen protein that helps form bones. This nutrient – along with calcium which is also found in…

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Creamy Italian Sausage & Kale Soup

If you’re following a low-carb or keto diet and someone tells you that you need processed foods like breads, pastas and cereal grains in order to get adequate amounts of fiber in your diet, hit them with this fact … One serving of kale contains more fiber than 3 slices of whole wheat bread! Don’t…

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Lemon Garlic Rapini

I’m pretty certain this bitter green vegetable was one of the first solid foods I ate back in my Baby Jen days. Rapini (a.k.a. broccoli rabe) is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and cancer fighting properties, making it a super healthy veggie for consumption. Rapini is an excellent complement to most meats and fishes…

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