Vegan Spicy Yam Chili


That is how I feel about this Vegan Spicy Yam Chili!

So, I've been thinking about this change of season thing that occurs, and it's really very interesting. First of all, it has still been quite warm here in Philly (not complaining). Yet, I am still craving fall foods like mad. Pumpkins, Kabocha squash, Carnival squash, pomegranates, apples, cranberries, brussels sprouts... I even went to Jamaica recently where it was so hot that I thought my coconut oil would actually evaporate, and I was craving apples the entire time. My point is that, it must not just be the change in weather - that effect our state of being during the shift of seasons. Perhaps there are other forces at play like ecology, astrology, and even genotype.

On with this fall inspired and completely satisfying vegan dish (and feel free to make in non-vegan with some meat of your choice!) 

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Vegan Spicy Yam Chili

13.4 oz Organic no-salt added black beans (I use the 365® BPA-free boxed, if you used canned, make sure it's BPA-free like Eden®)
1/2 cup filtered water
1 zucchini, diced
1/2 bunch kale, chopped
2 handful bok choy, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 handful spinach
1 T fresh chive, minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (actually use your hands to pull the cilantro apart vs using a knife as it releases the oils better)
Heavy dash of: Cumin, Cayenne, Chili Powder and Pepper)

For the Yams (btw... there is a difference between yams and sweet potatoes)

1 large yam or 2 small yams, diced (skin-on)
1 T coconut oil
1/2 T Cinnamon


Pre-heat the oven to 400º, dice your yams, toss in a large glass baking dish, and massage the coconut oil evenly on all pieces. Sprinkle the cinnamon overtop and roast at 400º for about 1 hour. Turn over pieces two times throughout for even roasting.

Meanwhile, boil the 1/2 cup water and add in the zucchini and boil for about 1 minute, then add the bok choy, boil another minute, and then add in the kale. Boil for about one more minute, and then turn down to a simmer - drain the majority of the water out and add in the EVOO. Proceed to add in the remaining chili ingredients (keep the water from the beans or add in 1/4 of filtered water), turn the heat up to medium and cover for about 5 minutes and then turn back down to a simmer until the yams are done.

Add in about 2 cups of the yams (yay you'll have some left over!)

Pour into bowls and top with avocado.

(Note: I recommend adding the avocado fresh to avoid oxidation)

Serves 4

I think when I make this again, I will add in some lime but I didn't have any limes (um why not?!? One should always have limes!)

Enjoy ;)


Lentil, Butternut Squash & Kale Bake

I've recently become quite fond of the lentil. With 17 grams in one cup, these little legumes are an excellent source of protein as well as healthy, low-glycemic carbohydrates. Additionally, they contain a significant amount of healthy fiber, manganese, B-vitamins, folate and iron. A true superfood, IMHO.

Like other beans and legumes, you can either soak them or cook them or a combination of the two. For this recipe, I decided to cook them. 

On a side note, do you ever just fall in love with an artist all over again? I've been listening to Adele like it's the fist time hearing her this past week and each song undoubtedly moves me. She evokes so much many emotions... Lovely. 

Anyway, on with this hearty (vegan and vegetarian friendly) dish ;)

Lentil, Butternut Squash & Kale Bake

For the lentils

1 cup green lentils
3 cups water


In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring often. The legumes, when done should be soft throughout.

For the squash

1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced diced
1 tbls coconut oil (Extra Virgin/Unrefined)


Combine the diced butternut squash with the coconut oil and bake at 400° for about 30 minutes (tossing once halfway through).

For the bake:

3 handfuls of kale, chopped
1 scallion, minced
1 tomato, de-seeded and chopped
Heavy dash of garlic powder
1 tbls cumin powder
Dash of sea salt
4-6 fresh oregano leaves, torn into pieces
3/4 cup water (you'll be splitting this up 1/4 cup at time)
1 tbls coconut oil


Mix the garlic powder, cumin and sea salt with the 3/4 water. Stir well.

Combine the lentils with the butternut squash, pour 1/4 of the seasoned water over-top and bake another 10 minutes.

Add the tomato and scallion, pour another 1/4 cup of the seasoned water over-top and bake another 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°.

Lastly, add in the kale, oregano, coconut oil and remaining water. Stir and bake for another 10 minutes.

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Enjoy ;)


Product Review: Tagliatelle Jovial Pasta

This pasta dish was by far the best pasta that I have made and I am thinking it may be the best pasta I have ever had. I know, that is a bold statement.

Jovial was kind enough to send me a box of their Gluten Free Brown Rice Egg Tagliatelle and a jar of their Diced Tomatoes to do a product review. The timing was perfect as I had been craving pasta for a while. Being gluten-free for as long as I have been, I can assure you that is indeed the best gluten-free pasta that I have had. I would feed it to any gluten-eater out there. Any day.

Tagliatelle Jovial Pasta & Chicken Sausage

1 box Jovial Brown Rice Egg Tagliatelle Pasta
1/8 jar Jovial Diced Tomatoes
2 tbls grapeseed oil (for your skillet)
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1/4 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 handful of kale, chopped
4 Al Fresco Chicken Sausage (Roasted Garlic), thinly sliced
2 basil leaves, chopped


Boil the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat your grapeseed oil in a large skillet (I do think grapeseed makes a difference in this recipe - it adds a nice buttery and somewhat nutty flavor). Add the fennel, zucchini, onion, carrot and garlic and begin to saute. 



Set the pasta aside.

Add the kale and chicken to the saute. Once the chicken is thoroughly heated, combine with the pasta and add in the diced tomatoes and basil leaves.

And... Viola! ;)

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Serves ~ 4 (or 1 with the best leftovers ever ;))

So looking forward to eating this dish again.

Enjoy ;)


Moroccan Stew

While a true Moroccan Stew would likely call for lamb, chicken or beef, this dish was incredible with bison. You could use the meat of your preference or omit meat all together to make it vegan. 

Moroccan Stew

1 cup organic (white) basmati rice
1 lb ground grass-fed bison
1 garlic clove, minced
2 scallions, minced
1 zucchini, thinly chopped
Handful of kale, chopped
1/2 tomato, diced
1 butternut squash, chopped and steamed
2 carrots, chopped and steamed
2 parsnips, chopped and steamed
1/4 cup raisins
Dash of ground cumin
Dash of ground cardamom
Dash of ground clove
Dash of ground turmeric
Dash of ground pepper
1/2 cup water


Brown the bison in a large skillet, adding the garlic and scallions.

Meanwhile, steam the butternut squash, carrots and parsnips and prepare the white rice.

When the meat is nearly cooked, add in all the rest of your veggies and seasonings.


When the veggies are cooked to your liking with the bison, combine with the steamed veggies, rice, raisins and water. Cook on medium for about 10 minutes, stirring often to allow the flavors to meld.

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I can't wait to make this again, so good. I was excited every night to eat leftovers. 


Enjoy (with some Hibiscus Rose Sake... ;))


Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

One of my favorite things in life is to turn on some music, sip on a refreshing adult beverage and cook up a hearty meal using fresh ingredients. It's like therapy for me. Seriously. 

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

1 lb ground bison, grass-fed
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, minced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 summer squash, thinly sliced
1 tomato, diced
1 large handful of kale, chopped
1 large sweet potato, chopped
1 avocado, diced
Dash of ground pepper
Pinch of sea salt 



Begin to brown the bison in a large skillet, add in clove of garlic and onion and saute. Add in the sea salt and pepper. While the bison is cooking, chop up your sweet potato and steam for about 12 minutes.

Add in the remaining ingredients to the bison and cook until the bison is cooked to your liking and the vegetables are tender. 

Serve with the diced avocado.


Now, I went light on the seasonings because I was just excited about the fresh ingredients but you could jazz it up with some oregano, chili powder, cayenne etc...

Serves 3-4 (or...leftovers...)

And with the those leftovers, just toss over some romaine and eat cold ;) Yum! 

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My new beverage of choice... 



is the greatest thing since sliced bread IMO (gluten free sliced bread that is ;)). Seriously incredible. It tastes almost more like brew than a wine. I could go on and on about it, so you'll just have to try it. Not sweet, super refreshing AND gluten/sulfite-free. Aaah....

Enjoy ;)


Baked Haddock & Veggies

Haddock is one of my favorite types of fish. It's similar to cod (another favorite), with a slightly different taste.


Both haddock and cod are mild in flavor (in my opinion), so they can be paired with just about anything. 

Baked Haddock & Veggies

For the fish

1 haddock filet (I can't recall the weight on this one but it was a healthy size. Try to get fresh/wild-caught)
Dash of thyme
Dash if turmeric
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tbls EVOO


Rub the fish (the side sans skin) with EVOO and your seasonings.

Bake on parchment paper at 400 for about 12-18 minutes or until done. The fish should be white, moist and easy to pull apart with a fork.

For the veggies

1 carrot, very thinly sliced
1 parsnip, very thinly sliced
Small bunch of broccolini, chopped
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 of a leek, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 basil leaf, chopped
2 tbls EVOO


Toss the veggies in the EVOO.

Bake on parchment paper at 400 for about 25-35 minutes or until tender. Stir half-way through and add the basil.

Such a light and satisfying meal in the summer heat.

Enjoy! ;)


Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash and Leeks

Despite it's lengthy title, this dish was actually very easy. A few steps for a downright delectable meal (my ego is a tad big on this one... It really was fantastic...)

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash and Leeks

For the Pork:

1 pork tenderloin (free-range, grass-fed)
Dash of sea salt
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of garlic
Sprinkle of rosemary
~ 3-4 tbls grapeseed oil


Heat the grapeseed oil on medium (enough so that the pan is coated with approximately .5 cm in a medium-sized skillet)

While the oil is heating, pat the tenderloin dry and cut off any excess fat, then rub with the seasonings.

Place the tenderloin in the oil and sear for about 2 minutes on each sides (4 sides). I cover mine while I sear.

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Roast on a glass dish at 425º for about 15 min or until the center is 155, allow to sit for about 10 minutes. It will continue to cook to about 160z

For the veggies:

Cut the acorn squash in half (lengthwise), scoop out the insides, score and put a light coating of grapeseed oil on the flesh. Roast on parchment paper, flesh-side down for 45 minutes - 1 hour depending on the size of the squash.

Cut a bell pepper (I used yellow)  in half and remove seeds.

Thinly slice a leek, rub some grapeseed oil on the pieces and place underneath the bell pepper. Roast at 400º for 10 minutes and 425º for 10 minutes.

The order in which you do things is up to you but it worked out perfectly for me to roast the squash, then add the tenderloin in the oven and then the pepper and leeks (I was worried about turning the temperature up to 425 º on the pepper and leeks but it was great).

Drizzle the veggies with  100% pure maple syrup. I also sprinkled with turmeric.

Wow. (I know the humble thing, but this really was delicious).

Serves 2-3 people (or one and wicked awesome leftovers).

Gorham Trial, Acadia National Park

Gorham Trial, Acadia National Park

Enjoy (after a nice long hike...;))


'Indian Influenced' Veggie Bowl

I love Indian inspired cuisine and I love curry. But a lot of curries have cayenne in them, and although I love cayenne, cayenne does not love me these days. So, I did my own version ;)

By no means am I an expert on the wonderful Indian cuisine; which is why I call this 'Indian Influenced.' It has elements of an Indian dish, though I do have much to learn in that realm.

King Soba pasta is the best gluten free pasta that I have come across. It has a whopping three ingredients (one of which is water), is super simple to cook and absolutely delicious. AND the consistency is that of pasta. Awesome.

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Indian Influenced Veggie Bowl

1 package of King Soba Brown Rice Pasta
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 summer squash, thinly sliced
1/2 cup peas
1 scallion, diced
Large handful of spinach, chopped
Small handful of raisins
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cardamom
Dash of turmeric
Pinch of ginger
Splash of lemon juice
~2 tbls EVOO


Coat a medium-size sauce pan with about one tablespoon of EVOO and heat to medium, add in all of your veggies except for the spinach and begin to saute.

Boil about one quart water, add in your pasta, bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium and cook for approximately 4 minutes.Add to a colander to strain once cooked.

Once the veggies start to soften, add in the spinach, raisins, spices and lemon juice. Saute a few minutes longer until the raisins soften and the flavors begin soak in.

Add the veggies to your pasta, drizzle in the remaining EVOO and toss in with the pasta.


Enjoy ;)


Truffle Roasted Acorn Squash with Fennel, Parsnips, and Kale


It has been a LONG time since I have put out a recipe post. Whew! What an experience the past few months have been! Amazing journey's, incredible learning's and enchanting healing gifts along the way.

With my move to Maine and recovery fromMy Battle with Orthorexia, the space and time to come up with new recipes AND write about them has not come about until now. 

Anyway, this meal was thrown together (typical Ashley-style with no real planning involved ;)) and turned out to be FANTASTIC!

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Truffle Roasted Acorn Squash with Fennel, Parsnips, and Kale

1 acorn squash
1/4 large fennel bulb, sliced
1 large handful of kale, broken into bite-size pieces
2 parsnips, thinly sliced
1-2 tbls EVOO
Drizzle of white truffle oil
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of turmeric

Method (this can all be done in the same casserole dish):

For the acorn squash

Slice the acorn squash in half (lengthwise), score with a knife and massage some EVOO into the flesh. Bake at 400° on parchment paper (face down) for 60 minutes.

For the parsnips

Massage some EVOO into the parsnips, season with the ground pepper and toss in with the acorn squash at 400° for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through (so put in when the acorn squash is 20 minutes in).

For the kale

Massage some EVOO in the kale leaves and toss over-top of the parsnips for 20 minutes (so 40 minutes into the acorn squash cook-time).

For the fennel

Massage some EVOO into the fennel, sprinkle with some ground pepper and then wrap with parchment paper. Lay the wrapped fennel in with the vegges and bake for 20 minutes (when you put the kale in).

Drizzle some truffle oil on the parsnips and kale and sprinkle the turmeric on the acorn squash.

Ummmm WOW (again), SO delicious! This made enough for two so I had it two nights in row. Yeehaw!

Enjoy ;)


Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Veggie Bowl

You all know that I love kitchen experiments. Especially where prosciiutto and veggies are involved. And again, I struggled with a title as there is a lot going on in this dish BUT the good news is that there are so many variations that you can do here. Pick and choose your additions ;)

BTW, have you all heard of the Playing For Change Foundation? I am so head-over-heals for this effort. It warms my soul to the core. Give this one a listen. Anyway, here's what's going on in this dish...

Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Veggie Bowl

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 zucchini, peeled and sliced
Handful of kale (I used red kale), chopped
1 tbls scallion, minced
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of ground pepper
Pinch of sea salt
1 slice sharp goat cheese, diced
3 slices prosciutto
~ 2 tbls EVOO


Drizzle some EVOO on the cubed butternut squash, add some seasoning and bake at 400° for 30  minutes (turn half-way through). Drizzle the remaining EVOO on the zucchini, kale and scallions and add right over-top the butternut squash (flip over the squash first). Bake at 400° for 10 minutes.

Give everything a healthy stir and then add the prosciutto over-top everything else and bake at 400° for another 5 minutes.

Cut/tear up the prosciutto so that it is mixed throughout and then add in the goat the cheese.

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Stir and serve ;)

Serves ~ 2


Enjoy ;)


Sweet and Savory Stove-top Oatmeal

OK, I have had oatmeal for dinner before but this just took it to another level. This is some serious oatmeal goodness.

I'll just leave it at that.

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Sweet and Savory Stove-top Oatmeal

For the oatmeal: 

1 cup whole grain rolled oats (certified gluten free)
2 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
2 egg whites


Boil the water, add in the oats, sea salt and egg whites. Give it a good stir, turn down to a simmer and simmer about 12 minutes, stirring frequently.

For the Sweet & Savory:

1 tbls scallion, minced
1 apple, chopped
Handful of kale, chopped
Small handful of raisins
Pinch of sage


In a medium sized skillet, saute the scallions and apple for a few minutes then add in the remaining ingredients.

Add the sweet & savory concoction to the oatmeal and enjoy.

Serves ~ 1-2

This will now be one of my go-to's. Awesome.

Enjoy ;)


Salmon, Broccolini & Sweet Potato Medallions

Oh, how I love Pinterest. What a brilliant social phenomena. I found this post on Sweet Potato Medallions and proceeded to make them that night.

I had some wild caught salmon and broccolini which sounded like a nice pairing, so that is what I did.


Salmon, Broccolini & Sweet Potato Medallions

For the salmon: 

1 wild caught salmon fillet
Drizzle of EVOO
Splash of lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of ground pepper
Dash of garlic powder


Rub all ingredients on the salmon fillet, place in parchment paper (uncovered) and bake at 425° for about 20 minutes or until the salmon is done to your liking.

Note, you can bake this while the sweet potatoes are baking as it's the same oven temperature ;)

For the sweet potatoes:

(Adapted from PaleoAloholic)

1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
2 tbls coconut oil
Dash of rosemary (I used dried)
Dash of chives (I used dried)
Dash of garlic powder


Rub all ingredients on the sweet potato medallions and bake on a glass baking dish at 425° for 12 minutes, flip over and bake for another 12 minutes. 

For the broccolini:

1 bunch of broccolini 


Steam :)

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Serves ~ 1-2

Fantastic meal all around. And will be making those medallions often.

Enjoy ;)


Elk Veggie Bowl with Roasted Cauliflower

Sometimes I have such a difficult time coming up with titles. I toyed with the idea of calling it a variation of 'kitchen sink' because that's pretty much what I did. Had the elk burger, looked in my fridge and cabinets and decided to throw this concoction together.

It just so happened that it tasted quite delicious ;)

Elk Veggie Bowl with Roasted Cauliflower

For the Elk Veggie Bowl

1 lb ground elk
1/2 tsp ground sage
Dash of cayenne
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cumin
Dash of ground garlic
Dash of ground pepper
1/4 yellow onion, diced
Handful of spinach
1 sweet potato, chopped


In large skillet, saute the onion in EVOO until it starts to turn translucent. Add the elk meat with the seasonings. While that is cooking, steam the sweet potato (about 15 minutes), in the last 3 minutes, add in the spinach to steam that as well). Add the sweet potato and spinach to the elk meat.

For the cauliflower: 

1 head cauliflower florets
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of sea salt
Dash of ground garlic 


While you are cooking the Elk Veggie Bowl, coat the florets with some EVOO and rub the seasonings on. Roast at 425° for 15 minutes, flip over with tongs and roast for about another 15 minutes or until you start to see a golden crisp.

Add the cauliflower to veggie bowl and consume ;)

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Serves ~ 2-4

When I eat red meat, I prefer game. Especially elk. Thank you to my gracious family for providing me with some fresh game meat.

Of course, this could be done vegetarian or with another meat as well. 

Enjoy ;)

Warm Kale & Apple Garbanzo Salad

I often make a variation of this salad, and this time, did it a bit differently for a dinner party. With the response that I got and inquires for the recipe, I'm deeming it a hit. 

We had about twenty guests, so I'll downsize the recipe for you.

Warm Kale & Apple Garbanzo Salad

1-2 tbls EVOO
1 bunch of kale, chopped (don't dry after rinsing)
1/4 yellow onion, minced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 apple, chopped (I used Cameo)
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained (be sure to get BPA free, I use Eden)
Splash of apple cider vinegar
Small handful of raisins
Small handful of hazelnuts
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of sea salt


Heat the EVOO in a large skillet on low-meduim, add in the onion, zucchini and apple. Saute these together for a few minutes (until the onions begin to become translucent and the apple and zucchini soften). Add in the chickpeas and kale with the splash of apple cider vinegar. Stir everything around and let cook for a few minutes. Turn the heat down to low and continue to stir and saute until the kale is good and soft. Add in the raisins, hazelnuts, garlic and sea salt. Stir and allow the flavors of the ingredients to soak into one another. 

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Serves 4-6

Enjoy ;)


Perfect Prime Rib


Yes, as a matter of fact, I found this to be perfect. And it was my first one. I know, still working on that humble thing.

So, it was Christmas morning at the Telluride House and while the others hit the slopes, I hung back to relax as I was still recovering from surgery, so I volunteered myself to take care of the prime rib so Dad could ski with the others.

Before he left, my Dad sent me a link (here) so that I had some direction for this very large, very expensive hunk of meat.

Perfect Prime Rib

1.10 lb Prime Rib
3 tbls of 3 different varieties of salt ( I used fine sea salt combined with 2 different course salts)
1 tsp ground black pepper

  • Remove the meat out of the fridge about 20 minutes prior to preparing. Pat down with a paper towel and let sit.
  • Preheat your oven to 500°  (turn your oven fan on as it will likely smoke a little being this high)
  • Mix the salts and pepper together and apply to the prime rib. Ensure all areas of meat are covered. You will need to do this several times. Allow some it to fall off so that it's not overwhelming.
  • Place the prime rib on a roast rack.
  • Roast at 500° for 15 minutes. This part is super important in getting the well-known outside of a prime rib to be...well, like a prime rib. 

The rest will depend on your desired done-ness for the meat. That same article outlines cook-times according to how well-done you would like it. In prime rib... I would not recommend well-done. Ever.

I chose medium (internal temperate 140-145°) to accommodate all preferences, so here is what I did:

  • Turn oven down to 250° 
  • Baste every 30 min. Checking internal temperature about an hour in. 
  • Continue to baste and roast until prime rib reaches 130°
  • Remove from oven and cover with foil and a towel until you are ready to serve
  • It will continue to cook for about 30 minutes, making it around 140° - 145°
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Yep, perfect.

And, for the rest of our 2012 Christmas Dinner...

Hearts of romaine, sweet peppers, carrot, cucumber, dates, pumpkin seeds and pistachios, slow-simmered Sweet potatoes (no seasoning), and Plain & Simple Oat Bread

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Beautiful meal for my beautiful family... Love.

Enjoy ;)


Chevre-Macadamia and Fig Kale Salad

I'm not sure why I didn't put all of these ingredients together once before. It really is fantastic. Each bite has amazing flavor. I've had it four days this week for lunch and I am not tiring of it. Though I have made it a bit different each time, this one topped my list. And, I have no photo to show for it. 

Chevre-Macadamia and Fig Kale Salad

Handful of kale, finely chopped
1 apple, diced (alternatively you could do 1/2 an apple and 1/2 an avocado, I did this a few times)
1 mint leaf, finely chopped
1/2 small carrot, diced/shredded
Small handful of macadamia nuts
Sprinkle of Chevre Goat Cheese crumbles
1 fig, diced
1/2 tsp scallion, diced
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (alternatively you could use lemon juice or omit)


Toss everything together ;) To ensure you get the full flavor of this salad, I like to shake it up in a container or toss in a large bowl before I eat it. That way the apple cider vinegar gets a chance to do its thing and everything else gets mixed around.

Absolutely invigorating! Love this salad!

Enjoy ;)


Venison Sausage with Roasted Veggies

I am a huge fan of most wild game, especially venison. There is something to be said for knowing exactly where your food is coming from. I find great comfort in looking at a package of meat that I pull out of my freezer that has the cut and date hand-written on it, coming straight from my brother's house. And an immense of amount of gratitude toward my brother and his family.

I grew up around hunting and hunters and while I do not hunt my self, I have great respect for those that do. My brother feeds his family with the animals that he harvests. It is not a 'trophy' or a 'game.' Or even a 'sport.'

It is a way of life. 

Brother Jon, November '12

Brother Jon, November '12

Venison Sausage with Roasted Veggies

1 lbs elk/pork breakfast sausage
2 large handfuls of spinach  
1 large sweet potato, chopped into 1/2" cubes
1 small butternut squash, peeled & chopped into 1/2" cubes
1 apple, chopped into 1/2" cubes
~ 2 tbls EVOO


Roast the butternut squash, sweet potato & apple some EVOO, covered at 400° for about an hour. Flipping and tossing around a bit a few times throughout.

In a large skillet, brown the sausage and add in the spinach. The sausage will likely have enough seasoning to make this dish though you could add more (garlic, sage, pepper, cayenne etc).

Mix everything together and viola! This would be amazing with eggs too... 

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Serves 2-3

Enjoy ;)


Potato Leek & Rosemary Soup

Potato leek soup had been on my list for a while and I love potatoes with rosemary. So I finally decided to jot down a recipe and give it a try.

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Potato Leek & Rosemary Soup

1/2 lb golden potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
Dash of ground pepper
Heavy dash of ground garlic
~2 tbls EVOO
1 leek, sliced
1 tsp dried rosemary (fresh would work as well)
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup light coconut milk (from a can)


Steam the potatoes and parsnip for about 20 minutes.

In a large pot, saute the leek in EVOO. Add in the garlic and pepper. When the leeks are good and soft add in the chicken broth, coconut milk and rosemary and bring to a boil. Add in the potatoes and turnips, cover and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stir a couple of times in between.

Add about half (as to not flood) to your food processor and blend. Place back into the pot and do the same to the other half.

Viola ;)

Serves 2-4 

This was pretty thick, to thin you could add more chicken broth, coconut milk or water.

Yep, I love rosemary. 

Enjoy ;)


Bailey Thanksgiving Feast 2012

While most of my family eats quite 'normal' (aka gluten, dairy, soy, corn) some of us like to complicate things and have allergies, intolerance, and sensitivities. To a lot of food. Mainly gluten and dairy but also yeast, soy, most nuts, seeds and some fruits. So it took  some planning to ensure that everyone could safely eat everything that was made without having to worry about getting sick. Aside from the expected post Thanksgiving feeling of never wanting to eat again...

Staying true to Thanksgiving, I am so very thankful for my family and their willingness to try new things and not just help make dishes that we too could eat but also eat and enjoy them too.

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I can confidently say that everyone enjoyed our gluten/dairy/yeast/soy free Thanksgiving meal. Even the kiddos ;)

Note: We did have one glutenous item for the gluten-eaters and that was

Mom's Reach-For-More Rolls

. They were referred to as 'The Gluten.' 

Bailey Thanksgiving Feast 2012


Baked Whole Turkey
Baked Ham

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Spreads & Condiments

Compound 'Butter'  (for the turkey)
Cranberry Chutney


Tip: Print and hang your recipes up with hangers for easy access :)

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Days of planning, hours of preparation and hours to make, about 30 minutes to worth it.

I hope you can enjoy some of these items throughout the year or for your next Thanksgiving ;)

Ashley & Family

Dairy-Free Traditional Mashed Potatoes

These were seriously amazing and somehow I did not get a photo of this dish either...I should not be in charge of Thanksgiving photos next year. It's not particularly easy to mash in one hand and photograph with the other.

Anyway, these were a hit even with the dairy eaters at the table. Creamy, fluffy, mashed potatoes (trust me...they were ;)) without a drop of butter or cow's milk. 

Traditional Mashed Potatoes 

4 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
Dash of sea salt (or to taste)
Dash of ground pepper (or to taste) 
2 tbsp chicken bouillon (yeast free)
1/2 can (15 oz) light coconut milk


Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes.  We removed all the skin for the kiddos but you can leave some of the skin on if you prefer. 

Place in a steamer and steam for about 40 minutes or until tender.   

In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid, mash the potatoes to your liking. Add salt, pepper, chicken bouillon, and coconut milk.  Mash together until smooth.


There were plenty of these leftover which can be used in all sorts of dishes like Shepard's pie,  potato soup, potato pancakes. Or, cold on top of leftover turkey. Yeah, that's what I did... 

Enjoy! ;)