Breakfast Thick sourdough bread slathered in real butter and strawberry preserves. Whole milk blended up with protein powder and almond butter. This is my Monday morning breakfast. Wait a minute, gluten-filled bread? Real butter and whole milk? Blasphemy! This is a gluten –free and dairy-free blog, right? That time has passed. I am welcoming in all the foods. No restrictions. I have battled an eating disorder for ten years. Evidence of that is written all over this blog. Last fall I recommitted to weekly therapy sessions with an ED (eating disorder) specialist, and as I described Sparkle Kitchen in our first meeting the fog began to lift. My special protocols and elimination diets were blatantly feeding my disease. Snack Cheddar cubes and raw carrots. 10am snack. My therapist recommends using the following guideline to avoid any ED triggers: Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner Snack I was intermittent Read More
Zucchini Noodle Greek Pasta Makes 4 servings. 4 cups spiralized zucchini noodles ½ cup radishes, sliced 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped 14-16 shrimp, peeled, frozen or raw 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided ½ teaspoon salt 2-3 teaspoons seasoning mix (recipe below) ½ teaspoon fish sauce ¼ cup parsley SEASONING MIX 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon basil ¼ teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon dill ½ teaspoon marjoram ½ teaspoon arrowroot starch ½ teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 375. Toss radishes and asparagus with ½ tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roast 15 minutes. Set aside. In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil 3 minutes until pink. Drain water and set aside. In a large skillet, add ½ tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini noodles, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and sauté Read More
Pork Tenderloin, Pan-fried Parsnips & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Makes 4 servings. 1, 1-lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 medallions 6 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cup brussels sprouts, finely shaved 1 cup red cabbage sauerkraut 2 tablespoons lard or olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided Sprinkle each pork medallion with a bit of salt. Heat 1 tablespoon lard/oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Place the medallions into the pan in a single layer. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or to your desired doneness. I prefer mine a bit rare. Remove from pan and allow to stand for five minutes. Heat the remaining lard/oil over medium heat in the same skillet. Add the parsnips to the bottom of the pan in a single layer. Sprinkle on a bit of salt. Cook for 1 minute, then flip and cook on the other side Read More
Bhuna Chicken with Romanesco Inspired by Anjum Anand’s Rich Lamb Bhuna Makes 6 servings. 2 lbs of chicken breast or thighs, skinless & boneless cut into 1” pieces 1 lb of romanesco, chopped into 1” pieces 6 medium onions, thinly sliced 2 cups sweet potato, chopped into 1” pieces 2 ½ cups of fresh or canned whole tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 2” piece of ginger, roughly chopped 3 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 ½ teaspoon salt, divided ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 bay leaves ¼ teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped for topping, divided Process the tomatoes, ginger and garlic together in a food processor until smooth. Set aside. Combine the garam masala, chili powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, Read More
Steam Sautéed Kale Stems 2 cups kale stems, chopped into 1/4″ pieces 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable broth Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sized pot. Add in the chopped kale stems and salt. Sauté for 3 minutes. Pour in the vegetable both and bring to a simmer. Cover, leaving the lid ajar to release stream while cooking. Cook for 10-15 minutes until stems are tender. Add more salt to taste. Enjoy! Check out the easiest way to remove kale stems in the video below. Hold the stem in your left hand and run your right hand down the stalk to remove the leaf. And then make my Massaged Kale Salad with the leaves!
Whole Roasted Curry-Ginger Bok Choy Makes 4 servings. 6 baby bok choy – sliced in half 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh ginger – minced 1 tablespoon garlic – minced 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari ¼ teaspoon salt 12-16 fresh curry leaves Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly grease a large roasting pan with olive oil. Stir together the olive oil, ginger, garlic, tamari and salt in a bowl. Arrange the bok choy on a roasting pan. Drizzle the ginger-garlic mixture over the bok choy and then place a curry leaf or two on each. Roast for 5-6 minutes until the ends of the bok choy are tender. Enjoy!