Cranberry Tuna Salad

Tuna is the best emergency food item. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared into my fridge with despair because I had no ready protein sources to feed to my hungry husband. Then I realize… TUNA!!! I always keep a few cans on hand in the pantry. You can make so many things…

Cakey Paleo Brownies

This post can also be referred to as Valentine’s Dessert Part Deux. As promised, here is the chocolate-y other half of the Valentine’s Day Dessert Couple of the Year. Aren’t they beautiful together? There is a lot of flexibility in this brownie recipe. For example, instead of the typical almond butter I used my own, homemade walnut…

Yam Gratin with Cashew Cream Sauce

Warning! This is NOT a particularly ‘easy’ clean plate recipe. It will take some time to put together, especially if you do not have a mandoline or slicing blade on your food processor. Slicing this stuff by hand is tedious for sure. HOWEVER, if you dedicate yourself to this dish, you will not be disappointed….

Apple Crisp with Molasses Drizzle

The Fall weather has been AMAZING! Great poofy clouds and good temperatures beckoned me outdoors this week. I decided to explore the hills of San Clemente and I found these awesome dried-up POOFY FLOWERS! So neat looking! For this recipe I thought I’d divert away from pumpkin to pay attention to another great Fall-ish flavor… APPLE!…

Stuffed Dates

Last night, I went to sleep to the sound of raindrops and when I awoke it was still drizzling a bit, but there were huge poofy clouds and the sun was rising over the mountains. I decided (even though the clouds to the west looked ominous) that I needed to go for a run and take…

Vegan Nut and Herb Lettuce Wraps

All things are swell here in San Clemente. It’s looking like we have some rain headed out way tomorrow which is just fine with me. I love the sun but it’s nice to get some variety and have the air and earth all cleaned up by shower or two. I’ve been advancing in my surfing…

Cashew Macadamia Nut Butter

Seriously, what is it with Trader Joe’s discontinuing all these great products over the years? Anyone remember this… This stuff was delicious. Not to mention, it was a nice alternative to the standard almond butter AND it was stupid cheap compared to most nut butters you find in any health food store (14.99 for a…

Baked Chicken with Peaches and Plums

One of the things I had to give up when I left LA was my membership to the local Crossfit gym. I’ve enjoyed a break from the intensity of daily WODs while finding strength and flexibility in my yoga practice and inspiration while exploring the great outdoors. Now that I’m here in sunny San Clemente I’ve got…

Fresh Fig Tart with Honey Drizzle

I love figs. No, I mean… I REALLY SUPER LOVE FIGS! One of the reasons I really super love them is because they (like persimmons, which I also super love) are very seasonal. There’s no way to get around it; you cannot find a good fresh fig in April or December. It’s just not going…

Nutty Burgers

These babies are a huge hit with vegetarians  and carnivores alike. I love making these into BLT burgers with some wild Boar bacon from my local butcher and some beautiful summer tomatoes! This week I made them for my friend Hayley. She’s been a vegetarian since birth! She’s also an incredibe athlete and she needs good…