Paleo, Primal, and Gluten-Free Recipes

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Tomato-Fennel Roasted Chicken

Tomato-Fennel Roasted Chicken

There hasn’t been as much cooking going on this last week as I would have liked. I live in Napa, which is surrounded by wild fire right now. Therefore, cooking is pretty low on the totem pole. When I was falling asleep Sunday night before […]

Paleo Halloween: Smoky Mushrooms and Sausage

Paleo Halloween: Smoky Mushrooms and Sausage

Last year I made a Paleo Halloween menu called the Dracula Dinner Series where I added a Paleo twist to foods described in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Apparently Johnathan Harker, the main protagonist in the book, was quite the foodie (at least before he learned there were […]

Chimichurri Chicken Salad

Chimichurri Chicken Salad

Since my boyfriend deployed to Texas to help with the hurricane relief, I’ve basically been cooking, working, and sticking to my Happiness Project goals.  The more I cook, the more inspired I get to cook. I have had ideas flooding to me. I have about […]

Paleo Lemon-Thyme Chicken

Paleo Lemon-Thyme Chicken

During the last year of my doctorate, I started to develop insomnia. It’s easy to imagine why: I was finishing the lab portion of my research, taking classes, teaching, and writing my dissertation. I was on campus 12+ hours a day, drinking espresso to keep […]

Basil, Nectarine and Blueberry Salad with Chicken and Feta

Basil, Nectarine and Blueberry Salad with Chicken and Feta

Are you the type of person that hates salad? I’m not, but I bet you hate salad because of taste-less greens. But this salad has a secret weapon! Fresh basil leaves right in the greens. I used spring mix as well, which typically has a […]

Easy Paleo Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Easy Paleo Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Is it super hot where you are? It’s been pretty sweltering here in Napa. I was working in the vineyard at the hottest part of the day and I felt like Frosty the Snowman when he gets stuck in the greenhouse and melts into a […]

Paleo Salsa Ranch Taco Salad

Paleo Salsa Ranch Taco Salad

Now that it’s summertime and I am spending more time in the heat in the vineyard, I need meals that are easy and don’t eat up the kitchen. Therefore, salads are a must. I’m kind of a salad freak. I love the infinite variety of […]

Dijon-Apple Glazed Chicken Thighs

Dijon-Apple Glazed Chicken Thighs

I got out of the habit of meal prepping when I was recovering from surgery. Based on the work of Gretchen Rubin, good habits are related to happiness. Reducing stress makes me happy as well as eating well-balanced meals, so preparing food in advance keeps […]

Paleo Halloween: Eggplant Impletata Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Paleo Halloween: Eggplant Impletata Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I have lots of fresh eggplant from my garden to help me with this next recipe!Part two of my recipes inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula is Eggplant Impletata, or stuffed eggplant, which has quite a few interpretations across cultures. As described in the text: “I […]

Paleo Halloween: Stake Steaks Inspired by Robber Steaks from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Paleo Halloween: Stake Steaks Inspired by Robber Steaks from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

  Halloween is my favorite holiday, and considering my goals for October’s Happiness Project I have lots of spooky recipes coming at you this week! I thought of this one back in December. When it was more appropriate to be reading A Christmas Carol, I […]