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turkey and spinach quesadillas with cranberry salsa | pamela salzman

turkey and spinach quesadillas with cranberry salsa recipe
I know you are all in major Thanksgiving prep mode.  But I wanted to post this recipe for the day after if you are planning that far ahead.  And if that is the case, you and I are probably...

vegan apple spice snacking cake

vegan apple spice snacking cake recipe (refined sugar-free)
I just took stock of my pantry because baking season has officially begun.  It started slowly with a few batches of cookie dough for back to school lunches.  Then Mr. Picky's birthday rolled around last week and whoosh it's...

Grain-free Chocolate Zucchini Cake

grain-free chocolate zucchini cake recipe and video
You're either going to love me or hate me for this post.  Why?  Because this grain-free chocolate cake which just so happens to have zucchini in it is AMAZING.  You will love how rich and chocolaty it is,  how moist...

baked cinnamon cake doughnuts!

baked cinnamon cake doughnuts recipe (gluten-free adaptable!)
I love teaching people how to cook and I love working with food, but one business I don't see myself in is the restaurant business.  That just seems like waaaaaay too much work!  But if I did open a...

strawberry-cucumber smoothie

strawberry-cucumber smoothie recipe
Thank heavens for the smoothie. When one of my teenage daughters oversleeps and has "no time" for breakfast, I can throw in the blender an assortment of fruits, vegetables and things that don't normally go with fruits and vegetables...

grain-free white bean coffee cake

grain-free white bean coffee cake recipe
Trust me that this cake is so good!  It does NOT look like it has white beans in it, nor does it taste like white beans (which may I remind you taste like nothing.)  And lest you think I...

strawberry-rhubarb sauce

strawberry-rhubarb sauce recipe
It's amazing what a little fruit sauce can do. "How about some waffles for breakfast?" "No00, thaaaanks." "How about some waffles with strawberry-rhubarb sauce for breakfast?" "Really?  Is it a special occasion or something?" Making fruit a little extra special always turns something standard...

banana-carrot almond flour muffins

banana-carrot almond flour muffins recipe
You know what makes me laugh about Passover?  When I was growing up (in a very Italian-Catholic home,) my mother was always quite excited when Passover was imminent because matzoh would hit the shelves in the supermarket.  And my...

Homemade Larabars

homemade larabars and laralollipops!
Larabars were one of the first snack bars that I remember buying.   There are no scary ingredients, no added sugars or colors, just dates and nuts.  I liked having them for the kids in my diaper bag,...

green muffins!

green muffins recipe — perfect for st. patrick’s day
I am too excited about this muffin recipe to wait until St. Patrick's Day!  I've had great luck in the past using pureed spinach to turn pancakes green, so I knew I could make a green muffin.  Not...

Coconut Coffeecake with Chocolate Chunks

coconut coffeecake with chocolate chunks recipe (gluten-free/dairy-free adaptable)
I haven't lived in a cold climate since I was in college, which was a loooong time ago.  Sure, several times a year I visit my family in New York and we ski in Utah, but it is not...

mini potato broccoli cheese bites

roasted baby potatoes with broccoli and cheese recipe
Because I have no association with either football team in this year's Super Bowl, all I really care about is what we're going to eat!  I'm have no need to read the sports pages or listen to the experts,...

gingerbread biscotti (gluten-free version, too!)

gingerbread biscotti recipe (gluten-free version, too!)
I have been offered A LOT of biscotti in my life.  When everyone you are related to is Italian, biscotti appear more often than Oreos.  They're called "biscotti" because they literally translate to "twice baked."  You bake them in...

cranberry-orange almond flour muffins

cranberry-orange almond flour muffin recipe
Even though Thanksgiving is passed, I am not letting go of cranberries just yet.  I'm not letting go of winter squashes, pears or apples either for that matter.  And I might just make some pumpkin pancakes tomorrow morning if...

cranberry-granola-yogurt parfait

cranberry-granola-yogurt parfait recipe
Sometimes I think of Thanksgiving as the culinary Olympics since there is major cooking and intense prep involved.  And today I have the sore legs to show for it!  But it is all worth it especially when I get...

unsweetened slow cooker applesauce

unsweetened slow cooker applesauce recipe (oven version, too)
I don't know about you, but we love having both cranberry sauce and applesauce on Thanksgiving and always the homemade kind.  It's my tradition every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to make a huge pot of...

vegan pumpkin oatmeal spice cookies with sweet potato cream cheese frosting | pamela salzman

vegan pumpkin oatmeal spice cookies recipe (gluten-free)
Have you made my vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?   If you're new here, do not hesitate.  They are fantastic!  They're a staple around here and definitely one of the more healthful (less bad for you?) cookies I've...

almond butter-millet blondies | pamela salzman

almond butter-millet blondies recipe (gluten-free)
We have survived the first week and a half of school and an early Jewish holiday!  I started this year right by having my girls order their own school supplies and Mr. Picky helped me out by writing out...

perfect avocado toast | pamela salzman

avocado toast
A perfect avocado completes me.  I have a mild obsession with them.  If you gave me a choice between mashed avocado on a piece of toast or an ice cream sandwich, I honestly wouldn't even think twice about it!...

buttered pecan cashew ice "cream" (no milk or cream!)

how to make dairy-free ice cream!
Did you notice the exclamation point in the title?  I need you to know how excited I am about this.  !!  I'll confess right here that ice cream is probably my favorite food.  That I don't eat.   Ice...

blueberry-banana bread

blueberry-banana spelt bread recipe (gluten-free version too!)
This year I am trying to get an early jump on the beginning of school.  I actually say that every year and I still end up in those ridiculous lines at Staples on the first day of school.  My...

individual warm peach pie pot | pamela salzman

individual warm peach pie pots recipe
I guess this is favorites week.  In my last post, I went on and on about my obsession with summer tomatoes and today I am sharing my new favorite dessert which uses my favorite fruit bar none, peaches....

slow roasted tomatoes | pamela salzman

how to make slow roasted tomatoes
Someone leaked to Mr. Picky that in one of my recent posts I was guessing that he wouldn’t be showering regularly at camp.  It wasn’t a judgment on my part, just an observation from past history.  However, it seems...

green monster popsicles | pamela salzman

green monster popsicles recipe
I am so excited to pick up Mr. Picky today!  He has been gone for 13 whole days and I sure do miss him and all his pickiness.  I can tell from the photos the camp posts online everyday...

Individual Baked Oatmeal Cups by Pamela Salzman

individual baked oatmeal cups
I'm down one child for the next six weeks since I dropped Daughter #1 off far, far away in upstate NY for a summer college program.  There were some tears before I left.  I know how most of you...

Beet Green Crisps by Pamela Salzman

beet green crisps recipe
Daughter #1 is lucky enough to be attending a great high school summer program at an East Coast university for the next 6 weeks.  My daughter, Mr. Picky, and I are currently en route to get her there and...

Supersmooth, Light-as-Air Hummus by Pamela Salzman

supersmooth, light-as-air hummus
Why is the best hummus always in restaurants, especially Middle Eastern ones?  I think I make a delicious, flavorful hummus that has a great consistency and is better than the ones you find in the supermarket.  But, it...

(a more healthful) chocolate chip cookie by Pamela Salzman

(a more healthful) chocolate chip cookie recipe
One of my students asked me the other day if I had a good chocolate chip cookie recipe and I instinctively said, "Sure, just check my website."  To which she replied, "I did.  But all you have on there...

chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie by Pamela Salzman

chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie recipe
Most of the time we just call this the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.  Mr. Picky says it's his new favorite and he is usually the one to make it.  You should see how many bananas I have to buy to...

Savory muffins with spinach, feta and roasted peppers

savory muffins with spinach, roasted peppers and feta recipe
If you read my last post, you know that we haven't gone out for Mother's Day in several years and this Sunday will be no different.  Truth be told, I couldn't be happier for several already mentioned reasons....

Banana "Ice Cream"

banana “ice cream” sundaes recipe
Although I recently became dairy-free, I haven't been able to eat ice cream for quite some time.  It's a pretty hard-to-digest food even if you make it from scratch, and not one that has agreed with me in many...

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Muffins with Almond Flour

chocolate banana almond flour muffins with chia seeds recipe (gluten-free & passover friendly)
There's a new (but not really new) diet in town which everyone is talking about called the Paleolithic Diet or Paleo, for short.  Sometimes it's referred to as the Caveman or Hunter-Gatherer Diet and it focuses on the foods...

warm and hearty

baked berry oatmeal recipe
My favorite thing about the weekends and vacations is lingering over breakfast.  Weekdays are (sadly) so rushed that we don't really have more than 10 minutes to sit down and enjoy our morning meal.  Not only are we lacking...

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kiwi salsa recipe
Have you ever looked at recipe and thought there was an ingredient that could be omitted no big deal?  But then afterwards you realize that maybe it was there for a reason.  I swear I don't think I zested...

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spinach pizza quesadilla recipe
When I am hungry, I am not picky.  I can find a lot of different options in my refrigerator or pantry that will do the trick.  Give me last night's roasted sweet potato or a couple dates stuffed with...

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gingerbread cookies recipe
Mr. Picky asked me the other day if I would make cookies with him and I was this close to saying "Not today, sweetie.  I'm too busy."  That would have been absolutely true.  We're all so busy.  I don't know...

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provençal goat cheese gratin recipe
If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have been wondering this week if I fell off the face of the internet.  Believe it or not, I went back to Europe!  Except this time,...

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trail mix cookies recipe
Having teenagers is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it's kind of cool that my girls are old enough to have adult conversations and share clothes with me.  On the other hand, it bums me out that they...

chia pudding

vanilla and chocolate chia seed pudding recipes
Have you ever bought something that you heard people talking about, that you thought you should start eating and would figure out how to get it into your diet soon but never did, only to have that something sit...

Kale, Mushroom and Brown Rice Muffins!

kale, mushroom and brown rice bake recipe
Daughter #1 is my 15-year-old who used to turn her nose at her plate if food groups were touching.  So you can imagine how very satisfying it was for me when she sighed, "I could eat Kale, Mushroom and...

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blueberry spelt muffins with flax recipe
I have to say, so far our family vacation is going really well!  I have to give much of the credit to my husband who enjoys planning and executing trips like this.  Unlike him, I don’t have the knack...

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grilled banana s’mores recipe
I had my first s'more on a girl scout camping trip when I was 12 and I thought it was genius.  I loved that crispy graham cracker paired with a smooshy, slightly burnt marshmallow and the way the...

light and crispy golden grahams

homemade graham crackers recipe
There are some things that I just don't think are worth making from scratch (like puff pastry) and then there are some things I can't believe can be made from scratch and taste good, like graham crackers.  Wait, not...

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acai bowl recipe
  I am a little bit of a skeptic, I'll admit.  When a new food comes onto the scene claiming to save your life, I have to raise an eyebrow.  One food can't do it all.  If you've noticed, I...

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how to make pita chips
One of our favorite snacks is chips, whether it be tortilla or pita.  We enjoy them alone or more often as a dipper for spreads like hummus, white bean dip, tapenade, or my favorite -- "Greek...

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whole wheat carrot cake with dairy-free frosting recipe
I was married almost 17 years ago, so I guess it's not crazy that my husband would have forgotten what flavor our wedding cake was.  I'm just surprised, because he was very involved in all decisions.  I know you're...

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no-sugar, no-egg, no-flour breakfast cookie recipe
Most people are not mind readers, so if you have a wish for the perfect Mother's Day, you may need to drop a few hints.  I used to dream of a day where I could relax in my bed...

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spinach and avocado smoothie recipe (aka “leprechaun juice”)
Are you having trouble getting your kids or significant other to eat green food?  If so, your big chance is coming up and I don't want you to miss out. Instead of looking at St. Patrick's Day as a...

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cornbread (with quinoa!) recipe
Let me just start out with a disclaimer -- I am not from the South.  I am a Yankee, which means I like my cornbread with half cornmeal and half flour and a drop of sweet and that's that....

oatmeal with dates, bananas and walnuts

overnight steel cut oatmeal recipe
We eat a lot of oatmeal in this house for so many reasons. It is nutritious, filling, inexpensive and incredibly easy to make.  Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber (the kind that helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol by...

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creamy white bean dip with roasted garlic
Do your kids ask you for things at the last possible second even though they have known about whatever it is they need for weeks?  My husband does this, too.  "If you knew last Friday that you would need...

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mini-empanadas with mixed greens
Well, like it or not, it's officially holiday season!  Even though there's so much to love about the holidays, I just wish it didn't all happen at once.  Do you ever have that feeling?  But one thing I truly...

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snack on this
Snacks can definitely be a part of a good diet and can even help you lose weight, but only if you snack on healthful food.  A snack is really just a mini-meal, something to stave off hunger until your...

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healthy granola bars recipe
Has school started in your neck of the woods?  We're back at it this week.  I get a little bummed when the kids go back to school.  I've really enjoyed spending more time with them and summer is so...

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zucchini-blueberry bread
Have I warned you about planting mint in your garden?  No?  Ooops, sorry 'bout that.  I know I have told several people to only plant mint in containers since its root system will go crazy and you'll never be...

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do-it-yourself almond milk — 3 versions
You saw from my Alternative Milk Guide that these non-dairy beverages are basically nuts/seeds/grains pureed with water and strained.  Although Mr. Picky drinks raw milk regularly, the rest of us don't and the non-dairy milk that is used...

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red, not white and blueberry oat bars
Mr. Picky and I are chillin' on Long Island this week with my family and enjoying the sound of seagulls during the day and crickets at night (if only Daughter #2 would stop texting me to pick her up...

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kale chips
My favorite line from "Modern Family" this season was when Mitchell returns from the farmer's market and declares, "Did you hear?  Kale is the new spinach?!"  Damn right, it is.  Even though kale seems to be the new "it"...

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grilled corn and black bean salsa
I live in Southern California, where the seasons are like salsas, mild or hot.  No one is complaining here.  I love living in a place where the weather doesn't pose a challenge -- isn't life challenging enough?  But I...

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cinnamon “nachos” with fresh fruit salsa recipe
It was tense around here on Super Bowl Sunday as my husband's Steelers were getting walloped by the Packers.  Nevermind that I had just laid out a fresh batch of baked chips and guacamole, no one was really...

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not microwave popcorn recipe
I use my microwave oven for two things, as a back-up timer and to disinfect my sponges.  Killing anything alive is what a microwave does best, no?  When people find out I don't put food in the microwave, they...

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almond butter and chia seed cookie recipe
Remember the commercials for Chia Pets, the clay animals with a green furry layer of sprouted chia seeds covering their bodies?  Did your parents let you have one?  I SO wanted a chia puppy!   I can't help but chuckle...

vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies recipe
A funny thing happens when people start cooking healthful food for family and friends.  They feel the need to announce that fact to everyone before serving it.  "Ok, guys.  Wait until you try this muffin!  It's made with flaxseeds...

perfect guacamole

guacamole and baked tortilla chips recipe
Do not be under the misconception that because I teach people how to cook healthful food that I myself eat only whole foods all day every day.  Didn't you read about my 90/10 plan?  90% of the time...

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date-sweetened banana bread recipe
One of my pet peeves is when people label a dessert as "healthy," and not because that is grammatically incorrect, but rather because desserts have sugar of some form and that will never be "good" for you no matter how...

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whole wheat pumpkin muffins recipe
I prefer not to encourage too many desserts and sweets on this site.  There are so many reasons that sugar and refined sweeteners are bad for your health that I will devote an entire post to the subject in the...