Healthy Recipes

From my table to yours: quick, healthy recipes your whole family (even the kids!) will love

My recipes are gluten-free and free of most major food allergens, and all of them can be easily adapted to fit your family’s unique diet and needs. Please read the ingredients carefully, and feel free to contact me any time for simple substitutions.

Main Dishes

Pizza

Even though this pizza is gluten- and dairy-free, I promise you’ll find it just as delicious (if not more)! See how fun and easy it can be to make your own pizza – and experiment with different combinations of toppings, to your personal taste.

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Lasagna

Free of allergens doesn’t mean free of flavor! This recipe for a savory traditional main dish is gluten- and dairy-free, and is bound to become a family favorite.

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Turkey Leek Meatballs

An easy go-to recipe your whole family will love. It freezes beautifully, so make an extra batch to have on hand for those days when life gets too busy to cook from scratch.

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Christina’s Amazing Macaroni & Cheese

Your family will keep coming back for more of this delicious, healthy mac and cheese meal. No one will know it’s gluten- and dairy-free (unless you decide to tell them): with some simple adjustments, you can still enjoy all the traditional family favorites!

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Pestos

Basil and Dandelion Green Pesto

While dandelion greens do have a bitter taste, they’ve been part of the Mediterranean diet for years. Their flavor is softened when you combine them with other greens: the basil in this recipe masks the bitterness so completely that guests are always shocked when they ask the ingredients and I mention the “dandelion” part. Open your taste buds and give this a try – you won’t be disappointed!

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Basil, Spinach and Beet Green Pesto

Pestos are great because they can be used in many dishes, and there’s no cooking involved. This saves you more than just time: with no cooking, you’re getting all the nutrients with nothing lost through any part of the preparation process.

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Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

This rich-flavored pesto can be served on more than just pasta: it makes a fabulous dip for your favorite chips, too. (If you’re on a gluten-free diet, there are dozens of chips you can enjoy it with – just be sure to look for the GF label.)

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Basil Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

This recipe adds a little punch to the classic basil pesto. It also tastes great as a substitute for tomato sauce on a pizza.

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Basil and Carrot Pesto

The ingredients in this pesto have intensity but also a surprising sweetness. This pesto has multiple uses, and will leave your family and friends wanting more. Remember that pesto freezes well, so make a big batch and save any extra (you might find you have less extra than you’d planned!).

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Salads

Mock Tunafish Salad

This mock tuna salad is delicious, and if anything it’s even easier to make than a regular tuna salad! Chickpeas, veggies and vegan mayo provide the authentic “tuna” texture; spread this on regular or gluten-free bread or a wrap to sneak a tasty complete protein in your child’s lunchbox. If you (and/or your child) love spicy foods, see my “fun fact” for simple ways to add variety.

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Watercress Avocado Salad

This is a simple go-to salad with a great combination of sweet and tart tastes. Watercress has tremendous nutritional value, packed with numerous vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – truly, you can’t get enough of this delicate green.

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Lentil Salad

Lentils are a delicious and healthy legume, rich in essential vitamins (particularly B vitamins) and minerals. They’re high in fiber; high in iron (1 cup provides almost 40% of daily iron requirements); a great source of protein; and low in calories. This tasty salad also gives you the health benefits of spinach, onion, tomatoes and nuts or seeds.

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Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Tabouli is typically made with bulgur, or sometimes couscous – both of which contain gluten. But substitute in amazing quinoa, and you’ll have a perfect gluten-free healthy salad! This is just one of many salads in which you can easily substitute quinoa for another grain and still get that great salad taste and texture. Try it with either cooked or sprouted quinoa – depending on life schedules, I keep both on hand and ready to go.

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Dandelion Salad with Warm Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette

Believe it or not, those greens you’ve been tearing out of your lawn for years are actually edible – in fact, they’re packed with nutrients (though you’re best off purchasing organic dandelion greens from your local health food store, as cultivated ones are significantly less bitter than “wild”). Dandelion greens are rich in lutein, vitamins A, K, C and calcium (206 mg. per serving!), potassium and manganese, in addition to countless phytonutrients.

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Simple Summer Slaw

Cabbage is a delicious and great natural source of phytonutrients and vitamins A, C and K. As a cruciferous vegetable, it’s also sky-high in glucosinolates, a specific type of phytonutrients which have proven anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits. Cabbage is naturally low in calories and high in fiber – there’s nothing not to like!

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Smoothies

Go Green

This is a favorite for everyone, kids and grownups alike. Though it’s green in color, I promise you won’t “taste” the green, just the sweetness of the mixed ingredients. It’s a great way to introduce kids (or reluctant spouses, or yourself) to the world of green smoothies – especially those who usually say no way to green!

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Green Tonic Smoothie

The ingredients in this smoothie are delicious and packed with nutrients – one of the best ways possible to get your daily vegetables and fruits.

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Soups

Cream of Spinach Soup

This soup is yet another quick and easy way to benefit from the uniquely rich nutrients found in spinach. It can be enjoyed as an appetizer, a go-to snack, or even your entrée!

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Harvest Tomato and Zucchini Soup

This is a full-flavor soup packed with nutrient-dense vegetables. Zucchini has a high content of vitamin C, “good” carbohydrates, protein, potassium, folate, vitamin A and fiber, to mention just a few benefits. Tomato contains niacin, folate and Vitamin B6, and may also help fight inflammation.

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Cream of Watercress Soup

Watercress is a green you can’t eat too much of. It’s packed with highly effective phytonutrients for cancer prevention and general health. It’s high in vitamin C, vitamin A and B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and many other minerals. This recipe is a simple and delicious way to enjoy watercress’s countless health benefits.

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

To all those cauliflower lovers…this dish can be served either as an entrée or a quick delicious side. We’re all so busy these days that simple and fast recipes have a value all their own, and this great dish can be pulled together in 15 minutes or less. It’s packed with nutrition, and very versatile – you can spice it up as much (or as little) as you like (see my “fun fact” below for some examples).

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

This is a great go-to entrée, side or healthy snack. It’s quick, with just six ingredients, and since the vegetables are lightly cooked, you’ll be receiving the full nutritional value and enzymes from these ingredients.

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