Snacks

  • Smoky Beet and Feta Tart with Whole Wheat Crust - The Clean Gourmet Smoky Beet and Feta Tart with Whole Wheat Crust - This tart is a showstopper.  For the crust I use leaf lard, which, believe it or not, is lower in saturated fat than butter (not that you should completely avoid saturated fats, as your body needs some, but an overabundance taxes the liver) and makes for the flakiest crust.  Also, the savory flavor of lard contrasts … Read More
  • Warm Kale Salad with Citrus and Spice Roasted Kabocha Squash and Fennel - I crave a salad of this nature-sturdy greens with warm roasted vegetables-at least once a week in the fall and winter.  Here is one of my favorite variations so far. Notes: If you’re making this in advance, instead of blanching the kale, you can just toss the raw kale with all of the other ingredients, then … Read More
  • Pumpkin Hazelnut Espresso Muffins - The Clean Gourmet Pumpkin Hazelnut Espresso Muffins - Pumpkin is still going strong! Kefir is a cultured milk product similar to yogurt, except it has different, more potent strains of bacteria, and is thin enough to drink.  It’s a great alternative to buttermilk in baking and pancake recipes, thanks to its similar consistency and acidity to buttermilk.  Kefir is also a perfect base for smoothies! Maple … Read More
  • Tahini Apple Snack Cake - I have to share this adaptation of a recipe from one I saw on Thrive Market’s blog last year, as I get this requested at least once a month by clients and friends.  I’ve reduced the sugar, subbed buttermilk with grass fed yogurt, and I use apple instead of pear since pear ripeness is so unpredictable.  I … Read More
  • Mesquite Banana Bread - No, this is not barbecue flavored banana bread.  Mesquite powder (or “flour”) is what boosts this banana bread. Mesquite powder is made of dried and ground pods from the mesquite plant.  It has a toasty, sweet flavor, yet it’s extremely low on the glycemic index.  Renowned for its nutrition density, mesquite is high in protein, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.  Also, thanks … Read More
  • Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie - The Clean Gourmet Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie - Cucumber is actually a melon so, technically, the name is redundant, but no one probably cares.  I love a good theme, and cucumber and cantaloupe fit the melon theme perfectly. I love cantaloupe (like other melons) for smoothies because its mellow sugar and flavor let you still appreciate a good homemade nut milk, while the low acidity makes for a … Read More
  • Breakfast Beets with Yogurt - The Clean Gourmet Breakfast Beets with Yogurt - This is the sweet breakfast for savory breakfast fans, but a healthier, yet satisfying alternative for those who prefer a sugary start to their day. Personally, I don’t tolerate much sugar, including fruit, first thing in the morning, but beets have a low/moderate effect on blood sugar (a.k.a. glycemic load). If you exercise often, then I highly recommend regularly incorporating … Read More
  • Banana Oat Bran Protein Muffins (GF, sugar free) - This is a real muffin.  As in, not a breakfast cupcake.  As in, not that wolf in sheep’s clothing you see at Starbucks or your local bakery.  This muffin is barely sweet and is full of protein and fiber, so you avoid a morning insulin spike and imminent sugar crash, followed by sudden hunger pangs. There are 10 grams of … Read More
  • Sweet and Smoky Rosemary Pretzel Mix - The Clean Gourmet Sweet and Smoky Rosemary Pretzel Mix - The holidays aren’t over yet!  Whip this up for 2016 New Year’s Eve bash or make it for you to keep all for yourself. Be warned though- this crunchy snack is super addictive and will go FAST, thanks to the satisfying combination of sweet and salty, followed by a subtle kick of smoky spice. To up the nutrition, … Read More
  • “Mocha” Oat Bran Pudding (Budino di Crusca d’Avena al Caffè d’Orzo) - While living in Italy, I discovered “caffè d’orzo”, a barley-based coffee substitute that is by default caffeine-free.  It’s a very common drink there, but virtually unheard of in the U.S.  After doing some research, I found that it does exist here under the name “grain coffee”.  While it’s more difficult to find here than in Europe, there are … Read More