I know my Texan food groups really, really well. And chips and queso are in a category all on their own! But what if you can’t have dairy? Life’s too short to live without queso! So, I created this Dairy-Free Instant Pot Queso that’s super nourishing, allergy-friendly, and so budget-friendly! Even my kids said it tastes like the real thing!
Restaurant cheese curds cost about $8, they’re fried in GMO cottonseed oil, and definitely not gluten-free. These mind-blowing grain-free cheese curds are made with whole foods and beat the restaurant’s version in taste, ingredients, and money!
To buy kale hummus at my health food store, I had to shell out $1 per ounce! Or, I could make it myself, at home. Sprouted chickpeas take this hummus up a notch and make it nourishing and super digestible. The addition of steamed kale and fresh chives gives this sprouted hummus a powerful punch of greens for the perfect appetizer or snack!
Eggplant is colorful! And color in veggies and fruits is a sure sign of nutrition, antioxidants, and enzymes! Eggplants are super high in fiber, but low in starch — so they’re excellent for gut health (ahem, regularity). This high fiber helps you feel full without eating a large amount of food, so eat more eggplant if you’re watching your waistline. Parmesan Roasted Eggplant is one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy this lovely vegetable!
On the rare occasion that you find me in a seafood restaurant, you can bet your britches I’ll be ordering one thing for sure… Crab cakes! These homemade, grain-free crab cakes are some of the best I’ve ever had — and I’m a pretty tough critic.
Many of the birches in our yard are boasting yellow-ish leaves about the color of today’s recipe. Maple, cinnamon, and orange spread will jazz up your plain ol’ sandwich, waffles, pancakes, toast, and more!
The summer I was 12, my mom handed me a can of tomatoes, an onion, cilantro, lime, and a jalepeno from our garden and told me to make salsa. This was the first time I had ever created something without a recipe. It was all about adding ingredients, blending, tasting, and adjusting. Sometimes I needed two or three jalepenos to get the heat level my family loved — HOT. Other times, half a pepper in an entire batch would set our mouths on fire.
I’ve spent the last two decades perfecting my salsa recipe, and several years ago, I began lacto-fermenting it. I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I’ve had many people tell me this salsa is the best they’ve ever had. It’s my most-requested recipe and the one I’m asked to bring to every family and friend get-together. My brothers-in-law even expect it at Thanksgiving! I really think the 12 to 24 hours the salsa sits fermenting on the counter kicks it up a notch and allows the flavors to develop and mingle with each other. I like knowing that I’m giving every party and holiday a good dose of healthy bacteria. 😉
For the complete recipe, head over to Traditional Cooking School!
Learn how to whip up a quick and easy (and lacto-fermented) pesto without nuts!