Real Food Blog
A delicious photo step by step recipe blog of Fresh "Real" Food. Nothing Processed from a box, all that nature gives us. Raw, Paleo, and Macro friendly.
This one is grain and dairy free! Buche de Noel is basically a Roulade that you make to look like a log in the forest at Christmas time. It consists of a light egg sponge and filled with the mouse or pudding flavor of choice. It's then rolled up with a spiral of goodness inside. You top it with frosting or chocolate and decorate it like a fallen log on a winter journey to a friend's house. The following is my simplified version.
Mmmmmm... Moussaka! I just love the small of those middle eastern spices that fill my home when its baking in the oven. I make this quite a bit for a few of my clients. Sometimes, dairy free, sometimes onion/garlic free, or sometimes egg free... depending on the needs of the person I'm cooking for that day. Me, I like it with beef not lamb, goat dairy not cow, and without peppers. The version here is no peppers or onions, but it still tastes great if you take any one of these mentioned ingred
It's Strawberry Season!!!! Oh I just love fresh, sweet strawberries, don't you!? My mom used to marinate them in sugar and put them over sponge cake with fresh whipped cream. I think they are good all by themselves! But feel free to put them on pancakes, ice cream, cake, etc...
One of things I loved when I used to eat out was the ginger dressing you would get on your salad when you ordered at a Japanese restaurant. Pungent and a little sweet. I found the right combinations with wholesome ingredients to make it just like the real thing. This dressing is on the sweet side, so adjust to your taste.
My Birthday often fell at Easter growing up and my mom loved to make me a carrot cake shaped like a lamb. So since this year my birthday was a few days before Easter, again, I thought I'd come up with something different that mimicked my mom's idea. The dessert name "truffle" derives from their traditional shape, which resembles the truffle mushroom. You can roll them in cocoa powder or nuts of choice. Theses carrot ones are mildly sweet with a hint of warm spices. Raw and Vegan. I keep them i
This is a great way to use up any extra raw crust when making tarts. They are a fun snack that you can make in a rainbow of flavors using dried fruit mixed with your choice of nuts and seeds. Adding things like cocoa powder or other nutritious powders to change the outcome. Have fun and make it just right for you!
This is such a refreshing spring or summer tart! Full of flavor with a zing of lemon and added locally grown fresh berries... When I was a little girl, for my birthday, I would usually be asked what kind of cake I wanted. Chocolate? or Vanilla? Strawberry or lemon was my choice! This tart brings both together magnificently. MMMMMMmmmmmmm! My clients like it so much, that I figured I better share so everyone can benefit. Happy Spring!
Monkey Bread? Oh yeah.... MONKEY bread! I don't know if it's a real thing or if my mom just called it that for us as kids cuz it was fun, but monkey bread is a great name for it! It falls apart after baking into balls. No throwing, now! You can make it plain, cinnamon, herb... whatever you like. I show both applications here for plain and cinnamon. This recipe is for after you have a ready-dough.
If you have a pizzelle maker, you're my hero! Let's be friends! These cookies are so fun and very traditional at the holidays. The smell of anise and sugar is one from my childhood that makes me smile. It's a very particular association that most Italians have. If you haven't tried them before, call an Italian friend and ask if you can borrow their pizzelle maker to try them out. If you have an ice cream cone maker, you can also use that. (A waffle iron is too deep.) These irons are around $39
I wait all year for Persimmons to be in season. It's a short one! They are perfect for Thanksgiving as they look like little pumpkins! I love pie, but it's often way too sweet for me. I've included a nice mildly sweet version that you can adjust to your sweetness level. This pie is also super made with Granny Smith APPLES! I had two pie crusts, so one of each it is!
This is great for the holidays or just anytime. I keep it ready for action for company or after-dinner mint. This recipe is for my friend Tony. He is a Standard American Eater who just recently found out about the benefits of coconut oil. He was a coconut hater previously. This is a good reminder that the quality of the food makes a difference. He's noticed his skin is softer after months of taking 2 tbs/day.I was inspired by the peppermint in the garden to make a much more fun version.
Briciole is that dish that Marie makes Frank in "Everybody Loves Raymond." No wonder he falls in love with her and she gets jealous when Raymond's wife learns to cook it! If you don't know the episode I'm referring to, its worth a watch for the fun factor. This is my simplified version. Use real cow dairy or dairy alternative. Either way its sure to please...
These are such a fun way to eat the zucchini that's exploding in the garden! You need a spiralizer, but who doesn't have one of those? Ha ha ha.. If you don't, they're a great addition to a grain free life and under $30. You can try adding other veggies, too, that you might have left overs of. I've included a Gluten-free method below and a Grain-free one, as well. Enjoy!
Really? Crepes!!!!! Have I died and gone to France? One of my fondest memories of my year in France was when we went to the creperie for dinner... Yes I said dinner. The French eat crepes with eggs and bacon, as well as chocolate and whip cream. The crepes in the picture just made my week. I stuffed it with fresh coconut cream and sweet nectarines, topping it with a cherry sauce which were all fresh in season. Bon Apetite tous le monde!
Even if you aren't a monkey, who doesn't love a house that smells like bananas, cinnamon and butter!!!??? This recipe is Paleo friendly if you use almond butter instead of the peanut. Either way, it's sure to be a great snack or quick breakfast treat on the go! High in protein and easy on the taste buds.
My mom was the best cook in our family. Looking back, I think it had something to do with butter... She tossed them with seasoned bread crumbs and lots of butter, but I know what to alter in this recipe to make it better... and its surely not the golden goodness. Try different types of nut flours and herbs. They all will add their own fun twist. Or just leave them to salt, pepper, bread crumbs and butter. You can't go wrong with that!
I regularly make Turkey meat loaf for one of my clients and the house smells sooooooo good, that I decided to make my own version for dinner last night. I don't like turkey so this paleo recipe is made from Grass Fed Beef and Pasture Raised Pork. But feel free to mix whatever ground meats you like: white/dark, poultry/beef, beef/pork...
Black band-aids are the best! They stop the bleeding and the pain in seconds. Full of minerals and the power to shrink wrap bacteria out, they are perfect to keep in any kitchen or first aid kit. No need for adhesive. Read below... Disclaimer: Do I really need one, folks? Go to the hospital if you are really cut. This is for a minor issue. Even though I've really cut deep, through my nail and this worked like a charm, please use your discretion to decide when a cut needs medical attention.
Why not use pine nuts? Please use them if you can get them fresh and inexpensive. But if you can't catch them before they go rancid, walnuts are a tasty substitute. In fact, pesto can be made from many different nuts or seeds. Have fun trying them out. This recipe is dairy-free and super easy to make, especially when you only need to walk a few feet out the door for fresh basil in the garden. I urge you to plant an herb garden. They can be in pots (even in a window inside) and are very prolific
I was talking to a friend and childhood foods came up. One of the ones I remember fondly was chicken fried rice and Egg foo young. I haven't eaten Chinese out in over 2 decades due to the MSG and poor quality oils, so I took it upon myself to recreate from memory my culinary experience. This is a simplified version without the water chestnuts and pan fried in organic avocado oil. The sauce is the magical component. If you can't have soy, maybe try coconut aminos.
After a cleanse I made an array of raw dishes with my favorite simple dessert: chia pudding. I added just one ingredient that I don't usually add, which made it worthy to post. Living food days are a great way to help keep your intestines clean and adds that vegetable power back into your diet that a busy lifestyle can sometimes overlook. This is the basic recipe with some optional additions to change the flavor to suite your fancy.
Pasta is good... But how good is it really without the sauce? Its a textural vehicle for the butter, marinara, pesto or Alfredo you smother it in. For a grain free version all you need is a spiralizer! One of my favorite and fun kitchen gadgets. Inexpensive and priceless at the same time. Check out my aStore for the one I use. What an easy way to get in your veggies... Buon Appetito!