Skip to main content

Fall Into The Kitchen: A Week of Recipes (Gluten Free and Body Ecology)

This week I've been making my happy time in the kitchen. My schedule has been a little busy so I haven't been coming up with too many recipes lately but this week I did get a chance to make some yummy treats. Something has changed for me about cooking; its become therapeutic where as it used to intimidate me. I used to joke that my fiance always did all the cooking but now when people ask he shocks them by saying I cook a lot more now than I did before. Changing my lifestyle has opened up my mind to all the creative things you can do in the kitchen. It's a lot of fun trying out new ideas and perfecting them so they taste just right. Even after a long day, spending some time making a delicious meal in the kitchen relaxes me. I never thought I would say that. Nor would I ever think I would say cooking is fun. I guess what's changed is that the food in the kitchen isn't making me sick anymore.

Here are a few recipes I've tried out this week.

Smashed Potatoes
(This is a modified recipe I found on Pinterest)
9 medium red potatoes
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
2 tablespoons organic ghee
Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Parsley to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Boil Potatoes in water till fork tender. Drain and let cool for 15 minutes.

2. Grease lined baking sheet with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Place potatoes on baking sheet. Using a potato smasher, gently press the potatoes till somewhat smashed (they should not be destroyed, but still in a patty-like shape). 

3. Spread the ghee over the smashed potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley to taste (feel free to experiment with other herbs/spices). Bake at 375 till golden brown (about 45 minutes).

Roasted Green Beans with Red Onion and Garlic

1 bag of frozen organic green beans
1 organic red onion
6 cloves organic garlic
3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place coconut oil on baking sheet.

2. Defrost green beans in microwave (or if you have time, let them defrost for a few hours on your kitchen counter). Slice red onions into thin slices. Remove garlic skins and cut cloves in half.

3. Place all ingredients on baking sheet and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Toss with oil on baking sheet and spread mixture out in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, turning vegetables once.

Sweet Delicata Squash

3 Delicata Squash, seeded and sliced
6 tablespoons organic coconut oil
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract (alcohol free)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon organic stevia powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Mix well and place in a heavy baking dish. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes mixing several times.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. What are your favorite ingredients to experiment with?


  1. I tried the green bean recipe, and it turned out great! The squash recipe is tonight! You are doing a great job!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Week of Nourishing Gratitude

As I get older, I notice that there are many holiday traditions that I want to start sharing with my finance Anthony. After over a month of a crazy 7-day work schedule Thanksgiving week I had off Wednesday-Sunday; I haven't had a full day off in over a month and I was determined to make it fun week full of great food, the company of those I love and starting new traditions.

Now as with all holiday weeks you probably think of over indulging in comfort food that's terrible for you. Being I had a very severe wheat exposure attack recently, I knew I wanted to stay strict on Body Ecology but still enjoy myself to the fullest. I made it a point to get in the kitchen this week and make some amazing meals that not only tasted great, but are actually good for you. Here are some of my favorite meals from this week:

New Beginnings and Gluten Free/Body Ecology Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Can you believe it's September? I personally love the summer, its a great time to hit the reset button. September to me represents new beginnings and chances to start over. I'm excited for what's ahead this coming dance season; I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and have one of my most successful years creatively and career-wise. Something about the September air truly inspires my inner dreamer and I'm encouraged to believe anything is possible. It's so exciting!

To continue my journey on the year of my best self, I'm beginning to delve into mind-body connection and it's relationship to health. I've started reading Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, MD. I'm about a third of the way into the book and I feel like I'm learning so much already. Constant stress, overexertion, self doubt, and negative thoughts set off flight or fight responses in your body which in turn causes your body to be in a…

Healing through Grief

It's been a long time since I've written. A lot of that had to do with a very busy work schedule and some new business ventures. I am so grateful for all the positive feedback I've gotten recently about this blog and I was reminded how much this blog helped me when I was struggling with my health. 4 years later I am finding myself in a place where I feel like I need to go back to my roots and start over.

2016 was a whirlwind of a year. January brought the unexpected surprise of a full-time teaching position at Monmouth University. I was so excited about getting to teach dance full-time at the college level but because it was such an unexpected surprise I was still teaching for 2 private studios 10 hours a week and I was in the process of launching a new lifestyle program for dancers. Talk about  a lot going on! While I stayed true to the BED principles, I had let some sugar creep back into my life and honestly all the stress I was feeling made me crave it more. Once summer…