Tools required: Immersion blender
Serves 4


1 slice bacon
Chicken giblets
Chicken juices reserved from Mediterranean Chicken recipe
Dried oregano and rosemary to taste
2 Tb mashed cauliflower (for use as thickener)
Salt and pepper to taste


In pan, cook the bacon – it adds wonderful flavor.
Remove the cooked bacon, but keep the grease (this is what we’re after anyway – feel free to snack on the bacon).
In the bacon grease, cook chicken giblets and remove from pan for more snacks (this step deepens the flavor of the gravy).
Now, add the chicken juices reserved from the roasted chicken and stir.
Add a tsp each of oregano and rosemary if you like.

Once combined, pour into your 2 cup measure along with 2 Tb mashed cauliflower.
Blend with immersion blender until you reach a gravy consistency (you may need to add more mashed cauliflower to reach your desired texture).
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour liberally over EVERYTHING. Seriously, this is delicious.

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rounds


No special tools required
Serves 4 as a light snack, or 2 for lunch


Smoked salmon
1 cucumber
4 hardboiled egg yolks (Trader Joes sells peeled hardboiled eggs, making this super easy)
1 lemon, zest and juice
Salt to taste
Dill for garnish


Chicken – 5 ways


We all get tired of chicken – so here’s 5 different ways to mix it up! Prepare a whole tray so you can eat it throughout the week.


Chicken parts – a whole tray full of legs, thighs, breasts or wings
Olive oil

Seasoning Variations:
Use 1/2 teaspoon of each seasoning indicated

-Mediterranean – sea salt, sage, rosemary, thyme
-Italian – juice from 1 lemon, rosemary and garlic infused olive oil (fabulous on salmon also!)
-Moroccan – sea salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, curry, cinnamon
-Greek: sea salt, lemon salt, oregano, black pepper
-BBQ style: sea salt, paprika, cinnamon, black pepper



Sweet Potatoes – 2 ways


This is one of our go-to paleo sides. It’s easy to make a big batch and it reheats well. We’ve come up with two different variations here.


3 Sweet potatoes – scrubbed and chopped into 1″ squares
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil

Variation 1 –
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon thyme

Variation 2 –
1 star anise, finely crushed
1″ piece fresh ginger, grated
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Fresh ground pepper



Zucchini Pasta


If you’re craving pasta, this vegetable-based version will hit the spot. It’s easiest if you have an attachment on your mixer that will make nice noodles for you, but a similar effect can be gained by using a potato peeler to create long strands of zucchini.


3 Zucchini
Olive Oil
Tomatoes – chopped into 1/2″ cubes
Basil (preferably fresh)



Either peel the zucchini by hand or use the spiral attachment
Toss with olive oil
Pan fry for just a couple minutes – so the “noodles” just start to soften up
Mix in fresh tomatoes and basil

Crustless Quiche – 2 ways


Tired of scrambled eggs? Add some veggies to your eggs and mix up your routine. Great for a weekend brunch or make ahead and bring to work with you.


4 eggs
salt & pepper to taste
Coconut oil to grease the pans

Veggie Lovers add:
1 zucchini & 1 carrot (or two of each) – shredded

Meat Lovers add:
2 pieces of bacon, chopped into small pieces
2 breakfast sausages, chopped into small pieces



Turkey Meatballs with Kale & Zucchini


The best part about these meatballs is that they’re actually half vegetable! Double the recipe to make a whole pan so you can bring them to work throughout the week for lunch.


1 pound ground turkey
2 zucchini – shredded
1 bunch of kale – chopped in food processor
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper



Hemp Veggie Burgers

So honestly when we were making some of these hemp themed recipes, we weren’t sure how well they would turn out. We were pleasantly surprised with how well these came out. We’d make these again even if there wasn’t a hemp theme to the day! We got a couple recipes for some veggies patties and then improvised heavily to get the following –


2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups cooked quinoa
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup finely chopped kale


Hemp Oatmeal Cookies

In celebration of International Hemp Day which was on 4/21 I got together with my friend from grad school that happens to be an expert hemp enthusiast and made some hemp-tastic food! We thought the cookies turned out particularly well! So well that we had to make another batch the same day because the first batch made too few cookies!

All the ingredients

All the ingredients


Hemp Day

While most people are familiar with the 4/20 holiday less people are familiar with the 4/21 Hemp Day Holiday. Hemp is a superfood that comes in many edible forms –  seeds, hemp hearts, oil, butter, protein powder, milk and flour. There’s now hemp beer, hemp granola and a plethora of other healthy (and not so healthy) hemp snacks on the market these days. Yet hemp has a lot of other practical uses in many other industries. The same plot of hemp that you can make a variety of foods from can also be used to make lotions and soaps; the fibers can be used for textiles, insulation, bio-composites, rope; and the dust can even be used as a byproduct to soak up oil spills or compressed into a pellet and sold to coal companies as an energy source for carbon offsets. Additional products that can be made from hemp include: paper, carpeting, paints, ethanol/biofuel, diesel fuel, animal bedding and animal feed, mulch, flour, solvents and lubricants. Why do I know or care about all this hempy goodness? My roommate from grad school is a hemp-obsessed Fulbright Scholar that know more about hemp than anyone else I’ve ever met! So for hemp day we used some of these ingredients to make some tasty hemp food, all while enjoying hemp beer!

Zucchini Patties

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I was at a friends house and spied a library book called 21 Day Sugar Detox. Never being one to pass up a book, much less a cookbook, I flipped through it and was immediately intrigued. The cookbook lays out a 21 day plan for curbing your sugar cravings, and not only that gives three different levels of detox plans. I snapped a few photos of some recipes and figured I find the book at my local library later. I immediately went home and made these delightful little snacks/sides!


4 cups grated zucchini or carrots – well drained
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil


Pork Chops Stuffed with Prosciutto

We found this recipe in the great Italian Gourmet Cooking magazine that’s out on the newsstands now!


4 bone-in, thick-cut pork chops (center cut rib chops)
8 sage leaves, cut into ribbons
8 thin slices mozzarella
4 slices prosciutto
olive oil
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper



Squid Ceviche

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Thanks to Local Catch Monterey Bay for another week of seafood adventures! This week we were lucky enough to get a bag of squid, when we had a big bag of limes that needed to be used. Hence the ceviche! It’s a very basic recipe, made from referencing a few different websites, and adapted to the ingredients we had on-hand.


1 lb squid 
6-8 limes
1 bunch cilantro 
3-4 tomatoes
1/2 – 1 large onion 



Honey Spiced Brussel Sprouts

These days, being in grad school, I need things that are fast an easy that I can make while soon other things. In an attempt to make cooking brussel sprouts easier and also copy some of the best brussel sprouts I’ve ever had from Michael’s On Main in Capitola I came up with this ridiculously easy method.


Brussel Sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
handful of roasted pecans




Preheat oven to 400 F
Chop the brussel spouts into quarters, making sure to remove the bottoms
Coat the brussel sprouts with olive oil and then season with salt and pepper
Bake for 20-30 minutes total, stirring half way through
Meanwhile, melt the butter, honey and cinnamon in a sauce pan 
Once the brussel sprouts are done cooking, pour the honey butter over them
Top with chopped up pecans


James Brownies

After such a long hiatus, you’d think that we’d come back with some gourmet recipe to impress y’all with. Instead we’re offering this recipe in honor of James, a dear friend that died far too young. James had a penchant for good food, indulgent desserts and most all alcohol… with a soft spot for good vodka. This combines two of those loves quite beautifully.

Prepare the box mix of brownies as directed and add a tablespoon of vodka. Once you’ve taken the brownies out of the oven, let them cool just a couple minutes and then prick them all over with a toothpick. Brush a thin layer of vodka over the top of the brownies and let cool completely.

Slice and enjoy with a shot of your favorite vodka!


Zucchini Crustless Quiche


3 small zucchini
1 onion, chopped
2 pieces of bacon (cooked)
6 eggs total
1/2 cup parmesan (shredded)
1/2 cup feta (shredded)
8 oz Monterey jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 pieces of toast cut up into small pieces