Welcome Friends!

Welcome Friends! I am so grateful for all who have shared their stories of food-related hurts and healings. It is an ever-evolving journey for me, and I have relied upon others who have held similar experiences for comfort, empathy, knowledge and support. In this blog, I share some of my personal experiences as well as some of my favorite foods. I am currently on a grain-free diet, very similar to the Paleo diet. Having multiple food sensitivities as well as hypoglycemia, I have taken liberties with the diet, such as using agave nectar instead of honey. I'm aware of the great agave debate, but keeping my blood sugar low takes priority. I use such small quantities, that it is a non-issue for me. In addition, I still use cream in my coffee as well as a few other dairy products sparingly. I have given up so many beloved foods, that I am stubborn when it comes to dairy. Also, when I am really craving a starch, I will eat quinoa, buckwheat, lentils or beans. Again, it isn't very often, and these foods have some very healthful benefits as well. However, I find I feel my best when following most closely to the Paleo diet, eating large quantities of vegetables and animal protein. It isn't a philisophical choice for me, but rather a choice to feed my body what it seems to need for optimum performance-pain free, clear-headed, energetic and balanced. I hope you find something here that looks delicious even though your diet may look quite different than mine. Good food transends across the boundries of "diet." Enjoy!


Lamb with Balsamic Rosemary Reduction

This dish is a favorite primarily because it is delish and easy, but also lamb is my favorite red meat, and spinach is one of my favorite vegetables. We put it in lasagna, omelettes, pasta stir-fries, salads, soups, wraps and dips. Spinach is a great source of Vitamins A, K, C, E, folate, iron and several others: A great way to "sneak" antioxidant-rich veggies into your family's diet. Sometimes red meat gets a bad wrap, but lamb has some wonderful benefits as well. It is a super source of zinc (responsible for growth, tissue repair and a sturdy immune system), Vitamin B12 and amino acid carnitine. It does a body good!

4-6 lamb chops
5 ounce pack of baby spinach
grapeseed oil
salt and pepper
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp whole peppercorns
2 tbsp honey
6 inch sprig of rosemary
  • Bring balsamic vinegar, pepper corns, honey and rosemary to a simmer in a small saucepan. Simmer until reduced by 1/3
  • Season both sides of lamb chop with salt and pepper
  • Heat skillet and oil to med-hi
  • Add lamb to skillet and cook on both sides until internal temperature reaches 140-150 for med-rare or 150-160 for med
  • Pull from heat and let rest for 10 minutes so juices will redistribute through the meat (I cut my lamb too soon in the picture and the juices ran all over the plate)
  • Add spinach to hot lamb pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes until just wilted
  • Place spinach and lamb on plate and drizzle with balsamic reduction

Costco has great prices for lamb and balsamic vinegar

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