Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gluten-free Molasses Cookies

If you're a fan of old fashioned molasses cookies, this ones for you.

They're perfectly spicy and not too sweet. They pair well with tea, coffee, or dipped in your choice of milk. They remind me of an old-time snack. They're dense on the inside, which makes for good lunch or picnic packing.

I used the ever-so-trendy blackstrap molasses and local honey in place of sugar. Always attempting to make a gluten-free version of my favorites, I used buckwheat and gluten-free oat flour for this recipe.

Did you know? Blackstrap molasses is the most nutritious grade of molasses. It's great for your hair, it's high in iron (for during your cycle, ladies!), high in calcium and magnesium, works as a mild laxative, and is a great alternative to refined sugar. What's not to love?

Gluten-free Molasses Cookies 

2 Cups gluten-free oat flour
2 Cups buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 Cup melted butter (can sub coconut oil)
1/4 Cup almond milk
1/2 Cup honey
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • In a bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, molasses, melted butter, and vanilla extract. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the oat flour, buckwheat flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves by stirring with a fork. 
  • Combine the wet and dry mixtures with a spatula or a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. 
  • Use a small ice cream scoop or a spoon to portion out cookies on the baking sheets. Be sure to leave 1-2 inches between the cookies. It may take more than two baking sheets to use all of the cookie dough.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. 
  • Will keep for 4-5 days. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Salmon in Coconut Milk

I'm not sure if I can contain my excitement or focus long enough to write this blog post. 

You see, I'm going on vacation tomorrow. Not just any vacation. I'm going on my first vacation after having my Daughter nearly 8 months ago. 

Sure, it's only Palm Springs. It's only 1.5 hours away from home, so what? It's a vacation! 
I'm sure I'm underestimating the amount of separation anxiety I'll experience, but I'm gonna choose to embrace the time away. 

"You'll get to sleep all night and as late as you want" my Husband says. "Sold" says me. One long pregnancy and 8 short months (whoa, that went fast!) I get to drink a couple glasses of wine without being sobered by Mom duties, sleep a whole night through, read a book without folding every corner, and most importantly, go 3 whole days without washing a baby bottle. Yipee! 

Since this vacation is so deserved and anticipated, I'm leaving you guys (anyone out there? cricket...cricket) with a recipe and I'm signing off of all social media accounts until Monday. Will I survive? Not sure. But, I'm going to enjoy the time away from working. Cheers! 

Introducing- Your new favorite way to prepare Salmon... 

Salmon in Coconut Milk 
4 salmon portions, skin off 
1 Cup Vegetable broth
1 Can Coconut Milk 
1 Tablespoon coconut oil 
1 lime, sliced in half 
salt and pepper

  • Pour the vegetable broth and coconut milk into a medium skillet, add the coconut oil and place on high heat. 
  • When the liquid has reached a boil, season salmon with salt and pepper and add it to the pan, presentation side down. Add the lime slices, flesh-side down. 
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and let salmon simmer for 3 minutes. Flip salmon over, cover the skillet, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes more, or until salmon has reached desired doneness. 
  • I serve mine with brown rice or a cold soba noodle salad. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

Growing up, we didn't have a ton of money, and we usually ate from a very short list of menu items each week. My Mom offered up tacos, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and chili dogs for dinner regularly. She had a few other items in her holster that were simple, but special. Meatloaf was one of them. When asked the question, "What would you have for your last meal?" I typically answer, "My Mother's meatloaf". Another one was Salmon Patties. She adapted the recipe from my Grandmother (who is a wonderful and traditional cook) and maybe made a few alterations. Made up of canned salmon, eggs, seasonings, and not much else. Much like the meatloaf, they were served with ketchup.

I crave those patties often. When I was traveling and living away from home, there came a few times when I found myself at the grocery store, buying cans of salmon and running home to cure my craving. Everyone can relate to this- it's a meal that brings me back to my childhood. It makes me feel like I'm a kid again. I remember playing outside all day with the neighbor kids then returning home for dinner. When I walked in the house, you could smell food cooking and feel the warmth that the stove puts off. Usually, I was walking towards the dinner table hoping it would be salmon patties, that meatloaf, or my other favorite, goulash. They always tasted the same. They always tasted like Mom made them.

Yesterday, the craving returned. However, my taste buds and diet have changed dramatically since Mom was cooking for me. It made me think of one of my favorite lunch spots in Jackson Hole, WY called Betty Rock. They had a killer Asian-inspired salmon burger. Last night I put the two ideas together and made magic happen. My Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli turned out awesome! I used a new brand of gluten-free wraps that I've fallen in love with and served them with roasted potatoes. The organic ketchup was saved for the potatoes.

Salmon Burgers
4 Cans of wild caught salmon
1/2 Cup green or red onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Eggs
Pinch of fresh or ground ginger
Coconut Oil for cooking

  • Preheat your oven to 420 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Divide into 4-5 equal parts and pat down like a burger patty. 
  • In a cast-iron skillet (or any skillet) heat a generous amount of coconut oil over medium-high heat. 
  • Place the patties in the heated skillet and cook for 3 mintutes. 
  • Flip the patties and cook for 3 minutes 
  • Place the patties on a baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven for 5 minutes. 
  • Serve on a gluten-free wrap or bun with your choice of toppings. I used lettuce, tomato, red onion, and avocado aioli. They'd be great with cabbage, pickled cucumbers, grated carrots, or even grilled pineapple. 

Avocado Aioli
1 Avocado 
1/2 Cup Vegenaise 
1 handful of chopped fresh cilantro 
Juice and zest of 1 lime 
1 teaspoon ground coriander 
1 teaspoon sriracha 

  • Everything in a food processor, blender, or bullet until well combined and smooth 

"Wifey tip"- I put my Husband's Salmon Burger on a whole wheat ciabatta roll and added bacon. He loved it! 

Gluten-free tip- I'm totally obsessed with these gluten free "Sandwich Petals" I found in my local Organic market. A must-try! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer Baking - Berry & Buckwheat Crumble

It's beginning to feel like summer! The Farmers Market last weekend was filled with bright berries, the kids are getting out of school, the weekends are jam packed and fun filled, and the grill is being used constantly. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw that last week I asked for some summer dessert ideas, as I was craving something sweet and fruity. All of that heat and grilling, I wanted something simple, fruity, and sweet to top off one of these busy days. The winning suggestion was blackberry. 

I picked up a bunch of berries at the market and got to creating. The blackberry suggestion quickly turned into a multiple berry and gluten free buckwheat cobbler. I'm so happy with how it turned out! I have totally fallen in love with my recipe. With honey and pure maple syrup as the sweeteners, and the cobbler topping filled with fiber, oats, and seeds, you could also enjoy this healthy dessert for breakfast! 
A crowd pleaser no matter who you're feeding. It's a guilt-free dessert that would be perfect for any summer affair. As always, I recommend buying local berries if possible. 

Berry & Buckwheat Cobbler 

For the cobbler topping: 
1 Cup Buckwheat flour
1 Cup gluten-free oats 
1/2 Cup chopped almonds or sunflower seeds (I used sunflower seeds) 
2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 Cup pasture butter, melted 
1/2 Cup local honey 

For the berry filling:
18-20oz berries (I used blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry) 
2 Tablespoons coconut flour 
Zest and Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
1/4 Cup pure maple syrup 
1/4 teaspoon salt 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 
  • In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the berry filling. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the cobbler topping with a fork. 
  • Grease a glass baking dish or ceramic pie dish with pasture butter or coconut oil. 
  • Pour in the berry filling. Then, top with cobbler topping. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. This step is optional, but the cobbler topping will turn out better if it is chilled. 
  • Bake for 35 minutes and enjoy! Will keep in the refrigerator for 4-6 days. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Thai Peanut (or almond) Sauce

Peanut sauce has been somewhat trendy for a while, but I hadn't tried it myself until this week. My house tends to lean towards Italian, fresh Mexican, or old-fashioned American cuisine. We usually save Asian-inspired eats for when we dine out, which is a rarity. Craving noodles, specifically something Thai-ish, I couldn't find a recipe I liked enough online. So, I do what Super-Moms do and figured out how to make my own! I grabbed some buckwheat Soba noodles at the store and used whatever veggies I could find in my fridge. I roasted chicken thighs to make my Husbands dish a little more, well, "meatier". I used a mixture of almond and peanut butter. You could use either. Peanut does work better for this recipe, I think. I loved how my recipe turned out. It's super simple and I think you'll enjoy it too.

Thai Peanut Sauce

1/2 Cup peanut butter or almond butter
1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled, about 1 inch x 1 inch
1 garlic clove
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon thai chili paste
1/4 Cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Water

Everything in a blender until smooth. Will keep in a jar for up to 2 weeks.
I used my peanut sauce to dress soba noodles, chicken, edamame, purple cabbage, cilantro, and grated carrots. Tip- I think it's better served cold!

Friday, May 23, 2014

I love Martha. And Fish. And Cast-Iron Skillets.

These are a few of my favorite things.

A short conversation with me is probably all it takes to learn that I love Martha Stewart. It's not my leather boots, flannel shirt, or tattoos that give it away. I'm sure. It's probably due to my love for cooking, entertaining, cleaning, organizing, and crafting. Maybe it's the way I mention her name and tips as if I'm talking about the Pope. Or, how I sometimes give out Martha quotes, which is kind of weird. Anyway, my point is that I'm slightly obsessed with her and you'll see that in my blog posts. Often times, my meals are inspired by her recipes. I've had a Martha Stewart Living subscription for years. Last time, I didn't renew it because I was busy having the baby and learning how to be a Mom. So, a couple days ago I decided to download the June issue on my iPad. Have you done this yet? If not, you should! It was so fun to click around the magazine and as always, there's great recipes in this issue. As I was scrolling along, I fell in love with a certain recipe. Titled "Fish Skillet" it's a one-pan meal on the grill that takes probably 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.  It was love at first sight, I knew I had to test this one out.

My nutrition programs are designed to get people cooking at home. The only obstacle I face when trying to get people to do so is that most people lack confidence in the kitchen. Like any challenge in life, I don't think "I don't know how" is a proper excuse. And of course, you'll never learn if you don't try. A great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen is to start finding recipes you might like in magazines or online, and altering them slightly or dramatically. The freedom of adding whatever you want and creating things to fit your personal taste will teach you how to be a better cook. More importantly, you'll start to enjoy it more.

I do this naturally. I LOVE reading recipes in books, magazines, and the internet. I also love creating original recipes. So, I find an "idea" and make it my own. That's what I did with Martha's "Fish Skillet". It's also very beneficial to cook this way when you're on a budget, as you can add or take away anything you have or do not have in your pantry. One last tip- I usually make heartier versions for my Husband. This way, both of our bellies and wallets are satisfied.

Fish is always my favorite meal. It's healthy, it makes me feel good, and it's very versatile. It also goes with wine. And I like wine.

I cook everything I possibly can in a cast-iron skillet. I have one that sits on top of my stove constantly. I use it 2-3 times per day and oil it when I'm done. When a cast-iron pot or skillet is well-seasoned, it acts just like a nonstick pan. That's a plus because you won't have to cook with so much butter or oil. I typically use a little coconut oil or canola/coconut oil blend and that's it! I'm sure you've heard, nonstick pans are full of harmful chemicals that can cause many health issues such as; liver damage, cancer, and even early menopause. Yuck! Cast-iron doesn't give you any of that. Maybe a little iron in your food, which is beneficial, but no harmful chemicals. As Martha would say, "That is a very good thing."

Here's the recipe for Martha's "Fish Skillet" and below it, is my version. They're very similar, but I used what I had already in my home and added a couple of ingredients. I'm thinking next time I'll take the same technique, but use chicken and beer.  I loved this idea so much, I might keep it going with the one-skillet meals all summer. Enjoy!

Fish Skillet from Martha Stewart Living 

22 ounces cherry tomatoes
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, smashed and sliced
2 cans (13.5 ounces each) whole artichoke hearts, drained, halved if large
1/2 cup pitted olives, such as kalamata
1/2 cup caper berries
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 pounds skinless firm white-fleshed fish, such as cod or monk fish, cut into 4 pieces
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
Crusty bread, for serving

1. Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, artichokes, olives, caper berries, oil, and wine in a large straight-sided skillet (it will be used on the grill). Season with salt and pepper, then season fish on both sides with salt and pepper and arrange on top. Place lemon sliced on top and around fish.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high. Place skillet on grill, cover grill, and cook until fish is opaque throughout, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with bread.

Malorie's Fish Skillet

2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 cup kalamata olives
1/4 cup caper berries
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup vegetable stock
Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons herbsorganicherbs.com classic medley or any fresh herbs of your choice
4 white fish portions, I used Halibut
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnishing

  • Combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, artichoke hearts, olives, caper berries, sun dried tomatoes, oil, stock, white wine, and seasonings in a cast-iron skillet. 
  • Place the fish on top and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Place lemon slices on top and around fish. 
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Place skillet on grill, cover grill, and cook until fish is opaque throughout, bout 20 minutes. 
  • Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a hefty sprinkling of fresh parsley. 
  • Optional- Serve with gluten free bread, saffron rice, or pasta. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Bright & Fruity Salad 

1-2 Cups spring mix or lettuce of your choice 
1 mandarin orange (I used a honey-mandarin) 
3 Strawberries, chopped 
1/2 Avocado sliced 
1 Tablespoons good quality olive oil 
Squeeze of lemon
Pinch of salt

FINALLY! A place to share my recipes, nutrition beliefs, and holistic lifestyle tips. If you like what you see on Instagram and Facebook, follow me here for MORE!  Soon you'll find that I have a lot to say. My Husband will probably appreciate my new space to blabber, as it might give his ears a rest.

For those of you that do not know me personally, I'd like to share a little background. 
I have loved food and cooking all of my life. Fresh out of High School, I attended culinary school at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. From there, I traveled and lived all around America, like some sort of Chef-Gypsy. I am classically trained, I've been privileged with great opportunities in different kitchens, received many accolades for my work, became a published food writer, and loved every minute of that crazy life. So, how'd I cross over to the nutrition side? I battled personal health issues for many years and dabbled in nutrition research along the way. Each year, learning more and becoming more proactive about my health. After being diagnosed with Endometriosis and labeled "infertile" I decided to take matter into my own hands. With nutrition as my armor, I overcame the disabling symptoms of Endometriosis, powered through a Chemo treatment like a champ, brought my thyroid levels back to normal, and improved my infertility enough to conceive my precious little girl. I truly believe in the healing powers of food and I've seen the proof in the puddin'. 

I'm a foodie first and foremost. I also lived in a rural and locally sustainable town for a few years where I learned to hunt, gather, share with my neighbor, support the local economy, and farm. These are the experiences that lead me to my eating habits and nutrition beliefs. From there, I created the "True American Diet" which is the way that I eat and the way I counsel my clients. The diet is made up of only organic foods. It excludes most processed grains, GMO's, processed foods, anything with added hormones, added sugar, and so on. It teaches a way to eat the foods you have available to you locally, which improves your health, lifestyle, and your local economy. It is a way to naturally reduce inflammation, which is a leading cause of disease, illness, and general pain in Americans. The True American Diet will improve your health, help you manage your weight, prevent disease, allow for a healthy and satisfied life, and will support American agriculture. You will never go hungry, you will never count calories, you will cook at home more often, and your meals will be satisfying. If you have dipped your toes in any of the paleo, anti-inflammatory, vegan, vegetarian, carb-free, "clean eating" or other diets, you will enjoy the True American Diet. 
All of the recipes and food inspiration you'll be seeing on this blog are approved for the True American Diet. 

I do specialize in nutrition for weight loss, Endometriosis, infertility, ovarian disorders, pregnancy, postpartum weight loss, and autoimmune disease. However, I would love to help anyone in need of a lifestyle change. I offer 6-week weight loss programs, customized nutrition programs, and 3 or 6 month 24/7 counseling services. Email me if you or someone you know might be interested! mandmwellnessca@gmail.com 

With that said, here's that Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe I promised you...

Cauliflower Pizza Crust 

1 head of cauliflower
2 Eggs
4 Tablespoons Brown Rice Flour 
2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal 
salt and pepper
dried basil, oregano (as much as you like) 
1 teaspoon onion powder 

  • Grate the cauliflower florets into a bowl and add a splash of water. 
  • Steam or microwave for 4 minutes. 
  • Dump out onto a towel and ring it out as much as you can, getting rid of the excess water. 
  • Once the water is drained and the cauliflower has cooled a bit, place back in the bowl. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well. 
  • Dump dough out onto a greased (I grease with canola/coconut oil blend) baking sheet or pizza stone and form into a circle, about 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Bake for 12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. 
  • Remove from the oven and add your sauce and toppings. 
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 7-10 minutes or until the pizza toppings and crust are cooked to your liking.