- Turkish Eggplant Casserole with Tomatoes (Imam Bayildi)
- Gluten-Free Is Me: Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli
- Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Bread Recipes For Every Day of the Week (+ A Giveaway!)
- Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein with Shitakes and Bok Choy (Gluten-Free)
- Feeding Friends: Oven Baked Ribs with Tex-Mex BBQ Sauce
Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Phoebe’s Friday Favorites
Your Healthy Hedonist Holiday Gift Guide: Wellness Stocking Stuffers and Practical Presents For the Whole Fam
One of the reasons I started The Wellness Project was to try to figure out what products are actually worth the money we spend on them. For years I felt like I was bleeding green on everything from foam rollers to green juice to magnetic back braces. My experiments were designed to cut the fat and focus on the bigger picture. But of course, despite my attempt to be discerning, I acquired lots of things along the way that, until my move in February, were mostly collecting dust in my hallway. This year, I’m all for making holiday gifts about the practical things that will actually better your loved ones’ lives on a daily basis. No one needs more crap! Trust me, you will be a healthier human without drawers full of soon-to-be outdated gadgets, useless doodads and weird socks. (Though some would beg … Continue reading
Working as a private chef and teaching in people’s homes is an on-going anthropological experience that never ceases to fascinate me. I can’t tell you how many times a client will tell me that they only use organic produce and grass fed meats, but when I arrive to cook it, the only pan in their kitchen is a flimsy nonstick skillet that looks like it made contact with a very feral feline.
The liquor cabinet may not seem like an obvious extension of your kitchen pantry. But it is indeed the final frontier of my hoarding tendencies. As I mentioned last year in this post, I’m not the biggest mover and shaker when it comes to cocktails. For a date night, it just seems like a hassle to whip up 3 types of infused this and that to create something intricate and swoon-worthy. And mixing bespoke concoctions to order for more than ten people isn’t exactly fun either.
As much as the blogosphere makes me aspire to be a true frontierswoman—grinding, fermenting and canning my food into homemade pantry creations—the truth is I simply don’t have that kind of time. Recreating Juice Press’ almond-tamari kelp noodles is my idea of a fun DIY project, not making said almond butter from scratch. Though I tip my chef’s hat to all the DIY gods and goddesses out there, if I’m being honest with you and myself, I get a lot of help from packaged food brands. I’m not talking quick fix microwave pizzas. Rather, the things I stock are gateway cooking products (a jar of tomato sauce, perhaps an occasional gluten-free crust). Gateway cooking products aren’t a meal in and of themselves. But they often shave off precious weeknight time in the kitchen. And because I try to buy consciously, I rely on brands … Continue reading
It’s #SpringPantryPurge month, friends! And if you thought I was going to quit at just a few creations from the deep depths of my kitchen cabinets, well, you were wrong. Today I’m showing some shelf-stable love to one of my favorite humble ingredients: beans. Ah, beans. So often maligned in children’s rhymes, and yet such a healthy weeknight staple. I’ve long relied on dried and canned beans as a budget crutch. But in the last year, since starting The Wellness Project, I’ve come to realize how central beans and legumes are to a healthy diet. They are one of the world’s oldest superfoods, and were the strongest constant in the diets of every centenarian population studied in Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones Solution. And it’s no surprise that all of these fiber- and complex-carb-rich foods are also favorites of your industrious … Continue reading
I don’t usually do a deep dive into the latest and greatest diet trends. For one thing, I’m a pretty omission-free kind of gal. Even my early days of being gluten-free were far from perfect, and more often than not, included pizza exemption clauses. It wasn’t until I truly understood how my body reacted to this protein, and how it therefore affected my autoimmune disease, that I started to adopt a more cut and dry approach for the sake of my antibodies. We all deal with the health hand we’re dealt in different ways. And recently I’ve been hearing more from those of you who have tried to eliminate FODMAPs from your diet for a period of time. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my post from a few weeks ago where I explain the … Continue reading
Being both a dedicated foodie and movie buff, Oscar night is one of my favorite occasions of the year to put on my hostess hat, get pun-y with the menu, and stuff my face with food while starving starlets parade down the red carpet. Last year I was super negligent and forgot to round-up some Best Picture themed recipes for your Oscar night party. So for 2016, I took it up a notch with a fully coursed menu, full of homemade bear claws, mars bars, Big shortbread cookies, and Irish-Catholic favorites.
Ola from sunny Brazil!! Charlie and I made it to Rio in one piece. And I managed to hand in my manuscript in the nick of time before we boarded the plane on Christmas Day, which was the best gift I could ever ask for. I will be celebrating the accomplishment with many caipirinhas in the days to come.