Mac-N-Cheese (gluten-free, dairy-free, of course!)

I love, love, love Mac-n-Cheese.  Like, seriously, in love.  When I was a kid I almost literally lived on boxed mac-n-cheese.  Fortunately, I knew how to boil water so I could make mac-n-cheese all the time.
Unfortunately, between the gluten, the processed “cheese” (let’s be honest, whatever that stuff is, it isn’t cheese) and all of the artificial crap in it made me sick.
So, I was determined to make something that wasn’t going to make me sick, that tasted delicious and that was as easy to make as the boxed stuff.
And here it is!
What’s Smart & Sexy About This Dish?
4 ingredients, very little cooking…basically, if you can heat something on a stove and press “start” on the oven, you can make this.
No gluten, no dairy AND tastes delicious. What can be smarter or sexier?
You’ll thank me later :)


[serves 4-6]
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Tasty Asparagus and Brown Rice

Asparagus is an amazing spring-time treat. Sautéed with olive oil, salt and pepper or cooked over the grill it’s quick and easy to enjoy.
Among other things, Asparagus is great for:
* strengthening female hormones
* promoting fertility
* relieving menstrual pain
* easing constipation
* reducing phlegm and mucus
I wish I could say I came up with this recipe on my own…I didn’t. It’s from 101  and, in my book qualifies as very Smart & Very Sexy…and..too good not to share.
The pictures were from a cooking class I taught a few years back. Everyone LOVED the dish, I have no doubt you will as well!
Note** When you cook the brown rice ahead of time, this dish is super easy to make and always a hit!

Tasty Asparagus and Brown Rice


[Serves 4-6]
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 or 2 14-ounce cans of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained
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Summer Paradise Millet

Are you looking to get out of your breakfast rut?
This quick and easy breakfast recipe will help you get out of your breakfast rut and feel energized!
And, in the process it will help to regulate your blood sugar levels, provide you with lasting energy and the pineapple and toasted coconut will give you a taste of summer-time paradise.
Often thought of a bird food and overlooked, I think that Millet is one of the Smartest and Sexiest of all the cereal grains.
In the treatment of blood sugar imbalances, Millet is the preferred grain. It also has the richest amino-acid protein profile of all of the cereal grains, the highest iron content, is gluten-free and can be either found in the bulk section of your local natural foods store or online (there are soo many great recipes you can make with millet, I highly suggest trying different things with it!).
The great thing about this recipe is that it is easily adaptable.  After you cook the...
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (Gluten-Free; Dairy-Free)

There is nothing like a warm chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven. And, there's nothing like a delicious chocolate chip cookie cake for celebrations...especially one that's delicious AND free of gluten, dairy, eggs & refined sugar!

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 All-Purpose Gluten-free Baking Flour 
1 1/2 cup Coconut sugar 
1/4 cup Flax meal 
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt


Wet Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil (melted)
6 T unsweetened applesauce
2 T vanilla
1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or chips of your choice)


Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper (I use a 15x11 baking pan, you can use something smaller, just change the cooking times).

In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until a dough is formed.

Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are...

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Sloppy Joe's (Lentil Style)

I found this recipe in Veganomicon, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and it so surprisingly tastes just like a Sloppy Joe that you’ll never miss the meat (don’t worry, it’s just as sloppy as the meat-version).

Wanting a little more of a kick I added in cayenne and black pepper (which is surprising since I’m not one for “kick” in my food).

If you have a good gluten-free bun then you’ll be taken back to childhood. Or, you can do it like I do and forgo the bun (In the not-so-pretty picture it’s on a piece of gluten-free bread, open-face style…oh, and I didn't have any green peppers so that's why it looks so blah & mono-color).

What’s Amazing About This Dish?

Lentils--For those of us with blood sugar issues, lentils are our best friends! Their protein content and soluble fiber trap carbohydrates slowing down digestion so we don’t have crazy blood sugar plummets. And that keeps ups Smart and Sexy all day long!


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Quinoa Chili (Vegan)

chili quinoa recipes vegan Aug 22, 2019

If you are into Chili and would like to try something different than the standard meat, this is the recipe for you.

I’m pretty much a wimp when it comes to spice (and that is putting it mildly) so I think It is a bit spicier than I like BUT everyone I’ve made it for thinks it's fine. If you like the heat, feel free to turn it up a notch.

AND--this makes a HUGE Batch. I like to cook 1x and eat many times--feel free to make it how it is and then put some in the freezer or make half the batch.

What’s Amazing About This Dish?

Quinoa--Talking about Fiber isn’t so sexy but when your body is getting enough fiber it certainly feels sexy. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains, which helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes.

Black Beans--Balancing blood sugars is always a smart decision. The protein and fiber in Black Beans help to keep the rate of movement in the digestive tract steady and stable, keeping...

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Quinoa with Chickpeas and Spinach

I wish that I could take credit for this dish because it is Delish!

This recipe is one of my favorites from the cookbook "Greens Glorious Greens."

It may seem complicated to make at first but once you get it down, you’ll be able to make it in a snap!

What’s Amazing About This Dish?

Quinoa--Pronounced “Keen-wah” (not “kwin-oh-ah”) Quinoa was considered to be sacred by the Inca’s. It has all of the essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein and is gluten-free.

Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)--High in fiber and protein chickpeas are great for those of us who want to keep our blood sugar levels stable.

Spinach--Here’s an Interesting Fact--Despite what Popeye said about Spinach being high in iron, it isn’t.

Why did he mislead us?

Before his time, a typist misplaced a decimal point, making spinach look almost as good as iron fillings.

But…it is great to keep our immune systems strong and inflammation down (make sure...

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