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Grilled Shrimp with Summer Guacamole

What does summer mean to you? To me, besides beaches and backyard barbecues, summer means visiting local farms early Saturday mornings to see the week’s harvest. Summer is peak growing season and that usually means more fruits and vegetables than I know what to do with. Everything I make or bake, I look to incorporate ingredients I’ve…

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No-Bake Paleo Fruit Pie Minis

Check out my perfect-for-summer pies—NO-BAKE FRUIT PIE MINIS, my latest recipe for the Food Network’s HEALTHY EATS BLOG. I’ve traded in the average cookie crust for a healthy, nut-based pie shell and filled them with a dollop of my DIY Foolproof Lemon Curd—all gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free optional, refined sugar free and Paleo!

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips

During the long, cold winter months, my kids know all too well that I could happily subsist on soup alone. I find it both comforting and nourishing. Even better, it’s an easy going dish—or meal, if you’re me. I love that soup doesn’t have to be complicated, allows for improvisation and if we were to boil soup down to its very essence, it really is whatever you make of it. That’s true for so many choices we consciously make in life—both in and out of the kitchen.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

I’ve been busy baking up gluten-free, dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts for you (and the Food Network)! Here’s hoping you have a sweet Thanksgiving. These desserts are healthy, too, but I swear you’d never know it!

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Kelly Brozyna’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Fried Banana Ice Cream

Dairy-free ice cream can be a challenge—whether you’re make a batch at home or even picking up a pint at your local supermarket. I don’t know if you’ve tried all those store-bought, dairy-free ones, but they can be really icy, which is disappointing for the gelato lover in me (I am half Italian, after all!). But creamy, dairy-free ice cream? Now, that’s a real challenge. If you know Kelly Brozyna, aka The Spunky Coconut, like I do, you know she’s the master of any dairy-free foods—from yogurt to yes, ice cream!

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Penny’s Easy Roasted Peppers

I owe everything I know about cooking and all of my kitchen curiosity to my mom, Penny, and my grandfather, or Nonno as I used to call him. Growing up, the day’s events were always focused around mealtime—from talking, shopping, prepping and cooking—food was by far the means to happiness. This is common in Italy, where I was lucky enough to spend every other summer with my Neapolitan grandfather.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Baked Mushroom Risotto

Growing up with an Italian father and American mother, I’ve eaten my fair share of risotto, which happens to be naturally gluten-free and can happily be made dairy-free. But, the one ingredient I lacked in my risotto was patience. While my mom might have the patience of a cooking saint, I was not born with this trait. My stubbornness to find an easier way led me to choose the oven over the stovetop and I’ve never gone back.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate-Dipped Coconut-Almond Bars

I am a self-confessed snacker. Some may even call me an all-day grazer. Ever since I first laid my eyes on a KIND bar at Starbucks, it became my afternoon addiction along with coffee. Eventually, I ordered them online by the box. I’d toss them in my canvas bag just in case I got hungry on the subway or lying on the grass in the park. My kids gradually caught on, tasted the bars and there we were fighting for the last bar in the 12-count box. That’s when I knew I needed to make them myself.

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Tess Master’s Gluten-Free Raw Chocolate–Orange Torte + A Cookbook Giveaway!

I was first introduced to my friend Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, by one of my closest friends, Amie Valpone (The Healthy Apple). This was a few years back and we were all in Santa Monica, California, at a food blogger conference where I was speaking. She was so generous to take us around town to explore tasty—and healthy—foods and fresh-pressed juices in the area. That’s why I’m so excited for all of her success and for her awesome new cookbook, The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!

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Shrimp Salad with Dairy-Free Caper-Lemon Dressing

Summer is flying by! I wanted to quickly share an easy, hearty shrimp salad with you. It’s based on one I had recently at a food shop in Brooklyn I like to check out every now and then called Bklyn Larder. To serve, just place the shrimp salad over chopped romaine or field greens.

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Creamy Dairy-Free Pesto

The secret ingredient to my creamy dairy-free pesto is…water. Years ago, thanks to my magazine test kitchen friends, I learned that water is often the solution to many cooking conundrums.

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Dairy-Free Pineapple-Cucumber Mint Cooler

Now that the warmer weather seems here to stay, I’ve started my annual rotation of what I eat. It’s just like rotating your wardrobe seasonally, I spring-clean my (and my family’s) breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. There are foods I start craving when it starts heating up, like juice, which has become one of my everyday, feel-good foods in the last few years.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Toaster Oven Cookie Crumb Apple Crisp

For as long as I can remember, apple crisp was our weeknight dessert—and my family (and I) couldn’t be happier! There’s just something about the warmth of apples spiced with cinnamon and topped with a crunchy topping that’s satisfying at the end of a long day. Lately, I’ve been playing around with the streusel. Instead of making the classic kind with my flour blend, I decided to switch things up and use cookie crumbs instead.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Turkey Veggie Meatloaf

My Mom is famous for her meatloaf. I should know. I grew up eating it at least once a week. It was, after all, part of her repertoire of revolving weeknight dishes. As a kid, I remember wondering why she always cooked up the same slurry of meals. Yes, every now and then, she would divert from her recipe rolodex and venture out into the unknown recipe world. But for the most part, she stuck to her tried-and-true plan.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Creamy Cocoa Nib & Almond Butter Smoothie

My kids are calling it a heat wave. We’ve hit the 80s here in Brooklyn. Crazy for this time of year. Now, there’s no denying the one thing that will satisfy me—this thick and creamy smoothie. It’s so good, you could even call it dessert. And making it is really as easy as putting all of the ingredients in a blender and blending until smooth.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Minestrone Chard Soup with Garlic Croutons

Where I live, in New York City, things are just starting to warm up. That’s why I wanted to get in my family’s go-to soup. It’s easy to make and relies heavily on what you already have in your veggie crisper and cupboards.

When I make the minestrone, I like to include at least one green—here, I use Swiss chard—and some fresh herbs. It gives the soup a bright flavor and pop of color. The garlic croutons add a nice crunch. So take the chill off the start of spring season with my hearty greens-and-beans soup.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Provençale Hot Pockets

Sometimes, I just need dinner to cook itself. Can you relate?

While takeout may be the norm in New York City, I prefer to cook my family’s meals from scratch. Occasionally, I get help from store-bought meal starters (like a gluten-free pizza crust or rotisserie chicken) or splurge for dinner at a favorite gluten-free friendly restaurant. After all, Moms have enough pressure as it is.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

What’s the one food that Isaiah misses the most? Bread, of course. Over the years, we’ve found some good store-bought loaves, but I’ve missed the smell of baking bread.

The truth: I wanted to believe that I could make anything gluten-free. That didn’t turn out to be the case—at least, not when it came to bread.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chili con Chicken

While chili may be the quintessential Super Bowl food, it’s my weeknight go-to recipe. I like to switch up the ingredients depending on what I find in my fridge, but I’ve realized through all of my chili incarnations over the years that simple is really better. The idea of easy and effortless is something that I’m trying to translate to my personal life, too. I want to spend more time living and sharing real moments than worrying about every little thing—especially when it comes to putting dinner on the table. Eat this cold-weather favorite with a spoon, in a crispy corn taco shell or piled high, Sloppy Joe-style, on a gluten-free bun.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower-Jalapeño Bisque

The weather in Brooklyn has been unusually warm for winter, but the constant clouds that keep the sun from shining still beg for closeness and comfort. For me, there’s only one food that can warm up my grey mood—soup! That’s why I always have some stockpiled in my fridge and freezer.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Bananas Foster Loaf Cake

People tell me all the time that they cook, but they don’t really bake. And, that baking actually scares them—gluten-free or not. As the rush of December sets into our daily lives, the only thing I consciously want to do is bake so I can feel that warmth that only baking (and cuddling with my kids) gives me. Before I develop new cookies for the holiday season, I just had to bake this banana cake. It’s my comfort food. I hope you’ll take refuge in it, too.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Carrot-Ginger Bisque

There’s a food co-op near our upstate New York home and even though it’s tiny, they manage to cook two soups a day. For months, I was obsessed with their carrot soup. Raw cashews were the secret to the creaminess that ultimately made this soup a bisque. Lime was the other curious ingredient that transformed an otherwise ordinary carrot soup into a must-have.

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Gluten-Free Pork ’n’ Applesauce with Hash Brown Waffles

Everyone appreciates getting in and out of the kitchen fast on a weeknight. Recently, I started blogging for the Food Network about it. The concept: First, I make a low-maintenance, basic recipe that I can keep on hand in the fridge. Then, throughout the week, I’m ready to get dinner done fast with easy mix-in mains.

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