Classic Dishes You Should Master

Here’s my personal list of classic dishes—popular in the U.S.—that I think you  need to know how to cook. With time, it’s fairly easy to tweak traditional recipes to your tastes and dietary needs.

BREAKFAST 

Blueberry Muffins
Buttermilk Pancakes
Crispy Waffles
Eggs Benedict
French Toast
Soft-Scrambled Eggs & Oven-Baked Bacon

QUICK BREADS

Buttermilk Biscuits Two Ways
Skillet Cornbread (Southern-Style)Read more

Spiced Moroccan Stew (Harira)

Spiced Moroccan Stew (Harira)
This is a wonderful stew with complex layers of flavors—in fact, it’s now on permanent autumn/winter rotation in my home! For a vegan version, use vegetable stock, skip the chicken, and use a coconut-based yogurt.

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)
3 stalks celery, diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
3 large carrots, … Read more

Individual New York Cheesecakes

These are so delicious that you might be tempted to eat two—which I recommend!

Individual New York Cheesecakes
Yield: 12 servings /  each serving = 254 calories, 5g net carbs

CHEESECAKE
16 ounces organic cream cheese, room temperature
2 large organic eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup organic sour cream
1/4 C. Swerve + 1/2 tsp. liquid stevia
1/4 teaspoon sea … Read more

Mushroom-Broccoli Pot Pie

This pot pie is a savory addition to a vegetarian autumn or winter table.

Mushroom-Broccoli Pot Pie
Yield: 4 servings // per serving: 388 calories, 9g net carbs

2/3 cup chopped onions
2/3 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3-1/2 cups whole small mushrooms
4 teaspoons dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 … Read more

Middle Eastern Spiced Cauliflower with Eggplant

This dish is aromatic and delicious, but it has a lot of steps. It’s easier—for me, at least—to prep the chicken, cauliflower-rice, and vegetables on Day 1, followed by browning the chicken, roasting the vegetables, and cooking the dish on Day 2.

Need to lower the carbs? Skip the cauliflower-rice and save 4.5g of carbs per serving. Vegetarian? Swap canned … Read more