how to make kitchen time fun!

With the holidays around the corner let’s make getting back into the kitchen FUN! To do that, and support clients on their road to health, I occasionally bring along my favorite chefs or culinary experts. Recently I began working with a dear client Gabby (pictured left) and culinary creator extraordinaire, Kelly Bock. Gabby wanted Kelly to help re-ignite her passion for cooking and teach her a few new tricks. Before Kelly became a wizard of a healthy food teacher, she was a student. Years ago, Kelly came to me with her husband to support him on his path of wellness. He ended up losing weight and feeling better, AND In the process, she lost a total of 13lbs and felt better than she had in years! Her back pain disappeared, her inflammation went down and she was able to work out at Cardio Barre, once again. In addition to getting her body back, she adopted the “clean and healthy” eating lifestyle and became a master in the kitchen – making delicious and nutritious gluten-free, dairy-free, and clean-ingredient healthy fare – which her whole family LOVES – even her two growing 10 & 13 year old girls. Today, I’m sharing two of Kelly’s recipes from our recent cooking workshops with Gabby. Both recipes are low in calories, high in nutrition and make a great accompaniment to your favorite meal or snack. Enjoy & Bon Appetit!

Kelly’s Cauliflower “Fried Rice”
I have not always been a cauliflower fan and my kids sure weren’t either. But this rice alternative so transforms the texture and flavor of the cauliflower, I now make it all the time to serve with stir fry or with a chicken piccata sauce. My kids pour soy sauce or tamari over it and happily eat bowlfuls!l! (xo Kelly)

2 bags of cauliflower florets (or 1-2 heads, cut into florets)
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T grape seed oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (omit if you don’t want an “Asian” flavor)
1 tsp each salt and pepper

Snip the corner off the bags of florets and microwave for 3 minutes until tender. (Or if you prefer, you can steam the cauliflower in a steamer over a stove.) Set aside and let cool. Meanwhile, set up a Cuisinart or other food processor fitted with the cheese grating tool. Once the cauliflower is cool enough to handle push the florets thorough the feed tube and pulse until the cauliflower is “riced.” In a medium sauce pan, heat the grape seed oil and the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add the cauliflower rice and saute for about 3-5 minutes. Season with a little salt and serve immediately. You can also add in cooked vegetables and protein, if desired, to make it a complete meal.

Almond Butter Sea Salt Cookies – GF
These cookies are absolutely delicious and you can feel good about eating them! They are a sweet and salty dessert or a perfect little morning bite running out the door! (xo Kelly)

1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One is the best.)
(You can also use 1 1/2 cups of Almond Flour in place of the gf flour above.)
1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond butter
1 cup good quality maple syrup or organic blue agave
1 tsp organic gf vanilla extract
1 tsp Maldon salt or other finishing salt
Optional Add-Ins: handful of dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs, dried unsweetened cranberries or cherries (Eden is my favorite brand), and/or your favorite nuts and seeds

Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine the gf flour, salt and baking powder. Mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond butter, syrup and vanilla. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Spray the baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Drop the cookies into loose balls on the sheet. Sprinkle with the Maldon sea salt. Bake about 10-12 minutes until just firm. Cool and serve. (adapted from, It’s All Good, cookbook)

After trying these recipes, let me know how you like them. AND if you’re ready to “get your spark back”, lose the weight or learn more about creating your own personalized cooking workshops, I invite you to email me at I’m here to support you with lots of simple, fun and effective ways to look and feel your very best all year long!!

Here’s to happy days!

With love, peace & healthy fare,

xo Marlyn

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