Melissa-profile This is more than just a recipe blog. I am not a chef. I am a mom of four children, one of whom has an autoimmune disease, wife of a Crossfit junkie, and healthy food lover. I love learning about and cooking new, healthy and delicious food. This is simply me sharing the ways I take care of my family by being aware and mindful of the food I feed them and as a result making lots of Gluten Free & Paleo Recipes by Melissa.

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Peach Freezer Jam {No refined sugar & No pectin)

Where I live there isn’t a whole lot of agriculture left. That isn’t just due to expansive population or the withdrawal from living off the land. It also has lot to do with the desert climate. However, what is left are small family owned peach and pecan orchards and a few other similar farms. So, […]

Frozen Yogurt Slushy

I couldn’t resist sharing this fun and yummy summertime treat. One hot afternoon, with the kids all clamoring for a cold treat, I decided to let them be creative and make their own (instead of packing everyone into the hot car to buy something full of sugar). I definitely acted as director on this project […]

Roasted Artichoke with Tarragon Garlic Butter Sauce

A cool spring rain storm came through the other night and made everything outside perfectly fresh and clean. I’m pretty sure heaven smells like the desert when it rains. It seemed like just the right time for nibbling something savory and simple. I just so happened to have some fresh artichoke that were just waiting […]

Beet & Carrot Coleslaw {No Mayo – Dairy Free Option}

“Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets” – Tom Robbins Good advice right there my friends. Now that we’re back to the weeks of outdoor barbecues, picnics at the park, potlucks, and other such get-togethers, it’s time to really enjoy the colorful bounty that the garden can provide. This Beet and Carrot Coleslaw is […]

Spring Cleaning Your Digestive System

We all love a good spring cleaning, right? I’ve been on a minimalist cleaning spree lately. Getting rid of things I don’t love or need is my new hobby. Letting go of junk and non-essentials, and overall doing a deep clean just lightens my load, helps me be more productive, and seriously reduces anxiety and stress. […]