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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Banana Oatmeal Muffins (gluten free)

A quick and simple breakfast muffin that’s perfect for any busy morning. This Thursday, however, I’ll be serving them as a light breakfast before Thanksgiving appetizers and dinner (gotta save room for pie!) They’re simple to make the night before and ready to eat by morning. I have to tweak the recipe for Miah who […]


  It was a happy day when we got to take Miah’s feeding tube out! It’s like she was never even sick. She looks and acts healthy and happy again. Although I’m rejoicing a big part of me is still on high alert. Watching as the immune suppressant medication takes effect to calm her immune […]

Honey Caramel Hard Candy

Honey caramel hard candies remind me of simpler days: horse drawn carriages, petticoats, and books that were only read on paper – never on a screen. You may decide to go a little Down Town Abby with your Halloween costume after making a batch. Whatever they remind you of they’ll take care of your sweet […]

Italian Lentil Soup With Meatballs

With a single day of cool breezes summer was blown away and autumn took it’s place. Alex has laughed at me since we were dating about my love and over-anticipation that comes with each change of season. But in all honesty, fall is my favorite….or spring…no, it’s fall for sure. Oh, but the first snow […]

3 Natural Ways to Manage Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural and helpful response to injury or illness. Basically, it means that the body is alerted to a problem and sends reinforcements via added blood (and white blood cells). However, when inflammation becomes chronic then it begins doing more damage than good. Doctors and researching have been working on new ways […]