Our favorite muffins

By |2019-02-25T22:49:33+00:00February 25th, 2019|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, Paleo, SCD|

The past three weeks have brought the most intense weather I've ever seen in the Seattle area in 20 years. We've had multiple snow events that have cancelled schools for almost two weeks and our garbage finally got picked up for the first time in three weeks! There is still about six inches of snow [...]

Refreshing cold summer borscht

By |2018-07-10T04:02:11+00:00June 14th, 2018|Autoimmune, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, low FODMAP, Paleo, SCD|

Finally! Summer is trying to make an appearance in the great PNW. I say "trying" because after a wonderful few weeks of hot and sunny weather it has started raining a lot again this week. But this is a mere passing trend and I know that the wonderful sunny weather will return soon. With the [...]

Easy beef stew for all with autoimmune, low FODMAP and SCD variations

By |2018-02-26T23:22:10+00:00February 26th, 2018|Autoimmune, Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, low FODMAP, Paleo, SCD|

By Ella Elman and Bianca Gomez On a cold and rainy day in February, there’s nothing better than a bowl of something delicious and comforting. Beef stew is a warm and hearty meal that’s sure to take the chill off even the toughest winter days. This dish is filled with a variety of veggies, tender [...]

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

By |2018-02-18T23:12:22+00:00December 16th, 2017|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, low FODMAP, Paleo, SCD|

Shepherd’s pie is comfort food at its finest. With its savory mixture of sautéed veggies, browned meat, and spices topped with a creamy layer of mashed veggies, every bite is a warm and soothing experience. This is especially great for those chilly days in December, when a warm bowl of something delicious is just [...]

Chicken kabob recipes

By |2018-02-18T23:12:54+00:00October 1st, 2017|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, low FODMAP, Paleo, SCD|

Chicken kabobs are not only delicious and easy to make, they are also highly versatile! You can use various marinades to jazz up your kabob to create new and interesting flavor profiles. The below kabob recipe can be easily customized to your taste preferences by simply adding or removing vegetables. If you are on the [...]

Simple Roasted Veggies for Every Season

By |2018-02-18T23:14:04+00:00April 25th, 2017|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, Paleo|

There's nothing as satisfying or easy to make as a giant tray of roasted veggies. This is one of my favorite dishes that goes well as a side to almost anything and is also easy to freeze! The secret to making a really great medley is to use as wide a variety of vegetables as [...]

Gratitude and sweet potato brownies

By |2018-02-18T23:20:53+00:00November 24th, 2016|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, Paleo|

The holidays are definitely my favorite time of the year. In particular, it is a traditional time to reflect about all the wonderful things in our lives that we are grateful for. Gratitude is a big part of my life. I believe that we need to be grateful each day for something beautiful in our [...]

Hearty vegetable chicken soup

By |2016-10-26T00:09:46+00:00October 26th, 2016|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, Paleo|

It's that time of year again when germs seem to be running rampant and we begin to think more about protecting ourselves from illness. Proper, frequent hand washing and staying away from sick people are both good steps to staying well. Our favorite immune boosting trick here at The Secret Ingredient is consuming nutrient dense, [...]

Bone Broth

By |2018-02-18T23:33:21+00:00September 27th, 2016|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, Paleo|

Article by Alyssa Jackson and Ella Elman) Bone broth has gained huge popularity recently in the paleo and natural health community. It may seem like a trendy, recent concoction but it's actually anything but. Humans have been cooking bone broths and stocks for thousands of years. In the spirit of consuming every part of the [...]

Mason Jar Salads

By |2016-09-14T03:35:00+00:00September 14th, 2016|Cooking tips and recipes, dairy free, egg-free, gluten free, Paleo|

If you're like most everyone else, you might feel guilty about your lack of veggie intake. Days filled with work, kids, and chores galore can leave you reaching for some sort of quick processed food instead of vegetables. One of our clients introduced us to mason jar salads, a cute concept that we fell in [...]