Ask Leanne_ Case for Butter

The Case for Butter

I get a lot of emails from people who are, understandably, nutritionally confused. How do you decipher the claims of some of these things? The biggest question I get is regarding the butter/margarine debate. Check this out: Dear Leanne, I’m confused. You say I should use butter instead of margarine because margarine isn’t real food. I heard you say it …

Ask Leanne_ Keto Complicated

Ask Leanne: Why does keto have to be so complicated?

Unbelievable–that’s exactly the difference between a keto diet (all the rage!) and our own Hot Melt Diet. Yesterday I explained the difference between a keto diet and a paleo diet (because you ask me that all the time, LOL!!) And now I think it’s important to explain the difference between a standard keto diet and our own, Hot Melt Diet. …

Ask Leanne_ Keto vs Paleo

Ask Leanne: What’s the difference between Keto and Paleo?

I get asked this question. All. The.TIME! So I thought I would spend a little time giving you the major differences, plus a recipe to help you see (and taste) a GREAT recipe! First of all, a ketogenic diet is a diet that is higher in fat, lower in carbs and protein. The paleo diet is a grain free, dairy …

My Friday Favorite: Food Containers!

Believe it or not, this is one question I get asked all the time–what containers should I consider for my leftovers?   I get it because I am always dealing with leftovers myself–I LOVE leftovers because they are the magical beginnings of a new creation or else, just a glorious recap of the night before’s dinner. Either way, I’m good …

Back to Basics_ Kitchen Knives

Back to Basics: Kitchen Knives

One of the most overlooked techniques in cooking has to do with using a knife. A lot of people use the wrong knife for the wrong job. Not only that, but they cut inefficiently and don’t give technique its proper due, creating a much longer prep process than necessary. The fix? Use the right knife for the job and know …

A Romantic Dinner at Home

Date night doesn’t always have to mean finding a babysitter and making reservations at an expensive restaurant. That’s nice to do once in a while, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a date night in on a regular basis. Feed the kids early, put them to bed and prepare a romantic, candle-lit meal for just the two of …

Snacking Keeps You Fat

Snacking keeps you FAT!

One of things I used to promote was eating 5-6 small meals a day–that’s right, you just kept that jaw chewing and your body in digestive mode pretty much all day. Well guess what? It doesn’t work! As a matter of fact, it’s ruinous to your health and will keep your blood sugar levels perpetually up (that means your pancreas …

Paleo Tahini Pumpkin Pie and Maple Cardamom Coconut Whipped Cream

You can’t have the holidays without pumpkin EVERYTHING!! But for those of us trying to stay away from dairy, gluten, and refined sugar – the holidays can feel like the 7th circle of hell – running into temptation at every corner! So after some recipe testing, we finally found a delicious holiday classic that’s actually PALEO APPROVED!!! May we present …

Savory Fall Soup Recipe: Coconut Pumpkin Curry Soup

Savory Fall Soup Recipe: Coconut Pumpkin Curry Soup

Pumpkins for everyone!!! That’s how I feel when I walk into a store and I eyeball a gorgeous array of pumpkins of every persuasion! I want to open my arms like Maria in The Sound of Music and twirl in the middle of store–yes, pumpkins are my fall spirit animal (gourd?). Decorating for fall is a ritual of sorts–first the …

Paleo and Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte “PSL” Recipe

  Fall is in full swing and we’re not above loving that infamous “basic” beverage that explodes EVERYWHERE this time of year: the sweet and spiced PSL (aka: Pumpkin Spice Latte). Since the Starbuck’s version, that must be credited for bringing this drink such fame, is sooo full of sugar and other mysterious-not-good-for-your-poor-body ingredients we decided to take matters into …