Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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Green Beans and Carrot Subzi

You know the typical grandmothers. They bend over backwards to make their grandkids smile. I know grandmothers who travel hundreds of miles to get that best gift for the kid. I know grandmothers who choose a larger car — so that the kids can have a place to sit when they visit those few times a year. I know grandmothers who will learn a new language in their golden years so that they can communicate better with their grandkids. I know grandmothers who will create a storm of cooking in the kitchen at every whim of the kid. I know grandmothers who will scold the kid’s parents for being “too hard”.

Since I have zero experience in being a grandmother I really can’t tell you what makes them do this. It’s odd – but boy do I relish in this love!

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Lentil Spinach Soup

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I know this is going to sound really geeky but for most of the year when I was on SCD I maintained an excel spreadsheet to monitor my recovery. Well, at the time it was to monitor my sickness really. Once I decided that what I ate was affecting me for better or for worse, I knew I had to track what I ate. It was a pretty simple spreadsheet:

Recently I had a reader reach out to me about starting SCD. She asked me what I ate during the first week. Many of you are thinking — just do what the book says! Well, its not so simple if you’re vegetarian. Yup, I did SCD diet while being primarily vegetarian. Anyhow, since it’s been quite some time since I started SCD, my memory on it was pretty bleak. Luckily I still had my spreadsheet and could tell her exactly what I ate and the recipes that went with it!

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Soft Almond Flour Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

What a crazy busy month it’s been. The first week of June was super busy with me releasing a bunch of new features for Velvet Aroma along with doing last minute stuff to be prepared for speaking at BlogHer Food. After I came back, I had friends visiting me from Australia for a week. These friends are extra special to my husband and myself. So we decided to dig deep into our energy reserves to show them around Tahoe and San Francisco. I think I haven’t done as much in such a short period of time since my early 20s. Which I’m not even close to any more. Then this week has been extra busy with work.

It took me all of this week to get to a point where I wasn’t waking up feeling groggy. If this is what getting “older” (note: not old) means, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be needing to go to bed at 8:30pm soon enough. I’m still a bit overwhelmed and am constantly feeling like I forgot something. And most of the time I have actually forgotten something. Like one day I drove all the way to the office to realize that I had left Read More

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Creamy Tomato Soup Without the Cream

Sick, stuffy and sluggish – that pretty much describe me right now. I think I have the flu. Ugh. But .. but!! The benefit of being sick is that I get to drink lots and lots of soup. It’s one of my favorite stuff to make and eat (even when I’m not sick). And it’s also one of the few food items that soothes me when I’m not feeling well. Especially creamy soups. It’s quite literally comfort in a bowl.

One unique thing you’ll notice about this tomato soup is the inclusion of Calabash. Calabash is a popular squash in India. It’s known regionally as “Lauki” or “Dudhi”. I generally eat it diced and cooked in Indian spices. In this recipe I use it as a thickener. It’s what makes this soup thick and creamy without the need for any cream. I can hardly stand diary when I’m seriously sick. So it really is a perfect recipe for this week! Also I think it’s more nutritious than using cream or a thickener like corn starch.

Until recently, I only could find this squash in Indian grocery stores. But since last year, I’ve seen it at Whole Foods quite regularly. Read More