Category: Recipes

Here we will update you on all the newest (and best tasting) gluten free recipes for your low carbohydrate, gluten free diet. Just because you are experiencing gluten sensitivity, it does not mean you can’t enjoy some delicious brain food!

Some posts to get you started:
Calling All Gluten Free Recipes

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Cauliflower Mash

Easy and Delicious: Lemon Garlic Chicken over Cauliflower Mash

This is a terrific recipe for a great lemon chicken dish sent to us by Al Klapperich. Use free range chicken if available, and if you choose to add the dairy products, make sure to choose organic, again, if available. I am a big fan of cauliflower, not only because it is a brassica vegetable and therefore quite helpful in terms of detoxification, but because it is also a good source of prebiotic fiber that helps nurture your gut bacteria!


Why You Should Pick Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens are a member of one of the largest planet families, one that also includes daisies, sunflowers, and thistles. The health benefits of this plant have been documented as far back as the 10th and 11th centuries. Even today there are folk medicine claims about dandelion in terms of its ability to aid indigestion, purify the blood, and even help prevent gallstones. But dandelion greens are actually a really helpful food to add to your diet for a number of reasons. First, they are low in calories. One cup of chopped dandelion greens has only 25 calories. Additionally, they’re loaded with antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin A (beta-carotene).

Animal studies have demonstrated significant improvement in various parameters of blood lipids, and even atherosclerosis, as a consequence of receiving dandelion greens in their diet. Dandelion greens are also rich in minerals. Perhaps, most importantly, they are a very rich source of prebiotic fiber. It is, for me, this last characteristic, being high in prebiotic fiber, that makes dandelion greens such a compelling food. Continue reading

Grain Brain Cookbook Launches Today

Years ago, if someone would have suggested that I would someday write a cookbook, I would have scoffed at the notion. After all, my training in neurology focused on identifying diseases and utilizing pharmaceutical interventions in hopes of improving a patient’s health.

In fact, in my early years of practicing neurology, this is pretty much what I did. Nevertheless, I always found myself to be a little bit out of step with my peers in terms of how we approached patient care. Ultimately, I became extremely frustrated by this somewhat myopic approach, focusing almost exclusively on treating symptoms, while the cause of various diseases we were trying to treat remained off-limits to discussion, and even exploration.

The brain remained the last bastion of the dogma that lifestyle issues don’t matter when it comes to health. Over the past several decades the idea of a “heart smart diet” became very mainstream. Women were told to eat calcium rich foods as a way to stave off osteoporosis. But until very recently, brain health and brain diseases were not included in the lifestyle conversation. Continue reading

Food for Super Bowl Sunday

Are You Ready?

We’re just two days away from the moment when most American’s will start to bend the rules on those healthy eating resolutions: Super Bowl Sunday. There may be the Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham, and July 4 apple pie, but few holidays can match the sheer number of calories that Superbowl Sunday packs. From wings to steaks to fries, and a whole mess more, I couldn’t even fathom a guess at how many calories are going to be set out across our tables come Sunday.

Now, there’s surely nothing wrong with plenty of the dishes that’ll be served on Sunday (as long as that beef is grass-fed!), but there will be plenty of traps out there for those who have quit gluten and grains. For instance, if you decide to have a bunless burger, you’ll need to know to avoid ketchup as well (lots of gluten and sugar there). Consider unsweetened organic tomato sauce.  I thought that, since I’m always asked what can be served to make a dinner Grain Brain-friendly, I’d offer a few suggestions for what you can serve your guests this weekend: Continue reading


Calling all Gluten-Free Recipes!

Now that it has been two weeks since the launch of Grain Brain, my hope is that many of you have had a chance to thoroughly examine and digest the conclusions of the book, and are beginning to incorporate the lessons and suggestions into your daily lives. As you already know, a central part of doing so is changing your diet to be completely grain-free, as well as gluten-free. Certainly, there are plenty of resources available, both on the internet or in print, for gluten-free recipes. However, since we can’t eat grains on the Grain Brain diet, many of these resources fall short of the standards required for a Grain Brain-friendly meal. So, I need your help.

On this website, I’m trying to build a robust collection of recipes so that folks looking to go grain- and gluten-free have a valuable resource to turn to for meal ideas. Unfortunately, I can only come up with so many avocado or coconut oil-inspired dishes before I run out of ideas. That’s where you come in. If you’ve got a Grain Brain-friendly recipe idea, email it to me at Include all the pertinent information (ingredients, instructions, serving), and a photo wouldn’t hurt either. If it sounds tasty enough, I just may feature it on the website!