Paleo Pancakes for One

One of the first things people notice about a Paleo diet is the exclusion of grains, a staple in many cultures. Although die-hard primal eaters would scoff at “fake” Paleo foods such as these modified pancakes, they are still delicious and a great way to satisfy pancake cravings while keeping blood sugar levels low and stable.

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Roasted Radishes with Browned Butter, Lemon and Radish Tops

Continuing on my expansion of simple cooking techniques, I decided to try two relatively new-for-me things: oven-roasting and browning butter.

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Pear and Kale Smoothie

I’ve had a couple people mention the kale smoothie post, and it tickles me. I guess I just became acclimated to eating them, so the green-ness is no longer strange. To be honest, I sometimes crave them and all their green goodness, like last week when I ran out of kale and was seriously bummed at the thought of “just” a berry smoothie.

When I originally wrote this in the spring, pears were abundant around Trader Joe’s (although not at the local market — only fruit available are still strawberries), so it must’ve be pear season somewhere? 🙂 Pear and kale make a particularly nice flavor combination, and the light-colored flesh of a pear allows the smoothie to stay bright, bright green.

I used a bosc, which I think might be my second favorite type of pear due to its sweetness, softness, and grainy texture. (My favorite being Asian pears! Although, are those technically pears?) It was nice and ripe, and I left the skin on (note that I gave it a good scrubbing and it also was organic). You can freeze your banana if you wish.

I had originally hoped to also include a chopped apple in this, but forgot. Whoops! I think the apple would’ve provided a bright spot to the flavor.

But after all this talk of fresh food, I have to say I’m not 100% virtuous. I did pair it with a chocolate cookie chaser (yes, this was breakfast)… They were made with steel-cut oatmeal, so, not all bad, right?

Pear and Kale Smoothie
Serves one


  • 1 ripe pear, chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 leaves of kale, chopped
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Additional sweetener, if desired


  • Blend

Kepong food market, Malaysia

Well hello there! I’ve been gone quite a while (three months, in fact). You know it’s bad when your dad starts dropping hints to start posting again 😉 This summer ended up being much busier than I expected, but so goes life. I have a lot of fun stuff to share, though, having traveled back to Asia and San Diego in my time away. Let’s jump right back in to new postings, shall we?

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