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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Author and certified nutrition consultant Diane Sanfilippo’s original book spent 97 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. Now,  she’s out with an updated version that has 40 all new recipes to help people live a healthy lifestyle. Sanfilippo shared two of her new recipes with FOX 4 on Thursday, Sept. 15. She also shared some tips for people who want to achieve  a healthier lifestyle.


Meatball Sandwich Burgers with Marinara


Growing up in an Italian New Jersey family meant eating meatball and eggplant sandwiches pretty often! This burger is a twist on those classics. It can easily be made without the eggplant if you want to simplify it, or you can make it more like a meatball parm sandwich by topping it with the béchamel sauce that’s in the 2nd edition of Practical Paleo.


PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOKING TIME: 20 minutes (not including portobello “buns”)

YIELD: 4 burgers



1 medium eggplant, cut into 8 (1/2-inch) slices

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt



3/4 pound ground beef

3/4 pound ground pork

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon granulated onion

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon almond flour

1 large egg



8 Portobello “Buns” (instructions below) or 8 large lettuce leaves for wrapping

8 large fresh basil leaves

1 cup pizza sauce or marinara (use a no-sugar-added variety), warmed

1 red onion, sliced


Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

Eliminating dairy can seem daunting when making desserts, but this avocado-based mousse is surprisingly easy to make and so delicious that you won’t miss the dairy one bit.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

YIELD: 2 servings


2 ripe avocados, cut in half and pitted

1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder

2 to 4 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk (use less milk if omitting the banana)

1 ripe banana (optional)

1 to 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup or softened honey, or to taste (omit if including the banana and it is sweet enough)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

Cacao nibs, chopped toasted hazelnuts, or unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish (optional)


Scoop the flesh of the avocados into a food processor. Add the cacao powder, coconut milk, banana (if using), maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt and process until creamy, whipped, and well blended.

Serve in two individual dishes or bowls. Garnish with cacao nibs (pictured), toasted hazelnuts, or shredded coconut.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender to whip the ingredients together.


NUTRITIONAL DATA (per serving)

Calories: 362

Total Fat: 26g

Total Carbohydrates: 39g

Protein: 6g


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