This past weekend I brought home a bag of apples from the Farmer’s Market only to discover I had a bag of apples sitting on the counter. Homemade applesauce it is! I don’t really know how to make applesauce, but figured that it couldn’t be too hard. I knew that I wanted to use my crockpot and minimal ingredients, so … Read More
Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots
When I think of green beans during the Holiday season, I always think of that green bean casserole with the cream-of-whatever soup with the crispy french fried onions on top. Besides green beans and onions, you also get a good dose of GMOs and MSG. Yum. This year, why don’t you make over your green bean casserole with a dish … Read More
Fermented Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce…a ubiquitous condiment on most holiday tables. It seems to pair so well with the usual holiday fixings…turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes. Everyone helps themselves to a small amount of cranberry sauce, but no one ever really seems to love it. Wait until they try this recipe for fermented cranberry sauce! I was honestly a little surprised by … Read More
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Every year, my husband and I give a Holiday goodie bag to our friends and family. The bag always includes homemade salsa, but each year I like to add something different. Last year I decided to prepare a Homemade Vanilla Extract. Locating a homemade vanilla recipe online was simple. There are many tutorials to choose from. All it took was … Read More
Butternut Squash Gratin
I can not believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I feel like the school year just started. Where does time go? I have begun to brainstorm my menu for our Thanksgiving feast, as we generally host for a small group of family. This fabulous butternut squash gratin will definitely be a new addition to the table this year! I … Read More
5 Reasons to Ditch the Sports Drink plus a Healthy Alternative!
Ask any athlete what their go-to product for electrolyte replacement is and I guarantee that almost everyone will say Gatorade. Or Powerade. Or any other -ade product. The marketing campaigns of these products has been quite successful. While most people think that sports drinks are doing their body a favor, in reality these “aids” are doing more harm than good. … Read More
Lacto-fermented Pineapple Papaya Chutney – a delicious digestive aid
Adding fermented foods to your diet has many health benefits, including making food more digestible, increasing vitamin and enzyme content of the food and increasing good bacteria in your digestive tract. They are very easy to prepare at home. An easy and delicious way to get fermented foods is by making this pineapple chutney recipe, which is an adaptation of … Read More
How to Make Fermented Foods
Culturing or fermenting foods is a way of easily preserving foods and at the same time encouraging the growth of good bacteria (probiotics) which have numerous health benefits. Some of the benefits of consuming fermented foods are restoring proper balance of bacteria in your gut (should be 80-20 ratio good-bad; most of the time is not due to our SAD … Read More
Healthy Granola Bar
I love the convenience of a homemade granola bar. It can be wrapped up and thrown in a bag, it is is fully customizable, and they can be made for pennies. I can get 16 to 20 granola bars per batch (depending on how thick I cut them), so they cost a fraction of store-bought versions. Even more appealing is … Read More
Ditch the store bought Mayo!
If you happen to be a newbie in the Real Foods arena, one of the simplest things you can do is to make your own condiments. Personally, I started with Mayonnaise. By mastering the basics (homemade broth, dressings, sauces, marinades, condiments, etc) you set a great foundation from which to build your healthy kitchen. When I cleaned out our kitchen … Read More
The Bugs in Your Belly
As I have said previously, I just completed the Certified Healing Foods Specialist course from Immunitrition in September. The course was packed full of great information that I can not wait to share with all of you. I am going to start a series on the importance of maintaining the balance of bacteria in our gut and the benefits of … Read More
Who Likes Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Better yet – who likes soft, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies? I do!! I really, really do. Ever since I ditched the Tollhouse recipe, I have been searching for a version that tasted like Tollhouse, but had better ingredients. Above all, it had to be soft. I didn’t want a cardboard cookie that tasted like wheat. Here is my answer, … Read More
Homemade Bone Broth – A Lost Art
In Traditional Societies all around the world, bone broth was a common kitchen staple not only because cultures wanted to use every bit of an animal, but also because broths are a nutritional powerhouse, full of minerals and micronutrients essential for good health. These days, when people think of broth, they think of the carton on the shelf at the … Read More
My Frappuccino Protein Smoothie Recipe
Frappuccino Protein Smoothie Recipe There are lots of ways to add protein to a smoothie but often I like to add protein powder to my smoothie after a hard workout. It is something I do and feel is important for my recovery. One day I had a little coffee leftover from my morning cup and I came up with this … Read More
Dilly Carrots – How to Make Pickled Carrots
I just love pickled foods. So does my family. Pickles, in particular. My kids would eat an entire jar of pickles if I let them. There is just something magical about the combination of salt, dill, and garlic.
What the Heck is Beet Kvass?
Beet Kvass Recipe Very simply, beet kvass is a probiotic beverage made from beets! It can taste salty and sour, or mild and earthy. From what I have read, this particular tonic is an acquired taste. Yet, this particular food has mystified me, so much so that I had to try it.