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Recipe: Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

These gluten free banana muffins are so good! The pecans offer a nice alternative to almond flour recipes, although almond flour can be used. My daughter and I made these together and ate them for breakfast for a week! I buy bananas weekly and freeze what we don’t eat, so these will definitely be a staple in our kitchen!

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Thai Curry Black Bean Noodles

Bean Noodles

Bean noodles are very high in protein and fiber. They are a great alternative to traditional gluten free pastas, which are usually made from corn, rice, and soy. The black bean noodles taste like traditional pasta to me, and this recipe has the perfect sauce for them. The dark color of the pasta goes well with the bright color of the sauce.

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Ground Turkey Recipes

Ground Turkey Recipes

These ground turkey recipes obviously cannot be done vegan, but I prepare them gluten free and organic. All three recipes are very popular with adults and kids! They are easy to prepare, great recipes for the holidays, and they may turn into your family’s favorite dinners all year long!

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Recipe: White Bean and Escarole Stew. High in vitamins A and K.

White Bean Escarole Stew

This stew is great year round, but especially yummy in the winter months. Escarole is a variety of endive that is slightly less bitter. It is high in vitamins A, K and folic acid. The great thing about this stew is that you pretty much throw everything in the slow cooker and let it cook all day!

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Vegan Creamed Spinach. Green nutrition in one “creamy” serving.

Here is a delicious vegan creamed spinach recipe. Nothing compares to eating raw greens, but there are qualities to cooked greens that are very healthful and that wouldn’t be obtained by eating them raw. Sometimes I just get a craving for creamed anything, and this way I can get a ton of green nutrition in one “creamy” serving! This vegan creamed spinach makes a great side dish for any occasion. Enjoy!

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Apple Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

Apple Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

A friend recently sent me this apple oatmeal muffins recipe to make for her for a party. The muffins do not take long to make and they are delicious. They contain no granulated sugar or flour, and the ingredients can easily be substituted to meet your individual needs.

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Raw and Vegan Goji Berry Bites

Goji Berry Bites

These vegan goji berry bites are quick and easy to make, and high in protein and antioxidants. We have many informative posts about these magical berries. Just type goji into the search box on this blog to learn more! Cashews and sunflower seeds are rich in the minerals copper and magnesium. Store these goji berry bites in the refrigerator and eat often!

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Gluten Free Coconut Drops

Gluten Free Coconut Drops

This gluten free coconut drops recipe was adapted from a traditional recipe Karen shared with us from Trinidad & Tobago also known as Rock Cakes. Traditionally, these “cakes” are served in the morning with coffee or tea. This version turned out more like thick cookies. They are not too sweet and can also be prepared using an egg substitute.

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Smoothie Recipe: Berries and Greens and good for your Belly

Berries and Greens

This berries and greens smoothie has a thin consistency, which is a nice change of pace. I added the honey because all of the ingredients were “unsweetened”. If you are trying to reduce sugar consumption, just eliminate the honey. When it comes to getting family members, picky eaters, or newbies to smoothie making, to drink concoctions like this, adding raw honey or dates can help ensure it will be consumed!

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Corn and Green Bean Sauté

Corn and Green Bean Sauté

This corn and green bean sauté is an easy dish to prepare, and it makes a great side to any type of protein source. The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it can easily be made all year long. This original recipe was created with fresh corn and green beans from the farmers market this past summer, but high quality fresh or frozen varieties will sauté up nicely anytime of the year.

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Recipe: Winter Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds. Loaded with B vitamins, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc.

Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to this winter squash soup not only as a thickener, but for their health benefits. They are loaded with all of the B vitamins and also contain other essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, and iron. Additionally, they are a well documented source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for growth and development, and also benefits the immune system, and speeds up wound healing.

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Seafood Recipe: Pistachio and Matcha Encrusted Cod

Seafood Recipe

Seafood has been controversial in recent years due to possible contamination and over fishing/environmental issues. It is always smart to check the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website before buying any type of fish. The Seafood Watch program is made up of a team of scientists who research government data, journal articles and visit fisheries and farms themselves.

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Starfruit Upside Down Cake

Starfruit Upside Down Cake

There are several versions of this starfruit upside down cake floating around the Internet. The one I created is gluten free and can easily be prepared vegan by using an egg substitute. The coconut oil goes well with the tropical star fruit, and the cake turns out very moist!

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Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie

Chocolate cake batter smoothie

Yes, you read that right! This was just a random combination of ingredients I threw together one morning, and I was pleasantly surprised when the first sip I took tasted like chocolate cake batter! It has been decades since I have tasted actual chocolate cake batter, so maybe I am delusional. But no matter what you want to call it, it was delicious!

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Ragout

Vegetable Ragout

This vegetable ragout is an easy side dish to put into the slow cooker on a Sunday to have a vegetable dish throughout the week. Use whatever vegetables you may like, the heartier the better! I included the Outer Spice blend that we reviewed on the blog for this recipe.

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