Category Archives: Recipes

Suped Up Trail Mix

I’ve just returned from a beach vacation on the coast of North Carolina with my family.  I never bank on eating airport food when I fly because there’s rarely any real-food options.  So I always come prepared with lots of snacks and a packed lunch, if necessary.  The snacks I brought on this trip areContinue Reading

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Summer Walnut Pesto

Every summer, at the very least, I grow basil.  There is just nothing like homemade pesto.  I harvest it a few times during the season and each time make a big batch of pesto.  I then freeze it in ice cube trays for quick and easy use in recipes all year long.  This pesto recipeContinue Reading

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All-Natural Mosquito Repellent

Last summer, I was visiting a friend and one evening we decided to take a walk down to the creek near their home.  It was hot and humid and there was no shortage of mosquitos.  As I retrieved my homemade mosquito repellent, my friend’s husband proceeded to spray down their young daughter with a bugContinue Reading

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Best Ever Kale Chips

Best Ever Kale Chips

Every time I offer someone some of my home made kale chips, the reaction is the same.  With the first bite, their eyes get big and you can see the pleasant surprised look register on their face.  And then they pretty much can’t stop eating them.   I can’t say that I blame them becauseContinue Reading

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Grilled Lemon-Pepper Chicken with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa

A couple weeks ago, I posted a recipe for using the yummy flavor powerhouse, lemon zest in this Lemon-Pepper Spice Rub.  This week I’ve got a recipe for you to use the spice rub on chicken and top it off with a delicious pineapple salsa. Here’s a fun fact about pineapple: Pineapple contains a digestiveContinue Reading

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Nutritious Nori: Not Just For Sushi Anymore

Nori is a sea vegetable.  You know the one that comes in square sheets that they use to make sushi? Eating sea vegetables is a great habit to get into.  They deliver concentrated nutrition.  That is, a high percentage of micronutrients in relation to number of calories.  Compare that to say, a bag of DoritoesContinue Reading

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Make Your Own Mayonnaise

Since I have not yet found a mayonnaise on the market that doesn’t contain those processed polyunsaturated oils, I make my own and it’s pretty easy.  You will need something like a blender.  I use my mini food processor.  This recipe comes from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, which has been a mainstay in my home andContinue Reading

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Most store-bought ranch dressing contains significant amounts of bad-for-you processed polyunsaturated fats not to mention thickeners and preservatives.  Making your own is easy and delicious!  Try this recipe: 1 garlic clove green part of one scallion 1/4 c parsley leaves 2 teaspoons dried dill 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 cup plain yogurt 3/4 cup sourContinue Reading

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When Life Gives You Lemons….

  Zest Them!!! Did you know you can make a lot more than lemonade out of those lemons? What about the lemon rind?  Do you use it?   The yellow rind or zest, as it’s called in cooking, packs a powerful lemony punch.  You can use a zester (pictured) to remove it in tiny littleContinue Reading

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Make Your Own Coconut Milk

Making your own coconut oil is easy, cheap and healthier than buying it from the store. Many brands of coconut milk add thickeners like guar gum or are packaged in BPA-lined cans.  Coconut milk makes a great alternative to dairy or overly processed soy or rice milks. 4 cups water, heated, but not boiling 3Continue Reading

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