Home made, gluten free organic apple pie

applepieI rarely make home made apple pie, but I am moved to do so on Thanksgiving and other special occasions. I use a recipe very close to my mother’s recipe which serves as a nice reminder of my mom, whose sweet memory I carry with me. I use less sugar than the original recipe and play with the crust, using a gluten- free crust which seems to vary a bit each year. I usually serve it warmed with home made vanilla ice cream. It is definitely a family favorite in our household. Continue reading

Delicous Real, Raw Vanilla Ice Cream

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Ice cream is loved the world over for its sweetness and creamy, cool taste.  Vanilla ice cream is a favorite dessert in our home. We enjoy it alone or occasionally combined with other sweets like warmed home made apple pie or gluten free brownies for an extra decadent treat. If I am in the mood for chocolate, I may add raw organic chocolate syrup to my ice cream. (Wilderness Family Naturals has a chocolate syrup with the cacao left intact.) Raw cacao is extremely high in anti-oxidants. Occasional desserts as part of a well balanced diet are acceptable and can be enjoyed on special occasions.

Ice cream made with real, nutrient dense ingredients is probably one of the healthiest sweets around. Continue reading

Simple, delicious crock pot pastured chicken

October 2014 photos 028Coming home to the delicious aromas of food cooking in my crock pot is a treat. The added bonus is the simplicity and time saved by using my slow cooker. Plus, slow cooking is an excellent way to preserve the nutrients of  foods. When food is cooked on high heat, toxins are created and food becomes less healthy. This recipe is so simple, it almost does not seem like a recipe. There are only 5 ingredients.  Continue reading

Drink Your Real Milk with Your Chocolate

local raw milkChocolate can be enjoyed in moderation, especially if it is dark, organic chocolate. Washing it down with real, raw whole milk will add tremendously to its health benefits. Enjoy both without any guilt. Real milk has healing powers, along with raw cacao. To learn more click on the articles below. Continue reading

Health Benefits of Interval Training Exercise

runner at Creve Coeur LakeExercising is an important part of prevention and good health. In my guest blog today for Kelly the Kitchen Kop I share information about the tremendous health benefits of intensive interval type exercise to increase lung and heart capacity. Interval training also reduces insulin resistance and helps to lose weight. Continue reading

Spicy Pakistani Spinach Potatoes

Summer 2014 471Years ago my good friend Shane taught me how to make this dish at her home. She estimated her ingredients when she cooked, but tried to help me measure the portions. Shane is an excellent cook and I had the pleasure of enjoying many of her home cooked foods over the years. Shane’s spinach potato dish became a family favorite and many friends have enjoyed this side dish, as well. My children used to refer to the dish as Shane’s potatoes and would often request that I make it. You may adjust the ingredients and spices as desired. I tend to use more spinach and less potatoes. As many traditional recipes do, this recipe uses many healthy spices such as cumin seeds, tumeric, sea salt and crushed red pepper. Continue reading

Traditional, Gluten Free Pasta Con Broccoli

Summer 2014 437I once avoided pasta with rich cream sauces due to my misinformed fear of healthy fats. Now I embrace these foods made with traditional fats.  I use the best ingredients I can find and usually serve with a fresh garden salad and baked wild salmon. Pasta is high in carbohydrates, which can convert to sugar and fat, but the fat in the cream and butter helps to balance this out. By serving with a protein like salmon, the meal becomes balanced and healthy. Try and find tomato sauce or paste in a glass jar to avoid the leaching of chemicals in cans caused by the acid of tomatoes. Continue reading

Delicious, Simple Seasoned Salmon

seasoned salmonWild salmon offers many health benefits including omega 3 rich fats healthy for the heart and body. It provides protein rich with amino acids good for mental health.

One of my favorite fool proof recipes is baked salmon seasoned with organic butter, sea salt, black pepper, thyme and lots of basil. I make this weekly due to its simplicity, health benefits and delicious taste. It goes well with a variety of side dishes including soups, salads, vegetables and pasta. Continue reading

Why Grass-fed Meat is Better for Your Health and the Environment

images (32)For centuries, cows and chickens were raised outdoors on pasture, enjoying sunshine, clean air and their natural diet of grass and insects. These animals were healthy, enjoying the outdoors. Humans who ate their meat benefited from a nutrient-dense food high in healthy fats, proteins and vitamins. Continue reading

Easy, raw breakfast smoothie

th (100)This is one of my favorite smoothie recipes. I make it frequently when I am in a hurry and take it to go for breakfast, eating in the car. I know it is better to enjoy and eat food slowly, but when in a rush this smoothie provides nutritious fats, protein and vitamins to start my day. It can easily be eaten as a snack or for a healthy lunch, as well. Continue reading