Avocados are a super nutrient dense food and guacamole is a delicious way to enjoy it. Avocados contain 20 different minerals and vitamins, and all authorities agree that avocados contain healthy fats.
Hamantashens are a traditional cookie shaped in a triangle, like Haman’s hat, made for the festive minor Jewish holiday of Purim. Haman is an evil character from the Purim story, read on Purim from a special book called the Megillah. The fillings for this cookie vary, including poppy seeds, cherry, apricot and strawberry fillings. Prune is a family favorite of ours. Recipes abound for these delicious cookies, but after much experimentation I have recently settled on this recipe, They can be enjoyed year round and several Jewish delis and bakeries bake them all year. They are always made at this time of year, during the holiday of Purim.
You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this delectable treat. My close Christian and Muslim neighbors and friends have looked forward to Purim and enjoyed these delicious cookies, along with our family over the years! It is like a super mini pie cookie, loved by all. I have made changes to make this recipe as nutrient dense as possible. Hope you enjoy them! Continue reading
Liver provides a powerhouse of nutrition. It is one of those foods that you like or hate. I have learned to like it, since discovering the amazing health benefits of liver. I have also spent time experimenting with several recipes to make a good chopped liver. My husband and friends love my chopped liver dish. Unfortunately, I have been unable to entice my children to eat liver. If I had started making this when they were younger, it probably would have been easier!
On warm winter nights home made vegetable soup is especially enjoyable. It is a delicious and an easy way to add healthy vegetables to one’s diet. It can be enjoyed as a main meal or side dish. Adding meat broth will increase the nutrition of this meal. Chicken broth can be saved and frozen from chicken crock pot meals, to be used in this recipe. See Simple, delicious crock pot pastured chicken for an easy recipe. Continue reading
I 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
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
Coming 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
Years 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
I 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
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