I’ve been cooking up a storm lately… And so I cook soup. I want bone broth and veggies and cheese. I want warm and creamy and soothing. I can’t really ask for a better soup than this to settle in and cozy up with: a creamy broccoli-cheese soup that is nothing like the gloppy, gooey mess you pour out of a can.
Remember the old days when the boss and his wife were invited to dinner? Do people still do that — the cute apron/high heels/pearls thing? The children behaving perfectly. Flowers from my garden gracing the table. In my world, I’d serve this roasted chicken and heirloom carrots for dinner. And when you have the boss (or the pastor or the new in-laws) over, don’t tell them this took you just 20 minutes of hands-on time, deal?
There’s just something about opening a can of spaghetti sauce… Said no one ever. Every household needs a recipe for homemade marinara sauce because it’s such a staple ingredient in many of our Italian-American dishes, such as spaghetti and lasagna. And nothing out of a can or a jar even comes close to tasting as delicious as what you can make in your own kitchen. Can I get an amen?
Like many other old favorites, I learned to re-create On The Border’s chicken tortilla soup, using fresh, organic veggies, traditionally prepared rice, and nourishing bone broth. Re-creating restaurant favorites is an easy way to save money and eat healthier.
There are a handful of bloated, emotional, crampy, hormonal, eat-an-entire-bag-of-Oreos days that lead up to and include the first couple days of the blessed arrival of dear Aunt Flo. I call this the “Best Period Drink Ever” because it brings menstrual relief and balance like nothing else can!
More spice than banana, this quick bread recipe not only makes two(!) loaves, it is also prepared with ancient einkorn wheat and then traditionally soaked to reduce anti-nutrients and make the bread more easily digestible for your tummy.
This Dairy-Free Maple, Cinnamon, and Orange Spread captures Fall’s favorite flavors! Use it as a glaze for grain-free cakes, as a spread on toast, as a fruit dip for apples and pears, or drizzle it over some healthy muffins!
Coconut cream pie is The Hubs’ favorite dessert. The best pie, he says, hails from a tiny place known as Tina’s Cafe in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Every time he eats a slice — about once a year — his eyes roll back into his head and he enters a euphoric state. With no refined flour or sugar, no margarine, and no boxed pudding mix, this Paleo Coconut Cream Pie is lightly sweetened and full of nourishing fats.
You see, I have something to confess (and it’s a little embarrassing): We’ve been married for almost 13 years, and I’ve never made him a coconut cream pie. Pretty sad, huh?
Honestly, I was fairly certain I didn’t like coconut cream pie. And yes, that’s a pretty poor excuse for never making it for my hubby. I might still have made it for him a long time ago, except that we discovered Tina’s and I was sure I couldn’t compete. All my searches for a whole foods recipe turned up nothing. I had to create my own recipe. THIS coconut cream pie has nothing to hide — no white flour, no refined sugar, no boxed pudding, and no margarine. In fact, if you make a coconut flour or almond flour crust, it’s totally Paleo! Enjoy the benefits of pastured egg yolks, gut-healing gelatin, healthy fat, and coconut in this decadent, but not-too-sweet pie.
Coconut butter is nothing more than the pureed meat of dried, unsweetened, shredded coconut. It’s a versatile staple with tons of healthy fat and lauric acid from the coconuts. Store-bought coconut butter costs a fortune, but you can save a ton by making it yourself, at home, in 5 minutes! Here’s how!
I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.
This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!