Black Bean and Lime Tostadas

This is my go-to quick and tasty lunch lately.  It’s super quick to make and deliciously satisfying. Sweet corn kernels hidden in the masa flour compliment the spicy black bean topping. Red cabbage adds delightful crunch and cilantro, a potent detoxifier, pulls the flavors together.   A squeeze of lime and a dollop of sour…

Grain-free Harvest Spice Muffins

Can a muffin be grain-free and still be a muffin?  What if it is also sugar-free, dairy-free and egg-free? Does it even matter if it tastes as good as these? Well, “What the heck is in it?” you might be asking.  Plant-based protein, healthy fat and lots of goodies like apple chunks, raisins and pecans. …

Really Good Late Summer Salad

Potatoes and fat green beans from the garden.  A silky chive vinaigrette.  The saltiness of two kinds of olives.  This salad is just perfect. Fold in a little leftover cooked salmon or a few hard-boiled eggs for protein.  All layered over a bed of green leaf lettuce.  You can add a handful of tomatoes and…

Super Seed Cycling Smoothie

  Seed cycling is a natural, healthy way to help the female body to balance hormones and promote fertility.  This smoothie is a delicious and easy way to make seed cycling a part of your daily routine. Hormones need healthy fats to develop and function well in our bodies.  Fat-free diets or diets low in…

A Close Look at Gluten

Why Should I Avoid Gluten? Gluten is a tricky food protein.  You may have symptoms that seem totally unrelated to food – such as hot flashes, joint pain or anxiety, and the symptoms may occur hours to days after eating it.  Until you remove gluten from your diet, you can’t really know for sure the…

What Diet Should You Follow: Paleo, Keto, Vegan?…

Here is my short answer – any of them and none of them.  There are two main things that all popular (and effective) diets have in common: 1.) They eliminate highly processed food. 2.) They are all are great for some people, but not one of them will work across the board for every person….

Being Good, Looking Good or Feeling Good

There is a problem with making lifestyle changes, such as cleaning up your diet or starting an exercise program when you are trying to “be good” or look good”.  What’s wrong with this?  Well, let’s look at these motives a little more closely. “Being Good” – this motive has to do with feelings of shame…

Breakfast Peach Crisp

A sweet peach crisp healthy enough for breakfast, made with fresh, local ingredients!  These peaches were gathered fresh from the branches of a nearby orchard. I must have eaten more than a dozen right off the branch while I was picking.  There is nothing like a sweet, soft, sun-warmed peach!  You cannot bite into it…

Forbidden Rice and Coconut Mango Parfait

This idea is a spin off of a Jamie Oliver breakfast recipe that I came across.  Forbidden rice, or black rice, is a rich source of antioxidants.  This recipe is sweetened only with fruit, which provides ample vitamins and minerals as well as a delicious taste. Topped with shredded coconut and macadamia nuts, this parfait…