Happy Liver Tea

Recently I introduced a new routine to our nightly schedule - Happy Liver Tea. We live in a world full of environmental toxins. In fact, during a recent thermography the nurse practitioner detected an increased level of estrogenic activity in my breasts. Excess estrogen theoretically should be eliminated by the liver, unless the liver is already overburdened. This was disappointing to me as I am already eating a clean diet, avoid using harmful products on my body, and even doing daily detoxes. But I can’t afford giving up, so I’m now going an extra mile with a few new routines. This tea is part of that. I made up the name in the hopes of sending good vibes to the most important filtering organ in my body. I love sipping on it in bed while I am curled up with a good book or my new writing project. It has two [...]

March 14th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Carob Peanut Butter Bars

I recently found out that I’m struggling with fibrocystic breasts during a thermography exam, so I’ve been avoiding caffeine and chocolate because they can exacerbate the problem. Finding out that you can’t eat chocolate anymore sucks. But let’s face it: I’m a chocolate addict, and if you’re like me, you might think that giving up chocolate forever is a non-option. But I have some good news. You can replace chocolate with carob powder, which has no caffeine, is full of healthy nutrients, and is basically just as delicious! Studies even show it to be good for digestion and soothing to upset tummies. So I came up with these Carob-Peanut Butter Bars to satisfy my chocolate tooth. Working great so far - maybe too well! Ingredients 1 cup of creamy peanut butter (or almond butter) ½ cup of carob powder ¼ cup of raw honey, or less depending on how sweet [...]

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Probiotic Sauerkraut & Kielbasa Potato Soup

First off, I apologize for my less than stellar photo for this recipe. This was my third bowl and I snapped it with my phone hurriedly because I couldn't wait to slurp up the sour broth and chow down on the meat and potatoes. Reasons I make this soup and you should to: It's cheap. It's nourishing and warm, great for cold weather. You can make it in 30 min. It will make your gut happy because its full of probiotics and broth Of course, I made it for about twenty people so I was working with a big pot. And when someone my size works in a commercial kitchen and has to stir a big pot of soup, this happens. If you want to know more about my living arrangements you can read them here. Don't worry, I reduced the quantities for you so this recipe will only make about 8 servings! Ingredients 1lb of smoked [...]

February 5th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

Are you dairy free? What if I told you that this holiday season you don't have to skip the mashed potatoes? Becoming dairy free has been a lot harder for me that being gluten free. I miss raw milk, a good slice of gouda, and buttery sauteed vegetables. But most of all, I missed mashed potatoes... for a while anyways. Imagine my delight a few months ago when I, feeling a bit experimental, decided to throw in some avocado oil with my boiled potatoes and mash 'em up. I was scared it would taste too strongly on potatoes, like coconut oil does for me (this was before I really fell in love with avocado oil). But the mild nutty flavor wasn't overpowering at all. In fact, it was quite complimentary. Since then I have made many bowls of inhalation-worthy mashed potatoes, and nowadays I don't even give a second thought to my husband's bowl full [...]

November 24th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Avocado Pear Smoothie

"Ewww, what is that?" Ian, my housemate, is not impressed by my concoction. The rest of my housemates eye it suspiciously, but don't say anything. I take the first sip while they all watch me shaking their heads. "This is delicious guys! I swear! Who wants to try it?" "Sure why not." Nick takes a sip."Mmmmm, that's actually not bad! What did you put in this again?" Not everyone in my house has embraced a whole foods diet, because many of them have the misconception that healthy food is bland, or worse, tastes bad. Thus, many of my recipes are viewed skeptically, especially when they're green. Honestly, I don't blame them - I used to think the same thing about eating healthy. But not anymore! I've learned that the healthiest food is by far the most delicious if you learn to read the signals your body is giving you accurately. In this case [...]

April 8th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Heavenly Oatmeal

I was never a big fan of oatmeal. It just never tasted good to me. I love my eggs and bacon in the morning, but sometimes you just don't have time for it. Since my recent dietary changes and my (hopefully) temporary lactose intolerance, I had to give up things like my jar of whole milk for breakfast on the run. That's when I rediscovered oatmeal, but with a twist that makes it just heavenly, and oh so healing for your digestive tract. The secret, as usual, is in the toppings ;) I know, I know, its a lot of carbs and sugar. So I don't eat this every day and if I'm going to, it better have some good fats - coconut oil is a great candidate.  Raw honey and freshly crushed peanut butter or almond butter are great compliments. Don't knock it till you try it. For a [...]

January 26th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Round Up

I didn't grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, but I have learned to really love this holiday since I made the US my second home. I love the turkey, the stuffing, the salads, the desserts, but above all I love the fellowship and the opportunity to give thanks and express gratitude for the precious people in my life.  Still, food is important and nutritious food cooked from scratch is something your body will also be thankful for during the holidays. So let's forget store bought stuffing, cans of mushrooms soup, the bags of chips and make some real food for the holidays! Tell me you don't want to make all of these dishes for Thanksgiving!?They are all gluten free and will turn your table into a symphony of colors. If you are having a smaller Thanksgiving or the idea of preparing a whole turkey is overwhelming , this easy to make delicious recipe for [...]

November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Sweet and Spicy Carnitas Tacos

This last weekend I went to an herbalism conference and had the honor of listening to the author of this book speak in front of more than three hundred people. My girlfriend and I were sipping one some herbal tea when we got a whiff of something delicious from a cart called Gastronomad next door. During the break, we ran outside to try what ended up being some out-of-this-world tacos, made with fresh local meat and produce from inside a little van. When I got home I described them to my husband; then I mentioned them before we went to bed; and then I described them again to him when we woke up; and then later while we were eating breakfast. Clayton, being the good man that he is, drove to the butcher shop, and came back with a pork shoulder. When he saw my confused face he said "We are making those [...]

August 12th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Kefir Cheese Suspended in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Has your raw milk ever turned sour? Perhaps you left it out for too long and it separated? It happens. The bad news that it probably tastes too strong to drink (unless you are my dad -  he drinks soured milk, old borscht, and stale bread. Yea, my dad is cool like that.) But don't throw it out! Your milk hasn't gone bad, it has simply changed forms. Now is your chance to make some delicious homemade cheese. In Moldova, I learned to make this particular cheese at a very young age. Unlike other cheeses, its quite simple and the only thing it absolutely requires is a jar or two of raw milk. We often use it to make various cheese-breads, spread it on toast, or even feed the chickens with it if it's too sour for us! Yes, little chicks love this simple cheese. When I began making this [...]

July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Raw Coconut Energy Bites

Yesterday the early sun light found me curled up on the couch under a mint green blanket reading a massive nutrition textbook. After several hours of reviewing materials I promised myself a treat to help me stay focused  so I dragged myself to the kitchen in search of something to feed my brain; something containing glucose paired with some good, stable fats for a slow absorption. After staring at my refrigerator shelf for about ten minutes I moved on to the pantry, scanning all the shelves and grabbing out random little goodies. The results of my little expedition were these amazing treats which gave me plenty of brain power to keep studying and ace my test ;-) Ingredients: 1 cup pitless dried medjool dates, find it here 1 cup of dried cranberry   1/4 cup of cacao, find it here 2 tablespoons of  chia seeds, find it here 1/2 cup of [...]

June 27th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |6 Comments
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