Humble Homemade Frittata

I love quiches... the crispy, buttery crust, the creamy filling, the savory aroma...  Then one day I discovered that gluten upsets my digestion, and my love for quiches... continued, except that I stopped eating them. I just longingly watched and smelled them from a distance. For a while, I tried to just scrape the filling out, but somehow that wasn't as satisfying. Then one day I decided to just make a quiche with no crust (in other words, a frittata), and add potatoes as a starch. The results were delicious, and I never went back to craving quiches, except maybe sometimes, when I smell that buttery crust ;-) This is one of our favorite make ahead breakfasts/dinners. It's easy to make, cheap, and nutritious. Today I made it right before I went to work, stuck it in the fridge, and had my husband place it in the oven when he [...]

June 21st, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |1 Comment

Homemade Tooth Paste Recipe

  Three years ago I threw away my conventional tooth paste and started my epic search for an effective alternative. Why? You will find the long answer in Nigel Ramiel's book Cure Tooth Decay and Weston Price's Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I can give you a short answer here. Conventional tooth paste is loaded with sodium flouride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, and dye. You can click on the links I included to find out what and how many side effects they have. For example, according to the environmental working group: Propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. It is rated a-4, which is categorized as a “moderate” health issue. It has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption. It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans as low as 2% concentration, while the industry review panel recommends [...]

June 5th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |37 Comments

Primal Goat Cheese, Spinach and Pumpkin Salad

This is a dish I came up with one day by accident. I had a butternut squash that was going bad and some spinach that was slightly wilted. We all get pretty creative when we are hungry and processed foods and flour are not an option! I find that this salad is great as a side dish for dinner or as the main option for your lunch. I do both and it never fails to satisfy me. It is super simple to put together but it sure looks gourmet - my friends are always impressed when I make it even though it takes me no time at all ;)   To continue reading follow me on the Grass Fed Girl's blog where I am guest posting this recipe. I am honored to be featured on the Grass Fed Girl's blog. She is a blogger I admire and a dear friend and [...]

April 29th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Gluten Free Brownies with Dairy Free Whipped Cream

Brownies were not something I grew up eating in Moldova. I was a freshman in an American college when I had my first brownie and I just about melted on the floor. It was so sweet and chocolaty. It didn't take long before I was making brownies from the box while munching on cheetos at one o'clock in the morning. I really lived it up in college. Once I began my journey with whole foods and healthy eating I stopped making brownies from the box. At first my brownies where made with organic unbleached white flour and organic white sugar. Then I made the next step and replaced the white sugar with raw honey. The final step came when I discovered that I am sensitive to gluten thus I had to replace the white flour to almond flour. This is a recipe that I have made for a couple of [...]

April 20th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Drinking Broth Recipe

I love homemade chicken broth. I add it to soups, gravies, vegetables, rice, and really anything else that is simmering in my kitchen. Chicken broth does not only make all our food burst with flavor but it is extremely nutritious and healing. However, when it comes to drinking straight chicken broth, I am not a fan. Not in this universe. I am aware of its many benefits so I WANT to WANT to drink broth. One reason I am adamant about introducing more homemade broth into our diet is the wealth of nutrients it contains, like: amino acids, calcium , phosphorus,  glycosaminoglycans, and gelatin, to support our joints and immune system, heal our gut, and maintain a good hormonal balance. The Coconut Mama has a great article on the benefits of bone broth here. Here is my dilemma: to me, chicken broth by itself smells and tastes too much like a cup [...]

March 26th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

Homemade Probiotic Borscht Recipe

The Elusive "Sour" One of the foods I miss the most from back home is homemade, sour borscht - a dietary staple unique to Eastern Europe, in particular to Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and parts of Russia. The essence of "borscht" in these countries is not beets, as it is commonly associated with, but rather the "sour" we add to the bone broth base. The "sour" - tasting almost like a combination of sauerkraut juice and kombucha - is made by old grannies in clay pots with fermented wheat germ, fresh well water, and a variety of esoteric herbs. It is a quite involved process, and most younger women don't have the patience or knowledge to ferment it properly. I have been trying to get a starter going for a while, but besides simply lacking some of the skills and expertise, I am missing many of the herbs that my grandma used to add to use. A Suitable Substitute? [...]

February 28th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Valentine’s Day Cake Recipe

Looking for a delicious, gluten free desert for Valentine's Day that is not full of food dye, sugar or white flour? Here is our one of our family's favorite cake recipes, with bright pink frosting made from beet juice and sweetened with raw honey and maple syrup. This recipe is not original; it was inspired by the book Make It Paleo, which I absolutely love.  But since this is what I make on all of our special occasions I decided to share the step by step recipe with you. Ingredients Cake Batter 7 farm fresh eggs 3/4 cup of warm coconut oil  (find it here) 3/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 maple syrup 1 tsp baking soda One pinch of sea salt (find it here) Frosting: 24 ounces of cheese One beet 1/2 cup of raw honey Directions 1. Combine all the dry ingredients together and then add in the eggs [...]

February 13th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Real Popcorn Recipe

 I love pop corn. I will choose a bowl of pop corn over sweet treats or desert almost any day. It is my favorite comfort food. But let's face it: pop corn is not very nutritious. It's mostly empty carbs. Has that stopped me from eating pop corn? No. Has it made feel guilty? Yes! So I have been trying to find a way to make my bowl of popcorn more nutritious. If you love popcorn as much as I do, yet feel guilty about eating it, here is a way to turn the empty calories into an explosion of immune boosting nutrients by adding coconut oil, nutritional, yeast, and Parmesan cheese. The coconut oil will provide you with medium chain fatty acids that will boost your immune system, help you loose unwanted weight, (source) support your cardiovascular health, (source), and support your glucose levels.Parmesan cheese will provide you with [...]

February 10th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Easy Homemade Raw Greek Yogurt

Interested in making your own Greek yogurt from raw milk? Well here is a recipe so easy that the yogurt practically makes itself! I have spent a lot of time feeling discouraged by rather involved yogurt recipes. This is not one of them. Here is a list of things you will NOT need: a yogurt maker a cheese thermometer a special yogurt culture ... I know, right? Ingredients Half a gallon of raw milk, or however much yogurt you want to make Two tablespoons of your favorite plain Greek Yogurt Directions 1. Pour the raw milk in a pot. 2. Place it on the stove on low heat. 3. Warm the milk over the stove till it reaches about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You can heat it up higher, but you run the risk of pasteurizing the milk. I don't know about you, but I am not interested in eating pasteurized yogurt. Read more [...]

February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |32 Comments

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Working full time and being a student and a wife keeps me pretty busy. So when it comes to making dinner, I try to choose easy and nutritious, but inexpensive meals that both my husband and I can have for lunch the next day. Shepherd's Pie sometimes gets a bad rap, but we have found that doubling the meat, using less potatoes, and using a healthy serving of grass fed butter, fresh rosemary, farm fresh raw eggs, and raw milk help make this typically bland dish burst with rich flavors. In fact, we have made this recipe for company and it has even become a frequently requested meal train favorite. The peas and the corn give it a sweetness that makes little ones ask for seconds and thirds. This particular pie was taken to a dear friend who recently had a baby. Another added bonus to this particular recipe is [...]

January 18th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |9 Comments
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