End of Season . . . Strawberry Salad to Apple Crisp

Submitted by: Ruth Mooney This week I had an opportunity to take advantage of the exit of summer with a strawberry salad. Greens, goat cheese, pecans and strawberries….dressing optional?  Splash a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a Fig infused vinegar mix and you have a tasty meal in a flash! But secondly, I enjoyed…

Succulent Sweet Potato Fries

Submitted by: Ruth Mooney This is a delicious side or snack. These sweet potato fries are best served hot from the oven. I took it right out of the cookbook: “CLEAN FOOD,” by Terry Walters (p 166) 3-4 sweet potatoes 1 TB extra virgin olive oil 1 TB balsamic vinegar 1 TB maple syrup 2…

Millett Herbed Casserole

This herb casserole can be ready in under 30 minutes and is bursting with flavor! Millet Herb Casserole 3 C millet, rinsed (I use Bob’s Red Mill Millet) 1-2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced 6 C boiling water 2 tsp salt 2 bay leaves 1 tsp oregano, basil, and thyme 1 tsp granulated onion 2/3…

Easy to Make Homemade Granola Bars

Inspired by the Minimalist Baker, here are some very healthy granola bars.  Start with 5 ingredients, then let your imagination go wild.  My new test kitchen baker ~ Ruth ~ used raisins, cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and mixed nuts.  Serves: 10 bars Basic Recipe for homemade granola bars 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)…

Weight Loss – Eat Less; Why So Hard??

Why is it so hard to eat healthy? Or, how about just trying to eat less?? Here’s my story.  Hungry . . . past lunch time and knowing that I was not going to make it until dinner, let alone late afternoon, I stopped by a favorite deli.  Tired of salads, the deli special showed…

Oatmeal Peach Cobbler Gluten Free

I bought peaches at the orchard and left them in my car for a day.  As I result, I had a whole bag of ripe goodness that I needed to use up. I was inspired by this cobbler recipe from nourishingmeals. com.  You can substitute any other fruit for the peaches. The original recipe called…

Sugar Naturally – ReThinking Our Way of Eating

Our last discussion took place around sugar, and I posted this picture. Taken from an excellent presentation from Huffington Post that depicts visually the amount of sugar most Americans should eat in a day yet the average is 19 teaspoons or more! Big disparity between 19 and 6. In other words, women eat more than triple the…

Grilled Mahi Salad w/ Mango Salsa

Yesterday I talked about a mango replacing chocolate cake.  While that may be stretch for some, I encourage you to try it, and work on replacing a whole food filled with sweetness, instead of inhaling that chocolate whatever:  cake, candy, cookie laced with refined sugars and oils you don’t want to enter your body. Consider this, how do…

Mangos Versus Chocolate

At a recent family gathering on the lake, I realized that it can be tough to eat healthy.  So many bakery choices brought in the house;  like cookies, chocolate chip banana bread, chocolate almonds, cinnamon rolls with frosting, etc.  Once I get started on these sugar coated goodies, it is so hard for me to…

Why Am I NOT Losing Weight?

You hit a plateau, the weight loss is stalled or maybe you are gaining weight even though it seems as though you’re doing everything right, like choosing healthier foods, limiting fast food, etc. Out of frustration you ask yourself, why am I not losing weight? Can we be honest?  Please, think portions!  It may seem like…

Soar with Black Rice – Try One New Food a Week

Are you ready to spread your wings but not sure how to get started? How are you doing with your health goals?  Are you wanting to soar to healthy success, but just not sure how to get off the ground? Here is a suggestion: Pick ONE new food a week that you have never tried before;…