The idea of going to a new restaurant the week that they open is exciting because you get to be one of the first ones to review it and make your own opinions without any preconceived notions. Restaurant reviewers, such as Yelp, can put you in a certain mindset about how you should feel about a restaurant before you even step through the doors and try the food yourself. That’s why I was eager to try a new restaurant that opened in our area because I was going into it with no opinions from friends, no harsh comments from yelp, and no idea what to expect… just a clean Read More
My daughter and I just finished a 10-Day Detox for the second time. We loved the results our first time around and wanted to give it a second go to see if anything changed. The first time we did the detox a year ago, it was a big lifestyle change from what we were typically used to. Not that we didn’t eat relatively healthy before, we just weren’t as familiar and knowledgeable about what we should be eating in comparison to now. During our first detox, the first couple of days were tough and we felt as though we had significantly less energy. The sugar and caffeine withdrawals were Read More
When teaching my cooking class today, the question was asked “if I could make three small changes after leaving here what would they be?”
My answer was try to eliminate, or at least reduce your intake of dairy and gluten and make your own dressings and marinades.
Gluten and dairy are the two most harmful food sensitivities. Many people don’t realize they have these hidden food sensitivities. They cause inflammation in the body, eventually leading to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the root of many diseases including; obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few.
Make your own marinades and dressings. The majority of Read More
You Only Live Once.
I was having breakfast this morning with family, wrapping up a wonderful weekend celebrating my sons 21st birthday. Every part of the weekend was fabulous minus how I felt this morning. I had indulged in things, laden with sugar and gluten, that I hadn’t consumed for a long time. Now if it was in moderation, I would have been fine. But it wasn’t. I started with a few beers at the Cubs game on Friday afternoon and it went downhill from there.
The weekend continued with truffle fries, cupcakes, more drinking, chips and salsa, more drinking and ended with the most delicious chocolate cake made by a Read More
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• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 10oz button mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
• 1 medium zucchini, grated
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 (28oz can) diced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• ½ teaspoon dried basil
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 2 bay leaves
1. In a medium stockpot add the ground beef and sauté over medium heat until fully cooked. Using a slotted spoon transfer the meat to a bowl leaving any Read More
Coconut curry sauce:
- 1 TBL oil (avocado)
- 2 shallots
- 1 TBL fresh ginger, minced
- 2 TBL red curry paste
- 1 -14 oz. can regular coconut milk
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 2 TBL coconut sugar
- 1 TBL chili paste
- 2 TBL fish sauce
- 2 TBL soy sauce
For the bowl:
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 TBL oil (avocado)
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 cup green beans, chopped
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- Cook quinoa according to instructions.
- Heat oil in large saucepan. Sauté shallots and ginger for 3 minutes.
- Add curry paste, coconut milk, sugar, chili paste, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil Read More
Today I conducted a lunch and learn for the staff at a low income housing complex. My agenda was to show how easy and healthy you can eat on a budget. Below are 2 meals we made and the cost associated with each. Both would feed a family of 4.
1 ¼lb lean ground turkey $3.29
1 large onion Read More
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 TBL tomato paste
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup cooked corn
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 1 (3.5oz) can chipoltes in adobo, minced
- 1 ½ tsp cumin
- 1 cup rolled oats, ground into crumbs
- salt to taste
- Place quinoa in a small saucepan along with 1 cup of water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
- Heat the oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 mins. Season with Read More
- 2 TBL olive oil
- 1 Cup quinoa, rinsed
- 3 Cups chicken broth
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Cups broccoli, lightly steamed and chopped
- 1 Cup cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4 mins.
- Add quinoa. Stir for 3 minutes. Add the wine until it’s absorbed. Next add 1 ½ cups broth until it’s fully absorbed. Add the last 1 ½ cup broth until absorbed.
- Stir in the chopped broccoli and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Serve hot.