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Recipes for tasty healthy options

cookie bites

Mom’s Cookie Energy Bites

Mom’s Cookie Energy Bites

cookie bites ingredients

I have been craving my mom’s homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies lately.  I was going to make some energy bites and then I thought how can I make these a bit like my mom’s cookies.  Her  oatmeal cookies have chopped walnuts or pecans in them.  I got thinking – why not blend the pecans in my cupboard into pecan butter?  You must be able to.  Then it is just a matter of honey and oats, maybe some chia and ground flax seed and of course chocolate chips or, if you like, craisins.  Read More

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Gingerbread Energy Bites

Gingerbread Energy Bites


gingerbread bite ingredientsI have been in the mood for these energy bites for a while so this weekend I decided to go for.  They really remind me of the gingerbread cookies I used to make and they are such a healthy options.  The only sweeteners are dates and black strap molasses which is loaded with minerals and vitamins and much better for you.  They are moist and chewy and deliciously spicy without being overly sweet.  They are very satisfying and since they are filled with almonds and molasses they have protein, minerals and B vitamins.  So thank you to Tasty Yummies for creating this awesome vegan, grain-free treat.

Grain-Free No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Balls {Gluten-Free & Vegan}
makes 18-24, depending on the size


2 cups raw organic almonds, walnuts or pecans (I went 1 cup each of almonds and pecans)
6 Medjool dates, pitted
3 tablespoons unsulphered organic blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2-inch nub fresh ginger, peeled or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
dash ground cloves
dash ground nutmeg
pinch of sea salt

Put all the above ingredients in food processor and chop well.

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Gluten Free Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Gluten Free Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Last week I watched Martha Bakes on PBS.  I know why do I torture myself????

She was baking pies and made an amazing looking coconut cream pie.  I thought about that pie for a couple of days (actually I couldn’t get it out of my mind)  🙂  Anyway I thought…I bet I could make an amazing tapioca pudding that would be similar and much healthier.

coconut tapioca ingredients

So here is the recipe I concocted:

¼ cup maple syrup

5 T. minute tapioca

4 1/4 cup milk (this is one can coconut milk and the balance whole milk)

2 eggs

½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut Read More

sour cream gravy

Gluten Free Swedish Meatloaf

Gluten Free Swedish Meatloaf

I have adapted this recipe from my Betty Crocker meatball recipe that I used for years- I switched out the pork for pasture raised hamburger and cut back the salt a bit.  Also, I substituted the dehydrated mushrooms for the breadcrumbs.  This time when I was making this recipe I did not have an onion in my house so I used dehydrated onion flakes also.  This was so delicious.  You wouldn’t need the gravy, but for a special meal it is nice to do.  I have also made this as meatballs and baked them in the oven instead of frying on top of the stove.  No turning and watching constantly.  But I really like it as a meatloaf – saves time from shaping all the meatballs.  🙂

swedish meatloaf ingredients

Gluten Free Swedish Meatloaf



2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

3/4 cup dried chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup finely chopped red or white onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 egg



1/4 cup spelt flour

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 cups boiling water

3/4 cup sour cream


  • In large bowl, mix all Meatloaf ingredients until well combined. Press into loaf pan
  •  raw meatloaf
  • After baking for about 1hour at 350 degrees remove meatloaf from loaf pan cooked swedish meatloaf
  • and put drippings into skillet.

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chicken supper

Update on My Palate Cleanse

Update on My Palate Cleanse

The past few days have been difficult.  I did have to add in protein to my tomato veggie soup after the first day.  For lunch I added 1/2 cup of plain yogurt and for supper lean grass fed hamburger.  Just being real with you all and letting you know my struggles.  Today I had eggs for breakfast instead of the green juice.  Even though the sugars in the juice are fruit I really feel like it was too much sugar for my system and that adding protein is more important.  Every one is different and I know I would have a lot of difficulty with being a vegetarian.  🙂  I like meat.  I just like to make sure that whomever I am getting the meat from is raising their animals in a humane manner before their life is ended. Read More

veggie soup ingredients

Veggie Soup- It’s What is for Lunch!

Veggie Soup- It’s What is for Lunch!

veggie soup

Day two of cleanse and I am doing ok.  Yesterday started out with 16 oz of green juice, I am allowing myself organic coffee with some coconut milk also.  Yesterday’s lunch was homemade chicken veggie soup, snack of a pear in the morning, an apple in the afternoon.  Last night’s meal was brocoli, onion, chicken stirfry with mandarin oranges for evening snack.  Also, I drank a gallon of purified water throughout the day.  

Today starts the three days of green juice for breakfast and this lovely veggie soup for lunch and supper.  Snacks will consist of pear, apple, grapefruit or berries, depending on my mood and if necessary I will add almonds for some protein.   Read More

Leftovers for Lunch!

Leftovers for Lunch!

Last nights chicken is making a comeback in the form of a yummy and nutritious salad.  I love to mix it up on my salads- different greens, seeds and salad dressings.  The key is to not let it get too boring.

Today I am using spinach since it is already washed and I am crushed for time.  I have decided to make gifts for all my grandkids and kids this year and am not quite done!  Big surprise!  After Christmas I will post some of the things I have been creating but in case any of them are lurking here I shall have to postpone.  🙂 Read More

chicken brussel sprout supper

What’s For Supper?

What’s For Supper?

Since there are only two of us at home anymore I have really neglected cooking.  I like to make it simple, nutritious and delicious.  And when I make food I make enough for leftovers.  I really am not that crazy about cooking, but I really like eating.  🙂  chicken supper

So tonight we are having roasted chicken breast, roasted brussel sprouts and baked potatoes.  Leftover chicken will be used in salad for lunch and maybe a stirfry tomorrow night.   Read More

upside down pear gingerbread cake

Eat Gingerbread Cake

Eat Gingerbread Cake

upside down pear gingerbread cake

The book Eat Cake is probably not the best book to read if you are trying to improve your diet but we read it for book club and I really enjoyed the story. But be forewarned she does talk about a lot of different really yummy sounding cakes!  Really it was a story about how doing what you love can be a way to make a living too.  It was a fun story about a crazy family dealing with issues ranging from unemployment, dealing with aging parents and teenagers, and learning to believe in yourself.  I highly recommend it as a not too intense, yet thought provoking read.
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