Food and Recipes

Homemade Healthy Dog Treats

Homemade Doggie Banana Cupcake Treats

These are the most delicious, homemade dog treats that your dog will ever taste! They are sugar-free, grain-free, and contain no artificial sweeteners whatsoever. Many of the items in these nutritious... »

Quick and Healthy Cookies

Chocolate Chip and Chia Seed Cookie Recipe

“I’m not a vegan but sometimes I cook like one.” These easy to make, light and airy cookies make a great breakfast or snack food. They fill you up and provide fiber, protein and a bunch of nutrients. ... »

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How to Make Watermelon Pickles

Pickled watermelon rind adds a new twist to many a dish! This article gives you key tips for making the best watermelon pickles eva! !UPDATE I ate 3 of these jars alone last week – glad I gave a... »

healthy macaroons recipe

Healthy Coconut Macaroons with Flaxseed

In my quest to make healthy lunchbox treats I created these flax seed-based coconut macaroons! They are barely sweet and my kids love them. This recipe makes about 108 small, 1-inch bites that fit int... »

kale chips

Take the Gas Out of Kale Plus Kale Chips Recipe and More

Why is it that sometimes the healthiest foods are the gassiest foods? Kale, kohlrabi, broccoli and Brussels sprouts should have warning labels – something like, “Eat too much of this and y... »

how to candy fruit

5 Simple Steps to Candy Grapefruit Peel

To candy orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, the trick is to boil the peels first to remove bitterness. This step is critical to create yummy, gourmet, bittersweet slivers. You’ll need: 4-5 grape... »

Homemade pesto with walnuts basil and herbs

Homemade Pesto with Walnuts, Basil, Sage, Oregano and Garlic

Looking for a new way to use your herbs?  A fresh take on pesto?  Something you can serve with pasta, crusty bread, salad or all those wonderful heirloom tomatoes? Try this nutty pesto recipe with a m... »

how to cook quinoa

Quinoa Recipes and Ideas

“Keen-wa” is easy to cook! Prepare it like rice. Vegetable broth or stock of some kind in place of water enhances its nutty flavor significantly. It needs to be rinsed before you do anythi... »

Themed Fruit Salads – A Simple Way to Celebrate any Special Day

Themed Fruit Salads – A Simple Way to Celebrate any Special Day

Some of the best birthday and father’s days end up being the most simple. Instead of buying him  gadgets and trinkets to store on the shelf we executed an idea from one of the kids: “Let&#... »

How To Make Pumpkin Crisps, Fries, Roasted Seeds and S’mores!

How To Make Pumpkin Crisps, Fries, Roasted Seeds and S’mores!

This season I’ll be experimenting with candied pumpkin rind! I’ll post my results soon. Also see my other post that shows you pictures and tips for 11 Fun Pumpkins and Winter Squash. Learn... »

how to make fried stuffed squash blossoms

Stuff those pumpkin blossoms for a gourmet treat!

Don’t let those male flowers shrivel up before you have a chance to convert them into a gourmet treat! The farmers market had beautiful, huge squash blossoms for sale but they were $4 each ̵... »

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

It’s fun to rev up traditional recipes and this one for zucchini bread gets a health boost from flax seed and other natural ingredients, plus a pleasant kick in the zuke from dark chocolate. Whe... »

YUMMY Ginger Snap Cookies with Flaxseed

YUMMY Ginger Snap Cookies with Flaxseed

Let these ‘in your face’ ginger cookies snap back at you! Lots of ginger and spices leave an impression you won’t forget. Not passed down from Grandma (we love you Grammy), we used o... »

Roasted Chickpeas – Way Easy and Chock Full of Protein

Roasted Chickpeas – Way Easy and Chock Full of Protein

A crunchy, satisfying snack food that’s got plenty of vitamin B-6, protein and fiber. More often than not, our kids don’t get enough protein to ward off hunger, repair damaged tissues and ... »

cooking with herbs

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Herbs

Herbs are fun to experiment with and we hit a home run with these homemade pretzels. Click here for a printable recipe using no herbs. Makes 16-24 pretzels, several pretzel sticks and a dozen small pr... »

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes. Use school colors for the icing on top. For the graduation cap, use mini peanut butter cups. Small graham cracker squares (you may have to trim a rectangular piece) make a... »

Herb and Lemon Scones

Herb and Lemon Scones

When I can’t get my favorite scones from Petite Madeline Bakery in Oceanside, CA, I resort to a good alternative. Chopped fresh borage leaves melded perfectly with lemon zest for a light and moi... »

Blue Hake with Fresh Lavender and Thyme

Blue Hake with Fresh Lavender and Thyme

Our “recipic” for Herbed Blue Hake highlights how ground mustard seed and peppercorns are combined with lavender, thyme, onion, garlic and olive oil to produce a highly aromatic herb mixtu... »