Tag Archives: All Natural

Mostly Vegetable Smoothie

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve just been making the same ole things over and over. But with the advent of spring, warmer temps, budding trees, I’ve felt the desire to start making new things in the kitchen again. So, with that, I give you this mostly vegetable smoothie. It’s a perfect way to “detox” from all the heavy winter foods. This is one of those recipes where I just dumped ingredients in and took good notes.  And it turned out great! You need a high speed blender to get a really smooth texture for this surprisingly delicious … Continue reading

Make Your Own “Canned” Salmon

If you ever prepare salmon patties or a salmon loaf the recipe almost always calls for canned salmon.  I don’t know about you, but I find canned salmon really gross.  There is black skin in there and bones and you have the added worry of the can being lined with BPA and it is likely not wild caught. So I set out to see if I could make it myself!  And I like to share easy cooking tips now and then.  Follow the pictures below to see how it’s done. First, buy a package of wild caught salmon fillets.  The … Continue reading

Make Your Own Almond Butter

Making your own almond butter is as simple as 1-2-3! Seriously, this isn’t even a recipe. Throw some almonds in a food processor, turn it on, and in about 5 minutes you have almond butter. Smooth, creamy, and only one ingredient. No oils, no sweeteners, (none needed, really), good for you almond butter. I had been buying oven roasted almonds at Aldi assuming they were cheapest there. It turns out that Trader Joe’s oven roasted almonds are 8 cents an ounce cheaper than Aldi. Go figure. Then I checked Sam’s Club and, yes, per ounce, they are 5 cents cheaper … Continue reading

Almond Meal vs. Blanched Almond Flour

Many gluten free bakers and Paleo diet followers use blanched almond flour in their baked goods. I always find this intriguing, but also cost-prohibitive as blanched almond flour is expensive. Blanched almond flour is almonds without their skins ground up into a fine flour. Almond meal is ground up almonds with their skins on and is a course meal. There is a difference in how the two perform and usually cannot be used interchangeably. Almond meal is $5.99 for a 16 oz. bag at Trader Joe’s. Almond flour usually runs around $13-15 dollars for a 16 oz. bag. I recently … Continue reading

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

If you are a fan of food blogs, I’m sure you heard mention of high-speed or high-powered blenders such as Vitamix, Ninja, or Blendtec by now. I’ve finally joined the ranks and I am not looking back! Never will I go back to a standard blender again! My high-speed/powered blender can obliterate anything! In mere seconds. Take this blueberry smoothie for instance. (Yes, the picture isn’t great….I had to take a picture of leftovers and before it got gobbled up). In a regular blender, blueberries do not get completely pureed and you are left with chunks of blueberry stuck in … Continue reading

Eight Ways To Flavor Your Drinking Water Naturally

Water is the best way to stay hydrated. After all, the human body is comprised of almost 60% water. But don’t reach for those sports drinks or flavored water beverages just yet. I’ve been “playing” with my water lately and have come up with several ways to flavor my water naturally without artificial colors and flavors. This list is in order of least favorite to most favorite. Essential Oil Peppermint Water:   Fill a large glass with water and add one drop of essential oil of peppermint. Adding more than one and you will sting your lips. If you let the … Continue reading

Five Cooking Shortcuts I Use

Do you feel overwhelmed with all the preparations it takes to get a meal on the table?  Cooking gluten free or allergy friendly can be a daunting task.  Maybe you are not gluten free or have allergies, but like to cook REAL FOOD!  That is time consuming too! Head on over to My Life With Food Allergies where I have an article posted with my five cooking shortcuts.  You can read the article here.

Food, Inc. – A Movie Review

I found the movie Food, Inc. at the library. I checked it out because I love learning about food and related topics. I also thought it would make for an interesting blog post. It was about a year ago that I actually watched this movie and wrote this immediately following. I’m just now posting it. I realize it’s an “old” movie, but it is still very applicable.   Food, Inc., A Robert Kenner Film, is a must see movie for every American whether they are a “foodie” or not. Entertainment Weekly says, “More than a terrific movie-it’s an important movie.” … Continue reading

All Natural Anti-Bacterial Kitchen and Bath Cleaner

I have been making my own kitchen and bath cleaner for years now.  It is so simple, very cost effective and all natural.  And it is anti-bacterial to boot!   Start with 2 cups water.   Add 3 Tablespoons of regular (not anti-bacterial) liquid hand soap.   Add 20-30 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil.    Pour into a squirt bottle.  (This is not my squirt bottle I use for my all natural kitchen cleaner.  That bottle is too ugly to take a picture of.  This bottle actually contains water and vinegar to clean my wood floors; another natural … Continue reading

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