Golden Beet Salad

Need to add some color?  Try golden beet salad!   Make this dish early in the week and enjoy it 3-4 days.

Ingredients

  • Steam or boil beets at least 1 bunch of beets (I slice mine before steaming/boiling into halves or large chunks) When they cool you can slip the skin off by pressing your fingers against the skin. The only draw back to beets is that they can be very messy. Work quickly – if they are thoroughly cooked, the skins will slip off easily. Cut into bite size pieces.
  • 1 bunch of beets (prepped as instructed above)
  • Slice or finely chop red 1/4 onion
  • In a bowl add 1/4 cup organic lemon juice,
  • ¼ cup or less extra virgin organic olive oil
  • 2 pressed cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Mix well and pour over beets. chill. Serve cold.
  2. My friend Christine gave me this recipe and she uses red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice and she also adds feta cheese at the very end.

Borscht

Borscht – from my friend, Kim C.There are a million different versions of borscht on the internet, but this is how I made mine.

I put two potatoes, beet tops, one chopped onion, a few carrots, one bulb celeriac root, 1tsp vinegar, and 3 Bok  Choy in with a roast in a crock pot on low. Let cook for 10 hours. Then throw out beet tops. Bake 3 beets in oven until fork tender and peel. After everything is cooked and cooled down a bit, put the beef broth, potatoes, celeriac root, peeled beets, carrots, into blender a little at a time until everything is smooth. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of dill. Salt and pepper to taste. Put a tsp of lime or lemon juice if you would like.

Serve the roast at a different meal. 🙂

Healthy Popcorn – Really?

Friends, if you don’t make your own healthy popcorn, you have NO IDEA what you are missing!  No “off” flavors from packaged popcorn mixes.  No chemicals and no need for a microwave!  Healthy popcorn to live for!  (really!!!)

Go by feel, but the way we make healthy popcorn is with yummy coconut oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 5 quart soup or stock pot
  • 1 TBL of coconut oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup popping corn
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Nutritional Yeast (super delicious, B-12 boost, CHEESY flavor)

Instructions

  1. Just put enough in the pan (5 quart soup pan/stock pot works great) to make sure the bottom is covered with oil – 1/2 cup corn kernels and 1- 2 generous TBL of coconut oil.  Heat on the stove (with the lid on the pan).  When you begin to hear the kernels popping, gently shake the pan to keep any popped corn from burning.  When the kernel popping slows down, you know you have popped most of the corn.
  2. Dump the contents of your hot pan into a large bowl – add in sea salt and nutritional yeast (super yummy stuff)!  Nutritional yeast is the secret ingredient.  Try some and let us know what you think!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

We were told once that you can’t make healthy cookies or cakes with natural ingredients.  It was too late . . .we took recipes from our past and just exchanged the white flour for whole wheat, the salt for sea salt, the butter substitute with REAL butter and we reduced the sugar and subbed in a natural, mineral rich sugar.  We also use farm fresh eggs and dark cacao chips and the result is delicious and definitely a better for you option than anything we made before.

Yields 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup Organic sugar  (sucanat)
  • 2 organic pastured eggs
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 3 cups freshly milled whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1—9oz pkg organic Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup organic chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. combine flour, baking soda, sea salt and set aside
  3. cream together sugars and butter until smooth
  4. beat in eggs
  5. add vanilla
  6. blend in flour mixture 
  7. fold in chocolate chips and nuts
  8. drop rounded spoonfuls of batter on prepared baking sheets
  9. bake 9-12 minute or until edges are nicely golden brown (err on the side of undercooking as they will cook a bit more after coming out of the oven)
  10. cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
  11. best with a glass of fresh cold milk (straight from a farm!)

Date Nut Cake

Need a little lovely cake that won’t make you feel guilty?  This one rocks and is made without flour or oil.  All you need are fresh medjool dates and a few other simple ingredients.  Add some creative flair and you have something beautiful in less than 30 minutes!

This date log has only 3 ingredients – chopped cashews, mashed dates, and organic shredded coconut.  You can roll it into a log or shape it into any shape you like.  Hearts at Valentines and candy canes for Christmas.  If it is for someone special, you could shape it with their first initial.  Use your imagination and share your ideas please!

Date Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 -2 lbs organic medjool dates (go organic here as dates are HIGHLY sprayed)
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup chopped cashews
  • 1 cup of shredded organic coconut

Instructions

  1. Slice open dates and remove seeds.  Mash by hand or use a food processor or blender.  You will need to add a little water and mash in small amounts if you use a machine. If you mash by hand just imagine working into a dough, much like play dough.
  2. Put the mashed dates into a bowl or on a cutting board and add in the chopped cashews.  Mix in coconut if you wish.  Finally, shape, sprinkle with shredded coconut, chill and enjoy!
  3. Dark chocolate chips are a good addition or carob chips.

Rich Peanut Butter Bars

This little gem reminded me of the peanut butter cookies my mom made when I was little.  Back in the day, we used Crisco!  (I know!)  Today, we use real butter and enjoy the best of ingredients.  You might try coconut oil sometime as a nutritious twist!  Peanut butter bars are simple and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup organic butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Sucanat (I reduce this to 1 1/4 cup)
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 cup freshly milled hard white wheat or pastry wheat flour or gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp.baking powder aluminum free
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (use less if your butter has salt)
  • 1 tsp.vanilla

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and peanut butter together. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended.
  2. Press into a greased 9″x13″pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Cool and cut into squares.
  4. 1/2 cup of cocoa may be added for an extra rich brownie.

Pulled Beef

Have some stew meat in the freezer but not in the mood for beef stew?  Transform stew meat into pulled beef with DIY barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs stew meat (we buy ours from a local farmer, grassfed/grassfinished)
  • 3 TBL organic butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Turn to low heart (175 degrees) Cover and cook on low for one hour or until meat is tender. Use a fork to shred beef. Just prior to serving, add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce.

Old Fashioned Barbecue Sauce

We enjoyed this tasty old fashioned barbecue sauce on slow cooked stew meat, shredded and paired with several sides of raw salads.   Have some fun and use your imagination

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/2 cup organic molasses
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is a GREAT brand)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce (a gluten-free brand)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix ‘er up and enjoy!

Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes

Who doesn’t remember a good old fashioned sloppy joe from their childhood?  Sloppy Joes can be made with all natural, nutritious ingredients.  Easy on mom and often a favorite!  This very simple recipe is tried and true, submitted by a sweet mom and friend, Jessica Fuester.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 medium size bottle of ketchup

Instructions

  1. Cook the meat and onions together.
  2. Then add all other ingredients. Cook for at least one hour, but if you have time cook for a few hours.
  3. Once that bottle of ketchup has been emptied into the pot, fill the ketchup bottle halfway with water and add to pot.
  4. Need to stretch this recipe into more meals? Try adding a cup or two of oats. Gluten free, adds nutrition and bulk.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

So simple!  More creative homemade goodness for your family!  Honey and mustard go together so beautifully and apple cider vinegar is considered a health elixir around here.  We think you should have a ‘lil bit of apple cider vinegar every day!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, first cold pressed
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is the best brand)

Instructions

  1. Mix together, for a sweeter version, increase honey to taste