Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer is just around the corner, and to prepare myself for the coming heat, I have been getting back in the habit of relying on side salads to fill us up. During the hot months I always enjoy fresh, raw, detoxifying salads, in my current EXTRA pregnant state, I find myself really enjoying these veggie packed recipes because they are not only easy to prepare, but they are healthy, wholesome and very light on the stomach. This simple salad is a variation of a very simple Israeli style salad we started eating after our vacation to The Holy Land ....more

Chia Colada Hydration Smoothies (Labor-Aide/Electrolyte Slushies)

Staying hydrated can be a tricky task for just about anyone, in particular it can be a major concern for athletes, children, pregnant or nursing mothers or anyone who has fallen ill. I’m normally not very good about drinking my eight a day, and although typical medical advice says “drink to your thirst,” if you hate drinking water and you never quite feel thirsty, then you don’t drink very much do you? Many people reach for energy drinks or hydration aides, there are so many available that are marketed to suit different lifestyles but most of them are filled with chemicals and sugar ....more

Pineapple & Avocado Salsa

In my home we have a somewhat out of the ordinary routine. My husband works from home, and my kids are homeschooled. We really don’t leave more than we need to ....more

Groaning Cake: Whole-Wheat Almond & Apple Gingerbread

Groaning cake or “Labor Bread” as I’ve been calling it, is a wholesome gingerbread cake that originates from ancient English folklore dating back to the 1800′s. Newly popularized by Amy Mckay’s Novel “The Birth House” this tradition of preparing labor cake became known to me through homebirth research. Also known as “Kimbly Cakes,” wives tales say that the smell of this gingerbread or fruit cake baking can ease a woman’s labor and hasten the process ....more

Gluten-Free: Healthy Carrot + Banana (Lactation) Muffins

With my 40 week “due date” just days away, I find myself experimenting with a great deal of nutrient dense, lactation boosting recipes. I’ve always struggled with low milk supply and this has led me to a great deal of research into what foods and natural solutions I can find to help me not only with my milk production, but weight management as well. Of course, I think that everyone should eat a clean, whole foods diet, and drink PLENTY of water, but that isn’t so simple when you are juggling the realities of life ....more

Oven Roasted Green Beans with White-Miso Dressing

I love green beans, they are a staple that appears on our table at the minimum of twice per week. When planning meals, I always try to have at least one green vegetable with every one of our suppers. I rotate brussels sprouts, green beans and broccoli, and as often as possible we have simple green salads with homemade dressings as well ....more

Lentil and Wild Mushroom Salad with Truffle & Herb Vinaigrette

Lentil’s are not something I make very often. I like them just fine, but although I know they are nutrient dense and cheap, I just don’t find myself drawn to them very often. In the past I have sprouted lentils for salads, I have simmered them for soups, and then there is my favorite rice pilaf recipe, where the lentils are crisped to perfection ....more

Butter Roasted Carrots with Honey and Thyme

Sweet, vibrant and packed with beta-carotene, carrots are essential to a great spring meal. I enjoy throwing this dish together and serving it with holiday meals instead of the standard roasted sweet potato casseroles. Although I do ...more

Beet Brined: Braised Beef Roast (Quick Corned Beef)

Year after year Man-Meat endures my seasonal holiday “traditions,” I have convinced myself that he hesitantly appreciates my quirky obsessive tendencies. Sure, he cringes at the thought of yet another New Years Pork and Kraut supper, but corned beef? … Well I guess it has never really been a favorite either ....more

Traditional Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

An authentic Irish soda bread recipe is simple, and very basic in nature. This one just so happens to be nutritious, delicious and even traditionally prepared. Soaking whole grains overnight improves the digestibility and makes the nutrients easier to absorb, but it also tenderizes the grains and makes the final texture softer and more luxurious ....more