Summer Citrus Dressing

Summer Citrus Dressing

Easy Summer Citrus Dressing Making your own salad dressing is actually very easy and much healthier because it eliminates many of the preservatives found in store bought dressing!  This is one of my favorites!  Citrus fruits have so many great benefits!  They are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants to help you fight chronic inflammation and chronic disease. We know that eating more whole foods, especially vegetables can work wonders for your health.  Each color of vegetable has different nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that boost your immune system and help…

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Anti-Inflammatory Baked Chicken

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Strips

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices Lately, I have been working with a lot of clients to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet.  They have Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chronic ulcers, Sinusitis, and many other conditions that cause pain and unpleasant symptoms.  I was thrilled when this study came out showing scientific evidence that adding herbs and spices to foods can significantly reduce inflammation markers! The researchers used a particular blend of herbs and spices to create this effect.  These herbs and spices likely have their own unique benefits, but when they are combined…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are not “healthier”.  They are simply my favorite cookies ever of all time!!! Real Cookies It seems like everyone is always searching for a “better for you” dessert, right?  Let’s face it, we all LOVE dessert!  You might find black bean brownies, avocado cake, and low carb everything.  But how do these desserts taste?  Well, in my humble opinion…TERRIBLE!!!  When it comes to dessert, I am a purist.  Give me the real thing so I can enjoy it.  Enjoying it means slowing down a little,…

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

Trying New Recipes If you know me, you know that I can’t just follow a recipe.  I almost always modify it to increase the nutrition or to fit the tastes of my family.  I was bored and looking for something new to try.  I LOVE Asian food and a friend posted this recipe for lettuce wraps and I thought I would try it.  The recipe I used as a base was this one.  My modifications included adding more vegetables and decreasing the amount of turkey.  I also modified the sauce a…

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Ground Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf

Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf

Ground Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf I have to admit that when I was growing up, when mom said we were having meatloaf, I did not have a happy heart!  Meatloaf was definitely not my favorite food.  I think mostly because many recipes for meatloaf don’t have very much flavor.  This ground turkey and veggie meatloaf is the opposite.  It smells amazing when it is baking, and it tastes just as good as it smells! Ground turkey is the main ingredient in the meatloaf, but you will love how the added…

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Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw Serves: 6 Cook Time: 0 Prep Time: 15 minutes This week I was trying to make my fresh vegetables last to reduce my number of trips to the grocery store.  I had bought some fresh broccoli including the stems and I was steaming the heads for dinner.  As I was about to throw away the stems, I started thinking about the waste!  Here I was in need of more fresh veggies and I was throwing away a perfectly good part of this broccoli.  I started brainstorming and came…

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Mineral Broth

Mineral Broth This home made vegetable mineral broth is almost magical because it takes all of the wonderful nutrients from all of the amazing vegetables and puts it into a delicious broth that you can use in all of your cooking to help your body heal.  I truly believe in the power of good food to make the body well.  Using food to really nourish the body well is called functional nutrition.  Functional nutrition takes into account all of the systems in the body and formulates a plan for optimal…

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Green Chile Chicken Soup

Green chile chicken soup

Green Chile Chicken Soup This green chile chicken soup is perfect for chilly winter months.  It is simple to prep and using the slow cooker helps all of the flavors to meld.  You can serve it plain or you can dress it up and top with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and tortilla chips.  This soup is high protein and high fiber and it tastes amazing!  Fresh roasted green chiles give it the perfect amount of spice. Makes 6 servings Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 6 hours slow cook Ingredients…

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Parmesan Baked Chicken Strips

Simple, delicious, and low-carb, the whole family will love these chicken strips! Parmesan Baked Chicken Strips These chicken strips have been a hit in my family for the last couple of years, and I am finally getting around to sharing this amazing recipe!  They are simple and easy to make, and only take 20 minutes to bake.  One of my favorite flavors is fresh parmesan cheese, so make sure you get a good quality cheese.  Don’t buy the kind that has extra ingredients to keep it from “caking”.  Fresh is…

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Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli I absolutely LOVE roasting vegetables!  It is one of my favorite ways to prepare and eat fresh produce.  Roasting brings out some wonderful flavors and with broccoli, it reduces the bitterness.  Lastly, roasting vegetables helps to break down the cell walls of the veggies to make more nutrients available to your body! Broccoli is full of vitamins C, fiber, potassium, and iron.  It is also one of our vegetables with the highest amounts of protein.  Broccoli has been shown to help increase our immune systems and reduce…

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