Posts Tagged: natural ingredients

French Toast, Fancier Shower Style, Easy!

Easy, Fancy French Toast for Showers, Special Occasions

I love a simple gluten-free frittata on the brunch menu, but most of my friends hope there’ll be something sweet as well. If I’m going to have sweet, it better be worth it! This fits the bill, with the cinnamon sugar topping adding a nice crunch.

Blueberry Pie, Jean’s Recipe

BonAppetit-Style Blueberry Pie w/Fresh Blueberries, Less Sugar

I recently brought this to a church picnic for the pie contest. It didn’t win first place, though it won a few fans, OK, so those fans were my good friends, who also try to limit their sugar intake. They figured the pie should’ve won first place, and that it was the fault of judging team’s composition that it didn’t win: four guys who love sugar were the judges. In other words, maybe you wouldn’t serve this to a very traditional group, that expects a pie to be a vehicle for a gooey, jam-like substance. BUT, for those of us who love eating more whole, natural foods, we can splurge on this and still feel great!

Chia Pudding, Healthy, Super-fast, Eco-Friendly

Fast Easy Chia Pudding w/OUTBoxed Almond Milk!

Whip up batches of this pudding fast, using “coconut honey butter” as a base. It’s a concentrated “milk” you make yourself. It replaces that box of watered-down (& possibly rancid?) nut milk. No big carbon footprint from producing, packaging, and transporting that box of nut milk (that’s like, 85% water). See- you can eat this yummy pudding and feel like you’re saving the planet, haha!

Coconut Honey Butter- For Smoothies, Chia Pudding, Etc.

Nut Milk Concentrate- Greener than Cartons!

Have you ever wondered- why almond milk in a box? It’s convenient. But, it’s not very green. Companies are basically shipping a box of mostly water… not a great carbon footprint.
Plus, once nuts are ground, they’re not as stable. (And rancid oils are death!) Why not just make this recipe?! Throw a few nuts into the coconut/butter mix if desired, and process with your own free water!

Chocolate Fountain: Easy Dip + Fixings

Warm ingredients in low-heat oven first, for easy chocolate fountain

Use a crockpot to warm chocolate and coconut oil, for the easiest chocolate fountain ever. I served this at a women’s retreat this spring, at a camp with minimal kitchen conveniences, and it worked. For minimal effort in serving, set the chocolate out with baskets of graham crackers and marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and strawberries. Hardly any prep involved, but so fun to eat.

Chicken, Shake n’ Bake Style

Use leftover bread for bread crumb/parmesan/herb mix on this baked chicken

I’ll admit, I was trying to use up some of the extra bread from the many experimental artisan loaves I’ve been baking. I knew I had to pull this recipe out. Because of all that bread (which made perfect bread crumbs). And, well, because the recipe’s SO GOOD! I don’t think anyone’s felt put-upon at all, eating this savory, juicy, easy-to-make chicken.

Chunky Chocolate, Healthy Style

I need to eat chocolate (ha!), but I don’t need all that sugar. Or the expense of designer chocolate bars. I also need to get coconut oil in my diet (good for my brain). This works for both! So perfect, since it’s sweetened with dried fruits and palm sugar (more minerals and fiber), with added crunch from macadamias (which are lower on the Omega 6 scale and thus less inflammatory that other nuts).
OK, you may ask: Do I have to make this sound so scientific and GOOD for you? Would it be better to say, “Here’s a naughty confection you’ll love?” Cuz it almost passes for that!

Jen’s Top Ten: Healthy Picks for 2019

Stay Healthy with Superfoods

I’ve listed my very favorites for health in 2019. I’m not too obsessed- I mix most of these things together in one big mix, so that I just have to gulp down a single serving of the concoction mixed in water. The rest of the day, I might eat whatever I want, but I feel like I have more self control, since I’ve been adequately nourished. It’s working!

Green Drink for Health in 2019

Mix of chlorella, ashwagandha & more, for natural thyroid health

A green superfood drink starts my day, every day. And I’m so excited- I got through the holidays with no weight gain. My husband gained, even though he and I ate mostly the same things. Except…maybe I ate less of the more “expensive” foods, since I felt so nourished by this routine. It works!

Bittersweet Chocolate with Benefits

Homemade Bittersweet, Honey-Sweetened Chocolate Bar

I had a giant bag of cocoa powder on hand, some Ceylon cinnamon (because that’s so healthy for you). AND, a serious chocolate craving. Well, this recipe satisfied those cravings, while still being healthier (no sugar, but lightly honey-sweetened). Full of good ole’ coconut oil too, which is good for the metabolism and brain health. My friends even liked it, and they’re not hard-core health nuts like me!