October 23, 2016

Baked Fish Filets and Tartar Sauce Recipe

A simple dinner for those nights when you need something fast! Fish thaws quickly and cooks rapidly. This Tartar sauce is based on home made mayonnaise cultured, loaded with nutrients and big on flavor.

Yes, you may notice the bit missing from the edge Little Man strikes again. πŸ™‚ Thats what I get for leaving my plate unattended!
Quick Tartar Sauce, Classic Tartar Sauce, whatever you want to call it- it is simple, fast, easy and real food based- I combined a few recipes used common ingredients and it worked well for us!

  • 1 cup homemade mayo (see how to here)- this batch was 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 coconut oil, cultured
  • 4 T dill pickles, purchased (like this one)or home made, relish or minced pickles both work
  • 1 T onion powder or minced onion (like this one)
  • 2 T lemon juice, fresh squeezed in nice, but if you cant swing that- get a real quality juice (like this one)
  • real salt and pepper to taste

Blend ingredients with a whisk or spoon. The flavors develop if you can let it sit for 30 minutes or so, but weve eaten it immediately after mixing and its very good! This also makes a great spread for sandwiches or sauce for chicken. πŸ™‚

Baked Fish Fillets:

I used a firm white fish fillet- cod, halibut, sole, etc I dont know my fish as well as I should so I suggest asking your meat guy if youre unsure. And if you dont have a meat guy- you should definitely find one- they can hook you up with all kinds of goodies that other (strange people πŸ™‚ ) throw away, like fish heads and bones and internal organs!

For my fish- I didnt even thaw it πŸ˜‰ Just put the frozen fillets in a 913 glass dish, sprinkled it with some lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best) and some seasoned salt and cracked pepper. πŸ™‚ Bake at 375* for about 20-25 minutes- when the fish flakes easily with a fork. frozen fillets help to πŸ™‚ Fish is the easiest meat to test for done-ness! πŸ™‚

Serve fish with tartar sauce over it.

Also, baked fish fillets are a fantastic way to cook in your solar oven! Put the fillets in the solar oven pans instead of 913 and cook. Fish tends to cook more quickly than other meats or soups in the solar oven (also nice if you forgot to prep and plan something).

Are you a fan of fish? Whats your favorite way to prepare it?…

March 2, 2016

Simple Chicken Vegetable Soup- Brought to you by the letter C

Chicken and Veggie Soup or maybe Alphabet Soup

It started simply, a little chicken broth, (how to make roasted bone broth) some chopped chicken meat. Added a couple carrots and celery stalks, raided the fridge found the celeriac and threw that in too Discovered a fun soup developing. πŸ™‚ If I had chives, celery seed or cashews Id have added them too. However I decided against the cherries and chocolate (those became dessert to round out the theme)

Today’s soup, brought to you by the letter “c”… πŸ™‚
Todays soup, brought to you by the letter c πŸ™‚
The seasonings came from searching the spice and herb shelf for letter c ingredients- by now the kids were getting into the fun. We decided cumin was a good fit, but cinnamon probably wasnt, clove of garlic was approved. We served it up with a sprig of cilantro and it was delicious (and perhaps just as important- healthy & fun). A much better alternative to commercial alphabet soup and my kids had fun practicing their letters!

  • C Chicken Soup
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped chicken (raw or cooked)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celeriac root, chopped (mine was large- not sure what size they normally come- it was probably 3-4 cups chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • minced onion flakes (would use fresh onion, but we were out and it didnt start with c so we cheated)
  • coconut oil to saute veggies
  • You can even cook steak simply by using best indoor grill.

I used my Dutch Oven (an anniversary present I helped pick out, and one of my favorites), sauteed the chopped veggies in a couple large tablespoons of coconut oil its health benefitsΒ – (see this post for details, I tend to be generous with it). Add chicken broth, chicken and seasonings. Simmer until chicken is cooked if starting from raw or until everything is tender and hot if your chicken is cooked. I believe it only took about 20 minutes, but I tend to wander away and lose track of time πŸ™‚

Add already cooked noodles if youd like.

Top with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro or a sprig if youre fancier.

Then just to be fun we served it in our Corelle bowls. πŸ™‚

What would you add to your alphabet soup?…

January 1, 2015

Home Made (Real Food) Onion Dip (Hubby Approved!)

Home made onion soup dip, french onion dip to be precise It started from a moment of desperation as many great recipes do

My husband is severely allergic to MSG in all its strange neurotoxic forms. Well actually, we are all allergic to it, but it gives him huge and terrible consequences involving explosive migraines and symptoms I wont describe for you

When we discovered this allergy I started looking into MSG free food for our family- this began our journey into the real food, Weston A Price Foundation, cooking from scratch living on a homestead world.

One of his favorite foods is onion dip with potato chips, it is a standard item on New Years Day and Super Bowl Sunday and it made its way onto many a buffet through out the year!

However, we found a problem The brand name onion soup mix (that we used to stir into sour cream to make the onion dip) had ingredients that resembled a list of OSHA controlled substances and included monosodium glutamate- not even hidden by one of its many secret names. So we hunted high and low, found a generic brand of onion soup mix that didnt have MSG, tested it on the hubby and when it passed, went with it. πŸ™‚ I figured we only ate it 3-4 times a year it wasnt a big problem.

Then came New Years Eve 2012 I preparation for New Years Day celebrations I picked up the box of onion soup mix, rechecked the ingredients since they often change and found a suspicious ingredient- one of the items that means MSG might be present (natural flavorings) had been added! I supposed since it had been safe in the past I would give it a test run, had hubby test it (he has healed to the point where he can usually take a suspicious food have a tiny dollop of it on his tongue and feel it react or not without the dollop causing a full scale reaction as it would have in the past) but it failed the test, actually triggering some nausea.

Oh no!!! It would not be the normal celebration without onion dip, I looked at the ingredients on the box of mix and thought Ill bet I could make this myself!Home Made (Real Food) Onion Dip

I hit the internet looked at about 10 recipes got an idea for the common ingredients in make your own dip- eliminated the ones we avoid, grabbed what I had on the shelf and started mixing (and taste testing). My sister jumped in on the fun and within 45 minutes we had a workable option. Actually in about 20 minutes we had a workable option but then I accidentally spilled the freshly ground sea salt in it and we had to instantly double the recipe to cover it up. πŸ™‚

I retested it and the measurements (I had kept track initially, but after the salt spill things got a little distracted) for the Super Bowl.

It got a second hubby thumbs up (more like 2 thumbs up, it would have been 10 fingers, but they were busy holding more chips). He actually insisted I make the home made option for Super Bowl since he says it is much better than a mix ever was!

Judging by the way it disappeared on New Years Day it was a hit with real foodies and SADers alike. πŸ™‚ This not your average onion dip!

I share it with you Remember to make it ahead, the onion dip flavors need a chance to blend and grow, if you make it the day of the event it will work, but you will probably need to add more sour cream to tone it down the next day. (Ask me how I know and how I ended up with a 4 cup batch! Good thing we love it!)

Home Made, Real Food Onion Dip

  • 1 cup real whole sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion flakes
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 fresh cloves)
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ORGANIC Better Than Bouillon Beef Flavor (do not use the non organic option for the sake of your health!) a better option, would be a concentrated or dehydrated real beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper (white pepper is best, but black works too)

Simple mixing method:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Put in fridge to let flavors develop overnight (or 12-18 hours). Serve with various chips, crackers and veggies to dip.A little more complicated, but it blends flavors and ingredients quickly and thoroughly:

Blend all ingredients except minced onions with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Stir in mixed onions, chill and let flavors develop in the fridge. Serve with anything that carries dip. πŸ™‚

Now that I know how easy onion dip is, Ill be making this version a lot more often. I may even get adventurous.Whats the boxed thing you have been most happy to replace? Or which one do you want to replace? Maybe we can help πŸ™‚…

August 5, 2014

Coconut Oil Treats ( a Coconut Oil Review)

Coconut oil, it is so good for us! Brain food, fat burning, nourishing and more! Sometimes, it can be a challenge to fit enough in your diet! Most recommendations Ive seen are for at least 2-3 tablespoons a day. There are a few ways to eat it- blended in a smoothie, melted in a hot drink or smeared on toast, but for my family- these treats are the hands down favorite! Hopefully this comes in time for you to enjoy some really amazing holiday treats that are also really good for you!

There are lots of variations on how to make these- I will give you the basic instructions and some suggestions that work for us and let you go to town with the experiments!!

Coconut Oil Treats (or Bites)

Coconut Oil Almond Joy Treats
Coconut Oil Treats: Inspiration from The Coconut Diet by Cherie Calbom

1/2 cup coconut oil or combination of coconut oil and coconut cream (softened)

4 tsp vanilla extract (pure)

up to 1/2 cup honey or sprinkle of stevia (sweeten to taste)- start with less its easy to add more Otherwise you might end up having to double or triple the batch Ask me how I know. πŸ™‚ You can use granulated sweetener (like Rapadura) and it works well, we just usually avoid those as much as possible

1 tsp real salt- if coarsely ground you will want to blend it a little extra (the salty combined with the sweet is one of my favorite things about these bites)

Generous dash of cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie seasoning

Optional ingredients- 1/8 cup chia seeds, 1/8 cup flax seeds (ground), 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup shredded (unsweetened) coconut.

Blend all ingredients except optional ones in a food processor, blender or mixer, or by hand (if by hand I suggest melting your coconut oil first). Add in nuts, coconut and other optional ingredients. I add them in my food processor and mix & chop there.

Scoop out and either roll into balls or put in a silicone mold. Put in freezer or fridge until hardened. Will store in fridge or freezer, can be kept at room temp but coconut oil will melt.

Coconut Oil Spice Bites


Use other extracts in combination with the vanilla- almond and coconut are yummy. You can combine these with flavored stevia as well.

Use lemon, lime, orange juice or a combination of them (approximately the juice of 2 lemons/limes or 1 orange). You can also use an essential oil or extract dont use the pumpkin pie spices. πŸ™‚ You can add a little dried lemon or orange zest to these too.

Coconut Fudge Treats: Inspiration by Eat Fat Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon

1 cup coconut oil or 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup coconut cream

up to 1 cup raw honey or stevia to taste (can use chocolate flavored stevia as well)

up to 1 cup cocoa powder (or carob powder) depending on how dark you like your chocolate

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 1 tsp real vanilla extract and 1 tsp almond or chocolate extract

1/2 tsp real salt

2 cups crispy nuts (see how to here)

Use method as above. πŸ™‚ Mix in food processor put in silicone mold or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Cut into squares and keep in refrigerator (for as long as they last) πŸ™‚

Chocolate Mint Coconut Bark: Inspired by GNOWFGLINS & a few other sites. πŸ™‚

Chocolate Mint Bark in Progress
1 cup coconut oil

1/4-1/2 cup cocoa powder

peppermint essential oil or mint extract- a couple drops of EO or up to 1/4 tsp of extract

up to 1/2 cup raw honey or stevia to taste (theres also a Peppermint stevia that you can use to increase the mint factor)

1/8 tsp of real salt

Optional: shredded coconut or chopped nuts

Same technique as above. Mix and spread in a glass dish or on a cookie sheet and chill- break into chunks.

Coconut Chocolate Mint Bark spread out
Almond Joy style coconut bites- use recipe above including the cocoa powder but use coconut extract and vanilla instead of mint. Use shredded coconut and chopped almonds.

I often get asked Which coconut oil should I buy? My answer is- there are lots of good ones but if youre not sure about coconut oil in general Tropical Traditions has a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their 16 oz size jar.

But, we love just plain love the coconut oil from Tropical Traditions- I love the way they work with small farms, and organic very fresh coconuts. They support fair trade and great treatment of the family farms in the Phillipines. πŸ™‚ I also love how smooth and creamy the coconut oil is. It has a very fresh taste and no chemically smell or taste (Ive had some coconut oils that did πŸ™ ). I melts easily and comes in a glass jar that is great for reusing (Ask me how I know I have a batch of them around)!

They have one variety that tastes more like coconut and one that tastes plain. They both work great for cooking and baking and the treats. Both varieties have the great health benefits of coconut oil! If you arent sure what those are- check out my post Coconut Oil, How do I Love Thee.

Whats your favorite way to get the benefits of coconut oil? πŸ™‚

I was provided a jar of Tropical Traditions coconut oil for review and my review is my honest opinion of that coconut oil.…

August 12, 2011

48 Hour Cyber Monday Healthy Living E-Book Bundle Sale

If you possibly missed this last time or you bought a copy for you but not for your sister, mom and best friend- HERE IS YOUR CHANCE!! Yes, I know I yelled that- but that is truly how excited I am!!!

48 Hours only 8am EST Nov 26th through 8am EST Nov 28th!

These books are amazing (an overused- but in this case totally appropriate adjective)!!

The variety of topics covered has something for everyone that lives in a home, eats food or has skin Does that include anyone you know? ;D

If you already know you want it $29 for over $300 in books and over $70 in bonuses! Yes, I bought a bundle myself last time and I might buy it again just for the new bonuses and I will definitely be giving this as an early Christmas gift!

It is available at Nourishing Days (a great blog you will love anyway!)
If you still need more info πŸ™‚

Topics include:

Grain Free/Paleo/Primal (Best of Grain Free Menu Plan Meal Plans from Healthy Happy Home- Coconut Flour Waffles and Blender Hollandaise Sauce are 2 breakfast recipes that caught my eye! Plus Primal Smoothies and Well Fed Paleo Recipes)

Gardening & Homesteading (Your Custom Homestead- I have wanted a copy of this for a long time! Where ever you live- Jill walks you through how to make the most of what you have in whatever level you want of homesteading! Encouraging and practical too! Guide to Gardening and Preserving and Apartment Gardening are also included! Gardening is another one of those things that takes practice and having someone help you through really improves the learning curve!)Natural Living (Herbal Nurturing which is where I get my favorite elderberry syrups and most every herbal remedy I make! I love how she includes ways to involve the kids. Healthy Homemaking which includes baby steps to a healthy home that can be done in 1 year, 6 months or jump around to whatever you want methods. Simple Living 30 days to less stuff and more life is another gem that most of need! πŸ™‚
Pregnancy/Baby (Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods and from Breast to Bib- real food guide)

Real Food/Seasonal Foods (Shannon of Nourishing Days has included her Simple Foods for Winter and Simple Foods for Summer- so wonderful to have how to guides for eating seasonally- really helps the budget and is fun to try some new things! Real Food on a Budget and Plan it Dont Panic are both included as well!! They were really popular choices in our recent giveaway- heres a chance to get them for less than $1!
Sourdough (GNOWFGLINS sourdough book- this is my go to book for sourdough questions and recipes! I havent make one thing from this that my family hasnt enjoyed- especially the sourdough chocolate cake!)
Skincare (including one called Food on Your Face- lots of tips for oily/acne prone skin. Do you know what Tamanu Oil is? After reading this you will- and why all skin types might want to add it to your cabinet!)
Gift Giving from My Buttered Life (Its kinda that Tis the Season time of year how bout lotion bars and a how to on Essential Oils)
And if that wasnt enough- bonuses!! And these are great bonuses!! Over $70 in bonuses for free with your $29 purchase! Your purchase has already paid for itself with just the bonuses!!

Redmonds Company- Earthpaste, Real Salt and Redmond Clay (and paste)- up to $29.99 free!
Hard Lotion- 4 lip balms!! 2 peppermint and 2 natural- great gifts and one to keep or if you get your friends a bundle- they get their own lip balm and you can keep all 4! πŸ™‚ $10.50 value!
Cultures for Health- Buttermilk or Sourdough Starter- make cultured butter or the best pancakes with the buttermilk or get the sourdough and use it with the GNOWFGLINS sourdough book! $12.99 value
Hazelnut Kids- $10 in store credit that can be used for wooden and organic toys that are safe, simple and sustainable! Great gifts!
Wise Choice Market- $10.00 store credit- they carry traditional bone broth, organic gluten free bread, organic sprouted grain bread, raw fermented veggies and more! Im thinking I want to try the cinnamon raisin gluten free bread πŸ™‚
*Standard shipping applies to FREE products. Each bonus offer is intended for 1 order only. Transaction numbers or proof of purchase may be required at the time of redemption. All offers expire at midnight on December 5th, 2012.

Nourishing Days has the link. πŸ™‚

In addition, 25% Donation to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: We know that a tremendous number of our reader’s lives have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you, and we have decided as a group of authors to donate 25% of the proceeds from this ebook bundle sale to assist the relief efforts through Waves for Water and World Renew.

All the e-books are in PDF format so you can read them on the computer, the Kindle or even print them for paper copies if thats how your kitchen runs best! πŸ™‚

Remember go to Nourishing Days to purchase this before its not available any more!

This collection is only available for 48 hours, from 8 a.m. EST on Monday, November 26th to 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday, November 28th.

There will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of this sale, there will be no refunds offered.…