Sunday, February 24, 2013

Grandma's Water Chestnuts Rolled in Bacon

This recipe has been in my family for years and one of my favorites. But the original recipe called for corn-syrup laden ketchup and brown sugar.  Here is my modification that is JUST as delicious! Guess who will be bringing these to the next family party!? They are truly addictive!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1 pack of REAL bacon. I get this from Trader Joe's. 
1-2 cans of water chestnuts sliced or whole
Coconut Palm Sugar

Cut bacon slices in half.
Wrap each slice around water chestnut
Poke with one toothpick
Place in glass pyrex dish
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes

About 15 minutes before they are done begin to make the sauce

In a saucepan add:
1 cup of Organic Ketchup (I use Trader Joe's)
¼ cup of Coconut Palm Sugar (Whole Foods)
Heat to boiling, stir often

Take bacon/chestnuts out of over
Place on paper towel to “drain”
Put bacon/chestnuts into another deep dish and top with sauce

ENJOY! Better grab some of these fast, or you might not get one!

Coconut Palm sugar tastes amazing! Here is more of a reason to use it:

Lots of nutrition!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lemon Butter Sugar Snap Peas

Boil 2 ½ cups of sugar snap peas for about 5 minutes

Toast ½ cup slivered almonds

Drain peas
Place back in pan and add:
2 TBSP butter
½ tsp grated lemon peal
¼ tsp celtic sea salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Add slivered almonds
Stir well

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookies (with chocolate chips)

1 1/2 cups Digestive Wellness Almond Flour
½ tsp baking soda

1 cup crunchy REAL peanut butter
2 eggs (whisked)
1 TBSP vanilla
½ cup butter (melted or very soft)
2 TBSP Raw honey
10 drops of Liquid Organic Stevia
1 cup of Organic Chocolate Chips (optional)

            Combine all wet ingredients and mix well
            Combine all dry ingredients and mix well
        Drop by TBSP on a prepared baking sheet.
        Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
        Remove from oven and let cool

NOTE: These are NOT overly sweet. IF you want them to be sweet, please add more sweetener of choice.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Frozen Fruit

Yes, I am blogging something THIS SIMPLE! It's SO delicious especially on a hot day! Our favorites (that tend to be sweet) are frozen Mango, Pineapple, Cherry's and Blueberry. That's it! Pair that with a scoop of coconut oil or almond butter and you are SET! It feels like dessert!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pecan Pork

Do you want a mouth-watering dinner? Well then, make Pecan Pork!

Ingredients Needed:
1 pack of Organic Pork Cutlets
Digestive Wellness Pecan Flour (or grind your own pecan flour in a food processor)
1 egg
Olive Oil/Grapeseed Oil
Celtic Sea Salt

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Scramble one egg
Mix with ¼ cup Olive oil

On a plate add the following:
1 cup Digestive Wellness Pecan Flour
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
¼ tsp pepper
Mix well

Prepare deep dish corning wear with grapeseed oil

Dip pork in egg/olive oil mixture and then dip into breading coating the pork cutlets well.

Place pork cutlets in corning wear
Top with slices of butter and sprinkle with Celtic Sea Salt

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
Bone in 30-40 minutes

Monday, February 4, 2013

Baking a Whole Chicken, Broth, and SOUP!

How to Bake a WHOLE ORGANIC CHICKEN, MAKE BROTH, and MAKE SOUP:  All for approximately under $30



1. Buy a whole organic chicken at a store like Trader Joes or Whole Foods

2. Prep your kitchen. Gather ingredients. Gather baking supplies. See below.

3. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

4. Open up chicken and take out bag inside chicken cavity.

5. Using scissors open this packet and place in stock pot. Add water to cover giblets. This is the beginning of your broth!

6. Rinse Chicken well.

7. Put chicken in 9x12 Pyrex dish

8. Rub with Olive Oil and sprinkle on Celtic Sea Salt and Pepper. (or other seasonings)

9. Place an peeled Organic Onion of choice into the cavity of the chicken

10. Place in oven uncovered and cook for 1 ½ - 2 hours.
TIME SAVER: At this time you can Prep your broth! See recipe below. Then once chicken is out of oven, cooled, and sliced, you can add carcass to stock pot and begin cooking broth!

11. Check chicken with meat thermometer. Chicken is done when it reaches 170-180 degrees.

12. Allow Chicken to sit for 15-30 minutes. The longer the better!

13. Slice Chicken onto a plate and serve.

14. Add the carcass to your stock pot and begin broth recipe.

You can use a variety of seasoning on top of the chicken. Rosemary is FABULOUS with chicken. Oregano, Basil, Thyme gives more of an Italian taste. Garlic is also amazing!
Don’t forget to eat the crispy skin! It’s SO delicious! We call the skins “crispies” in our house.
Don’t forget to make your broth with your chicken bones and giblets!

GROCERY LIST: (All can be found at Trader Joes or Whole Foods)
1 Whole Organic Chicken
1 Organic Onion
Organic Olive Oil
Celtic Sea Salt (Whole Foods)

Kitchen Scissors
9x12 Pyrex Dish
Stock Pot
Meat Thermometer
Carving Knife and Board

Chicken BROTH:

Add to your stock pot along with carcass:
6 peeled ORGANIC carrots cut in half 
Rinse well and cut off ends of 6 celery ORGANIC stalks (or ½ a bag of celery). Then cut celery in half.
1 inch chunk of fresh ORGANIC ginger.  Use a peeler to take skin off. Put the rest in freezer to store for later use.
4 ORGANIC garlic cloves chopped
1 tsp of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBSP of Celtic Sea Salt
1 TBSP of Peppercorns or 1 tsp of Pepper
1 TBSP of Organic Parsley
1 Organic Bay Leaf
Add water to fill the pot to the top

NOTE: If you did not add an onion to your whole chicken, please add one onion to your stock. Otherwise, just use the onion that cooked in your chicken.

Put lid on ½ way allowing air to get in the pot.  Cook on stove overnight on low.  Your house will smell like heaven in the morning. If you are not comfortable cooking overnight, place stock pot in fridge and begin cooking in the morning. Cook broth for 12 hours minimum.
Strain into a glass Pyrex dish.

Freeze into ice trays OR begin soup recipe.
Also, this same recipe can be used for Beef Broth (just use beef soup bones) or Vegetable Broth (just omit the meat)

Grocery List: (Trader Joes or Whole Foods)
1 bag of Organic Carrots
1 bag of Organic Celery
1 Organic Garlic Clove
Dried Organic Ginger
Dried Organic Parsley
Dried Organic Bay Leaf
Celtic Sea Salt
Organic Garlic Cloves
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (Whole Foods)

Cutting Board
Sharp Knife

Chicken Vegetable SOUP:

Place broth in stock pot.
Add the following ingredients:
2 cups of washed, peeled and diced Organic Carrots 
2 cups of washed, peeled and diced Organic Celery or ½ bag
2 cups of diced Organic Onion
2 cups of Organic Zucchini chopped (about one medium zucchini)
1 cup of Organic Peas (Frozen)
1 cup of Organic Green beans (cut to 1” length) (Frozen)
4 Garlic Cloves diced small
2 TBSP of Parsley
1 package of Organic boneless skinless chicken breast cut into small pieces
2 TBSP of Celtic Sea Salt
1 tsp of Pepper
Cook for 6-8 hours on low in a crock pot.

1 hour before soup is done begin cooking rice as instructed on package.  We like to use Jasmine Rice. Add 1-2 cups of cooked rice to this soup and serve.

Once soup is cooked please add more salt/pepper as needed. The right amount of salt with make or break this recipe. Don’t be afraid to add more!  Celtic Sea salt is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

1 bag of Organic Carrots (or the remainder of bag from the broth recipe) (Trader Joes)
1 bag of Organic Celery (or the remainder of bag from the broth recipe) (Trader Joes)
1 Organic Onion (Trader Joes)
1 bag of Organic Frozen Peas (Trader Joes)
1 bag of Organic Frozen Green Beans (Trader Joes)
1 pkg of Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken (Trader Joes)
1 pkg Jasmine Rice (or rice of choice) (Trader Joes)
Celtic Sea Salt

Stock Pot or Crock Pot

MANY of the ingredients can be found at Trader Joes and are cheaper than buying at Whole Foods.  More information including the healing benefits of broth can be found at:

BBQ Crock Pot Chicken (BBQ Sauce)

Here is a SUPER EASY fast yummy recipe:

"My son can't believe that the BBQ chicken is healthy...." This tastes too good  

to be healthy!!!!  It is FREAKIN GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!" ~Maria

Add 1 pound of Organic boneless skinless chicken breast into crock pot

Mix in bowl:
¼ cup diced onion
3 cloves of garlic diced
½ tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp tamari
1 can organic tomato sauce (I get mine at Trader Joes)
¼ cup organic ketchup
1 cup chicken broth
2 TBSP Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

Pour over meat

Cook on low for 5 hours

Simply DE-LISH! Chicken is SUPER tender. This is also a great recipe for BBQ sauce.

Have a happy and healthy week!