Instant Pot Carnitas

No time or energy to cook? InstantPot to the rescue I love using my InstantPot. It's a great way to get a healthy dinner on the table in a short period of time. Yesterday I was super busy and super tired, so an easy dinner was definitely on the agenda. It's so tempting to resort to junk food or unhealthy take out on days like this, but it just makes our autoimmune issues worse. So the Instant Pot is a godsend. I also love when I can incorporate oils into my recipes. The flavor is amazing, and since they stay good for AGES, you can always have them on hand ready to go. I love to cook with fresh ...

Diatomaceous Earth and Digestive Health

We’ve looked a couple of external diatomaceous earth uses, now lets look at what internal use can do. Internal use of (food grade) diatomaceous earth (DE) can result in: i mproved digestion (so important for chronic illness) liver and kidney support detoxification immune function (largely because of the digestive support) joint, bone, and ligament health For those of us with joint issues, this can be big news! I’ve really enjoyed learning all about DE the past couple of weeks. Silica within DE helps with normal bone metabolism and joint formation, and ther...

Gluten Free Apple Tart

Need a tasty treat? Gluten Free Apple Tart to the resuce I made this yummy gluten free apple tart yesterday for an event at my house. Man it turned out DELISH . Now I know some of you cannot eat oats, for me, I can handle them without any problem. There ...

AHHHmazing Vegan Granola

Nutty, fruity, slightly sweet Vegan Granola My 15 year old plays travel volleyball. When we go to all day tournaments, the parents take turns bringing food for everyone. It’s fun to come up with healthy and tasty food to fuel the girls for competition. My friend Valerie and I have teamed up several times to come up with some deliciousness. One of the things we’ve made that has been very popular is fruit salad, yogurt, and granola so they can make their...

Orange Chicken anyone?

Orange Chicken in a flash I have fallen in love with my Instant Pot. This Orange Chicken was done so fast – even with zoodling the zucchinis. I love that it’s super healthy, much more so than the deep fried Orange Chicken you often find at restaurants. The Wild Orange oil gives this such amazing orange flavor without begin overpowering. We tossed our zoodles with a little sesame oil and heated them up for just a few minutes. It doesn’t take much for zoodles to get overdone and mushy – I like to keep them as close to raw as possible. W...

Hasselback Pork Tenderloin? Yes, YUM!

Ever feel like you are in a recipe rut? Hasselback Pork anyone? For awhile I was doing a great job of researching new recipes. When we made the switch to a mostly paleo diet, I had to learn a new way of cooking and planning. Now that we've eaten that way for awhile, I got lazy. With the change in temperature now however, I'm a bit more motivated to look up some new recipes. When I saw this Hasselback Pork Tenderloin recipe from 12 Tomatoes (image above from their site), I knew I needed to try it. I had to make a few adaptations, but it was amazing. And I used my oils too! Fall is my favorite time of year. Crisp apples, crunchy leaves, b...

Whole 30 Tips for Success

Why would anyone want to do a Whole 30? THIRTY DAYS? Really?? It isn't easy, especially not in the world we live in, but it's totally worth it. Whole 30 brings us back to a more natural diet. "Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal all...

Coconut & Cinnamon in the morning

What a tasty way to start the day - with some natural energy too I am totally NOT a morning person. I did have a brief period of time where I enjoyed mornings, but that insanity passed quickly. I need time in my bubble before I join the world, and then it's all good -- and one of the few things allowed in the bubble is coffee. I have actually found a way to make my first cup that makes me want to get out of bed. Crazy? maybe. And if you're choosing those energy drinks as your way to get moving - read the label please, and then look at this much more natural energy option. ...

Dinner time for week of May 9 - 15

This week’s menu was planned in a quick brainstorming session with my Hanapoo. She’s 14 and LOVES to cook – and she loves her oils too! We have a great time planning food together. Her best friend Haley will be staying with us over the weekend. Haley is vegan, so it gives us a great opp...