Squash Cornbread Recipe

Squash Cornbread Recipe

Squash Cornbread Recipe has been my absolute favorite this summer. After many trials and tweaks, I believe this recipe is  my favorite. ENJOY! INGREDIENTS: 4 medium squash spiraled thin and boiled (or chopped small and boiled). Drain water off  and let cool 1 egg 1 tsp. garlic powder Dash Sea salt and pepper 1 cup – stone ground organic white rice 1 cup gluten free organic all purpose flour 1 tbs. minced shallots 1 cup  organic shredded cheese 1 jar of unrefined organic coconut oil DIRECTIONS: Cut or spiral squash. Boil until soft. Pour in colander and let water drain off. Let cool. Mix the squash in really well with the remaining ingredients. Heat coconut oil over medium to medium high heat. Using a spoon drop one spoonful of mixture into hot oil. I flattened it with the back side of the spoon to help cook evenly. Flip several times until lightly brown. Remove from oil onto a cookie sheet lined with a paper towel. Let cool and dig in. NOTE: You can use 1/2 cup white rice flour + 1/2 cup organic corn meal if you prefer instead of 1 cup of white rice flour.           ENJOY...
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Slaw

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Slaw

Happy Summer. With Memorial Day being only a few days away I had to share one of my favorite recipes with you. This is a must because it’s easy, delicious, and will defeintly impress your guest.  Get in your kitchen and have fun! Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Coleslaw Ingredients: 20 medium prawns, peeled and deveined 1 clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon chipotle powder (can add more if you like it more spicy or omit) 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 corn tortillas -non GMO or (you can replace with fresh flour tortillas or a purple cabbage leaf) coconut oil for frying chopped cilantro diced tomatoes sliced avocado fresh lime quartered For the Cilantro-Coleslaw: 1/4 cup coconut milk 2 cups finely shredded coleslaw (I mix ¼ purple and ¼ white cabbage) 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon of southwestern seasoning juice and zest from one lime salt to taste Directions: In a bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and chipotle (if using). Add in shrimp and toss to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to give the flavors a chance to marry. Cook shrimp in a skillet on medium heat until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and cover to keep warm. Use enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of a small pan, about 2 tablespoons. Heat over medium-high heat. Cook tortillas one at a time until soft, about 30 seconds on each side. Fold over to make a taco shell. After you cook each...
Healthy Fruit Salad and Vinaigrette

Healthy Fruit Salad and Vinaigrette

As the summer approaches and our bodies crave more fruit. Here is a healthy, easy, quick, and delicious recipe for a Fruit and Nut Salad tossed with a beautiful Vinaigrette Dijon Dressing. Fruit and Nut Salad 1 Pear or Apple cut into small pieces (can use mango, berries, or peaches, fruit in season is best) 3 tbsp crushed cashews (can use walnuts, pine nuts , or almonds – you choose) 1 bunch Arugula 1 bunch Watercress (can add shaved red cabbage) Loosely mix greens with the pieces of fruit and cashews (nuts) Vinaigrette Dijon Dressing 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoon each plain yoghurt (Fage), fresh lemon juice to taste 1tsp red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1 teaspoon thyme, garlic powder, sage, and basil Combine in a bowl and whisk briskly with a fork until well blended. Mix into the salad ! Serves 2-3   ENJOY...
Watermelon and Chocolate Waffles

Watermelon and Chocolate Waffles

The warm air approaches quickly and it is time to get ready for summer. I made a watermelon salad the other night and had leftover watermelon. I decided to throw some in my smoothie the next morning and oh my goodness — DELICIOUS! Here is what I did. Watermelon-Coconut Smoothie INGREDIENTS 1 – 2 cups diced watermelon 2 tbsp fage plain yogurt 4 drops liquid stevia (organic) 1/2 avocado dash of cinnamon 2 scoops USANA vanilla protein powder 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk (if you want a creamer texture) 1 cup ice 1 tbsp local honey (optional) Blend on high until its a smooth constancy and indulge. I do not eat waffles very often any more, but when I do I treat myself to the best (in a healthy kind of way). After allot of searching and testing, I found this next recipe on the web and had to share —- again DELICIOUS (no need to recreate)! Paleo Chocolate Waffles INGREDIENTS 1 cup applesauce 4 eggs 4 tbsp coconut flour 1 cup Superfine Blanched Almond Flour ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp vanilla 4 tbsp cocao powder ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (organic and no added sugar) Chocolate Sauce 2 tbsp of coconut oil ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips (I personnaly added a few drops of liquid organic stevia to the chocolate sauce) INSTRUCTIONS Combine all the ingredients for the waffles in a large mixing bowl and blend until well combined. Turn on your waffle maker to high Pour ¾ cup into your waffle maker and cook for 4 – 5 minutes....
Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

One large free-range organic whole chicken. (Or free-range chicken breast, legs, and thighs) Mix the Dry rub (black pepper, sea salt, chili powder, cayenne powder, ground cumin). I used about 2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, cumin, and a tablespoon each of the chili powder and 1 tsp. cayenne . 3 limes 2 generous handfuls of fresh cilantro. 4 cloves of garlic. 2 tbsp of olive oil. Wash your chicken off under cold tap water and then dry with paper towels. Dust your chicken with salt & pepper, and apply an even coating of chili powder, cayenne, and cumin to your taste. There is no magic amount or formula to use, yet do try to cover the whole bird with some spice. In a blender or food processor, combine your lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and olive oil. Pulse until an even consistency is reached. Take your extra lime and poke lots of holes into it with a fork. Now dust this lime with chili powder and stick it into the cavity of your chicken. Find a ziplock bag or crock pot liner large enough to hold your whole bird. Place your bird/breast in the bag and pour your wet marinade over it. Use your hands to make sure the marinade is applied evenly around the chicken and under the skin, this is the important part. You can puncture the chicken breasts a few times with a knife for the marinade to seep into, yet this is not necessary. Making sure you get the marinade well applied and under the skin will do the trick. Seal your bag tight so...
Busy Moms, Hungry Husbands, and Picky Little Eaters

Busy Moms, Hungry Husbands, and Picky Little Eaters

Ten years ago a church wide invitation to participate in a program “Seven Weeks to Health and Wellness” detoured my life forever. I needed change and desired peace in my home considering I prepared four different meals attempting to please my picky eaters and hungry husband. This craziness was causing friction with my man and running me ragged. I signed up for the program, dove in, and intended to drag the family along. My munchkins were five and seven and somewhat persuasive, but my husband deemed me “crazy.” I plunged ahead, “all or nothing”, and my steam ran out quickly. Reality check! I took one step back and discovered change is a process. Instead of dragging my family along, I wanted them to participate and be excited. Stewing over God’s word, I was reminded of the starving Israelites when God sent them manna. They could have thrived on His manna; but they complained and wanted something else. God provided. Another truth surfaced. People are starving all over the world, and my kids were whining because one wanted pizza and the other wanted tacos. I had lost focus and control. Instead of being thankful for food, we are picky complainers. I had allowed this in my home, but things were about to change. I decided to stop letting the kids rule the dinner table. However, I valued their opinions and taste buds. After a family meeting, we began taking action steps – one-step (practical and doable) at a time. If something did not work, I let it go quickly and tried something different. If this sound familiar to you,  I...