lemon cilantro vinaigrette

Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette

Homemade vinaigrette is so much more flavorful than either bottled or packaged. The one downside is that you need to shake it up every time you pour it. Pre-packaged dressings have added emulsifiers to make the ingredients “stick together.” But I prefer to not consume chemicals with my food so I’m OK with shaking the bottle once in a while!

This is a variation on my original recipe, this time using fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar, going lighter on the seasonings, and adding cilantro and parsley to the mix. Continue reading “Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette”

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Beet Ginger Smoothie

Yes, it tastes as good as it looks, and no added sugar!

1/2 C melon, chopped (or apple, including peel)
1 dozen red grapes
1/2 stalk celery with leaves
1 small piece of lime or lemon
1/2 fresh beet
1/2 banana Continue reading “Beet Ginger Smoothie”

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Quick Bone Broth Veggie “Noodle” Soup

Bone broth is a delicious, restorative, highly nutritious broth made by simmering meat bones in water for 8-10 hours. The broth  completely absorbs all the micronutrients from the bones themselves.  AIP and Paleo diets both recommend consuming bone broth every day.  However it can get boring, so I tend to add it to a thick soup or make a nice soup out of it from scratch, like this one.

Feel free to swap out the kale and mushrooms with any other vegetables (raw or cooked) you already have in your frig. Continue reading “Quick Bone Broth Veggie “Noodle” Soup”

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Pesto Vinaigrette

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This makes a summer-fresh dressing for any green salad and adds super flavor to a plate of sliced tomatoes sprinkled with green onions and feta cheese.
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  1. In a bowl combine pesto, vinegar, and lemon juice. Slowly add olive oil in a thin stream, whisking until combined.
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Can be refrigerated for up to three days.

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How to make “Bowls”

“Bowls” are a newly popular concept, and for good reason. They are fresh, generally quick to put together, tasty, and relatively inexpensive.

Think Chipotle, SweetGreen, or pretty much any of the “healthy fast food” franchises popping up in malls across the country. Essentially it’s a pile of stuff in a bowl, with lettuce/greens on the bottom, and stuff on the top. Hm… sounds kind of familiar, right? Like a salad bar? Yep, exactly like a salad bar. The difference is in the marketing, and the proportions. it’s a little bit of salad with a lot of “stuff” arranged in a colorfully pretty selection of “wedges” around the edge.

Literally, it’s just a bowl of different wholesome, nicely flavored ingredients, that you then pour some sauce on and mix together, like… well… like a salad. Yeah.

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How to Parboil Brown Rice

This recipe on how to parboil brown rice is very useful for when you want to substitute brown rice for white rice in a one pot meal. Parboiled brown rice cooks in the same amount of time as regular long grain white rice.

Parboil Brown Rice Cooking Instructions

  1. Combine in a 2 quart saucepan – 1 cup brown rice and 2 cups water
  2. Stir lightly, bring to a rolling boil and reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and drain.  If using within 2 hours you can leave it on the counter, otherwise refrigerate or freeze for later use.

Use in place of “long grain white rice” in any one-pot recipe.