Healthy Recipes

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”

eMeal Plan Week of Apr 08

Meals This Week

This week’s meals are based on the “AIP” (Autoimmune Protocol) diet, which is similar to the paleo diet only more restrictive. The purpose is to eliminate foods that are commonly associated with inflammation, such as gluten, nuts, dairy, etc. After a period of time, the eliminated foods are slowly reintroduced, one at a time,  in order to identify individual food sensitivities.

A lot of people follow my blog and emeal plans because they don’t feel good and want to feel better by eating healthy. If you are one of those people, I challenge you to follow this week’s meal plan and see if you feel better. It has been estimated that close to 50 million Americans have an autoimmune condition.  Even scarier, more than half of those cases are undiagnosed. For more information on AIP, this is a good resource.

[Note: Modifications can be made to any of these meals to make them less restrictive if needed.]

One final note.  This is a new thing for me so I don’t have the inventory of recipes on this web site yet.  Therefore most of the recipes shown below are from other web sites.

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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”

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”

eMeal Plan Week of Mar 25

Dinners This Week

It’s kind of a mixed bag this week with beef stew, a turkey lasagna, one vegetarian dish, and one seafood dish. All of these meals are easy with most of the effort spent on chopping ingredients, which you can do while watching TV or chatting on the phone.  If you have an extra 30+ minutes free on Sunday you could do the chopping in advance and your meals during the week will be super-quick.


This meal could be cooked in the oven as directed in the recipe, or you could use a slow cooker instead.

Red Fork Beef Stew  Continue reading “eMeal Plan Week of Mar 25”