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Peanut butter and jam smoothie

Craving peanut butter and jam?

I got the following email from a patient yesterday and thought I would share her interesting smoothie recipe.  Enjoy!

PBJ“I accidentally made the BEST smoothie I’ve ever tasted yesterday by pilfering through bare cupboards looking for healthy additives for a quick cleanse-friendly meal.  It was so good I thought I’d share it in case you’d like to try it or pass it on to patients who are new to the smoothie world, as it’s definitely an easy one to drink!

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No-bake cocoa oat cookies

Cocoa oat cookies finished

The first baking I ever did was a type of cocoa oat drop cookies from a cookbook for my family’s very first microwave oven.

I still remember when this amazing, faux-wood-panelled device (how was wood panelling ever fashionable?) first arrived in our household, perched on a faux-wood rolling cart in our kitchen with apple-tree wallpaper and green-painted cabinets.…

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Roast nuts

Do you love roast nuts?  Have you ever looked at the ingredients on some bulk bins of nuts?  In addition to adding salt and flavouring, sometimes they add wheat starch!  It was because of this that I started buying raw nuts and roasting them myself.  It’s easy, quick, and you can even season them yourself to your taste!…

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Roasted butternut squash and carrot soup

For dinner on New Year’s Eve I made a lovely butternut squash and carrot soup based on this recipe from the With Style and Grace blog.  I say “based” because right away I made a big mistake in the recipe by using DOUBLE the amount of carrots!  However, the soup still turned out really great and since carrots are my favourite vegetable, it all worked out OK.  I also tweaked some of the spices for my tastes.  I recently made this soup again (with the right amount of carrots!) and made a few more adjustments and it was great!  Posted below is the latest (and best) version I made, along with photos.…

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Aromatic roast chicken

I cannot take credit for this recipe – I found it somewhere on the internet a year or two ago and now I cannot find the original source again! If you know the source or ARE the source, let me know and I’ll link the original recipe.…

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Judy’s gluten-free breakfast pudding

I recently received this email from our lovely receptionist Judy at Kew Beach Naturopathic Clinic:

Judy’s gluten-free breakfast “pudding”

Thought of you this morning while I was eating my breakfast. Here’s one for the blog. Everyone always asks me what the heck are they going to eat for breakfast if they are gluten-free.…

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Peppermint patties

I recently tried this recipe for Peppermint Patties from Elana’s Pantry and they were so good!

A few changes to ingredients for my taste:

  • I used 1/8 cup vegetable glycerine and 1/8 cup agave syrup as sweetener to cut down the sugar a bit.
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Homemade jerky

Both these recipes are made easily in a dehydrator with a jerky gun (here’s an example) and store well in either the fridge or freezer. Much better alternative to store-bought jerky!

Beef jerky

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg extra lean ground beef (organic, grass-fed, and fresh is best)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Or, whatever spices you like best

Directions:

  1. Add spices together with meat and mix thoroughly.
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Coconut almond cookies

This is a new take on my previously posted recipe for Simple Almond Cookies. I have a lot of leftover dried coconut (from making Lime Coconut Sweet Potato Bites – recipe to come in another blog) so I incorporated it into this recipe and it was a hit!…

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Delicious kale chips

I got this recipe from my colleague Bronwyn Hill, ND and have changed it a bit for my own tastes. These chips are truly addictive and a great healthy snack!

Kale Chips

(makes 2-6 baking sheets worth of chips)

Ingredients:

  • Kale (1-3 bunches)
  • Oil of your choice (grapeseed, olive, walnut, etc)
  • Seasonings of your choice (salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, ginger, etc)
  • Any other ingredients you want!
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