• Slow cooker pot roast in tomatoe sauce
    Main Course

    Tangy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    I have two versions of this slow cooker pot roast recipe because I crave variety. So when I find a recipe that sort of becomes one of my go-to staples, I like to  tweak it up a bit to create a variation so that we don’t tire of eating the exact thing too often.  Scroll further down the page to see the second version of this recipe.  If you want my all time favorite pot roast recipe click here for it.  “Its the BEST”, as my mom used to say. l make pot roast in my slow cooker fairly often because its true comfort food. And I love the ease…

  • Pasta e Fagioli soup

    Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

    This recipe is based on one from the Dave Nichol Cookbook, which I modified and adapted.  His recipe is vegetarian so if a heartier non-vegetarian soup is what I’m craving, I also add about 1lb of ground beef.  I’ve also included, further below, the copycat recipe of Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli soup, but I prefer the first recipe for its fewer ingredients – it still results in a great Fagioli. One tipe – I like to use pizza sauce instead of, or in addition to, the pasta sauce. It usually provides a really great additional punch of flavor that really takes the recipe to a while new level of goodness! …

  • Sauteed mushrooms recipe
    Side Dishes

    Sauteed Mushrooms (Steakhouse Mushrooms)

    For really delicious sauteed mushrooms, here’s a simple recipe. What makes these mushrooms so extraordinarily flavorful is one secret ingredient – the lemon juice. This is really the trick to mushrooms that pop with flavor. Melt some garlic butter in a pan over medium heat.  I never bother making my own garlic butter, nor do I buy manufactured, rather I use made-in-store garlic butter from the deli section of the grocery store.  Most reasonably sized grocery stores with delis offer this.   When I am adhering to a calorie restricted diet, or maintaining a clean eating lifestyle, I will saute the mushrooms in chicken or beef broth with and garlic, a…

  • Soup

    Lentil Soup

    This soup is great as is, or add some sliced farmers sauce or small meatballs if you want to make it “meaty”. Ingredients 1 medium onion, diced 2-3 tablespoons chopped garlic (from a jar) 2 large carrots, sliced or shaved 2 bay leaves 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme (optional) 4 cups (1 box) vegetable stock or chicken broth 1.5 cups dry, rinsed green lentils (or you can use a lentil and grain soup mix) 1.5 cups dry, rinsed red lentils (or you can use a lentil and grain soup mix) 1 medium potato, peeled and diced into 1 cm pieces (optional) 1/2 tsp sea Salt or…

  • Cabbage Soup recipe

    Cabbage Soup Recipe – Two Ways

    I have 2 different ways of making Cabbage Soup, depending on what I’m in the mood for.  I like variety.  The two recipes are very similar, save for just one ingredient, but that one ingredient – tomatoes – makes a major difference in the type of soup you’ll end up with.  (If you skip the tomatoes, be sure to note that I usually add a splash of lemon juice).  With the tomatoes it is even higher in nutrition, thicker and a bit heartier.  If you skip the tomatoes you’ll end up with more of a broth based soup. Both are delicious, just depends on what will hit the spot for…

  • Beef stew recipe
    Clean Eating,  Main Course

    Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    I made this stew for dinner this evening and it was really quite lovely. Its springtime right now, but I can see this being be a nice bowl of warm comfort on an autumn night. I made a few modifications to the original recipe – largely to “healthify” it and make it “clean eating” compliant, and it turned out awesome. For instance, instead of using all purpose flour which is highly refined and basically offers no nutritional value (all the food stuff – the fiber – has been refined out), so all its good for is unhealthy blood sugar spikes… I substituted oat flour, which is simply quick oats that…

  • Clean Eating,  Soup,  Veggies

    Clean Eating Broccoli Soup

    Low  fat, low cal and dairy free, this easy broccoli soup recipe is ideal for a clean eating lifestyle. Note the clever little clean eating trick here – a potato is used to thicken and add richness instead of using cream as is typical in “cream of broccoli soup”.  Works like a charm, you would not know there is not actually cream in this soup. It has all the creamy richness, without the cream! And at just 64 calories a serving its a great addition to any weight loss or weight management regime.  Super healthy – a great way to eat your broccoli and get a good dose of greens,…

  • No bake energy balls - clean eating protein balls/ bites
    Clean Eating

    Protein Balls (Energy Balls/ Energy Bites) Recipes

    Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate chip No Bake Energy Balls 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup ground flax seed 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (can also use smooth) 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Add all ingredients to list Directions Combine oats, chocolate chips, flax seed, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; form into balls using your hands. Arrange energy bites on a baking sheet and freeze until set, about 1 hour. Tips Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy. To help keep the mix from sticking to my hands,…

  • Spinach strawberry walnut salad
    Clean Eating,  Veggies

    Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad

    1½ tbsp olive oil or MCT oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar dash sea salt ⅛ tsp black pepper 4 c baby spinach (about 4 oz) 1 pear, peeled, cored, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced ½ c strawberries or dried cranberries ¼ c walnut pieces, toasted ¼ c thinly sliced red onion WHISK oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add spinach, pear, cranberries, walnuts, and onion and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings. NUTRITION (per serving) 170 cal, 2 g pro, 24 g carb, 4 g fiber, 15 g sugars, 9 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 190 mg so

  • Homemade Salsa Recipe - Best!
    Clean Eating,  Veggies

    Homemade Salsa Recipe – Best!

    Homemade salsa is a great thing to have in the house when you are in to clean eating.  Now you can have your salsa with no additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.  In terms of heat, this is a medium salsa. Its also a chunky salsa so if you want a smoother salsa cut your veggies into smaller pieces, or for restuarant style salsa run through a blender. I found that in following this recipe, the vinegar taste was a bit strong (I used apple cider vinegar), so I did add some sugar (coconut sugar to keep it healthy), to taste. I also did not get around to adding the jalepeno…