Category Archives: Meal Makeovers & Recipes

A Crepe-Like Omelet for Easter Sunday

Thour we don’t have a strong Easter tradition in this household, we do attempt to do something a bit special on Easter Sunday. This is a special food item that would work well for a brunch and fight depression at the same time. Eggs are a great source of protein and the yolks are a…

Children and Food: Sometimes it is all about presentation

Our child would eat almost nothing if we were not creative. He plays and plays until he is so tired and hungry that he has a meltdown. We are always looking for ways to engage him in his eating experience. We cook with him and follow him around the house with food. One successful strategy…

Food for the Road

As we head south this weekend, I thought I would write a quick post about how we survive on the road without partaking in the junk food offerings along the Interstate. The list starts from most ambitious to least and we usually use a mixed strategy with any one trip. Pack Leftovers in the Cooler…

Travel Food: Clam Dip and Vegetables

Life has been full of travel lately. When I am absolutely unprepared with food but do not want to go to restaurants, I hit Trader Joe’s or a market for prepared salads. But I discovered another super easy option: vegetables and dip. I make a meal much like that displayed in my post about To-Go…

A Sweet Omelet: Grain-Free Crepe-Like Food

Eggs are a great source of protein and the yolks are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids (Omega 3 eggs), particularly if the eggs come from hens eating bugs and weeds or on a diet of flax or fish meal. We are always looking for new ways to use eggs. Below is mom’s…

Whole Roast Chicken: Spicy Latin Style

Whole chickens are a great dinner choice. You get the first meal, the leftovers, and then the soup from the broth (that may have still more leftover meat). For our family with three adults and a child, we usually cook two chickens and enjoy various parts for the better part of a week. Lately my…

Homemade Orange Ice Cream

We travel through orange country a couple of times a week. Porterville, Terra Bella, and Lindsay produce a whole lot of oranges. Lindsay is the location of a pesticide drift study released last week. Before giving up conventional oranges in light of the apparent pesticide drift, Frederick and I made some orange ice cream.

Homemade Sodas: Water Kefir Drink Recipes

A week or two ago I reported that a study found alcoholic drinks such as tequila as high in antioxidants. I suggested we make our own brew to boost the antioxidants in our diet. My preferred “brew” is a drink called water kefir. Missy asked about my water kefir process. The trick is going to…

Grain-Free, Probiotic-Rich Cheesecake

It’s hard to find a grain-free dessert that fits the “cake” category, but this is a good one. For this recipe I use grandma’s glass pie plate but one of the newer small ones would work too. The whole process is pretty forgiving. We made this cheesecake as a “birthday cake” back on Frederick’s “half…

Chocolate Cinnamon Birthday Cupcakes

It is always a trick to make something that children recognize as dessert and adults recognize as healthy. Custard-based desserts are a good bet, but so are these muffins. Oh, I mean “cupcakes.” The recipe calls for a sourdough starter. If you are new to sourdough baking, you can try the cheater’s method to get…

Gourmet Hot Dog

I know that as a health food type, I shouldn’t have the word “hot dog” on this blog. However, I found a really good one. If you need a hot dog, this is most definitely the hot dog to buy. Applegate Farms makes a dog that is nitrate-free and comes from grass fed and finished…