Easy Weeknight Meal: Cabbage and Smoked Sausage

My husband and I are in the middle of packing for our move to Bolivia. We have less than a month before our departure date. Anxiety and anticipation are taking over my thoughts. Even now, I sit wanting to give you something witty and funny to read and all I can think about is, “What am…

Pumpkin Rye Oat Pancakes

I love the comforting scents of foods, especially Autumn foods like apple pie, butternut squash soup, spaghetti squash sautes, cranberry sauce, gingerbread, and sweet potato pie. There is one food whose scent I love, but whose taste I struggled with for a time, Fall’s mascot, the pumpkin squash. I grew up eating sweet potato pie….

Authentic Marinara Sauce – Delicious, Quick and Easy

I love pasta. Whenever I didn’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, I would grab a jar of sauce, boil some pasta and call it a meal. In the last few years, though, I’ve noticed that most commercial jars of marinara sauce contain added sugar. It boggles my mind. Tomatoes are sweet on their…

Smoothie Bowl – The Elevated Smoothie

A smoothie is one of my favorite things to have for breakfast on my unrefined diet. It can serve as a quick meal before running out the door to take on the day. Or you might drink one as easy snack. The best thing about having a smoothie is the flexibility in ingredients. You can…

15 Delicious “No Sugar Added” Snacks

We live in a world where people are constantly busy. A day is easily filled with work, school, house chores, paying bills, grocery shopping, taking care of children, taking care of other family, and other demands that so often it’s hard to take care of basic needs like eating or sleeping. When we do take care…

Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Fall is upon us! The leaves are begin to turn. Comforting spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, are common scents in kitchens. The temperature is starting to cool down and I can begin to wear my favorite combination of jeans, boots, big earrings and scarfs. And the best part of Autumn? Seasonal fruits and vegetables. Included…

Sloppy Joe’s on Sweet Potato – No Sugar Added

Growing up I’ve never like sloppy joe’s. My parents would buy a mix in a can and serve it to us. It was a quick and easy way to feed a large family. I couldn’t stomach it; neither could my siblings. Thankfully, after much wasted food, my parents stopped buying it. What’s funny is that…

Sweet Sunday: “No Sugar Added” Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Yogurt

Scientists disagree about whether we can detect six different tastes on our tongue or not. But, they do agree that we can detect at least five: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. At one time, it was believed that different sections of the tongue tasted different sensations. However, science has proven that all regions of the tongue…

My Go-To Sweetener: Date Paste

What is the hardest thing about cutting out refined sugar in your diet? Finding desserts that contain no added sugar. Really, when you think about it, why would we expect a dessert without some sugar added to it? It’s dessert! However, I do expect desserts that taste comparable to what I was used to eating!…

Let’s Get Real: Spike – All Purpose, All Natural Seasoning

I do volunteer work in a kitchen where I feed 150 to 200 other volunteers. On one Saturday afternoon, we were making hamburgers and french fries. Because none of us are professionals, we used seasoned salt to season the fries. While making the many trays of fries, we ran out of the seasoned salt. My…

The Refined Life Led to My Downfall

My dad used to say, whenever we were sick or in pain, “It’s all in your head. You can think your way out of it.” We, rarely, went to the doctor’s office because our ailments were ‘all in our head’. Thank goodness we all survived our childhood and grew up relatively healthy. But, what happens…