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Busy Cooks Guide to Easy Meal Prep

I know what it’s like, being so busy you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals and snacks at home. Things get crazy-busy sometimes, and there does not seem like enough time to do all that we have to do. But there are things that will help to make meal prep easy during the busier […]

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Cucumber-Banana Smoothie

Cucumbers are a great addition to most smoothies. Their water content is high, so you might not need as much milk in this recipe as you do in others. Use what greens are in season. You’ll save money if you grow them yourself. Use organic ingredients whenever you can. This recipes uses leftover ingredients from […]

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Vegetable-Banana Smoothie

Another leftovers type of smoothie for you to try. A lot of times I just use whatever I have on hand. Add more milk if it isn’t smooth enough. Smoothie recipes pack quite the nutritional punch at snack time, or with your breakfast. Ingredients 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (may need more) 1 egg […]

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Tropical Vanilla Smoothie

I love throwing whatever I have into the blender to see what happens. This is one of the food combinations I came up for a recent smoothie. Smoothie recipes are especially tasty, and certainly more healthy, when using organic foods. Feel free to use bits of leftover fruits and vegetables in this smoothie, as I […]

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Chocolaty Good Banana-Cranberry Cereal

They are so simple to make using different types of things. This is a simple one that I made using cranberries to celebrate the autumn season. Oh, and I was also having a chocolate craving.

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Pear and Blueberry Cereal

I had so much fun experimenting with these healthy cereals throughout the spring and summer months. It’s hard to express just how refreshing these are after a long winter of heavy meals. And they are so tasty with the various flavors of the different ingredients. I love how I can switch things up according to […]

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Leftover Thanksgiving Fry Pan Meal

This recipe is frugal because it uses leftovers from you Thanksgiving meal. It’s easy enough for an older child to make. Leftover Potatoes: You will want to make sure that these are warmed when the pan-fried food is done. You can do this in the oven. Sweet potato is a good choice. Ingredients to put […]

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Slow Cooker Leftover Turkey and Gravy

This is an easy one to throw in the slow cooker the morning after Thanksgiving. It can be served over many things, depending on your diet goals. Try it on spaghetti squash, baked sweet potato, paleo biscuits, or brown rice. Ingredients leftover turkey in bite size pieces 1 or 2 cans of turkey gravy, depending […]

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Berry Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I like to pretty them up for the children, to turn them into special treats. I put them into sundae cups for a nice treat. Or I use decorative bowls. I have real tea-spoons with long handles that I place in the cups. Berries are healthy and should be a part of […]

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Watermelon and Blueberries with Coconut Cream

I love melons and berries, and find combining the two makes for some tasty recipes. These combinations are great for spring and summer. This recipe makes a great side dish to any meal, but will also make a delicious snack or dessert. Ingredients 1 cup cubed or balled seedless watermelon ½ cup blueberries 2 to […]

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Strawberry Cream Surprise

I love strawberries, and I love coconut. I love mixing coconut cream with pure extracts to come up with different flavorings. This recipe uses pure mint extract. Add add different toppings to this for variety, choosing something different each time you make it. Ingredients Serves: 1 sundae cup long-handled tea-spoon coconut cream flavored with pure […]

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Fruit Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I put them into the sundae cups for a nice treat. I have real tea spoons with long handles that I place in the cups to add just a little fanciness to this treat. Ingredients any type of fruit that you like, and you can mix and match them coconut cream flavored […]

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Banana ‘Cereal’ with Chocolate Almond Milk

I’m still trying new ‘cereal’ variations, and loving each of them. I’m consuming healthier, lighter foods this time if year, eating more salads, trying new smoothies, and enjoying simple ‘cereals’ and smoothie bowls. And I’m feeling a lot better, in both body and mind. The ‘cereals’ I eat are simple, and pack a good nutritional […]

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Banana Blueberry ‘Cereal’

I’m getting tired of winter and winter foods, wanting spring to be here in full force. I’ve been eating more salads, Trying new smoothies, and enjoying simple ‘cereals’ and smoothie bowls. And I’m feeling a lot better, both physically and mentally. The ‘cereals’ I eat are easy to make, and pack a good nutritional punch […]

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Pancakes with Apple-Maple Syrup

During my healthy eating journey, I’m trying to refrain from saying ‘I’m on a diet’. What I’m really doing is creating a lifestyle change. One that will not only help me to lose weight and be healthier, but will allow me to keep the weight off and stay healthier. Diets don’t do that. Lifestyle changes […]

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Apple-Maple Syrup

I’ve decided to experiment with syrups. I’m trying not to eat the typical syrups found at the store, preferring to use maple. A guest at the inn brought me fresh maple syrup last spring, made by a friend of his here in Maine. I put it away for winter, because that’s when I usually eat […]

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Smoothie Bowl with Strawberries and Almonds

If you haven’t already seen my original smoothie bowl recipe and the Chocolatey Good Smoothie Bowl, now is as good a time as any! Check them out, try them, and let me know what you think. Ingredients (For the smoothie) 1/2 of a banana a handful of fresh baby spinach 3 slices of cucumber 1 […]

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Chocolatey Good Smoothie Bowl

I’ve decided I love smoothie bowls! And, since I mentioned I’d be sharing more with you, I figure it’s about time I do so. One day I was craving chocolate, but did not want to go to the store for candy or a dessert item (I don’t keep that stuff in the house!). A smoothie […]

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Fruit and Almond ‘Cereal’

Winter food is usually heartier food, at least for me, but I’m trying to eat lighter right now. After being sick so much in December and January, I just want to pack in all the nutrients I can. Holiday eating has a way of getting out of control, and my body pays for it in […]

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A Simple ‘Cereal’

Now that I’m eating healthier, I’ve let go of the thought that I ever have to have those cold cereals from a box. None of them seem to be truly healthy, or to fit in with the Paleo lifestyle I’m (mostly) trying to emulate. I mainly have smoothies or smoothie bowls these days, with the […]

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Sausage & Apple One-Pan Meal

One-pan meals are easy to make, and there are so many food combinations you can try something new each time. You don’t always need a lot of ingredients to make a delicious meal. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a one-pan meal is a good way to go. I made one of these meals […]

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Apple & Sausage Oatmeal Bowl

I’ve recently been posting breakfast recipes, Smoothie Bowls and Sausage & Banana Oatmeal Bowl, and I wanted to add another recipe in the same category. This one is just a different play on the last oatmeal bowl, to show how you can switch things up just a bit for something quite different. Ingredients 1 cup […]

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