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Ginger Carrot Soup

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This is a great seasonal soup for these cooler fall nights and SO easy! It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants. Carrots are known for their Vitamin A (great for your eye health- helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration), Vitamin K (helps your blood clot), Vitamin C (helps body repair wounds and…(Read More)

Winter Veggie Soup

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 Ingredients: 3 Tbsp coconut oil 3 leeks (whites only), chopped 1 sweet onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 carrots, peeled, sliced 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes 8 cups vegetable stock 2, 14 oz glass jars of diced tomatoes (Jovial is one brand) 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 Tbsp…(Read More)

Cauliflower kale apple winter salad

Salads often don’t sound too appealing when it’s cold out, but it’s important to eat raw plant foods every single day.  Any raw (uncooked) plant food has enzymes that help you digest your food.  In our crazy busy world, stress is the #1 inhibitor of good digestion.  So eating raw foods can…(Read More)

Harvest Vegetable Soup

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I made this soup for dinner last night and it was a huge hit! This is a perfect recipe for this time of year. It is prime time for all of these vegetables, I’m sure you could find them at your local farmers’ market if not in your own garden! The original recipe calls…(Read More)

As you probably know by now, I changed my diet when I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2015.  If you are new to chronic Lyme, being diagnosed with it is about like being told you have cancer.  Or at least that is my experience.  There aren’t many answers for…(Read More)

I love zucchini but if you’re getting as much of it in your garden as I am, you may be looking for ways to use it up! Look no further- this is a one pot meal you can make in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a healthy lunch, dinner, or summer side, this meal…(Read More)

Zucchini w avocado sauce

Zucchini noodles are so popular for a lot of reasons right now.  Paleo folks love them because they are grain-free and low-carb. I love them because I have a personal goal to eat as many servings of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens as I can each day.  These definitely count! Our garden is…(Read More)

As you maybe know, I eat a VERY plant-based diet.  And my main focus is to eat fruits, veggies (starchy or non-starchy) and leafy greens. And although we raise our own beef and can buy an organic hog each year, I also have been minimizing my animal fats and using more avocado and…(Read More)

Tuscan Chicken Dinner

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Sometimes you just need a quick go-to meal. I love making this tuscan chicken dish on busy weeknights or nights I don’t feel like cooking. I usually have all the ingredients on hand and it is super easy to make. Serve as it is or over spaghetti squash. (I love rosemary and think…(Read More)

Here’s another twist on a classic Chinese take-out favorite. Instead of rice it uses cauliflower “rice” to give it the same texture as rice but more health benefits. Cauliflower is loaded with vitamin C, potassium, sulfur, fiber and folic acid- it’s a healthy option as a side with any dinner or even…(Read More)

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

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I love using my crock pot (or InstaPot!) this time of year!  It is so nice to come home to dinner already ready. This recipe uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! Pair it up with a huge green salad and some It’s important to get clean meat so look…(Read More)

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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A simple weeknight dinner or make ahead lunch for the fall- enjoy! Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes (scrubbed/washed) 1/2 a red onion, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1/2 a red apple, diced 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh or dried 3 cups chopped kale salt and pepper to taste ~4 Tbsp coconut oil…(Read More)

Skinny Alfredo Sauce

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A lighter version of the classic Alfredo sauce. You’ll never know its lightened up, it tastes the same as the original! This sauce will definitely be a go-to recipe for me. Serve it with broccoli, tomatoes, chicken, or shrimp – no pasta necessary! *Note: The longer you let the sauce simmer before adding…(Read More)

Here’s a fun pizza for you and the cool part is it can cook while you are at work, and assemble it pretty easy when you are ready.    It does require a few ordered-in special ingredients but if can plan ahead, you’re golden! Miyoko makes a fabulous vegan cheese.  Their mozzarella is…(Read More)

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

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This is seriously one of my most favorite meals, and also one of the easiest.  We buy non-GMO fed chicken thighs with the skin on and bone in.  We get 3 in a package and I usually make 3 or 4 packages at a time.   That way we have dinner, lunch the next day…(Read More)

Both beets and onions are in season right now, here’s a great recipe to use both! I recently had a similar salad at Snake River Brewing down in Jackson, WY. It was so delicious I’ve been trying to find a similar recipe. The combination of grapefruit and beets surprisingly go really well together…(Read More)

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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I just made this for dinner and loved it! It doesn’t take very long to make at all. I love the fall flavors of cinnamon and pumpkin, I can’t wait to try it again this fall! Next time I may add some lentils or kidney beans for a little more texture. Tonight I…(Read More)

Grain-Free Pizza Dough

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This recipe takes some time but is so worth it! You could even make a few batches ahead of time and keep them in the fridge or freezer for later. This would be a great way to cook with kids –  use your pre-made dough and have them add their own healthy toppings. Ingredients…(Read More)

teriyaki kabob

Teriyaki Sirloin Kabobs

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This is a great recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce- it’s delicious on these kabobs but you could use it on any kind of meat stir fry as well. I love grilling fruits it adds a nice sweetness to the rest of the dish. Keep this recipe on hand for your next barbecue (Labor Day…(Read More)

slow chicken mole

Mole comes from the Aztec word molli meaning “sauce.” It is a classic Mexican sauce often made for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.  The recipe below contains chocolate, but traditionally only a small percent of mole sauces use chocolate. They are typically a mixture of nuts, seeds, spices, chiles, and vegetables. In Mexico, chefs…(Read More)

This is a great, healthy version of classic creamy pasta sauces. This dish is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and more. Did you know mushrooms are a source of Vitamin D? Many Americans don’t get enough Vitamin D, especially during the winter months. Without dairy in our diet it can be even harder to…(Read More)

simple vegetarian curry

Simple Vegetarian Curry

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I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! If you like hot and spicy foods add some chipotle powder or hot red pepper. Personally, I can’t handle much heat but it does have its benefits. Spicy foods release endorphins (mood booster!), relieve congestion, fight flu symptoms, reduce fevers, and prevent prostate cancer…(Read More)

green lentil salad

Lentil Salad

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This lentil salad is super easy to make. I made it last week and kept it in the fridge and ate it for lunch and served as a side all week! Lentils are a nice source of protein for those of us on vegan or vegan’ish diets….. and are loaded with nutrients. Cilantro is…(Read More)

Gingery Broccoli and Beef

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Here’s a twist on a classic Asian dish. When I was a kid I always requested beef and broccoli on the rare occasion we ordered Chinese takeout (my mom was always kind of a health nut too – which I’m now thankful for). Save this recipe for the next time your kids request…(Read More)

chicken fajita

Chicken Fajitas

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I made these the other night and they were delicious! Tasted just like the seasoning packet you can buy at the store but so much better for you. It just feels better to eat something you know is homemade and know exactly what is in it. Ingredients 1 Tbsp chili powder 1 tsp cumin 1…(Read More)

Have you ever tried grilling fruit? This recipe uses grilled peaches, but pineapples are also delicious grilled. Try other fruits too like apples or bananas! They make a great snack, side or healthy dessert! And always remember to be careful when grilling this summer! Grilling meats, chicken, and fish can form cancer causing compounds called…(Read More)

Asian Chicken Salad

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This is a GREAT recipe if you have any leftover chicken in the fridge already made. It’s easy to make and tastes great too!!! If you are not familiar with coconut aminos it is essentially sap from a coconut tree and is used as a soy sauce substitute.  This is a great soy-free…(Read More)

rosemary chicken

This is a great and simple summer dinner recipe. You can let it marinate in the fridge all day and then just quickly throw it on the grill before dinner. * A Note on Choosing Organic Chicken:  I choose to recommend buying USDA certified organic chicken breast for many reasons. Conventional chicken is fed feed that…(Read More)

This recipe is super quick and easy, especially if you already have some cooked beets on hand.  Costco has been carrying pre-cooked vacuum sealed bags – the brand is “Love Beets” I believe.  I’ve tried them and here’s my thoughts – I don’t like that they come in plastic because plastic can leach…(Read More)

This past week, The Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics held their annual conference. Dietitians from across the state got together to participate in a series of continuing education lectures. One of the lectures focused on lentils. Did you know that Montana is the top lentil producer in the country? Lentils are local, cheap and…(Read More)