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Long Fermented Sprouted Spelt Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Long Fermented Sprouted Spelt Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

A happy morning for all! I have always enjoyed baking!  One of my fondest childhood memories is baking with my grandma.  She would give me my own piece of bread dough to make my very own “coffee cake” creation.  We would work side by side. […]

Breakfast/Brunch Egg, Sausage, and Veggie Casserole

Breakfast/Brunch Egg, Sausage, and Veggie Casserole

This casserole is the perfect thing for breakfast, or brunch!  It’s especially great for all the upcoming holiday brunches, and family breakfasts!  It’s quick and easy to make.  You can make it the evening before, store it in the refrigerator overnight, and then toss it […]

Healthy Gingerbread Men

Healthy Gingerbread Men

I am especially excited to share this recipe with you today!  These cookies are an adorable, memory making activity, and they taste great!  My little ones loved helping with these!!  We had a whole afternoon of excited little guys, while they learned about liquid and solid measurement.  They got to roll out the dough, and use the fun Christmas cookie cutters.  These cookies aren’t loaded with sugar, in fact they have a few herbal goodies thrown in, so that you and your family get the benefits of their immune boosting and adaptogenic properties!!  I’m going to list the herbs used in these cookies and a few of their benefits!

I like to use dried herbs in recipes in the wintertime.  The ground, dried ginger, ashwaganda, and cloves I buy in bulk, and then use my coffee grinder to powder them for recipes.

Maca-Maca root is a powerhouse herb!  It is an adaptogenic, meaning it gives your body systems an extra boost while under physical, emotional, or mental stress.  Adaptogenic herbs help promote balance in the body-including in our immune systems, energy metabolism, endocrine systems and more.  All the adaptogens have such a high nutrient profile that I give them to my whole family year round-but especially in the winter months when we are getting less fresh air and sunshine due to the cold temperatures.  Learn more about maca HERE.

Ginger-Ginger is a warming herb which makes it great for wintertime!  It can help ease indigestion from those large holiday meals, it can help ease nausea (even with motion sickness-so keep these cookies in mind if you have holiday plans that involve traveling with a little one who tends to get motion sick! :)) It can help reduce muscle pain and soreness, it is anti-inflammatory, and packed with antioxidants.

Cinnamon-is another warming herb-also great for the wintertime!  Cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants-which means it protects your body against oxidative stress.  It is also anti-inflammatory.  Cinnamon is helpful for the circulatory, and neurological systems-it has some very powerful benefits in these two areas!  It is highly anti-bacterial, and anti-viral…..and who couldn’t use those two properties during the winter months?!

Ashwaganda-This is an herb that I love to throw in everything come fall.  It can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and help lower the stress hormone cortisol.  It is considered another adaptogenic like Maca root.  Ashwaganda may help improve brain health and memory.  You can toss this herb in soups and stews too because it tolerates a bit higher temperatures without degrading the properties of the herb!

Cloves-Cloves are also highly antioxidant, and anti-bacterial.  They help to improve digestion, fight inflammation, support oral health, help relieve stressful feelings, among a host of other benefits!

I LOVE eating cookies that are healthy, and guilt free!!

For this recipe you will need some Christmas cookie cutters, a chopstick, some twine, or raffia (for hanging these cute cookies on the tree-or giving as a gift to family and friends!).  An off-set spatula also is helpful but not necessary-you can use a regular spatula/flipper.

Dry ingredients in a bowl for gingerbread cookies

Rolling out the Gingerbread cookies

Healthy Gingerbread Men

December 2, 2018
: Approx 50 cookies-depends on size of cookie cutters
: 15 min
: 20 min
: 35 min
: Moderate

Delicious, healthy gingerbread cookies! Perfect for eating, or hanging on your Christmas tree!

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Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 4 c. Almond Flour
  • 1/4 c. Coconut Flour
  • 1 c. Swerve (2 c. if you like a sweeter cookie. I really enjoy a cookie that isn't as sweet-it's a perfect coffee or tea dunking cookie. You may also choose to use another form of sweetner. 1 cup of coconut sugar, or 1/2 cup of honey would also work).
  • 2 TBSP ground ginger
  • 2 TBSP Maca root powder
  • 1 tsp Ashwaganda (optional)
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp valencia orange or regular stevia glycerite
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP Molasses
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Directions
  • Step 1 Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Step 2 Preheat your oven to 275 F.
  • Step 3 You will need 2 large sheets of parchment to roll the dough out between.
  • Step 4 Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Step 5 Stir in the wet ingredients.
  • Step 6 Divide the dough in 1/2 and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness between the two sheets of parchment. It’s important to get these a bit on the thicker side so they don’t burn.
  • Step 7 Use the cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
  • Step 8 Gently lift the cookies from the parchment with an offset spatula and transfer to the parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Step 9 Keep repeating the process with the leftover dough scraps and repeat with second half of the dough. Poke holes in the tops of cookies (to put raffia or twine through for hanging on your Christmas tree) with chop stick/wooden skewer.
  • Step 10 Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Step 11 Allow these to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet then transfer them to a cooling rack, and allow them to cool completely. String the raffia or twine through the holes you made to hang on the tree!
  • Step 12 ENJOY!

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Jalapeno Popper Roasted Garlic Casserole!!

Jalapeno Popper Roasted Garlic Casserole!!

This recipe is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezey!  You can adjust the “heat” as you like.  This recipe is quite mild as it is, because I have little ones who don’t enjoy the bite of a jalapeno as much as their parents do!  This is easy to throw together-even […]

The 5 Reasons Why I Love Lemongrass Spa and You Will Too!

The 5 Reasons Why I Love Lemongrass Spa and You Will Too!

Hello everyone!  Today’s post is a spotlight on an “herbal goodie” I’d like to share with you!  I have decided to post about this new venture of mine in spite of possibly sounding, “sales-y”.  It’s not my intent, but I just wanted to share with […]

Homemade Herbal Hot Cocoa!!

Homemade Herbal Hot Cocoa!!

I love story time. I love story time even more with a GOOD cup of cocoa-a decadent one, snuggled up with my boys reading Christmas library books!  And, hey, it’s November already, so why not Christmas story books already right?!

I don’t really care for the pre-packaged hot cocoa mixes….I mean, if I’m going to make a treat for us, I want it to be healthy and not packed with sugar and other additives.  I want it to contain some “staying power”–I have boys which equals ALWAYS HUNGRY.  I also want it to taste amazing and to be relatively quick and easy to whip up!  Mixing the dry ingredients in a big quart jar, helps to makes this recipe quick and easy!  I have devised some ways to get protein and GOOD sources of healthy fat into them, which helps keep them out of the fridge for a minute or two hahahaha!!  Good fat nourishes the brain.  Grass fed butter for example is packed with ALA (alpha lipoic acid) which is antioxidant, and is a helper to our immune systems by fighting free radicals and inflammation.  It is high in vitamins A and D.  In fact, those with lactose intolerances may actually be able to tolerate grass-fed butter!  There are many benefits to consuming grass-fed butter over conventionally fed butter, or margarine.  So I know this can be a bit pricer, but it is one item I encourage splurging on.  It tastes SO good-especially in cocoa.  If you have never had a buttery cocoa you are in for a treat!

In this recipe you will notice I use Swerve sweetner.  It is because I am pretty opposed to sugar and I try to find healthier alternatives for us.  I do low carb because I’m keeping an eye on my blood sugars after having gestational diabetes.  I will insert my disclaimer here…this is in no way medical advice.  Talk with your doctor if you have gestational diabetes! 🙂  This doesn’t mean you need to do the same-please use the sweetner of your choice.  Raw honey can work, but you can’t put it in the dry mix.  You would need to add this with the milk when you are actually making.  Coconut sugar is delicious though, and can be added into the dry mix.

Cocoa is high in magnesium-which helps relax mind and body.  In a house of rowdy boys this is definitely a nutrient I try to get into them on a daily basis!  We have talked about some of the benefits of Maca Root in another post.  If you want to read about it’s amazing powers, go HERE.

Himalayan Salt is a good source of trace minerals, and it seems to really bring out the flavors!

For the milk I used this Suja Plant protein milk.  The protein source is pea protein.  This is the way I add some of that “staying power”.  This milk is at Costco right now.

Suja Plant Protein Milk

I also used some coconut milk.  Coconut milk is another good source of fat, and it tastes delicious, although I would not recommend using JUST coconut milk.  I would cut it with something.  I’ve used unsweetened almond milk and unsweetened cashew milk and the results were also amazing!

Homemade Herbal Hot Cocoa!

November 6, 2018
: 5 ish
: 5 min
: 5 min
: 10 min
: Easy

A protein/good fat-packed, delicious, healthy herbal hot cocoa!

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Ingredients
  • For the dry cocoa mix you will need a clean empty glass jar and lid.
  • Cocoa Mix:
  • 1.5 cups organic cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups of sweetner-I used Swerve (low carb option) coconut sugar is also really good in this
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 T. Maca root powder
  • 1 tsp himalayan Salt
  • For the Hot Cocoa:
  • 10 cups of milk of choice. If you are going for a low carb cocoa, use an unsweetened nut milk like cashew or almond, or coconut milk I used Suja Plant protein milk, and coconut milk in this.
  • 2 TBSP Grass Fed butter
  • 5 TBSP cocoa mix
Directions
  • Step 1 In a quart sized canning jar, mix the cocoa powder, swerve or sweetner of your choice, maca root, and salt. Put the lid on and shake to mix.
  • Step 2 In a medium kettle over medium/high heat pour in the milk, butter, and cocoa mix.
  • Step 3 Heat through but do not boil.
  • Step 4 Pour into your favorite mugs! This recipe yields about 10 cups-but most mugs are bigger than 1 cup, so this will do about 5 mugs full.
  • Step 5 I top this with homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
  • Step 6 Enjoy!!


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Jalapeno Poppers!

Jalapeno Poppers!

Hey gang!  I thought I would give you my most recent recipe for jalapeño popper filling!  We ALWAYS get a huge amount of jalapeños either from family, or our garden, or we buy them locally because my husband is a jalapeño fanatic!  Poppers are one […]

Relax Tea Blend

Relax Tea Blend

Here’s a tea blend using loose herbs that I love!  It’s highly nourishing to the body, and is a great addition to any bedtime routine! I will list the ingredient amounts in “parts”.  For my 1 part I used 1/3 cup. Join me for farm […]

Maple Bacon Pumpkin Chili

Maple Bacon Pumpkin Chili

There is that long anticipated chill in the air today.  It was the kind of perfectly sunny, yet chilly day that made us want to be outside all day, and come in to enjoy a dinner of the warm flavors of fall.  This chili has sweet and savory flavors that blend so well!

The local fare in this recipe included a pumpkin from our Ahavah share, zucchini from our grandma’s garden, and tomatoes from Smith’s.

I included an herb in this dish that some of you may not be familiar with.  It’s called Ashwaganda.  It’s an adaptogenic herb; meaning it helps the body to adapt to physical, mental and emotional challenges more smoothly-causing less stress on your system physiologically.  This is a great herb to toss in to any soup or stew that you make this winter.  The action is long acting.  It will nourish slowly over time.  I like to begin using this herb on a regular basis as the summer days turn more chilly and give way to fall.  I want this herb to be giving it’s full advantages to our systems during those long, cold winter months.

Maple Bacon Pumpkin Chili

September 28, 2018
: 10-ish
: 20 min
: 1 hr
: Easy

A thick hearty chili with the flavors of fall

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Ingredients
  • 1 TBSP Avacado Oil
  • 1 Md. Onion-chopped
  • 4 c. Pumpkin
  • 4 c. Chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 2 c. unsweetened cashew milk
  • 15 strips bacon cooked
  • 1 Md. Zucchini-diced
  • 1 Md. Red bell pepper-chopped
  • 1 md. green bell pepper-chopped
  • 1 md. orange bell pepper-chopped
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves (ground)
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract
  • 1 TBSP Ashwaganda
  • 2 T. Chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite-or your sweetner of choice.
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat your oven to 350 F. Begin by cooking the bacon. I do this by lining a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper, and then place the bacon on, and in the oven at 350 for 20-30 min depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
  • Step 2 While the bacon is cooking put the rest of the ingredients into your crock pot or instant pot. Cook on high for 30 min to 1 hour, or low for 2-3 hours.
  • Step 3 Once the bacon is done, remove it from the oven and chop it into bite sized pieces.
  • Step 4 Place one serving of the chili into a bowl and top with the chopped bacon.
  • Step 5 A couple of side notes about this chili: You can add the canned beans of your choice. I prefer no beans which is why I did not include them on the ingredient list of this recipe. Next-I used fresh pumpkin. You can use canned, however fresh will yield a much better taste in my opinion. It is simple to cook a pumpkin. Simply preheat your oven to 425, and place the pumpkin on a rimmed cookie sheet-whole-no need to cut into it! Place the whole thing into your oven, and cook until it is fork tender. For a small to medium pumpkin this takes anywhere from 30-40 minutes generally. It depends on the variety of pumpkin. Once it has cooked remove it from the oven, and wait for it to cool, then just slice it open and scoop out the seeds and save for roasting later! Scoop out the flesh and place it in the blender to make it smooth for this soup! That’s it! Super easy and very tasty!!

Please comment below and let me know what you thought of this recipe!!



Pork Green Chili

Pork Green Chili

This is a savory, warm-your-belly-kind of meal.  It’s one of my favorite meals to prepare my family in the months when the air is getting chilly and the leaves are turning their bright fall shades. The local fare in this meal includes pork tenderloin from […]


The Spotlight

Ahavah Farm

Ahavah Farm

 

Today I want to share about a local farmer and his family.

Part of the reason I began blogging in the first place was to help get awareness out in our community about local farmers, their farming practices, and how they are trying to help build a stronger community, and  healthier people.

This is Ahavah Farm.  The word Ahavah means love in Hebrew.  This family chose that name for their farm because they truly love their community, and they pour lots of love and hard work into everything they do.

Their names are Yosef and Havah Camire and they are the owners of this regenerative and sustainable organic farm.  They offer some of the purest produce and eggs available.  Pure equals nutrient dense, which in turn creates healthy people!

One of the many hoop houses filled with growing food!

You may be asking what the terms regenerative and sustainable mean exactly.

The term regenerative was coined to represent an organic agriculture that goes beyond simply sustainable.  It is actually a holistic systems approach to agriculture that encourages continual on-farm innovations that in turn encourage social, economic, and spiritual well-being.  This term portrays an intent to restore degraded soil biodiversity.  You may not know this, but there is a whole world of micro-organisms living under your feet, and all around you.   These microscopic bacteria are living beings that enable your food to be useful for your health.  They help make nutrients bioavailable (able to be used by your body-instead of just excreted because your body doesn’t know how to use foreign substances).  These tiny bugs populate your gut aka intestinal system.  Studies show that as much as 70-90% of your immune system is located in your gut.  If you have a healthy gut, then it stands to reason you will experience more health and well-being overall.

Regenerative farming focuses on improving soil health through increased soil carbon, and life in the soil.  Industrial farming has been mining the soil of nutrients for a very long time whereas regenerative farming is all about growing and feeding soil life.

The term sustainable refers to the production of produce, and meats using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, communities, and animal welfare.  This type of farming encourages production of healthy food without compromising future generation’s ability to do likewise.

Some of the methods Ahavah Farm implements in their regenerative, and sustainable efforts include not using tractors; no tilling of the soil; and no heavy metal products, succession planting, composting, crop rotation, and planting a wide variety of produce.

Ahavah Farm also has another unique aspect.  They have been a “Pay what you can afford” farm since 2014.  They are NOT subsidized-and NOT a non-profit farm.  They simply do this out of the goodness of their hearts to ensure that everyone can have access to pure food.

You can find Ahavah Farm’s smiling faces at the Colorado Farm and Art Market at the Pioneer Museum, Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm, and also the Woodland Park Farmer’s Market Fridays from 8am-1pm.  These markets usually last through mid-October.  They also welcome volunteers!  This is a fantastic way to build community, get to know the farmers who work so hard to produce good food for our community, learn their methods, and lend a helping hand where it will be greatly appreciated!  If you are interested in volunteering you can speak with them at farmer’s market.  You can follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714532138634754/.  You can also check out their website here:  https://www.ahavahfarm.com.

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