Mar 112016
 
Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

 

You’ve seen it at your local grocery store, maybe heard your friends are cooking with it, now you can try it, AND MAKE IT! See what all the fuss is about with my Homemade Ghee recipe… And learn why it’s amazing!

What is Ghee Anyway?

Ghee is essentially clarified butter.  Butter cooked to a point where the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat.  It is solid at room temperature and because it doesn’t contain milk solids so those of us with milk allergies or an intolerance can safely enjoy ghee. Homemade Ghee or store-bought, can stay safely in your cupboard, without spoiling because the milk solids are removed.  It can also be heated to a higher cooking temperature (482 degrees!) without smoking and is great for many stovetop meals, such as frying eggs, sautéing vegetables, meats, etc.  The options are endless!

Ghee’s Amazing Health Benefits

This fat is healthy fat.  And if you make it like I do or purchase it from a grass-fed source, it will just compound these health benefits!  According to Real Food For Life, These include:

  • Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins, A D and E.
  • Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.
  • Ghee does not spoil easily so does not need refrigeration. Some ghee mixtures last up to 100 years.
  • Ghee is Nutritionally Rich Like Coconut Oil.  Just like coconut oil, ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed directly to the liver (like carbs) and burnt as energy. Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source.
  • Buttery taste without causing dairy allergies.  Ghee is made from butter, but the milk solids and impurities have been removed so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.
  • The energy from these medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.

With all these wonderful benefits to Ghee, you can see why I am such a fan!  You can definitely buy ghee at your  local grocery or health food store, which I have tried personally, and the taste does not compare to homemade ghee!  Not only that it is so much cheaper and doesn’t take much time at all to make.

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee with This Step-by-Step Guide!

Ingredients and supplies

  • One pound grass-fed unsalted butter (I love Kerrygold)
  • saucepan
  • finemesh sieve
  • mason jar for storage

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

Place butter in sauce pan on medium-low heat. It will begin to simmer and bubble.

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

After a few minutes, the milk solids will begin to float on the top like this. Keep simmering!

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

Using a bowl and a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth, pour ghee into bowl.

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

You will have the browned milk solids left in the sieve and bottom of sauce pan.

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

Make Your Own Homemade Ghee

Golden goodness can be poured into your mason jar to cool. Speed the process by placing in the refrigerator.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses homemade ghee?  Please share!

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Dec 042015
 

Vegan Teething Biscuits

I made 95% of my twins baby food, with the occasional earths best or Plum organics, for traveling. As they were getting older I had to get more creative so they could practice feeding themselves with the pincer grasp. I am totally against processed foods. The majority of it has so much added sugar. I remember looking at teething biscuits by Earths Best and even though its says, “No added sugar,” the second ingredient is evaporated cane juice… SUGAR!! I decided to make my own.

The best thing you can do for your growing baby (ies), is make their food from scratch.  They get the taste of REAL FOOD from the beginning (Check out my previous posts on Homemade Baby Food!)!

Vegan Teething Biscuits

Vegan Teething BiscuitsVegan Teething Biscuits
 
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Always choose organic ingredients :)
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Recipe type: For babies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats (you can grind if your baby doesn’t like texture yet)
  • 1 cup ground oats (grind oats and make an oat flour)(I just put in the blender)
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon or ginger or cardamom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 c (~2) overripe organic bananas, mashed with fork
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs Coconut Oil (you can also sub unsweetened organic applesauce)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients
  3. In separate bowl mash bananas with fork and add remaining wet ingredients
  4. Add wet to dry
  5. Drop by the spoonful onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
  6. Flatten with fork
  7. Bake 12-15 min

I hope your baby enjoys these vegan teething biscuits as much as my twins did!

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Oct 152015
 
natural herbal play dough

natural herbal play dough

I love trying new things.  I even have a hard time making the same recipe twice!  However, I am in love with this Natural Herbal Play Dough recipe, and so are the little hands pictured above!

Sensory play is so beneficial for little growing minds.  According to PBS Parents, “Children (and adults) learn the best and retain the most information when they engage their senses.”  Isn’t it so true that some of our favorite memories are quickly brought back to our minds just from a certain scent, like the smell campfire on a summer night.  Sensory experiences, such as playing with play dough, and especially herb infused play dough, will aid in this development.

Meg Hyke from Home Schooling Mama writes this…

Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:

  • Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  • Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  • This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  • Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  • This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, stick, dry)

The Benefits Specifically for Natural Herbal Play Dough

Anna, from The Imagination Tree states these learning links:

  • sensory: exploring and investigating materials/ textures using all the senses
  • maths: investigating capacity / weighing/ measuring/ counting (during the cooking process)
  • motor skills: fine motor development through: pinching/ squeezing/ pushing/ pincer grip/ poking/ squishing/ rolling/ rolling/ digging
  • creativity: making dough represent other objects/ sculptures/ role-play/ imaginative play
  • literacy: role-play language/ new vocabulary eg. herb names
  • phase: working independently/ sustained involvement at play

Natural Herbal Play Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • Fresh Herbs of choice (Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Mint, or anything soothing)
  • all natural food coloring (optional)
    natural herbal play dough

    Mix dry ingredients first, while water is heating.

    natural herbal play dough

    This rosemary plant grows year round in California. I absolutely LOVE having an herb garden. Herbs are the easiest thing to grow and do no take much tending to!

natural herbal play dough

Slowly add hot water, and herbs. The heat will help infuse the dough with the herb.

 

natural herbal play dough

My kids LOVE helping me in the kitchen. It one of my favorite ways to bond with my sons. I walked out to get more Rosemary and I came back to them pushing more rosemary into the dough.

natural herbal play dough

 

natural herbal play dough

 

natural herbal play dough

 

natural herbal play dough

 

natural herbal play dough

Natural Herbal Play Dough Manipulative’s… Make it more fun!

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Straws
  • Pasta shapes
  • Buttons
  • Shells
  • toy creatures
  • rolling pins, plastic knives, scissors, plastic pizza cutters
  • cupcake cases in different sizes
  • colored and natural feathers
  • pine cones, sticks, bark, leaves
  • muffin tins, egg cartons, chocolate boxes,
  • small cups and shot glasses
  • alphabet letters
  • shells
  • buttons
  • glass pebbles
  • toy vehicles
  • wooden letters and numbers
  • fabric, netting and ribbons
  • lolly sticks

I hope your kids enjoy this All Natural Herbal Play Dough Recipe as much we are!

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Jul 132015
 
Chocolate paleo donuts

Chocolate paleo donuts

Paleo donuts have been a long time coming!  I’ve been asked more times than I can count for a good donut recipe, especially from my son Maximus (Rocco does not like dessert, except my chocolate chip cookies).  He had never eaten a donut before!  We have read about them in books (a Halloween Little People book), and seen them, so finally… ask and ye shall receive!

I am far from a bakery chef and do not have the patience for perfection, but they do taste amazing, are gluten-free, and simple to make!

Chocolate Paleo Donuts

Chocolate Paleo Donuts
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • ½ cup cold pressed coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • Topping
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor, pulse together coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda
  3. Add eggs, coconut oil, and honey until thoroughly combined
  4. using a small spoon, fill each doughnut well half way full of batter
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes
  6. Remove doughnuts from and place on parchment paper to cool
  7. In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and coconut butter
  8. Drizzle doughnut with chocolate glaze or use a brush.
  9. Optional add all natural sprinkles
  10. Cool and serve
  11. Store in Refrigerator


Chocolate paleo donuts

I really love these sprinkles!  They are 100% all natural, no artificial colors, are chemical free, and a perfect addition to these donuts, however, they are completely optional!

Chocolate paleo donuts

 

Chocolate paleo donuts

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!  Happy baking!

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May 142015
 
Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
 Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

This salad… romaine, grass-fed steak, shredded cauliflower, jicama, roasted chickpeas, broccoli sprouts, and olive oil and vinegar homemade dressing.

I have been on a new health kick again.  I’ve eliminated EVERYTHING processed…  From my ezekiel bread to even my favorite protein powders (grass-fed whey and shakeology).  I know what your are thinking, “hasn’t she already done this?”  Well, yes… and no!  I’ve just taken it to a whole new level.

After reading an amazing book on whole foods, by Dr. Berg, I reevaluated my diet.  As a real food and whole food believer I was still eating a few processed items, that can deceivingly be considered unprocessed.  And because I have issues with insulin, thanks to Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, I’ve drastically lowered my carbohydrate intake and have eliminated grains, starches and high GI fruits. I’ve replaced them with heart healthy FAT. Can I be honest?  I haven’t felt this good in a long time.  My energy, my sleep, my gut… so good!

Now, I won’t go to say that I’m following this diet or that diet.  I’m still listening to my body.  I’m still eating cheese and yogurt.  I am also not saying that everyone should eat this way.  Each person is so different, each body is so different.  Eat the way that YOU feel your best.  Remember, its a journey.

Now, why am I telling you this?  Because you make start to see some different recipes coming.  I know I do have a lot of grain-free paleo type recipes, but more are likely coming!

I was searching for a protein type snack that is vegan (I did a three day whole food vegan cleanse) and came across Roasted Chickpeas.  I’m hooked!  These are great to have out for snacking, to replace in your salad instead of croutons, they are fiber and protein rich to keep you full and your blood sugar low, not to mention ultra-crunchy and delicious with a little kick!

Oven Roasted Chickpea’s Recipe

Deliciously Crunchy Roasted Chickpea’s Recipe
 
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Perfect for a snack, on top of your salad!
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 2 Cans rinsed Chickpeas (or make your own by soaking dried chickpeas overnight and then boiling.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Sea or Himalayan Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • and a pinch of Cayenne
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Rinse chickpea’s
  3. lay out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  4. drizzle with olive oil
  5. sprinkle with seasonings, about 2 tsp each chili and garlic and a pinch of Cayenne
  6. Bake for 45 min, turn half way to prevent burning. Check Chickpeas of crunchiness. They should not be chewy at all.

 

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings, and place in preheated oven.

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

They should be golden and crunchy when done.

 

 Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

They make the perfect snack or salad topping

 

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

I hope you enjoy my oven roasted chickpeas recipe!

Keep it clean, keep it natural!  From my natural health blog to you!

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Apr 282015
 

best cauliflower pizza crust

I am not sure why this took me so long?  I had no idea how easy it would be to make!  This is the Best Cauliflower Crust Pizza, if I do say so myself.

Pizza crust has always intimidated me because of its lengthy process to make.  Finally, I have a simple pizza that I can make completely from scratch, crust included!  It only takes three ingredients (not including toppings!) to make a simple and ultra healthy (and low carb!) meal.

The Best Cauliflower Crust Pizza ~ Margarita style!

The BEST Cauliflower Crust Pizza!
 
Healthy, low-carb, and super delicious!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 4 cups grated Organic Cauliflower
  • 4 cups shredded Whole Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 Whole Organic Eggs
  • Low Sugar Pizza Sauce of Choice or use my Marinara (HERE)
  • Fresh Basil and/or add your favorites
  • Sea salt and olive oil to drizzle on after cooking
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree’s
  2. Grate cauliflower
  3. Add 2 cups grated cheese, cauliflower, and eggs to a mixing bowl and mix.
  4. On a parchment lined baking sheet, add crust mixture to form a crust.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Add toppings and bake for 10 more minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

 

best cauliflower crust pizza

Using the grater of a food processor “shred” your cauliflower. Or you can use hand held cheese grater if you do not have a food processor.

 

best cauliflower crust pizza

1 head of cauliflower makes a bit more than four cups. Add four cups of the cauliflower, two cups of cheese, and the four eggs to a bowl and mix.

 

best cauliflower crust pizza

You can make two circular pizzas or one large one, like I have. Spread crust mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

 

best cauliflower crust pizza

Bake in a preheated oven of 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.  Add sauce and toppings and a few grinds of sea salt (optional).

best cauliflower crust pizza

Add sauce and cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes.

 

best cauliflower crust pizza

Top with fresh basil and drizzle with olive oil, for a more authentic Margarita pizza!

  best cauliflower crust pizza

Enjoy the Best Cauliflower Crust Pizza with a fresh salad and your favorite people of course! Buon Appetito… mangia mangia!

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Apr 132015
 

Oven Roasted Beets

What is not to love?  Do you see that color?  Color means nutrients, yes, HEALING nutrients.  We are talking essential minerals, phytochemicals (aka cancer fighting!), and special anti-inflammatory/anti-aging properties.  The more color we eat the healthier our skin, hair, nails, heart, and our entire internal body becomes.  Do you want to look and feel better?  EAT THE RAINBOW! Literally.

You can start with this recipe.  Those vibrant colors are what our bodies crave. Not a fan of beets?  Have you tried roasting them yet? Roasting vegetables brings a whole new flavor and texture to vegetables, that we simply just LOVE!  Try tossing them with your favorite herbs for some added flavor and heart healthy benefits.

Oven Roasted Beets, Yams, and Carrots Recipe

Oven Roasted Beets, Yams, and Carrots Recipe
 
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Always choose organic!
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Recipe type: Dinner/side dish
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2-3 beets
  • 2 large yams
  • 6 carrots
  • Fresh parsley
  • Avocado or extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Remove the greens from your beets and save them for a green smoothie or juice!
  3. Wash, scrub, and chop beets.
  4. Wash scrub, and chop yams.
  5. Wash, scrub, and chop carrots.
  6. Line your pan with parchment paper, lay vegetables on pan, toss with oil, salt, and freshly chopped parsley, Or you can toss with parsley after cooking. Both are delicious.
  7. *Peeling is optional for all of the above. I tend to leave the peel on my root vegetables for the added minerals that it contains.

This Oven Roasted Beet, Yam and Carrot recipe makes the perfect side dish for just about any meal.  Serve with grass-fed steak or Roasted Rosemary Chicken, and a nice green salad!  Enjoy!

Oven Roasted Beets

 

Oven Roasted Beets

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