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    • Coconut Lime Stir Fry

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    •  11/22/2013 9:50:10 PM




      This dinner came together surprisingly quick and the kids gobbled it up! Like I have mentioned in the past, I love to cook large amounts of grains and store them in the fridge for quick access. If you haven't started doing this, I highly recommend it!


      Coconut Lime Stir Fry





      2 cup cooked brown rice

      1 yellow squash,  sliced and quartered

      1 zucchini, sliced and quartered

      1/2 cup chopped chives

      1 cup black beans

      1 tbsp coconut oil

      1/2 lime for juice

      1-2 cloves of garlic minced

      salt and pepper to taste



      Warm coconut oil in a skillet, cook squash and zucchini for about 3 minutes. Add in garlic and chives, stir together and cook for a few more minutes. Stir in brown rice,  black beans, and lime juice. Serve over chopped spinach and allow the warm stir fry to lightly steam the spinach. 

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    • Treating the cause of disease (cool Video)

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    •  11/21/2013 11:12:50 AM
    •  I listened to this video earlier this week and thought I would share :)  It documents the amazing studies Dr. Dean Ornish has done to prove diet is the key to treating the cause of disease but how our country just doesn't get least not yet!


      Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease


      If doctors can eliminate some of our leading killers by treating the underlying causes of chronic disease better than nearly any other medical intervention, why don’t more doctors do it?





      Much Love

      Veteran Mommy


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    • A treat the kids can make!

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    •  11/21/2013 10:29:13 AM
    • My girls love to help me in the kitchen. We have a lot of fun, but they are getting to that age where they all want to try cooking and creating their own fun treats. This is one we came up with together. Its a good combination of a few other treats we have posted on here, but it was there favorite add ins. You can easily adapt this recipe to fit the flavors of your family, assuming you all like chocolate treats!  Give it a try and let the kiddos make it there own.

      Coconut Oatmeal Drops



      2 cups oatmeal

      1/4 cup coconut flakes

      1 cup dark chocolate chips

      1/2 tbsp coconut oil

      1 tbsp peanut butter


      2 tsp hemp seeds

      2 tsp ground flax seeds

      2 tsp sesame seeds

      any crushed nuts or seeds your family enjoys. If you add in a lot of extras alter the amount of oats slightly.


      Melt chocolate, coconut oil, and peanut butter together either on the stove or in the microwave. Stir in all remaining ingredients and evenly coat with the chocolate mixture. Scoop mixture into 1 tbsp size scoops on to parchment paper and cool in fridge or freezer for about 20 minutes. Store any left over in a freezer bag and store in freezer. Makes about 2 dozen depending on size. Great for after school snacks or lunch boxes!


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    • A Healthier Crepe w/Whipped Coconut Milk

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    •  11/11/2013 8:56:26 PM
    •  My oldest daughter is about to be 11 years old. One of her passions is food. She reads cook books in bed and has even been caught on youtube watching cooking shows. She has her favorite chefs and shows she will watch over and over. The prob with this... most of the cooking demos she sees use a large amount of unhealthy ingredients leaving her wishing she could cook yummy foods and me telling they aren't healthy. It's not fun to see her disappointed over food. I really want my kids to have a healthy relationship with food and understand why we eat the way we do, but I am starting to see there is some wiggle room. I am not good at compromise when it comes to our diet, but I realize I need to allow my daughter to learn how to explore healthy eating on her own so she will be prepared when she is on her own and won't run straight the butter isle... really though have you seen the amount of butter they use on cooking shows? Yikes!

      This crepe recipe has been adapted from a children's tea party cookbook my daughter received as a birthday gift a few years ago.

      Fruit Filled Crepes


      Ingredients: Makes 10-12 crepes

      1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 

      1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

      1 egg

      Pinch of salt

      1 tbsp coconut oil (for coating the pan)

      Directions: Combine the flour and salt in a bowl, mix together. Make a hole in the center to add the egg and half of the milk. Mix until smooth, the beat in the rest of the milk keeping mixture smooth and very thin. Heat oil in skillet on medium, cover entire skillet with oil. Pour in enough batter to thinly cover the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 30-45 seconds each side. Stack crepes onto a warm plate, placing wax paper between in each layer and covering with foil to keep warm.

      Suggested filling: 

      1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and smashed

      1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed

      The best part: Coconut Milk Whipped Cream



      1 15 oz can coconut milk, chilled in fridge for several hours (over night is best)

      1 tsp vanilla

      1 tbsp honey



      Open cold can of coconut milk and scoop out only the thick white layer of coconut cream. Do not use any of the watery portion. Whip on medium to high speed with a hand mixer 3 minutes. Add in vanilla and honey to taste. Continue to whip until light and fluffy. Serve inside or on top warm crepes. 


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    • Crock Pot Indian Curry

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    •  11/4/2013 9:53:23 PM
    •  Crock Pot Indian Curry

      1 yellow onion

      3 cloves of garlic

      1 red pepper

      1 can diced tomatoes with juice

      1 14oz can coconut milk 

      2 Tbsp curry seasoning

      1 Tbsp masala (indian spice) 


      Directions for sauce:

      Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor and puree. 

      2 potatoes, cubed

      2 large carrots, sliced

      1 large sweet potatoes, cubed

      1 Cup chopped mushrooms

      1 Cup chopped cauliflower



      Pour sauce into crock pot on high. Add chopped veggies listed. Give or take any that you prefer. Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve warm over brown rice or quinoa. We ate this so fast last night I didn't get a picture, but will be making it again very soon. 

      Optional toppings:

      Top with fresh chops cilantro to taste 

      Lime for garnish, i love to squeeze a little juice on mine


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