Recipes, Sourdough

Sourdough Potato Buns

These sourdough potato buns are a favorite in our house. Light and fluffy and a bit sour, they would make a lovely accompaniment to Christmas dinner, but also pair well with a bowl of soup or with a cup of tea.

This recipe calls for sourdough starter. If you don’t have a starter, don’t worry, you can make your own very easily, it just requires a bit of time. Check out this blog post for more details about getting started with sourdough.

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Condiments, Recipes

Papaya Hot Sauce

Store-bought hot sauces often contain added sugar, over-processed ingredients, and other more nefarious additives, including chemical preservatives & colorants. Homemade hot sauces, on the other hand, can be a great way to boost health while adding flavor & heat to your food. 

As of late, I’ve become quite the hot pepper enthusiast. I make a small batch of fresh hot sauce nearly every day. Typically, these are “five minute hot sauces,” which are incredibly quick & easy to make. This method involves tossing a fresh pepper (or two) and a few other whole food ingredients in a blender and whirring it all up. Super simple. 

This Papaya Hot Sauce is one of my favorites. It’s creamy, naturally sweet, and pairs well with a variety of dishes. It is also rich in nutrients and health boosting properties.

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Drinks, Recipes

Spicy Dandelion Root & Reishi Hot Cocoa

Spicy Dandelion Root & Reishi Hot Cocoa is my favorite spin on a classic cold-weather beverage. While this recipe is definitely more involved than stirring a packet of Swiss Miss into hot water, it only takes about 10 minutes to whip up and is well worth the extra bit of effort.

Unlike pre-packaged hot chocolate mixes, this healing beverage is made with herbs & whole food ingredients. Which means that in addition to tasting delicious, this cocoa is rich in protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients.

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Recipes, Snacks, Sourdough

Whole Wheat Moringa Sourdough Crackers

Lately my daughter & I have been obsessed with these sourdough crackers. Perfectly crunchy and a little salty, they are amazing on their own, paired with your favorite dips & toppings, or added to a charcuterie board. They’re also a healthier snack option than store bought crackers because they contain only whole food ingredients with no preservatives and no added sugars.

Better yet, these crackers are fairly quick and easy to make. You’ll just need a sourdough starter, dried moringa leaf, and a few other ingredients you likely already have on hand.

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Condiments, Recipes

Nourishing Herbal Vinegar

Vinegar has long been utilized as a menstruum to extract the vitamins, minerals, and other healing constituents from herbs. This nourishing herbal vinegar is infused with a few of my favorite nutrient-packed weedy greens, and a bit of garlic, of course, for its lovely flavor and potent healing action.

Nettle (Urtica dioica) is well loved by herbalists for its strengthening and toning benefits for the entire body. It’s incredibly rich in important vitamins & minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, silicon, magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, and vitamins A, C, D, & K.

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Drinks, Recipes

Cherry Limeade Electrolyte Drink

Electrolytes are essential minerals that are vital for many key functions of the human body. We depend on electrolytes — including potassium, sodium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, and phosphate — to keep water levels balanced, move nutrients & waste, send nerve signals, relax & contract muscles, and maintain brain & heart function.

Electrolytes are depleted by vomiting, diarrhea, not drinking enough fluids, not eating enough, and excessive sweating. In the hot summer months, especially, it’s important for those who are exercising or working outdoors to replenish fluids & minerals lost through sweat.

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Cookies, Holidays, Recipes

Orange Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

One of my favorite holiday traditions growing up was making Christmas cookies with my mom & sister. This year, Ayla & I spent days in the kitchen making different types of treats and preparing sourdough rolls for Christmas dinner. Something about it made this crazy year feel a little more normal. While we aren’t too into the holidaze around here, it’s simple seasonal rituals, like baking cookies together, that help to remind us of our roots and ground us as the year ebbs & flows. 

The best thing about baking our own holiday treats is that they don’t contain any artificial flavors, colorants, or preservatives — just quality ingredients— and they taste amazing! These yummy gingerbread cookies featured an egg from our chickens, our goats’ milk, local panela, healthy fat (butter), our homemade flavor extracts, fresh grated ginger & hand-ground spices.

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Fermented Foods, Recipes

Garlic & Turmeric Sauerkraut

Updated February 28, 2022

Fermenting vegetables is an excellent way to preserve them, improve their flavor, and increase their health benefits. Fermented foods are digested easier, which makes their nutrients more available to your body. Consuming them regularly helps to maintain the overall health of your digestive system.

In his book, The Art of Fermentation, Sandor Katz, says, “Fermented foods are to varying degrees pre-digested, resulting in improved overall availability of nutrients. In live-culture foods, we ingest bacteria that help digest food and produce a multiplicity of protective compounds as they pass through our intestines. They and their various products enrich the microbial ecology of our intestines, enabling us to get more from our food and discouraging pathogenic bacteria by their presence” (Katz 30).

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Drinks, Recipes

Tulsi Turmeric Tea

Updated March 1, 2022

This tea blend was crafted for my dad. When I visited my parents recently, he let me try his favorite tulsi + turmeric tea. He mentioned that the local store wasn’t carrying it any longer, so I jumped at the chance to blend up something similar for him. The result is warming, gently uplifting, and dad approved.

This tea tastes great and can certainly be enjoyed for flavor alone, but it also has an array of health benefits.

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Condiments, Fermented Foods, Recipes

Lacto-fermented Beet Hot Sauce

Updated March 1, 2022

After swooning over a spicy, beet based salsa at the new Venezuelan restaurant in town, I knew I had to make my own version. Sweet and earthy beets pair perfectly with spicy aji peppers. Cilantro and garlic add depth and flavor to this tasty sauce. Salt helps to preserve it by promoting a beneficial environment for lactobacillus, the same bacteria that turns cabbage into sauerkraut.

This lacto-fermented condiment has quickly become my new obession. I love spooning a bit over fried eggs or stirring some into soup or pasta sauce. It would be delightful on nachos, pizzas, and burgers too. Mix it into homemade mayonnaise and you have a tasty dip for fresh veggies or fries or a spread for slathering onto wraps and sandwiches. The possibilities go on.

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Potluck Dish, Recipes, Snacks

Homemade Hummus —Three Ways

Updated February 26, 2022

Hummus is a delicious Middle Eastern dip that is typically made with blended chickpeas and tahini. It pairs well with fresh veggies or pita bread, and is a great accompaniment to many different dishes.

Hummus is also a great source of plant-based protein, making it an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans. And it’s packed with nutrients, including iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins (Raman).

Another great thing about hummus, is that it goes well with many different herbs and spices, meaning you can easily customize it. In this post, I’ll share three different tasty variations of hummus. Continue reading “Homemade Hummus —Three Ways”

Drinks, Recipes

Summer Cocktail: Strawberry-Lavender Julep

Updated March 1, 2022

This pretty cocktail was inspired by beautiful Michigan strawberries and some gorgeous lavender that is currently blooming in my mom’s garden. It’s a tasty twist on the popular mint julep. The fruity, floral flavor makes it the perfect drink for enjoying with friends on a summer evening.

It is also a lovely way to preserve fresh strawberries while they are in season. If you like, you can make a big jar of this flavored whiskey to enjoy later. It’s certainly good for brightening spirits during colder months.

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Drinks, Recipes, Wild Woman

Momma’s Bliss Tea

Updated March 1, 2022

This tasty and uplifting tea blend will give your body & soul a boost. It’s formulated with new moms in mind, but is beneficial as a relaxing, digestive boosting tea for men and women of all ages.

In our modern culture, motherhood can be an isolated and stressful experience. Simple rituals, like a soothing cup of tea at the end of a long day can help to ground us, and ease the worries of the day. While you sip, take a moment to breathe & quietly reflect or write in a journal.

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Recipe Roundups, Recipes

50+ Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Summer Berries

An abundance of fresh berries is certainly one of the best things about summertime in the Midwest. Many hot afternoons during summers I spent in Michigan were devoted to collecting sweet, ripe berries for eating and using fresh and for preserving to enjoy during the long, cold winter months.

This recipe round up features fifty-two delicious ways to enjoy a variety of summer berries this year. Below you’ll find some classic recipes you know and love mixed in with some fresh, fun recipes that just might become your new summer favorite. Enjoy!

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Recipe Roundups, Recipes

Ode to Beets: 150+ Reasons to Love this Root Veggie

Beets, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

Beets are definitely one of my favorite vegetables. One of the most amazing things about them is how good they are for your health. They are loaded with nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, & phosphorus. They also provide fiber and antioxidants.

This root veggie also has some medicinal benefits. It helps to cleanse the liver and can be helpful for promoting healthy digestion. Because beets contain nitrates they aid in improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure, and can even boost stamina so you can excerise longer. They also contain betaine, an anti-inflammatory amino acid that helps to protect the body from environmental stress.

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