How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

A Delicious Dairy Alternative

At my house we’ve tried to lessen the amount of dairy milk we consume.  Organic and raw milk are very expensive and somewhat difficult to find.  Besides, we feel everything we consume should be in moderation.  So to supplement our milk needs we turned to nut milks – organic almond and coconut milks are our favorite, but they too can get pretty pricey when you’re buying them by the half-gallon.

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Lovely Lemon Bars

Lucious Lemon Bars!

A Lucious Lemony Treat!

When life gives me lemons I make lemon bars instead of lemonade - a decadent and irresistable treat my whole family loves!  Although thsese yummy dessert bars aren’t the epitome of health food, you can play with the recipe to make them a little less naughty.  Use less sugar, another kind of sweetener (like honey), or try different flour combinations (gluten-free perhaps).  In moderation though these lemon bars totally rock!  (Especially with a cup of chai!)

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Easy Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Quick Bread

Gluten-Free and Delicious!

If you’ve ever tried gluten-free foods you may have found they don’t always taste great – that certainly poses a problem when going gluten-free isn’t an option but a health necessity.  Though there is no celiac disease in my family, there is wheat intolerance – so that means getting creative with some of my family’s favorite recipes.

I’ve taken my recipe for banana nut bread and made it gluten-free.  It’s so yummy you’ll never miss the wheat!  Enjoy! ;)   

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Vegetarian Chili

I love chili, especially vegetarian chili.  It’s easy, fairly quick, and very nutritious – plus it’s pretty cheap to make, and who doesn’t like to save a little cash?

I can’t recall where I found the original recipe for this particular vegetarian chili or else I would post a link to it.  Here, however, is my version of this filling vegetarian delight.  My take on this recipe isn’t very spicy, and has a lovely sweet flavor since I only use red bell peppers (my husband doesn’t like green bell peppers, so I usually have to substitute another color bell pepper for the green in recipes, and of course they’re always more expensive than the green ones, especially the organic version).  Enjoy! ;)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder (I personally use 1 tablespoon so it’s not too spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

Add onions, bell pepper, and garlic; saute 5 minutes, or until tender.

Add sugar and remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

*You can eat it plain, or put it over cooked basmati rice – it’s yummy!

Peace. ;)

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