Category Archives: Dinner

My Christmas Dinner Menu and Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

christmas dinnerWith just over a week until Christmas, I thought I would share my menu plan for Christmas Dinner, plus a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets in case you still need some last minute gift ideas for the cooks and healthy eaters in your life.

 

Last year I made Short Ribs for Christmas dinner and it turned out to be so delicious that I’m doing the same thing this year!  The best part is, you make them in the crockpot ahead of time so the prep is really easy on Christmas day.  There is a bit of effort involved when it comes to separating the meat from the bone and fat but it’s well worth it!

 

Here are the recipes I’ll be using this year.  I hope they inspire you!

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Sausage Cabbage Soup Recipe

If you’re in need of a simple, delicious, quick dinner recipe this week, then I’ve got just the thing!  I created this soup recipe last week based on what we had on hand and it was especially comforting while we were all recovering from colds.

 

Simple Sausage and Cabbage Soup

makes about 2 quarts of soup

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 5 carrots, peeled, sliced into rounds
  • 6 cups stock, water, or a combination
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste (up to 1/2 lemon)
  • Cooked grain like rice for serving, if desired

 

Preparation
Brown sausage in a soup pot.  Meanwhile, prepare vegetables (peel and chop carrots, slice cabbage, chop cauliflower).  Add vegetables to pot with sausage.  Add stock/water to cover the vegetables and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender.  Add lemon juice and salt to taste.  Serve over cooked rice or other grain if desired.  Enjoy!

Curry chicken saute recipe

Last night I didn’t feel like making dinner (yes, it happens to me too!).  I pulled together the things we had on hand, and I made up a dish that turned out to be really delicious!  My husband said I should make it more often, so I decided to share it with you too!

 

I’ve shared before that I rarely cook with recipes these days, and I typically don’t really know what’s for dinner until a few minutes before I start cooking.  I make sure to defrost some meat the night before and always have veggies on hand either from our CSA or the grocery store.  Then I just pick a few things to cook each night!  It’s a method that works really well for me right now since I don’t spend any time meal planning and still get a healthy from-scratch meal on the table most nights.

 

You’ll find the recipe I made up last night at the bottom of this post.

 

And for this week’s video, I’m sharing a live interview from earlier this week.  I was asked all sorts of questions about functional nutrition and my business in general and I’d love for you to tune in if you missed us live!

 

Here’s the recipe I came up with last night:

 

Curry Chicken & Vegetable Saute

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Recipe: Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

We have had some cooler days here this week and soups have started showing up on our dinner menu again.  I made this Coconut Curry Chicken Soup last week and it was a hit with my husband, 2-year-old, and my sister so I thought I’d better write down the recipe since I made it up as I went!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

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Try these low carb, no-cook noodles!

Are you avoiding wheat or refined flours in general? Are you looking for a healthy substitute for noodles? Try Kelp Noodles! They are made from seaweed and are thin, clear, flavorless noodles. They can be eaten raw and don’t require any cooking! They are crunchy at first so I find that acidic sauces work best to soften them up.

 

You can also try soaking them for about 30 minutes in some hot water with lemon juice and salt. Then just rinse before adding them to your dish.

 

The brand I use is called Sea Tangle and you can find it in healthfood stores in the refrigerated section next to the tofu.

 

Watch the video below to see what they look like, and read on below for 2 kelp noodle recipes!

 

 

Kelp Noodle “Spaghetti”

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Veggie inspiration + my Pesto recipe!

One thing I love about this time of year is all of the fresh produce that is available at the farmer’s market (and also in the front yard gardens in my neighborhood!).  We get a weekly share of veggies from a nearby farm and there are certainly some interesting things that show up.  It’s a challenge to figure out how to use everything, and it sure gets me away from my tendency to rely on the same vegetables week to week!

 

Watch today’s video to see what came in our share this week, and read on below for my pesto recipe!

 

With all of the garlic scapes that have been coming my way, I’ve made pesto 3 or 4 times in 1 week.  Yum!  Here’s my recipe (adapted from a recipe by Ricki Heller):

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How to Make Healthy Cooking Taste Even Better

Have you ever made a dish that just won’t come together flavor-wise?  Or are you struggling to make healthy meals taste better?  Then I have a trick for you!  Just remember the acronym FASS.

 

Watch the video below to learn what FASS stands for and how it can help you make your home-cooked meals taste even better!

 

Here are some links to the things I mentioned in the video:

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How I Get Dinner on the Table (Almost) Every Night, without a Meal Plan

In this video I share my strategy for getting dinner on the table without a meal plan (and almost without recipes).  There are of course days when I don’t feel like cooking and we pick something up or eat leftovers, and I probably cook 5 nights a week on average.

 

If you’re struggling to keep up with meal planning or have trouble getting dinner on the table, this video is for you!

Some of the key takeaways include:

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Simple Dinner: Sausage, Beans, & Greens

Simple Dinner

If you’re like me, I’m sure you’re always looking for fast ways to get a healthy dinner on the table.  With only 3 ingredients, this simple meal is one of my favorite quick recipes for dinner (or even breakfast).  It’s not only delicious but also very versatile since you can use any type of sausage, any kind of beans, and whatever leafy greens you like.  It’s really more of a template than a recipe, so make it your own!

 

What’s so great about Beans & Greens?

If your digestive system gets along with beans, there are many benefits to including them in your diet.   Read more »