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This section is designed for both your convenience and success with healing yourself and your family naturally.
We have basic information, fun information, forms, an extensive questionnaire, and a place to make an appointment online for your convenience.
We are developing and updating this section continuously to increase your information and support on your path to health, wellness, vitality, and joy.
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When Healing Yourself Naturally,
A Healthy Environment Inside And Out Is Everything!
Natural Health Trailhead
Homeopathic consultations are designed to:
- Give you the freedom of choice for safety and the potential to avoid other invasive and/or toxic therapies when and where possible.
- Discover and establish boundaries to move you away from the onslaught that which is currently causing harm or stealing your energy.
- Learn healthy selfishness to take care of oneself first.
- Feel safe and empowered through having enough personal, physical, and emotional energy to do what you love with whom you love.
- Begin to establish the power to heal yourself and your family naturally, consciously, and authentically.
- Listen to you regarding everything which concerns your health, wellness, vitality, happiness, and your quality of life.
- Help you let go of the feeling your current path is hopeless, not right, unnatural and a downward spiral into accepting harsh conditions such as pain, fatigue, old age, more medications, loss of physical mobility, and a degradation into more ill health.
- Start the process of letting go of the fear for survival by understanding and exploring the ability to heal yourself naturally and authentically.
- Create an understanding relationship with yourself in which your body is not betraying you, but instead firmly communicating what it needs, which gives you the specific answers you need to heal yourself naturally.
- Give you the tools you need to create powerful results for your health and for your life.
- Root out the dynamic process which brought about your ill health in the first place to change those results and avoid it happening again.
- Provide consistent and specific coaching to reach your natural health goals.
- Design your future towards health, well-being, vitality, and happiness naturally and authentically.
This is a lot to accomplish and usually not attainable in a single consultation, so we ask that before establishing an appointment you are ready to commit to yourself with time and patience.
If you are ready to learn how to heal yourself authentically and naturally please make your appointment with us, “here.”
A Cleared And Natural Path To Your Health
There is no potential to heal naturally without understanding the contributing factors which made you ill in the first place!
Without removing the current obstacles to healing naturally… you won’t!
What started it all?
Discovering your path of origination will teach you what to avoid and bring great hope for your future.
Awareness of the causality of your symptoms is crucial for healing. You don’t want to tread the same path which caused your ill health. Without establishing this awareness symptoms may never leave without the use of toxic medications or surgeries. If symptoms do leave even with their use, they will return– potentially worse than originally experienced.
Returning symptoms always re-occur during a time when physical energy is low, allowing for the potential of a more threatening situation each time your symptoms arise.
Understanding what contributed to our ill health is the most important step on your path to healing naturally.
Ron is particularly talented and experienced in finding what lead his clients to ill health.
You may understand more about discovering your originating path of ill health and it’s importance by reading through the story of “Ron’s First Personal Experiences with Homeopathy.” Accessible Here.
What obstacles block your path to healing yourself naturally and how do we remove them?
The next step after understanding what path lead you to ill health is the search to discover the lifestyle issues that keep you from being able to heal yourself, now.
This is where the boot meets the trail; you are empowered to resolve the loss of your energy/vitality by removing these obstacles. As your energy/vitality grow, your symptoms will naturally improve.
Natural healing is about lifting your overall energy (vitality), thereby allowing your body to heal itself.
Without raising your vitality above the level which lead to ill health in the first place, your symptoms will not leave without harmful interventions and are due to return with a vengeance.
Raising your vitality to heal doesn’t always require a remedy!
Ron in particular, has a very unique process for this step and will teach you something not currently available from any other practitioner or book. With a little effort, this process will teach you to easily recognize the drains on your energy, allowing you to make specific choices on your path to recover your lost energy.
This process also teaches you to recognize which healing practices lift your vitality authentically, and which healing practices become in-authentic (dangerous) causing a loss of your vitality/health later.
Once my symptoms have improved how do I keep on my natural path of health?
Ron personally guides you in establishing pillars of support in your life to increase and keep your health and vitality high, creating a stronger more stable support for your health, wellness, vitality, happiness, and increasing your quality of life on every level.
Please refer to our powerful e-mail course on “The Five Pillars of Authentic Healing” you receive free when you sign up to obtain our newsletter “Homeopathy and Natural Healing.”
Guiding yourself to a natural life of health and wellness!
Fundamentally, Ron leads you into becoming your own natural health guide for you and your family.
The experiences you feel on a natural path to health teach you to trust your body.
Your body never lies, it only responds.
Through the adventure of learning to listen to your body your feelings become your trusted health guide.
To make your appointment with Ron, “click here.”
Obstacles to cure!
Samuel Hahnemann the father of Modern homeopathy referred to lifestyle problems, which prevent us from healing ourselves, as obstacles to cure.
Removing obstacles which debilitate our bodies ability to regenerate and heal is a necessary step in revitalizing our health.
Choosing foods which supply nutrition and promote our bodies to expel toxins is our second dietary step.
Many children with chronic ear infections have been helped by the simple step of removing milk and sugar products from their diets. Many adults have more then one dietary obstacle and after years of dietary indiscretions will need energy from intensified nutrition before they attain the best healing response.
The first important premise of the following dietary suggestions is to avoid processed, adulterated foods, stimulants, and synthetic chemicals (obstacles to cure). The second is to choose foods which stimulate and support a healthy lifestyle.
The following is a general list of food choices which over the years have been shown to be effective in attaining a healthy response for most individuals.
Everyone is unique.
A good natural healing practitioner will look for specific lifestyle choices which have decreased your health. This is not the only answer to healing yourself, but it is a very good start for most people.
(If you have visited with Ron, please pay attention to the items he has asked you to let go of first and foremost. They have the highest probability of directly interfering with you improving your health.)
Eating Healthy To Stimulate Yourself To Heal:
Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic). Definitely organic if suffering with cancer, MS, AIDS, an auto-immune condition or other chronic immune system ailments.
Juicing organics is a great way to help build your immune system. Please drink those juices within 20 minutes of expressing. Clean your fruits and veggies thoroughly. Grapefruit seed extract, Dr. Bohner’s soap (not mint), or a mixture of salt and white vinegar can help to remove pesticide residue if not organic.
Enjoy unprocessed whole grains, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, oats, corn, barley, quinoa, spelt. Avoid wheat it is adulterated, and used too often. Yellow corn is almost always GMO (genetically modified) which hurts the gut. Although, white, blue, and organic may still be fine to use.
Products that are whitened or bleached have the vitamins and nutrients removed and will leach more vitamins and minerals from your system as you digest them.
Brown rice pasta can be a good replacement choice for people who love pasta if used moderately. Rice products were recently found to have higher levels of arsenic, so please do not use more than a couple times per week. Other grains can be used for wheat pasta replacement. Read the label. Many of the pastas like spinach pasta is just another wheat product with a little spinach for coloring. Please read the label to make sure wheat is not in your food.
Sprouted grains including wheat is fine. Sprouted grain breads are good, such as Ezekiel bread.
(Be careful, and read the label on breads in particular. If Ron has asked you to avoid wheat explicitly, or if you know it is a health issue for you then you need to understand how most sprouted grain breads also use wheat flour which is non-sprouted, and there is some gluten in Ezekiel).
Meats to enjoy if you choose, are wild caught fish from cold waters of the ocean only (preferably salmon, mackerel, sardines, or kippers for their essential fatty acids). Fresh water fish is tainted from pollution in all our lakes and streams here in the U.S., please avoid.
Turkey, and some lean beef and lamb preferably organic and grass fed may be enjoyed. Avoid pork, and chicken, although chicken may be enjoyed sometimes if free range and organic.
Deli meats are loaded with additives (especially nitrates and nitrites). There are some specialized deli meats and sausages labeled as uncured which have no nitrates or other food additives and preservatives. These may be used moderately.
Cow milk does not do a body good!
Milk products are a great concern for people with upper respiratory, digestive complaints, and autoimmune disorders, and cancer. People susceptible to upper respiratory conditions, with lung or bronchial disorders, asthma, chronic ear infections, throat irritations, sinus problems, or going through a current acute ailment like a cold or flu in most instances should avoid milk products like the plague.*
If milk products are used, please choose the lesser of two evils by selecting organics to avoid the hormones and antibiotic drugs.
I’m still unsure about raw whole milk…
No margarine, unless organic and specifically stated not to contain any hydrogenated oils or trans-fats. Butter is not recommended except rarely when unavoidable. I personally use a little organic Earth Balance sparingly.
If using yogurt, goat would be preferable to cow, make sure it has a live bacterial culture and no added sugar, or other sweetener added to it.
Ice cream and frozen yogurt are complete junk with all the additives, sugar, and milk.
Most people are addicted to cheese which I have not found healthy for anyone. Soy cheese may be okay if you don’t have a thyroid problem, but most fake cheeses have casein which is a milk protein in them which is particularly to be avoided when cancer is an issue. Read the label and if the fake cheese has casein please avoid it altogether.
Getting rid of milk products completely for some people is absolutely necessary, but can be very difficult. Sometimes choosing the lesser of two evils in a weak moment may be the best choice.
As an example of a lesser of two evils Soy Delicious is a brand of alternative non-dairy ice cream style dessert, Rice Dream, best would be coconut milk ice cream but it still has sugar.
Use cage free, organic, or fresh local eggs.
Oils and Fats
For, cooking with low heat or using raw in a salad I would recommend Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If it is not cold pressed don’t use it. Coconut oil would be good with frying and high heat cooking.
I’m not sure yet about grape seed oil. It didn’t do well with my body after long term use. I do not care for canola oil as it is mostly GMO. However, there is a little in the Earth Balance I mentioned I use. Again, I use it sparingly.
Please do not eat rancid oils. Keep your oils in the refrigerator and if they go bad then toss them out. (Olive oil may solidify in your refrigerator. Running a little hot tap water over the bottle before use can help). Cold pressed organic flax seed oil is great, but used raw, not cooked. Coconut oil has some good health properties. Coconut oil is also good for cooking in high heat situations like a stir-fry.
Beans, nuts, and legumes are great. Make sure nuts are fresh. If nuts and seeds get old their oils are rancid and cause toxins in your body. If you use soy products please use organic. Soy is all GMO (genetically modified) unless it is organic or states otherwise.
Definitely avoid any artificial sweetener. In my opinion there are none that are safe. Most of the synthetic sweeteners were established for their economical reasons alone, not for your health.
Sugar should be avoided. It depletes the immune system drastically and causes many symptoms we are unaware of because of its excessive use in our society. Read labels, organic cane juice is just sugar. Anything with ose at the end of the word, fructose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, dextrose, are all just sugars. Please avoid.
Stevia is a good replacement in moderation, especially if diabetic. Although, most Stevia is cut with maltodextrin which is not healthy. Avoid Stevia if it is not pure.
Honey and 100% Maple syrup can be used moderately as replacements especially for baking. If the honey is raw and locally produced it may help with allergies as well. However, if Ron has recommended less or no sugar in your diet then it includes these as well.
Please drink mostly filtered water. An okay filtration system for water is reverse osmosis (don’t use on plants). Avoid the sparkling waters they leach minerals from your body. Highly alkalized water may have some medicinal value, but it is not safe to drink highly alkalized water for prolonged periods of time. I have seen health problems occur when people use only alkalized water to drink every day.
Juices should be freshly squeezed or blended. To have value you need to drink juices within 20 min of processing or all the wonderful live enzymes are dead. Please completely avoid bottled or carton juices they are just sugar. If the juice is boiled or pasteurized it is just sugar please avoid.
The fruit teas must say on the label, naturally caffeine free. When using homeopathic remedies the herbal medicinal teas like chamomile can antidote certain remedies (especially Nux Vomica). Caffeine is a stimulant and is to be avoided for many reasons (tumor promoting, pain stimulant, fatigue enhancer, hormonal imbalancer, etc.). Green tea has caffeine. I do not recommend it with hormonal cancers even though it is a Chinese remedy for cancer. I have never seen a good result with green tea or coffee with hormonal driven cancers. I love the Gerson therapy, but the coffee enemas should be avoided with hormonal cancers in particular.
Techino for an alternative to a brewed flavored beverage can be used with moderation to reduce things like coffee. Also Roma and Puro can be used to replace coffee in moderation until we can let go of them altogether.
Sodas cause obesity and quite a few other health problems (whether diet or otherwise). These are drugs and not food.
Coffee is a stomach irritant and a definite health hazard please reduce and avoid as much as possible (if you have any worries about cancer or tumors then all caffeinated products should be dropped). Coffee was found to raise estrogen in the body again avoid with cancer and tumors especially hormonal driven. Caffeine physiologically puts your body into a state of stress without there being an instigator. Chronic stress definitely promotes cancer.
Rice milk, Soy milk, and almond milks are okay if unsweetened, again preferably organic. No soy please if any thyroid or hormone issues.
Use unbleached sea salt or earth salt without any anti-caking agents. If it doesn’t clump, please don’t use it. Sea salt can be purchased at many health-food stores. Regular bleached iodized salt is unhealthy. If you are worried about getting enough iodine then sprinkle dried granulated kelp on your food like salt. (If cancer is a concern then no added salt in the diet is recommended) Possibly using lemon pepper or lemon crystals could be a substitute for salt for some people. Do not use lemon or other citrus on a regular basis if you have a gouty or pseudo gout tendency.
Please, do not use the microwave for cooking. Microwaving food significantly changes food nutrients. Your food needs to be in as healthy and natural a state as possible to be of use for you in your re-discovery of your health.
Please, eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Avoid bottled sauces, processed, fast food, frozen, canned, microwaveable, artificially sweetened or artificially colored foods.
Read the labels. If the labels are not specific and give generalizations such as (spices, flavors, natural flavors) to describe their ingredients, then avoid them. MSG one of the most toxic substances in our foods and related directly to obesity and countless health problems can simply be listed under any of these general headings.
Foods you most crave or use on a regular basis are most harmful to you. Rotate your food choices. A food may start off healthy for you, but once it is craved, it has turned the corner. I have tried myself to find an exception to this for over 23 years. I haven’t. Once our food is desired strongly or continuously it is acting as a drug which is causing harm to give us a desired effect. My apologies, I wish I could change this.
None are recommended!
Be very patient with yourself making changes.
Start with one or two things at a time. Just do your best. It is normal to be overwhelmed by such a list. Let go of cravings at your own pace. This is for the long-haul. Sprinting to the finish line usually doesn’t work in this process.
Ron will never be upset if you are unable to change for a recommendation. Just let him know and he will try something else or find something to potentially help make your change easier.
Listen to your body first and foremost.
If your body doesn’t respond well to something you have eaten including a remedy please stop it. This process is about your body becoming your guide and eventually replacing Ron as your coach.
Your body never lies it just responds.
Thank you for your courage to change your health.
I’m honored to be of service,
*Ron has an exceptionally strong warning against using milk and sugar products during a hospital visit, especially products like Ensure. The food in hospitals is loaded with both milk products and sugar and it may help people to gain weight when suffering cachexia (wasting away), emaciation, but these foods greatly decrease your chance of survival in a hospital environment.
Be aware! One of the strongest concerns during a hospital visit especially for children and older individuals is contracting a respiratory condition which frequently leads to pneumonia and potentially death. In my opinion it is a crime to feed people milk and/or sugar laden foods while debilitated and in close quarters with other ill people making them more susceptible to dangerous respiratory infections. This needs to be changed for better hospital survival rates. Until these changes are made, protect yourself by demanding better quality foods without these ingredients in a hospital environment.
You are responsible for your health and well-being.
In our opinion it is never a problem to seek the advice of a medical doctor while using homeopathic remedies, either while under the care of a homeopathic practitioner or during self-treatment.
With that said, you’ll need to understand most western trained medical doctors do not have any education regarding homeopathic remedies and will usually give extremely false information regarding their safety, and use.
Please don’t assume your medical doctor knows how dilute and safe the remedies are.
Even, nutrition is considered an elective for a medical doctor in her training. Pharmaceutical companies directly discourage the use of homeopathy in the U.S. and wage campaigns at both the consumer and your doctor to discredit it.
I would suggest patience with their biases.
At one time, I explored the idea of becoming a medical doctor, but I was told to hide my ambition in homeopathy for fear of persecution by my medical doctor adviser.
There is no data in the literature of western medicine in regards to drug interactions with homeopathic remedies, because there are no chemical interactions. Medical drugs will usually just stop the action of homeopathic remedies.
In past experiences we have found many medical doctors will not admit to their unfamiliarity with homeopathic remedies. They seem to mistake them for common herbs, nutritional supplements, or they falsely accuse them of being placebo.
Uncommonly, I’ve heard doctors tell their patients homeopathic remedies could be harmful and cause liver damage. This is an outlandish conclusion and the answer why is directly addressed in our article available here and titled, “How Are Homeopathic Remedies Made?”
On-the-other-hand, I’ve had medical doctors who will ask me which tests I wish to run and write down a remedy I recommend as their own prescription, but both extremes are rare.
Mostly, they are just unfamiliar with homeopathy and will require your patience and understanding.
Either way, the more they come into contact with your choices the better they may be able to help you and your family. You will need to be responsible by either enlightening them if you feel confident, or choosing your own path regardless of any pharmaceutical propaganda your doctor has been exposed to.
You must be the one responsible for your health.
When working with clients, I request them to be honest with their doctor and have understanding for their lack of training. Usually, it’s not their fault it’s the pharmaceutical culture they are trained into.
We are all trying to help as best we can from our diverse knowledge. Looking at and weighing every option is usually the better path.
Fun – Energy Increasing Support For You And Your Family!
Inspiration To Heal Our Own Way!
Searching for alternative ways to heal ourselves or our loved ones can be an extremely difficult undertaking. Our society doesn’t support our bucking the system to do what’s best for ourselves. Most of the time we are pretty alone in our choice. Fear, desperation, sometimes hopelessness can bring out self-doubt and can lead us to failure. Sometimes we need confirmation that what we’re doing is right for ourselves. Society doesn’t always give us that. But, there are a few sources of information, and great entertainment which take on that challenge.
These following films have helped me continue with inspiration and hope. They have the heart of what healing is about.
Anyone searching for a way to take care of themselves, family, or friends in an alternative healing approach is a hero in my eyes. These films give a unique and controversial perspective, and let you know what you are about in this challenge.
There are not too many films I rate as a 10. There is no film I rate as a 10 unless it makes a difference in affecting our society for a positive change.
These films are all based on true stories.
These Three Films Are A True 10!
“First Do No Harm”
Based on a true story that’s both inspirational and devastating. Starring Meryl Streep as a mother who goes to extraordinary lengths to help find a cure for her epileptic son. When the family’s insurance runs out, Streep immerses herself in medical research. In a last-ditch effort to save her son, she takes him to Baltimore for a controversial treatment.
PG-13. 1hr. 34min.
After committing himself to a mental institution, Hunter “Patch” Adams (Robin Williams) realizes that introducing his fellow patients to humor significantly improves their quality of life. Upon leaving the institution, he decides to become a doctor who cures people using laughter rather than cold, analytical processes. Although jeopardizing his future in medicine, Patch continues his unconventional yet promising healing methods.
PG-13. 1hr. 56min.
Susan Sarandon received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the mother of Lorenzo (Zack O’Malley Greenburg), a typical young child whose life is shattered when he’s diagnosed with a terminal disease. His parents, Augusto (Nick Nolte) and Michaela (Sarandon), feel helpless as they watch their son slowly succumb to the illness. Not satisfied with modern medicine, they research the disease and turn to a controversial remedy for help.
PG-13. 2hr. 16min.
What Bakes a Difference?
Recipes for a challenging, but health driven dietary lifestyle change.
We have garnished most of what bakes a difference from a blend of our clients, and a couple of our own half-baked ideas.
These recipes are a gift from people who have found their dietary lifestyle changes challenging, but essential to their health, and the health of their families. These families, whom we have been serving for years, have prepared recipes successfully, and simmered their unique sauces to a healthy lifestyle.
Here they are cooking-up some of their favorite recipes for you. These are raw, not professional recipes. We have preserved these recipes mostly unedited in their original flavor and with wording they wish to toss sweetly at you. For this reason, please take the writing style of all recipes with a grain of salt, pun intended.
***Your health needs are unique. If you are a client then we have, or will recommend specific dietary items to avoid. Please understand these recipes may not include your specific needs. These are suggestions and tools to begin your own healthy dietary lifestyle. Please either remove, or replace items specific to your needs in these recipes, or avoid specific recipes which don’t match your needs altogether.
But, most of all, have fun.
Try new things. Eating the same foods every day is unhealthy. Variety if your body is able to handle it, is healthy. If you have food allergies, or you are hypersensitive, then start with what you are able to handle now and then build as you improve.
Ron does have a few of his own recipes down this list for you as well…
From the Kitchen of Cara
Broccoli Salad with Feta and Almonds
1 lb broccoli, rinsed and cut into small pieces (stems julienned)
1 medium clove garlic, minced with kosher salt
2 T red-wine vinegar
5 T. olive oil
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 oz. feta (if you’re allergic to dairy, make sure the feta is made from goat’s cheese)
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1 1/2 T dried currants
Bring a large pot of water to a boil; submerge broccoli for 2-3 minutes or until softened but still crisp. Plunge broccoli into ice water to stop the cooking process. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, sauté the almonds in 1 Tablespoon olive oil until nicely browned. Set aside to cool. Whisk together the garlic and salt mixture, salt to taste, red wine vinegar, cayenne, and 4 Tablespoons of the oil. Pour over the cooled broccoli and then add in the almonds, cilantro and currants. Serve immediately.
Kung Pao Chicken
Mix together in a mixing bowl:
1 1/2 cups water mixed with 1 t. Better Than Bouillon organic chicken flavor
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
4 teaspoons sesame oil
3 teaspoons Sucanat or honey
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup oil (your choice—anything but olive oil)
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped roughly
2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch chunks
4 ribs celery, cut crosswise ½ inch thick
1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
In a large frying pan, turn heat to medium high and stir in oil, pepper and ginger. Sauté gently for 1 minute, then turn heat to high and add in chicken. Allow it to fry for approximately 2 minutes on each side or until nicely browned on two sides but not cooked through. Add in scallions, bell pepper, and celery and stir until veggies become slightly softened—about 2 minutes. Stir in the sherry and stir until it cooks off. Whisk the sauce once more before adding it to the chicken. Pour it in and stir a few times until the mixture thickens (less than 1 minute). Garnish with peanuts and serve with rice.
3/4 cup safflower oil
1 1/2 cups rice milk or water
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups cornmeal (you can make your own by running popcorn through your grain mill)
1 1/2 cups barley or brown rice flour (barley comes out better)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together eggs, oil, milk, honey, and salt. Add in cornmeal, barley flour and baking powder. Gently stir to combine until ingredients are just wet. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown at the edges and set in the middle.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
1 bag black beans, picked through, soaked in water and cooked until tender in
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2-3 Tablespoons chili powder
1-2 teaspoons salt
1-2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed organic tomatoes
3 cups water
2 medium sweet potatoes, skinned and diced into ½ inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Flavor
juice of 1 lime
chopped fresh cilantro
green onion slices
In a large Dutch oven, sauté together oil, onion, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, and garlic cloves until translucent and softened. Add in beans, chili powder, salt to taste, cumin to taste, black pepper, marjoram to taste, tomatoes, water and chicken flavor. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add in sweet potatoes and simmer, uncovered for another 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Barley Beef-Optional Soup
1 large onion, chopped into small pieces
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup safflower oil
1 28-oz. can organic diced tomatoes (I puree these in the blender before adding)
6 cups water
3 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon organic vegetable base
3/4 cup lentils
3/4 cup pearl barley
2 cups carrots, sliced thinly
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
optional: 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese to garnish (I omit this because of our dairy allergies)
optional: 1/2 lb. leftover pot roast, shredded into small pieces
In a large Dutch oven, sauté onion and celery and garlic in the oil. Pour in tomatoes, water and vegetable base. Bring to a simmer and then add in tomatoes, lentils, and barley. Twenty minutes later, add in carrots and rosemary and oregano and pepper. Simmer for another 20 minutes until lentils and barley are tender. Add in cheese and beef if desired. Stir to combine.
Rasam (Indian Split Pea Soup)
2 Tablespoons oil
6 small cloves garlic
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons black mustard seed
1 teaspoon cumin seed
4 tomatoes, quartered
2 cups water
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-2 teaspoons salt
juice of 3 lemons
4 cups well-cooked yellow split peas
In a small saucepan, place oil, garlic, peppercorns, black mustard seed, and cumin seed. Turn heat to medium high and cover. Listen for seeds to stop popping and turn heat to medium low when they stop. Add in remaining ingredients and adjust water until it’s the consistency of cream soup. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Adjust salt content and seasonings. Run through the blender in small batches to puree. Serve immediately.
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups barley flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a blender, blend oil, molasses, applesauce and egg. Pour into a mixing bowl and add in flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Stir until just combined and pour by1/2 cupfuls into greased muffin cups. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.
From the Kitchen of Laura
Laura’s Mexican Pizza
Sometimes when I’m pressed for time I make the kids what I call “Mexican Pizzas” and they love them. I use either flour or corn tortillas, the kids like flour better, and I spread them with a thin layer of refried beans. Grate some Monterey Jack cheese on top, then add chopped black olives. Warm for about 5 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or toaster oven. Just long enough to melt the cheese and warm the beans, but watch closely. That’s it.
Ron’s added suggestions:
Using the corn tortillas instead of flour will help if avoiding wheat products.
Using Mozzarella, or an organic soy cheese without casein is a healthier choice especially if avoiding dairy.
*Using a little salsa, or hot sauce could make this even tastier.
From the Kitchen of Emily
Hearty-Homemade Chicken Soup
This is one of my favs and I use it a lot and it’s great for other people who need a help with meals -easy to make and cheap too! -Em
1 whole chicken
5 or more carrots
1 whole celery stalk
1 whole onion
Some potatoes – leave the skin on.
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder and basil is optional
This is a VERY easy recipe I have made up for times when ya just need a good soothing soup. Feed an army or eat off of it for several days from the fridge or freeze in individual serving size baggies for later use.
Here is what you do;
Get your largest stock pot, the larger the pot, the more servings the longer the soup lasts. Clean up your whole chicken (you can of course us chicken parts, breasts, wings thighs if that is what you have) and be sure to leave the skin on and please take the innards out! Put the chicken in the pot and fill with water. Add some salt and pepper and garlic if you like. Let that bird boil till you get a lovely broth and the meat parts away from the knife when you cut it.
Turn off the heat, and get the chicken out of the pot and onto a cutting board – hot bird! (You might need to filter through the chicken broth you just made to get any chicken yuckies out of the water.) While you let that cool enough to get the meat off, go ahead and clean and chop up all your veggies – as many as you want and in the size you want to eat them on a spoon. Leave the skins on your veggies as much as possible.
Now that your chicken is touchable, use a knife, fork and fingers to get every last little bit of meat off the carcass (and throw skin out) and put your bite sized pieces of meat back into your pot. Cook the whole thing until your toughest veggies are tender! Now, at the last minute, just before the veggies are done, you may want to add rice (or noodles) Rice will give it just enough carbs to “stick to your ribs” as they say. 🙂 Don’t add too much!- I know from experience, it makes a goulash that will suck up all your lovely broth and you have to add more water! just about a cup and a half for a large pot I think. Serve nice and hot with a salad on the side!
Mango Yogurt Smoothy
This is like ice cream! Make as much or as little as you want!
Frozen mango chunks (or of course, cut up fresh mango, it just won’t be as cold)
And a tub of Brown Cow Organic Yogurt – Plain
Vanilla or Maple
Use a blender to mix up however much you want – it should be a lovely mango orange when you’re done and not chunky but smooth. Enjoy in a cup or a bowl with a spoon or a straw! Your taste buds will thank you!
1 pound of lean beef
Spelt noodles (from health food store)
And just a jar of Classico spaghetti sauce or Muir Glen Organic sauce.
Brown the meat with a bit of salt and pepper, garlic and basil. Pour in and mix the sauce after the meat is cooked and let that simmer until hot. Boil water for noodles and be sure to put some butter or olive oil in the water to help the noodles not to clump up. Add the noodles into the water after a rolling boil has begun and let them cook unit soft. Put ’em on a plate, slather with your meaty sauce and bon apetite! With a little bit of parmesan, and a salad on the side! Yummy!
-Extremely tasty variation! Saute, onions and red and green bell peppers and maybe even some zucchini and fresh garlic and add that to your browned meat and sauce! This sauce is so good, I’ve eaten it plain like a bowl of chili!
Ron’s added suggestions:
Brown Rice spaghetti from a health food store or Trader Joes’s is good.
Trader Joe’s also carries organic sauces if Emily’s are difficult to find.
Organic meats are available.
Emily’s suggestion of the added veggies is a very good health choice as well.
No Sugar – Apple pie
Would you believe apples are sweet!?
You can make a pie with them using just cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and maybe a little bit of apple or orange juice – and voila! A tasty, guilt free pie that is food you can eat for breakfast! Just follow a basic apple pie recipe and be sure to use a crust recipe that only uses butter and not Crisco. Make the crust with love for the ones you are making it for, it’s the key to making it turn out. And bake a healthy, lovely pie from scratch!-who needs the holidays to splurge on sweet pies, make this your apple a day. 🙂
Really Meaty Stuffed Bell Peppers for the Guys!
“It’s like a round hamburger without the bun!”
1 pound of lean beef, or any kind of red meat really, buffalo is great too.
3 green bell peppers
Spices; pepper, garlic, basil, Mrs Dash.
Oven at 350o
Wash your bell peppers. Cut bell peppers from top to bottom, being sure to take out the round top part and the seeds. Chop chop chop your carrots and onion until nice and fine. Now, roll up your sleeves and mix your spices and finely chopped carrots into your meat. Stuff the peppers with as much meat as they can handle without spilling out the top. Poke a few holes with a knife on the bottom of the pepper to let the juices out . Place the stuffed peppers on a cookie tray and put them in the oven. Because off all the juices of the peppers and the thickness of the meat, it can take a while to cook. I’d tend to say, check it in a half an hour to see if the meat is cooked all the way through, but it may need as much as an hour. Makes six bell pepper halves, but probably only serves three hungry men – it just depends. Mashed potatoes and a green salad go nicely with this meal too.
Poor Shepherds Easy Meat Pie
1 pound of lean ground beef.
salt and pepper
Corn starch And!
green beans and corn if you have them and if you like them (really, any two or more veggies will do)
Organic instant mashed potatoes (Costco carries a nice brand)
Cheese on top is optional
oven at 400 I think
Brown the meat with your spices and salt. Wash and chop chop chop your veggies – the smaller the better. Add water to your meat and pour in all your veggies. Make up two packages, or about four servings or more, of your instant potatoes according to it’s own instructions.
Let your veggies and meat simmer until veggies are starting to get soft. Add in a goodly bit of corn starch to stiffen up your broth. Pour your meaty mix into a large pie pan and cover it up with mashed potatoes. (You can sprinkle cheese over the top of it too if you like) bake it until you start to see the tops of the potatoes are getting brown and or it starts to bubble over and make a mess of your oven. Enjoy!
From the Kitchen of Ron
Chia Berries Breakfast
This is Ron’s favorite breakfast!
And, it is all raw.
2 TBS of Chia Seeds
1 cup fresh berries (any berries, and can replace with other fruit unless keeping it low-glycemic)
1 handful of almonds (preferably raw, definitely unsalted)
1 cup water
Pour water and almonds into a blender (preferably high speed). Whip them up for roughly 5 minutes to make an almond milk. In a bowl put the chia seeds and pour the almond milk into them. I prefer not straining the almond milk through cheese cloth, although you may. Let this sit for 15 minutes and the chia seeds expand into a pudding or cereal consistency. Put berries into them or fruit stir and gobble them up.
For sweeter tasting versions add a little vanilla to the almond milk while blending or a pitted date. I find the berries make it sweet enough for me. Summer peaches also are wonderful in this or a mixture with berries.
Dark Sweet Cherry Smoothie
1 cup goat yogurt vanilla flavored.
3\4 of a bag of frozen dark sweet cherries (from Trader Joe’s).
1 dropper full of clear Stevia.
3\4 cup of water.
Blend together the water, yogurt, Stevia, and vanilla first. Then add the frozen cherries. This part is rough. You may have to stop often and using a spoon push down the cherries to the blade. Make sure the blade is always stopped before sticking the spoon or anything else in the blender. I shake the blender while using it because I’m impatient. But, it’s probably not recommended to shake a spinning blade, hehe. After the first time you make it, you’ll be impatient too. You may try other frozen fruits as well but vanilla works great with the cherries.
Tasty Quinoa Casserole
1 1\4 cup organic quinoa.
1\2 can large pitted black olives cut in halves.
1 Qt. (1 carton) of Imagine Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (from Trader Joe’s).
1 cup corn preferably sliced off the cob, but for less preparation time, frozen or canned may be used.
3 cloves garlic crushed.
1 or 2 red chilies finely diced, or two dried red chilies crumbled in (optional).
1\2 cup (roughly) of Daiya dairy free cheese (optional).
Pour the squash soup into a 3 Qt. saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add in the 1 cup of quinoa. Actually just add everything but the cheese and simmer with the lid on for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the grain appears soft and translucent. It does need to be stirred some and watched to keep from burning on the bottom. The germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain when it is done. You may stir in a little cheese at this point and serve bachelor style. For myself I don’t use the cheese, but my kids like it with cheese. Or, you may pop it into a casserole dish and melt some of the cheese on top in a 350* oven. The oven style is nicer then just stirring the cheese into it for serving when not doing it bachelor style.
Emergen-C, Stevia alternative soda survival drink
I don’t drink this anymore, but it can be used temporarily as a transition from sodas.
1 packet of Emergen-c.
4 drop of Stevia or to taste for added sweetness.
This is something my kids probably developed out of survival with our healthy lifestyle. Put everything in a large cup except the ice, and stir well. Then add ice. This provides 1,000 milligrams of vitamin c with each glass, and other electrolytes. I don’t recommend more then two a day unless you have a cold. Raspberry is our favorite, but tangerine, and lemon-lime are good too. I do not recommend the coffee flavor for health reasons, and the cola flavors haven’t proven to be too tasty. But, it’s up to you.
From the Kitchen of Lisa
Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup
My boys love it when they hop out of bed and have this hot meal for breakfast!
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder (non aluminum or non-alum – you can find at Trader Joes)
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (Trader Joes has this for $1.49)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup canned organic pumpkin
1 1/2 cup milk (or rice milk)
3 Tbs cooking oil
In medium bowl stir together first 5 ingredients. In another bowl beat the next 4. Add flour mixture and stir just until blended, but still lumpy. Pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto hot griddle or heavy skillet over med. Heat until browned on both sides. Makes about 10 pancakes.
Apple Cider Syrup (tastes great with any pancakes)
1 cup apple cider or apple juice (I use Henry’s Natural Apple Juice)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs butter
4 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
1 Tbs lemon juice
In a small saucepan stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Then stir in apple cider and lemon juice. Cook and stir the mixture over med heat until thick and bubbly. Then cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove sauce-pan from heat and stir in the butter until melted. (I have leftovers when I make this. It gets really thick in the fridge, so just add more apple cider or juice and warm it up for the next day.)
I bought this old Gourmet Grains recipe book from the thrift store for pennies and made tons of it during Thanksgiving. I made some of my own changes to succanut instead of sugar and my kids really like the texture it gave the bread. Make sure you cool it first before you slice it.
1 1/2 cups sugar (I substituted succanut)
1/2 cup oil (Canola)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup Organic pumpkin
1/3 cup water
1 cup Unbleached flour
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder (non aluminum or non-alum)
1/2 cup raisins or craisins
Mix sugar and oil. Add eggs, pumpkin and water. Sift dry ingredients together; add to pumpkin mixture. Blend well. Stir in raisins or craisins. Pour into well greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done. (If using succanut, check the bread at about 50 minutes. In my oven it tends to be done sooner then the hour.) Makes 1 loaf.
Kilkenny Leak Soup
I love this soup on a cold day! It’s easy and eeks are my favorite veggie, especially when they come fresh from the farmer’s market. J I got this from an Irish Recipe book and varied it.
6 red potatoes
butter for sauté
6 Tbs rice
8 cups chicken broth
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Quarter potatoes (I leave the skin on) and put in to cook with the stock. Slice the leeks and fry in butter until all the butter is absorbed and the leeks are somewhat soft. Add this to the potatoes and stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Now add your choice of rice and cook 20 minutes longer. Season well with pepper and sea salt.
Marinated Flank Steak
Get ready to have your taste buds do a happy dance! I cannot claim this recipe as my own. I got this from a book called The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D. I do not find it to be like a diet but a better way to eating adding lots of flavor with fresh herbs and spices. It has been teaching me how to eat properly and to proportion my food instead of counting calories. The recipes are out of this world Meditteranean style.
1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbs chopped fresh marjoram
1 tbs chopped fresh oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1. Score both sides of steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow cuts at 1-inch intervals; set aside. In a small bowl stir together rosemary, marjoram, oregano, garlic, paprika, sea salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Stir in oil until combined.
2. Spoon herb mixture evenly over both sides of the steak and rub in with your fingers (This is the fun part!) Place the steak in a shallow dish, cover and marinate for up to 24 hours.
3. Barbecue over med coals or heat. Cook until 160 degrees (about 17 to 21 minutes) To serve slice very thinly across the grain.
*****I serve this with steamed asparagus and a tossed salad with all the extra veggies in it. Make sure you have leftover steak for the next recipe.
Steak and Blue Cheese Wrap
(This is the best leftover lunch ever!)
3 ounces leftover Marinated Flank Steak thinly sliced
1 cup shredded romaine or whole fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup bottled roasted bell peppers, drained and cut into thin strips
1 tbs crumbled feta or blue cheese
1 8-inch whole wheat flour tortilla
Arrange all the fixin’s inside your tortilla and it will almost burst out of the seams!
Lisa’s Chicken Soup
I think we all make our chicken soups a bit different, but my kids always say, “Mom makes the best chicken noodle soup!” I do not have the amount of seasonings I put in this, I just know I keep sprinklin’ until it tastes like I want it.
1 whole chicken
3 whole cloves garlic
Lemon Pepper (to taste)
sea salt (to taste)
4 med red potatoes
5 celery stems
1/2 bag of Trader’s Joe’s Spinach & Chive Linguine Pasta (it makes the soup kind of creamy) or pasta of your choice
Boil 1 whole chicken in a big stock pot and add garlic cloves whole, sea salt, lemon pepper and the leafy parts of the celery stalk. Let boil for long time (maybe 3 hours) Take chicken out, let it cool and strain broth. Put broth back in pot and add about 4 med red potatoes, 5 carrots and 5 celery stems sliced and boil for 25 minutes. While that is cooking, I shred the chicken (take off all skin, fat and bones). Once the 25 minutes is up, I taste the broth and see if it needs more lemon pepper and/or sea salt and then I add the Spinach & Chive Linguine Pasta and let it boil for about 5 minutes more. Let stand covered for 10 minutes and serve. This always tastes the best the day after when all the flavors have blended.