April 28, 2013

Garlic Feta Dip

8 oz. Feta, crumbled

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

3 T. Chopped Fresh Basil

3 T. Chopped Fresh Chives

2 T. Olive Oil

2 T. Balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. granulated garlic

Chop basil in food processor and set aside. Mix the cheeses with a fork (or on pulse in the food processor) until combined.  Add oil and vinegar.  Mix in herbs. Cover and chill up to 7 days.

Serve with crackers, bread, or on sandwich wraps. May also …

April 28, 2013

Baba Ghanouj


  • 3 globe eggplants
  • ¾ C. chopped parsley
  • 6 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 T. Tahini
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin or dill
  • 5 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 drops Young Living lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 tsp. sumac
  • Salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Oil eggplant, poke holes in skin, and roast cut side down at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until tender. Chop parsley in food processor and set aside. Scoop out eggplant meat …

April 28, 2013

Basil Artichoke Hummus


29 oz can of garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
28 oz artichoke hearts, canned, quartered & drained of liquid
1 shallot
2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 drops lemon essential oil
2/3 cup tahini
4 garlic cloves
4 T. unfiltered extra virgin olive oil
a handful of fresh chopped basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
Dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, and thyme to taste

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July 11, 2012

Chimichurri Sauce and its Amazing Benefits

Loaded with fresh parsley, fresh garlic, and unfiltered olive oil, this snack is not only delicious, but it’s really, really healthy!

1 bundle fresh parsley chopped
1 T. chopped shallots or red onion
2 cloves fresh garlic
¼ C. unfiltered olive oil
2 T. raw apple cider or red wine vinegar (or fresh squeezed lemon)
1 tsp. dried oregano or a small handful of fresh oregano
1 dried red chili pepper …

August 22, 2010

Pecan Pesto

I love to grow herbs, especially basil! Back when we lived in Texas I had what I called a “forest” of it growing in the back yard. The peppery scent was intoxicating! Though we haven’t grown as much out here in the Midwest, we still enjoy our herb garden, with basil being a primary plant.

We use our pesto in numerous ways – tossed in salads, spread on sandwiches, added to …

March 15, 2010

"Real Cheese" Chile Con Queso and More…

James and our three youngest daughters are attending a father/daughter banquet in Homer, Illinois tonight with guest speak, Norm Wakefield. He’s been sending me pictures on his iphone, and it looks like everyone is having a wonderful time!

So, here we sat, Caleb, William, and my three oldest daughters at home, wondering what we would have for dinner with half the family gone. We decided on one of our favorite meals, h’ordeuvres for dinner! James isn’t really a fan of …

January 14, 2010

Homemade Mayonnaise

This recipe is a wonderful healthy alternative to grocery store mayonnaise. You can use this mayonnaise in a variety of recipes that I’ll be posting later – including a Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing that you won’t want to pass up!

1 whole egg (fresh, free range eggs from the farm)*
2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard (not the spicy kind!)
2 tsp. fresh garlic
1 tsp. dill weed (if you want this to taste like “regular” mayonnaise leave out …

December 31, 2009

Homemade Ranch

I love ranch dip, but I don’t like the MSG and preservatives that come along with it. Plus, I have a daughter with allergies, so this was a necessary discovery. First, start with your own homemade ranch mix (MSG free!)

Homemade Ranch Mix

2 T. Salt
2 T. Dill
1/4 C. Onion Powder
1/4 C. …

August 30, 2009

Hawaiian Haystacks with Coconut Gravy

This is a really good meal to serve for a crowd! It’s fun, easy, and delicious! You can get creative and add your own toppings, decorations, and seasoning variations. We were speaking at a homeschooling event several years ago and they served this meal to the leadership using a “Hawaiian” theme. I looked online and couldn’t find a recipe that didn’t include …

August 21, 2009

Spicy Texas Hummus

This is one of my very favorite high protein snacks – and it’s good for you too. It’s perfect to have on hand if you’re pregnant or nursing and can’t seem to find the time for a healthy snack during the day.Serve it for guests, for your kiddos, or for the hungry hubby who is …

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