Savory recipes

Savory recipes

Light Dressing


A few weeks ago, a dear friend shared a new dressing recipe with me that I thought you might like to try!

I’m going to call it Melissa’s Best Italian Dressing.

1/2 cup avocado oil
1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
2 tsp honey
2 Tbs Parmesan (no need to grate it first, as it will be broken up in the blender)
few drops lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp basil (I used fresh and that was good)
1/8 tsp oregano
dash black pepper

Put all ingredients into a blender, pulse and voila! You have a creamy, delicious salad dressing or marinate. I used it to marinate these cucumbers and they were so good.

I hope you are getting a lot of fresh produce to enjoy! More recipes coming up next week for simple ways to use all kinds of squash easily…

Have a wonderful weekend.



P.S. Thank you for the lovely dinner and the dressing recipe Melissa!!

P.P.S. A good idea was passed along to me on this recipe: someone added half an avocado! Doesn’t that sound creamy and nice? I also have been experimenting with adding fresh chives, garlic, apple cider vinegar and Pecorino Romano cheese in place of the Parmesan. So, so good!

Lunch & School Days! {Kitchen Coach}


Hello Ladies!

I’m so pleased to share a video with you featuring the beautiful Kitchen Coach, Jenny. She has put together healthy lunch ideas….with pictures! How awesome is that?

What a joy it is to be watching our children {in my case,grandchildren} embark on a new learning opportunity, whether at home or away. I hope this info is inspiring and helpful to you and that it will lighten your load in the coming days.


The lunchtime video:
Lunch ideas with pictures:

Happy school year! I wish you all the best!







Pasta In Pictures: {with color commentary}


Quoting my granddaughter, “I hope you wike it!”

The more freshly minced garlic the better I’d say! A little red pepper…

Red bell peppers, your favorite noodles cooked in salted water. {My favorite noodle is Tinkyada Joy made from brown rice.}


Fresh basil!





Real salt and olive oil…


Brown cauliflower in oil and add salt, red pepper flakes, garlic and peppers. Right before you take them off the heat, add the basil.

Toss with the noodles and add more olive oil if you would like more moisture.Grind multi-colored peppercorns, add Parmesan and serve immediately.

New Slow Cooker Steak


This turned out to be delicious! And is there anything easier than putting something in the slow cooker in the morning and adding fresh salad and vegetables and rice to it later? Voila! Dinner is done!

Toss the steak in a bag with cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

Grate carrots. Press garlic cloves. {If you don’t yet have a garlic press, put it on your list!}

Put oil, amino’s, carrots, garlic, water and honey in crock pot.

Add meat and carrots, set timer for 4-6 hours.

1 1/2 pounds flank steak
1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
4 medium garlic cloves minced
3/4 cup Bragg’s amino’s
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1-2 cups grated carrots
Green onion or chives for garnish

Serve over brown rice. {I wish I had gotten a “finished” picture before we ate it! You’ll have to enjoy seeing the finished product when you make it!}

I hope you enjoy this! Happy day to you!



Caprese Salad Tostada Twist


I’m kind of crazy about avocados and basil. How about you?

I had cooked several extra tostada shells (corn tortillas fried on both sides in olive oil until they are crispy), and we had avocados that needed to be eaten quickly…so this was born!

~Mashed avocado spread on tostada shell
~A few grape or cherry tomatoes (if you slice them they’re more likely to stay put!)
~Sprinkle of Real salt
~Fresh chopped basil
~A drizzle of balsamic vinegar and or olive oil

Of course you could add mozzarella cheese (I just didn’t have any on hand) and I think minced garlic would be nice too.

Happy summer eating!