Thanksgiving Recap

Yep. I’m a week late and a dollar short; but if you’ll excuse me, I’d still like to share a little Thanksgiving Recap. We had the most delightful time with our family enjoying good food, adult beverages and, of course, each other’s company. We certainly do have a lot to be thankful for. Our beautiful local, free-range bird turned out perfectly juicy and tender. Not to toot my own horn, but over the years I certainly have... Read More

Thanksgiving on a Budget

As promised yesterday, I am going to give you a peak at our Thanksgiving meal budget. This year, I decided to dial back our Thanksgiving budget, as I tend to go a little overboard during the Holidays. Trust me, it is not necessary to serve a plethora of side dishes along with your Thanksgiving meal. It’s actually kind of fun to rotate sides every year to keep things interesting. Plus, no one actually needs squash AND sweet potatoes AND mashed... Read More

Thanksgiving Favorites

If you have been following my blog for some time, you’ve heard me talk about hosting Thanksgiving for both of our immediate families every year. This year, I am aiming to do Thanksgiving on a Budget, as we definitely splurged last year. Even though, I am trying to keep our spending to a minimum, it doesn’t mean that we are compromising our food ethics or the robust flavor of a traditional meal. It simply means that the dishes that I plan... Read More

Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving has come and gone. With its passing we are left with several new and wonderful memories of delicious food, amazing company and midnight Black Friday shopping. Allan’s family with Matthew and Piggie: Mark (FIL), Annie (SIL), Mollie (Niece), Jakob (Nephew), Matthew, Ryan (BIL), Piggie Rubbed and ready for the oven! Sprouted Whole Wheat and Gluten-Free bread was baked. The table was set. Hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed –... Read More

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Good Afternoon. I am hoping to have a Thanksgiving recap post up with updated photos and recipes early this week – hopefully no later than Wednesday. My goal was to get it up for you today, but we have a showing tonight that I must get the house ready for and Matthew just went down for his nap. On top of that I woke up feeling sniffly. No workout today. No Thanksgiving post. Sometimes life just gets in the way… Instead of a Thanksgiving... Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello my friends. I just wanted to stop in to wish all of my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, close friends and family and lasting memories. Try to make good choices, don’t come to the Thanksgiving table starving and allow yourself a treat or two. Remember the you will be back on your Clean Eating path tomorrow. But most of all, remember to take a moment to give thanks to God for his blessings. Psalm 100 A Thanksgiving... Read More

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Hello my friends. If you follow me on Twitter, are friends with me on Facebook or like MMM on Facebook, you know that I have been hard at work creating Thanksgiving printables to streamline your Thanksgiving shopping, prep and cooking. I have a lot to share, so let’s get right into it! For the last week, I have been sharing the Thanksgiving recipes I plan to make next week when we host both families for Thanksgiving. We are so very blessed... Read More

Thanksgiving: Green Bean, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Green Bean, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine A delicious departure from traditional green bean salad. The citrusy tang of the dressing is the perfect compliment to cool chèvre and earthy beets. This salad will leave you energized, not dragging. Gluten-free, dairy-free. Print this recipe. Serves 12 2 bunches golden or red beets with greens, scrubbed well 2 lbs green beans, washed and trimmed 3 tbsp chicken or vegetable... Read More

Thanksgiving: Souffléd Sweet Potato Bake

These sweet potatoes were wonderful! They can be enjoyed sweet, as shown above, or savory, as shown below. To make the sweet version omit the roasted garlic and rosemary from the recipe below and add 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. During the last few minutes of cooking top with marshmallows and broil until they are puffy and golden brown – watch carefully to ensure that they do not burn. Souffléd Sweet Potato Bake Adapted... Read More

Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Brownie Pie

Pumpkin Brownie Pie Adapted from Oh She Glows This is one of the most decadent desserts I have ever made. The brownie is perfectly chocolatey and gooey while the pumpkin pie filling is better than traditional pumpkin pie. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. Print this recipe. Serves 8 Pumpkin Pie Filling 1 cup canned pumpkin 2 tbsp arrowroot powder 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ cup sucanat 3 tbsp unsweetened almond or soy milk 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp... Read More

Thanksgiving: Rosted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans Inspired by Clean Eating Magazine and Ina Garten These are to your grandmother’s brussels sprouts! Even the pickiest of eaters will gobble these up. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. Print this recipe. Serves 12 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and loose leaves removed 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp pepper ½ cup pecans 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar Preheat oven... Read More

Thanksgiving: Spiced Cranberry and Apple Sauce

Spiced Cranberry and Apple Sauce Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine Perfect for dipping! Matthew dipped his entire dinner into this sauce. A healthy twist on cranberry sauce featuring apples and ginger. The perfect pairing to your Holiday meal. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. Print this recipe. Serves 12 12 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted 1 apple (Granny Smith, Macintosh, Cortland, Gala or use a pear!), cored and diced 1/3 cup raw organic... Read More

Thanksgiving: Cherry, Apple and Mushroom Stuffing

Cherry, Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine A savory experience for your mouth. I amped up my traditional stuffing recipe by adding dried fruit and apples and the result is delightful! Can be gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan dependent upon your bread selection. Print this recipe. Serves 12 1 (24 oz or 680g) loaf whole grain sprouted wheat or gluten-free bread, cut into ½ inch pieces (optional: remove crusts from bread) 2... Read More

Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey with Herby Gravy

Roast Turkey with Herby Gravy Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine and Alton Brown Over the years I have perfected the roasted turkey. Below I share with you my secrets to the timeless Thanksgiving favorite. Gluten-free and dairy-free. Print this recipe. Serves 12 4 organic carrots, scrubbed, cut crosswise and then into thirds 4 ribs celery with leafy tops, cut crosswise and then into thirds 2 onions, peeled and quartered 6-8 sprigs fresh thyme 4... Read More

Thanksgiving: Spicy and Smoky Turkey Spice Rub

Spicy and Smoky Turkey Spice Rub Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine A nontraditional approach to a turkey spice rub that is mildly smoky and lightly spicy. Print this recipe. Serves 12 2 tbsp chile powder 2 tbsp ground cumin 1 ½ tbsp paprika 2 tsp dried minced garlic 2 tsp dried thyme 2 tsp sea salt 2 tsp freshly ground pepper Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. This spice rub can be combined up to five days in advance and stored in... Read More

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! I am so excited! Allan compares my Thanksgiving meal to the Super Bowl. We look forward to it each year. This year is no exception because Allan’s sister and her family will be joining us from South Dakota. It is going to so much fun hosting a full house with both immediate family’s present. Last Saturday I sat down with my favorite magazines, cookbooks and iPad to come up with... Read More

Hidden Sources of Gluten

A few months ago I noticed a small blurb hidden in one of my issues of Clean Eating magazine that had a comprehensive list of common sources of gluten found in packaged foods. Honestly, I was a bit shocked that such an important nugget of information was tucked away in a corner of the magazine. I thought that the subject deserved an article of its own. So, in case you missed it the following is a list of common sources of hidden gluten with a few... Read More

Crockpot Meal: Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce

Since Luke’s birth, I have struggled to get nutritious meals on the table by 6:15 PM every day. Simply adding one other person’s (unpredictable) needs to the mix has thrown me for a loop. Some weeks I am very diligent about shopping and meal planning, while others are haphazard at best. I have found that with a little forethought, I can employ my crockpot to slow cook meals for me. It has been a real blessing. This allows me to make breakfast... Read More

And so it begins…

I hope that you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Matthew and I have been hard at work prepping for the Thanksgiving Feast we are hosting on Thursday. Yesterday I did the grocery shopping – I lugged home 8 bags full of goodies for both Thanksgiving and Christmas cookies. All of the organic baking stuff was on sale (and had coupons!) at Valley Natural Foods, so I stocked up. We are good to go for the Holiday season! My mom is picking... Read More

Three Things Tuesday

I am thankful for… 1. A roof over my head, food in my belly, a supporting husband and a crying baby who just woke up from his nap. 2. A job that I love. 3. Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I have been testing recipes left and right. I have a couple winners a few more that need to be tested. Look for a monster recipe post along with a surviving Thanksgiving with a cool head prep list soon.  Read More

Operation Christmas Child

Every year, my Mom organizes a shoe box packing party for the Sunday School children at our church. Yesterday we wrapped and packed 58 shoe boxes full of toys, books, office supplies and hygiene items to bless children around the world. Every year we have an amazing time gathering as a congregation in fellowship while helping those less fortunate than us. If you are not familiar with the work of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child,... Read More

Gingerbread Waffles

With the celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend, I have been getting into the holiday mood. Now I know that it isn’t even Halloween yet, but I absolutely love the Holiday Season! Is it sad that I even listened to a few Christmas Songs on my iPhone last week? Yep. It happened. With the new addition of Matthew, last year was our first Holiday Season spent as a family. With all of the holiday busyness, multiple Christmas celebrations... Read More

Weight Loss

“It is impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you.” —Nigel Slater I have decided to post before and after pictures of myself – from 200+ pounds to where I am now. It’s still a bit difficult for me to see the transformation, 45.5 pounds lighter and sometimes I still feel like I look the same as I did back in 2005 before I started loosing weight. Christmas of 2005, I found myself in the full swing of wedding preparations.... Read More