Inexpensive Fall Soup Recipe!

by at October 24, 2013 in Food, Recipes




I love this time of year because I can make soup more often and it’s typically a very inexpensive meal to prepare. I bought a 10/lb bag of Organic Carrots at Costco for $4.99 about a week ago. It’s A LOT of carrots, so I decided to try a Cream of Carrot Soup recipe and I LOVE IT!!!


It’s simple, delicious, and pairs very well with a sandwich! Here’s the recipe:


Cream of Carrot Soup


(Yields 6-8 cup servings)


2 Tbsp. of butter

2 1/2 cups sliced carrots

1 large potato, peeled and cubed

1 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

3 cups chicken broth

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 cup milk or cream

salt and pepper



Heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add carrots, potato, onion, celery, chicken broth, and ginger. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.


Transfer soup in batches to a food processor; blend until smooth. Return soup to the Dutch oven; stir in cream. Add curry powder, salt, and black pepper; cook over low heat until heated through, about 10 minutes.



Recipe adapted from All Recipes

Peanut & Tree-Nut Free Candy List!

by at October 23, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




Looking for a Peanut or Tree-Nut Free candy to send to school with your kids this Halloween? Here is a list of several yummy but harmless treats. If you’d like to find a Gluten-Free candy list just head over HERE.


Always check the package even if the product does not contain nuts, it could be made in a peanut factory.


-Altoids Mints, Original & Cinnamon (not Chocolate variety)
-Bottle Caps
-Dubble Bubble gum
-Dum Dum lollipops
-Haribo Gummi Candies
-Hershey (plain) chocolate bars, personal size only (not King size, not Minis)
-Hershey (plain) chocolate Kisses (not King Size, not Holiday/Seasonal Bags)
-Hot Tamales


Simple 5 Ingredient Fall Side Dish!

by at October 22, 2013 in Food, Gluten Free, Recipes




I would consider myself a simple cook. I like easy meals that don’t require a lot of fuss, especially during the week. Here’s a really easy and very delicious side dish you can make to accompany pretty much any meat dish, and it’s perfect to make during the fall when sweet potatoes are in season and cheap! PLUS, this recipe is gluten-free!





sweet potatoes – I like the smaller size ones at Trader Joes

maple syrup or honey

apple juice





Peel and thinly slice your sweet potatoes and lay them in a baking dish, it’s ok to overlap. Pour apple juice over the top. I fill the dish about 1/3 of the way up. Then sprinkle the cinnamon on top and mix into the juice and sweet potatoes (I use my hands and rub it all in). Then drizzle maple syrup over the top and sprinkle with salt. Stick a lid on top and pop into a 375 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes.


Depending on how much you make will depend on how long your sweet potatoes will need to cook. I did not put exact measurements because it really isn’t going to make too big of a difference. It’s going to taste amazing because sweet potatoes, cinnamon, apple juice, and maple syrup is a great combination!


Let me know if you give this recipe a try! Smile

Tip Tuesday: Where I Buy My Spices!

by at October 8, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




Lets face it, spices are expensive! However, if you have a warehouse membership you will save a ton of money in the long run if you start buying your spices there.


I was at a popular grocery store the other day and couldn’t believe a little jar of garlic powder was almost $5.00! At Costco you can buy these big containers of spices, and most cost less than $3.00 each!


Pictured above are my staple spices that I go through the most: Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Dry Chopped Onions, and Cinnamon. Make sure you’re getting not only a great deal on your groceries each week, but also your spices because the price does add up!


Let me know where you buy your spices Smile

Tip Tuesday: A NEW Way Of Soaking Beans!

by at September 17, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




Do you soak your beans before cooking? I do, I like the texture the bean has when it’s been soaked in water over night. I learned something though that made me think “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!” If you soak your beans in just water, well you aren’t getting that huge punch of flavor that you could be getting.


Sort and wash your beans first, put them in a bowl with water, then ad a clove of garlic and an onion chopped into wedges (you could also add celery and peppers). Let your beans soak in a flavored water instead of just plain water. It will definitely add more flavor and give you a better tasting bean!


In the morning, after your beans have soaked, pull those veggies out, drain your beans, then add fresh water, veggies, and herbs to your slow cooker. You will have some delicious beans come dinner time!

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili (Gluten Free)!

by at September 3, 2013 in Food, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes, Recipes




I am SO ready for Fall!!!! It’s my favorite time of year. I love making soups for dinner with some chunky bread of some sort and then eating some baked apples for dessert. Here is a recipe you are going to LOVE. If you thought sweet potatoes and Mexican spices wouldn’t work, well like me I found out that’s quite the contrary.


This chili is absolutely delicious and I’ll definitely be making it again! I modified the recipe to my own liking, this is what I did:


Ingredients (serves 4-6):

1/lb lean ground turkey (you don’t need the meat, but I liked it)

1/2 onion chopped (freeze the other half)

1-2 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped

1 can black beans, drained

1 cup frozen or fresh corn

1 can of diced tomatoes (I only added half because it was spicy, you can freeze it)

2 cups veggie or chicken broth

1 cup water or more to your liking

1/2 cup sour cream

1 Tbsp. cumin

1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

salt and pepper

fresh cilantro for garnish (chopped avocado would be good too)



Cook ground turkey and onion in your pot, once turkey is cooked through add the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, then put the heat on low and let it cook for about 30-45 minutes. At the end add your sour cream and garnish with fresh cilantro.


I made some cheese quesadillas to go with this, but cornbread would be good too.



Recipe adapted from : noglutennoproblem

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing – No Packet Needed!

by at July 20, 2013 in Food, Recipes




Making salad dressing is so easy to do and it doesn’t have any weird ingredients that you find typically on the back on a salad dressing label, and when you make homemade you can guarantee that it’s gluten free. Plus, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a coupon for dry dressing mixes.


Here is a recipe I really like, and I hope you do too. It’s simple, easy, and inexpensive to make.



1 cup vinegar (I used white balsamic from Trader Joes, but you can use whatever you have on hand)

1/2 cup oil (I used extra virgin olive oil from Trader Joes)

1/4 cup water

1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder

1/2 Tbsp. onion powder

1/2 Tbsp. honey or sugar will do
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried parsley

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. salt



Place all ingredients in a glass jar, shake, refrigerate. I would refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.


*Note: You can add more oil if you’d like. It’s pretty “zesty”, but that’s the way I like it.

Homemade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent Recipe – Easy and CHEAP!

by at July 18, 2013 in Do It Yourself, Food, Food Tips, My Tips




It’s 11 o’clock at night and I’m getting ready to go out of town the next day. I have a dishwasher full of dirty dishes. I reach into the box to get out a dishwasher tab, and it’s empty! Yep, this happened to me this week. I got on the internet in search for an easy dishwasher detergent recipe that did not require borax (don’t have any), and I found it!!!


My dishes came out sparkling clean, no film. I’ve used this formula 3 times now and LOVE it! It’s exactly what I was looking for, and it costs pennies to make! Let me know what you think:



1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup liquid dish soap (I used Dawn – it’s concentrated, so I used 1/8 cup)
2 tablespoons pure lemon juice
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon washing soda (I used baking soda – didn’t have washing soda or check out this recipe to make homemade washing soda by baking baking soda!)


Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Mix until everything has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into glass container. Shake before using. Fill dishwasher compartment and pour white vinegar into rinse compartment.

NOTE: If you use baking soda, it will react with the vinegar and create a lot of foam. Use a large pot to heat ingredients. Once you take the mixture off of the stove the foam will go down.


I have to say it’s super easy to make, and it works great! It is a little liquidy compared to what I’m use to, but it really doesn’t matter. I hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s definitely my go to recipe now.



Recipe adapted from LavinasHealthyHome

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