Homemade Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink rich in probiotics (healthy bacteria) - needed for a healthy gut! Probiotics provide the healthy bacteria needed to maintain a healthy gut and a healthy gut is needed for a healthy body. The intestines are where all the food nutrients are absorbed, and maintaining a healthy gut is key for proper absorption. All you need is a SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, and a few simple ingredients. You can either buy a SCOBY online or from a healthy food store, or get one from a friend because every time a batch is brewed, a new SCOBY is formed. Properly research homemade kombucha before experimenting with it!


14 cups water
8 tea bags (I used a combination of 6 black tea bags and 2 green tea bags)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups brewed plain kombucha

Tools Needed:
1 gallon glass jar
clean cotton cheese cloth
rubber band
plastic funnel
3-4 1 liter glass bottles (swing top works well) Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Tomato Ravioli

A quick to prepare meal using ready made ravioli. Perfect for a weeknight dinner - serve with a fresh salad to make a complete meal.


1 pound cherry tomatoes
2 shallots, cut into wedges
cooking spray
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
12 oz cheese ravioli (found in the refrigerator or freezer section)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil Continue reading

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

A simple and easy summer pasta dish! Quick to throw together with bright summer flavors. Serve with some crusty bread and a fresh salad for a complete meal.

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24-30 medium-large shrimp, deveined and peeled
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine
5 cloves garlic, chopped small
1 cup chopped red and yellow bell peppers
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp mixed seasoning (like Montreal Seasoning)
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
4 oz fresh sugar snap peas
1/2 pack linguine Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken

Quick and easy dinner packed with fruits and vegetables! Serve over brown rice for a more filling and complete meal. You can swap in pork tenderloin for chicken if you want to mix it up.


1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup orange juice
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp grated fresh peeled ginger
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 (8oz) cans pineapple chunks in juice, drained
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
3 cups hot cooked rice Continue reading

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Marinated Green Bean & Potato Salad

Are you in charge of bringing potato salad and/or bean salad to a 4th of July party this weekend? Try this recipe instead! It combines flavors of a traditional bean salad with a potato salad. A perfect healthier side dish for a summer BBQ or picnic! 


3/4 pound green beans, trimmed
1/2 pound wax beans, trimmed
1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup white wine vinegar, divided
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 heaping Tbsp minced fresh parsley
2-3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled Continue reading

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Meatless Monday – Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of preventable chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer due to reducing your intake of total fat and increasing intake of healthy alternatives. Just going meatless is not enough to reduce your risk, but it is a great step in the right direction. Preventing chronic diseases is nutrition as well as lifestyle related. (www.meatlessmonday.com)

Enjoy the flavors of summer with this light & refreshing meal. 


1 1/3 cups cooked brown rice, cooled to room temperature
1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup torn fresh basil
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped zucchini
1/2 ounce fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved Continue reading


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Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs

Let me start off with saying that this is NOT a healthy recipe!! But when I crave deviled eggs, I want them stuffed with bacon and cheese! This decadent take on the classic dish will sure be a hit at your next party or brunch.


12 large eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp honey mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
4 sliced bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
2 Tbsp shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 green onion, finely chopped, divided  Continue reading


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