Monthly Archives: July 2014

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.


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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