Tomato Quinoa Bake

Summertime is the time to take advantage of the flavors of tomatoes and basil.  This easy to make recipe gives you that great flavor and protein from the quinoa.



4 cups quinoa, cooked

3/4 cup chicken broth

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped sweet pepper

8 ounces mozzarella balls


How to Make

Mix cooked quinoa, broth, garlic, shredded cheese, onions and peppers.  Pour this mixture into a 9 X 9″ baking dish.

Top with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls.  Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Top with fresh chopped basil.







Okra Smoothie

Okay all you smoothie fans here is a delicious smoothie that uses okra.  Okra you say, don’t knock it till you try it and maybe just  not tell anyone your secret ingredient until they try it! Okra is high in fiber and low in calories and is chock full of nutrients!  Thanks Toni for sharing this recipe for an Okra Smoothie!


1 cup water

1 cup frozen diced okra  (I used fresh okra and worked great too)

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil or 2 teaspoons MCT oil

1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 generous pinches mineral salt

3 teaspoons Super Sweet Blend  (I was not familiar with Super Sweet Blend but sweetened with liquid Stevia to taste)

1 scoop Integral Collagen (optional)

1/4 teaspoon Sunflower Lecithin (optional)

12 to 16 large ice cubes

1 scoop Whey Protein (or 1/2 scoop if using Integral Collagen)

How do I Make It

Place all the ingredients except the ice cubes and whey in a blender and blend until very smooth.  It is very important not to blend the ice and whey yet.  You want all the okra completely broken down first.  Add the ice and blend well again.  You may have to stop the blender and stir a couple of times or add the ice slowly.  Add the whey and blend for 10-15 seconds more.  Don’t blend too long or it will get super poofy.

Thanks Toni for sharing this recipe for an okra smoothie.




Green Beans with Tomatoes and Herbs

A summertime recipe using green beans, tomatoes and onions fresh from the garden.  This is a combination that is sure to please.  The fresh herbs just give it that extra flavor to make it even more special.








2 Tablespoons EVOO

1 clove garlic, minced

About 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

1/2 cup sliced onions

2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced  or 2 teaspoons dried 

1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1 pound green beans

1 sprig rosemary, torn from the stem

2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges  

1 cup mushrooms, cut into slices

Salt & Pepper to taste

How to Make It

Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and pepper flakes, saute until fragrant.  Add onions, saute until translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add 1/4 cup water and the green beans.  Stir, cover and steam cook beans until nearly done, about 10-15 minutes. Add mushrooms, oregano and thyme about 5 minutes before beans are done. Stir in the rosemary and tomatoes.  Cook briefly until tomatoes are warmed through and beans are done.  Season with salt and pepper or if you prefer melt salted butter over the beans before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from recipe in cookbook  From Asparagus to Zucchini.

Green Beans with Mushrooms

Green Beans, shiitakes, onions and sweet peppers make a delicious combination. This dish is quick to prepare and makes a great main dish or a side dish with your favorite meat!


1 pound green beans

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

8 ounces shiitake mushrooms

1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons Tamari sauce or Mrs. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Sea Salt & black pepper to taste


How to Make It:

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the green beans and cover.

Return to a boil and let cook for 2-3 minutes.

Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the onions, stirring occasionally until they begin to soften.

Add the mushrooms and sweet peppers, stirring occasionally, cooking for about 6-7 minutes.

You want the mushrooms to be slightly browned.

Add the beans and seasoning and cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.




Salisbury Steak

This hamburger steak is a perfect meat to serve with some fresh summer vegetables from the garden and you can’t forget those mashed potatoes.  The steak and gravy is not complete without them.









Ingredients for Steak Patties

1 1/2# ground beef  (try some of our grass fed groundbeef)

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 Tablespoons catsup

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce


Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon butter

1 Tablespoon olive oil


Ingredients for Gravy

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

2 cups beef broth

1 Tablespoon catsup

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Cornstarch or Arrowroot (if you want to thicken the gravy)

Black Pepper

How Do I Make It


Combine groundbeef, bread crumbs, catsup, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt & pepper.

Mix well and form into 4-6 oval patties.

Fry the patties in a skillet with butter and oil over medium high heat on both sides till no longer pink in middle.

Remove from skillet and pour off any excess grease.


Reduce heat to medium and add sliced onions.

Stir and cook until golden brown and starting to soften.

Add beef broth, catsup and Worcestershire sauce.

If you want to thicken the gravy add a little cornstarch or arrowroot to some broth and stir into the gravy.

Stir and cook on low to reduce.

Add salt & pepper to taste.

If your gravy is too thick add a little more broth to thin it.

Return patties to the gravy and spoon over the top.


Adapted from a Pioneer Woman recipe.





Cabbage Casserole

This cabbage and beef dish makes an easy one dish meal that can be prepared ahead for busy days.  If you like add some bread to the meal and enjoy.


1 pound grass fed beef

4 slices bacon, cut into quarter inch pieces

1/2 diced onion

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 can tomato paste

2 cups diced tomatoes  (if using canned diced tomatoes be sure to drain well)

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

4 ounces cream cheese

1 cup Greek yogurt   (If using a yogurt that you have made be sure to strain to make thick)

2 tablespoons fresh italian herbs, minced   (your choice of mix  basil, parsley, oregano, etc) or 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

5 cups of cabbage, thinly sliced

How To Make It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare a 9 X 13 baking dish, lightly oiling

Add bacon pieces to a skillet that is on medium heat.  Cook until almost crisp.

Remove bacon and reserve a couple tablespoons bacon grease to use later.

Add cabbage to skillet and saute until beginning to wilt.  It needs to be firm.

Pour cabbage into your baking dish.

Add reserved bacon grease to the skillet and add groundbeef, garlic and onion.  Cook until pink is gone from beef and onions are slightly softened.

If you have excess grease drain it off.

Reduce heat to low and add tomato paste, diced tomatoes and salt.  Cook for about 15 minutes.

In a bowl combine yogurt, herbs, and cream cheese blending till smooth.

Spread cooked meat mixture over the top of the cabbage.

Spread cream cheese mixture over the top of the meat mixture.

Sprinkle your cheese over the top.

Bake in your preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

Optional:  You can use a mixture of vegetables  (cabbage, broccoli, peppers, carrots, mushrooms) instead of all cabbage.