side dish

String Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts


2 Tbsp Olive oil, use one at a time.

1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1-1 1/2 lbs of string beans, trimmed and cleaned

salt and pepper



  1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat and add the hazelnuts to the pan. Hazelnuts will toast quickly so keep an eye on them. Stir them frequently. Once they darken and smell nutty, remove them from the heat. Put them aside and save for later.
  2. Heat the same pan on medium-high and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the string beans to the pan. Stir frequently. 
  4. Cook until string beans reach desired tenderness, around 6-10 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and add hazelnuts.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy! 


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Simple Veggie Quinoa

Quinoa has become a really popular alternative grain to use when looking for easy to use healthy options. And why not? (Ok, it is not really a grain but rather a seed or a "pseudo-cereal... but you can go ahead and treat it like a grain.) 

Quinoa is loaded with nutrients. When you include quinoa in a meal, you know you are getting:

  • Protein (a COMPLETE protein with all essential amino acids)
  • Fiber (more than almost any other whole grain)
  • Mangenese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Potassium

Not only that but quinoa is full of antioxidants that go after any trouble makers (aka disease causing) free radicals in our bodies. Quinoa is gluten free so anyone with a gluten intolerance can still include quinoa in their diet. 

Quinoa is easy to add into your diet. When I first starting incorporating it, I simply used it in place of rice.  If you are just starting to cook with quinoa or if you have been using it and just need a quick and easy recipe, this one I am sharing with you is perfect. You can use this dish anyway that works best for you:

  • as a side or main dish for dinner
  • as part of a healthy lunch box for the kids or yourself
  • add a scoop to your favorite green salad

Remember to use your KIDS' favorite vegetables to make sure this recipe is kid-approved! 


Simple Veggie Quinoa


4-6 cups of your favorite chopped veggies (onions, garlic, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, carrot, celery, broccoli, greens, to name a few. Use whatever you like best!)

coconut oil for cooking

2 cups of water


garlic powder

1 piece of Kombu seaweed (optional) 


1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

Additional seasoning like coconut aminos or any other you like! 


  1. In a saucepan with 2 cups of water, sprinkle tumeric, garlic powder and salt across the top. Add one pice of Kombu and 1 cup of quinoa. 
  2. Bring the saucepan to a boil. Then cover and reduce heat for a simmer.
  3. Allow quinoa to simmer for 15 minutes. 
  4. While quinoa is cooking, heat coconut oil in a pan. Add your favorite chopped veggies and cook. Allow veggies to soften to desired texture. 
  5. When quinoa is finished the water will be mostly absorbed and fluffy. Remove the kombu. It can be chopped and added to your final dish or discarded. Your call. 
  6. Combine the quinoa and the veggies. Season it up with coconut aminos, salt, pepper or anything else you like! 
  7. Enjoy! 


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Easy Red Cabbage

Although I used to only break this recipe out during the holidays, more and more  am making it throughout the winter. This is an easy recipe to set up and just let simmer. It is simple, delicious and is widely popular within my family. 

I  have passed this recipe around to many family members who have asked me for it and now I am passing it along to you! Enjoy! 



4-5 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces. I recommend nitrate-free bacon.

1 head of thin sliced red cabbage

1 large red onion

2 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

A pinch each of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Salt & pepper to taste



1. In a large pot, start cooking the bacon on medium-low heat.

2. Once the bacon is limp, add in the onions.

3. Once the onions begin to turn clear, reduce heat to a simmer, add in the cabbage and apples. 

4. Stir all the ingredients to coat with bacon drippings.

5. Add balsamic vinegar and seasonings. 

6. Stir all ingredients and continue to simmer. 

7. I recommend simmering this dish for 45-60 minutes. Remember, the longer you simmer, the better the flavor! 


If you like a sweeter red cabbage, add in 1/4 cup of brown sugar or honey. 

Leftovers are just as tasty as the first dish and simple to reheat! 

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

Eat well, friends! And Happy Holidays!