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! 


Don't Miss Out!

It is Salsa Time!

Photo by baibaz/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by baibaz/iStock / Getty Images

Time to Salsa

Lots of fresh, local veggies are back in the Farmers' Markets and road side stands! Eating a wide variety of healthy, raw foods just got a little easier. 

Eating a diet rich in vegetables is part of any healthy lifestyle but including raw foods is especially beneficial when it comes to certain choices. When you eat raw vegetables, you do not lose any of the natural enzymes in the vegetable. A vegetable's enzymes help us digest that food and is said to also help repair DNA, have anti-inflammatory effects and support our immune system. Cooking destroys some of those enzymes so being mindful to eat a healthy amount of raw veggies can be a great idea.

This salsa is a favorite. It is full of raw veggies, loaded with vitamins, minerals and tons of phytonutrients. This recipe makes enough to bring to a party or serve to the family with a chance of leftovers. (But not if I am coming.)

 I hope you enjoy! 



5 large tomatoes

1 medium onion

1 green pepper

1 jalapeño (or less for a milder salsa) 

1/2 cucumber

2 fistfuls of cilantro

juice from 2 limes

1 teaspoon cumin

salt and pepper to taste



1. Dice all the vegetables and put into a large bowl.

2. Add lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix together.

3. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours. 

4. Serve and enjoy!

P.S. If you love salsa but but not spicy, you can leave the jalapeño out completely. Still a super yummy dish! 

I hope you enjoy this simple and healthy recipe. Thank you so much for reading! 


Next Day Kasha

Next Day Kasha 

This month in the Real Moms' Inner Circle we have been focusing on the The Busy Mom's Healthy Pantry and with good reason. The healthier our pantries, the healthier our food options, the better we will eat. You have heard it before, right? Keep good food at home and you will eat good food.  

Your healthy pantry might include whole grains. Whole grains provide a ton of nutrients including fiber, protein and more. The choices of whole grains are many and one that I will highlight in this post is kasha

Kasha, which is toasted buckwheat, is good anytime of the year but I always associate it with winter because it is such a hearty, belly-filling type of grain.  Kasha is super nutritious, it can help you maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is not only full of fiber and protein, but also vitamin K and the B-complex vitamins.

Kasha is also a gluten-free grain. 

When cooking grains I always recommend cooking more than you need and I recommend the same with kasha.  Then you will have some on reserve for a quick dish later in the week OR, as I will show you here, a hearty and healthy breakfast the next day! 






  • 1 cup of leftover kasha     
  • about 1/2 cup of coconut milk 
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds  
  • 1/8 cup raisins  
  • 1/8 cup dried cherries or any other dried fruit                              
  • 1/8 cup of chopped apples
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon  
  • 1-2 tablespoons of high quality maple syrup 



1. Add all ingredients to a pot and heat thoroughly on low heat. 

2. Transfer the kasha to a bowl and add your favorite topping. I used more chopped apples and cinnamon. Other choices could be chopped almonds, seeds, blueberries,...really the options are endless. 

2. Enjoy and then go have an awesome day. 


Here is a BONUS!

Kids love to pick their own ingredients, add their own toppings and be involved with a simple dish like this. When they get to be hands on, they are more likely to try new things! 

I hope this easy recipe is one more easy step in a healthy direction for you and your family! Enjoy! 

Thank you so much for reading!

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