September 12, 2012

Delicious Recipes On My “Must Try” List

The kitchen is where I spend most of my time. Often it is because I have to and it’s definitely not by choice, but many times it’s because I choose to be there. Experimenting, trying new recipes, transforming old ones, making up my own. It’s when I’m having fun.

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I probably have hundreds and hundreds of recipes that I want to try – although at this time in my life, time is limited and my kitchen is small – so I have to take things one recipe at a time.

Below I have just a few of the recipes I have on my ‘Must Try’ list. Of course, I always run into recipes that look amazing, but the ingredients are not on my list of acceptable foods. They use ingredients that aren’t healthy, sometimes toxic and, in my opinion, leave the dish or dessert lacking in the taste department.

On my journey to live a Real Food diet, I have had many opportunities to experiment with traditional and everyday recipes that don’t use the best of ingredients– and make them healthy and beneficial to eat. I truly do enjoy this. Obviously, there are a few recipes out there that just can’t be considered healthy, but you can use healthier ingredients. It’s so simple and worth every minute and every healthy ingredient!

With the recipes listed below, I will note what ingredients I would change to make them more healthy for you and your family – just in case you wanted to try any of these yourself! Of course, the ones posted below are pulled from my Pinterest boards since they actually have photos! My overflowing files at home aren’t as accessible!

Abbreviations used below: EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) and EVCO (Extra virgin coconut oil)

Here we go…



Homemade Soaked Tortillas

{photo source: The Nourishing Home}

We don’t eat tortillas on a daily basis, but when we do, we want good tasting and healthy tortillas. Even at the health food stores, you might have 13 options, but only 1 that actually has good ingredients. So, making my own have always been on my list of things to try. This recipe is fine just the way it is. Wonderful flours (the soaking makes them excellent), the honey (use RAW), kefir and real butter! This is definitely a recipe that takes more time than others, but I’m sure they taste amazing. You won’t want to go back to store bought tortillas after these!


Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Egg-Free Tortillas


{photos source: The Spunky Coconut}

These look great for a different taste and for those times when entertaining and not everyone is eating grains or eggs! For this recipe, the only adjustments I would do are: instead of olive oil, I would use RAW EVCO and for the milk substitute I would either use Coconut Milk or Almond Milk (home made or store bought organic). If you don’t need it to be dairy-free, you can use whole milk, yogurt or kefir. These are a very healthy alternative to grain tortillas and the chia seed (if used) is a great addition due to it’s many health benefits.


Zucchini Flowers

{photo source: What Megan’s Making}

These look so good and perfect for snacking. It’s a good thing I have a bunch of zucchini flowers in my garden right now. For this recipe I’d use organic free range eggs, organic whole milk (raw is best, but if you don’t have access to that, try for non-homogenized and vat-pasteurized – like Super Natural Kalona), and for the flour I would use maybe oat flour, or if that is too heavy, then I’d stick with whole wheat white for this delicate recipes!


White Pizza Dip


{photo source: How Sweet Eats}

Certain occasion just call for an amazing dip that everyone talks about for moths to come. This one has a couple adjustments I would make. First I would not use the olive oil. Even though it is a healthy oil, once it’s heated at high temperatures it oxidizes, so I only use EVOO when it won’t be heated. I would either use RAW EVCO or organic sweet cream butter, unsalted. I would then make the cream cheese (very simple and the taste is amazing) and use raw and whole-milk cheeses. If you can’t find raw, then get the highest quality you can – dairy products can be some of the most toxic out there considering they pump conventional cows with so many antibiotics and hormones, not to mention their terrible living conditions. All this ends up in conventional dairy products. Whole grain crackers or sourdough bread would be great choices for the ‘bread’ part of it.


Garlic Truffle Fries


{photo source: Steamy Kitchen}

This is an interesting recipe. I’m usually not a big fryer, but for a special occasion it sounds really good. Looks like something the kids would enjoy too! If you don’t want to use truffle oil, then I think RAW EVCO would be a perfect substitute. Healthy too!


Avocado Fries

{photo source: Circle B Kitchen}

This recipe was adapted from Sunset Magazine. Here are the changes I would make. Omit Canola oil for frying. Omit canola oil from your life – it’s toxic. Instead, I would use RAW EVCO. I would choose an alternative flour to the white flour, use celtic sea salt (the taste is amazing), organic, free-range eggs and I’d make my own breadcrumbs (Easy to do – take a few pieces of sourdough bread and place in oven on lowest temp and allow to dry out. Once that’s done, put in a food processor, blender or chopper and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Leave plain or season with herbs and spices that you like.)


Mini Veggie Pizzas

{photo source: Green Kitchen Stories}

I like the idea that you can have individualized pizzas. This would work wonders in my house at dinner time! This recipe is pretty good all on it’s own. When choosing canned tomatoes, I always get organic and no salt added. Muir Glen is a good brand. Also, when you are choosing the other veggies to top the pizzas, I’d get organic and fresh! These look amazing!


Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter


{photo source: How Sweet Eats}

I’m not a big toast fan, but I would actually eat toast (sourdough) if I had this to spread on it. My changes would be – using raw pecans, soaked then deyhdrated, organic pumpkin puree, organic grade B maple syrup, celtic sea salt and I would stick with grapeseed oil or RAW EVCO– again, no canola oil – ever.


Iced Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies

{photo source: Montcarte}

For some reason this reminds me of my mom and her Victoria magazines. We tried a few recipes with lavender in them – and to my surprise, they were amazing. Lavender Brownies – talk about WOW! So, this looks good to me and the slight hint of lavender mixed with lemon and shortbread – so vintage! As for changes to the recipe, I would make my own powdered sugar by processing sucanat or organic cane sugar into a fine powder, I’d use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch (anything derived from corn is a quick fattener – I pretty much avoid all corn products), I’d use a better flour in lieu of all-purpose, such as light spelt, whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat. These definitely would need a lighter flour – so I’d stay away from heavier ones such as Rye or Whole Wheat. I’d make sure the lavender was organic and the lemons were organic as well, especially since you will be using the zest.


Chocolate-Coconut-Fruity Popsicles

{photo source: Family Fresh Cooking}

So these are just amazing alternatives to anything you can buy at the store that resembles these. I have spent lots of money trying natural, organic and healthy popsicles, frozen yogurt and ice cream and I didn’t like any that I tried. Seriously. I’ve made a few different version at home and the taste far surpassed any store bought one I tried – even the organic! With this recipes, I’d make sure all fruit was organic. I would use bittersweet chocolate that is soy-free and since I’m not a huge fan of Stevia, I would use organic RAW honey! You could also substitute the coconut milk with organic, full-fat yogurt (Greek, Bulgarian or  Home Made!)


No Bake Coconut Bars

{photo source: Chocolate Covered Katie}

This website is full of amazing, healthy snacks and food ideas. The author of the blog is a vegan so all her recipes will point towards that – but I usually make adjustments because I do consume dairy and honey. I’ve never had a recipe turn out bad by using these products in lieu of milk substitutes or stevia. If you are a vegan – then these will be great for you. For this recipe I would use organic, raw coconut, grade B maple syrup instead of agave (which research has shown contains more fructose then HFCS), RAW EVCO, celtic sea salt (full of minerals) and home made vanilla extract!


With the holidays coming up quickly I know I’ll be spending more time in the kitchen – so hopefully these will make it on my recipe list this year! If you happen to try any of these, let me know how they turn out!

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  1. Thanks so much for the shout out on my soaked tortilla recipe! Those avocado fries you listed on your must-try list look great! I think I’ll have to try those too! I love avocado! Blessings, Kelly

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