fast friendly paleo chocolate delight

Posted by on March 4, 2017 in blog, Lenten Dessert, Lenten Desserts, Nourishing Lent, Nourishing the Fast, Paleo, recipes | Comments Off on fast friendly paleo chocolate delight

fast friendly paleo chocolate delight

To no longer live exclusively for myself, but for God, also means that I now live for my neighbor, loving him as myself. + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra   My kids often want a sweet during Great Lent.  But I also try to keep sugar to a minimum. Did you know that sugar is actually a toxin to the body,and  robs you of minerals (1 molecule of sugar takes over 50 molecules of magnesium to digest!).  But most relevant to us about sugar, with two in the house recovering from Chronic Lyme, is that sugar is an immune suppressant.  Not only...

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changes underway

Posted by on September 29, 2015 in blog | Comments Off on changes underway

changes underway

Nourishing Grace took the summer off….  and during that time I really reflected on the blog.  All summer long I had this nagging thought to separate the Holistic Nutrition articles from the soul food.  In August I started a blog called WellNourishedFamily.wordpress.com, but as of yet it is not public.  It is in a state of migration and there is lots of tweaking going on at the moment. Deep breath. In the coming weeks, the nutrition and health posts on this blog will be relocated over to my new blog “Well Nourished Family”,...

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sage

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in blog, nourishing herbs | Comments Off on sage

sage

Like thyme, sage is a powerful herb.  It is native to the Mediterranean.  The Latin name for sage is “salvia” which means to save, but it is derived from salvere, which means “to be well”…  Sage saves many a dinner with it’s culinary flavors and throughout history -and makes many sore throats well with it’s antibacterial and healing properties, particularly for respiratory health.  Sage is marvelously simple to grow from seed or cuttings, and tolerates warm sunny climates very well, but cool ones too....

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thyme

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in blog, nourishing herbs | Comments Off on thyme

thyme

Thyme is an aromatic low growing perennial that can spread out and act like a ground cover.  It is beautifully fragrant and in the spring it blooms pretty white or purplish flowers, depending on the variety. Bees are very attracted to thyme flowers.  Not lost on this beekeeper is that beekeepers are becoming more familiar with this herb.  One of the active ingredients in thyme is the essential oil thymol which  has shown to be a remarkably effective treatment against the varroa mite that has decimated many bee populations in recent years....

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rosemary

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in blog, nourishing herbs | 1 comment

rosemary

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember…” William Shakespeare Rosemary is a most versatile hearty evergreen herb, which is deer resistant, resinous, aromatic and woody.  It is one of nature’s best antioxidants and preservatives and it’s safety is well established.  It serves multiple culinary purposes, and doubles as a beautiful shrub that can grow quite large.  It blooms the prettiest little purple flowers when mature (which of course, the bees love!).  The best tasting rosemary is that which...

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onions

Posted by on April 28, 2015 in blog, fermentation, nourishing herbs | Comments Off on onions

onions

“The onion and its satin wrappings is among the most beautiful of vegetables and is the only one that represents the essence of things.   It can be said to have a soul.” Charles Dudley Warner – ‘My Summer in a Garden’ (1871) “Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” Carl Sandburg   I am not sure if an onion can be said to have a soul, however, there are times when I’ve definitely felt my heart was something of an onion and that I wept peeling back the layers!!  A trick to help with...

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kale – wonderful kale!

Posted by on April 22, 2015 in blog, nourishing herbs | Comments Off on kale – wonderful kale!

kale – wonderful kale!

  Move over Popeye… kale is precisely what this nutritionist means when she says, “Eat your greens with reckless abandon.”  It is wise to include kale as one of your crucifeorus vegetables of choice on a daily basis. To start with, kale is a remarkable and ancient superfood, that has gotten somewhat of a trendy reputation in recent years.  Maybe you have even noticed kale chips at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.  A delicious snack, only made better if you venture to make your own. What you might not know is that kale has nourished...

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Lemon Pasta with Tuna and Capers

Posted by on April 17, 2015 in blog, recipes | Comments Off on Lemon Pasta with Tuna and Capers

Lemon Pasta with Tuna and Capers

Rethinking tuna casserole over here…  When I grew up, there was this tuna casserole dish that most mom’s in our neighborhood made.  It usually had spirally noodles, canned tuna, mayonnaise and topped with bread crumbs that got really crispy when it baked in the oven.  To be honest, I didn’t really like it – mostly because canned tuna doesn’t really taste that good when it has been cooked in an oven for 45 minutes and it always was dry.  This lemon tuna pasta is a modern twist on an old weeknight staple.  All that...

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panang curry Lenten soup

Posted by on March 13, 2015 in 40 days of soup, 40 Days of Soup, blog, broth, Lenten Meals, Nourishing the Fast, soups | Comments Off on panang curry Lenten soup

panang curry Lenten soup

A very good tip for the fast, that we discovered some years back, is to make meals that were meant to be vegetarian or vegan in the first place.  We wanted to embrace the fast with joy, as we are taught… but each fake hamburger, or look a-like taco made us just wish we were eating meat. My first visit to an Orthodox monastery was five or six years ago and it was during Great Lent.  The food on their table was simple and great.  The meals also seemed very traditional – recipes that were meant to be Lenten.  I had my four year old...

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zesty ginger elderberry kombucha

Posted by on February 19, 2015 in beyond calories, blog | Comments Off on zesty ginger elderberry kombucha

zesty ginger elderberry kombucha

Fermented beverages have gained much popularity in recent years.   This is mostly due to the rediscovery of their amazing health benefits. The thing is that pre-made versions at the store shelves can be expensive     In this way, homemade versions are often easier, healthier, and more economical to make. We began brewing our own kombucha about two years ago – mostly for monetary reasons,  We were already buying it from the store, and a 16 ounce bottle runs about $3.00… so it just became more feasible to make it at home...

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