Cedar Plank Marinated Trout

Cedar Plank Marinated Trout

It was a delicious weekend of eating at our house and this trout was one of the highlights.  We’ve had it in restaurants but this was our first time cooking fish on a cedar plank and we anticipate it being repeated often in the future!   Not only did this method of cooking give the fish that smokey flavor but it was super simple as well.  

To prepare your plank for cooking you’ll want to soak it for a least one but preferably 3-4 hours.  After you get the plank soaking, this is a good time to get your fish marinating.  We used trout but this recipe would be great for any fish that you would want to plank.

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Two Ingredient Creamy Popsicles

Two Ingredient Creamy Popsicles

I am currently typing this while lying outside with a tank top on…spring is here!!! With the warmer weather on the way, I’ve also been thinking about the shift in the seasonal foods we will be enjoying.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the comfort food aspect of winter soups and stews, BUT I Love the abundance of fresh greens and fruit in the summer.  

This recipe was born out of a desire to empty my freezer of some frozen pineapple that needed to be eaten and put to use the coconut yogurt that I had just made.  The resulting product was too good not to share.  Like I said, we used frozen pineapple and coconut milk yogurt but I’m thinking this recipe would work with any frozen fruit and regular plain yogurt.  Let us know if you try it in the comments and how it turns out!  

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Instant Pot Coconut Milk Yogurt

Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt

I’d heard about the Instant Pot for the last couple of years but thought, I don’t need another cooking appliance, I already have my slow cooker.  Fast forward to this Christmas when I reluctantly decided to take the plunge and ask for one of these devices whose praises were sung by so many.  Well, I have not been disappointed…if anything, I wish I would have asked for one years ago!  

What is an instant pot?  It’s a pressure cooker but also has features to sautee, steam, and slow cook as well as function as a rice cooker, yogurt maker, and has settings to cook various meat items to perfection.  Our instant pot gets used several times a week and often daily.  We regularly used it to make all sorts of vegetables (especially root vegetables), roasts, whole chickens, broth, hard boiled eggs, and now you can add yogurt to that list! 

Why Coconut Yogurt?  I used to regularly make raw milk dairy yogurt and loved it.  However, since having our daughter, we have cut back drastically on our dairy consumption and have all felt better because of it.  I love that coconut milk contains nutrients and fats as well as the beneficial probiotics contributing to health.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

If you’ve been following us, you know that we love easy meals that pack in as many nutrients  as possible.  Hence making fried rice out of cauliflower!  If you’ve never tried “ricing” cauliflower, it’s worth giving it a go.  The taste and texture are comparable to rice while adding way more nutrients and limiting the potential insulin spike that a comparable serving of rice could have on your blood sugar.  Enjoy!!

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Nourishing Health Not Hotness

Nourishing Health Not Hotness

What does it mean to nourish our bodies?  Dictionary.com tells me that to nourish means to provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.  In today’s modern western culture, to nourish, is often thrown around as a buzzword in various discussions surrounding health and wellness.  So many conflicting opinions have emerged that we are often left wondering what REAL nourishment is for our bodies.

For me, the last 15 years have been an intensive period of both formal and informal education surrounding this topic with a lot of self experimentation and my views have fluctuated from one extreme to the next.  For a good chunk of that time, I subscribed to the theory that my body would be nourished through a low fat, low calorie diet with plenty of exercise.  In reality, this sort of lifestyle led me to be chronically UNDER fed and UNDER nourished.  Sure, my weight was “normal to low” and I was quite thin but my body was far from nourished and far from healthy.  I was right where our body image obsessed culture wanted me, believing that appearing healthy externally with a certain body fat percentage, bmi, jean size, weight, etc. was the truest measure of health while looking back, I was a far cry from healthy.  This phenomenon is all too common in our culture that constantly pressures us to look a certain way.

Conversely, when I look at the majority of people around me, I see many who are chronically OVER fed and UNDER nourished.  What do I mean by this?  They are consuming an abundance of food and calories, yet their bodies are still lacking proper, real nourishment.

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Caramel Baked Apples – A Nourishing First Birthday Treat

Caramel Baked Apples – A Nourishing First Birthday Treat

To go along with our unconventional ways, these Caramel Baked Apples are not your traditional birthday cake, but for us, they worked perfectly!  While they definitely still fall into the treat category, I love that they use nourishing and basic ingredients, are super simple, and made a delicious treat for our one year old and family celebrating with us.  The ooey gooey caramel pairs perfectly with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  They would make a wonderful dessert for any occasion or could even be used as a sweet treat for a breakfast or brunch.  You can scale the recipe to make however many you need.

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Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Veggie Bake

Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Veggie Bake 

I’m constantly on a quest to find nourishing recipes that are simple to make, stretch our budget farther, and make great leftovers.  This one fits the bill and was a hit with the whole family!  You can easily half it to serve four, but like I said, we like leftovers :).    

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