The Easiest Ever Ratatouille, 50+ Ways to Eat Zucchini & More

Easy Ratatouille, 50 Ways to Eat Zucchini and More

Does your meal plan need a little help? Are you making the same dishes every week and need something new? Problem solved! Learn how to make the easiest ever ratatouille, 50+ delicious zucchini recipes, and homemade garlic dill pickles. Plus, learn how simple it is to make your own healthy cashew butter and kefir.


Easy Ratatouille


Strapped for time? Try this simple Ratatouille recipe from Healthy Green Savvy

Ratatouille is a traditional French peasant stew. You’ll love its versatility. Serve it over pasta, couscous, or other grain, or simply eat it on its own. Try flavoring with herbs or with a good parmesan cheese.

 

Easy Ratatouille

Cook time for this recipe is about 15 minutes and includes zucchini, peppers, onion, eggplant, tomatoes, basil, and spinach or Swiss chard.


50+ Delicious Zucchini Recipes


Zucchini is a deliciously versatile vegetable. If you’re just using it as a simple side dish, you’re really missing out! You can use Zucchini as the main ingredient in everything from soup to brownies.

Here are some of my favorites from Healthy Green Savvy’s list of over 50 Zucchini Recipes.

Garlic and Herb Zucchini Chips

 

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Dehydrated zucchini chips make a crunchy, no-guilt snack.

Six Zucchini Noodle Recipes – Zoodles

If you’ve never tried Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles), then it’s time to see what you’ve been missing. Here are six great ways to enjoy Zoodles. It’s a great way to get extra vegetables.

Six Zucchini Noodle Recipes - Zoodles


How to Make Garlic Dill Pickles


It’s actually pretty simple to make your own pickles. If you love garlic and dill, then you’ll love these Garlic Dill Pickles. This recipe from Good Mama Gracie calls for just a few simple ingredients. You can make whole pickles or sliced. You choose!

Combine the ingredients into a mason jar and after six days, you’ll have delicious pickles that will keep in the fridge up to three months.

How to Make Garlic Dill Pickles

Don’t these look great?


How to Make Cashew Butter


Cashew Butter makes a great replacement for peanut butter. You’ll be surprised to learn how simple it is to make your own Cashew Butter. Check out Whole Natural Life’s recipe with good step-by-step instructions. All you need is a food processor and a lot of cashews–no oil required.

How to Make Cashew Butter

 


How to Make Kefir


Kefir is a fermented dairy product like yogurt but with a thinner consistency. You make Kefir using Kefir grains which are colonies of yeast and bacteria that feed on lactose, creating a fermented drink that’s great for your body.

How to Make Kefir

According to Whole Natural Life, you shouldn’t be intimidated by making your own Kefir! Read how to make Kefir and get started today with this healthy drink.

Now you’ve got so many new recipes to try. Which one you try first?

Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon, Banana Candy and Other Things You’ll Love

Isn’t summer great? It gives us all time to slow down and enjoy life. One way I love to enjoy life is to learn new things. I’m an avid reader of novels, articles and blog posts. I love to share what I’ve learned.

In this post, I’m sharing five articles with interesting tidbits. You’ll learn all sorts of ways to use Blackcurrants, some special tomatoes you should grow, how to make dried bananas candy, the benefits of cinnamon, and how to make a tasty, healthier fudge with coconut oil.


Seven Ways to Use Blackcurrants


Kris from Growing Wild Roots shares Seven Ways to Use Blackcurrants. In North America, blackcurrants are not commonly used but are very popular in the UK.

Learn some typical and unexpected ways to use this fruit. The blackcurrant ice cream looks marvelous, but you should really try the Blackcurrant cordial. It is simple to make.

And, the Blackcurrant tea looks like the perfect way to enjoy some quiet time with a good tea. Learn how to make Blackcurrant tea.

How to Make Blackcurrant Tea

 


Five Tomatoes You Should Grow


Are you a rookie tomato plant grower? You Should Grow has some proven tips to make your tomato growing season even more productive. Tomatoes are easy to grow, but the trick is to pick out the right varieties to grow.

Laura from You Should Grow and her husband should know which varieties are best to grow because they are experienced tomato growers. Every year, they grow more than 100 varieties and raise thousands of tomato plants.

They picked some favorites for the beginner gardener who wants something different but doesn’t have the time or space to try out thousands of varieties.

How to Select Tomato Varieties

 


How to Make Dried Banana Candy


Have you ever tried making candy out of bananas? This one is so simple and delivers a great tasting snack.

Thanks to Healthy Green Savvy for this recipe. When you take the water out of fruit, something magical happens. These are not banana “chips” that you find in some trail mixes with additives. This recipe for dried bananas candy is chewy and intensely sweet (without sweeteners).

You’ll need a dehydrator or you can try to use your oven on a low setting. Learn how to make bananas candy.

How to Make Bananas Candy

 


14 Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon


Thyme to Embrace Herbs shares 14 benefits of cinnamon. Did you know that cinnamon may help with easing muscle spasms, treating vomiting, combating colds, and helping with weight loss? Learn all the benefits of cinnamon.

And, as with all good things, you can have too much! Get the facts.

14 Amazing Benefits of Cinnamon

 


How to Make Coconut Oil Fudge


You’ll want to try this recipe for Coconut Oil Fudge from the Whole Natural Life. If you’re looking for a dairy-free, healthier fudge recipe, this one’s for you especially if you’re a coconut lover too!

Not a fan of coconut but still want the coconut health benefits? Try using refined coconut oil instead of virgin coconut oil. Go ahead and make a double batch of this fudge because it keeps well in the freezer.

 

 

How to Make Coconut Oil Fudge

 


Enjoy your magical summer!

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Killer Ice Cream, Genius Food Prep & More Goodness

Killer Ice cream, genius food prep, and more goodness

It’s summer. My favorite season. Life just seems simpler and less rushed. And, even though it’s really hot and the mosquitoes are biting, I still love summer’s freedom.

This probably comes from my childhood when we were free to spend the entire summer day out with friends–all we needed was a bike, swimsuit, and towel. And, even though I no longer get around on a bike and I have a job that requires at least 8 hours of my summer day, I always feel freer in the summer.

So, speaking of freedom, I’ve got five ways that will help you enjoy this summer, and feel freer.


#1 Killer Ice Cream


You’ve got to try this Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream by Whole Natural Life. It’s simple to make. Only takes 4 ingredients: coconut milk, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Since it’s made without sugar and dairy, it’s a lot healthier than your typical ice cream. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream.

Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream

You’ll want to make a larger batch than the recipe calls for or risk being disappointed when this disappears before you’ve had seconds! It’s perfect on its own or with baked apple or maybe even apple pie. Always pairs well with pumpkin pie, so you can have a little summer during winter.


#2 Genius Food Prep Trick – Chicken Still Frozen? Try this!


Oops! You forgot to thaw the chicken…again! Instead of running to the grocery store for the Plan B dinner or doing take-out, try this approach to roast a whole frozen chicken.

How to Roast a Frozen Chicken

A Modern Homestead outlines each step (it’s pretty simple) and provides a great recipe for roasted (frozen) chicken with potatoes, carrots, onions, and of course garlic!

And, remember, save some leftovers to enjoy cold on your summer picnic.


#3 Genius Food Prep Tip – How to Meal Prep Like a Boss


To be honest, I had never heard of Meal Prep until I discovered Pinterest a few years ago. I was always one of those people who started planning dinner pretty close to dinner time. Of course, this means a lot of trips to the grocery store at the last minute. It also means more night’s punting by going out to dinner or doing take-out.

6 Tips to Meal Prep like a Boss

But, I found this post with 6 tips about how to meal prep like a boss. It’s smart and will free up a lot of time, so you can enjoy more of your summer. You start by taking an hour or two to plan. Small Bites Wellness lays out the plan and gives you loads of ideas for every type of planner.

Very smart.


#4 How to Make Almond Milk


Since summer time is a bit slower, you’ve got time to make your own almond milk. I promise you that once you’ve made your own milk, you’ll have a hard time going back to your store-bought version. I switched to homemade because I wanted to avoid some of the thickeners like carrageenan that I’ve heard may cause gut inflammation.

At first, I thought it was too time-consuming, but now I can get it made in just five minutes and it’s perfectly spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and turmeric.

Try A Modern Homestead’s recipe for Almond Milk. You’ll be happy you did.


#5 More Goodness to  Share – How to Make Turmeric Capsules


How to Make Turmeric Capsules

You need to keep your healthy summer look as long as possible, right? You might want to try Turmeric. After all, The Not So Perfect Housewife describes it as the coconut oil of supplements.

Turmeric helps reduce pain and boosts the immune system. Learn how to make Turmeric capsules using organic Turmeric and a secret ingredient that releases Turmeric’s goodness.


Please share these tips with your friends to help them make the most of the summer!

How to Instantly Make Your Soups and Vegetables Tastier

How to Season Soups & Vegetables Like a Chef

You try to eat more vegetables and healthy soups, but sometimes that sautéed mixed vegetable dish gets a little dull. Your soups taste good but not great. So, what should you do?

You’ve tried adding just the right amount of salt to your soups and vegetables or throwing in a few more spices. But, did you know that balancing acid is important as well?


How to Season Soups & Vegetables Like a Chef


According to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats, adding the right acid can turn an average dish into an outstanding one.

Experiment with different acids like lemons, limes, plum vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, raw coconut vinegar, tamari, white wine vinegar and coconut aminos.

Try squeezing lemon or balsamic on your vegetable saute to brighten it up. Put a dash of vinegar into your soups to make it really stand out. Use a little apple cider vinegar on sautéed cabbage to give it zing. Splash some tamari on mushrooms for a stand out dish.

Start with a dash or a squeeze at first until you get a feel for how it will impact the flavor. Be creative!

What’s your favorite way to dress up your dishes?

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How to End the Unripe or Overripe Avocado Problem

How to End the Unripe/Overripe Avocado Problem

It’s a never-ending battle with avocados. You buy them at the store, and they aren’t ripe. So, you wait. When you finally slice, sometimes it’s too late. And, I probably shouldn’t get you started on trying to store half an avocado overnight in the fridge. The brown mess the next day is well, gross.

But, there are a few tips you can use to deal with the unripe and then overripe issue. Read on!


How to Deal with an Unripe Avocado


This is a great trick for ripening unripe avocados. Leave them in your fruit bowl around bananas and apples. To further speed up the process, put the avocado in a brown bag. And, add an apple or banana. By putting the fruits into a bag, it concentrates the ethylene gasses released triggering the ripening process.

How do you know when the avocado is ripe? It will feel slightly squishy to your touch.

 


How to Store Cut Avocados


According to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats, it’s a wives’ tale that leaving the avocado seed in will keep your avocado fresh. Instead, try this.

Take your avocado half (with the seed removed) and place in face down on a plate with a thin layer of oil. This will help keep it fresher for a day.

Try not to store your cut avocados face down in a plastic bowl. Learn more about what plastics to avoid and why.

 


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