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Cabbage, Beets and Pears- Oh my!

August 16, 2017

E: How good does this crunchy and tangy salad look? I’m on day 9 of my eating raw journey. I am still trying to follow the recommended plan from the Rawvitalize book, shown below, but I haven’t gone grocery shopping and still have so much left over produce from the first week’s plan so I’ve been using what I have to eat raw. I find that when I buy purple cabbage, recipes usually only call for about 1/4 cup or so, and you end up throwing the rest away because it goes bad. I have another recipe on the blog that I like for purple cabbage and broccoli, but I don’t current have broccoli… hmmmm. Anyways, today I browsed through the book and came across this cabbage salad. I had mostly all the ingredients, except I ran out of granny smith apples. I used the remainder of an apple and supplemented it with organic homegrown pears. I recently received a gift of three varieties of organic, home grown, baby pears. They are so delicious, and still very crispy. They are sweeter and less tangy than the apple, but they fit in nicely with this salad. You would think that I would have apples, and not beets, but nope! This year I planted beets. It’s a good thing I did because so far- I’ve found that the beets grow at a good pace, I don’t need to eat all of them at once. I can pick one or two if a recipe calls for it. I also use beets for juicing. Almost every time I think of making pressed juice at home, I will always have beets, carrots, and celery (I grow that too) as a base. Sooo long story short, I made this salad.

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Pear Super Salad with Raspberry Dressing

August 14, 2017

Pear Super Salad with Raspberry Dressing

yields: 1 serving


E: We resurrected this salad recipe from a few months ago. This was before I stopped eating dairy products and meat. I would still make this salad, but I would add  some walnuts, and maybe some stonefruit like nectarines and maybe some apples, and a tiny bit of thinly sliced red onions. That’s the beauty about salads, you can add whatever you like. 

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Breakfast, Clean Recipes, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Eating Clean, gluten-dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Paleo, Recipes

Toxin-Fighting Turmeric Tea

August 13, 2017

Hey! It’s Magda here blogging again for the first time since Mateo was born (8 months ago). Wow, time just zooms by with a tiny human being. Anyway, these past few months have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for me in terms of health. For the first real time, I actually have to try to lose weight, meaning really push myself to make a change. Unfortunately, being home all day kinda got me stuck on raiding the fridge for snacks all the time and sitting on my butt to entertain the little one. So I’m ready to take control of my body again.

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Elena’s Lite Zesty Mexican Salad

August 9, 2017

E: My sweet parents visited a few weeks ago. My mom made this side salad which also has jicama and cucumber in it. You’ll see from the picture of my mother that we had the jicama,cucumber next to the salad bowl. We didn’t mix it in because my husband doesn’t like jicama or cucumber. Weirdo. But let me tell you, the jicama was crunchy and sweet. The tomatoes, cilantro and avocado were perfect for the tacos we were eating too. Enjoy.

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Mahi-Mahi Ceviche

June 9, 2016

Ceviche de Mahi Mahi

E: I love having ceviche on hot summer days. All you need are some healthy crackers, and some hot sauce like tapatio and you are good to go. Yum! Aside from the wonderful taste of ceviche, I like making it because it is a meal I can make ahead of time and can be made without dirtying up the stove or pans. It’s a one-pot meal so to speak. The only caveat is that the fish cooks by way of acidity from the lemon so it needs time for the cells to be denatured. The smaller you cut the fish, the quicker it will cook. However, I’m a big fan of ahi-tuna and sushi so I don’t mind the big chunks of fish, and don’t mind if they are slightly undercooked.


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Dairy-Free, gluten-dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Main Meals, Meat, Recipes

Birria (Slowly Cooked Beef with Chile Sauce)

April 9, 2016

E: This is my mom’s recipe for birria. It’s super easy. Birria is slowly cooked meat with chile sauce. I made it here with beef, some people use chivo (goat) or borrego (lamb). Birria is usually served at weddings, quinceaneras, birthday parties, etc.. I rarely make it but I don’t know why. Weirdly enough, it wasn’t until my mother-in-law started asking for my mom’s recipe that I started making it myself. They encouraged me to “get the recipes, write it all down.” “I’m trying,” I said. So here it is. 

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Main Meals, Meat, Poultry, Recipes

Enchiladas with Panela cheese

March 23, 2016

E: Make yourself a batch of this enchilada sauce. You can use half of it and freeze the other half for another time. It’s not that hard, and it will be ready  in  about 10 minutes. Once the sauce is ready, it’s downhill from there.  I tend to vary my sauce depending on what kind of chile I have on hand. This time my mom left me with a bag of California and Japanese Chili pods, so I used that. However, you can also use chile pasilla and guajillo. You can serve the Enchiladas with rice and/or beans. We ate them a la carte to save calories.

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Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

November 12, 2015

Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts


E: I got home around 7:10 pm today. I didn’t have to cook because I have spaghetti and fajita leftovers. But I was in the mood for a vegetarian dish that incorporated kale. I got the idea to make this recipe once I saw the pine nuts in my pantry. I haven’t made pesto in over four years, so I kinda forgot how to make it. I started googling kale pesto and I found several recipes that used kale instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts.

One recipe from epicurious  from Fifty Shades of Kale, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh mentions that kale-walnut pesto has high amounts of folate capable of producing a pound of serotonin in one hour- which they say translates into good sleep and a smile in the morning. Umm. .. sold!  

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Clean Recipes, Main Meals, Meat, Paleo, Poultry, Recipes

Chicken Fajita Platter

November 11, 2015

Chicken Fajitas


E: We love fajitas in our house. It was actually the first meal we shared together. Sam took me to Margaritaville in Capitola and we shared fajitas for lunch on our first date. He  likes to order beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas. At home I will sometimes make the trio for a special occasion. This time around I incorporated more vegetables. It was fun selecting what veggies to put in my taco and sometimes substituting out the chicken. I made the salsa ahead of time. 

Instead of using the fajitas pre-packaged seasoning envelopes with preservatives, just make your own. I sometimes add lime juice at the end too. Okay, enjoy.

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Breakfast, Clean Recipes, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Semi-Vegetarian

Protein Packed Mexican Style Eggs

September 9, 2015

Protein Packed Mexican Style Eggs

E: I knew I was going to have a long-day today and possibly skip lunch. I started off with this baby. I used small organic eggs. We bought a 5 dozen pack from Costco, but the eggs are smaller than usual. I had salsa on hand as I usually do. If you don’t already have that then you are going to want to make that first which may take time. I ate these eggs with half a piece of toast and some papaya. It’s much like huevos rancheros without the tortilla and more egg whites for extra protein. Hope you like. 

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