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Chimichurri, goes with EVERYTHING

I’m a sauce kind of girl. I was in search of a condiment that would work with different grilled/broiled proteins and discovered this recipe for Chimichurri. It is phenomenal on steak, chicken, halibut, shrimp and even scrambled eggs! Enjoy….


  • 1 cup of GOOD olive oil
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ½ cup cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of red crushed pepper
  • Salt to taste (use good salt, and use a lot)


  1. Combine all ingredients. I put them all in a food processor – saves time. Best if refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, to let the flavors meld. Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Found this Recipe at: 40 Aprons

Best Chili EVER – Simple, Clean, Phenomenal.

Normally, I try to adjust recipes to make them cleaner, tastier and all around better. This one, there was nothing I could do – it stood perfectly on its own. Thank you Ree Drummond!

Ree’s Simple, Perfect Chili

My only tweak: I doubled the garlic. Also, you can use ground turkey if you’re avoiding beef.



Whole Roasted Chicken

It may seem odd to post a recipe for a whole roasted chicken in the dog days of summer. However, my youngest wanted the chicken at the store and I wanted Green Chili Enchiladas (I use the left-over chicken the next day for my enchiladas, which will be posted tomorrow). So, it worked out.


  1. Whole Free Range Roasting Chicken
  2. Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Garlic Salt
  4. 1.5 T Dried Rosemary
  5. 1.5 T Dried Thyme
  6. 1.5 T Dried Sage
  7. 1/3 cup dry vermouth


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove packet on inside of chicken, either set aside for making stock or throw away. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Using your hands, coat outside of chicken with Olive Oil. Then rub chicken all over with the garlic salt, rosemary, thyme and sage. I also rub the inside of the chicken cavity with the spices.

Place chicken spine up on a roasting pan and put in oven. Cook for 45 minutes, flip chicken over and drizzle dry vermouth over chicken breast. Put back in oven and cook another 45 minutes. Chicken is done when the liquid at the leg joint runs clear when cut with a knife. Let rest 10 minutes and then carve.


Black Bean Chili

Great weeknight meal. It is healthy, quick and filling. Enjoy.


I bag (16 oz) dried black beans, rinsed

2 Cups crushed tomatoes

1 Large Onion, chopped

1/2 bell pepper (any color), chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Oregano

3/4 Tablespoon Paprika

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

*Optional chopped fresh jalapeno


Boil beans in large pot with plenty of water for 1.5 hours (check on them to ensure there is enough water during the boiling process as it evaporates). Drain beans, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Saute onion, pepper, garlic and jalapeno in olive oil until just soft. Add everything else except beans and cook on low for 20 minutes. Add beans, stir and serve!  I serve with either cornbread or pan-fried Polenta.

Clean Living Pancakes

I am a parent that makes breakfast for their kids every morning. We don’t do a lot of cereal – we do omelets, pancakes, waffles, french toast. We tried crepes, they hated them. What has been interesting about this daily event in our kitchen; I have chosen a culinary life where I do not eat 99% of what the rest of the family consumes. In an effort to enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast, not smoothie, I went in search of a clean “pancake”. I found one, tweaked it, and now LOVE it. Enjoy.


1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1/4 c uncooked rolled oats (if you used old-fashioned oats, soak them in the above egg mixture for 15 minutes before you cook)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 small ripe banana, mashed into a paste

1 teaspoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons organic pure maple syrup


Combine egg, egg whites, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, bananas in a bowl and mix well. Melt coconut oil in non-stick pan, pour in egg/oat mixture. Cook on medium heat until pancake is able to be flipped (moves easily in pan as one unit). Serve with the syrup!

Asparagus and Red Quinoa Salad

This one comes from my parents in Santa Fe, NM:

“Here is a new one we tried last night. Bon Appetite gave a list on ingredients for ways to prepare “different” asparagus dishes but no measurements.  We had to guess on how much of each and so we wrote down the quantity of each ingredient as we prepared it.  The red quinoa is really good.  It is the first time we have tried it. It would easily serve 4-6 people, as we had some left over. We used smoked sea salt, which added to the depth of flavor. One other thing, I try a small slice of each radish to make sure it is not hot.  Just my thing, as I do not like a “hot” radish, and it can over power a dish.  When you make this dish I would recommend doing the same.”

3/4 cup organic red quinoa and 1 1/2 cup water.  Cook according to package directions and then let cool while preparing the other ingredients
10 Oz of Asparagus, sliced thin in the diagonal
4 Radishes, sliced thin
1 Green onion, sliced thin
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup  toasted chopped walnuts

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp. of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste


Mix vegetables and the cooked, cooled quinoa in a large bowl
Stir in dressing
Chill for a least one hour to let flavors meld


Gluten Free Foods – A Cheat Sheet

It’s always a challenge to think of quick and easy options when looking for healthy gluten free / dairy free foods. It can make living a gluten/diary free life seem daunting. Let me help you make it easier.

Below is a list of ideas. I’ve stayed away from the “gluten free” options available in the store. I try to to focus on “real” food and not buy the processed foods, however there are a ton of options in your local grocery stores today if you’re missing bread/pasta/etc.

I’ll continue to add as the ideas occur to me. Feel free to email/comment if you have more ideas, I’ll add them!

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Hummus
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Sushi (without cheese / use tamari instead of soy sauce)
  • Fish, Chicken, Pork, Beef
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Dark Chocolate (check label to ensure no dairy)
  • Nut Butters (almond, peanut, sunflower)
  • Polenta
  • Wine / Liquor (Because its necessary, not clean)