Is eating healthy too expensive? It depends. Processed foods can be inexpensive, but buying too many of their healthy processed substitutes can make your grocery bill skyrocket. It’s a great start, but to save money, focus less on pre-made food or processed snacks and more on whole foods like bananas, squash, and lentils.
Here’s a new twist on a traditional family favorite. In this Veggie Lasagna recipe, zucchini and potatoes replace the noodles and the creamy cashew cream replace the cheese. My non-vegan family enjoys this tasty and satisfying meal. They wouldn’t say it is a direct substitute for lasagna, but it is a meal they enjoy.
If you’re looking for something healthy and savory, try these versatile patties. They make for a fun snack when dipped in a healthy ranch dressing… or a satisfying meal when served alongside a large salad. These patties are also a great traveling food. I was grateful to have them in my cooler on my cross-country road trip.Continue reading “Carrot – Zucchini – Potato Patties”
Black Bean Burgers are a healthy alternative to traditional burgers. The seasonings in this recipe gives these burgers a great flavor.Continue reading “Black Bean Burgers: Another Recipe for Your Extra Zucchini”
Simple food substitutions have transformed my diet, changing familiar favorites into powerful healing meals. These two salad dressings are easy ways to turn your dressing into a food that helps boost your immune system without bogging it down with extra fat.Continue reading “2 Creamy Salad Dressings Made With Zucchini Instead of Oil”
The spices and fresh ginger in this moist gluten dessert make it my favorite zucchini bread!Continue reading “Autumn Spiced Zucchini Bread: Vegan and Gluten-Free”
This is the perfect recipe to have on hand when you have extra zucchini! Not only do I enjoy this rich creamy soup, it’s fast and easy to make.Continue reading “Easy Creamy Zucchini Soup: Surprisingly Delicious GF/Dairy-Free”
Do you currently have extra zucchini in your garden? This is a simple soup recipe that uses lots of zucchini. It freezes well and is a great meal to have on hand for a cold winter day.Continue reading “Tasty Italian Soup Recipe for When You Have Too Much Zucchini”
Lavender and California poppy are in full bloom in my garden and ready to harvest. One thing I love about early summer is a chance to preserve some of these delicious medicinal herbs by infusing them in honey.Continue reading “Wind Down with This Relaxing Lavender & Poppy-Infused Honey”
You may have heard about the benefits of elderberries, but did you know their spring flowers also have medicinal properties? Both elder flowers and berries are used for minimizing the symptoms of the common cold and the flu.Continue reading “Making Elderflower Honey: A Delicious Way to Support Your Immune System”
A little spring cleaning in your kitchen now, will help give your health a positive jump start before summer. Removing unhealthy items from your home is a necessary step towards better health. But don’t stop there. Having the right food on hand will increase your success in meeting your health goals. You can use the grocery lists below to purchase healthy staples for your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Then finish your kitchen makeover by adding in the basic kitchen supplies making healthy food preparation easy and efficient.Continue reading “2-Step Guide to a Health-focused Kitchen Makeover with Bonus Kitchen Supply List”
Most of us could benefit from eliminating a few things from our lives and adding in more healthy choices. Spring is a great time to make lifestyle adjustments allowing for our bodies to experience new levels of health.
Looking to cut out unhealthy foods like trans fat, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, but don’t want to give up your favorite foods? I’ve been using these simple food substitutions in my recipes for years, and continue to evolve into healthier eating habits. Don’t feel like you need to make all these changes at once. Every step towards healthier eating will benefit your body.Continue reading “A Guide to Ingredient Substitutions for Healthier Eating”
Do you need a new dinner idea? Broccoli & Mushroom Stir-Fry is a weekly meal in our home. It is a quick and healthy dish that is ready to eat in about 30 minutes. You can serve this main dish alone or with rice or gluten-free noodles.Continue reading “Broccoli & Mushroom Stir-Fry: Quick & Easy, Nutritious Weeknight Meal”
Taking elderberry syrup is an effective remedy to protect yourself from viruses. If you do get sick, it will help to shorten the duration of your illness. But you may have heard that elderberries are poisonous. Let me explain.
You are valuable. You are worthy. You have purpose. Choose to show yourself compassion today. Here are 30 suggestions that won’t cost you any money this Valentine’s Day, but will bring a smile to your face.Continue reading “30 Ways to Treat Yourself for FREE This Valentine’s Day”
Here are three healthy delicious recipes for your vegan Valentine’s dinner. Each dish is packed with nutrition keeping your immune system strong this winter.Continue reading “Vegan Valentine’s Dinner”
This creamy and hearty dish is full of healthy, wholesome ingredients, and it’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Winter Squash with Creamy Shiitake Sauce will convince you that a meal of vegetables is satisfying and delicious.Continue reading “Winter Squash with Creamy Shiitake Sauce”
I’m hooked on chia seed puddings! These recipes are easy to make, full of antioxidants, taste delicious, and are a satisfying treat. Within a few hours, chia seeds will thicken in any liquid, so feel free to vary these recipes with other fruits and make your own creations.Continue reading “My Favorite 3 Chia Puddings: Mango, Chaga Chai and Creamsicle”
I can’t get enough of this hearty salad! The dressing is my new favorite and I love that it has no added oils. I think adding mustard is what makes the difference. You could also omit the pecans for a fat free salad that is satisfying and nourishing.Continue reading “Butternut Squash & Pear Salad With Pecans: A Delicious Winter Meal”
It never fails, you buy the Costco tub of spinach and it starts to go bad before it’s finished. After investing time, money and energy buying healthy foods, we’ve all watched them get old too soon. Here are some tips to help keep your food fresh longer.Continue reading “How To Keep Your Groceries From Spoiling Before You Can Eat Them”
Curry, ginger, and garlic simmered in coconut milk: if you haven’t yet tried this amazing combination of flavors, you’re missing out! Served with steamed potatoes, carrots, and squash this recipe makes for quite the satisfying, delicious, and healthy meal.Continue reading “Coconut Curry: Delicious Main Dish That’s Healing For the Body”
Are you ready for something new? It’s a new year, but things are still shut down where I live, and I’m tired of it. It’s easy to get caught up in the struggle of the global pandemic, but I don’t want to stay in a place of stress and worry. I want to live a life filled with compassion and joy. We can’t make the pandemic stop tomorrow, but we can change the way we think about it.Continue reading “What To Do When You Want To Move Forward, But Feel Stuck”
This hearty pasta dish pleases a crowd of people with different food preferences. It’s a satisfying dinner with leftovers for a pasta salad lunch. Roasted veggies, pasta and arugula are all that needed for this salad. The dressing is simple by blending the roasted garlic and tomatoes together in a blender.
If you’re looking for a tasty beverage to ring in the New Year, but aren’t too keen on alcohol, I highly recommend this recipe for alcohol-free mulled wine.Continue reading “New Years 2021: An Alcohol-free Mulled Wine That’s Full of Flavor”
Celebrate the New Year with cinnamon star cookies! Made with only 4 ingredients, these chewy cookies fill your taste buds with the flavors of orange and cinnamon. This recipe was adapted from a German Christmas cookie called Zimtsterne and is made with almond flour, an orange, spices, and powdered sugar.Continue reading “New Years 2021: Recipe for Cinnamon Star Cookies”
As we enter into the final days of 2020 I thought it would be fun to take a look back and see which posts on My Medicinal Home you read the most. Here are the 5 most popular posts for 2020:Continue reading “Top 5 Posts of 2020”
This colorful combination of sweet and juicy fruit makes for a delicious dessert. It’s also a great breakfast and can serve as a tasty salad to go with any meal. Add some fresh mint, plus the orange, lime and honey dressing for a perfect compliment to the health-boosting fruit.Continue reading “Why This Fruit Salad is an Ideal Breakfast, Side Dish, or Dessert”
Enjoy this tasty and healthy cake recipe. Serve Spice Cake with a maple-sweetened cashew icing sprinkled with pomegranate seeds for an upscale festive look that’s delicious to eat.Continue reading “Spice Cake with Cashew Icing: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free”
You don’t have to sacrifice flavor when eating healthy during the holidays! I love serving tasty delicious meals that build our immune systems and heal our bodies. Nutrient dense, low-fat foods leave you feeling satisfied and content.Continue reading “Vegan Christmas Dinner Everyone in Your Family Will Enjoy!”
A holiday treat can fit into a healthy lifestyle. It may be an adjustment saying “no” to traditional Christmas treats, but having alternatives that support your body is a gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.Continue reading “5 Delicious Cookies That Won’t Derail Your Health Goals”
This healthier version of coconut macaroons are perfect to share with family and friends. People with food allergies don’t need to miss out on enjoying a holiday treat. This recipe uses almond flour, but leaves out the eggs whites and milk. I love that it’s sweetened with only pure maple syrup. With just a few ingredients and a food processor, Coconut Macaroons can be made quickly for a melt-in-your-mouth delicious treat!Continue reading “Coconut Macaroons : Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg Free Dessert”
I’m excited to serve this easy green and red salad for Christmas dinner. Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate tastes best when made in advance so the lemon, honey and avocado oil has time to tenderize the Brussels sprouts.Continue reading “Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranates”
If you are looking for an easy tasty vegetable dish at your holiday table, I suggest Lemon Garlic Green Beans. While green bean casserole is a holiday favorite, this simple delicious recipe is better for you, has less calories and is free of common allergens.Continue reading “Lemon Garlic Green Beans: Tasty, Quick & Easy Holiday Dish”
Christmas cookies are a tasty part of our holiday celebration. These delicious Thumbprint Cookies contain healthy ingredients that I enjoy serving to my loved ones. The tahini gives them a nutty flavor. The jam on top not only provides a festive look, but compliments the crunchy rich cookie.
Finding the right gift for that special person can be both delightful and challenging. Here are 10 unique ideas that will help to make your gift giving a little easier this holiday season.Continue reading “10 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas 2020”
For years I’ve been enjoying Epsom salt baths. Recently, I started adding two additional ingredients that have increased the healing benefits of my bath. My favorite bath salt recipe now includes Epsom salt, baking soda and sea salt. Adding baking soda and sea salt helps heal skin irritations and small wounds, as well as, easing sore muscles and improving relaxation.Continue reading “How to Make My Favorite Bath Salts: Holiday Gift of Relaxation”
Exfoliating your skin is an enjoyable way to keep it healthy and youthful. Making your own body scrub is quick and easy using items you already have at home.Continue reading “Quick & Easy DIY Exfoliating Honey Sugar Scrub”
After making this whipped body butter, you may never want to use store-bought lotions again. I keep shea butter on hand just so I can make this three ingredient body butter whenever I need it.Continue reading “Moisturizing Body Butter: Quick & Easy Healing Skin Care”
Rice crispy treats are a favorite gluten-free treat in our home. This healthier version uses honey and cashew butter to make a delicious sweet creamy coating over the puffed rice. You won’t be sacrificing any flavor when eating these clean satisfying whole food treats.Continue reading “Vegan Rice Crispy Treats”
Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites are a quick and easy no-bake snack that’s good for you! The combination of chocolate, hazelnuts, and dried cherries is delicious, and makes a tasty holiday treat. I appreciate having healthy alternatives that support my body especially at Christmas time.Continue reading “Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan”
Cooking is much easier when you’re using the right tool. The kitchen tools I use regularly have changed as I’ve transitioned to a plant-based diet.Continue reading “My Favorite Kitchen Tools: 11 Items I Use Everyday”
The holidays can be a busy time. This year I wanted to support you with a healthy menu plan for the week of Thanksgiving! Seven days of dinner recipes to help de-stress your life this week!
As an added bonus, I have included Thanksgiving meal preparations to make your holiday cooking run smoother. “Make ahead” options are available each day that will save you time!
Here are my suggested dinner ideas with links to the recipes from November 22 to November 28.
Tuesday Dinner – November 23
- NW One-Bowl Meal
- Make Ahead –
- Cook an extra 2 cups of wild rice mix for Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf served on Thanksgiving. I am going to double the pilaf recipe on Thanksgiving, so I will be cooking 3 cups of wild rice mix with 6 cups of broth to make both recipes.
- Roast an extra 1 ½ cups of butternut squash for Holiday Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf. I am doubling the pilaf recipe so will roast 2 butternut squash. This will give me extra cooked squash to use for lunches. I enjoy adding squash to my salads.
Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving
Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu details the 8 menu items for dinner today. Refer to this post for a meal prep guide to help you prepare your holiday meal with ease.
Friday – November 26
- Leftovers – Enjoy your efforts of making a wonderful Thanksgiving meal two days in a row.
- Make Ahead – Save 1 cup of turkey for Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie for Sunday’s dinner
Saturday – November 27
Sunday – November 28
If you found this weekly menu guide helpful, or if you would be interested in more posts like this please, let me know in the comments below.
No meat is needed for this tasty pot pie, but if you have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner you can add it to this recipe. Turkey pot pie is a comfort food enjoyed by many. This recipe makes a few healthy adjustments to the pot pie recipe while maintaining it’s comforting flavors .Continue reading “Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie: Healthy, Comforting Meal with Turkey Leftovers and Grain-Free Crust”
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving 2017 is mine! I am thankful for memories of loved ones and joyful fellowship around the dinner table. Thanksgiving 2020 will be celebrated differently due to restrictions on gatherings in our state. Enjoying a traditional meal with close family will maintain some familiarity and comfort in these unsettling times.Continue reading “Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu: Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan Option”
Nourishing one-bowl meals are simple, customizable and delicious. I enjoy serving them in our home to meet the different dietary needs and preferences in our family. They are great to serve when entertaining so guests can customize their own bowls. The leftover ingredients also make quick & easy lunches the next week.Continue reading “NW One-Bowl Meals: Simple & Healthy for the Entire Family”
Oven roasted Brussels sprouts are quick and easy to prepare, making them the perfect side dish for your holiday meal. This is one dish where simple is better! All you do is roast brussels sprouts in the oven with a little olive oil for 20 minutes and these delicious vegetables are ready to serve.Continue reading “Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Quick & Easy Popular Holiday Side Dish”
Staying away from sugar during the holidays can be a huge challenge! These tasty apricot bars help me get through the holidays without feeling deprived. With only 4 ingredients, they are quick and easy to make in a food processor. These bars keep in the freezer for 1 month. They thaw quickly so I can remove a few from the freezer when I’m craving a sweet treat.Continue reading “Apricot Bars: Holiday Snack – Sweet, Chewy & Easy”
Cauli-mashed potatoes is a dish worthy of any holiday table. Adding cauliflower to mashed potatoes is a delicious way to include more veggies in your meal. I prefer this creamy recipe over traditional mashed potatoes.Continue reading “Cauli-Mashed Potatoes: Delicious & Dairy-Free”
Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving are a perfect match. This no-bake pie is a healthy take on the Thanksgiving classic and will support your body, leaving you satisfied during the holidays. I love knowing this tasty dessert is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and contains no refined sugars.
This beautiful nutritious salad is perfect for the holidays. Spring greens, pomegranates and apples support your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants building up your immune system as you enjoy these delicious flavors.Continue reading “Pomegranate Apple Salad: Easy-to-Make Healthy Holiday Recipe”