Tips To Beat Rising Food Prices

I’m sure you’ve noticed the increase in prices at the grocery stores. Now is a great time to take action and address the inflation that has already started and is only going to increase. 

Here are some tools to help you shop wisely, save money, and eat healthy.

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20 Simple Ways to Add a Smile to Your Day

Want to do something for yourself … but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Here are some of my favorite ways to add a smile to my day.

Whether you incorporate these into your Valentine’s day plans, or just set aside regular time to invest in taking care of yourself, here are 20 things to help you relax and smile (without spending a dime)!

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Pomegranate Apple Salad: Easy-to-Make Healthy Holiday Recipe

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.

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Top 6 Posts For 2021

When I launched My Medicinal Home in 2020, it fulfilled a longtime dream. I love getting to share all I’ve learned about healing and nutrition over the course of my life, and all I’m continuing to learn about new and effective ways to help heal our bodies. 

In 2021, I’ve focused less on writing posts or sharing recipes and more on investing in my personal healing. Still, the site stays active with daily views. Thank you to everyone who has left me a comment, shared a post, or written an encouraging message!

Here are the most viewed posts in 2021:

6. 9 Favorite Zucchini Recipes That Are Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Egg Free

This was my favorite post of 2021! I love each yummy and healthy zucchini recipe, especially since I had a bumper crop of zucchini in my garden this year.

5. Homemade Immune Boosting Root Beer Recipe

Homemade root beer is a real treat!  It’s a two-day process, using the overnight Crockpot method. This recipe makes a lot, but the root beer concentrate keeps in your refrigerator for months.

4. How to Make Hawthorn Honey: Stress Relief & Immune Support

Hawthorn trees grow abundantly in our area. I still have some frozen berries in my freezer to make a little more honey this winter. Hawthorn berries support the heart and immune system.

3. Moisturizing Body Butter: Quick & Easy Healing Skin Care

If your hands are getting dry during the cool winter months, here’s some help. Only a dab is needed to moisturize your skin with this simple recipe using shea butter, coconut oil and a bit of Vitamin E oil. I use my Moisturizing Body Butter daily!!

2. Coconut Curry: Delicious Main Dish That’s Healing For the Body

Enjoy this healthy comfort food this winter. This is a recipe that makes a lot of food. I typically freeze the leftovers for a quick meal on a busy day.

1. DIY Lemon Vinegar and Household Cleaner – Safe, Inexpensive & Easy to Make

I’m not surprised this is the number one post for 2021. Making your own household cleaner is truly safe, inexpensive and easy! I use fresh lemons daily and add the rinds to a jar of vinegar under my sink. In just a few weeks I have lemon vinegar for my cleaning.

That’s a wrap on 2021! Thank you again for taking time to read my posts. I’m so grateful for you! If you would like to receive notifications for future posts, you can follow My Medicinal Home.

9 Favorite Zucchini Recipes That Are Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Egg Free

Upon returning from my August vacation, I was overwhelmed with an abundance of zucchini in my garden. Knowing the health benefits of zucchini, plus all the time and energy I had put into my garden, I didn’t want to waste any of it.

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Easy Crockpot Ratatouille

Slow cook these delicious later summer vegetables together for an easy healthy meal. This French stew recipe of eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes and herbs has about 20 minutes of prep time. The vegetables simmer for about 5 hours making delicious ratatouille for dinner. 

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Veggie Lasagna: GF Vegan Meal For Company

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.

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Carrot – Zucchini – Potato Patties

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.

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2 Creamy Salad Dressings Made With Zucchini Instead of Oil

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.

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Tasty Italian Soup Recipe for When You Have Too Much Zucchini

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. 

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Wind Down with This Relaxing Lavender & Poppy-Infused Honey

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.

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Making Elderflower Honey: A Delicious Way to Support Your Immune System

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.

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2-Step Guide to a Health-focused Kitchen Makeover with Bonus Kitchen Supply List

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.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Health This Spring

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. 

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A Guide to Ingredient Substitutions for Healthier Eating

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.

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Broccoli & Mushroom Stir-Fry: Quick & Easy, Nutritious Weeknight Meal

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.

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup: Immune Support & Virus Protection

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.

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Winter Squash with Creamy Shiitake Sauce

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. 

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My Favorite 3 Chia Puddings: Mango, Chaga Chai and Creamsicle

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.

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Butternut Squash & Pear Salad With Pecans: A Delicious Winter Meal

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.

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How To Keep Your Groceries From Spoiling Before You Can Eat Them

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.

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Coconut Curry: Delicious Main Dish That’s Healing For the Body

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. 

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What To Do When You Want To Move Forward, But Feel Stuck

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. 

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Roasted Veggie Pasta: A Hearty Winter Meal

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. 

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New Years 2021: Recipe for Cinnamon Star Cookies

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. 

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Why This Fruit Salad is an Ideal Breakfast, Side Dish, or Dessert

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.

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Spice Cake with Cashew Icing: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

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.

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5 Delicious Cookies That Won’t Derail Your Health Goals

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.

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Coconut Macaroons : Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg Free Dessert

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!

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranates

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. 

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Lemon Garlic Green Beans: Tasty, Quick & Easy Holiday Dish

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. 

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Yes, These Cookies Really Are Made with Tahini … and They’re Delicious

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.

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How to Make My Favorite Bath Salts: Holiday Gift of Relaxation

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.

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Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

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. 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

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. 

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Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan – November 22nd – November 28th

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.

Monday Dinner – November 22

Tuesday Dinner – November 23

  • NW One-Bowl Meal
  • Make Ahead – 
    1. 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.
    2. 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.

Wednesday Dinner – November 24

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

Cauliflower “Fried” Rice: Plant-based. Meat or Quick & Easy

Sunday – November 28

Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie

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. 

Vegan (or Turkey) Pot Pie: Healthy, Comforting Meal with Turkey Leftovers and Grain-Free Crust

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 . 

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Simple Satisfying Thanksgiving Menu: Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan Option

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. 

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NW One-Bowl Meals: Simple & Healthy for the Entire Family

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.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Quick & Easy Popular Holiday Side Dish

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.

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Apricot Bars: Holiday Snack – Sweet, Chewy & Easy

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. 

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