Instant Pot Risotto with tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese

Instant Pot Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese


This recipe for Instant Pot risotto takes a labor of love and turns it into an easy dinner! It is almost as easy as throwing all of the ingredients into the instant pot and then working on the rest of your dinner. This risotto is so delicious! No one will ever know that you didn’t spend 40 minutes over the stove stirring. Unless, of course, you are like me and you can’t contain your excitement, so you tell everyone how easy it was.   Continue reading “Instant Pot Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese”

Instant Pot: Perfect Pinto Beans #instantpot #reclaimingvitality

Perfect Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Soaked or Unsoaked)



Perfect Instant Pot pinto beans are a snap to make with the Instant Pot! These beans are excellent in tacos, on nachos, in a taco bowl, or anywhere else you would use beans with a Mexican flavor. I love beans, but they used to require quite a bit of time. I would make a big batch and freeze them so that I could have them on hand when wanted, but now I make smaller batches in my Instant Pot because they are so quick and easy to make. A bonus is I have more space in my freezer! Continue reading “Perfect Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Soaked or Unsoaked)”

Dutch Oven Baked beans with Maple and Bacon #traditionalfoods #dutchoven #bakedbeans #reclaimingvitality

Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon

These Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon are a great side to make if you are grilling this Father’s day. They go great with my Sourdough Cornbread,  Probiotic Potato Salad, and Carrot and Cabbage Coleslaw! You could even start off with some Homemade Ranch Dip and Veggies. Crack a cold one or pour yourself a kombucha spritzer and you’re ready! These baked beans are so delicious, are easy to make and you can make them ahead of time leaving you free to socialize with your family! Continue reading “Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon”

Magnesium-rich Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing #magnesium #health #homemaderanch

Magnesium-rich Homemade Ranch Dip (or Dressing)

This homemade ranch dip is loaded with magnesium and probiotics as well as other important nutrients. There is no guilt when dipping your veggie (or even your cracker) into this delicious dip! I have written the recipe using dried herbs assuming that unless it is summer you probably won’t have all of them on hand. If you do happen to have them fresh, just use about half of the amount. Fresh herbs have more magnesium and other vitamins and minerals than dried, of course. Before I get to the recipe, let me break down the nutritional highlights of this homemade ranch for you. Continue reading “Magnesium-rich Homemade Ranch Dip (or Dressing)”

Probiotic Potato Salad with Instant Pot Option

Probiotic Potato Salad (with Instant Pot Option)



This nutrient dense, delicious recipe for probiotic potato salad gets its probiotics from the lacto-fermented mayonnaise, the raw apple cider vinegar, and the lacto-fermented pickles. Also, the cooked and cooled potatoes are full of resistant starch to feed your microbiome. This twist on an old classic is perfect for barbecues, picnics, and camping and is quick to prepare. As usual, I would like to break down the nutritional value for you. Continue reading “Probiotic Potato Salad (with Instant Pot Option)”

Tiger Nut "corn" bread

Tiger Nut “Corn” bread: A Delicious Way to get your Resistant Starch (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)



Although there is no corn or gluten in this cornbread-like tiger nut bread, you won’t notice. It is so tasty, plus it is loaded with resistant starch from the tiger nut flour and buckwheat! If you haven’t yet heard of the importance of resistant starch, go here. If you have, then you are probably hoping to find some easy ways to incorporate resistant starch into your diet to feed your microbiome. Well here you go, my friend. First though, indulge me while I breakdown the other benefits of tiger nuts for you.  Continue reading “Tiger Nut “Corn” bread: A Delicious Way to get your Resistant Starch (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)”

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing


What’s in your salad dressing?

Have you looked at the label lately? You might be surprised to see that it contains some appalling ingredients, even in the organic versions! Some common ingredients are inflammation promoting oils such as soy or canola and emulsifiers such as xanthan gum or guar gum. (Go here to find out why you should avoid soy. Go here to find out why you should avoid canola oil.  Go here to find out why you should avoid emulsifiers.) 

In addition to avoiding these horrible ingredients, making your own salad dressing literally takes a couple of minutes! Plus, you can use the highest quality ingredients for the best nutrition and taste with none of the JUNK in store-bought dressings! Sold yet? If not, how about I extoll the virtues of raw apple cider vinegar for you?

Benefits of raw apple cider vinegar:

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How to Make Homemade Yogurt in a Crockpot #traditionalfoods #homemaderawyogurt #crockpotyogurt #grass-fedyogurt #traditionalfoods #reclaimingvitality

Homemade Yogurt: So Easy and So Much Better For you!

Why make homemade yogurt?

In short, homemade yogurt is better, both for you and in taste! If you have been reading my blog, you know I harp on quality. When you make your own yogurt, you control the quality of the milk, which is the most important part, as well as the quality of the culture (the beneficial bacteria that you are adding to your yogurt). The length of time of the ferment is also up to your discretion. The longer the ferment, the more probiotics that develop. Another important reason to make your own homemade yogurt is that most store-bought yogurt contains fillers and additives! Yuck! Continue reading “Homemade Yogurt: So Easy and So Much Better For you!”