Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

Probiotic Melon Popsicles

Why does summer bring out that urge to consume high calorie, surgar filled foods that we would otherwise steer clear of in the winter? Ice-cream, freezies, cold beer, margaritas–all high in sugar and guilt. All the while, we’re trying to rock our best bathing suite bods. It just doesn’t seem fair. But, today is your lucky day, because I’ve created a guilt-free, healthy, ice-cold treat, that will satisfy your sinful cravings (maybe not for a margarita, though…you’ll still probably want that.) What makes this popsicle heathy? Let me introduce you to some of the ingredients: homemade yogurt, organic gelatin, honey and…
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Homemade, Fruit-Filled Mini Yogurts

One of the many benefits of switching to a real food diet is that you simultaneously produce much less waste. When you make food from scratch, you just don’t have all the packaging, which is often plastic and non-recyclable, that accompanies processed food.

Homemade mini-yogurt

Sweet n’ Spicy Chipotle and Kid-Friendly “Cheesy” Popcorn

While some people have a sweet tooth, I, have a salt tooth. My ultimate weakness: chips. Any kind will do really, but I have a particular weakness for BBQ chips. And although I don’t personally buy them, if they end up in my house, or you put a bowl in front of me, I will grab a handful. Okay, several handfuls. What? You think I’m Hippie-Housewife-Hypocrite, right? SURPRISE, nobody’s perfect! 🙂

Homemade Chicken Liver Pâté with Green Peppercorns

Organ meat: friend or foe? I know it’s not for everyone. In my experience, you either love it or hate it. It’s about a 50/50 split in my family. Me? I love it 🙂 My History with Organ Meat (Offal) I remember when I was a kid, on rare occasions, my mom would cook up chicken livers and hearts, and my brother and I thought it was such a special treat! She would fry them in butter, garlic and onions, and we’d dip them in ketchup (chicken livers and ketchup are the best of friends). In elementary school, I’d eat liver…
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Chicken Liver Pate

Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Hummus

Not a hummus fan? Neither am I, but this ain’t no ordinary hummus. Made with caramelized onions and roasted garlic, this hummus is a sweet and savory distant cousin to traditional, tahini and lemon hummus. Chickpeas, a.k.a. Garbanzo beans, are gluten-free, high in protien, high in fibre, and a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, folic acid and healthy fats. They are said to be a weight loss super-food because of their ability to increase feelings of fullness, causing you to consume less calories. This carmelized onion & roasted garlic hummus is sure to impress at your next summer potluck….
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Caramelised Onion and Roasted Garlic Hummus

Cucumber Bites with Lox & Caper Cream Cheese.

I don’t think there anything in the world that my kids love more than these cucumber bites with lox and caper cream cheese. Actually, I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t happily devoured them! With all the food restrictions these days, this simple appy is a welcome addition to any potluck or party – a super simple, gluten-free appy or snack, combining classic flavors: smoked salmon lox, capers, red onion and cream cheese (you won’t even miss the bagel!) 

Kale and Artichoke Dip

Making this dip really makes me realize how far I’ve come in this transformation to living a cleaner, greener life, as every ingredient in this dish is made from scratch! The only thing that would make it even more awesome would be if I grew the kale…and I just planted some, so in a couple of months that should happen!

Kale & Artichoke Dip