Category Archives: Recipes

How to Make Perfect Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

yellow rice topped with peas

Authentic and very delicious yellow rice cooked in gelatin and mineral rich chicken broth instead of water is a great way to get more of this digestion enhancing (and wrinkle reducing) superfood into your family’s diet.

Just to give you some idea, folks on the GAPS Diet who are healing their gut to reverse autoimmune problems incorporate a small cup of homemade broth with every single meal. This is how important this traditional food is to health and healing.

The aromatic spices added to the yellow rice blend very well with the broth. If you are (oops) short on chicken broth for whatever reason, you can use this recipe for easy to make herbal bouillon instead in a pinch.

In my experience, the flavor of the yellow rice is more acceptable to children than plain rice cooked in chicken broth.

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Tastiest Party Mix EVER (and it’s Healthy Too!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

healthy party mix recipe _mini
If it’s happened to me once, it’s happened to me a hundred times ….

I try this snack or dish that I absolutely LOVE, only to investigate the ingredients and discover that this is something I would never, ever make for my family at home.

This happened to me last year when I tried a popular party mix for the very first time at one of my kid’s school events. It was to die for. This particular party mix recipe is made in vast quantities by over a dozen Moms and served every year at a large and well attended function.

This party mix was so good that I ate it (more than I should have!). This even though the ingredients were such that I knew I was going to seriously pay the piper the next day (or two, or three).

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How to Mix and Use Gluten Free Flour

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Cookies made with gluten free flour on glass tray

A growing number of people are having problems tolerating gluten, a complex and difficult to digest plant protein. If you find this hard to believe, check out your local healthfood store. An entire aisle in mine is devoted to products made with gluten free flour or that are completely grain free!

For some, the issues with gluten result from a genetic predisposition that can lead to Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where the consumption of gluten leads to damage to the small intestine. Celiac is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

For millions of others, up to 15% of the population who don’t qualify as Celiacs, gluten is simply not well tolerated digestively. A wide variety of symptoms are attributed to gluten intolerance including brain fog, depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue.

The widespread nature of Celiac and gluten sensitivity makes it highly probable that you will have a friend or relative with this condition come to dinner or a party at your home at some point in the future if it hasn’t happened already!

As a result, I consider gluten free baking to be an essential skill in order to accommodate these folks without any loss of enjoyment for the guests who are able to tolerate wheat.

Successful gluten free baking tastes as yummy to those who eat wheat as it does to those who don’t!

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Healthy and Easy Bouillon Cubes Recipe

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

healthy homemade bouillon cubes

People new to traditional cooking are frequently surprised to learn that bouillon cubes from the store are a heavily processed food that without exception contain large amounts of neurotoxic MSG.  Even organic bouillon cubes or stock cubes should be avoided!

Take a look at the ingredients of this popular brand of organic chicken bouillon cubes from the healthfood store that falsely proclaims “No MSG Added” on the label:

Organic Chicken Bouillon Cube Ingredients:
yeast extract, corn starch*, non hydrogenated palm oil*, mineral salt, natural chicken and rosemary flavouring, chicken fat*, lovage*, turmeric*, parsley*, chicken meat powder*. *organic

What’s the very first ingredient?

Yeast extract which is just another name for MSG. Note that there are dozens of aliases for neurotoxic MSG (1) used in food labeling that while misleading, is completely legal. It is essentially a cat and mouse game food manufacturers play with consumers. As soon as consumers wise up to one name, they change to another then another.

Note that avoidance of MSG in processed foods is important not only to keep frequent headaches at bay, but also to maintain a healthy weight. MSG damages and kills neurons in the hypothalamus in the brain stem and can contribute to obesity over time by damaging metabolism (2).

How companies get away with these labeling shenanigans is shocking. As a consumer, you really need to be on your toes to keep from falling for these processed food scams.

The good news is that it is simple to make your own healthy bouillon cubes to liven up the flavor of homemade broth or to add to filtered water along with some veggies, legumes or meat to make a super fast soup in a pinch.

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Einkorn Sourdough Crackers with Nut Butter

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

sourdough crackers with peanut butter

Nut butter crackers are a favorite snack food for many children. For my family, peanut butter crackers are the fave with sunbutter crackers the distant second place winner.

Unfortunately, the commercial options for nut butter crackers even from organic brands leave much to be desired in the ingredients department. Check out the ingredients list for one highly popular brand of certified USDA Organic peanut butter crackers:

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