Living the Natural Life


My family eliminated processed foods from our diet gradually.  Once we ran out of an item I would replace it with a healthier homemade version of the item.  This transition was not immediately welcomed with open arms from our children.  We allow for some indulgences but overall we have been diligent in eating real unprocessed foods.  I speak with experience when I say “stick with it!” your tastes, and your children’s tastes, will change.  You will begin to appreciate real foods and when you do processed foods will become much less appealing (I used to love ranch flavored chips they are now totally unappetizing to me).

I have recently eliminated beef, pork, and poultry from my diet.  My children and husband still eat these items on occasion.  Our weekly family meals are 75% meat free.  I know that this change is not for everyone but I wanted to share with you our families eating habits since I am sharing many of our favorite recipes!

I will continue to add to this list and may even begin posting weekly meal plans (please let me know if that interests you!) so please visit again!

Breakfast Dishes

Summer Porridge







FluffyWhole Wheat Pancakes

Mini Breakfast Casseroles


Quinoa DishesVeggie Quinoa Pilaf







Spicy Quinoa & Corn Salad

Spicy Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

Toasted Almond Quinoa Salad

Asian Toasted Quinoa Salad With Snow Peas

Cilantro Lime Quinoa







Quinoa Patties







Quinoa & Sweet Potato Meatless Meatballs

Cashew & Chick Pea Quinoa Salad w/ Ginger Peanut Dressing

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa Pizza Bites







Veggie Dishes

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad







Simple Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Soy Sauce

Summer Couscous







Roasted Broccoli

Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips

Yummy Stuffed Zucchini

Veggie Greek Pasta

Quick, Easy, & Delicious Creamy Parmesan Pasta

Twice Baked Cauliflower

Feta Stuffed Green Peppers







Black Bean & Rice Enchiladas

Black Bean Burritos

Veggie Black Bean Burgers w/ Spicy Chipotle Sauce







Seafood Dishes

Super Easy Shrimp Scampi Bake

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Pad Thai







Ginger Shrimp Quinoa

Blackened Mahi Mahi Topped With Avocado Cream Sauce







Jerk Mahi Mahi

Poultry Dishes

Turkey & Quinoa Meatloaf







Turkey Meatballs

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos / Fajitas

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches w/ Homemade BBQ Sauce

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken







Cheesy Baked Ziti

Side Dishes

**please look at veggie recipes as well, they make wonderful sides**

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Red Skinned Potato Salad With Bacon

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes (with cauliflower mixed in!)

Caribbean Cole Slaw







Garbanzo Bean (Chick Pea) Salad


Broccoli Cheddar Soup







Ham & Potato Soup

Vegetable Black Bean Soup

Sweets & Snacks

Apple Cinnamon Bars

Carrot Zucchini Bars







Homemade Healthier Fudgesicles

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Almond Flour Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Squares

Gluten-Free Zucchini Banana Muffins

Organic Applesauce

Homemade Graham Crackers







Granola Bars topped with chocolate & coconut

Delicious (& EASY) granola bars

Salad Dressings

Cilantro Lime Vinagrette







Bleu Cheese Dressing

Low-Fat Bleu Cheese Dressing

Ranch Dressing








Taco Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning

Jerk Seasoning







Homemade Ketchup







Homemade Velvetta Cheese

Homemade Substitute for Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup

Refrigerator Dill Pickles







Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

Enchilada Sauce







Chicken Stock

Chicken or Turkey Gravy from Stock


Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls / Buns







Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Banana Bread Using Greek Yogurt 

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