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Thank you for your patience as we wrap up the broken link issue throughout the site. I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel! If you come across a link that is broken or crossed out within a recipe, feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected] Blessings, amie sue

― February 27, 2019 ―

#1 – Food Processor – Why and What I Recommend

 Members Only, Food Processors - life just got easier (3 lessons)

I know what you’re thinking…do I need a food processor when I already own a high-powered blender? While there is some overlap between what a food processor and a blender can do depending on what models you have, they both serve different purposes. A blender is typically meant for blending…...

― February 27, 2019 ―

Banana-Free Smoothie Options

 Members Only, Substitutions - how, with what, and when (7 lessons)

Bananas are popular in smoothies because they help to cover the taste of greens, add a little sweetness, and most of all they create a thick creamy texture. Over the years, I have come to learn that not everyone is a fan of bananas and there are others who are looking for ways to reduce the sugars in their smoothies. Below, I will share some alternative foods that you can use in your smoothies instead of the golden banana.


― February 27, 2019 ―

Lychee – And its Translucent Flesh

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

The lush, dark green foliage adds great contrast to the Lychee fruits that hang in bunches like giant, rose-colored grapes. The rugged outer skin flakes away easily revealing the delicate, velvety fruit that awaits beneath. Bite into the moist, sweet flesh and experience the rush of exotic flavor unique to the…...

Raw Food Recipes. using and cooking with breadfruit

― February 20, 2019 ―

Breadfruit – Yep, Tastes Just Like Bread

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

Breadfruit is grown in regions like Micronesia, Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean, Western Pacific islands and the Malay Peninsula. It is one of the highest producing food plants in the world. A single tree (roughly 85 feet tall) can produce up to 150 or even more fruits per season from 50-100 years. It is closely…...

― February 17, 2019 ―

#8 – Online Store (Amazon) My Recommendations

 Members Only, #1 - Welcome, Start Here

There are four categories under the Online Store button: Ingredients, Equipment, eBooks, and Swag. This section is a store that links to Amazon. Throughout the years I receive endless requests on what equipment or ingredients I use or recommend. Putting the Amazon store together seemed like a great way to…...

― February 17, 2019 ―

#4 – Your Account Page

 Members Only, #1 - Welcome, Start Here

Your Account Page If you ever need to make changes to your account, not to worry… all of your info is at your fingertips.  To access this page first make sure that you are logged in. From there hover over “My Account” in the left menu bar. A small pop-up…...


― February 15, 2019 ―

Juicing with a Blender

 Members Only, Juicing - types of juicers, health concerns (12 lessons)

So, I heard through the grapevine that you want to start making your own fresh juices, but buying a juicer isn’t part of your current budget plan. Not a problem, I have a solution. A good blender makes an excellent alternative to juicers until you can afford one. Blender juicing…...

― February 13, 2019 ―

Food Comes First Series

Kitchen Diary

Good morning (or whatever time of day this reaches you)! Recently I was approached by Shawn Derise Madole Borup who asked me if I would be willing to be part of a new FREE online series called “Food Comes First… Simple Steps to Boost Energy, Save Time and Nourish Your Family.”… read more »

Raw Food Recipes. How to grow pineapple

― February 13, 2019 ―

Pineapples – A Labor of Love

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

Pineapples don't grow on a tree, in a bush, or on a vine... nope, they grow on... Awe, come on, you didn't think I was going to tell you right off now, did you? lol Click on the link above and learn how they grow, where, how they are harvested, and so much more!

― February 12, 2019 ―

#4 – Things we do Wrong when Juicing

 Members Only, Juicing - types of juicers, health concerns (12 lessons)

Even though most people turn to juicing as a way to give their digestion a break, you need to be aware that certain fruits and veggies (dark leafy greens, wheatgrass, beets, etc) are so powerful that you may experience some stomach distress if you drink too much of them.

― February 09, 2019 ―

Knives that I Recommend

 Members Only, Misc. Equipment - everyday tools (9 lessons)

Knives are a valuable tool to have in the kitchen... a sharp one that is. Some of you may not be aware of this, but a dull knife can cause more harm than a sharp one. When you have to saw back and forth and use downward pressure while cutting, there's a chance for the knife to slip and knick a finger or two.

― February 09, 2019 ―

How to Store Your Knives

 Members Only, Kitchen Organization Basics

To preserve the quality of a knife and our fingertips, we need to start off with some proper storage ideas. I will be sharing many different ways that you can store your "investments." It will be up to you to decide which works best, with consideration of your family and kitchen space.

vegan, raw, grain-free Sugar-Cookie-Tiny-Homes

― February 09, 2019 ―

Sugar Cookie Tiny Homes

 Members Only, Christmas, Cookies, Nuggets & Balls

Ready for some big-time fun? Get the family together to build and decorate these raw sugar cookie tiny houses! It's the biggest house trend around... or it ought to be?

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close up of buckwheat

― February 06, 2019 ―

Buckwheat – Good for the Body, Good for the Land

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

It is neither a grain nor a cereal and it is gluten-free. So where does it come from? Buckwheat is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant. It is similar to the sunflower seed, with a single seed inside a hard outer hull.


― January 30, 2019 ―

Flax Seeds – Nothing but Blue Prairies

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

First off, flax seeds are cultivated for either fiber or for the seeds. A farmer has to choose what he/she is wanting to harvest; one can't harvest it for both purposes due to the timing of how things mature.

candied-walnuts-in paper cones

― January 28, 2019 ―

Candied Walnuts

 Members Only, Sweet Treats

This recipe for candied walnuts is simply walnut halves coated in a sweet and salty mixture then dehydrated to crispy and crunchy perfection. They are perfect for salads, snacking or package them up for a fun homemade gift idea! Candied Walnuts are a healthier snack including vitamin E, healthy fats, and antioxidants. You won't find that in M&M's (just saying). Once you learn how to make them, you’ll be using them in all sorts of recipes.

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Hidden inside those fat, long pods are handfuls of delicious beans, but they make you work for it. All good things in life require a little work, and work builds character, right? So think of these as a character building bean! I am not selling this very well, am I? But seriously, despite the seemingly never-ending shucking involved, fava beans have a buttery goodness that you don’t find in other beans, making the toilsome undertaking a true treasure hunt.

― January 23, 2019 ―

Fava / Broad Bean – Worth all the Work

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

Dspite the seemingly never-ending shucking involved, fava beans have a buttery goodness that you don’t find in other beans, making the toilsome undertaking a true treasure hunt.

raw vegan Nutty-Nugget-Cereal-F

― January 21, 2019 ―

Nutty Nugget Cereal

 Members Only, Breakfast

A great way to satisfy hunger at the breakfast table is with these tiny crunchy clusters made with pure, whole food ingredients. This breakfast cereal is grain-free, corn syrup free, yet is loaded with sprouted nuts, dried fruit, and spices—making it completely gluten-free and Paleo-friendly.

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― January 18, 2019 ―

Aglaonema Cutlass | Chinese Evergreen | Care Difficulty – Easy

Houseplant Varieties

This plant has a retro-chic quality, having been an interior design staple since the 1970’s. It will tolerate more shade and cooler temperatures than other varieties, making it a useful, decorative addition across homes and offices. It has glossy, dark-green leaves that are strikingly marbled with silvery green chevrons. Chinese… read more »

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how dragon fruit grows and how to use it in raw diets

― January 16, 2019 ―

Dragon Fruit – Queen of the Night

 Members Only, Ingredient Directory, Where Our Food Comes From

There is a uniqueness to this gorgeous tropical fruit, and that is it lives only one night. First, the cactus produces a beautiful pink or yellow flower. Sometimes called "moonflower" or "Queen of the night," the plant blooms from evening to midnight, only to wither in strong sunlight. During the night, the pungent flowers are pollinated by moths and bats. Although the flower dies, the cactus bears dragon fruit (pitaya) about six times every year.


― January 15, 2019 ―

Using Essential Oils (instead of whole ingredient)

 Members Only, Substitutions - how, with what, and when (7 lessons)

For this post, I am thrilled to share about preparing dishes with essential oils, a world where each drop is filled with bright, vibrant taste. Essential oils are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. One thing that we really need to be cautious about is that you only use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) oils for internal purposes. Be sure to read labels with care because plant medicine is potent and not all of the essential oils are meant to be taken internally.

Raw Food Diet

― January 15, 2019 ―

Oil Substitutions

 Members Only, Substitutions - how, with what, and when (7 lessons)

Oils are used to create moisture, or they can help a recipe firm up once its been thoroughly chilled. I also add them for their nutritional benefits. Always aim for cold-pressed, virgin, extra-virgin versions. They should be stored in dark containers, glass if possible, and the color should resemble the plant it originated from.

― January 15, 2019 ―

Roasting, Steaming, and Sautéing Without Oil

 Members Only, Reference Library | Cooked —

After looking at some of my oil-free recipes, you may be asking yourself: Should I be cooking without oil too? What should a healthy diet look like?  What foods should it include, or which ones should be avoided? Well, to be honest, that picture will look different for each of…...


Raw Food Diet

― January 15, 2019 ―

Nut and Seed Substitutions

 Members Only, Substitutions - how, with what, and when (7 lessons)

A lot of raw gourmet recipes call for nuts and/or seeds. They are heavily used because they are great replacements for glutenous grains and flours. They play many roles in recipes. They give bulk to recipes, they act as binders, some make creamy bases, they add flavor and most importantly... they add in nutrition. But due to tastes, availability, allergens or dietary restrictions, we may need to find substitutions. I will be giving replacement suggestions for select nuts and seeds... these are not the golden rule, just a guideline. I selected nuts and seeds that MOST compliment the item you are needing to replace.

raw vegan Cracked-Black-Pepper-and-Black-Truffle-Salt-Kale-Chips-in-jar

― January 14, 2019 ―

Cracked Black Pepper and Black Truffle Salt Kale Chips

 Members Only, Kale Chips

Black Truffle Sea Salt... my new spice love affair. Combine that with my deep-rooted enjoyment of kale chips and POW... my hidden superpower of "willpower" is completely defeated. haha My kryptonite! Do NOT underestimate the luxurious culinary delight of truffles.

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