Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

As I have gotten older, with my children are now in grade school, I tend to have less patience for “busy work”.  Dropping cookie dough onto sheets over and over?  Please!

Let’s streamline this process and cook the dough all at once.  You can do that in a glass or ceramic casserole pan, but I find that my cast iron skillet is a little more fun.  Cookie wedges, amirite?  Plus, when you make one big cookie your house doesn’t get so hot in the summer.  You’re welcome. [Read more…]

Spelt Banana Bread Brownies with Brown Butter Icing

Banana Bread Brownies with Brown Butter Icing

This recipe is perfect for when you have some ultra-ripe, black-spotted bananas looking meaningfully at you from your kitchen counter.  Instead of turning them into the same banana bread as last time (as tasty as that is!), try these beautiful, warming brownies topped with the most delicious ingredient of all time: browned butter.

I mean, seriously.  Is there anything better than browned butter?  The answer is NO.  No there is not.  Browned butter is heavenly.

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120 Days In. (Life Happens. Keep Going.)

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You can see my original post here, my 30 day update here, and my 60 day update here.

And now I have a 120 day update for you:

Sometimes life happens and you don’t do things perfectly.  And then you have a choice: give up or keep going.  I choose to keep going.

Things can fall apart.  Things can change.  And they do!

Maybe you get thrown a curveball and you are thinking “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!”  Or maybe you did see it coming, and now it’s here.

Life is about being accountable for yourself.  It’s about owning up to reality.  Who you are.  What actions you choose to take.  It’s basically about owning you, no matter what.

And the same goes for me.  So I am choosing to keep going.  I choose not to give up. [Read more…]

Tequila Whipped Cream

tequila whipped cream

Sometimes I like to make a pie.  Or a lot of pies.  Like, a week’s worth of pies.

And sometimes I like to make fancy whipped creams to put on those pies, like this tequila whipped cream!  It is amazing all on it’s own (I dare you not to have a taste when you make it), but it’s also the perfect pairing with tropical fruits like pineapples and mangos.  You could even use it for an elegant dessert of vanilla pound cake with a tropical fruit compote.

But my favorite is still this whipped cream atop a gorgeous piece of key lime pie.  I seriously can’t get enough citrus in my life…and this is why I belong in Arizona!

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Traditional Poutine: Fries, Gravy, Cheese Curds, Oh My!

homemade real food poutine

Poutine is quite simple: fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds.  Simply delicious!  Poutine is comfort at it’s best, full of satisfying starches from the potatoes, a salty edge from the cheese curds, and velvety homemade gravy full of naturally occurring gelatin.

I think of poutine as one of those dishes that is a cross between bar food and an elegantly elevated dish.  But no matter how you classify it, it is full of nourishing fats if you use the best ingredients possible: grassfed cheese curds, homemade gravy with beef bone broth, and organic potatoes fried in coconut oil.

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Lemonade Gummy Fruit Snacks

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When I was on GAPS, I drank a lot of bone broth full of natural gelatin and soothing goodness.  And now that I don’t drink it quite as often, I try to incorporate as much grass-fed gelatin into my family’s diet as possible.  I was really glad to find that there is a powdered grass-fed gelatin from a brand I trust here.  It is a gelatin that is very easy to absorb, so all the nutrients are truly usable by your body.

And the best way to take this gelatin?  In a fruit snack of course!  I have seen a few recipes I really like, like these coconut pineapple gummies.  But ever since summer hit I have been dying to try and make lemonade gummies with grass-fed gelatin.  So yummy, and so healthy!  I have been making my honey-sweetened lemonade pretty regularly again, and so I tried it, and the result was glorious. [Read more…]

What Does 3,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

3000 calories a day

Now that I am more than 60 days into my concentrated effort to get healthy and lose some weight, I have been asked many times to specify what I eat during a typical day.  People often wonder how I manage to eat 3,000 calories per day.  Yes, I am eating 3,000 calories a day and losing weight.  

First of all, I eat between 2,500 and 3,000 calories a day, depending on how hungry I am.  This post shows how much I eat on a particularly hungry day, mostly likely the day after I went weight-lifting! [Read more…]

The Best Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Ever!

peanut butter swirl brownies


Sometimes you just need to have peanut butter and chocolate together.  Because they are a match made in heaven.  And not to mention: this is the greatest brownie base I have ever used.  I discovered it a few years ago in a book called Cookies Unlimited and ever since then, it’s THE brownie recipe that I use.  Every time.

And this time: it’s with peanut butter swirl! [Read more…]

30 Days In.

eat the food lost 10 pounds

(See the start point here and the 60 Day update here.)

As you know, exactly one month ago I made an announcement that it was time to embark on a journey of EAT, LIFT, LOVE, and I have the before photos to prove it!

And as I said in my weight loss kickoff post, I would be giving monthly updates to show how you can lose weight while eating lots of food, lifting lots of weight, and fully rejecting diets.  FULLY.

But here is the thing about my weight loss success so far: this is NOT the work of merely 30 days on display.  It’s merely been 30 days since I decided that it was time to count my calories to 3,000 every day, keep track of lifting and dancing every day during the week with one day off (but where I still get outside and moving, maybe for a walk), weigh myself every week, and be accountable to all of you here.

But I didn’t start creating health 30 days ago.  I started that a little over one year ago. [Read more…]

Texas Sheet Cake: Real Food Style



I have had a lot of trouble transitioning a handful of recipes over to real foodified versions, and they invariably contain powdered sugar in the original recipe.  For example, I have these lime cooler cookies that are to die for, but there is just no other way to make lime juice glaze without powdered sugar!  Honey is okay, but powdered sugar really makes them perfect.

But these aren’t lime coolers.  And even though the original recipe for Texas sheet cake calls for powdered sugar in the glaze, I am happy to say that my real foodified version of Texas sheet cake is not only bomb, but passed the approval of several high school aged kids that didn’t know they were eating unrefined-sugar and whole grain Texas sheet cake. In fact, all they said was “YUM!” and “What’s your website, again?”  I’ll take it!

So first of all, let me tell you why I love this chocolate dessert probably the best of all chocolate desserts, cakes or cookies anywhere.  Yep.  I love Texas sheet cake that much! [Read more…]