How to make bone broth

how to make bone broth

I prepare broth and stocks for its taste as well as health benefits. Especially during winter time, chicken broth is hands down my favorite common cold remedy. Bone broth is different than chicken broth both in preparation as well as benefits. First, for chicken broth you buy a common food staple, cook the chicken and use the broth. 2 birds with … [Read more...]

How to roast chestnuts


I and my whole family love oven roasted chestnuts during cold night in winter (in Chiberia). It's better to buy them early on in the winter, even though it's more expensive. Later on, the yield of good quality chestnuts per purchase drop immensely and you start to get one good chestnut among a whole handful of molded ones. There is a trick to make … [Read more...]

Gluten-free Paleo Pancakes


When people hear that I don't eat gluten containing foods, they usually ask me what I eat, mainly, at breakfast. Conventional breakfast consists of a variety of baked goods with wheat flour. Bread, pancakes, waffles, donuts, muffins, you name it. I think in conventional diets, breakfast is the most carb loaded meal of the day. Unless you are eating … [Read more...]

How to make yogurt: Homemade yogurt recipe


I've written, how to make homemade yogurt for babies in little jars in this post. Making yogurt at home is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Especially, the speculation around what additives they use to extend the life of the yogurt as well as to thicken it, makes the effort worthwhile. When I was a kid, my granny use to make the yogurt at … [Read more...]

Our New Year’s Eve Menu


We celebrated the New Year's Eve at home with friends and family this year. We kept the menu low key and as healthy as possible. The items were all gluten-free. Roasted Chicken with Chestnuts and rice Zucchini boats with sauteed vegetables Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers Shrimp with Mushrooms in stoneware Cauliflower Salad prepared by our … [Read more...]

Birthday Menu


My daughter chose "flowers" as the theme of her 5th birthday party. We celebrated at home with her friends. My mom and I prepared the dishes. This was her "fruit cake". I used watermelon, honey dew melon, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple (hearts & flowers) and tangerines with the help of few toothpicks. Kids loved it. This is the whole … [Read more...]

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley


This recipe is a modified version of one of the dishes in Ultimate Reset. I have been receiving a big bag of Root Vegetable Soup mix from Fresh Picks for the last two shipments, I decided to cook this instead of cooking soup over and over. Ingredients: 1 big carrot 1 medium sweet potato 1 big red beet 1 medium yellow onion 1 yellow … [Read more...]

Baked Kale Chips


I have been reading the kale chips, the queen of the healthy snacks craze on many blogs. I had planted kale this year, so this is one of the recipes I tried with kale. First, I washed the leaves thoroughly and cut the stems off. I also cut the rather thicker midribs off. Then cut them in squares. I sprayed them with a little bit of olive … [Read more...]

Bell pepper flower eggs


This is a Pinterest inpised breakfast. All you have to do is: Find big, curvy bell peppers of any color. Slice them horizontally Put them on a pan Crack the eggs into the slices Make sure peppers touch the pan well so that the egg white does not flow out. Decorate with leaves or cucumbers as you wish.   … [Read more...]

Angry Birds themed breakfast


My children love Angry birds. They knew Angry Birds, even before we had any smart phones. One morning I prepared them Angry Birds themed breakfast, just for the fun of it. I used a leftover pancake from the day before and half a pita bread. Egg whites (from hard cooked egg) and cherry jam pieces for the eyes. Homemade plum marmalade for the face … [Read more...]

Make your own homemade pre-packed waffle and pancake mix


I like to serve different breakfast options to kids during the week. Weekends are pancake and waffle days. If the kids aren't extremely hungry or I haven't decided to sleep in, kids prepare their own pancakes and waffles under my observation - from far away. The recipe is taped to the cabinet door. They know where the ingredients are. They measure … [Read more...]

Fun looking, great tasting meals for children


If you think, decorating the dishes for your children will help them increase their appetite or make them eat better, with some creativity you can create anything with the foods you have on hand. You don't necessarily have to buy the ingredients in a recipe that you see on Pinterest or book. you can get inspired by them, but use the ingredients you … [Read more...]

Three Bean Salad


I learned this recipe from the book called "Perricone Prescription". Ingredients: 1 can of black beans 1 can of chick peas 1 can of red kidney beans 1 onion (if the onion is large, then just use half of it) 1/2 Lemon juice Cumin Directions: Open the cans and rinse the beans out, put them inside a bowl. Chop the onions in … [Read more...]

Chicken Broth Soup for common cold cure

I wasn't able to add new posts since the terminator cold has entered our house, knocking down my son first, then me. That said, I feel this chicken broth soup recipe is the most appropriate post to share with you with cold viruses making rounds around the country. If you research, you will find many articles from reliable sources that chicken … [Read more...]

Strength Soup for cold winter days

I do not have a scientific proof but I am sure this soup has immune strengthening properties. It is the perfect soup blend for cold winter days like the ones we have in Chicago. Ingredients: 8 cups of beef broth 1 medium yellow onion 1 beet 1 potato 1/2 celery root (head) 1 cup shredded green cabbage 1 tomato 1 tablespoon … [Read more...]

Yogurt Soup for soothing upset stomach

This is a delicious soup that will help calm your upset stomach down if you have nausea or after throwing up with rice's soothing effect. I cook this without salt, however you might add some to taste. Yogurt soup is soft and mushy enough to serve to your babies (who started on solid food) and children. Ingredients: 3/4 cup white or brown … [Read more...]

Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Cubes for Babies

Frozen vegetable cubes for babies

The practice of freezing food cubes is from the book called Super Baby Foods. When your baby starts eating solid foods, if you don’t have time to prepare fresh veggies and purees every single day, with this method, you can prepare batches of vegetables and fruits all at once, freeze it and thaw it out as you need it.  This way you can have two … [Read more...]

Cooked ground beef for 5-minute recipes


With my schedule as a working mother and my desire to eat home cooked meal, preparing batches of meal-sized, cooked ground beef is my life saver. We call this "base dish" in Turkish. You can cook any type of vegetables and prepare pasta, wraps, taco or burrito with it. Ingredients: Lean ground beef Yellow Onions Tomato or Red Pepper … [Read more...]