How to Make Your Own Natural Streak-Free Glass Cleaner

by Amy on 08/27/2015

  

Natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner

While not completely non-toxic (it wouldn’t be so great if your toddler drank this, of course, due to the rubbing alcohol) this easy recipe is much safer than commercial window cleaners that contain ammonia and other nasties.

Ideally, organic ingredients would be used where possible, even though it won’t be consumed.

The essential oil is optional, but I love the cleaning power and smell of lemon!

Easy Homemade Non-Streaking Glass Cleaner

1/3 cup organic white vinegar
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
1 TBL organic cornstarch
2 cups water
3-4 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all in a glass spray bottle (learn how to repurpose an apple cider vinegar bottle here),  label and store out of reach of little hands.

Simple Honey-Sweetened Raspberry Lemon Jam

by Amy on 01/06/2015

  

Honey Sweetened Raspberry Lemon Jam

This jam is my new obsession.

Bursting with sweet-tart raspberries, bright with lemons (or Meyer lemons!) and infinitely swirlable, this easy, one pot jam is a must-taste!

Three little ingredients combine for a simple fridge jam (or sauce/syrup) that takes only 15 minutes to make.  No need for canning. That means while it’s not shelf stable, it lasts well for a couple of weeks in the fridge or a few months in the freezer- but it won’t have a chance to be around that long. And because you make it with frozen raspberries, you can make it year round.

Dollop on ice cream, swirl into yogurt, smear onto muffins or toast, or just eat it by the spoonful (I’m only half kidding!) with homemade nut butter and you’ll be hooked, too.

Honey-Sweetened Raspberry Lemon Jam
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Makes approximately one pint

Ingredients:
About 4 cups of frozen organic raspberries
4-6 Tablespoons good quality, local honey (or to taste)
Juice and zest of 2 organic lemons (or Meyer lemons)

Directions:
Add frozen raspberries to a large saucepot over medium heat.
Stir raspberries until they begin to liquefy and fall apart.
Add honey and lemon juice, reserving zest.
Stir well and allow mixture to come to a soft boil.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until jam has thickened enough to coat a spoon.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest.
Pour into a glass Mason jar, slowly, after it has cooled a bit and then refrigerate.
Jam will thicken a bit further after cooling, but will always remain slightly pourable.
Keep in fridge up to two weeks, or freeze for a few months.

Notes:
One of my favorite ways to serve this delightful jam is swirled into whole Greek yogurt,  topped with fresh berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries) and our Crispy Glazed Walnuts. It’s the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack!

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie- A Gluten Free, Real Food Recipe

by Amy on 11/26/2014

  

Old Fashioned Gluten Free Buttermilk Pie Recipe, Real Food Recipe

I love buttermilk pie.

Creamy, custardy, dreamy sweet and oh-so-decadent, it’s Southern comfort food at it’s finest.

But conventional recipes leave you feeling too full and bloated, and pack quite the punch with gluten heavy crusts, sweetened condensed milk and tons of sugar.

But, never fear! We’ve made over this lovely recipe with all real food, gluten free ingredients and eased up on the sugar (but you won’t even notice it) to make this a treat worth making…

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie- Gluten Free
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (8 TBL) organic butter, melted
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
3 organic, pasture-raised eggs
1 TBL pure vanilla extract
1 cup organic buttermilk
3 TBL all purpose gluten-free flour (I like Trader Joe’s blend)
1/8 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 gluten free pie shell, homemade or purchased, unbaked

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat butter and sugar until smooth and then add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
Add buttermilk, gluten free flour and salt.
Pour into an unbaked gluten-free pie shell and put into oven on middle rack.
Bake at 350 F for 55-65 minutes, or until golden and a knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the pie.
Allow pie to cool before refrigerating until well-chilled.

Notes:
No time to make a crust? Though I typically make my own pie crust, I have used Wholly Wholesome gluten free pie crusts with excellent results.
Leftover buttermilk? Freeze the leftover in an ice cube tray and then store in a ziptop bag in the freezer. You’ll have it when another recipe calls for buttermilk!

Gluten Free Powdered Doughnut Hole Recipe

by Amy on 10/31/2014

  

Gluten Free Powdered Doughnut Holes Recipe

These gluten-free baked doughnut (donut) holes are sooo good! A fun, pop-them-in-your-mouth treat, these will be a new favorite at your house for sure.

Try them with a cup of hot apple cider or tea for a real delight…

Gluten Free Powdered Doughnut Holes
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Makes approximately 2 dozen doughnut holes

Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup gluten free flour blend (I like Trader Joe’s All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix)
½ cup organic, granulated sugar
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of real, unrefined sea salt
4 Tablespoons organic butter, melted
1 organic egg
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup organic milk
¾ cup organic powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a medium sized glass mixing bowl, whisk to combine gluten free flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
In another bowl, mix melted (and slightly cooled) butter, vanilla extract and milk.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to mix well.
Generously butter a mini muffin tin to avoid sticking.
Scoop about a Tablespoon of dough into each one, filling about 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 F for about 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned and batter is set.
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, and then roll doughnut holes through powdered sugar.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for a day or two.

Notes

Dairy-free?
Coconut oil can be used in place of butter, and coconut or other non-dairy milk can be used in place of milk.

Not gluten-free?
Standard all-purpose flour will work fine in this recipe as well.

When Is The Best Time of Day to Take Your Probiotic?

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Five Minute, One Jar Mayo- The Best, Easiest, No-Fail Mayonnaise Recipe EVER!

September 24, 2014
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Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

May 30, 2014
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Easy Sparkling Fauxjitos plus Cinco de Mayo Recipes

May 2, 2014
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How to Make a Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner

April 15, 2014
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We used to buy an organic all purpose spray, but we’ve learned it’s easier and less expensive to make our own. You can clean with straight vinegar, but this smells better and lasts longer, plus it’s more gentle on surfaces. In our house, this one spray cleans countertops, the stove, our bathrooms and more. It’s […]

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An Easy DIY Project- Make Your Own Glass Spray Bottles

April 14, 2014
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We try to avoid plastic, including plastic spray bottles, because they can leach harmful chemicals into the bottle contents, especially when the bottles contain certain ingredients, like essential oils. Glass spray bottles are an ideal solution, but can be hard to find and are often expensive. Good news- it’s easy and cheap to make your […]

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