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This was my very first post, along with a smoothie recipe, but I don’t feel it gets much viewing because of my format then,  so, I have decided, since it’s so good, it deserves its own attention and it’s the perfect time of year for it!




This dish is great with Brown Rice or Quinoa, on the side, or on its own!  Also, for a vegetarian version, leave out the beef and substitute with Mushrooms or not!

1 lb Lean Ground Meat (organic)
2 cups Cabbage, med chopped
2 med Leeks, chopped (whites only)
1 can Kidney Beans, rinsed well
2 cups Tomato puree
1/2 cup good White Wine, or water
2 tsp garlic powder or chopped fresh
Sea Salt (to taste)
Hot Chilies
Olive Oil


In a deep skillet with a lid, brown meat on med heat and discard excess grease

Rinse chopped Leeks and add to meat

Stir together and add chopped Cabbage

Mix well and cook on med low till soft

Add Wine or Water and bring to boil on med high

Add Tomato puree, Kidney Beans, garlic, salt and Hot Chilies

Cover and turn heat to low

Simmer for about 30 min or until Cabbage is soft

Plate and drizzle with Olive Oil.

Adding the Olive Oil at the end, brings all the flavors out and enhances  your dish, as well as keeping the oil in a super healthy state!




Straciatella soup, has to be one of the most delicious and soothing soups!  Here’s just one idea on turning it into a meal!

I always use My Own Stock from scratch.




3 cups Chicken Broth

1 Chicken Breast  (raw and cut into small pieces OR use the chicken from the stock if you just made it)

1 Large cage free Organic Egg

Shredded Cheese, or Parmesan

1 Tbsp Oat Bran

1 Large Handful of  Organic Arugula, or Spinach

Red Chillies for heat



In a saucepan, bring stock to boil.  Add either the chicken from the stock, if you just made it or take a chicken breast, cut it into small pieces and add to stock, turn heat to med.   This, will be extra tasty!  Take care not to overcook because it will become rubbery!  A few minuets should do it.


In a measuring cup, add egg and beat.  Add Oat Bran and mix. Pour into soft boiling broth.


Stirring constantly and quickly till the egg has coagulated and looks like cheese!


Add the Arugula or Spinach and Chillies and stir in.


Ready to plate!

Add Shredded Cheese or Parmesan


And Eat!!!



This is another dish I grew up with, lets call it Lentil Stew.  It’s a little different from my Mom’s, in the way that my Mother used to make it with pasta.  spaghetti, broken into one inch or so pieces, so yummy!  So I decided to try it with Quinoa and although it did not have that starchiness to it, it was delicious!


This dish is fast and easy to make, Vegetarian and Vegan, high in protein and is sure to please on those chilly days, when you need something to warm you up inside and out!  The Olive Oil is added at the end, in your bowl.  This makes the flavours come alive and feel velvety in your mouth, a real taste sensation! Add some chillies for heat and your good to go!



1/2 cup Lentils, rinsed

3 cups Water

1 large Onion, chopped

1 large stalk Celery, chopped

1 tbsp Strained Tomato

Sea Salt

Red Chilies

Quinoa or Rice

Organic EV Olive Oil


Cook Quinoa or Rice to Al Dente and set aside


In a sauce pan, bring water to boil,

Add Lentils, Onion and tomato

Turn heat to low and cook covered for about 15 min


Add chopped Celery, salt to taste and continue cooking, about 10 min, or until lentils are soft


Add cooked Quinoa or Rice (as much as you like, depending on what consistency you want)

Keep in mind the Quinoa or Rice will soak up some liquid

Turn heat off, cover and let stand for 5 to 10 min


Plate and drizzle at least 1 tbsp of Olive Oil all over and if you like some heat, sprinkle with red chilli flakes


This version has raw, chopped Baby Spinach!