Tropical Traditions Giveaway and Coconut Oil Recipes

$30 value Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil     I am so excited about my first giveaway!  I love Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut!  I love their coconut oil because I love the slight coconut taste which is wonderful in all of my baked goods!  I am still surprised how versatile coconut oil is when using it…

Psych-You-Out Triple Mac & Cheese

Psych-You-Out Triple Mac & Cheese

Yes, I did it!  I have gone where no one has gone before…. My challenge was to re-create yummy macaroni and cheese that taste just as good as what your mom used to make but not use any grain product or imitation cheese.  Mission ACCOMPLISHED! The macaroni and cheese my mom used to make was simple.  Macaroni…

Pineapple-Basil Smoothie

Pineapple-Basil Smoothie

You have got to try this!!!  Probably not what you think of when you want a smoothie but I have found that basil pairs very well with so many different fruits, especially pineapple!    This recipe was inspired by a Pineapple-Basil Gelato I had years ago at Whole Foods.  Since then I have used basil…

Melissa's Sandwich Buns

Melissa’s Sandwich Buns

Finally, a grain free bread that holds up to your favorite sandwich! Like most people, I LOVE BREAD!!!!  It is such a convenience food! Growing up my dad used to say that you can “jam” anything in between 2 pieces of bread and call it a meal.  We did this with everything from tomatoes, bananas,…

Blueberry-Lemon Muffins (or Scones)

Blueberry-Lemon Muffins (or Scones)

I used the scone/biscuit version and scooped onto cookie sheet to make these. The golden color came from fresh eggs!  I have always considered pastries for breakfast as a treat, something that I would maybe only do on vacation or a business trip.  Unfortunately, after I have eaten them and got my one minute of…

Melissa's 30-Second Weight-Loss Shake

Melissa’s 30-Second Weight-Loss Shake

Yes, I drink milk shakes 4-5 times a week!  I started this about a month ago and guess what, I continue to lose weight!  I call it Melissa’s Weight-Loss Shake to #1, get you to read this post and #2, if you drink this shake instead of drinking regular milk shakes, ice-cream or even sugar…

Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

If you told me 6 months ago I would be drinking almond milk much less making it I would have told you that stuff is for the birds!  Well, apparently I am eating with the birds now.  ;-) Not really, but I am loving some almond milk!  I usually by the unsweetened stuff in the refrigerator section…

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Fried Eggplant with Marinara

I think I have found the one savory food that is more addictive than wheat or sugar!  The only reason I didn’t eat the entire batch is because I wanted my husband to try it when he got home.  Well, only 4 pieces made it to his plate!  ;-)  The crunchy eggplant with the tangy…