Crock Pot Meals : Navy Bean Soup with Ham and Rosemary

Navy Bean Soup with Ham and Rosemary

Spring wet and cold weather returned with a vengeance this week, after a good tease of 85 degree temps. A hearty soup with chunks of tender meat was sounding really good. Rummaging through my pantry I found 1 cup of dry organic navy beans leftover from the 5 pound bag I bought last fall. With those as my starting point, … Read More

Slow Cooker South of the Border Black Bean Soup with Guacamole

Black Bean Soup with Guacamole

On Sunday I cooked up a large pot of black beans to have on hand. At that point, several ideas were rolling around in my head as to what to do with them. Monday morning came around and it was back to work we go, so I assembled this soup in my slow cooker and set it on go…or low. This is … Read More

Make It Healthy, Make It Fast


It’s Sunday… but Monday’s coming! Putting together health conscious meals takes a little planning and effort. Even with decades invested in natural and clean eating, Jack and I are in a season of life that makes putting food on the table fast a necessity… and because we choose to eat fresh and natural – it’s a challenge! Most weekdays we … Read More

Stocking Your Healthy Pantry


Creativity in the kitchen begins with a well stocked pantry.  Once you begin down the road to eating whole foods, you will be amazed at the variety of choices there are!   So much of the learning curve to improved nutrition is product knowledge.  One of my goals in teaching is to minimize how intimidating dietary changes can be for people. My cooking class … Read More