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Italian Steak Pizzaiola

Italian Steak Pizzaiola

Steak Pizzaiola is a childhood dish I remember fondly. It was one of my big brothers’ favorite dishes. My mom is the real deal- 100% Italian. Such a beautiful thing…not all too common in the US any longer. While a lot of her Italian culture was not passed on to her through her second-generation parents, FOOD.certainly.was. She is graciously letting me share some of her delicious and treasured Italian dishes on this whole-food blog. I am grateful, and if you try them, you will be too! This recipe is EASY, filling and very Italian!



2 to 3 lbs. cube steak or thin sliced round steak

1 to 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen peas

Marinara or spaghetti sauce (approx 2-3 cups, save some to put over ‘pasta’)




  1. Salt and pepper steaks and brown in pan on medium high heat, 2 to 3 minutes a side.
  2. Place in casserole dish that you have greased with fat of choice and pour sauce over until meat is covered.
  3. Bake covered 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours on 350⁰. (this will get it nice and tender)
  4. Add peas the last 15 minutes or so. (Keep an eye on sauce to make sure it doesn’t get too thick, add water as needed)
  5. Serve with spaghetti squash (GAPS-friendly), or brown rice spaghetti.



Coconut-fruit truffles

Coconut-fruit truffles


1 C assorted nuts/seeds (I did walnuts, sunflower, pecans, almonds)

4 dates

½ C coconut butter/manna

1/3 C dried raisins/cherries

2 t vanilla extract

2 t honey (or to taste)

¼ C shredded coconut



  1. Combine coconut butter, vanilla and honey in food processor to make a paste.
  2. Add dried fruit and nuts, process until small chunks of dried fruit are still seen. (If it’s not wet enough to roll together, add more coconut butter or oil.)
  3. Roll into quarter-width balls, and roll gently in shredded coconut.
  4. Keep in fridge or freezer. Tastiest when cold.

Makes about 30 truffles.


Peach-Raspberry Smoothie

Peach-Raspberry Smoothie



  • 1 C frozen raspberries
  • 1 C frozen peaches
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • ¼ C kefir
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 egg yolks (pastured eggs)
  • ½ C spinach
  • ½-1 C coconut milk (the concentrated one from the can)
  • ½ C water
  • Shake of cinnamon
  • Drizzle of honey


Blend well. Serves 3-4 adults. Enjoy a sweet and thick (from the frozen fruit) smoothie with many hidden treasures.


STARING you in the face

STARING you in the face



Have you ever wondered why everything with the medical world is so complicated?? How about expensive?? Unsafe?? Ineffective??




Example: I have bunions…yes, those not-so-pretty bulges protruding out of the side of my foot. Maybe genetic, definitely aggravated and made much worse by wearing much too tight shoes (high heels FAR too often in my teen years). Anyways, about a year ago they began to hurt so badly I could barely walk. It was worse after I worked a 12 hour shift at the hospital. Intense soreness, almost like I had broken my foot. This really freaked me out as I knew surgery was the only option a foot doctor would have for me.


I quickly visited my old mentality, thinking there is nothing else I can do here besides see a specialist…then I remembered a while back my chiropractor mentioned there are foot splints you can wear at night that help correct bunions. LIGHT BULB! Search online for 10 minutes, found a pair, ordered. Bam. Wear these puppies at night and my pain has virtually gone away. Don’t wear them for several days….pain comes back. Hmmm….hard to tell if they work. NOT!!


This is a very simple example of something so basic
staring you right in the face. If I had gone to a podiatrist they would have offered surgery and if I was dumb enough, I would have proceeded with a horrifically painful surgery, weeks upon weeks of recovery without being able to walk, and who knows what complications from major corrective surgery upon the skeletal system.


    Would that have been worth it? The answer’s pretty clear.


When I was 21 I had an endoscopy procedure done because my acid-reflux had gotten so bad I could barely tolerate in ON the strongest medicine for GERD. I thought surely there is something seriously wrong if I feel this bad. Nope. Negative scope. ‘Nothing there’. Met with the Gastroenterologist with my serious nurse face on, “surely there are other options for this condition, the medication I’m on has only been licensed for 6 week limited usage, beyond that there is an increased risk of esophageal cancer…” He proceeds to quickly answer, “No, this is the standard for GERD, I have nothing else to offer you, you’ll be fine”.


    He TRULY had nothing else to offer me. Haven’t seen a gastroenterologist, or any other ‘specialist’ for that matter, since.


When I got pregnant with Tessa, my midwife said that I should try and get off my medicine and take some efforts to address the problems in my GI system. Probiotic’s and digestive enzymes are the route I took. Reflux quickly dissipated…


    …..and I QUICKLY became profoundly interested in natural health.





These two examples don’t even really address the most MAJOR issue that is staring us in the face as Americans……..FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. The thing we put in our mouths 6 or more times a day….i’m more than perplexed how we have ever gotten to this point where we have COMPLETELY disconnected what we eat, with what is going on inside our bodies. It’s preposterous.



There are countless things that are HIDDEN in plain sight when it comes to our health. Example after example after example there is of people taking the most invasive, expensive, ineffective, dangerous and inconvenient route to ‘fix’ their medical problems…when the answer from nature is accessible all along. NO, I’m not suggesting that wellness is black and white, or promised for everyone who follows ‘all the right rules of nature’, but I AM suggesting that it is SURELY POSSIBLE for FAR more people than have it.


    I’m making a call to USE your God-given, common sense….to return to a view of the body that says “it’s my job to take care of my body”…and look at what may be STARING you RIGHT in the face     when it comes to your own medical problems.




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