UnBox Your Kitchen Recipes

“The kitchen is where friends and family come together for good food and conversation that nourish our souls.” 
~C.K. Kochis

Beverages

Kombucha Rose

This berry yumminess is one your going to want to make! Kombucha a is fermented tea that has been around for many moons! Its healthy bacteria is beneficial to the body because it helps break down the food making digestion easier. It tastes fantastic and combined with...

Juicy’s Beet Juice

I know! BEET JUICE, RIGHT?! Well this one is definitely thirst quenching and will also get toxins flowing right on out of your body! This juice will also nourish your body and make you feel fantastic! Yum! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:29] Tara Abram is a designer,...

Fruity Green Smoothie

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Blue Almond Smoothie

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Herbal Flavoring for Smoothies

            Enhance the flavor of your smoothies with these popular, and easy to grow, fresh herbs... Basil Adds a robust flavor in green smoothies Cilantro Adds a zip of spice in green smoothies Mint Accent fruit smoothies with a cool...

Guilt-Free Chocolate Malt!

This past weekend I spent some time alone because my boyfriend was traveling for work. When he’s out of town, which is rare, I like to treat myself to something special. (After all, he was on a trip in wine country!) As I enjoyed a little down time, I spent some time...

Basic Lemonade

[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:11] This recipe appeared in the July 2016 issue of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine on page 49; recipe and photograph by C.K. Kochis.  View the July 2016 issue. Explore more elements of home cooking. Get recipes and food articles in your...

Ice Cold Flavored Water

Cool down and jazz up this summer with a thirst quenching, vitamin packed glass of ice cold flavored waters. Fill a glass container with water leaving two to three inches of head space for the added ingredients. Add one, or a combination of the following fruits,...

Bites & Desserts

Seedy Quinoa Bars

Seedy Quinoa Bars“The kitchen is where friends and family come together for good food and conversations that nourish the soul.” ~ CK KochisSeedy Quinoa Bars Recipe By: C.K. Kochis I love sweets. There's no getting around it, I'm always on the search for healthy and...

Apple Pie Hints & Tips

Most recipes call for five to six cups of sliced apples for a 9- or 10-inch pie dish. One pound of apples is equivalent to 2 - 2 ½ cups chopped/sliced apples, or three medium apples. Purchase in season apples for best flavor. Store apples between 32 and 40 degrees...

For the Love of Salsa

Basic Salsa 4 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles, drained 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt dash ground black pepper Combine in a medium bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Makes 1 1/2 cups. Cherry...

Beauty Beet Dip

I love it when beets are in season! There are so many wonderful ways to use them in your diet. With all the backyard fun going on, this is a simple and easy appetizer to bring to a summer shaker. I love how pretty it looks. Beets are a true superfood! They are high in...

Pecan Coconut Balls

Need a boost of energy? Craving something sweet, this should do the trick. (You can even freeze them making it simple to grab and go.) The best thing about this recipe is that they are quick and simple to make! Dates are a great source of fiber and can help relieve...

Berry Deliciousness Jam

This Jam is the JAM!  Fruit is full of its own natural sweetness, this easy recipe keeps simple things simple. When berries are in season it is always wonderful to use fresh fruit.  If you can buy berries from your local farmer’s market in bulk, or better yet grow...

Guilt-Free Chocolate Pudding

As a mom, the ways in which I nourish my kids are constantly evolving. This easy, delicious, and healthy dessert is one I know your kids will love, and you may be surprised at how well the flavors blend. Your kids won't even notice that it's made from avocados. Yes, I...

Orange-Coconut Cookies

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Coconut Macaroons

With strawberries in season, my daughter has fallen in love with making homemade ice-cream. She can now crack and separate all the eggs without splitting the yolks and not have any land on the floor, quite an achievement! The ice cream only uses the yolks - so what to...

Mealtime

Crock Pot Veggies

It’s been hot this summer, so turning on the oven is not a happy thought until it cools down. Crock pot meals can save the day because they are a great way to de-stress your day by walking in the door to a home cooked meal! I like to mix it up a bit. I use, chicken,...

Stuffed Collard Greens

When the days start getting shorter and the heat starts to subside I like to use my oven for one dish meals. It warms up the kitchen, send an enticing aroma through the house and saves me time cooking a few different dishes over the stove. This meal has everything:...

Simply Juicy Bone Broth

I know it can sometimes seem like you need loads of time to make bone broth, but it doesn't have to be that complicated. Anytime I make a chicken for dinner, I simply pull out my crock pot, toss in all ingredients and heat on low for 12 - 24 hours. Once it's in the...

Summer Harvest Borscht

This time of the year the garden is full of fresh vegetables. I love to get a head start on canning the summer’s harvest so I don't get caught having to cook non-stop for weeks! This borscht has a yummy citrus twist, but the flavors are amazing together. I like to...

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Arugula Pesto

I don't know about you, but I actually love having PIZZA this way versus how we traditionally eat it. It's fun because you can explore and change it up easily using the ingredients you love. I'm a SPICY kind of gal so I love to smash JALAPENO'S on anything when given...

Summer Salad

This is such a great dish to make! Either take it with you to a summer get together, or make it on your regular meal preparation day. It’s easy to store in mason jars for lunch throughout the week. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:32] Tara Abram is a designer, photographer,...

Veggie Pancakes

Looking for a different kind of pancake? These are so delicious and easy to make. With the summer growing season here, why not enjoy the fresh harvest and get your veggies in? You can also play around with it, use carrots, or sweet potatoes - have some fun! They...

Carrot Ginger Dressing

This sweet, creamy and tangy dressing is bursting with nutrients. Carrots boost the immune system. Ginger is great for digestion. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory. I love to slather it on salads, steamed veggies, grains and beans. It makes every dish sing! This...

Spring Sprout Salad

As the temperatures rise and the trees bloom our body’s needs change. We leave behind the heavier foods of winter and start craving lighter and raw foods. Salads are an excellent meal during the spring and summer. They provide us with lots of nutrients and energy from...

Handcrafted Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

I was going to be a smartalic and write that there's a half a million recipes for the phrase "mac and cheese recipes from scratch". Actually there's about 599,000 results (0.81 seconds). I suppose that's close enough. Homemade macaroni and cheese is so easy to make....

Leeks ‘n Spinach Soup

Leeks grow in abundance in the woods near my home. I love the mild aroma of the wild onions in the air after it rains. The best time I've found to harvest leeks in my area is early May (this will be different based on your region). During the period when leeks are...

Prepping Morels

Preparing for cooking Cleaning morel mushrooms can help in the prevention of eating slugs, bugs and dirt. When I was a child, I was taught to soak morels in salted water for 15 minutes. This kills any slugs, and draws out bugs from the nooks and crannies. I’ve heard...

Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth from a rotisserie chicken. Homemade broth is easy to make, tasty and good for you. It's not a pretty process. Looking at the pictures, you may even think it looks gross. However, the flavor of homemade broth is well worth the time and effort. A...

Braised Celery

I love celery. I like to add it to salads and soups but mostly I eat it raw with a dip like hummus or tahini. This modest vegetable is brimming with healthy yumminess. ~ Celery is high in fiber, magnesium and vitamin A. ~ It is a powerful anti-inflammatory. ~ It has a...

Heart Healthy Soup

Here is an easy way to love your heart with a delicious soup that is packed with the powerful antioxidant, beta carotene. Vegetables of a deep orange hue are a wonderful source of this important nutrient. Beta carotene is known for reducing the risk of heart disease,...

Blueberry Pancakes

Morning Blues Is there a better way to start the day than with the morning blues? Blueberries, that is. For years I purchased various brands of boxed pancake mix with the belief that adding water, oil and an egg was the easiest, and least expensive, way to make...

Turkey Egg Cups

Turkey Egg Cups with a Side of YUM! Holiday meals are fabulous, but what about breakfast? As many say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it can get overlooked during the busy holiday season. After sleeping all night our bodies need some...

Cinnamon Grapefruit

I always looked forward to grapefruit season as a kid. Being able to slice open the grapefruit – use Mum’s special grapefruit knife to cut around the perimeter of the fruit, create segments, and then sprinkle them with sugar. Yum! For one reason or another as I got...

Balsamic Kale Salad

This salad is so simple,yet so colorful and festive it’s a go-to whenever I host a gathering, and it is PACKED with nutrients and fiber. The balsamic reduction infuses it with a tangy and sweet flavor. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:24] ENJOY! This recipe appeared in the...

Fruit Crumble with Coconut Lemon Zest Whip Cream

From the time I was sixteen until I was twenty-seven, I lived in the backwoods of Canada on a beautiful lake, not too far from Alaska. Berries grew wild everywhere. I enjoyed picking tiny blueberries and strawberries to make pies and jam preserves. My neighbor, a...

Kohlrabi Salad

Kohlrabi is one of my favorite vegetables. My mother used to add it to vegetable and chicken soups, but my favorite way to eat it is sliced and raw. It is crunchy and delicious. Kohlrabi is a vegetable from the cruciferous family that includes cabbage, broccoli,...

Summertime Kebabs

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Herbed Quinoa Salad With Beets

Quinoa is considered to be a super grain and it is quickly replacing other grains in many healthy kitchens because of its high protein content, many nutrients, delicious flavor and light texture. Beets are an excellent blood purifier and liver cleanser and they...

Black Bean & Corn Salad

The Versatility of Beans Beans are easy to store, a great source of protein and soluble fiber. You can purchase them fresh, canned, frozen, dried and in flour form. They make a great addition to soups, main dishes, side dishes, appetizers and snacks....

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