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UnBox Your Kitchen

The more aware we are of what we eat, the better food choices we make and the better we feel.

“The kitchen is where friends and family come together for good food and conversations that nourish the soul.” ~ CK Kochis

What is in your kitchen cabinets?

How much of what is in your kitchen manufactured meals and desserts?

When you go to the grocery store, are you shopping the center aisles or are your purchases from around the outside perimeter?

Do you want to feel and look healthier?

What are you serving your loved ones?

Explore these questions and the elements of home cooking. Discover how the foods we eat impacts our sleep, skin condition, sex, mood, weight, organ function, blood sugar level, breathing and much more.

Inside every issue:
  • Delicious recipes from breakfast to evening snack
  • Kitchen tips to make cooking more enjoyable
  • No-nonsense reviews of kitchen products
  • Health & wellness articles to encourage home-cooking and baking.

Published quarterly. No subscription fee.

Recipes

Discover the joys of home cooked meals with our easy to prepare recipes, helpful kitchen tips and articles.

Kombucha  Rose

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

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! Juicy’s Beet Juice 2 medium organic beets (chopped, skins on)...

Fruity Green Smoothie

Fruity Green Smoothie

Fruity Green Smoothie 1 banana (cut in chunks) 3/4 cup green grapes (cut in half) 6 oz tub vanilla yogurt 1/2 apple (cored and chopped) 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk Place the banana, grapes, yogurt, apple, spinach and soy milk into a...

Restaurant-Style Salsa

Restaurant-Style Salsa

I fell in love with this recipe while cooking the first batch. The aroma eminating from the kitchen reminded me of my favorite Mexican restaurant.  This fall I used wide mouth pint canning jars. They worked great for this salsa recipes since I didn't want to waste...

Seedy Quinoa Bars

Seedy Quinoa Bars

I love sweets. There's no getting around it, I'm always on the search for healthy and sweet snacks that are easy to make and satisfy my hunger. Seedy Quinoa Bars 3/4 cup cooked quinoa1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds1/4 cup chia seeds1/2 cup rolled...

For the Love of Salsa

For the Love of Salsa

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

Veggie Pancakes

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...

Blueberry Pancakes

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...

Cinnamon Grapefruit

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...

Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger 1/4 cup cooked quinoa 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 15 ounce canned black beans (drained and rinsed) 1 egg 1/4 cup carrots (finely chopped) 1/4 cup sweet red pepper (finely chopped) 1 garlic clove (minsed) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt 4...

Crock Pot Veggies

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

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

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

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...

Leeks ‘n Spinach Soup

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...

Apple Pie Hints & Tips

Apple Pie Hints & Tips

Who can resist a slice of warm apple pie or homemade applesauce? Not me! These hints and tips will ensure you prepare tasty apple deserts. Learn how many cups it takes to bake the average pie, when the ideal time is to purchase apples and more. Most recipes call for...

Guilt-Free Chocolate Pudding

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...

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

There are few things that bring comfort on a chilly winter's evening like the flavor of warm, freshly made applesauce. It's easier to make than most people realize. I prefer my applesauce to be a bit chunky and with a hint of cardomon. Homemade Applesauce 4 medium...

Let's Connect

Pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee) and join C.K. Kochis in her Facebook virtual kitchen group page. Meet others who enjoy home cooking.

“One of the reasons I became an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach was to help individuals to explore the elements for a healthier life.  The more aware we are of what we eat, the better the food choices we make and the better we feel. When I worked in a corporate office, the women in their twenties believed they were making nutritious food choices. Most of them did not know how to cook chicken, make brownies from scratch, or attempt to cook mashed potatoes. I was astounded. They did not know, what I consider, basic kitchen techniques and cooking skills. My mission to inform people with basic kitchen instruction on how to cook homemade meals and desserts.” – C.K. Kochis

C.K. Kochis

 The Adventure of UnBoxing

Unknowingly, the UnBox Your Kitchen adventure has been incubating for years. I was motivated to become a health coach for two reasons. First – I wanted to understand why I was developing food allergies at an alarming rate and how I could help others living with similar issues. Secondly, I was astounded at the number of people who had no idea how to prepare what I consider a healthy meal. Health coaching comes easily, as I possess a natural gift for teaching; I work to meet folks where they are, moving at their pace. I am a Jackie-of-many-trades and love to assist people with things such as maneuvering through [read more]

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