Applesauce Recipe – Easy Homemade Method

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Homemade applesauce, although sort of resembles the store-bought stuff, blows it away with the soft texture and wonderful sweetness. Sometimes the simple things are worth making at home.


Applesauce is another homemade item that you probably think: “Shoot, that probably requires some tools I don’t have…” Actually… all you need is a peeler, knife, pot and smasher. Boom applesauce! It’s so stinkin easy that you will likely pull it right into your set of GO TO recipes.


The apples used in this recipe were of the variety “On Sale.” Yes, that is a variety most likely found at your grocery store. They may have been Fuji apples, but I forgot. I have made this easy applesauce recipe out of quite a few varieties of apples thus far and have not found a bad one. Some end up a little more tart than others, but absolutely edible. If it’s slightly tart, just give it a few days in the fridge and voilà it becomes sweeter.

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Applesauce Recipe for Best Chunky Applesauce!


Beautiful red raw beets that satisfy, best way to eat healthy

Fresh Raw Beet Salad – Fancy White Shirts, Take Cover!

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Beet Salad Recipe with Apples and Cabbage

This raw beet salad recipe tames the earthy essence of the beets and brings out a beautiful sweetness.  As soon as you get past the fact that you are gobbling up raw beets (if you have phobia), you are bound to forget that this is actually a pretty healthy dish!

Raw beets have quite possibly the most intense red color I have ever seen.  It has such a powerful color that every item in this salad will become lush and red in color.  Watch out for your fancy white shirts!

Recipe Inspiration: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

There is something about beets that worries many people.  There must have been conspiracy among grandmas in the past to make terrible dishes with beets.  But that can’t be grandmas always make great stuff.  Maybe someone forgot to wash their beets and they got a mouthful of sand… No worries, in this recipe, you peel the beets, so you should be safe from the grit.

I worked from Mark Bittman’s Raw Beet Salad Recipe and pulled a few of variations mentioned to come up with this combo.  I love his uncommon takes on regular ingredients.  Be sure to check out his inventive alternative preparations for the Raw Beet Salad, he is a Master.

Don’t worry about leftovers with this recipe, the flavors will continue to improve as it marinates.  It makes for a good take along lunch dish, although prepare for co-worker jealousy!

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Raw Beet Salad with Apples and Red Cabbage


Green Smoothie with cucumber

Green Smoothie Recipe – Cucumbers, Avocado, Spinach

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Green Smoothie Recipe with Avocados, Spinach, Cucumbers, Apple, Pear

There are infinite combinations of fruits and veggies to grind up into smoothies, but some small additions to norms are a real treat.  This time around I added cucumbers to some basic green smoothie ingredients resulting in a little lighter and brighter combo.

For me the trick to most amazing smoothie is a great blender.  I invested in a Blendtec blender a few years ago, although it did take a while for me stomach the price tag, I am so happy that I took the plunge.  This blender is ridiculously strong, to say the least.  The speed is high enough to even smooth out those pesky raspberry and blackberry seeds that get caught in your teeth.  Want proof of how wildly strong this blender is, check out the Blendtec CEO in his famous “Will it blend” series on YouTube.

Enjoying a green smoothie with a few eggs is my favorite breakfast, although this smoothie is hearty enough for a meal.  If you have a job where you have to leave the house early in morning, the ingredients can be roughly chopped and stored in the fridge.  This is one of my favorite methods to add a healthy green habit to your day.  When it comes to the spinach, the amount can be increased / decreased based on your taste for the green stuff.  If you find yourself out of spinach, kale can be substituted.  An additional apple  can be substituted for the pear.  The banana can be omitted for less sweet, less creamy finish.

How to Make a Green Smoothie