Just Enjoy Food

Providing Recipes and Resources to Support a Healthy Life

I am beyond excited to share this recipe from my dear, dear friend Elise. Elise and I have known each other for about 6 years. Her husband Dr. Dave is a chiropractor and they run an amazing practice in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dave and I were in school together and Elise and I ended up working at the same chiropractic office for close to a year together. She’s amazing! Amazing as an educator and has some great recipes on her website Healing Cuisine. If you haven’t been to her site, go and check it out! You will learn a LOT from Elise! 

Now, this is a new recipe that I made sort of by accident one night. We hadn’t done the grocery shopping. In fact, we had been many days over due for a full on grocery store trop. I was left with one can of coconut milk and tomato paste in the pantry and a pound of ground beef thawing from the freezer… let me just say it’s times like these that some of my best kitchen magic happens. I call this Homemade Hamburger Helper. And it takes less time to prepare than the boxed version!

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While I am in the process of moving and packing I have set up amazing blog posts from some of my favorite bloggers.

Today, Arsy from Rubies and Radishes shares her easy Slow Cooker Curry- 2 Ways! 


Today I am going to share with you a couple of “recipes” that we rely on when life gets hectic.

When I have the time, I love taking the extra few minutes to do things like brown the meat and saute the vegetables before adding them to the slow cooker. Sometimes, all some of us can spare is 5 minutes before work or taking the kids to school.

Having some ideas for really easy slow-cooker meals can make all the difference in keeping you on track with your healthy Paleo lifestyle, especially during this busy holiday season.

These recipes can be improved upon by using some of the slow cooking tips that I shared yesterday. But, on a busy day they work great as is.  These recipes take less than 5 minutes to prep and are really tasty! 

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Well, you read that title correctly. We are moving AGAIN! And it’s definitely not a matter of wanting to move again. But we have to move again.

Let me explain the best I can. And get ready for a story.

I felt really strongly about sharing our whole story and not just a clip about having to move again. This has been a learning experience (a very stressful, frustrated and at time infuriating learning experience). But all together we have learned some good life lessons. And I guess if nothing else I’m really good at packing and living out of a suitcase. Ok, I’m joking about the suitcase thing, well, mostly!


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In the world of Real Food, Refined Sugar-Free and Grain-Free there isn’t an ample amount of condiments, sauces and dressings that are safe to eat. Well, to be honest, the list is really short on what we can drizzle, spread or top our food with. In the last 6-12 months there are more and more companies who are creating real food approved condiments. And to that I am thankful! But to stock your fridge and pantry full of them can be expensive. Anything you can make at home is cheaper and made with the freshest ingredients available to you.


35+ Healthy Condiment, Sauce and Dressing Recipes Just Enjoy Food

One thing that I have learned with making my own sauces and condiments is that it’s much easier than it looks. It can be a little overwhelming thinking about making your own sauces and dressings. My favorite part of it is that I get to control the ingredients (all of them) going into my condiments. And that is an amazing thing about homemade. It’s all in your control.

Here are 35+ of my favorite condiments, sauces and salad dressing recipes. ENJOY!!

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Lemon Ginger Gummies

Lemon Ginger Gummies

Jul 17, 2014

I loved Jell-O growing up. And I loved the super crazy sugar flavors too like strawberry lemonaid and blue raspberry. Can you say artificial color bomb? Oh and sugar bomb? But I’m not talking Jell-O or gummies without a good purpose. You can make your own Jell-O or gummies in your kitchen without the sugar, without the articficial chemicals and on top of all of that, they are healthy too!

I like to be able to use essential oils when I can in my home, cooking included. These gummies aren’t super sweet, but they do combine two of my favorite flavors: ginger and lemon. I used Young Living Lemon Essential Oil along with juicing my ginger fresh. It is the most potent and flavorful that way. If you have a juicer take the extra time to freshly juice ginger. If you don’t have a juicer you can find ginger juice. Make sure there is no added sugar and this will work well in the recipe.

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Weight Loss… if we are honest, this is something on a lot of peoples to-do-list. We all want to feel our best and want to be the weight we feel we should be at our healthiest. And weight loss can be frustrating! We are bombarded by all sorts of adds and articles about diets, cleanses, pills, potions and lotions all guaranteeing to help you drop pounds (and often times all to quickly and not in a healthy way).

Are you frustrated? Are you feeling like you’re at the end of your rope? Do you try “everything” and still feel like the scale doesn’t budge?

Guess what? You’re not alone and it’s not your fault! 

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I am a big fan of chicken salad. One of my favorite quick lunches is my cashew chicken salad. Especially at work. There’s nothing to heat up and you don’t have to eat leftovers cold that are supposed to be eaten warm because you don’t use a microwave. Well, that’s what I usually do and I’m sure I’m not alone in eating cold leftovers. Chicken salad bridges that gap where you want to eat it cold and can eat it as leftovers too. I also love eating chicken salad a day or two after its been made because all of the flavors merry together and it tastes even more delicious. I will let you know this no-mayo avocado chicken salad has a whole avocado in the sauce so it’s best eaten quicker vs later so the avocado doesn’t oxidize too much and turn brown. This salad is best fresh or eaten within 1-2 days.

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I have a new obsession: homemade beauty, cleaning and other personal care products. I can’t help myself, they are easy to make, way cheeper and also I personal think that they work way better than most of what you can buy in the store too.

Today I am sharing with you my recipe for lotion bars. They are extremely versatile. You can keep them in your purse, around the house and they also make great gifts. I made mine in a silicone mold, but you can use any shape of silicone mold. You also can pour them into plastic twist up cosmetic tube, which does make them easier to carry around and makes them a little bit more user friendly.

I used Young Living Essential Oils to fragrance the lotion bars. The sky is truly the limit for what scents you want to add to you lotion bars. My favorite go-to is Lavender. You can’t go wrong with Lavender (in my opinion). For these bars I used Rosemary and Peppermint. I love the scent of rosemary mint and it is herbal and also has that mint that awakens your mind and boosts your energy.

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