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How to Cook an Organic or Free-Range Turkey

With the holidays upon us, it is easy to forget how to prepare an oven roasted turkey… 350? 425? Worry strikes and you swore you wouldn’t overcook the turkey this year. Here is a quick reference to help your holiday meal go smoothly.

Cook Time for unstuffed and stuffed turkeys:

Size in lbs.        Cooking Hours         Cooking-Stuffed

8-12                    2.75 – 3                         3 – 3.5

12-14                   3 – 3.75                        3.5 – 4

14-16                   3.75 – 4.25                  4 – 4.25

16-20                  4.25 – 4.5                     4.25 – 4.75

20-24                  4.5 – 5                          4.75 – 5.25


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Coconut Kettlecorn

I love kettlecorn.  Sweet, salty, and crunchy, it covers all the cravings without being too heavy.  The only problem is many commercial kettlecorn varieties contain too much refined sugar, unhealthy fats and an overload of salt.  Which is why I chose to make my own lower glycemic version at home!  I use healthy fats in the form of unrefined coconut oil, and coconut sugar that won’t spike the blood sugar like refined sugar does.  This coconut sugar also gives it an almost caramelly quality that is delicious as well!  You can feel good about enjoying this treat, while also getting the benefits of the fiber in the popcorn.

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Apple Spice Granola

There is nothing like the smell of something sweet with a little spice baking in the oven in the fall or winter.  Granola is no exception!  Making your own at home is easy, and it keeps well.  Today I am sharing a version that includes a mixture of apples and heart healthy nuts.  This is gluten free, vegan, and much lower in sugar than commercial granolas.  It makes a wonderful snack or breakfast and kids love it! Try it as a delicious topper for a smoothie! You can buy dried apples at Fresh and Natural Foods, or if you would like to make your own, you can slice them thinly and dry them in a dehydrator for 24 hours at 115°F.  Or, you can bake them on parchment lined baking trays at 200°F for one hour, then flip them over and continue to dry for another hour.  Store dried apples in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Spiced Pepitas

A simple salad with crisp lettuce, sweet apples, and spiced nuts or seeds is a delicious and healthy accompaniment to any dinner in the fall.  It is honestly one of my favorite things this time of the year. I make it often because it is so simple and good yet requires little time.  This is something similar to salads I have enjoyed in restaurants, but it is way cheaper to make at home.  The version I am sharing with you today contains honey crisp apples, which happen to be a favorite, but you feel free to use your favorite.  I combine them with lettuce, shallots, and pumpkin seeds which are high in magnesium and zinc.

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Preserving The Harvest: Fermented Cucumbers and DYI Sun Dried Tomatoes

This time of the year is when gardeners often end up with lots of cucumbers and tomatoes after a late season harvest when the frost hits.  Although you can freeze and can them, I like to preserve mine by fermenting and drying too.  Things like cucumbers can be fermented (see recipe below). Not only are they simple and delicious to make, they are filled with healthy probiotics, good for gut health.  I have fermented other veggies such as beets, carrots, cabbage, and radishes; I love them tossed into a salad, or as a tangy side dish.

Another method for preservation that I mentioned earlier, drying, is what I like to do with tomatoes. They make a delicious addition to salads and soups, or just as a snack! Home made sun dried tomatoes are the most flavorful you can find!  All you need to do to make them is simply cut them into 1/2 inch thick wedges, and spread them out onto a lined dehydrator tray.  Dry them for 24 hours at 115°F or until no moisture remains.  Alternatively, spread them out in a single layer on a lined baking sheet and place in a 200°F oven for 6-12 hours until dried.  Store tomatoes in air tight containers or bags in the freezer or fridge.

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Coconut Yogurt

When I was a child, my go to snack, breakfast, or dessert in my lunch was usually yogurt.  I still love it as an adult, but since I no longer eat dairy products, I prefer to make my own probiotic rich coconut yogurt.  With 4 simple ingredients you can make the most delicious creamy yogurt, free of the sugar overload, fillers and dairy which many commercial yogurts contain.  It is easy to make, and kid friendly!  This would be perfect in lunches or as a breakfast topped off with granola or a sweet snack.  The best part is you can choose which flavor you would like it to be, and it is fun to create your own or let your kids create their own if you are using it for part of their meals.

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Sweet Berry Sangria

What wine lover doesn’t enjoy sipping sangria on a hot summer night?  It is always refreshing, and versatile as it is easy to change to suit your personal tastes with the fruit added to it.  Although you can buy it premade at the store, that type is often loaded with refined sugars so I prefer to make my own.  My favorite type to make is combining rose wine with berries.  I make it with a little citrus in the form of orange, sweet cherry juice, berry puree to sweeten in place of the usual sugar.  I think it is plenty sweet as is that way since the fruit is so sweet but if you wanted it a little more so you can add a bit of honey or another liquid sweetener to your batch.

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Vegan Sweet Cherry Ice Cream

Home made ice cream is one of my favorite things to make in the summer.  Ever since I picked up an ice cream maker for cheap a few years back I make it weekly.  The best part about it is you can create your own flavors with on hand ingredients or what is fresh, and you know all of the ingredients that go into it.  Non-dairy ice creams are easy to make when you have things like coconut milk which creates a super silky ice cream.  Today I am sharing a recipe for cherry ice cream, since cherries are at their best right now and they are wonderful in a coconut based ice cream.  Trust me you will not miss the dairy in this recipe!

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Raspberry Lime Margarita

When most people think of making margaritas, they think of buying a mix. But it is so easy to make one yourself and add your own flavors!  When you use fresh, local organic fruit purees in your drinks, they taste so much better and you control the amount of sugar that goes in.  My favorite combination for a margarita is raspberry lime.  With fresh organic raspberry puree, lime juice and orange juice.  I don’t add any sugar, but if you felt that it needed a little sweetener, you could add a bit of agave nectar or honey along with the fruit.

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Tea Tree Hand Soap

Conventional hand soup seems to chew up my hands in the winter, until I started making my own soap using natural products. In this hand soap, I added vegetable glycerine, a natural humectant, to attract moisture to the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated. Tea Tree oil is long associated with treating skin ailments, along with the common cold through aromatherapy. The two are great combo in harsh, cold winters.

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