Friday Food – Granola

Nuts. Flakes. And Fruits. Granola is known as the “health food”. But beyond that granola can be a great Good for You-Naturally!™ food for our health. It is super simple to make, and has endless variations – according to your tastes or what you have on hand.

Granola begins with grains – traditionally flakes, that is rolled oats, but more healthy is soaked/sprouted and dried oat groats or buckwheat. Soaking releases enzymes inhibitors that are in the grain to keep it dormant, (from sprouting,) to preserve it. Soaking will once again awaken it to life, and our health, providing better digestibility. If you prefer, you can leave the grains out and use nuts and seeds only.

Nuts and seeds are the next key ingredient. We stick to raw ones, for their health and life giving factors. Ideally, these should be soaked and dried too, to release the enzyme inhibitors. If you have tree nut allergies, leave those out and just include seeds that you are able to tolerate.

Sweetener and fat are the next ingredients. These can also help hold the granola together, and are both somewhat optional. Dates are a great natural sweetener that also help bind the other ingredients together for a crunchier/chunkier granola. Raw honey and pure maple syrup are other good options, if you use them. Raw coconut oil is our good fat of choice. Of course, the nuts and seeds also provide good fats. Flax seed is a great seed to include that also provides good fat and acts as a binder. While adding these liquid ingredients, you may add a bit of water too.

Seasonings are our next ingredients. Any of your baking spices may be appropriate, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, even ginger if you really like it. I also like to add real vanilla and/or maple flavors.

Finally we get to that third category, fruits. I’m listing them last, because all the other ingredients are mixed together and dried or baked before adding dried fruits. Dried coconut shreds are a staple in our granola. Raisins, dried apples, apricots, or most kinds of dried cherries or berries – strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. –  can be added. You could also add fresh apple bits, or even a bit of applesauce as a binder, before dehydrating/baking.

OK, I’ve said it twice, dehydrating or baking. We recommend dehydrating, at low temperatures, for retention of nutrients. If we’re going to make a good healthy food, we want to keep as many of the nutrients as we can intact. Cooking destroys far more nutrients than dehydrating at low temps does.

That’s it. Mix it together and dehydrate it at about 105°-110°, until dry. Store in an air right container. Preferably glass.

What about proportions. Use what you like. there is no right way. But below are some proportions we like – and in parenthesis one of our fave mixtures. All amounts are approximate. This one is more traditional and uses the more common rolled grains, which are steamed, not completely raw, but still a good whole grain.

Lisa’s Good for You-Naturally!™ Granola

7 cups flakes (rolled oats 5 c., rolled barley 1 c., rolled rye 1 c.)

1-1.5  cup raw nuts and seeds – any combination you like (1 c. almonds, 1/4 c. sunflower seeds, 1/4 c. sesame seeds)

1/2 – 3/4 cup sweetener/water  (1/3 c. maple syrup, 1/3 c. water)

1/4 c. fat/oil (raw coconut oil)

1/4+ c. ground flax seed (These are full of really good fats that we are all so lacking, always add them.)

1-2 tsp. spice (1.5 tsp. cinnamon)

1-2 tsp. flavoring (1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. pure maple flavoring)

Mix all together and dehydrate. When dry mix in:

1+ c. chopped dried fruits (1/2 c. coconut, 1/2+ c. raisins, dried apples or strawberries.)

Store in air tight container.

Serve with milk, or in/on yogurt, or just by the handful!



Friday Food – Brownies

I could share my mother’s delicious brownie with you today. It is indeed yummy, but it wouldn’t help you on your road to good health and weight loss. It wouldn’t be Good for You-Naturally!

Instead I will share with you another delicious, special brownie recipe I shared with our Good for You-Naturally!™ for Life Online Course & Community this week.  A yummy, super quick and easy raw brownie. These truly have the texture and even taste of cooked brownies. They take only 4  ingredients and probably no more than 4 minutes – start to finish. Measure.  Blend. You’re done.

Good for You-Naturally!™ bRAWnies

from the kitchen of Lisa @ Me & My House

  • 1 cup organic raw walnuts
  • 1 cup organic medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raw carob (or cacao) powder
  • 1/2 tsp. real vanilla

Put walnuts into food processor and process until ground. With processor still running add halved dates, 1 at a time, then carob power and vanilla. Process until smooth. Check consistency. It should hold together. If it doesn’t, add just a little bit of water.

Press into pan. (Double this recipe to fill an 8×8 pan.) Cut into squares. Eat as is, or refrigerate to firm up a little more.

NOTES: You can stir in some chopped walnuts, if you like some chunky nuts in your brownies.

Just wait till you see what I do with the recipe for a decadent dessert in our forthcoming Good for You-Naturally!™ Simply Snacks recipe book.




Friday Food ~ Caramel Apples

Good for You-Naturally!™ Caramel Apples

‘Tis the season. Apples and pumpkins are 2 of my favorite fall crops. Raw pumpkin is yet to be tried here, but we love Good for You-Naturally!™ Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Muffins, and of course, Pumpkin Pie.

When it comes to apples, we never run out of ways to serve them – from fresh apple juice to apple crisp, and of course, apple pie. For a very special treat, there’s Caramel Apples. Very special, but still very Good for You-Naturally!

Good for You-Naturally!™ Caramel Dip
for Apples and other Sweet Treats

  • 10 fat and juicy, organic medjool dates

Soak in distilled/purified water to cover. (At least 1/2 – 1 hour.)
Drain – but save soak water.
Add to dates:

  • 1-2 Tbl. soak water
  • 2 Tbl. raw, organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 Tbl. raw honey [or real maple syrup]
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. pure real vanilla flavoring

Blend all in a food processor (or high performance blender) until smooth. Add enough soak water to make it nice and creamy.

Serve with crisp organic apple slices.


Food Listening

The post isn’t about listening TO your food, but listening ABOUT food. Learning and growing in health. I’ve got 3 opportunities for you today – all from different perspectives, and all coming with differing levels of endorsement from me. But ALL THREE are FREE! So check them out TODAY!

1) This past week and a half I’ve been listening to the conference sessions for Raw Mom Cooked Dad. Some of the speakers have good informative advise and are worth a listen.

These sessions, usually 3 per day, were only available for 24 hours. But today only, the last day of the conference, they have reposted all the sessions from everyday. If you want to take a listen, click on over and find the ones that interest you. Warning – some of the speakers come from a really unbiblical viewpoint. You’ve got to weed through to find the good stuff. In general, I found the sessions toward the beginning days of the conference to be more informative.

2) Tonight Paul Nison is hosting a FREE webinar with Drs. Jeff & Andrea Hazim. Paul and Jeff both present health through nutrition from a Biblical perspective. I’ve listened to and read Paul for going on a year now, but haven’t heard Dr. Jeff before. The webinar is live online tonight at 8:30 ET/ 7:30 CT. You do need to pre-register for it.

The webinar is called “What Nobody Tells You About Raw Food” and Dr. Jeff will be talking about “an issue no other raw food teacher is talking about.” (Paul’s challenged his listeners to guess the topic.) Jeff’s wife Andrea will also be sharing a couple of  raw food recipes. So click on over and register now.

3) Me & My House ministries hosts a complete Online Course for transitioning from SAD (standard American unhealthy food) to Good for You-Naturally!™ foods. Included in that Course is the Good for You-Naturally!™ audio Seminar. But you can get almost half of that Seminar for FREE when you sign up for our FREE 2 Week Preview Course to Good for You-Naturally!™ for Life!

Check all three out today!

Good for You-for Life!

The holidays are quickly approaching. Would you like to be armed to not let them wreck havoc on your weight and health? You can still enjoy the holidays, without regretting what you ate overate during them on January 2nd (and every day thereafter.)

Our Good for You-Naturally! for Life Online Course and Community will help arm you for victory during the holidays by walking you, step-by-step, through the transition from SAD foods, the standard American diet of processed foods that is contributing to  chronic diseases  and weight problems, to Good for You-Naturally! foods that taste great, build your health and get your weight where it should be.

The course is easy to follow, with 1 simple step (and plenty of info to help you understand why you are implementing it) each week for 7 weeks. Our 8th week is a Celebration week. You can join the course at any time, but if you join right now, you’ll be through it and have healthy habits established before the holidays indulgence begins, and be on the road to good health (and weight loss – not gain!) by the beginning of the new year. Many of us are going through a pre-holiday review of the course, just to get us ready for the holidays.

AND the Course doesn’t end after the 8 weeks. You receive a ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP to the Course site, so you can revisit as often as you’d like, to “brush up” on the 7 Transitional Steps to Good for You-Naturally! lifestyle of eating. In addition, the audios of the Good for You-Naturally! Seminar are included in the Course, and are downloadable for you to listen to over and over, whenever you please, even after your Membership expires.

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What to you have to lose (except possibly some unwanted weight)? And you have everything to gain – including your health. Go ahead, click on over to check it out now.

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6 Food Principles

With so many different ways of “healthy eating” being taught, how can we know what is really best for us? Of all the “good things” to choose from, which choice should I make? What are some easy guidelines for how to make our choices?

I believe that we all can only do what we can do. We can only choose from what choices we have available to us. But we each need to make the best choice available to us at the time. We may not always be able to make the absolute best optimal choice every time. But we can make the best choice available to us at the time – the best choice that we know of at the time.

I’ve been listening to the audios from the Raw Mom Cooked Dad conference, and really liked the way Dr. Doug Graham presented 6 principles for making food choices. We may not be able to always get all 6 in all our choices, but we can work toward getting as many as we can in each choice. Good advice.

Here are the 6 Food Principles to look for, for making the best choices available to you at the moment. Work toward getting as many as you are able into each choice you make.







Friday Food – Quick & Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Last week I posted my Super Spaghetti Sauce – the one with the fresh herbs and all, that simmers all day. Do you want a quicker, easier – delicious, but not quite as over-the-top sauce, for those times you’re in a hurry? Dried herbs and canned tomatoes make this one a cinch. Here’s the recipe for you.

BTW, this is one of our QuikMix Recipes. Use all dried herbs/spices and mix together ahead of time. Then just open your cans, dump in your pre-mixed spices and honey, when you’re ready to make sauce. Make up several batches of QuikMix spices at a time and store each in a small jar, Tupperware container, or zip baggie, to always have a QuikMix on hand.

Lisa’s Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce

  • 3/4 c. onion, chopped (or 1/4+ c. dried minced onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/4 tsp. dried minced garlic)
  • 1 pint canned tomatoes (1# can)
  • 2 cup tomato sauce (1# can)
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all together and simmer for 1 hour or more. Serve over 1 pound cooked, whole wheat spaghetti.

Friday Food – Super Spaghetti Sauce

Lisa’s Super Spaghetti Sauce

What kid doesn’t love spaghetti? And what adult doesn’t love good spaghetti? Yes, I know there are non-spaghetti lovers out there, but I have no clue how!

A great fresh sauce that has been simmering all day, served over homemade spaghetti noodles can’t be beat. Here’s mine.

Lisa’s Super Spaghetti Sauce

You can use frozen or canned tomatoes, but in season fresh can’t be beat.


  • 1 lg. onion, chopped
  • 2-3 lg. cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbl. Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  • 2 quarts tomatoes, chopped (2 – 28 oz. cans whole)
  • 2 – 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 3-4 Tbl. fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 10-12 med-lg. basil leaves, chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs oregano leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz. fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp. unrefined salt (Real®, himalayan, celtic)
  • 1 tsp. raw honey

Stir together and simmer several hours – on the stove or in a crock pot.

Serve over cooked Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles – homemade, if possible.

(This makes a double batch, which is more than our family of 8 uses for a meal.)

Use organic for all ingredients that you can.

Friday Food – Noodles

fridayfood2.jpgLisa’s Whole Wheat Noodles

Once upon a time, I posted how to make Chicken ‘n Noodles, but said the actual Noodle recipe would come on another day. Our 100°+ summer days are finally ending, and perhaps it is getting almost time to make this again. So today’s the day and here is the recipe for the Noodles.

Lisa’s Whole Wheat Noodles

Beat really well:

  • 2 farm fresh eggs

Add and continue to beat:

  • 1 tsp. unrefined salt (Real®, himalayan, celtic)
  • 1 Tbl. purified water


  • up to 2 c. fresh ground whole wheat flour

a little at a time, mixing with a fork, until a ball forms.

Roll out on a floured surface, adding flour as needed. You may need to divide the dough in half for rolling out. For nice thin noodles roll 1/16th”. Ours are more between 1/8″ and 1/4″ and wide to make wonderful, chewy almost-dumpling-like noodles.

Cut. We use a pizza cutter. Works best, IMO.

Cook in boiling water or broth 5-8 min.

We double (or triple) this recipe for our family of 8.