The Best Natural Condiments & Tasty Sauces

Sauces and condiments can make or break a dish. Fortunately, they can also be good for you! Let us dive in to the best healthy healthy additions for your foods.

  • This recipe for homemade chocolate spread has allergy-friendly options! With no refined sugar or additives, it's a healthy and delicious snack.

Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Spread

Creamy, chocolatey hazelnut spread on a croissant...does it get any better than this? Actually, I have to admit...I really don't remember exactly what that tasted like. I just remember that it was good...really good! There are certain things that I haven't had since going gluten free (bye-bye, croissants) or since my husband became allergic to [...]

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  • Homemade powdered sugar is super easy to make, and if you choose a quality sweetener it's also a lot better for you. Learn how to make it!

Recipe: Homemade Powdered Sugar

When we made the switch over to real food and real sweeteners, I thought my day of using powdered sugar were over. I mean, nothing seems more processed that that white powdery dust, void of all nutritional value but perfect for delightfully light and delicate baking. Thankfully, I was wrong. Enter: Homemade powdered sugar. Homemade [...]

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  • These delicious juicer pulp whipped cream cheese spreads can be made without a juicer, too. Choose vegetable or berry, great on a bagel or apple slices!

Recipe: Juicer Pulp Whipped Cream Cheese

What could be better than making your own, homemade vegetable or berry cream cheese? Making it with the leftover pulp from your juicer, of course! Whether you spread it on a bagel, a homemade juicer pulp cracker, or dip apple slices in it, flavorful juicer pulp whipped cream cheese is a great way to recycle [...]

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  • Got green tomatoes? Put them to good use in this healthy, lacto-fermented green tomato salsa packed full of beneficial probiotics and enzymes.

Recipe: Lacto-Fermented Green Tomato Salsa

One thing I can always rely on is that when the frost starts to fall, I'll still have a ton of green tomatoes in my garden! You can pick them and let them ripen inside, but they just don't have the flavor that they do when they ripen out on the vine. What do you [...]

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  • It's easy to make naturally fermented garlic dill pickles! Skip the hot stove and keep all the cucumber's nutrients plus healthy probiotics. Delicious!

Recipe: Naturally Fermented Garlic Dill Pickles

When I was a kid, my favorite place to go with my dad wasn't the ice cream parlor. It wasn't the candy store, or even the toy shop. Nope, my favorite treat was to walk with him to the Pickle Barrel, a local sandwich shop, where we would pay 35 cents for....a pickle. These were [...]

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  • Make homemade yogurt using organic pasteurized or raw milk. It's quick, easy and so good for you!

Recipe: Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is a favorite at our house. We often eat it for breakfast or lunch, and it's a great addition to sauces and salad dressings for dinner.  Organic, all natural yogurt is expensive, and the ingredients in traditional packaged yogurt usually include things like sugar, corn syrup, corn starch and preservatives.  Did you know [...]

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  • Basil and sun dried tomato, Jalapeno and Chili, or Garlic Aioli...these dressed up mayonnaise spreads are easy to make and spice up any sandwich!

Recipe: Dressed up Mayonnaise

Want a fast way to spice up a boring sandwich? Dressed up mayonnaise is an easy way to take a typical turkey sandwich to a whole new level. It's amazing what a few quick, healthy ingredients will do toward making lunch special! These spreads are excellent for lunch buffets or party trays, or served with [...]

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  • How to can your own fresh, organic peaches in fruit juice instead of syrup.

Recipe: Peaches Canned in Fruit Juice

Have you ever tried canning fresh fruits and vegetables at home? It can seem daunting at first, but once you make a couple of batches of home-bottled goodness you'll find that it's really quite a simple process. If you follow a tried-and-true recipe and stick to the directions, it's a very safe way to preserve [...]

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  • Make your own low sugar raspberry jam! Recipe includes instructions for non GMO pectin, homemade pectin, or no pectin. You'll never go back to store bought!

Recipe: Low Sugar Raspberry Jam

In this crazy, fast-paced, fast food world, it's sometimes nice to take the long way 'round. It's so easy to not think about where our food comes from, and I think that having the vague feeling that food comes wrapped up in plastic on a grocery store shelf somehow takes away some of the nourishing [...]

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  • Love ketchup, but not corn syrup? Homemade fermented ketchup is a delicious source of probiotics, lycopene, vitamin C and iron. An easy to make kid pleaser!

Recipe: Homemade Fermented Ketchup

Over the years I've noticed that little kids will put ketchup on just about anything. I've seen kids dip broccoli in ketchup, smother their scrambled eggs in it, and eat about half a cup of the stuff using a single french fry. When I had foster kids, I had a real love-hate relationship with ketchup...on [...]

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  • Getting creative with the Kraut, basic recipe and variations for raw lacto-fermented sauerkraut

Sauerkraut Recipe: Getting Creative with the Kraut

Ah, sauerkraut.  That delightfully pungent product of weeks (sometimes even months) of lacto-fermentation.  People either love it or they hate it.  For those in the former category, this post will serve as a fun adventure in variations on an old favorite.  For those in the latter category, I venture to suggest you just haven’t met [...]

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  • How to make crisp, tangy naturally fermented sauerkraut...and why you should try fermented foods!

Recipe: Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut

Naturally fermented foods are such a wonderful addition to a real-food diet! There are so many benefits to eating foods that have been fermented. Food that's been naturally fermented with a starter like whey (or water kefir) is full of gut-healing probiotics, and is easier to digest because it is rich with enzymes and the [...]

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  • Have your fries, and eat them too! Healthy, crisp-baked french fries. So good!

Recipe: Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

Crisp, hot, salty, healthy french fries....yep, I just used all those words in one sentence! When you think of "fries," you don't normally think of something you can eat without feeling at least a little bit of guilt. Fast food has really given french fries a bad rap, and that's probably deserved. After all, if [...]

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Recipe: Cherry Compote over Goat Cheese

One of the best things about summer is that wonderful, fresh organic fruit literally grows on trees! Fruit trees are such a great investment. Although they do take some work (think picking up hundreds of smashed peaches in your yard after a wind storm, or scraping baked-on apricot off your driveway with a snow shovel) [...]

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  • Tasty hummus with Greek olives and roasted red peppers is easy to make, and full of fiber, protein and iron. A delicious powerhouse of nutrients on a chip!

Recipe: Hummus with Greek Olives and Roasted Red Peppers

Hummus is one of my very favorite appetizers. Served with carrots or delicious homemade sprouted tortilla chips, hummus is a savory and nutritious treat! It also doubles well as lunch... hummus, sprouts, tomato, and cucumber on a homemade gluten free pita pocket makes a wonderful sandwich! Benefits of Garbanzo Beans A little research into the [...]

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  • Just 3 healthy ingredients go in this amazing chocolate ice cream shell! Pours on and hardens over ice cream.

Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Shell

Here's a recipe that you've really got to see to believe. A rich, dark chocolate ice cream topping that magically turns into a crunchy candy shell on top of your ice cream! And the most magical thing about this recipe? You need only 3 healthy, wholesome ingredients to make it. The whole process will take [...]

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  • Make your own sweet-and-savory BBQ sauce! No corn syrup or additives, just sticky, spicy goodness.

Recipe: Homemade BBQ Sauce

It's finally here...barbecue season! Grilled chicken, ribs, and marinated veggies are on the menu all summer long. One of my favorite flavors is sweet and savory barbecue sauce, grilled to sticky perfection on just about any kind of meat. Why not make your own homemade BBQ sauce and avoid the corn syrup and unnatural additives [...]

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  • Try this savory ranch dip made with organic Greek yogurt!

Recipe: Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Who doesn't love a nice snack of munchies and dip? My kids love to dip carrots and celery into ranch, and it's great on salad or even as a substitute for mayonnaise in a sandwich. I've found that for some kids who are reluctant to try new things, cutting whatever it is into bite-sized pieces [...]

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  • Enjoy pita bread again with this easy gluten free recipe!

Recipe: Gluten Free Pita Bread

When I stopped eating gluten nearly 10 years ago, one of the things I thought I'd never eat again was pita bread. Not that pita bread was a mainstay in my life, but who doesn't love the idea of bread that works like a pocket? It's the perfect place to tuck some hummus with crisp [...]

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  • Make your own delicious cream cheese using healthy yogurt!

Recipe: Yogurt Cream Cheese

I love cream cheese! It's rich and creamy, and tastes great on anything from bagels to crackers.  It's a fabulous addition to desserts and appetizers, and you find it in many savory dishes that are served for the holidays.  By making it at home with yogurt, you can be sure that your cream cheese is [...]

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