Savory Quinoa “Stuffing” with Sage and Thyme



This is a good addition to the traditional holiday feast, or any winter meal for a cold night. If quinoa is a new food for you or your family, this is a nice recipe to start with because it incorporates familiar and beloved flavors with a nutrient dense seed, quinoa.

Savory Quinoa with Sage and Thyme
Serves 5-6

1 T. olive oil, coconut oil or butter
4 stalks celery
2-3 garlic cloves
1 yellow onion
1 T. herbs de Provence
1 T. dried thyme
1 T. dried sage
1 t. sea salt
1 bay leaf
1 c. quinoa
2 ½ c. filtered water
1 t. honey

1. Rinse and chop the celery into ¼ inch pieces. Peel, then chop the onion into ¼ inch pieces. Peel and slice the garlic into disc-shaped slices.
2. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil and onions. Stir to coat the pan and onions with oil. Add remaining ingredients except the last three. Sautee for 10 minutes, until celery is beginning to soften and turn translucent. Turn the heat off.
5. Heat the water in a covered saucepan over medium heat. When it is simmering, add the quinoa, honey, and sautéed vegetable/herb mixture. Stir to combine. Cover and reduce heat to med-low.
6. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. You do not need to stir it during the cooking process, just check halfway through that it is not boiling violently, but just simmering gently. If it is boiling, lower the temperature.
7. When the quinoa has absorbed all the water through cooking, remove from the heat. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Try the recipe and let me know how it goes – did you like it? Did your family like it? What would you change about the recipe? Have you made anything like this before? Leave some feedback for me below!


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Why Being Selfish Will Make You Healthier & Happier

When you make the decision to improve your health and happiness, the next natural step is to become increasingly concerned with your lifestyle habits.

And this naturally leads to becoming more concerned with how you spend your time, money and (physical, mental and emotional) energy.

Choosing to become healthier and happier requires a shift in attention from external concerns (friends, coworkers, media, gossip, etc) to more personal and internal concerns, like your financial health, your eating habits, matters of the heart, your sleep pattern, your healthcare, your schedule, etc.

This shift can be difficult to create and maintain, and it can cause disturbances in your relationships.

Today I’m sharing a little bit about my experience in this matter and a few tips on making this period of healing a little easier on you and your family/friends/coworkers.

Listen in to the episode (above) and let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you ever felt selfish for making healthier decisions?


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3 Quick Ways To Make Healthy Eating Easier

No one has the time or dedication to eat healthy 100% of the time – unless you know these 3 tricks, and you implement them every week.

In this episode I will tell you 3 things you can do at the end of every week to make the next week full of easy, simple and healthy eating.

When you keep things simple, strategic and consistent, everything is easier – I’ll explain what I mean – take a listen and you’ll be so much closer to reaching your health goals through healthy eating.


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The Top 5 Foods That Are Contributing To Your Inflammation

There are certainly some foods that you can add to your diet to reduce the inflammatory response. However, over the last 15 years I have discovered – through my own experimentation and research and through my work with clients – that avoiding certain foods can be much more effective for preventing the inflammatory response from happening in the first place.

Take a listen to this episode above and you will come away with a clear plan for eliminating the top 5 foods that are contributing to most of the inflammation in your body.

Has changing your diet already helped you reduce your symptoms? We all have so much wisdom to share – please contribute to the community by posting your thoughts in the comments below. Remember to keep it constructive and positive!


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Cranberry Orange Relish

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I created this recipe about 4 years ago and I’ve been teaching it at my holiday cooking classes every year since. I just finished teaching it at the 2014 TBYH Conference and wanted to post it here for you all to enjoy.

This relish is raw, so it contains enzymes that aid in digestion. It is also free of refined sugar, coloring and preservatives. It’s the perfect recipe to add antioxidants and enzymes to your holiday meal!

14 oz. fresh cranberries, rinsed
1/2 cup raw honey (or 4 T. raw honey and 4 T. apothocherry)
1 t. fresh ginger, grated
zest of 1/2 orange
juice of 1/2 small orange
1/4 t. sea salt

Put all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process until the cranberries are well chopped and close to the consistency of chunky apple sauce. Store relish in the fridge, in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Relish will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, so you can make this recipe ahead of time.

Health Benefits:

  • Cranberries and oranges are both high in vitamin c, an important nutrient for proper immune function.
  • Cranberries can contribute to a lowered risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more.
  • Cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients and antioxidants that help reverse the effects of free radicals and inflammation.
  • Raw honey that has been left in its natural state contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to learn about.
  • The enzymes found in raw honey can help some people digest food more easily.
    ***Be sure not to give any honey, either raw or treated, to a child under the age of 12 months.

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How To Get What You Want In Love, Health and Career pt. 2

Expecting to get what you want sounds selfish and greedy. That’s not what we’re here to talk about today.

The kind of “Getting what you want” that I’m talking about is the desire you feel to be happy and fulfilled, to accomplish goals and realize your dreams, and to feel exhilaration and love.

During Part 1, we talked about how to identify what is going well in your life and how to identify what is not going well. Then we talked about how to clear your mind long enough to get in touch with what you want and how you are going to start changing your life in ways that will bring you more of what you want.

Today’s episode continues deeper into the “how” – we talk about what exactly you can do on a daily basis to start getting more of what you want.

It’s a big topic and shaping your life takes time – but it’s important to feel good and happy with yourself if you want to Take Back Your HealthTM. So listen in to the episode, then let us know what you want in the comments below!.


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How To Get What You Want In Love, Health and Career pt. 1

Expecting to get what you want sounds selfish and greedy. That’s not what we’re here to talk about today. The kind of “Getting what you want” that I’m talking about is the desire you feel to be happy and fulfilled, to accomplish goals and realize your dreams, and to feel exhilaration and love.

Being able to experience what you want without the limitations of physical, mental or emotional pain/disease is what it means to Take Back Your Health™.

There’s a method I’ve come to use over the years when it comes to getting what I want. I’m sharing it with you on today’s episode.

Take a listen to the episode above and please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay tuned for Part II next Tuesday!


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How To Lose Weight The “TBYH” Way

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Two years ago I began to gain weight. My sister’s wedding was approaching, I was dealing with a lot of work-related stress and my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms were flaring. I reached 150 lbs – 20 lbs over my comfortable adult weight.

This was the first time in my life that I had to consider moving into a serious weight-loss mindset.

I was in denial about how much effort it would take to lose weight and I was very reluctant to put too much effort into it. I had always been skinny by default and I wanted to believe I would lose the weight when things calmed down and the stress let up.

Over the last six months I’ve adopted a “weight loss lifestyle” so that the weight loss has become consistent and effortless to maintain. Coincidentally, several clients approached me this month for weight loss consultations – so I feel the time is right to host this topic on TBYH Radio!

There are FOUR areas to focus on when you want to lose weight. I’ll review each during this episode.

1. Exercise

2. Hormones

3. Food Quality

4. Food Quantity

Take a listen and let me know what areas you need to focus on in the comments below!


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6 Ways To Start Taking Back Your Health

Every once in awhile it’s nice to stop, take a step back and take a look around you at where you are and where you are headed.

I want to do that with you today.

In this episode, I’m going to remind you of the 6 main areas of your life that you must work on in order to Take Back Your HealthTM.

It’s a nice, simple reminder that will refocus you and give you a starting point for getting back on track with preventing and reversing disease.

Take a listen and let me know what areas of your life you need to focus on in the comments below!


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A Guided Meditation for Anxiety Relief and a Peaceful Mind

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I’m bringing my good friend on the show today! Christine Krieger, a completely wonderful and wise woman, will guide us through a meditation for peace and anxiety relief.

She has been teaching yoga, ayurveda, breath and meditation at the Take Back Your Health Conferences for 3 years and will be there again this fall ( for more info).

Christine Krieger’s journey into healing modalities began in 1971 when she met Dr. Ann Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, and continued as she began teaching yoga, studying ancient health practices abroad and assisting at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she studied with Master teachers.

Shenandoah Field

Her forty plus years of experience, research, and study in spiritual modalities, nutrition, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda and breath work have been intricately woven into a unique approach to healing. She invites us to join her on a journey towards deep inner healing, balance, and rest.

I hope you enjoy the meditation. Let us know how you manage your stress and anxiety in the comments below. It’s a huge issue and we could all benefit from our shared wisdom.


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