Pumpkin Protein Breakfast Bowl

It’s Thanksgiving, and all the tempting treats are making their appearance. Don’t let that healthy resolve disintegrate into a pile of extra pounds. Here’s a healthy, delicious way to partake…


I love pumpkin–any time of the year! And it can be used in so many dishes and drinks. You can enjoy its rich yummy goodness in a myriad of ways.

If you like pumpkin pie, you’ll love this nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, protein-packed smoothie!

Pumpkins are a rich source of beta carotene and vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and fiber which benefit your eyes, skin, immune system, bones, digestion, and heart health. It is also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, and contains l-trytophan, which helps you sleep and feel calmer.

The fiber in pumpkin fills you up without adding tons of calories (unless you’re eating pumpkin pie!)

And I added ginger, which is a monstrously powerful anti-inflammatory, so if you have achey joints or stiff sore muscles, this is a great addition to your smoothie.

Enjoy this rich creamy, satisfying smoothie!

Pumpkin Bowl or Smoothie

1/2 small can organic pumpkin

1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 cup coconut milk (you can use the kind that comes in a can, or the milk that comes in a carton)

1 teaspoon real vanilla

1 banana

2 scoops of grass fed/cold processed vanilla whey (I use this kind)

several chunks of uncrystalized ginger (this kind from Trader Joe’s is great-not a lot of sugar)

a few ice cubes

Blend until smooth and enjoy this in a bowl with nuts, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup or add more milk till it becomes a creamy smooth smoothie that tastes like pumpkin pie. I love these things!!


Till next time,

Stay healthy and lean!

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Catheadandshoulders Inflammation Silent and Sneaky Partner of Aging and DiseaseCatherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN,is a back to basics diet and nutrition specialist. In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.

Her mission is to help others prevent disease, lose weight, and live their best life ever.
Nutrition made Easy. Simple.Smart.Nutrition.


Detox, Skinnifying Green Smoothie


This smoothie is a great start to a quick 2-3 day detox if you want to get back on track with your diet. It is delicious, satisfying, refreshing, and–it has some great fat-burning, detoxifying, diuretic ingredients. Try it–You’ll feed skinnier in just a couple of days!

1 large bunch of fresh parsley
1 large thumb fresh ginger, chopped up in smaller pieces
1/2 medium organic cucumber, chopped in chunks
handful of baby kale (or spinach, etc)1 tsp or small root of turmeric
1/2 sweet/tart apple, chopped in chunks
2 cups liquid–coconut water, kombucha, or spring or sparkling water
cinnamon if desired

Blend in blender until smooth. Be sure ginger is well blended. Drink up!

Try this for breakfast and lunch for two days and eat a normal low carb meal of protein and veggies. Amazing!!

Harvest Apple Walnut Salad


This is such a great salad for this time of year–or whenever you can find fresh, crisp tart apples. Apples have so many health benefits, the list can go on forever…

Try this with a bowl of plain Greek yogurt for breakfast!

Apples contain compounds that help prevent osteoporosis and increase bone density, help asthma, protect brain cells from free radical damage, lower cholesterol, prevent lung, liver, breast and colon cancer, maintain a healthy digestive tract with their rich fiber and help in weight loss. Whew!

Always choose organic apples whenever possible, as conventionally grown ones are highly sprayed with lots of toxic pesticides–that cannot be washed off–they are IN the apple. One of the best new varieties out there is the honeycrisp–although they are expensive–they have the perfect blend of juiciness, tartness, and crispness. They are great in a salad or just eaten out of hand.
And don’t forgot those walnuts in this salad are full of healthy fats, including omega 3 fats which are anti-inflammatory, high in protein, and help you burn fat better! What are you waiting for??

Salad Ingredients
2 cups cored and sliced apples with skin on
Juice from 1 lemon
2 cups celery, sliced
1 sweet onion
1/2 cup walnuts
Red leaf lettuce leaves

1/2 cup Primal or homemade mayo
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp grainy mustard
Sea salt to taste

Chop apples and toss with lemon juice in small bowl. Add celery, onion, and walnuts into a large bowl, mix in apples and toss all ingredients.

Blend dressing ingredients in separate bowl by hand until smooth. Pour over salad and toss. Serve on top of lettuce leaves and garnish with some chopped celery tops. Serves 4.

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Tabouli middle eastern salad at glass bowl over floral napkin

this Middle Eastern salad normally uses cracked wheat, but quinoa is a much better, gluten free substitute. Quinoa is not really a grain, but a seed, and it is packed with antioxidants, nutrients and ALL the essential amino acids. Quinoa is high in protein, making it a good substitute for meat–it is also high in lysine, important for tissue growth and repair.

Quinoa also contains magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and phosphorus, along with antioxidants, B vitamins, and fiber–especially helpful to those who suffer from migraines, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Quinoa also contains lots of riboflavin, a B vitamin needed for energy production.

This salad is great chilled, or served at room temperature. For added flavor and protein, add some raw or natural feta cheese on top.

2 cups cooked and drained quinoa (try red, black or a combination of colored quinoa)
1 cucumber, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped, or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch green onions
1/2 cup fresh mint
2 cups fresh chopped parsley
2-4 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1/4 to 1/3 cup feta cheese (optional)
cup up chicken for extra protein (optional)
almonds (optional)

1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Cut up veggies for salad and toss with quinoa and dressing. If you have time, this tastes better after 2-4 hours when vegetables and quinoa soak up dressing better. Serves 4.


Turmeric Tea

turmeric powder

We’ve been hearing about turmeric for the last year or so, but it’s true–it’s a super-powered spice!

Turmeric Tea
Add boiling water to a mug, with a teaspoon or so of turmeric. Add cinnamon, a small splash of real vanilla, fresh ground black pepper, and a half teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. Add a touch of grass fed butter too–it’s absorbed better in the presence of fat. Enjoy!

Turmeric has some of the world’s most powerful fat-burning and healing qualities of any food or spice. It is a potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial substance.

Turmeric grows as a shrub in India and tropical parts of Asia. The roots are ground up to make turmeric. Its active ingredient is a substance called curcumin and it is bright yellow.

Ayurvedic medicine has used this spice as a whole body cleanser, an aid for digestion, and in treatments for fevers, infections, liver and gall bladder problems and arthritis. It helps to burn fat, and is also very effective as a preventative for heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

The rich stores of anti-oxidants are very effective against the free radicals which contribute to premature aging, disease and cancer. Many natural practitioners actually recommend turmeric when a potent antioxidant is needed.

Turmeric helps to digest fats by stimulating the flow of bile in the gall bladder and therefore is very effective as a digestive aid and fat-burning compound. Studies also show it is highly effective at reducing the inflammation from arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease and a hundred other inflammatory conditions.

It also contains strong anti-platelet substances which help prevent the blood from clotting too easily, and so is very effective against heart attacks and strokes. In addition, homocysteine, a chemical component in the body, which is one of the primary predictors of heart attacks, is significantly lowered in the presence of curcumin.

As an anti-inflammatory it has been used effectively for a treatment for all types of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and for joint pain.

Turmeric is a powerful weapon against cancer cells as well. Studies show that this super spice can actually prevent cancer tumors from growing and in those who already have cancer, turmeric slows the growth and spread of cancer. The curcumin in turmeric is also highly effective when combined with the anti-oxidant quercetin (found in red onions, apples and cherries) against pre-cancerous polyps in the colon.

One of the most exciting new studies has shown turmeric’s value against Alzheimer’s. Studies of the Indian population who have a high intake of turmeric in their curry dishes show a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia in the elderly.

How to get turmeric into your diet:

-I put it into smoothies–especially my favorite pumpkin smoothie.
-Add to soups
-Make tea or turmeric milk
-Add to other baked or cooked meals. The flavor is mild when used by itself.
-Add to homemade applesauce
-Add to sautéed apples, or steamed cauliflower, green beans and onions, or any of your favorite veggies.
-For a great, low-calorie dip, try mixing turmeric and dried onion with a little omega 3-rich mayonnaise, salt and pepper.
-Turmeric is also a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils. -Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue and a little extra flavor by adding some turmeric powder to them.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a great flavor, and gives the egg salad a delicious rich yellow hue.


Pumpkin Power Smoothie

Pumpkin smoothie milk shake made with pumpkin puree and cream

A great breakfast when you want something light, fast and filling!

1/2 cup (approximate) Organic pumpkin
1 small or 1/2 regular/large apple
Protein powder (I used RAW protein powder)
shot of vanilla
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
Handful of greens
Flax milk, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.
Add a Tbsp of coconut oil

Mix in blender until smooth. Add a few ice cubes if you like it cold.


Delicious Home-made Kale Chips with Tahini Dressing

kale chipsThese chips are delicious!! Better make a double batch, because they shrink when cooked and they go FAST!

A few good things about kale…

Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw kale still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.

Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits.

Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level.

Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.


Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

1 large bunch of kale, inner ribs removed
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (or plug in your dehydrator). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.

Wash and thoroughly dry the kale, then remove the leaves from the tough inner stem. Slice or rip into large pieces. Remember- they’ll shrink as they dehydrate so don’t go too small. Place in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the kale and coat each leaf thoroughly. It’s messy, but the best way to do this is with your hands.

Spread the chips in a single layer on the baking sheet or in the dehydrator. The dehydrator should take approximately 8 hours. The oven will take up to an hour (start checking on them after 30 minutes. They’re ready when the seasonings are completely dry and the kale is crispy.

Paleo Cashew Hummus

Cashew nuts in an olive wood bowl and scattered, isolated over white background with reflection.


I found this awesome recipe from Whole9 for cashew hummus–no beans, no starch, just healthy satisfying fats and protein. Here’s the base recipe, and I’ve included info on how to make plain, olive, roasted red pepper and sun-dried tomato versions too.

1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Soak cashews in a bowl of water for at least three hours. Drain and rinse a few times, then drain well and place in food processor.

Add remaining ingredients to food processor and puree until well-blended. The texture will be very thick. Add water, 1/4 cup at a time, until desired thickness–add it gradually to get the right consistency.

Sprinkle the top with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

For the variations, keep the base recipe the same and add the following:

Olive:  Add black olives to the mixture before blending. For canned olives, 20-30 is a good number. For fancier cured Greek olives, start with 10-15 and add more to taste.

Roasted Red Pepper: Add 1-2 roasted red peppers and 1/2 teaspoon paptrika to the mixture before blending. To roast peppers, cook on a grill or under the broiler until charred and soft. Place in paper bag for 10 minutes, then peel. Or take the easy route, and buy them in a jar at the store.

Sun-dried Tomato: Add 5-7 sun-dried tomatoes to the mixture before blending.

Balls of Energy

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These nutty morsels not only fill you up with healthy super-powered nutrients, but they also are low glycemic and high in fiber, and give you oodles of fat-burning energy. Try these before a workout or as a sweet satisfying dessert, or even a high-powered breakfast to go! Every ingredient in these is a virtual superfood bursting with healthy, energizing, fat burning potential.

The fats are good for your heart, blood vessels, skin, eyes and more. The arginine in the nuts helps to relax blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and increasing stamina. And chia seeds are loaded with omega 3 fats, and tons of antioxidants! They provide complete protein, along with a bushel of nutrition!

1 cup raw or roasted almond, cashew, sunflower or peanut butter
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup oats
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
2 Tbsp honey
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp of organic cocoa powder
2 scoops cold processed whey protein powder

Mix all ingredients in bowl or food processor. Roll into balls or press into a square pan. Refrigerate for an hour or more. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Quinoa Pilaf

My holiday quinoa pilaf

A friend asked me to bring a side dish, so I made up this quinoa pilaf. It was delightful, and filling enough to make a light vegetarian meal if you wanted. Quinoa has complete protein and when you combine it with nuts, seeeds and crumbled goat cheese, you have a delicious summer meal! For bigger appetites, pair with grilled chicken or fish. Enjoy!

Ingredients (no need to be exact)
2-4 cups of cooked white, red or black quinoa (or combination)
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp butter
4 thinly sliced green onions
2 blood oranges or regular oranges, peeled, halved and sectioned
½ cup dried tart cherries, goji berries, or ½ cup dried cranberries
¼ to ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds or sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds (if you are allergic to nuts)
½ cup chopped cilantro or parsley
Crumbled goat cheese (optional)
Juice from 1 orange
Juice from 1 lemon or lime
2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp of honey
sea salt and pepper to taste

Cook quinoa ahead of time as directed. Cool in refrigerator. In a small pan, add chopped garlic and 1 Tbsp of butter. Cook garlic over medium heat, watching closely until a golden brown. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, add quinoa, garlic, onions, chopped oranges, dried cherries, goji berries or cranberries, almonds and parsley.

Mix juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper in small bowl and pour over quinoa mixture. Stir and serve. May be served at room temperature or cold. (This is a great party addition, since it can sit at room temperature for long periods without spoiling.)



Tomato, Basil, Goat Cheese Snack

Gary's crackers raw cheese basil tomato snack

I love to cook and make up recipes, but my boyfriend is also clever and talented cook–so sometimes I just let him surprise me. This is what he made up of yummy things we had on hand. Gluten free, “Mary’s gone Crackers”, raw goat cheddar, fresh picked garden basil and fresh cherry tomatoes. A perfect, healthy and satisfying snack!

Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers (gluten free, low carb)
Raw cheese of your choice
Fresh basil
Cherry or small Roma tomatoes

Glass of wine is optional, but I highly recommend. 🙂

Maya Beach Chopped Salad

Maya beach CHopped salad

I was in Belize between Christmas and New Year’s and my favorite place was Maya Beach. We stayed at a wonderful cottage at a lovely resort with a fantastic restaurant on the beach. My very favorite dish there was their “Chopped Salad”. I think I actually ordered it at least 5 times or more!! It was awesome! (Of course, sitting in an outdoor restaurant on the beach in the middle of winter didn’t hurt a bit either!)

Here is my rendition of the Maya Beach Chopped Salad:

Ingredients (No need to measure, just add in whatever amounts you want)
Roma tomatoes
Red bell pepper
English cucumber
Sweet vidalia onion
Snow peas
Black Beans
Parsley or cilantro
Fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Touch of honey
Sea salt and pepper

Chop all veggies
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Mix equal parts lemon juice and olive oil, add a touch of honey to taste, stir into salad.

Makes a great light vegetarian meal or side dish. Enjoy!

Garbanzo, quinoa, veggie salad

Garbanzo quinoa salad

Another delicious summer salad that doesnt really need a recipe. You can experiment with ingredients and use what you have, add some dressing and viola! A hearty salad that can be eaten as a main course, or a filling sidedish. Enjoy!

Radishes, quartered and sliced
2-4 green onions, sliced or red onion, chopped
1/2 Red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup or so cooked quinoa
1 can garbanzo beans

1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
tiny drizzle of honey or maple syrup (1/2 teaspoon)

Add to veggies and mix

Spicy Tomato-Tuna Bites

Gary's tomatotunabites








photo and food prep, courtesy Gary Wockner

Tomato Tuna Bites
A delicious, super tasty and easy high protein, low glycemic snack that will satisfy your hunger without making your blood sugar go up. These are definitely their best in the summertime when you can find firm, ripe, delicious tomatoes, which as you know are full of antioxidants including lycopene.

The fresh basil contains highly beneficial oils, and most of the benefits of basil come from the fresh leaves. Basil also contains cinnamanic acid, which enhances circulation, stabilizes blood sugar, and improves breathing. Basil is naturally anti-inflammatory. Many naturopathic physicians prescribe basil for diabetes, allergies, arthritis, and respiratory disorders like asthma.

The antioxidants in both the basil and the tomatoes work best when combined with a healthy fat, like the avocado oil mayonnaise in this recipe. Free radicals fight aging, cancer and protect you from the complications of diabetes.

This snack is easy to assemble, delightful to look at, and delicious to eat!

2-4 medium or large sized Roma tomatoes, sliced thickly
1 Tbsp approximately of Paleo (Primal brand is my favorite) avocado oil mayonnaise
Fresh basil leaves
1 can albacore tuna, packed in olive oil
Sriracha sauce, to taste

Slice tomatoes in thick slices, arrange on plate. Spread a small amount of mayo on tomatoes, top with fresh basil leaves (2-3 on each tomato slice), a spoonful of tuna, and dot with Sriracha sauce. Enjoy!

Blood Sugar Balancing Green Smoothie

green smoothie and fruitFor those of you who may be watching your blood sugar, yet want to enjoy a green smoothie for all the superstar health benefits, this delicious low sugar option is for you! The avocado adds a rich creamy texture, healthy fats and added vitamins and minerals. And puree-ing the green veggies make it that much easier for your body to absorb all the super powered nutrition of the greens. Good for breakfast, snack or anytime!

1/2 medium avocado
Handful baby arugula
5 large leaves of kale or 2 handfuls baby kale, spinach, chard, etc
1/2 lemon, peeled and seeds removed
Half an apple
2 cups water or coconut water or kombucha tea
Ice cubes

Blend on high in blender, adding water last. Serves 2.

Enjoy this Unique and Tasty Guacamole!

A Really different, refreshing way to eat guacamole. The addition of baby peas adds an unusual, fresh, sweeter taste to the guacamole. And the peas add a little more fiber as well as decreasing the calories in the guacamole.


A Really different, refreshing way to eat guacamole. The addition of baby peas adds an unusual, fresh, sweeter taste to the guacamole. And the peas add a little more fiber as well as decreasing the calories in the guacamole. Try it for Cinco De Mayo–it’s sure to become everyone’s favorite!


8 ounces frozen baby peas

1/2 large or 1 whole small avocado

1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and de-ribbed for less hotness)

1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

juice from a half of a lemon or lime,

Sea salt, to taste

fresh ground black pepper

1/4 tsp cumin

2 Tsbs chopped cilantro

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Roma tomato, diced

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup minced red onion

2 Tbsp of plain yogurt or sour cream if desired for a more creamy texture

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and ‘chop’ until combined. Does not need to be well blended, can be chunky. Enjoy with chips or better yet, slice up some cucumber, zucchini, and red and yellow sweet bell peppers for an awesome dip.

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

Catherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN,is a back to basics diet and nutrition specialist.
In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.
Her mission is to help others prevent disease, lose weight, and live their best life ever.
Nutrition made Easy. Simple.Smart.Nutrition.

The Fat Burning Kitchen will get you started on the path to a healthy diet, weight loss and vibrant health. You will notice a difference in the first 24 hours! Learn about the so-called ‘health’ foods you may be eating that are actually ruining your health, and causing you to gain weight. And find out the best, fat-burning super-powered nutritious foods to eat to lose fat, gain boundless energy, and feel better than you ever have!

Easy Low Carb (Nut Free) Paleo Bread

Paleo breadI’ve been searching for a good low-carb bread, because it’s nice to have a piece of toast sometimes with eggs in the morning, or maybe a sandwich once in a while for lunch. The problem is, even gluten free breads are just as refined as the wheat breads, so they are high glycemic and should be avoided.

There are a few kinds of Paleo style, grain free breads in the store, but I have found the ones that I have tried, have a funny taste and texture (at least the coconut flour ones do). And, really—who wants to pay $11 or $12 a loaf? That’s crazy!

I’ve had good luck with ground flax seeds as an all around substitute for many things that are normally made with flour, so I played around a bit and came up with this tasty bread. While it has a heavier texture than a regular loaf of bread, the flax seed gives it a delicious, nutty flavor and of course, tons of fiber! And the recipe contains a lot of eggs, so you get a nice bit of healthy fat and protein as well. My favorite way to eat this for breakfast is toasted with sunflower or almond butter on top.


½ cup almond butter or sunflower butter (in case you have a nut allergy)
5 eggs
¼ cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp honey or real maple syrup
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 to ½ cup ground flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350-360 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan or use a silicone loaf pan.
Melt the butter over low heat and remove from heat. In a large bowl, whip the eggs with a mixer, whisk or fork until light-colored, and well mixed. Add in other ingredients and mix well.

Pour batter in loaf pan and bake 30 minutes until loaf is firm and lightly browned on top. Let cool. Store in refrigerator, serve warm, toasted or cold. Makes one loaf.

Veggie Egg Quiche Cups

egg quiche cupThese are super easy to make and you can make them ahead, refrigerate and heat in a pan for a fast breakfast or snack on the run. Ingredients can vary from all types of veggies, to bacon, ham, cheese, etc. Another delicious idea is to take thinly sliced natural ham or even smoked turkey, place them inside the muffin cups, then pour egg mixture on top of them. Viola, ‘meat’ muffin cups!


6 eggs, beaten

1 small pkg of frozen spinach, drained or 1 big handful of fresh spinach

¼ cup minced onion

1-2 slices of diced natural ham or crumbled nitrate/nitrite free bacon

dash of Tabasco or hot pepper flakes

Sea salt


Preheat oven to 350, spray muffin pan or foil muffin cups with cooking spray. Thaw and drain spinach if using frozen. (You can just squeeze it with your hand to get rid of most of the excess liquid.

Mix all ingredients in with beaten eggs, and pour into muffin pan or foil muffin cups. Bake for 20 minues. Cool and serve.

You can refrigerate and re-warm these in a pan over low heat with a lid if you would like. DON’T microwave!

Add some fresh salsa and avocados. Delicious breakfast, snack or lunch!


Guacamole Deviled Eggs

These delicious eggs have guacamole as a healthy addition to the egg yolks. So on top of all the great fat burning benefits you get from eating the eggs and the yolk, you get the healthy fats, vitamins and minerals in the avocado as well. This high protein, low carb snack will keep your blood sugar stable.


These delicious eggs have guacamole as a healthy addition to the egg yolks. So on top of all the great fat burning benefits you get from eating the eggs and the yolk, you get the healthy fats, vitamins and minerals in the avocado as well.

The healthy fats and other nutrition you get from avocados help your body to maintain proper levels of hormones that help with fat loss and muscle building. The healthy fat in avocados helps control insulin levels and gives your brain a signal that you are satisfied when you eat them, so you eat less.

Avocados contain plenty of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that helps lower cholesterol and is helpful in preventing breast cancer and other cancers. One cup of avocado has about a quarter of your required daily amount of folate, or folic acid, a B vitamin that plays an essential role in making new cells by helping to produce
DNA and RNA.

This hunger satisfying low carb snack will keep your blood sugar stable, fill you up, replenish and fuel your body with lean, fat burning nutrition.

Check these out—they are absolutely delicious!


4-6 eggs, hard-boiled

1 avocado

1 clove minced garlic

¼ cup finely minced red onion

1 small roma or plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped

2-4 Tbsp chopped cilantro

Frank’s Redhot sauce or Tabasco, more or less to taste, depending on its hotness

1 tsp lemon or lime juice

Cilantro, chopped

Sea salt


Peel hard-boiled eggs and cut in half length-wise.  Gently pop out yolks into a small bowl with avocado, garlic, tomato, onion, hot sauce and lemon juice. Mash yolks and avocado mix together. Season with sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Refill egg whites with the yolk/guacamole mixture, sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Serves 4.

Enjoy! Or take to the next party you go to–everyone will love this new twist on deviled eggs!

Till next time, stay healthy and lean!



Catherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN, is a back to basics diet and nutrition specialist. In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.

Her mission is to help others prevent disease and live their best life ever.

Nutrition made Easy. Simple.Smart.Nutrition.

(Almost) Paleo Cranberry Muffins

Gluten, dairy and nut free muffin recipe. Only a small amount of rolled oats..

Well it’s January, and for most of us in the industrialized world, that means it’s time to get our diet and lifestyle back on track. And that means eating cleaner, reducing the processed stuff and generally avoiding sugar and refined flours. I take it a step further and really try to embrace a more Paleo diet. That means no flour or grain whatsoever, very little sugar, less starchy stuff, and more fresh organic vegetables, naturally raised meat and fish, and healthy fats.

All of this is great, but the sudden withdrawal of even the little bits of (gluten free) grains and sugar that I had, makes me crave it. So without totally blowing my diet, I decided to whip up some muffins, in hopes they’d take away my cravings. They hit the spot! And they seem to be very popular with everyone who has tried them thus far.

Muffins, fortunately, are an inexact science—unlike cakes or baking bread. Or perhaps I’m lucky and just know the right ingredients to add in the right amounts. Regardless, I started throwing together ingredients, and Viola! Out came these beauties. And Lo and Behold. They were pretty tasty. I am already on my third batch in the past week.

Cranberries have some of the highest quantities of antioxidants out there. They even top blueberries! They are full of vitamin C, making them great as an immune booster, and their unique properties fight harmful bacteria in the digestive system, They also help to prevent kidney stones, prevents cancer, and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raises HDL (good) cholesterol. Not bad for one little berry, huh?

According to a recent study from Cornell University, cranberries also contain compounds that are toxic to a variety of cancer cells including lung, cervical, prostate, breast and leukemia cancer cells.

Fresh cranberries–not the frozen or canned kind–have the highest levels of nutrients, and are at their peak usually in the late fall and early winter, just in time to add their bright color and tart tangy flavor to holiday meals. Since they are hard to find any other time, I usually stock up on the fresh ones and throw them in the freezer to use in smoothies, sauces, and muffins.

Almost Paleo Cranberry Muffins


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, whole
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tst nutmet
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, pecans, or almond slivers (optional)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup protein powder (I used the “Raw” brand)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Grease muffin tin or use paper muffin cups
  3. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except cranberries and stir vigorously
  4. Add cranberries, stir
  5. Divide into muffin cups
  6. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until centers are done.
  7. Cool and enjoy!