Friday, March 27, 2015

Flavorful Friday- Roasted Bell Peppers Recipe!

John 6:35 ESV
"Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.""


It's been awhile since I shared an easy side dish for dinner, so here's one of my and my husband's favorites.  Not such a hit with our kiddo, he is not a fan of Bell Peppers, this is one dish that I usually let him skip and I give him some raw green beans and grape tomatoes instead.  I like this dish because it is quick and easy to prepare, and is versatile as well.  You can serve these Roasted Bell Peppers and Red Onions aside fish or chicken, or even beef or pork if you like.  You could also serve them atop rice or pasta or salad.  The possibilities are endless.  I would love to hear how you pair these up for lunch or dinner, or even breakfast!

As always, 

Happy Crunching!

Country Mama Hippie Chic
aka Brandi Schunk

Roasted Bell Peppers Recipe


1 Red Bell Pepper, washed, seeded and quartered
1 Green Bell Pepper, washed, seeded and quartered
1 Red Onion, peeled and quartered
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper Medley, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add all ingredients to a large, lidded container.  Place lid firmly on top and gently shake, holding lid in place with your hands, until vegetables are well-covered with oil and seasonings.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and pour vegetables out onto it.  Bake for about 20 minutes, or until desired consistency is attained.

Vegetables could be placed, alternating, on a skewer before baking.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Flavorful Friday: Lemon Ginger Tonic Recipe

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB
"19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body."

Although this passage in Biblical scripture is referencing something entirely different, I think we can safely apply this same principle to the way we eat.  If our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, then doesn't it make sense that we would treat it with care, that we would nourish it and give it the best we have available?  I have found for myself that when I fill my body with whole food goodness, I feel better, I am happier, I am more energetic, and I am more likely to do the work that God places before me.  When I fill my body with "pseudo foods", substances that are chemically ladened, highly processed, or otherwise altered from their naturally occurring state, I find myself tired, grumpy and in physical pain to the point that I would rather play small than play big.  How about you?  What do you know to be true about what you eat and how you feel?  Comment below...

As always, 

Happy Crunching!

Country Mama Hippie Chic
aka Brandi Schunk


Sometimes I feel like I need an "undo" for some of the poor food choices I have made.  While that's not really an option, I found this drink to be a helpful substitute when my system needs a reset.  The anti-inflammatory properties of many of the ingredients in this Lemon Ginger Tonic are great at helping me feel better so I can go play BIG!

Lemon Ginger Tonic Recipe


12 oz Filtered or Spring Water
1 inch Fresh Ginger, peeled and quartered
1 tsp Raw Honey
½ Lemon, squeezed
1 tsp Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother”
⅛ tsp Turmeric Powder
⅛ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 Ice Cubes


Bring water and ginger to a boil in a small sauce pan covered with a lid.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.  Strain through a wire mesh strainer into a coffee mug and discard ginger.

Add honey and stir to mix.  Add remaining ingredients (except Ice) and stir to mix.  Add Ice and mix.  Drink slowly and enjoy!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Flavorful Friday: Beef Stir Fry with Rice Noodles Recipe!

Lamentations 3: 57-5857You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ 58“You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life.

Happy Friday and welcome back to another edition of Flavorful Friday!

I introduced this recipe for Beef Stir Fry with Rice Noodles on Facebook a few months ago and it got great response!  I've tweaked it a bit and made it a few more times and my family loves it!  I hope you and your family enjoy as well!

As always, 

Happy Crunching!

Country Mama Hippie Chic
aka Brandi Schunk

Beef Stir Fry with Rice Noodles Recipe

1 tsp Organic Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 lb “Beef for Stew” pieces
1 Tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
Juice from ½ Lemon
Juice from ½ Lime
One package of Rice Noodles
1 Tbsp Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
1- 16 oz Bag of “Far East Blend” Frozen Vegetables (Broccoli, Green Beans, Sugar
Snap Peas, Carrots, Onions, Red Peppers, Water Chestnuts, Celery)
¼ Yellow Onion, diced
5 Cloves of Garlic, minced
4 Tbsp Bone Broth (or two bone broth ice cubes)
½ tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Onion Powder
¼ tsp Cumin
¼ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
⅛ tsp Fresh Ground Pepper Medley
1 Tbsp Gelatin (I recommend Great Lakes Beef Gelatin, the Red label)

Mix together Braggs Liquid Aminos, Lemon, and Lime.  Place steak pieces in a plastic zippered storage bag or in the bottom of a glass baking dish and cover with marinade mixture.  Seal bag or cover dish and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Cook rice noodles per package instructions.

Heat medium skillet over medium heat.  Add 1 tsp Coconut Oil to melt and cover pan.  Add marinated beef, discard excess marinade.    Cook beef on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring and turning meat regularly to cook evenly.

In separate large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil.  Saute onion and garlic along with Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cumin, Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper Medley.  Saute for about 3-5 minutes, or until onions become translucent.  Add Frozen Vegetable Mix  and Bone Broth and stir well.  Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.   

Sprinkle gelatin over veggies and stir to mix.  Add beef to veggies in pan, stir well.   Add cooked noodles to pan and stir well.  Cook for 2-3 minutes and then serve!

Serve hot with additional Liquid Aminos on the side for seasoning.

Note: Can be made with or without rice noodles.