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Shopping at Whole Foods Without Breaking the Bank

I just came across this article about saving money at Whole Foods and it got me thinking about my own tips.

Have you had a Whole Foods container at work and someone says “You were

Photo: Whole Foods Market®

Photo: Whole Foods Market®

shopping at Whole Paycheck” and then you feel as though you’re flaunting wealth (if you are on a budget)? I have had that happen many times, but I don’t really spend that much at Whole Foods. When I do spend a little more it’s because I’m buying some specialty item I can’t find anywhere else.

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SCD Recipe: Lime and Cherry Tart

This tart is a take on one of my most popular SCD recipes – Lemon Blueberry Bars. Besides the flavors, the main difference is making this into a tart instead of bars. This created a thinner, lighter crust which I really liked. It was more like pie. The tartness of the lime and cherries combined with the sweetness of the honey makes for a refreshing dessert.


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SCD Recipe: Cheeseburger Pizza Bake with Cauliflower Crust

If you’re looking for comfort food, this is it. It’s kind of a pizza casserole, because it’s so thick you need a knife and fork to eat it. Ground meat, peppers, onion, cheese and bacon is the perfect comfort-food combination.


If you haven’t tried making a cauliflower pizza crust yet, I highly recommend it. I like it way better than my almond flour crusts.

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Product Review: Real Salt

I have been using Real Salt  for years. It’s my favorite sea salt. I use for cooking and simply seasoning my food. If you’re following SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) it is especially important that your foods don’t contain additives and this can make using spices of any kind, even salt, difficult.

Real Salt

Recently Real Salt sent me samples of Real Salt along with their Organic Seasoning Salt along with their Garlic Salt and Onion Salt. One thing that I really like about Real Salt is the lack of additives. Many salts have additives like Dextrose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Silicate, and Potassium Chloride and that’s just to name a few. It’s always important to read the label.

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SCD Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Lime Chicken Wings

Wings were my specialty when it was my turn to make dinner when I was a teenager. I haven’t made them in a really long time, but since I was trying to think of some Super Bowl party recipes, I figured now was a good time.


This recipe is based on my grandmother’s wing recipe. It’s not too spicy, but if you are so inclined you can add more chili powder.

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SCD Recipe: Bacon Cheeseburger Turkey Meatballs

The idea for these came to me while I was thinking of something that might be good for a Super Bowl party. These work perfectly for that or pretty much any time. They are really tasty with gooey cheese and bacon with a hint of tomato and mustard, just a like a real cheeseburger!


Wrap them in lettuce with some sliced tomatoes for the full effect.

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SCD Recipe: Italian Stuffed Pepper Rings

I’m a huge fan of stuffed peppers, but sometimes I feel like I get a ton of the meat filling and not a lot of pepper. Cutting the pepper into rings solves this problem.


For SCD – these use tomato paste and I used Pomi tomatoes for the sauce – but you can easily sub fresh tomatoes if you like.

Paleo and 21 Day Sugar Detox – works perfectly!

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SCD Recipe: Apple Dumplings

I made this recipe as a snack and quick breakfast option for the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I love these as a kind of dessert-like treat – though there is no added sweetener of any kind. Granny Smith apples are one of the only fruits allowed on the detox and when you’re used to not having sugar they actually do add a little sweetness to the diet.


Without any honey, the crust is very much like a regular pie crust. It’s a little cumbly, but very good. I will try to do some further experimenting with it in the future.

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SCD Recipe: Lime Curd with Fruit and Whipped Yogurt

Lime (or lemon) curd is a great way to use up eggs. I use whole eggs, but if you have some left over yolks you that works too. I also had some yogurt made with whipping cream left over from the holidays, which went perfectly with this.

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SCD Recipe: Cheese and Garlic Biscuits

I like trying to make different biscuit recipes. This one is one of my favorites, it has the most biscuit-like texture that I’ve made so far.

These go great with soup or chili!


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