Fresh From Luisa's Kitchen

Coconut Lime Popsicles

Coconut Lime Popsicles

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

There's been a lot of popsicle making going on in my house this summer.  And it seems to be about the only thing I make that I actually stop to take a photograph of.   So while I just made some delicious chicken the other night, no photos.  All those summer salads, oops.  Next year.   For now it's about the kids.  And the kids in all of us. Here we go-  3 ingredients.  That's it.   Coconut milk, raw sugar and lime.  Add lime zest too, if you wish.  1/2 of my crew liked the zest, 1/2 not so much.   You choose. Coconut milk is a healthy source of fat made up of mostly medium chain fatty acids (mcfa's) and specifically lauric…

Oat and Almond Blueberry Crisp

Oat and Almond Blueberry Crisp

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

About seven years ago we rented a house on a lake in Michigan with three other families.  Each family had a child under 1 year-  our days revolved around nap schedules, baby feedings and diaper changes.  We were all in the same boat and a week at a lake house was just what we needed. It was my first time to Michigan and I loved all the fresh blueberry stands on the side of the road.   More than one carton was consumed on our drive from the airport to the lake house..  It was a week full or water activities, relaxing and fresh blueberries. Each night a different couple was in charge of making dinner.   And each night we ended…

Radish and Sweet Pea Salad

Radish and Sweet Pea Salad

Appetizers & Sides,Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

I love the colors of all the fresh vegetables and flowers at the farmers market.    Purple and red radishes, orange carrots, bright tomatoes, green lettuces, cherries and berries.  It's  a beautiful sight.   It's almost as colorful as hiking through the wildflowers in Crested Butte.     I have really grown to love radishes over the last couple years.  They are a bit spicy and pungent with a nice crunch.  And they are so good for you.   Full of vitamins and minerals, they help detox the liver and aid in digestion.  And they are naturally cooling, which we all need this time of year.   Paired with mint, sweet peas and goat cheese, this salad is refreshing on a hot day. This…

Strawberry Slushie

Strawberry Slushie

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

My kids and their friends were outside last week on a hot day kicking the soccer ball, jumping on the trampoline and playing zombie tag.  And they were hot.  And bordering cranky.  They needed something to cool them off and quick  but when I checked the freezer I was all out of popsicles. No big deal, I thought.  I got this. A bag of frozen strawberries, ice and some lemonade.  Viola!  A strawberry slushie was hitting their lips in 5 minutes flat. There is no dilly dallying when you have a house full of kids who are hot and tired.  You have to get them cooled off, pronto. Grab your blender (the Vitamix works very well for this application), a…

Golden Beet Salad with Poppy Seeds and Goat Cheese

Golden Beet Salad with Poppy Seeds and Goat Cheese

Appetizers & Sides,Salad & Soup

Happy Summer! Wow- June when by so fast and was full of very fun days.  I can not believe tomorrow is the start of July.  How did that happen. Summer is such a busy time full of outdoor fun and festivities.   If you are looking for a healthy and delicious side dish to bring to a summer gathering, try this golden beet salad.  It looks pretty and so tasty.  You can roast the beets a day or two ahead of time ( maybe at night when it's cooled down a bit- it's even been darn hot at 9,000 feet this summer!) and keep them in the fridge until you are ready. (more…)

Chocolate Covered Berry Popsicles

Chocolate Covered Berry Popsicles

Breakfast,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

This recipe is a two-fer.  You can make the smoothie and have it for breakfast and then freeze the rest in popsicle molds and have a treat for later.  While it is not quite Popsicle season in Crested Butte, I know it is right around the corner.   It's sure to stop snowing/raining one of these days and then we can eat these while picnicking in fields of wildflowers. School gets out in one week and there will be lots of kids hanging out this summer.  This will make a refreshing and delicious treat. I find smoothies to be a quick and healthy breakfast option for my kids.  I start with plain organic whole milk yogurt.  Many yogurts on the market…

Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

Baked Goods,Breakfast

This muffin with a big cuppa Joe is the best way to start a Sunday morning.   In my humble opinion.  And after I have my hot lemon water. Slow slow slow I go on Sunday mornings.  It seems to be the one day a week we are not rushing out of the house for school/work/soccer/skiing.  We can relax.  Chill out a little.  And enjoy a warm muffin. These moist muffins have the perfect amount of cinnamon sugar topping. (more…)

Ancient Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ancient Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

ALL RECIPES,Baked Goods,Cooking Tips,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

For my 100th recipe, I needed something celebratory.  I debated between chocolate and artichokes, cake or a dip.   And then I knew.   What's not to celebrate about  gluten free chocolate chip cookies that are actually crispy and delicious and a little healthier than the regular variety. Let's face it- it stinks being gluten free sometimes.  You feel deprived a lot.  You always have to look at labels and be on top of it.  Eating out or going to parties can be full of anxiety.  So we gluten free folks deserve a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe in our lives.  We do.   And here it is. These cookies are made of a mix of almond flour, teff flour and a…

Salmon and Asparagus En Papillote

Salmon and Asparagus En Papillote

Kid Friendly,Lunch & Dinner

It's great to have a simple and delicious go-to dinner that is also fast.   And that isn't macaroni and cheese or a frozen pizza.  This takes 5 minutes of prep and 15 minutes in the oven and you are done.   Ding.  Dinner is served.   It's helpful for those nights you come home late and everyone is starving or for those time you have an unexpected guest and want to make something nice, but don't have much time. You even get to relax with your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine while dinner is cooking because guess what?   There is hardly any clean up!  Yah!  Celebrate. En papillote is (more…)

Curried Cauliflower Salad with Celery, Mint and Apricots

Curried Cauliflower Salad with Celery, Mint and Apricots

Appetizers & Sides,Lunch & Dinner,Salad & Soup

I love everything about this salad.  It is refreshing, healthy, flavorful, colorful, sweet, spicy, and totally satisfying.   It's perfect for lunch or as a side at dinner with some chicken or salmon.  It's great to take camping or bring to a potluck.   It's just a great dish. The weather has been so warm in Crested Butte that camping is on my mind.  Eric is already talking about taking our camper van to Fruita this weekend.  It's not a bad idea-  it's supposed to be 70 degrees there.   When I camp I like to prepare food at home and then bring it camping.  Mainly because I don't like doing dishes when I am camping.   This is one of those salads…