Introducing Creativity To The Alternative Diet: Many of us have segued from traditional dietary lifestyle to alternative dietary lifestyles, i.e. Gluten free, Vegan, Grain free, Real food, etc. What are we discovering?? These recipes are NOT mediocre!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rhubarb Soda!

So I am happily finding many uses for Rhubarb these muffins, jams, and my current favorite find homemade soda! Crowd pleaser for all ages and the kiddos think its oh so fun to make your own drink.

Super easy, light, and refreshing. I've enjoyed it as plain old "Rhubarb Soda" or as the alcholic "Ruby June". Rhubarb Soda recipe compliments of the site Culinate and the Ruby June from Soulemama.

Rhubarb Soda


cups rhubarb, roughly chopped

1 cup sugar

cups water

~ Sparkling water

~ Ice


  1. Place rhubarb, sugar, and 1½ cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the syrup is bright pink.
  2. Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Strain syrup into a large jar.
  3. To make each soda, measure ¼ cup rhubarb syrup into a glass. Add enough sparkling water to fill the glass ⅔ full. Stir to mix, then add ice.

The Ruby June
6 oz Rhubarb Soda (you'll need rhubarb, sugar, and sparkling water)
1 oz white tequila
appx. 1tsp fresh lime juice
. Serve over ice.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fabulous Flank Steak

I really liked this flank steak recipe. The grocery store only had one of the fresh herbs needed, so I relied heavily on dried herbs, but the tomato/olive mixture definitely stole the show. The flavors were great as was the presentation. I broiled the flank steak, and I think I overcooked it as it was a little tough. Apparently it is a really easy cut to overcook since it is so thin. I roasted some potatoes and asparagus as side dishes. Overall it was a lovely meal. I also took Eva's suggestion and used the leftover tomato mixture in an egg/sausage scramble the next morning and it was delicious! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Two Quick Reviews!

I am going to give my last two reviews quickly as I am moving in a couple days and feel the need to wrap up loose ends! It's kinda like nesting before you go into labor!
First, Carrie came down over Memorial weekend and we took advantage of that and made the last two recipes together!

Herb Crusted Steak and Tomatoes-
This was really good! I actually liked it more than I thought I would. The tomato, olive mixture was really tasty! I don't think I would make any changes if I were to make it again.

Chuckwagon Beans-
I really liked these beans, however, I will not make them with the meats again. I am not crazy about meat in the first place so that swayed me a bit on this recipe also I think it's a lot of unnecessary fat and calories. The flavor of the beans, Worcestershire, brown sugar, etc was really good! My family loved them as well!

Thanks Ladies!