Yummy Organic Recipes for Busy Families


Last week we featured tuned in parent Monica M., the single-mom who is still baffling her once-dying mother’s oncologists with aggressive and successful organic food treatments. This week, Monica shares some of her go-to health tips and tricks for busy but health-conscious parents. Let’s see what’s cooking!

Yummy quick, protein-rich, organic, and vegetarian recipe!

This is one of Monica’s favorite and simple dishes to prepare for her two children, parents, and siblings. It’s a homemade Mexican dish that is full of a variety of foods, nutrients, and flavors! It won’t dissapoint. She doesn’t have a name for it, so we’ll call it “Authenic Mexican Vegetarian Homecooked Meal.” How’s that? By the way, all of the ingredients Monica uses are organic, and she and her two children grow a lot of the vegetables used in the family yard, using organic soil and organic seeds.

imageStart off by cooking organic pinto beans in a crock pot the night before. Just throw them in, forget about them, then scoop them up when they’re ready.

  • 2 handfuls of raw spinach arranged decoratively on a plate
  • 1 cup of beans from crock pot layered on top of spinach
  • 1/2 sliced avocado layerd on top of beans
  • 1/3 cup shredded organic vegetarian mozzarella cheese on top of avocado

Now for the homemade salsa!

  • 1/4 cup chopped white onions
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • 5-10 tomatillos
  • 2-3 jalapeños
  • fresh garlic (to taste)

Sauté the tomatillos, jalapeños, and garlic briefly in their own juice. Blend the sautéed ingredients, then mix them by hand with the chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro for a healthy, hearty, zesty homemade salsa rich in nutrients and flavor without added salt! (You may add a pinch of salt if you prefer, or lemon, which is rich in alkaline*, but don’t overdo it!)

Enjoy the fresh organic salsa with the delicious, homemade organic spinach, beans, avocado, and cheese! The kids will love it, and it’s got virtually everything nutrition-wise, plus it’s easy!

Monica’s tip for breakfast

imageAlmonds are alkaline-rich* and oatmeal is a heart-healthy grain. That’s why she cooks her family, young and old, Bob’s Red Mill Organic Rolled Oatmeal with almond milk every morning with a dash of cinnamon and organic Turbinado Sugar. You don’t have to cook the kids oatmeal from scratch every morning, and you can add different organic fruits to it to change it up, but it sure beats cereal, pastries, and processed whatever (or worse: nothing at all)!

*Alkaline water and alkaline-rich foods

If you’ve noticed, the words “alkaline” and “alkaline-rich” are becoming buzzwords in this article. That’s because Monica believes balancing out the pH levels in her mother’s cancerous body, along with organic foods, is why the tumor that was once suffocating her mother is no longer physically affecting her or even visible anymore. She’s is a big believer in balance, in life and particularly in the body’s pH level.

The pH scale goes from 0 (extremely acidic) to 14 (extremly alkaline); 7 is considered neutral. The Budwig Center (an alternative cancer treatment center) recommends a 7.4 level; and Monica has found that closer to a level 8 has provided fast results in the fight against her mother’s cancer. Always consult your medical health professional. But in general, balance, as with all things, is a healthy way to go. This is why Monica’s tip for balancing the pH levels in your diet is to drink alkaline water daily and incorporate the following alkaline-rich foods (refer to infographic) in your and your family’s nutrition plan.


Having too much acid in your body can weaken all your systems, states the Budwig Center. Your body has to borrow minerals from your bones, teeth and organs to neutralize excess acidity. High acid levels, or acidosis, might lead to diarrhea, osteoporosis, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis and impaired immune function. Acidosis could also interfere with your cells’ ability to heal or produce energy and also allow cancer to flourish. According to the Budwig Center, cancer cells thrive in acidic environments. (Parker, K.T., What Are the Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water?)

If you have any questions for Monica, feel free to ask via our contact form. She’s got so much to share about organic foods, single parenthood, staying positive against all odds, growing your own organic garden, and more. And if you would like to share your story and help your fellow tuned in parents, please contact me. It’s what I do! And I love it, truly.

Thank you for being tuned in parents. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and tips! There’s more for you, too, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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