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  • My Halloween Recovery Plan: Top 5 Things to Do & Eat Right Now!

    November 1, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    So I got roped into a little bit of last minute Trick or Treating with my 18 month old last night…   And of course, we all went totally overboard with the candy…and woke up with ‘sugar-hangovers’. SO: I wanted to share with you My Personal Halloween Recovery Plan: The Top 5 Things to Do & Eat Right…

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  • Seasonal Produce: Strawberries!

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    It’s summertime, and strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberries contain high amounts of antioxidants, which are the key to protecting your cells from the damage of toxins, and sun exposure!.  They also are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and flavonoids.  Strawberries can increase your body’s metabolism and protect against…

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  • Grilled Peaches with Toasted Hazelnuts, Chevre, and Fresh Mint

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Print Recipe October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy Ingredients 2-3 peaches that are ripe, but not too soft ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped 4 ounces, soft chevre cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint Small drizzle of maple syrup, (optional) Method 1) Slice the peaches in half, and remove the pit. 2) Place the peaches cut side…

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  • Roasted Strawberries and Whipped Ricotta

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 2 This is a simple, yet powerful dish. Strawberries contain anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat and also aid in short term memory. They have a ton of fiber, which will keep you feeling full, as well as anti-oxidants, which will keep you feeling…

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  • Decadent Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Serves: 1 Best for:  Dessert! Or beating sugar cravings.  This is THE smoothie for those days when you just can’t stop thinking about SUGAR.  Stop trying to fight the cravings and indulge instead with something that is going to help eliminate your sugar cravings over time, and benefit your health in the meantime.  This smoothie…

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  • Sweet and Savory Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 10 These delicious bars may taste as good as a candy bar, but they couldn’t be more different when it comes to nutritional value. These bars are packed with high-fiber oats, and protein rich almonds and nut butters. They are sweetened with natural, unrefined sugars from…

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  • High Protein Morning Smoothie

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Serves: 1 Best for: Super high antioxidant value, which is health-protective (including against cancer cells), healing and great for glowing skin and anti-aging benefits. This smoothie is also high in fiber, vitamin C so it’s great for keeping you full and boosting the immune system. Use this link to order organic acai powder. Print Recipe…

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  • Apricot Breakfast Bar

    October 8, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Serves: 10 bars Calories: Print Recipe August 26, 2017Anna Rakoczy Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Serves: 10 bars Ingredients 1½ cup Rolled oats ½ cup Almond meal or Whole wheat flour ¼ cup Ground flaxseed ½ cup Cooked quinoa ½ cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut…

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  • Portobello Mushroom & Goat’s Cheese Frittata

    October 7, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Serves: 3-4 This recipe can be made with any cheese, vegetables, dried herbs and nuts of your choice. What’s so great about Homemade frittatas is that they are high in protein, it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into the beginning of your day (without really noticing them!), and they taste decadent and filling due…

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  • Whole Roasted Chicken with Gremolata

    October 7, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 4 Calories: Print Recipe August 26, 2017Anna Rakoczy Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 ea 4-5lbs Chicken ¼ cup Unsalted butter, melted 2 tbs Minced Parsley 2 tbs Minced fresh garlic 2 tbs Minced lemon peel/zest…

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  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage

    October 7, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Serves: 2 Calories: Print Recipe August 26, 2017Anna Rakoczy Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients 1 each Butternut Squash, peeled and seeds removed, cut into 1” slices ⅓ cup Olive Oil 10 – 15 each Sage leaves to taste Salt and Pepper…

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  • Pear, Chocolate, Hazelnut Crisp

    October 7, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 3-4 Print Recipe August 27, 2017Anna Rakoczy Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 3-4 Ingredients 1½ ea Bartlett pears (or any type of pear) 1½ ea Seckel pears (or any type of pear) 6 tbs Hazelnut meal (or blended hazelnuts) 2 tbs Hazelnut…

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  • I made Wellness No. 1 (and this is what happened)

    June 22, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    “I feel like I’ve been living a lie”. This is what I said to my husband recently at brunch. “On the one hand I’m all about wellness, and healthy eating, and meditation and yoga and all that…” And then on the other: “I’m flogging myself working so hard… and not sleeping enough. It’s just not sustainable!”…

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  • 3 Steps to Tasty & Healthy Homemade Dinners (no matter how busy you are)

    May 27, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    Do you often find yourself ‘stuck’ at dinner time with no healthy choices? Maybe you work late & come home hungry (and tired) after work — so you need something quick & easy? Maybe you’re retired or living alone, and just don’t really know how to cook healthy, tasty meals… or you get bored of your limited…

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  • 5 Ways to Make Healthy Food That (Actually) Tastes GOOD

    May 17, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    The mantra that we teach all our Members is to eat for Nourishment and Satisfaction™. So this got me thinking about something I come across A LOT with people trying to eat better to lose weight or improve their blood sugars, pressure or cholesterol: Most people don’t know how to make healthy food that actually…

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  • Is fruit ok if you’re watching your blood sugars?

    March 3, 2017Anna Rakoczy

     Is it ok to eat fruit if you’re watching your blood sugars, or caring for loved ones who need to do so? Many people with diabetes or pre-diabetes get worried about the sugar content of certain fruits & vegetables. Other people trying to lose weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle have been told to avoid…

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  • The case for eating meat

    February 16, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    In the past few years, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have become synonymous with being ‘healthy’.  Meat-eaters at BBQs today guiltily huddle together in a corner chewing on their ribs and sausages, while vegetarians virtuously grill their portabello mushrooms and summer squash, glowing with health and smugness. But is eating meat really bad for you? In…

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  • How to Lose Weight Without Dieting – And Easily Keep it Off!

    February 3, 2017Anna Rakoczy

    The 3 Secrets to Life-Changing Cooking For most of my life, I was constantly dieting and tortured by my eating. Now, for the better part of a decade, I have easily maintained my ideal weight and vibrant health, without dieting. I eat whatever I want, until I am satisfied. And I do all the ‘wrong…

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  • 3 Ways to Create Crave-worthy Fruit Treats

    December 1, 2016Anna Rakoczy

    We love opening season for fruit because it offers so many ways to enjoy them. First, fruit plucked when ripened is delicious as is. But if you want to take it up a notch, we wanted to share 3 simple ways to transform fruit into a mouthwatering dessert without adding any refined sugars.

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  • Winter Cooking – Fast & Delicious!

    November 20, 2016Anna Rakoczy

    It’s winter; our bodies naturally want to slow down, reserve our energy and heal. But our lives often can’t allow extra time or afford the luxury. Your body wants and needs the basic nourishing building blocks – the protein, the whole grains & beans, the quality fats & oils, and the veggies. But that can…

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  • Easy & Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes – Stay on track these holidays!

    November 10, 2016Anna Rakoczy

    Thanksgiving is a time for relaxing and appreciating family & friends…and of course great food! But if you are trying to get healthy and lose weight it can also be a difficult and challenging time. Sometimes you can have the very best of intentions going into the holidays… and somehow end up really falling off…

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  • Can I eat fruit if I am watching my blood sugars?

    November 4, 2016Anna Rakoczy

    Can I eat fruit if I am watching my blood sugars? Some people with diabetes or pre-diabetes get worried about the sugar content of certain fruits & vegetables.  Some have been told to avoid eating certain ‘high Glycemic Index’ fruits & vegetables. This is a question that comes up a lot so we wanted to…

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  • How to Eat Breakfast like a King

    October 10, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    By now most of us know we should eat a hearty, healthy breakfast every day.  One study found a tremendous 450% increased likelihood of obesity amongst individuals who skipped breakfast.  Another study found that 80% of people who lose weight and keep it off for at least a year eat breakfast daily.  Another weight loss control study…

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  • From Stanford Medicine to teaching cooking classes: Homemade Co-founder, Dr Chien’s, story

    September 30, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    Homemade Co-Founder, Dr Chloe Chien, says ‘I never wanted to be an entrepreneur’.  In this interview, published by Insights Magazine of the Stanford GSB on September 16, 2015, she reveals why she left Medicine and co-founded Homemade Cooking with Anna Rakoczy, to teach people how to cook healthy meals. Reproduced excerpts from Insights, Stanford GSB.  Original article here.…

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  • Snacking

    September 1, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    How snack savvy are you? (And how to avoid the hidden traps!) As we enter the Labor Day long weekend we wanted to share some of our snack savvy tips so you can get the best out of your break… without the Tuesday-back-to-work guilt trip. Spending time relaxing with friends and family is one of…

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  • Yoga? Yes, you can!

    August 1, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    Winter has a way of limiting outdoor activities for many. The good news is that yoga is a whole body experience that can be done in a warm studio, or in the warmth of your own home. It’s also a perfect way to harmonize the balancing act going on within your body naturally during this…

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  • Member Spotlight – Peggy

    July 1, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    Peggy was already a good cook, but thought it’d be fun to take Homemade cooking classes with her husband. The results are in: 10 special date nights and a husband who now cooks!

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  • Summer Veggies Are Here.

    June 27, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    Try this quick and simple method to boost your veggie flavors. It’s an easy and fast technique you can use for asparagus and any vegetable! Summer is here, along with amazingly sweet veggies, like sweet peas, asparagus, carrots and young spring greens of all types. One quick and easy cooking technique to heat these treats…

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  • Homemade Member Spotlight: Prashee

    May 20, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    Every month, we turn to the Homemade community and ask our members to share their favorite recipe and kitchen tip they learned from our Homemade cooking program. Check out which recipes Prashee thinks are ‘divine’, ‘phenomenal’ and ‘fantastic’!

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  • Recipe Spotlight: Roasted Strawberries & Ricotta

    May 18, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    This recipe is hands-down simple but rich with juicy strawberries and creamy ricotta. Check out this delicious way to enjoy these naturally sweet summer berries and get a large dose of vitamin C, while indulging in a creamy and protein-rich treat!

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  • Learn How to Cook Fresh, New Recipes on May 14 or 15!

    May 9, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    Looking for a fun event where you get to cook fresh, whole food meals?  Our May Healthy Cooking Classes are this Thursday and Friday evenings.   Reserve now and bring a friend for free!

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  • Perfectionism: Friend or Foe?

    March 20, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    When it comes to your body or eating habits, do you find perfectionism knocking at your door? Does this guest bring joy and progress to your health goals? Or frustration, self reprobation and misery? If your goals involve how you eat, day-to-day, meal-to-meal, then being perfect has many opportunities to bang your welcome door down,…

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  • FATS – What’s in Your Kitchen!

    March 2, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    We all need fats to survive. They are the building blocks for all our cells, a major player in all our hormones, and are important to prevent inflammation. They make it possible for many vitamins and nutrients to assimilate and be available to our bodies for healing. Fats also contribute a major role in our…

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  • Rev Up for Spring Specials in March!

    February 23, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    With spring just around the corner we are hosting special one-off cooking events where we will showcase some new-season spring ingredients in delicious dishes, and discuss the ways in which these ingredients provide vitality and support your health as the seasons change.

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  • How to make your New Year’s Resolutions STICK!

    January 4, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    New Year brings joy and optimism to our lives, giving us hope to change and improve. While setting clearly defined goals can help provide a framework for smarter choices, it’s the common case that most New Years Resolutions fall away within a month or two!

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  • Exclusive Offer!

    January 1, 2015Anna Rakoczy

    The Homemade Cooking Community is offering a few special events in the next couple weeks that will take you on a joy ride that offers great satisfaction! Are you bored by cooking alone and wish to spice things up a bit? Well folks, this event might be just what you need. Come join us, with…

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  • Beat the clock… How to sneak in 20 minutes of exercise every day!

    October 4, 2014Anna Rakoczy

    It’s time to reveal how to increase exercise, even if you have no time, and are doing “no exercise” at all! The trick – move more! That’s it! It doesn’t have to be a continuous 30-60 minutes of a certain type of movement, just move more, adding small increments during the day. While many may…

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  • What’s The Fuss About Fiber?

    October 3, 2014Anna Rakoczy

    For the past few years, the diet industry has warned us to steer clear of carbohydrates and now gluten.  These fads are dangerous because they do not take account of individuals’ needs and can lead to deficiencies in certain important nutrients.  Chief amongst these is fiber, which is commonly found in many of the grains…

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  • Stocking Your Kitchen With Healthy Basics For Anytime Cook-Ups!

    October 1, 2014Anna Rakoczy

    In our last issue we shared one of the best tips about shopping in a grocery market – stick to the real food around the perimeter!  Now we share how to use the center aisles to best support your health and weight loss! The secret is… find the basic whole foods that will best prepare…

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  • Cook:Health Benefits of Grilling

    August 1, 2014Anna Rakoczy

    Summer grilling can be a fun way to cook a quick and healthy meal in a social environment.  Lean cuts of meat, vegetables and even fruit can be thrown on the grill to boost flavor, and add some variety to your diet.  Also, grilling food can help cut the calories, as very little added fat…

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  • Nutrition: Strawberries!

    July 15, 2014Anna Rakoczy

    It’s summertime, and strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberries contain high amounts of antioxidants, which are the key to protecting your cells from the damage of toxins, and sun exposure!.  They also are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and flavonoids.  Strawberries can increase your body’s metabolism and protect against…

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  • Health and Weight Loss: How to Shop Like a Health Pro

    July 1, 2014Anna Rakoczy

    One of the most common inquiries we receive is how to manage a successful trip to the grocery store for optimum health and sustainable weight loss.  In other words, how to avoid the pitfalls, temptations, and plain confusion of the modern day supermarket.   It’s easy to over-shop, and get caught up in some of the…

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  • Preparing for Success

    October 11, 2017Homemade
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