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First I want to welcome and thank all the new folks who have signed up for this newsletter since the last one was sent. If you want to read any of the past newsletters please visit the archives.

Thank you all for being patient in waiting for this next newsletter. I can see that getting one out each month is going to be very difficult so I'm going to send them every other month. Life has been full with learning new things, some good and others I wish I didn't have to know.

I was lucky enough to receive new cooking equipment and cookbooks over the holidays. I'll share some of those cookbooks with you. I've also started a new blog, Change My Life Journal. It's a daily journal of people making changes. I'm sharing my changes and others share theirs. We cheer each other on and share tips and ideas. Lastly I'll be sharing a recipe that is really fast to pull together, is inexpensive and tastes amazing.

Have a wonderful day!
- Diane

Cookbooks to Consider

I'm one of those people you hear about that has an addiction to cookbooks. It doesn't matter I don't have any room to put one more book in my kitchen, but that hasn't stopped me. I've gotten gifts and I've also purchased them myself. I think I will need to take over more shelves in the family room next. Now most of these books are not gluten or dairy free so if you get your hands on one don't be surprised. You'll need to make ingredient adjustments. If you have any questions please feel free to start a conversation on facebook. I'm glad to help.

In This Issue..

The Gluten-Free Dianer Cookbook

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What's Your Favorite Fiber?

book coverMany of you know I'm a huge Jamie Oliver fan. My latest purchases are Jamie's America and Jamie's 30 Minute Meals.

Jamie's America contains recipes from different areas of the country. New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia and the Wild West. Besides the great recipes there are wonderful stories about our country as seen through Jamie's eyes. You'll find some old favorites and some with a new twist.

book coverJamie's 30 Minute Meals is a hard book to get your hands on in this country. It's currently out of print but I just happen to have an Amazon UK account. Yeah I told you I was addicted to cookbooks. This book is even hard to get in the UK too but I managed to snag one and it just arrived this past week. If you like food blogs you'll love this book. There are lots of great photos as usual and the book is laid out in meals instead of say salads, main dishes, desserts. Since this book came from the UK all the measurements are in the metric system and there are some things we don't use here in the states. But this is a great book and I look forward to working my way through this one.

Grain Free Baked Goods and Desserts by Kelly Brozyna

book coverThis is the only gluten free book on this list. If you are looking for gluten free, casein free and often egg free recipes than you'll want this book. I used her pie crust recipe for my Gluten-Free Mincemeat Pies. She has wonderful cake and chocolate icing recipes that I can't wait to make. You can find more of her recipes on The Spunky Coconut.

Power Foods from the editors of Whole Living Magazine

book coverThis is the first cookbook that convinced my husband he liked vegetables and really wanted to eat them. Can you see why I love this book? It's laid out like I would like my next cookbook to be. It's based on 36 foods that are great for your body. In the front they share the ingredient, it's health benefits, how to buy and store it, preparation tips, some trivia facts and then a list of the recipes in the book that contain that ingredient. At the back of the book they give a little more nutritional information on each ingredient. This book also has great photos.

Fiesta at Rick's by Rick Bayless

book-coverIf you like Mexican food you should own Rick Bayless cookbooks. I use his Mexican Everyday a lot. Now this new book will be making it's way on my countertop often too. This book is arranged according to parties. For instance how does a Luxury Guacamole Bar and Cocktail Party for 12 sound? Now doesn't that just make you want to schedule that party right now!

Deliciously Organic by Carrie Vitt

Carrie is a wonderful person I met in San Francisco at the Blogher Food Convention. Her cookbook is absolutely beautiful. She does a great job of explaining organics in many different foods. If you are thinking you want to have more organic foods in your life this is a great book to get you going in the right direction. She shares why she made the change and how you can make changes slowly and make sense for you.

Change My Life Journal

change my life journal logoThis year I started a new blog all about making small changes in life. My theory is if we make small changes little by little by the end of the year you can look back and I bet there will be a Big Change. I'm encouraging others to share what changes they are working on through out the year too. This way we can cheer each other on along the way and share tips and ideas. I hope you will take some time to check out what has been shared so far, jump in on the Your Turn page and share your goals and changes or leave a comment.


ChilaquilesThis is a traditional Mexican recipe that can be made with leftovers or prepared as you go. It's great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


  • Red Chili or Enchilada Sauce - I use Rick Bayless' recipe
  • Pinto Beans or Refried Beans
  • Tortillas or Tortilla Chips
  • Eggs
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Cilantro


Heat your enchilada sauce in a pan that has a lid. If you are using pinto beans toss them into that same pan to warm up with the sauce on medium heat.

If you are using tortilla cut them into triangles and crisp them in some oil. After you get them nice a crisp you want to add them into the sauce to absorb it and become soft. This is why I just use tortilla chips.

In a separate non-stick pan cook your eggs "over easy" in a little coconut oil. Over easy means the whites are cooked and the yellow yolk is runny.

Spoon the soaked tortilla chips with beans and sauce onto your plate. If you are using refried beans put the beans along side of the soaked chips.

Place your fried egg on top.

Now you can add some sour cream, cheddar cheese and fresh chopped cilantro on top. If you are not eating dairy you can use Daiya for the shredded cheese and you can also use the soy based sour cream.

Other options include adding cooked shredded chicken to the dish.

That's it. A really easy, lots of options and a tasty filling meal.