Moringa Seedling Giveaway

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Moringa Oleifera Seedling

Spring is the perfect time to plant Moringa. It will love the heat that is about to come and take off… Moringa can grow up to 20 feet in one season if given enough heat, water and nutrients. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of vitamins B, C, A, K, manganese, and protein, among other essential nutrients.

It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers a neutral to slightly acidic (pH 6.3 to 7.0), well-drained sandy or loamy soil. It is a sun- and heat-loving plant, and does not tolerate freezing or frost. Moringa is particularly suitable for dry regions, as it can be grown using rainwater without expensive irrigation

The leaves are the most widely used parts of this plant. They contain three times more iron than spinach. They also have antibacterial properties and hence can be used as a purifier and as a natural detoxifier. Moringa seeds mixed in impure water can help in absorbing all the impurities.

The leaves can be cooked and used like spinach. They are also commonly dried and crushed into a powder to be used in soups, sauces and smoothies. As with most foods, heating moringa above 140 °F destroys some of the nutritional value.

2 Winners Will Receive 4 Moringa Oleifera Seedlings

…and seeds each.


May 17 – May 2oth – 12 am EST


$37.50 each winner plus free shipping


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Who Can Enter

Anyone who is 18 years or older and resides in the continental US only… No Alaska or Hawaii shipping.

Winner Notification

Winner will be notified by email, and has 24 hours to respond. If winner does not respond within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen.

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Holiday Honey!

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Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah — Cox’s Honey Giveaway

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The holidays are right around the corner so what better way than to have Cox’s Honey involved in a giveaway again!

This giveaway is a little different. We will have one winner chosen through our Rafflecopter system. Then that winner will give the names and addresses to Cox’s Honey for FIVE of their friends to receive the giftpack shown above! Or FOUR of your friends and yourself! We won’t blame you if you include yourself. Who can resist?

This is a sponsored group giveaway and we thank Cox’s Honey for these awesome prizes. Have you tried their creamed honey? …fabulous! Check out Cox’s Honey Website?

Honey2This Cox’s Honey Gift Pack Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 27th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Nov.2nd, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone!


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Save $$ with a FoodSaver, plus Giveaway

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Save $$ With A FoodSaver 
Sometimes you have to spend money to save money. I hate this concept, being the frugal person I am, but sometimes the benefit outweighs the initial pain.

Hidden Costs of Food:

Food waste is a huge problem around the world. Stats show that 1/3 of all food is wasted globally. If that is true in your home, that means for every $100 spent on groceries you are wasting $33! I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to waste $33. That would amount to $132 each month on a $400 grocery bill! The problem is, we don’t easily recognize the money we are losing because that loss doesn’t happen at the checkout stand. Or all at once, as we throw out leftovers and spoiled food.

If you could save between $50-130 each month, it wouldn’t take long for a foodsaver to pay for itself. Even if you waste less than 1/3 of your food, using a foodsaver would add up to huge savings in the long term.

What can you do with a foodsaver?


  • Use your foodsaver for freezing meats. This allows you to buy in bulk and split into single meal portions. When you vacuum seal, removing all the air, your meat will last up to 6 months!
  • Vacuum seal your lettuce and it will keep up to 3 weeks without wilting in the fridge.
  • Seal cheese to last longer in the refrigerator.
  • Preserve freezer meals
  • Preserve leftovers.
  • Freeze fruit and vegetables. (Tip: Freeze berries first individually on a cookie sheet, then place in bag to vacuum seal.)
  • Seal shredded zuchinni for use in baking and soups and stews.
  • Freeze bread loaves.
  • Seal homemade soups and freeze.
  • Seal turkey leftovers at Thanksgiving and Christmas!
  • Seal snacks for traveling.
  • Seal grains to freeze for long term storage.
  • Vacuum seal the contents of mason jars with the foodsaver attachment.

Other uses:

  • Create homemade icepacks.
  • Waterproof matches for camping.
  • Vacuum seal your important documents and or photos
  • Seal your flashdrives for your get-home bags.

I’m sure you can think of many more uses for this versatile tool. And if you would like to win one, just enter the contest below!

FoodSaver Group Giveaway

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We are having a FoodSaver Group Giveaway today! WooHoo! This is a great way to preserve your food for an extended amount of time. You can make mason jar salads, package your cheese in smaller bags, the list is endless.

We are all thinking about how to be prepared for the unexpected times in our lives. This FoodSaver will help you save money by not wasting any of your precious grocery dollars.

This FoodSaver Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. It starts on Monday, Oct. 6th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 pm (MDT).

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

*****Please note: We may have to exchange this exact FoodSaver with a comparable or more expensive FoodSaver should this item sell out or not be available when our giveaway ends. Thank you so much for your understanding. Good luck!

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“Honey, Honey, Honey,” said Pooh!

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Cox’s Honey Group Giveaway

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Today we are hosting another Cox’s Honey Group Giveaway so our readers will have a chance to win some raw, unfiltered, pure honey. Cox’s Honey is sponsoring this giveaway today and we want to thank them for giving us this opportunity.

30 Pounds of Honey to One Lucky Winner!

Cox’s honey is raw and unfiltered honey. The company was started back in 1880 in Orderville, Utah by Delaun Mills Cox. Mr. Cox produced enough sweet honey for the entire city before moving the operations to Shelley, Idaho. Delaun kept his beehives going more like a hobby. But after World War I he began making more money as a hobbyist than his previous holdings.

During the following years honey prices became depressed and in 1925 his son, Orville S. Cox took over his bee business. Orville made the bee business his tool of trade for his livelihood and raising his family. He produced, packaged and sold clover honey.

You can check out the Cox’s Honey website here and their Facebook page here.

This Cox’s Honey Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States.

To enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post and follow the instructions.

This giveaway starts on Wednesday, Oct. 1st at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Monday, Oct. 6th at 5:00 pm (MDT).

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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Natural Cures Summit – Free Registration

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30 secret cures to naturally heal your body! Natural remedies and treatment protocols for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Join The Natural Cures Movement led by Dr. Josh Axe, October 6-13. Free and online! 

Hypothyroidism? Autoimmune disease? Arthritis? Inflammatory bowel disease? Join Dr. Josh Axe at The Natural Cures Movement to learn natural remedies for these conditions, and many others! Online for free from October 6-13!

Learn how to naturally heal your body at The Natural Cures Movement, free and online October 6-13! Register today and watch the first 2 talks of the summit today! 



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Gram for Gram, this Little Known Food is a Powerhouse!

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Health concerns? Not getting the nutrition you need? Gram for gram, Moringa is a powerhouse.  Drink it, cook and bake with it, or put it in capsules. Make sure the vitamins and minerals you get are bio-available. My preference is that I get them through whole foods, not synthetic preparations. And make sure your Moringa is pure and from a trusted source. I trust Blue Yonder Urban Farms for my powdered moringa and plants. I am not an affiliate, or paid to say this, I just love their products and the care Karen takes of her customers.

Want more information about Moringa? Click here for a great infographic.

Take Moringa in Capsules

Can’t find a consistent way to get enough moringa in your diet? Besides using it in drinks, soups or baked goods, perhaps you would like to also take it in capsule form. Making your own capsules is not hard at all. I use a capsule filler, which saves lots of time. Use the “00” size capsules, and get your capsule machine here, just type “capsule machine” in the search bar. For under $14.00, it pays for itself quickly. You can use either vegi caps or gelatin caps. This way you know that your are supplementing with high quality, fully bio-available whole food, and you know exactly what is in your capsules.

Don’t forget, you can fill your capsules with other dried whole foods to supplement your diet too. Who can find consistent ways to get turmeric or cinnamon into their diet? Capsules are the perfect way to make sure you are getting enough of what you need. More on this later.

Grow Your Own

Oh, and while I’m at it, I’d like to show you my Tree4Webone-year old moringa tree that was shipped to me two weeks ago. When I got it it was completely bare; no leaves, roots trimmed. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought it was done for. But look at it now! I just love watching things grow. In fact, I get downright excited about it. I’m not an experienced gardener, but I am learning. Slowly but surely. And the best part is that I am on my way to harvesting my own Moringa on a regular basis. (Patience, Stephanie, patience!) When I do harvest, I will post more about dehydrating and powdering the leaves, and also using them in other ways.

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Gluten Intolerance and the Thyroid Link

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“Gluten intolerance is no longer a fringe medical concept. Researchers are fully aware there is a very big problem with modern wheat cultivation.”

Decades after being diagnosed with thyroid disease I am just now learning about the link between gluten and thyroid disorders. In fact, if you have been diagnosed with thyroid disease, it is now thought that you probably have gluten intolerance too.

According to Chris Kresser, several studies show a strong link between AITD (both Hashimoto’s and Graves’) and gluten intolerance. [12345] The link is so well-established that researchers suggest all people with AITD be screened for gluten intolerance, and vice versa.

Why is this important? Did you think it was just your thyroid that was making you feel tired or a bit manic? Take a look at what ingesting gluten can cause. Do you have any of the following?

Signs you may be gluten intolerant:

  • Mood issues such as anxiety or depression
  • Joint problems, inflammation,
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Exhaustion, fatigue, or “brain fog” 
  • Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Neurological Symptoms such as dizziness or a feeling of being “off balance”

If you are having an “ah-ha” moment after reading this list, you may be realizing that gluten is causing a lot of what you thought was simply a thyroid problem. You will also want to know what can be done.

How to test for gluten intolerance? 

Many doctors suggest an elimination diet to test for gluten intolerance. If you are curious about this you can find more information here:

Eliminating gluten from your diet is not easy. It seems to be in everything these days. Even soy sauce. And everything I am reading suggests that you must be 100% gluten free in order to heal. It is taking some serious commitment on my part, and I am having occasional failures too. I did say it is not easy. But I feel so much better when I don’t eat gluten. Really, it is not worth it.

Do your own research, then talk with your doctor about your options, including non-synthetic thyroid medication. Take your health in your own hands.

To learn more, begin by reading this post at the RealFarmacy website.


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Cooking During Power Outages

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WonderOvenAs winter approaches, given the forecasts for much of the nation, it may be a good thing to prepare for extended power outages. Because sun ovens may not be an option, you may be forced to cook over an open fire or with a propane stove or charcoal grill. Because there is no way to know how long the outage will last, you will likely be looking for ways to conserve your fuel.

What would you say if you could have a crockpot that uses no electricity? None. Nada. Just heat the food for 5-15 minutes, then finish it off in your non-electric, no fuel required, “slow cooker”. It cooks for hours! Like 12-18 hours if needed! It also preserves frozen or cold items as well. Added benefit – it is portable. Take it to potlucks or on a picnic.

I’m speaking about the Wonder Oven, which is really a set of (bean-bag) pillows. Pioneers used to call it a hay oven. And it is truly amazing. Once you bring food to a boil, you can take it off the heat and it will continue to cook in this “oven” at near boiling temperatures for hours. In fact, forget power outages. This is a good way to save money on electricity and/or natural gas any day of the week.

You can, of course, buy these on Amazon for about $55, but you could also make your own if you have rudimentary sewing skills. The cost? About 3 yards of cotton fabric and some bean-bag fill. Just follow this DIY tutorial. The pattern and instructions are here.

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Warning: There is no plan for washing the “oven” if your pot boils over a little while cooking, so to prevent accidents you may want to use a large towel to line the interior before you insert your pot. Or, if your pot doesn’t have a swing handle, set it on the towel first and then wrap the towel up and over, doubling it over the pot handles and use it in place of potholders to set the pot in the oven .

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Free Printables for Grocery Shopping

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Cards2Good health is high on my list for abundant living, so I am working hard at eating better.

Jenny over at Nourished Kitchen has published a wonderful list of non-GMO brands to help with grocery shopping.

This inspired me. I never seem to have these types of lists with me when I decide to shop, so I developed some wallet-sized cards to solve the problem. (We won’t say anything about forgetting to take my reusable grocery bags back to the car so that I actually have them with me when I stop to shop. Anyone have any good ideas to help me with that?)

Anyway, along with a full sized list of non-GMO brands that is printable, the attached pdf file also includes two wallet-sized cards: 1) non-GMO Brands and 2) Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen.

And because I like to share, you can click here for your free printable pdf document.

If you are not familiar with the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen, these lists help you know which products have the least amount of pesticide and which have the most (and thus should be purchased organic).

Equipped with this information, go forth and shop with confidence!

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and thanks for visiting my site.


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Why You Should Seriously Consider Moringa

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MyTreeIt is rewarding watching my little moringa tree flourish. Soon I’ll be harvesting my own tree(s). I’m planning on planting at least 6 more. Living in a very warm zone is good in this case, because moringa thrives in warmer climes.

Because my tree isn’t big enough to harvest yet, for now I buy the powdered leaf for my morning smoothies. I fill capsules too, for the mornings I don’t have time for a smoothie, and will share how that works in another post.

It is important to get your vitamins and minerals from real food, not synthetic supplements, and with this plant you just won’t believe the benefits. It has all 9 of the essential amino acids our bodies need. Actually, it has 18 of the 20 existing amino acids, according to the USDA! And vitamin C too! C’mon, are you kidding me? From leaves?

  • 25 x more iron than spinach
  • 17 x more calcium than milk
  • 4 x more protein than eggs
  • 15 x more potassium than bananas
  • 10 x more vitamin A than carrots

It has been called a supermarket on a tree for good reason! This is an ideal energy food and, whether eaten or used as a supplement, can help offset the problems of the typical Western diet. But hopefully you are not still eating a typical Western diet. 🙂

Why am I so passionate about this? Because in order to really thrive we need our health.  Using moringa each day, I know that I am getting the nutrients my body needs, and  in a fully bio-available form. And, as the commercial says, “I’m worth it!”

More about how to use moringa later. For now, watch this amazing video, then go on over to my friend Karen’s site, Blue Yonder Urban Farms*, and check it out.

This little miracle tree is saving and improving lives around the globe. Do check it out.

*I am not an affiliate partner, and received no compensation for this post. I just like Blue Yonder Urban Farms products.


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Splurging on Stevia Extract While Staying on Budget

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SteviaExtractI like to use liquid stevia in my morning smoothies and in my tea and Greek yogurt. I go through it fast. Stevia extract is quite pricey, and paying for those little bottles can cut into my budget.

Once I discovered how easy it was to make extracts, I determined to make my own Stevia extract as economically as I could. Here is what I did:

Stevia requires very little maintenance to grow. While it can be grown in the ground, I like to garden in containers. Planters can be expensive, but a 5-gallon plastic painter’s bucket will run you less than $3. No electric drill for putting drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket? No problem. A scratch awl is a great tool to use, and will cost you very little. Get it at Amazon here for $3.34.

At first I thought I would have to heat the awl in order for it to pierce the bottom of the bucket, but that wasn’t the case. It took a little pressure, but if I can do it, pretty much anyone can. The holes were a little small, so after I made the holes I wanted I simply used a screwdriver I had on hand and made them bigger.

Untitled-1Next, I set up some old bricks in a triangle shape to hold the bucket up off the cement, and filled it with potting soil and a few eggshells for calcium. Just wash off the shells as you use them in the kitchen and store the dry shells until you need them. I “crushed” mine in the blender.

SteviaPlantFinally, I added the 3 stevia plants I bought at the local nursery for $8.00, and right away I have enough to make my first batch of extract.

Things to note about growing stevia –
it likes full sun and well-drained soil. Keep the plant pruned from the top, like you would basil, and use the young leaves for your tea, cooking and extracts. If you want you can let one of the branches go to flower – simply do not prune it – and then save the seeds for growing more plants. Stevia can be harvested all summer, but it is actually sweetest in the fall when the temperatures drop.

Here is breakdown on costs for this project:

  • Bucket:  $2.78
  • Scratch Awl:  About $4.00, unless you already have one. In any case, you will reuse this tool for years.
  • Potting Soil:  About $2.00 for the amount to fill the bucket, but you can use soil from your yard, or plant the stevia in the ground for that matter
  • Bricks: No added cost
  • Eggshells: No added cost
  • 3 Plants: Around $8.00

You will have plenty of stevia leaves to use in your tea, to dry and powder if you wish, and to make your own extract. To powder the dried leaves simply use a coffee grinder or food processor. I have found that a coffee grinder will make the finest powders. Homegrown stevia powder is not as sweet as the storebought version. To cook with it replace 1 cup of sugar with 3-4 teaspoons of your homemade powder.

While homemade powdered stevia will be green instead of white, it will be just as sweet and it will not be processed like the store-bought versions. This means it will not have that bitter after-taste!

Now for the Extract:

Fortunately, Jill Winger over at Prairie Homestead just published an excellent tutorial on making your own homemade stevia extract. I was so pleased to know that you only have to let it set for about 36 hours, not the 6 weeks for other extracts. Simmering it afterwards cooks out the alcohol, so it is safe for children too. And for those of you out there who are gluten free, remember to use Smirnoff vodka for the extract if you are going to use alcohol.

DropperBottleOnce you have made your extract, keep it in a dark, dropper bottle. I like the 4 oz. bottles, which you can get here. Kept in the refrigerator, your extract should last about 3 months.

Vodka is cheap, and now you have a free source of stevia leaves, so it takes very little effort to make a pint or even a quart of stevia extract. Can you imagine how much you would pay for a pint of this at the store? And by making it yourself you will avoid the bitter aftertaste in the bleached store versions! This is the major reason many people avoid stevia!

I’m seeing lots of homemade gifts for my friends in the future. Of course lots for me too. And I won’t feel like I’m overspending on this item ever again. In fact, it feels like I’m getting it practically for free. And I am! I may be living with less these days, but I’m living abundantly with a little effort, a little problem solving, and a lot of joy.

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Tree Leaves with Protein and Calcium?

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50 Moringa Seed Giveaway You’re kidding me, right? Nope, not at all.

OK, so I’ve been on a quest to get my vitamins and minerals from whole foods instead of supplements. Most of the supplements we take do not have the bio-availability of whole food, so we’re not getting the full benefits. Some just pass right through our bodies intact, without breaking down at all. Besides, I’d rather get my vitamins and nutrition in a delicious smoothie rather than take a handful of pills every day.

Enter the amazing moringa tree. Native of northern India, Moringa is often called the “miracle tree.” The leaves of this plant are prized for their nutritional value. They are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. According to The West African Food Composition Table, 100g of fresh Moringa leaves have 8.3 g protein, 434 mg calcium, 404 mg potassium, 738  μg vitamin A, and 164 mg vitamin C. This is a whole food plant that contains high amounts of protein, all 8 essential amino acids, a full range of vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients and powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. Wow! 

Moringa provides nutrition, has been used for medicine (including treating skin cancer), and the seeds can even purify water. This is quite the package. Whether you use it as a tea, in soups and stews, or in the powdered form in your smoothies, you can’t go wrong. And the best part? If you grow your own moringa tree(s), it is all free! 

Moringa-diagram2Another good thing about Moringa is that, when stored properly, it has a long shelf life. And the dried leaves retain nearly all the nutritional value. Think about it as a powdered addition to your camping supplies. It takes up little room and if necessary you can just add it to hot water to get the nutrition you need. I would add some stevia or honey with it too.

Some ways to use Moringa leaf:

Use it Fresh, Dried or Cooked.

  • Capsulate the Dry Powder, take as a vitamin
  • Use it toward the end of cooking.
  • Can be included in Soups, Stews, Sauces, anything really.
  • Use it to replace some of the Basil in Pesto.
  • Raw, dry or powdered leaves in Smoothies
  • Use dry or powdered in Oatmeal.

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Me, Give Up Gluten?

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GivingUpGlutenSo, at the beginning of summer I learned that I must stop eating gluten. Oh no! It is simply too hard to live without bread. I’m the kind of person who will have a slice of bread and butter at the end of a meal instead of dessert. What to do?

Store-bought gluten-free bread just didn’t work for me at all. Found that one out fast. Researching gluten-free recipes yielded some great finds, but without air conditioning I was not about to bake my own bread during the summer. I needed a sandwich fix!

Then  an amazing solution appeared in my inbox. I had signed up to receive emails from a favorite blogger, and this particular email saved my sanity. Thank you Jillee, at One Good Thing. I had no idea that it was possible to make bread in the microwave. Gluten-free bread that I would actually like. Or that I could make it in under 90 seconds! In no time I was eating cream-cheese and cucumber sandwiches again, and more. Guilt free. In my warm, but not oven-heated, home. And with no waste – when you only make two slices of bread at a time it doesn’t have a chance to go stale!

So I ordered my bread-shaped, microwave-safe containers and never looked back. I was so excited when they arrived that while making the recipe for the first time I modified it a bit (really not on purpose – I was just having difficulties measuring and following directions). I liked how it turned out so much that I have continued to use it as changed. Here is the recipe:

Microwave Bread for One (Adapted from One Good Thing)

Makes two slices


  • 1/3 cup gluten free baking mix
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar (can use 1 tsp. honey, agave or molasses as a sweetener instead)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar


Mix together the egg, milk and vinegar. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into microwave safe container and level out mixture by tapping the mold on a table or counter a few times. Cook in microwave on high for 85 seconds.

Place container upside down on a cooling rack. I found it helps to run a kitchen knife around the edges first so that the bread slips right out. Let cool on rack for a few minutes, then slice horizontally with a serrated knife. Enjoy!

Want to have the dry ingredients ready to go so it is easy to use? I did, so I used the small, half-sized baggies, printed some labels so I would know what was in them and what to add to the mix when I used it, and I was all set.

The plastic microwave safe sandwich containers I purchased were inexpensive and worked well, but if you want to use glass you can get square or round containers that would work as well.

For the step-by-step tutorial just click on this link to the One Good Thing site.

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