Quick Hawaiian Haystacks


These are the toppings for our lunch today. Braggs liquid aminos, bell peppers, celery, olives, pineapple, red onion, and a cashew sauce. It is a version of Hawaiian Haystacks. In a traditional recipe there would also be chicken and a fatty dressing. We like this one:) Sometimes if we are in a big hurry, we will use a can of creamed corn for the sauce.

Here is the recipe for the sauce. It is soooo good!

Cashew Sauce

1 cup cashews
1/2 cup non dairy milk
2 Tbs. Nutritional yeast
2 Tbs. Lemon juice
1 Tbs. Dijon
Dash black pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Garlic powder or 6 cloves roasted garlic
Optional: 2 Tbs. Parmesan
Blend it up and use as a Caesar dressing or like I did on rice!

Elisa’s Story and her Whole Foods Binder System 2nd Edition

I recently finished editing my Whole Foods Binder System with a friend of mine and I wanted to kind of announce it but not make a big deal of it, you know? I want my work to benefit people but I don’t want to oversell what I have to offer either. It is my hope that the things I have learned will benefit others and this is the way I know how to share. Below I have written a short biography of a teeny tiny part of my health history. It is by no means comprehensive but it does give you a glimpse into my passion for all things HEALTH. May God bless you in your efforts to take care of your body.  Sincerely, Elisa

My Story

I have always been conscious of my health. When I was in high school, I would run either outside on the track or inside around the perimeter of the gym during my lunchtime. When I was home I would do 45 minutes on my rowing machine and take long walks in the desert behind my house.

I watched what I ate very carefully. In those days what I thought was healthy was just eating less food than I wanted. I didn’t eat lunch at school, I just ran. I loved Bit O’ Honey and other candy and my family was always baking bread, cookies, and cakes.

When I got married I took my role as Wife very seriously and made sure we had well rounded meals. At that time I used a lot of packaged foods and I gained weight. I kept up the running and exercising, and I tried to eat healthy but I just didn’t have any real knowledge of what was truly healthy.

I had a baby 3 years after I was married and gained quite a bit of weight but was able to run much of it off afterwards, though it was a struggle. I had 2 more kids and followed the same routine of getting pregnant, getting really big, and running it off. We were still eating packaged foods but I started reading books about health and was beginning to learn more about eating healthy. Even back then I started a Be Healthy Group with neighborhood friends that met at the park, weighed, and talked about how we could be healthier. I learned some things I thought would be helpful to others, and started teaching them what I had learned. That was over 14 years ago and looking back I can see I was on the right track but I had much more to learn.

Fast forward to when I was pregnant with Josiah and didn’t know yet and I got walking pneumonia. It took a month to work through that and it marked the beginning of pneumonia or bronchitis every year with related asthma. Before Josiah was 2 he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia as well. That was when I was learning about radically changing our diets and had been learning about herbal medicine and essential oils. I read book after book and taught everyone who would listen about what I was learning.

I became certified as a Home and Family Master Herbalist through the School Of Natural Healing in March of 2010 where I learned more in depth about nutrition from fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Since then I have studied countless books and studies that have supported the knowledge I gained through the certification process. I have taught that information to friends, family, the community, and people I don’t know on the internet.

It has now been over 4 years since I have had pneumonia or even a serious cold. When my kids were little they were constantly sick and had runny noses, but now it is very rare for us to get sick, and when we do it is mild. The difference is in the nutrition we are getting, preventative measures we take with essential oils and herbs, and living a lifestyle of eating things as close to their whole form as possible. If we can’t tell where the food came from when it was in its natural state then it probably should not go into our bodies.

I have always loved lists, making forms on excel, keeping track of information through spreadsheets, making schedules, and everything that has to do with being organized on paper. I have made many schedules for our dinner menus which included lists of dinners for the month with corresponding grocery lists, rotatable menus for the wall, and several recipe card systems. I have probably had a new system every year since I’ve been married (19 years).

My Whole Foods Binder System has evolved and it has taken hundreds of hours to fine tune. I was sitting at my kitchen table organizing my recipes into color coded food combinations when it hit me that other people would find value in this too! I got excited about it and talked to a group that had been learning about living a whole foods lifestyle but having trouble implementing all they have learned, and they got excited too!

I love simplicity, and had been putting effort into the binder to make it simple for me to carry out meal planning, shopping, and food combining. For others to use it and be comfortable, I realized that I would have to put more information in it so they could understand how the binder is set up. I have written a comprehensive section in the front of the binder so it will be easy for others to use. Now, I am excited to share my creation!

Go HERE to check it out and support me AND you in our health endeavors:)

Crisp Bean Burritos


These burritos are my 8 year old sons specialty these days. He gets excited if you say you are hungry because it means he can go cook a burrito for you. They are quick and filling and cheap which is nice in a house full of growing boys.

In this picture you will notice our morning oatmeal coming to a boil next to his pan. That’s because he wanted burritos for breakfast instead! He’s a funny boy but he’s turning into a great cook.

The beans we use are most often the ones I have soaked, sprouted and slow cooked so the nutrition is phenomenal. I like to mash them in a hot pan and add some of my home mixed taco seasoning and garlic powder. I add water if it’s too dry and keep smashing until they are the consistency I want. I also like to sautee onions in them sometimes. I have a recipe for them in my Whole Foods Binder along with a tutorial on how to sprout the beans.

He uses corn tortillas because he is sensitive to wheat. We get awesome tortillas from Bountiful Baskets. (Not to mention fresh tasty fruits and vegetables.)

Here is his process:
1. Spread homemade refried beans on a corn tortilla.
2. Roll up the tortilla.
3. Fry in a small amount of coconut oil until crisp.
4. Dip in salsa and enjoy!

Talk about simple. It’s awesomely simple. And cheap. And filling. These are things I highly value these days.


Veggie Salad Sandwich using green onions from the garden


Out in the garden we have some onions that came up from last year  in a place where we want to grow lettuce instead. We are putting them to good use in our salads and sandwiches! Yum.


Today we made a Veggie Salad Sandwich from the Whole Foods Binder System. We used hummus and instead of the relish we added dried dill. It was pretty good but my favorite is when we use the Vegenaise:)

Here it is, taken straight from the binder, even with the Food Combination Color Coding! (Red for a protein meal which means the tuna in this recipe, green if you choose the pita instead. You are not properly food combining if you choose to eat both the pita and the tuna – there is more explanation in the BINDER.)

veggie salad sandwich

We used 3 stalks of celery, 3 green onions, 1 bell pepper, 1 cup of frozen peas, 1 cup of hummus, and 1 Tablespoon of dill and 2 cans of tuna. It fed 7 of us.  Again, it was a lower fat version using the hummus but I like the taste of the vegenaise or almondaise best:)

What do you think about making this for lunch?

Do you want to eat garden foods or do you already?

Enjoy your Garden Eatin’ and leave a comment, like or share please 🙂






Example of a recipe from the Whole Foods Binder System

Example of a recipe from the Whole Foods Binder System

I wanted to show you what the recipes look like in the Whole Foods Binder System. I have continued to use the Binder and teach out of it since I developed it 2 years ago to keep track of my healthy recipes and stay organized.

In the Whole Foods Binder System each recipe has a tip at the top just for fun:) Each recipe also has a color dot in the upper right hand corner signifying if the recipe is starchy, neutral or protein based for optimal food combining. The binder has an information section that explains food combination and how the colors work.

The recipes in the binder cover Breakfasts(Smoothies and Juices), Lunches, Main Meals, Vegetable Side Dishes, Desserts, and others(almond milk, sprouting beans).

I am continuing to write and try out new recipes that I will make available to add to the Binder. I am excited to have this to offer because it helps me so much! and is a good resource when you are trying to learn more about nutrient dense foods.

Thought I’d share. 🙂

Happy Heathy,

“Tell me more about the Whole Foods Binder System”

This is my reply to the question I was asked today. I thought I could share it with you too.

Question:  “I am very interested in your notebook… Tell me more about it.”


“The Binder System is what happened when I wanted to feed my family well and was overwhelmed with lots of recipes and food combination techniques. I was organizing my healthy recipes into a binder so I could take out the recipes for the week and post them on my wall to make it easier. I was color coding each recipe for how it worked in food combining when it dawned on me that other people would benefit from the work I was doing. I then undertook the major effort to type up each recipe and add directions. While I was doing that I realized that I couldn’t leave it at just recipes but I would have to also explain ‘why’ I was feeding myself and my family in the way I do, and how to use the food combination system. I added shopping tips and food budgeting tips, and everything else I could think of at the time that would be helpful for people wanting to feed their families well and lose weight and gain energy in the process. It was months of work every day. Brian did not have a job, so he was able to take care of my other Mom duties until I finished it.

When my family moved to the farm, we became penniless and had to start relying on whatever food we could get – most of it being given to us at the time. We were in survival mode pretty much. We were grateful for the food but it wasn’t the kind of food that supported the healthy lifestyle we were used to. I began putting on weight and we started getting sick more frequently.

A few months ago I started selling bread and vegetables from my greenhouse and we started having more of an income. I was able to go to a natural healer to get on a cleanse and we have been able to start eating like the Binder system shows how to do. I was actually very excited to pull out the Binder and start using it again. I had been thinking for a few days that I needed to get some healthy recipes together and start using a system to make sure we always had good options to consume rather than eating whatever was fastest and most convenient. I got out the Binder and was tickled to use it. It is exactly what I need and I hope it helps other people too.

I have been losing weight again since employing the techniques I talk about in the Binder, and have had more energy. I am still working through some of the health problems that have crept up since not eating well but I am confident that I will be able to move past them. There is always food to eat because of the tips on food prep. that I have been employing, and I am not so burdened with trying to figure out what to eat.

I am in the process of adding more recipes for the Spring. They will include more in season veggies and tips on how to prepare them. The Whole Foods Binder System teaches less of a reliance on meat and dairy and more intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. You don’t have to be completely rid of meat and dairy, just have less of it. I explain why in the front of the Binder. I don’t go into too much detail because the main idea of the Binder is the techniques of how to eat healthy. I give lots of resources in the back of the Binder if you want to become more well read on the ‘why’s’ of whole foods. There are about 80 pages of ‘why’s’ in the Binder and the rest is recipes.”

A few things I forgot to mention in my response. I am continually improving the Binder. As I do so, I will be sending out any improvements or changes to everyone who has a copy. So, if you have a copy and want to suggest a change or improvement I am all ears. The same goes with the recipes. If you find something that isn’t quite right or if you have ideas for how to make them better, I will take it into consideration. Some of my friends have added spices and herbs to dress up some of the recipes and I love how it has turned out. I am quite busy with the farm, but when I have time I have been working on improving and adding to the Binder.

Also, I forgot to mention the ‘Stages’ within the Binder. This System is designed to take anyone from the Standard American Diet and move through stages towards healthier options which equal a healthier life. It can be as gradual as you want and as fast or slow as you want to take it. It also provides for compromise within the family unit. Some members of the family may want to go more slowly than you in change of diet, or not change at all. Dietary changes can be the most difficult changes you make in your lifetime. The food you eat can be very dear to some people and hard to give up. The Binder makes allowances for those differences within the family. You can also choose which ‘Stage’ is best for you to stay on.

I have had good feedback from people using the Binder System. It is fun to create something that will help others. 🙂

Click HERE for a PDF download

Happy Healthy,


Video peak at the Whole Foods Binder System

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  • Lose weight,
  •  have more energy,
  •  whole foods the family will love,
  •  shopping strategies and tips,
  • whole foods information and tips,
  •  food combination tutorial,
  •  and more.

This is only on sale through the 12th of July. After that the prices will go up. Pre-order and I will ship it out to you on the 12th or email it, whichever you choose. To order, go to www.inthegardenofeatin.com

      $39.95 plus S&H


Whole Foods are not too expensive

I have spent $550 this month on food to feed my family of 7. 

We did not need to buy grains, beans or meat because we had those stocked up according to my system of spending 1/5 of my grocery budget on bulk items. I have not bought my bulk yet, so that will be another $200 or so on top of my $550.

It is almost the end of the month and we still have food in the cupboard. I may have to get a few things before the end of the month, but I’d say that this proves (to me at least) that it is not too expensive to eat a Whole Foods Diet!

Oh, and we only ate things out of my Whole Foods Binder System to accomplish this. 🙂

Happy Healthy,