I’m pleased to announce the release of my NEW cookbook, The Best of Back to the Kitchen, Soups & Salads, Vol 1. Over the past 3 years, I’ve paid close attention to what you like and have chosen the most popular recipes on my blog and put them together for you in an easy “E-book” format, handy for your ipad or laptop. Inside you’ll find some of my favorites too, like my Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Basil Soup and my lovely and colorful Thanksgiving treat, Persimmon Pomegranate Salad. Filled with vibrant photographs and handy cooking tips, this book is a collection of 16 fabulous recipes using fresh, farmer’s market bounty~ it makes for a perfect “go to” in the kitchen when you’re looking for a healthy meal to serve your family. Read it on your ipad, laptop, desktop or download in PDF form to print out.

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About Nancy:  Nancy Newcomer, is a food blogger, radio personality and an accomplished cook & creator of simple, healthy meals made from fresh, organic  ingredients. With an emphasis on local farmer’s market bounty, her Facebook blog, “Back to the Kitchen: Healthy Living with Real Food” is followed by people in more than 28 countries. She is a contributor to Empoweradio.com, Geffner TV, and Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine.  Nancy lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and daughter. Her son attends college in southern California and visits often for a home cooked meal.  Nancy is featured on:


How about a super easy salad that’s full of good, healthy stuff? You got it :) My Tuscan Kale & White Bean Quinoa Salad is loaded with vitamins, packed with flavor, and it’s vegan & dairy-free. Perfect for a summer barbeque or a fall potluck. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6


1 bunch Tuscan kale, washed, chopped in ½ inch strips

2 grated carrots

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced in 1 inch pieces

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

10-15 fresh basil leaves, cut chiffonade style

2-3 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ cups white Tuscan beans

2 heirloom tomatoes, chopped

1 ½ cups cooked quinoa

Juice from ½ a blood orange

1-2TB Balsamic Vinegar

sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

OPTIONAL: ½ cup chopped, toasted walnuts

In a large salad bowl, combine kale, carrots, bell pepper, garlic, and basil. Drizzle in 1-2 TB olive oil, toss until oil is evenly distributed over salad. Gently toss in white beans, tomatoes, blood orange juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Plate, drizzle a little extra olive oil over the salad and gently top with warm quinoa. Add walnuts if desired.


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Earth Day has come and gone, but really, we should be “living green” every day. Here are few new habits you can implement that will move you toward a healthier, sustainable & “greener” lifestyle. Feel free to add more ideas to the list in the comments section. I LOVE to hear from you. NN *Buy [...]

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes & The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

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Basic Recipe for Natural Dyes Ingredients: 4 cups of water 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar 2 Cups Chopped Veggies/Fruit/Flowers of Choice OR 2 TB Chosen Spice (Turmeric or Paprika work well) Directions: In a sauce pan, add 4 cups of water and 2 TB of white vinegar. Add chopped veggies, fruit, flowers or chosen spice. Bring to [...]

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Grilled Salmon with Nopales Salsa

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Open the windows, let the fresh air in, roll up your sleeves and let’s get cracking on Spring Cleaning your kitchen. First things first: Get a good pair of rubber gloves, soft cloths, and your favorite cleaning supplies. Checklist:  Dusting: ~Door frames and baseboards ~cabinets ~shelves ~chairs/stools/table ~windows & window sills ~light fixtures ~houseplants ~decorative [...]

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Prickly Pear Margarita

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You will delight in the fabulousness of this cocktail…is that even a real word? Well, it is when it comes to mixology at my house! The colors are vibrant, the flavors will make your mouth water, and everyone is instantly happy when they get their hands on one!  I concocted this libation almost a year [...]

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