In the Kitchen with Mary-Ann: The Natural Way Recipe Book

Natural Health Cooking demonstration with Mary-Ann Shearer from her The Natural Way Recipe Book(s) 1 and 2



Mary-Ann organizes a group of friends to help explain and describe how her recipes will work, and how the alkaline-forming recipes will help the body become more healthy overall.

Mary-Ann shows how to make some of the recipes found in her books The Natural Way Recipe Book 1  and The Natural Way Recipe Book 2. The demonstration includes:

  • Cauliflower and Corn Casserole (Recipe Book 2. page 56)
  • Hot Spicy Potatoes (Recipe Book 1, page 113)
  • Pickled Eggplant on Salad (Recipe Book 1, page 171)

The Role of pH in the body

Because the pH of human blood ranges between 7.35 and 7.45, human blood is deemed alkaline. Problems arise when food consumed is too acidic, leaving phosphorus and sulfur in the system. Diseases like osteoporosis and problems like dental decay occur when foods high in phosphorous, such as cow’s milk, require calcium to be pulled from bones to keep the pH level of blood in an alkaline state. Alkaline forming foods are also high in antioxidants, which prevent free radicals and the aging process. Many of these antioxidants are found in raw fruits and vegetables, which are used in Mary-Ann’s recipes.

The salad dish includes avocados, which are one of the highest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids control the entire hormonal system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. The eggplant for this dish was cubed in order to bake into crouton substitutes. The whole salad was topped with some olive oil. Salad, or any type of raw vegetable, should be consumed first in the meal to help promote healthy digestion and absorption of vitamins.

The potatoes were sliced into thick wedges and popped into the oven, coated only with some seasoning salt. After being removed from the oven, olive oil, paprika, cumin, a dash of salt, and mustard powder were mixed to create a sauce to brush onto the potatoes. Mary-Ann recommends that children be fed just the potatoes without the spicy sauce, for an easily prepared snack.


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