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September Online Workshops: Double Feature

Does the idea of Energizing Your Work Day or going from Emotional to Empowered Eating so you can master your health for more energy, focus and confidence spark your interest? Then I have just the thing! This month, I’m offering two workshops to dive in deeper to both of those topics. Both will have replays that will be available for 72 hours afterwards in case you can’t make them live. Click the links below to learn more. If you have any questions, send them my way. ​Six Secrets to Energize Your Work Day Workshop​ ​From Emotional To Empowered Eating Workshop​ …

new year’s Q&A

  Since it’s the new year and I’ve had many new readers join me here, I thought it would be fun to share more about me and why I started eating a plant-based diet plus I’ll answer a few of the questions I get asked most often. Before we dive into that, if you missed it last week and are looking to refresh your diet this year, you won’t want to miss what I shared in this post.   All right, now for the Q&A… How long have you been eating a plant-based diet? Since May 2012 What caused you …

Fig + Pear Salad with Cherry Balsamic Dressing

Oh my salad greens goodness! Each time I see this picture, I get hungry all over again. Normally, I rotate between 3-4 salad recipes each month…ones with ingredients that are easier on the budget than pistachios and cherries. However, there are times and occasions where something special is called for…like Mother’s Day perhaps? Or maybe a lunch with a friend who is like a mother or a sister to you. Perhaps it’s the pistachios that made me think of Mother’s Day. Because unless you buy shelled pistachios, you know it’s a labor of love to crack open enough for a …

plant-powered pizza crust (vegan, gluten free)

Finally! I feel like I can enjoy pizza again. Since changing my diet to a plant-based one, I also found myself losing my desire to eat wheat-based foods. I experimented with a few pizza crust recipes, including a cauliflower one, but hadn’t found one that I really loved until now. This pizza crust is mostly potato, a little bit of cauliflower and can be made with a gluten-free flour of your choice…I prefer brown rice flour. It’s chewy and crusty and holds up well under all the toppings. I could seriously eat them as is. I prefer to make these …

Dinnertime fail to lunchtime win

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen last night’s post where I shared about a total dinner fail (vegan moussaka). My kids definitely were not thrilled with the results and I was ho-hum about it myself. My husband came home just in time for us to leave for our small group with friends so he didn’t have the pleasure of tasting it. LOL I was not looking forward to eating the leftovers today for lunch, either, until I discovered that I had some chana masala left over from Sunday’s dinner. BINGO! Before switching to a plant-based diet, I …

5-ingredient key lime pie bites (vegan, sugar free)

One of the most frutrating things about changing your diet is relearning how to cook. The substitutes for the ingredients you used to rely on (sugar, white flour, eggs, dairy, meat etc.), don’t behave in the same way. In the first three months that I spent eating a plant-based diet, I was brought almost to tears several times because the kitchen suddenly felt like a foreign place. Which makes the victory all the (sugar-free) sweeter when I hit on the right mix of ingredients the first time I make up a recipe. And judging by how quickly these little bites …

the perfect pot rack

We did a partial update of our kitchen a couple years ago, but still had some projects that got put on the back burner. And we still have a few things to take care of before we officially declare the kitchen “done.” Since we actually lost some storage space with the redo, I felt like we needed a pot rack, but was looking for something cost-effective and unique. Pinterest to the rescue! I found an idea for repurposing an old ladder as a pot rack.  I’ve had the ladder for a while and got it either free or dirt cheap…I …

crockpot carrot cake oatmeal (vegan, sugar free)

This week I’m running a 6-day clean eating crockpot challenge through a private Facebook group. The recipes for apple cinnamon and banana bread oatmeal in the meal plan got me thinking about what other kinds of desserts could be transformed into a healthy breakfast. Carrot cake immediately came to mind. Naturally sweetened only with fruit and containing hints of cinnamon and ginger make this oatmeal a tasty way to start the morning. And because it’s made in a crockpot, it’s already warm when you wake up. If you are interested in learning about upcoming clean eating challenges, please leave a …

fridge, freezer and pantry apps

How many times have you gone to the grocery store, made your purchases and returned home only to find you already had one (or more than one!!) of those items already in your fridge, freezer or pantry? Or stored leftovers from a meal in the freezer only to forget you had them there in the first place… until many months later when they are covered in the freezer fuzz? I’ve been there way too many times myself and a conversation with a friend today prompted me to search for apps that can help with that. Here are a few free …

roasted butternut squash and sweet potato soup (vegan, sugar free)

When the temperatures are in the single digits, you need this in your bowl! I love soups…Simple to make, easy on the budget and generous in quantity. I dreamed this one up late last year when I was thinking about Thanksgiving, seasonal vegetables and something festive. Normally, I like soups where I can just throw everything in the pot, but roasting the ingredients for this soup was a must. Although it’s an extra step, it’s worth it…Roasting caramelizes the sugars in the veggies and fruit and adds a richness to the flavor. And when you top it off with a …

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