Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

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Nothing says autumn quiet like the pumpkin. Along with gourds and squashes, pumpkins are in season during the late fall and early winter months. While they are highly nutritious, boasting an impressive vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, potassium, fiber, and antioxidant content, most Americans only ever consume pumpkin in highly sugary and fatty concoctions. Continue reading “Healthy Pumpkin Muffins”

Homemade Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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We all know it. The chocolate hazelnut spread that has become a cult favorite across the world. It’s sweet, creamy, contains antioxidant rich cocoa, and skin loving vitamin E from hazelnut. It’s been advertised as having “simple, quality ingredients” and a great way to start your day. It’s got to be healthy, right? Continue reading “Homemade Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread”

Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini

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A question that I often get through email and social media messaging is “How do I know if I’m getting a complete meal?” When you’re eating an omnivorous diet, you know what a “complete” lunch or dinner looks like: meat, starch, dairy, and a vegetable (I would hope that veggies are included!). However, when switching to a plant based lifestyle, what do you do? Continue reading “Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini”

Healthy Carrot Cake Bites

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Most days I go into the kitchen armed with my ingredients and plan of attack, and everything turns out beautifully. Then there are other times that the ideas in my head don’t seem to work out and I am forced to make things up as I go. Throwing food away is terrible for my budget, so it is a last resort. Thankfully we have a dog who is always willing to clean up my mistakes. Continue reading “Healthy Carrot Cake Bites”

Protein-Packed Bean Scramble

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While I was pregnant with my 3rd child, I had a huge aversion to eggs. Their smell, their texture, the fact that they came out of a chicken’s cloaca…all of it made my stomach churn. Even after she was born, the mere thought of eggs made me a bit queasy. I still dutifully made them for my egg-loving family several mornings a week, however, I have been sans-egg for almost 5 years now. So when we switched to a plant based diet, “giving up” cholesterol-filled eggs was no big deal for me. Continue reading “Protein-Packed Bean Scramble”

Very Veggie Soup

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For the past 2 months, Monday nights have been soup nights at my house. I love that I can make a big batch of soup in the morning during my meal prep and it gets even better sitting in the fridge while I am busy running the kids to after school activities until I am ready to reheat it for dinner. My girls love all kinds of soup, but my boy is much pickier. Either he doesn’t like the texture, or the color, or he suddenly hates every vegetable in that particular soup. It’s a challenge to make him happy with soup for dinner, let me tell you. Continue reading “Very Veggie Soup”