While procrastinating on Facebook the other day, a “memory” post popped up on my News Feed from 3 years ago. In the post I was describing our dinner for the evening; Butternut Squash Risotto served with a Spinach Apple Walnut Salad. The comment thread had several people requesting the recipe. Present day me cringed at the use of copious amounts of oil, chicken stock, cheese, and the suggested addition of shredded chicken to make it “a complete meal.” Talk about a fat, cholesterol, and sodium overload! Continue reading “Butternut Squash Risotto and Spinach Apple Walnut Salad”
It is officially autumn in the United States. Cooler days, crisp air, beautiful foliage, and family gatherings all signal it’s arrival. The world seems to slow down ever so slightly in the fall before the deep freeze of winter lays a glistening blanket of white snow over the sleeping land.
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Like most families, once a week we have Leftover Night. We take whatever foods are leftover from earlier in the week and either heat them all up and have a mishmash dinner or I try to use the leftovers to create a whole new dish. This process not only helps keep our food waste down, but also gives me a creative kitchen challenge. I can pretend that I’m on Iron Chef or Chopped and try to use whatever is on hand to wow the judges, er, my family. Continue reading “Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes”
My 2nd grader came home from her first week of school with so many things to share (including pink eye…yuck). She was so excited to tell me about her classroom, her teacher, her new friends, recess, and what all of the other kids ate for lunch. She is very observant in noticing that while many of her friends bring cookies and candy in their lunches, it isn’t healthy. However, one concoction piqued her interest so much so that she wondered if I would make her a healthy version; the Pizza Lunchable. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #6: Pizza “Lunchables””
This recipe came to me in a dream. I was taking a very rare and coveted nap and when I woke up, I had a vision of a salad topped with baked sweet potato wedges coated in a crispy coconut crust clearly in my mind. The problem was, we were smack dab in the middle of moving and half of my kitchen was in boxes. So I jotted the idea down on a neon blue post-it note and placed it in a notebook, where it was promptly forgotten.
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If you’ve spent any length of time on Instagram, you’ve heard of Earthy Andy. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and 2 adorable kids and they eat a high-raw, plant-based diet (meaning LOTS of fresh, raw fruits and veggies). She has healed herself and her children from severe digestive issues, eczema, and asthma using whole plant foods. Just scrolling through her feed can make anyone long to pack their bags, catch a flight to the islands, and never look back.
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A couple of weekends ago, Husband surprised the kids and I with a spontaneous day trip to Dallas. We live in the suburbs and don’t get into the “big city” very often so this was quite the adventure. Before we set out, I checked Happy Cow to find a plant-based friendly restaurant. We decided on a very interesting looking health food chain called True Food Kitchen. Continue reading “Teriyaki Veggie Bowl”
School is back in session (at least here in Texas), and I am back in that lunch-packing groove. This year, I am packing lunches for 2 kiddos and Husband on the daily. That means everything must be prepped en masse times 3 with enough variety that everyone is happy, but not so varied that mom looses her marbles. The added twist this year is that there are new “snack rules” at my kids’ school that dictate that all snacks must contain no nuts, be mess free, and be in single serving sizes. Continue reading “What My Plant-Based Kids Ate for Lunch Today #5: Back to School Edition”
I don’t know about you, but when I find a new dish I like, I tend to eat it repeatedly. And when I say repeatedly, I mean 3-4 times in one week. While this isn’t an issue with a healthy, cost efficient, home cooked meal, it quickly becomes an issue when it’s an item at a restaurant. Such was my predicament recently when I discovered the Superfood Side Salad at Chick-fil-A.
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I often get asked what I buy on a weekly basis at the grocery store for my family of 5. While some of the items may change with the seasons, I do have a set list of produce and staples that I buy weekly. As the school year ramps up (and let’s face it, when I get my garage organized), I plan on hitting Costco to stock up on pantry items to help streamline the weekly grocery shopping list. Continue reading “Plant-Based Eating: Grocery Haul”