Category Archives: Recipes

Hillcrest Farmers Market

With summer comes an onslaught of Farmer’s Markets. From coast to coast there are streets lined with tents and under those tents is some of the freshest, tastiest, local produce you’ve ever had. Our new neighborhood, Hillcrest, is no exception.

I’ve written about Farmer’s Markets beforeย and while the one is Peoria is pretty awesome, our new local market is spectacular. The area is rife with crazies like us, all looking for raw, vegetarian, organic, blah-blah-blah and these vendors supply some of the best health food I’ve ever had.

One of my favorite things about farmer’s markets is the ambience. They’re usually on the weekend and people usually aren’t in much of a hurry. They’re there to taste, peruse, and barter for the local flavor. Ours are held on Sundays and that is when I’ll be doing ALL my grocery shopping. So check out your local Market this weekend, you might be surprised by how much you enjoy it.

StrawbsShopping is a joy when you can taste and buy strawberries like these.

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Fabulous Friday: Three Bean Chili

Apparently chili is a summer tradition? I had no idea until this May when the bloggers and pinners I follow started blowing up with chili recipes. Chili and burgers is the America way, I guess.

Anyway! I’ve been trying to perfect my 3 bean chili for a few months now. It’s vegan, full of protein and healthy fats, and SO delicious. Also, it’s VERY easy to make. To prove my point, and because I was having a long day, Mike made this dish! He’s actually great when he has a recipe to follow and this was so simple. If he’s willing, he may just be making it more often ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fabulous Friday: Mexican Poached Eggs

This week has been completely and utterly exhausting. I forgot how draining it is to adjust to a new schedule, especially when that schedule involves 6am workouts … but I’m getting the hang of it and next week I WILL have more energy! Haha.

So last night, my mom invited me to a cooking class! My dad is sick so I took his place. It was us and two other couples and it took place at a gorgeous winery in Rancho Bernardo, CA. We cooked three dishes and drank as much wine as we could stomach in the 3 hours we were there. YUM. My favorite dish by far was the Mexican Poached Eggs. I am trying to go full vegan (at least during the week) but when the dish is as tasty as this, it’s definitely worth eating. Continue reading

Super Simple Spring-Time Roasted Veggies

In my pursuit to cut out grains and add lots of veggies, I’ve started subbing one for the other. Roasted veggies are a fabulous base for dishes like Tikka Masala, a fabulous topping for salads to make them warm and savory, and a fabulous side to any protein dish. They fill you up and don’t leave you feeling sluggish. Continue reading

Tasty Tuesday: Maple Ginger Salmon

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I DON’T LIKE FISH. I found one recipe that I loved because it made it taste like chicken (Sweet Teryaki Salmon) but every one I’ve tried since then is so salty … and the texture, yuck.

But, alas, thanks again to the most awesome healthy chef,ย Sammie Kennedy, I have found and adapted another way to cook it that is SO delicious. Continue reading

Fruity Friday: Blueberry Biscuits

This recipe came from a patient. She’s a mom of seven of the most well behaved children I’ve ever met. Not only is she kind and patient but she has managed to convert her entire family to a sugar free and very healthy lifestyle. She’s a mother, chef, teacher, AND she makes and sells these gorgeous wee dolls. Custom! Check them out here at Tabitha’s Needle. She’s pretty incredible. AND she had the skill to come up with the original of this amazing recipe.

These biscuits won’t spike blood sugar and are gluten free but do have a bit of cow dairy in them. That being said, they are savory with a bit of sweet and oh-so addictive. But that’s ok because they’re actually GOOD FOR YOU!

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Tasty Tuesday: Health Boost Smoothie

One resolution in my Happiness Project is to eat at least one raw and one vegetarian/vegan meal per day. With this smoothie, I get two for the price of one!

Like all the rest of you very busy people who read this blog, I can’t always take the time to sit and eat a nice, relaxed meal. My lunches or dinners sometimes have to be hand-held and quick. These smoothies are PERFECT.

My only disclaimer is that they’re not great when warm. So if you have a fridge at work, perfect! If not, do as Mike does and drink it at home for breakfast or your I’m-home-from-work-and-hungry snack. These have seriously reduced Mike’s cookie intake ๐Ÿ™‚

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