My aunt is an incredible cook. While my mom is amazing at delicious, simple, relatively quick dishes, my aunt specializes in going all out for large groups of people. She loves to cook and we are all happy to indulge her.
While we were on our staycation at the beach house, she made some dishes that beg to be shared. This first one is a perfect summer appetizer. Refreshing, tasty, and really healthy.
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 🙂
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 →
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 →
There is a photo series circulating right now. It is AWESOME. I originally hear about it from Mike, then a fellow natural living blogger (HumbleLore), and now I bring it to you.
Check out the differences in food, quantities, and if it’s processed … but also check out the families themselves. You can see the cultural differences, relations between male and female, adult and child, family leader and followers. Very, very interesting.
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, Sammie Kennedy, I have found and adapted another way to cook it that is SO delicious. Continue reading →
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!
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 🙂
Two of my favorite dips coming together as one. In a delicious, savory, creamy union. Ok well that might sound a little bit vulgar but you get the point. This dip is awesome. I originally found it packaged in Trader Joes and LOVED it. Unfortunately we don’t have a TJ’s in Peoria so I decided to try it for myself. SO glad I made the effort. YUM.
This is packed with healthy fat and protein. It’s super easy and cheap to make. In the last few days we have eaten it on tacos, with crackers, and straight off the spoon. This may become a regular in our fridge. So without further ado, here it is!
How do I name a soup to convey its deliciousness? The title of this post isn’t all that enticing but wowza this soup is amazing. It’s fresh, flavorful, and surprisingly filling. I was starving so I made a batch of this stuff and threw a couple of pieces of toast on my plate. I got so wrapped up in the soup that I forgot the toast! I ate two bowls and couldn’t have fit anything else in my belly. Plus, it’s really EASY.
I don’t make soup often but I never regret it. I made a big batch in half an hour. I probably could have eaten it all in one sitting but then I would have to roll myself to bed. So I froze half of it and now we have dinner for another night.