my top tips for a starting a healthy lifestyle (part one)

Happy New Year! What a perfect time to reset our goals and dreams; to recommit to a healthy way of life! I am so excited about having January come around because that marks the one year anniversary of my being vegetarian/nutritarian!* It also marks one whole year since I’ve eaten desserts! A whole year!! If you…

5 ingredient vegetarian chili (and bean soup)

I just love it when my babies are here. My home feels complete. My heart is happy. : ) They are here on winter break for 4 whole weeks and I am so excited to have them around me and to enjoy their company!   Tonight we are planning a bonfire in the fire pit on…

three healthy avocado dressings

I first heard of using a plain avocado as a simple and healthy salad dressing last summer but didn’t give it much thought. I was deep into a series of experiments in making my own salad dressing and had no shortage of delicious toppings for my greens. Now I am purposefully adding more healthy fat into…

easy gluten-free pizza crust

Happy Thursday, beautiful people! It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since we last visited! I’ve had so many great things going on, and I’ve been learning and trying new things to share with you! I’ve had a few failures in the recipe department as well, which I will share with you…

smashed red potatoes

I love potatoes. I REALLY love them. I might even go so far as to name them as my favorite food. Maybe. Sorry, chocolate, you might have been demoted. 🙂 Lately, my suppers (and if I’m lucky and have leftovers, my lunches) have been comprised mostly of potatoes. I make sweet potato fries and white…

veggie sushi

I am a fairly new lover of sushi. I always thought it was interesting, but until very recently, I’d only tried it once. Though I liked it, it was expensive and not something I thought about much. Then my daughter, Sierra reintroduced me to it via a little takeout sushi joint near her campus. It…

asian black bean hummus

Happy Monday! So, first, I want you to meet my new chocolate-colored baby kitty, Emmy. We just brought her home last night, so we are still getting to know one another, but I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Secondly, I want to share how much I’m enjoying my giant, green, crisp,…

roasted veggies

I wish I could share with you how my kitchen smells right now. Soft summer breezes carry the scent of freshly mown grass, and somewhere a candle is burning. But the smell I’m most enjoying at this moment is the aroma of vegetables roasting slowly in the oven. Potatoes, mushrooms and onions, and squash and…

garbanzo bean crepes

I recently discovered an amazing thing: you can actually grind dried beans – just regular beans you’d get in a bag at the grocery store – into flour, and use it to make things! Apparently, this is not a new concept for everyone. In fact it is a common practice in other cultures. Garbanzo bean/chickpea…

cucumber noodle lettuce boats

This whole babies-moving-away-to-college thing is harder than I thought it’d be. I thought there would be long busy days of super-productivity and date night every night. Maybe that will happen in time, but for now, it’s dinners trying not to look at the empty spots where they used to sit, turning music on really loud…

3-bean salad

A couple of weeks ago, on a warm but not too warm evening, overlooking a quiet lake, under a peachy-gold sunset, I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Some lovely friends invited us to come to their lake house to go kayaking with them, and I was pleasantly exhausted from the…