Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grandfather's Homemade Mac and Cheese

My grandfather, Lee, recently passed away and he was a really incredible human being and a wonderful role model for our family. Everyone who met him was inspired to be a better person and I can only hope to one day have his strength of character. I was reflecting on his life with some of my family and we all remembered his amazing baked mac and cheese that he would make for us when we were younger and I just had to find the recipe and make it again to share it with you all. Since, that's kind of my thing. I know this will bring back a lot of great memories for my family and I hope that the rest of you will enjoy this delicious recipe for Homemade Mac and Cheese!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Roasted Garlic Vegetable Soup

When I was growing up, I was never a big fan of soup. To be fair, I also lived in California in the continuous scorching heat so soup probably isn't as popular down there overall. However, as I have grown older, I have learned to appreciate soup for its health benefits and comfort value now that I am up in the dark and rainy Pacific Northwest. I have also learned to appreciate how easy it is to prepare in large quantities and reheat for leftovers. That being said, I have been experimenting for the last few years making all kinds of soups with whatever vegetables I happen to have on hand and this recipe was killer. This Roasted Garlic Vegetable Soup is healthy, delicious, bowl-licking good soup that is also light and vegan!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Top 10 Pizza Recipes

Pizza is another one of those guilty pleasures that keeps me constantly conflicted. How do I eat healthy but still enjoy the amazing deliciousness of pizza? Well, one way is to make your own pizza at home! Today I've put together a list of ten pizza recipes that are all delicious, homemade and most likely much healthier than any pizza you can order from a restaurant. I hope this post inspires people to think about pizza differently and realize that their are even some good gluten-free and veggie based pizza recipes out there!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

Nachos are amazing. Who doesn't love a big pile of melty cheese and chips topped with delicious things like salsa? Nachos have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. They are just so damn good I find myself wanting to order them all the time and actually ordering them quite often but it's sometimes difficult for me to reconcile my love of nachos with my passion for eating healthy and living well. That's what these incredible Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos are for!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 Great Meatless Grill Recipes

It seems to me that a lot of people know how to grill meat but they forget or don't know about grilling anything else but their are so many great vegetarian grill recipes. I personally love grilling veggies because it adds a flavor and texture that is just so hard to replicate in the kitchen and I get to be outside in my beautiful back yard while cooking! So today I am going to share five of my favorite meatless grill recipes with you all to inspire everyone to experiment more out on the grill!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Coconut Crusted Tofu with Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

This recipe is amazing. Absolutely one of our new favorites and another idea that originally came from another recipe and over time became my own. I've made this Coconut Crusted Tofu several times now and every time I've made something else to go with it. It is great with pasta, quinoa, and rice and would be a great addition to any other dish you want to try it with. But I've also included a recipe for Pineapple Fried Brown Rice that is soo delicious and goes perfectly with the Coconut Tofu. (The recipe I created for the rice was my take on a local Thai restaurant's pineapple fried rice and Heather said that mine was even better!)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Grilling Vegetables

I love to grill. It's probably my favorite way to cook and that's most likely because I get to be outside and cook at the same time. I also love nature and right now I happen to have a pretty great backyard to grill in, complete with a nice grill and a big round picnic table with plenty of seating for us and lots of friends. It's no wonder I use the grill every chance I get!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Classic Pot Roast

Pot Roast has always been one of my favorite dinners. I mean, how can you go wrong with a big hunk of beef mixed with vegetables cooking in their own juices for hours? Fortunately, this is also a really simple and easy dish to prepare. It only takes about 10 minutes of prep work and then your Crock-Pot, Rice Cookeror Instant Potdoes the rest of the work for you! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Apple Cinnamon Bombs

I posted a picture of these delicious Apple Cinnamon Bombs a little while ago on Instagram when I whipped them up as a quick dessert. Well, they were delicious and they were all gobbled right up so we decided we needed to make them again and go ahead and write down the recipe to share with you all! I have had an abundance of apples since Fall due to my weekly organic produce delivery service, Full Circle, so I am always coming up with delicious new ways to use them.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Easy Prep-Ahead Breakfasts

Breakfast has always been a struggle for me. I rarely feel hungry in the morning and I pretty much never feel like cooking, so I often just skip it. But the more I work on my health and wellness the more I realize that I need to eat breakfast, that it really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast gives you the energy you need to succeed throughout your day, if you eat the right things, and can make or break your day. So that's why I love breakfasts that I can prepare ahead of time, that way they are ready for me in the morning.