I am so excited to share this with you! In my glacial pace of moving my diet toward “more vegan, less carnivor,” I have stumbled upon something frighteningly delicious.


Here is the link to the recipe and my photos of making it in my own kitchen. So easy and fast, even self proclaimed, “non-cooks” could pull them off perfectly!

Drop a comment and let me know what you think!

Here is the link to the recipe:

Here is the link to Angela’s site: Oh She

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An Unexpected Gift

Reading the Little Blue Engine Blakely FIT 2014After dinner and a warm bath, we snuggle and read before bed like many young families. Sometimes I’m a model parent: animated, engaged. Other times, not so much — going through the motions and struggling to stay awake as the day’s chores still loom.

Recently we read, once again, The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper’s tale of perseverance and grit that has lasted for more than 80 years in print. On this particular evening, I’m attentive — and suddenly struck by an enlightening passage.

Mr. Piper writes: “Some of the cars were filled with all sorts of good things for boys and girls to eat — big golden oranges, red-cheeked apples, bottles of creamy milk for their breakfasts, fresh spinach for their dinners, peppermint drops and lollypops for after-meal treats.”

Apples, oranges, spinach and milk depicted as precious treats for children? How often do we see good food as a treat?

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep. Yet before all the harried preparations subsume our lives, we might take a moment to recall Mr. Piper’s words. Remembering life before we had such abundant produce departments could provide perspective for the feast ahead. Recalling a time when health was not so easily remedied with pills or surgery could inspire us to take more care with our bodies. Maybe this is the other lesson in Mr. Piper’s timeless tale.

Today, we have so much food in our grocery stores and restaurants that one third of it goes uneaten, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, food is the biggest single source of waste in this country, more than plastic or paper, the EPA finds.

Thanksgiving provides time with older generations. Let’s ask about their experiences. Do our older relatives and friends recall a time before our era of plenty? When vegetables were not available year-round? When a “golden orange” was a coveted gift? And when candy was a special treat? What about a time when resolving pain did not include MRI, physical therapy or ultrasound? When walking to and from work or school was not a chore but part of daily life?

No question, we’re truly fortunate to have access to so much food and state-of-the-art healthcare. As we celebrate through this holiday of gratitude, a broader perspective might let us appreciate and enjoy our food and health all the more. It could be an unexpected gift hiding in a familiar place.

Zero to Delicious in Five Minutes

Delicious, fresh, filling salad in five minutes.

You need:
mixed greens (pre-washed)


goat cheese

balsamic vinegar

olive oil

                                                              raspberry jam

Toast pecans on small pan over low heat, tossing often.
Place 3 cups of mixed greens in large bowl.
Seal 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of raspberry jam into a small plastic-ware container, lid, then shake vigorously.
Pour dressing over greens.
Toss to coat.
Scrape 1 ounce of soft coat cheese over greens with fork.
Remove pecans from heat once they start to lightly brown (should begin to smell delicious at this point) and place over salad.

Add to a protein for a spring meal or alone as a filling snack.


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Side note: This picture includes fresh raspberries. Although delicious on their own, it didn’t work in the salad for me. Save them for dessert.

“Do you like green eggs and ham?”

IMG_9167“Try them! Try them! And you may!” – Dr. Suess
In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share one of my husband’s (the father of my children) favorite meals. These Mexican inspired tacos offer protein, veggies, flavor and fiber.
Easy and delicious! Enjoy!

IMG_9159Chop two red peppers and one large onion

Saute veggies in large pan with a drizzle of olive oil until soft

Scramble 7 eggs and 5 egg whites

Add eggs and 29oz can of drained black beans


Stir in pan. Then, periodically scrape mixture from edge to bottom of pan with spatula until all the eggs are cooked.

As I hope you can see, the black beans dye the eggs greenish. (If you want to avoid this, simmer the beans in a separate pot and add as you layer your taco.)


Warm corn tortillas and create your taco. Layer egg mixture, a sprinkle of monterey jack cheese (or something more authentic) and fresh cilantro.

As far as the “ham” is concerned, we are truly a bacon family. I’ve found that baking strips of high quality bacon on cookie cooling racks over a cookie sheet (to catch all the fat) strikes a good balance of delicious and not too indulgent. Bake well in oven for about 18 minutes at 385 degrees.

Serves two adults and two children with leftovers.


Healthy Holiday Hot Dogs

Whether honoring our veteran’s by attending a parade, making a donation or writing a letter of thanks, Memorial Day weekend also involves cookouts and time together. Below is a healthier spin on a holiday classic that I believe even our soldiers would enjoy (no tofu dogs here.)
Healthier Hot Dog Meal
The usual suspects: 
    *    hot dogs
    *    white buns
    *    chips or mayonnaise based potato salad
    *    baked beans seasoned with BBQ sauce and/or brown sugar
    *    cookies and brownies
    *    beer and pop
Let’s be clear, I am an eater and enjoy holiday eating. In addition, as the household manager, I thoroughly appreciate attending events were someone else is so kind as to cook. My suggestions below are simply a more nutrient rich, possibly lower calorie version of the usual suspects. I’m not suggesting you turn your back on the classics – just consider trying something new. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
    *    all beef high quality franks (more expensive but generally better for you)
    *    offer nutrient rich cut up cucumbers, tomatoes and onions for toppings
    *    whole wheat buns (slightly more fiber and no one can tell the difference)
    *    sweet potato fries (bake in the oven, lower fat alternative, nutrient rich)
    *    vegetarian baked beans seasoned with ketchup and relish
    *    watermelon (great source of vitamin C, lycopene and beta carotene)
    *    offer flavored seltzer, 100% fruit juice and lite beers with the standardsSafe travels to you and yours! And our deepest gratitude to those that have given their lives for this great country of ours. May we all enjoy our freedoms, loved ones and those we’ve lost on this important weekend.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheesy

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Barely anytime for dinner? Need something quick, easy and adequately healthy? We love this one…

Grocery List: two boxes of organic whole wheat mac and cheese, three servings of high quality ham or smoked turkey lunch meat, one bag of frozen peas (milk and butter if you don’t have any on hand)

  1. Add two boxes of organic whole wheat mac ‘n cheese pasta and half of a bag of frozen peas (three or four servings) to boiling water.
  2. Finish making mac ‘n cheese according to directions and add a little extra milk to help the sauce coat
  3. Add two servings of chopped, high quality ham or turkey lunch meat slices and mix.

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We put this in a thermos for my 4 year olds lunch. Leftovers serve as a great quick meal for fussy eaters. Enjoy! Let me know if you liked it!