My new life

 Background In October of 2005 I felt the pain that got me started on this journey.  I came home from work and looked through the stack of mail on the counter.  I found a letter from an insurance company about a life insurance policy that I had recently applied for.  I was a little anxious, because I had issues getting insurance a few years earlier and ended up being put into a…

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Healthy Apple Pie

Yup, Apple pie!  Truly delicious, truly healthy, apple pie! The credit for this one goes to three people, Cathy Fischer for the crust, Dr. Fuhrman for the filling, and our friend Jenn for having the genius idea to put the two of them together.  I’m really glad she did too, because this is a great recipe that everyone will love.  The fact that it’s healthy is just a bonus! In fact,…

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DIY Salad Dressings

Salads are an important part of eating a healthy, whole food, plant based, diet.  I eat at least one, and often two huge salads a day.  For me, the key to enjoying so much salad, is to keep them flavorful and interesting.  Making a new dressing does that in an instant, and add some fresh fruit, nuts, or seeds on top and you will end up with something that is…

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Chores, skills, and habits

The kid asked if there were any more chores he could do to earn some extra cash, and he’s now in charge of food prep!   It’s not only about the chopping and cooking though, it is his job is to make sure we always have beans, rice, oats, carrots, and plant milk (aka nut juice, he’s 12, it’s funny) on hand and ready to go.   These are things we…

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A Pizza Party

This one is so simple!  It’s been a quick go-to of ours for years, but we haven’t made them in a while.  The boys had their cousins coming over tonight for a sleepover, and it worked out perfect!     A big key in getting kids to eat healthy food is to have them be part of the process and decisions.  We started tonight by asking the kids what kind of veggie…

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Salt Sugar Fat, by Michael Moss

You should read it if you… want to understand why you crave the foods you do want permission and reason to give up all processed foods You will… learn how the food industry manipulates food products while competing for their share of space in your stomach learn about the bliss point, and how it’s manipulated understand that it’s not your fault that you crave the foods you do, they are designed to…

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Baked fries?

Can we still call them fries if they aren’t fried?  Or are they french baked potatoes?  That sounds like something totally different….   Anyway, these are super simple and very tasty, no matter what you want to call them.   This seriously couldn’t be more simple.  We really just cut some potatoes, arranged them carefully so they don’t touch on parchment paper, and baked them in the oven. They could…

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Baked Falafel

Falafel is one of my favorites!  I’ve been on a mission this year to come up with a healthy version, and I think I’ve finally got it!  This is one of our own recipes that I developed after a lot of trial and error.   I actually do this a lot, but many of them don’t make it to the blog.  This one hit the mark, so here it is! My…

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Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are easy to prepare, and so tasty!  I made them for Christmas Eve dinner this year and everyone loved them!  I prepared a double batch, and froze half after cooking to save for the following week.  We love having delicious leftovers in the freezer for a quick dinner, and our friends who came to dinner are still raving about them! 🙂 The filling calls for cooked brown rice.  Cooking the rice takes more…

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Don’t get left out this holiday season, make yourself a truly healthy pumpkin pie and share it with your friends and family.  I think you all are going to love it!! First, I have to tell you that I love pumpkin pie.  It’s delicious!  I like that it’s a little spicy, not too sweet, and has a nice firm texture.  However, since I don’t consider traditional pumpkin pie a healthy food,…

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