My new life

April 5, 2017

 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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A Pizza Party

February 11, 2017

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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Baked Falafel

January 12, 2017

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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Vegetable Stir Fry

November 7, 2016

We love this stir fry recipe in our house! It’s a fairly easy to make on a week night, and can really satisfy my craving for Thai take out.  The most time consuming part is chopping all of the vegetables, and it’s really not so bad…  The roasted cashews add a lot of flavor.  A LOT!  So don’t skip that step, it’s totally worth it, and really makes the dish.  Oh, and the…

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Banana Buckwheat Flax Pancakes with Pecans

April 20, 2015

Yes, pancakes.  These fall more into the fruit and whole grains for breakfast category than veggies for dinner, but people have been asking about breakfast, especially for kids, and this puts a pretty good spin on the old classic.  Pancakes are typically problematic with the refined white flour, dairy, eggs, sugar, and additives and preservatives.  This version is pure whole, lightly refined, plant food, and they are delicious!   Banana…

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A quick and easy lunch

January 4, 2015

We have been posting some complex recipes recently.   While they are totally delicious and worth the effort, especially when entertaining around the holidays, they can’t really be thrown together without doing some up-front planning, specialty shopping, and taking the time to prepare the dishes.  To switch things up a bit, I want to share with you what I had for lunch today. A sunshine burger sandwich, with a side…

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Lentil Shepherd’s pie

January 1, 2015

Dr. Fuhrman emailed out this recipe in his newsletter and I was really excited to try it!  When the weather gets cold, I really enjoy really hot, comfort food and I think this recipe satisfies both while being totally plant based.  His recipe can be found here. Enjoy!  We loved this recipe and all four of us almost ate the entire thing for dinner one night!   Lentil Shepherd’s pie…

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

December 31, 2014

This recipe is slightly modified from a recipe I found from Vegan Lunchbox blogger Jennifer Schmoo (recipe here).  It’s a great recipe for around the holidays and a real crowd pleaser!  It is fairly easy too, the only time consuming part is separating the leaves of cabbage. Makes: 10 cabbage rolls Prep Time: 45 min (not including cooking the rice) Cook Time: 50 min Ingredients: 1 cup walnuts 1 cup…

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Cashew Hot Chocolate

December 8, 2014

My 10 year old and I were invited to a get together where hot chocolate was going to be served.  Since we try to eat as healthy as possible, avoiding all dairy, sugar, and processed foods, I’m not into giving him traditional hot chocolate…  I still wanted to go, so I was thrilled when I found this recipe!  I made a batch and brought it with us so he wouldn’t feel…

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Cara’s Apple Strudel

May 7, 2014

This apple strudel is from the Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman on p. 285.  It is a great dessert and a real crowd pleaser!  I don’t have pictures of it after we cooked it because we ate it up too fast! Serves: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes (a little longer if  you don’t have an apple peeler) Cook Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 1/2 cup vanilla almond, soy…

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