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To-Die-For Vegan Cheesy Kale Chips

To-Die-For Vegan Cheesy Kale Chips

 

I have to admit something.

 

As much as I want to and as hard as I try, I don’t like kale.

 

It’s not the flavor. I like the taste of all sorts of greens and kale is no different.

It’s the texture. It is so tough and hard to chew. No matter how finely I chop it, it seems to take hours to eat and I’m bored to death of my salad before it’s even half gone. Can I get a witness??

 

HOWEVER, I have found a way I can eat an entire bunch of kale in one sitting and still want more. Now, sure, it may be (more…)

quick and easy vegetarian chili

quick and easy vegetarian chili

 

Lately, now that the evenings here where I live aren’t unbearably frigid, my husband and I have been spending a few nights a week sitting around a crackling fire on the deck, wrapped in cozy blankets.

We love having friends and family join us sometimes, and this healthy chili is perfect in a steaming bowl, warming our chilly hands as we sit around the fire pit on these early March evenings as winter breathes its last gasps.

 

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4 amazing avocado dressing recipes

4 amazing avocado dressing recipes

I first heard of smashing an avocado onto your salad as a salad dressing last summer, but other than a “that’s weird”, I didn’t give it much thought.

 

Avocado has long been the star ingredient of my homemade salad dressings, making them thick and creamy and so delicious, and I’m going to share some of my favorites with you today. Avocado is a great source of healthy fats, which are crucial to almost all of our body systems.

 

But when I first heard of this way of dressing a salad, I thought plain avocado would be a little bland by itself, so I kept creating my salad masterpieces, leaving this much simpler solution behind.

 

 

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cranberry oatmeal breakfast cookies

cranberry oatmeal breakfast cookies

 

Have you ever wanted to eat a whole batch of cookies by yourself, but that little voice in your head was screaming that your hips would surely be wearing another few pounds in a few minutes if you ate more than one or two of them?

Not with these cookies!

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5 more tips for living your healthiest life

5 more tips for living your healthiest life

 

Hello, friends! Along my journey to better health, I have discovered some things that I have found to be vital for maintaining a healthy and happy life. Last week I shared 5 of the things that have helped me. You can find Part One of my list of tips here, in case you missed it. This week, I’ll be giving you 5 more.

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5 tips for living your healthiest life

5 tips for living your healthiest life

 

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! It also marks one whole year since I’ve eaten desserts! A whole year!!

If you only knew how addicted I was to sugar and how I continually fell off the no-sugar wagon, you would be surprised that I could last a day, let alone a year without sugar. I credit God for helping me and making it possible!!

Many times, people who see the change in me, ask, “What did you do?” “Where do I start?” and so I wanted to make a list of what has helped me to stick to a healthier lifestyle for a year, with no going back.

This list is in no particular order. I promise you, all of these things will improve your health and you will feel and look better!

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easy gluten-free pizza crust

easy gluten-free pizza crust

Today, I want to share with you a recipe for a pizza crust made from ground garbanzo beans. It is a great healthy way to enjoy pizza, even if you are avoiding gluten in your diet.

I’ve been reading lots of books and articles lately, in pursuit of optimum health and to see how I can improve my diet even more.

One of the things that practically everyone agrees is a good place to start, is to eliminate gluten and most grains from your diet. This is because a component of modern wheat, called gliadin, mimics your own hormones, leading your immune system to attack you, thinking it’s defending you, and causing all sorts of problems, from allergies to gastrointestinal upset.

Because it can be inflammatory to many people and not the best for many others, I’ve decided to choose other options in my recipes.

I’m really not a fan of (more…)

the most amazing smashed red potatoes

the most amazing 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 potato fries with ketchup, potatoes are the stars of giant pans of roasted veggies, and they simply melt in your mouth as (more…)

veggie sushi

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, and 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 was so delicious, and I began wishing I could have it all the time!

This began a small obsession with learning how to make my own so I could have it any time I wanted. I watched videos and read tutorials, then assembled my ingredients. Now I want to share with you how to make vegan sushi rolls – sheets of roasted seaweed filled with jasmine rice and veggies, rolled and sliced and dunked in a sweet and spicy (more…)

sweet and spicy asian black bean hummus

sweet and spicy asian black bean hummus

If you like hummus, I think you’ll love this recipe for a sweet and spicy, creamy and delicious vegan black bean dip for vegetables or chips.

 

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My sister, Lizzie came over for lunch one day last week and brought a bowl of Asian Black Bean Hummus. I fell in love with it right away, and just in the last week have made two (more…)


Life Is Sweet!

cranberry oatmeal breakfast cookies

cranberry oatmeal breakfast cookies

  Have you ever wanted to eat a whole batch of cookies by yourself, but that little voice in your head was screaming that your hips would surely be wearing another few pounds in a few minutes if you ate more than one or two […]

a beautiful birthday lemon berry tart

a beautiful birthday lemon berry tart

  Today is my birthday!! I just love birthdays. People go out of their way to let you know they love you and to make you feel special! I wish everyone could feel like this on their birthday. I know not everyone does, and I […]

banana split ice cream, vegan and sugar-free

banana split ice cream, vegan and sugar-free

  When you blend frozen bananas you get a cold and creamy concoction called nicecream — ‘nana ice cream! It’s my most favorite dessert. There are so many different ways to change the flavor that you never get bored! You can have a different guilt-free […]

chocolate peanut butter smoothie bowl

chocolate peanut butter smoothie bowl

  Just imagine it…sitting down for breakfast in front of a giant bowl of cold, creamy, chocolaty goodness and it’s all good for you, guilt-free, healthy, and vegan. And it’s CHOCOLATE, people!         The ingredients in this smoothie bowl are proven to […]

super addicting and healthy dried pineapple “candy”

super addicting and healthy dried pineapple “candy”

  I looked high and low. I looked under the shelves of mangoes and behind rows of bananas, but they were nowhere to be found. Just a few days ago, there were piles and piles of them all over the store. The abundance of pineapple […]


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