Best Healthy Cookbooks and Fitness Reads in February 2018

I read, drooled and became inspired with some of the Best Healthy Cookbooks and Fitness Reads in February 2018.

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Along the way, I picked up so much great advice to keep me motivated with my running and exercise routines along with healthy, fit recipe ideas to fit my busy, active lifestyle. Read on to find out more! Continue reading

A Dozen Days of Soup for Everyone!

January is National Soup Month and, of course, I’ve been celebrating my favorite course (either as a meal starter or main dish) with in all the ways that I see fit! And that means, ladling up lots of wholesome, hearty and holistically nourishing goodness into bowls, mugs and thermoses. I love ALL the soup and I have A Dozen Days of Soup for for Everyone! You get soup, and you, and YOU get soup (Oprah style).A Dozen Days of Soup - including all sorts of dietary options including paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian and more.

As I rifled through my soup recipes (there are so many more than I’m sharing today, just search “soup” in the upper right bar), I noticed themes – meal prep suitable, medicinal spices like turmeric and ginger, gluten-free noodle and grain options like rice vermicelli or quinoa, and unique interpretations on traditional favorites. Some of the soups are vegan, some are loaded with meat – just like I love ALL the soups, I love ALL the foods. Read on to get the recipes for a dozen days of soup! Continue reading

No Beans, No Bull Vegan Chili Mix for Meal Prep & Gift

Let me preface this post by saying, as a Texas girl, love me a good meaty chili. Beef does the body good, and I show that off any chance available on my Instagram profile. But, variety is the spice of life and what a wonderful world we live in that has so many food options. My No Beans, No Bull Vegan Chili Mix makes a tasty substitution for those days when I’m mixing up my diet or have guests over who don’t do meat. No Beans No Bull Chili Mix is a great meal prep idea for busy nights. It's a nice plant based vegetarian alternative to chili with beef or other meat.

Read on to get all the details about this vegan chili mix that’s ideal for meal prep, pantry stocking, camping trips with no access to cold food storage, or even giving as a healthy edible gift. Continue reading

Chai Tea Spiced Apple Muffins (Vegan)

One of the most requested foods my oldest son asks me to bake when he comes home from college to visit is a big batch of muffins. From pumpkin muffins to blueberry muffins to banana chocolate chip muffins, I’m always happy to oblige my son!  With limited cooking skills, he’s very grateful – at least I think that’s him saying “thank you” with his mouth stuffed full of my newest muffin Vegan Chai Tea Spiced Apple MuffinsVegan Chai Apple Muffins

These are perfect to make ahead for quick breakfasts and snacks, plus they freeze fabulously – so of course extra were made to send back to college. Read on to get the full recipe and the cookbook that inspired these easy vegan muffins.  Continue reading

Chocolate Raspberry Tart {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Today didn’t start out like any regular early May morning, it actually began with me whipping up a creation to celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day (May 3rd) a couple days early. I postponed my early run to plan and prepare for my future – a future filled with raspberries and chocolate!

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart slic

My Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart Recipe is a winner, quick and easy enough to make for weeknight dinners yet stunning for any special celebration thanks to decadent dark chocolate and a regal crown of raspberries. Read on to get this 30-minute raspberry tart recipe that may just be one of the best Paleo or vegan desserts I’ve tasted in a long time! Continue reading

Shaved Asparagus, Spinach and Pea Salad with Quinoa

Roman Emperor and asparagus aficionado, Caesar Augustus, had an expression — Velocius quam asparagi conquantur!  Literally it meant “Faster that cooking asparagus,” but the point Augustus was trying to get across to his military minions was “Get going already”! Shaved Asparagus, Spinach and Pea Salad with Quinoa

Today I’m sharing a no-cook recipe that, by definition, IS FASTER than the already fast task of cooking asparagus. Try my Shaved Asparagus, Spinach and Pea Salad with Quinoa, it comes together in mere minutes and will pass muster with even the pickiest produce eaters!   Continue reading

Grilled Avocado Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Greek Yogurt Dressing

I am about to change your life with two simple words that I frequently say separately, but never before together– Grilled Avocados. That’s right, I discovered avocados can and should be grilled! Tossing this creamy green fruit on the grates for a few minutes creates a smoky, simply marvelous flavor profile that plain ole avocados just can’t deliver. Grilled Avocado Tacos

With grilling season firing up and Cinco de May moments away, you’re definitely going to want to toss on a few avocados to go along with your barbecue. Or, if you’re vegetarian, vegan or just taking a plant-based day for variety, you’ll love my recipe for Grilled Avocado Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Greek Yogurt Dressing

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Truffle and Thyme Mushroom Quinoa

Gasp, I didn’t care for mushrooms until my mid-thirties. The simple suggestion of mushrooms sent shivers down my spine as a kid and I think I stubbornly carried that childhood aversion over into middle age. Well, that goodness I tried mushrooms again, over a decade ago. Mushrooms are super healthy, low calorie and high in important nutrients like b vitamins, selenium, copper, niacin, potassium, iron and phosphorous. It’s fine for taste purposes to put raw mushrooms on your salad, but the nutrients are best accessed through the heat of cooking! Truffle and Thyme Mushroom Quinoa is a quick and easy side this that packs major flavor solo or puts a juicy steak over the top.

So today, I’m sharing my easy side dish recipe for Truffle Mushroom and Thyme Quinoa that features sautéed mushrooms with a sprinkle of truffle salt. It’s hard to believe that such a super simple recipe can have such big flavor, but that’s the beauty of mushrooms – they marry with and magnify the flavor of whatever dish they are in. Continue reading