Vegetable Stir Fry With Spicy Peanut Sauce Over Rice Noodles

Comfort food on a cold day.  This spicy peanut sauce wakes up an ordinary plate of miscellaneous veggies and plain rice noodles.  It’s not uncomfortably hot, but it does a pleasant job of warming your lips and opening your airways. Use whatever vegetables you have hanging around in your refrigerator.  Here, I used green cabbage,…

Butternut and Lentil Mac n’ Cheese

My kids were excited to try this lentil pasta with a “cheesy” butternut squash-based sauce.  I think it was the bright orange color that made them think that maybe this was going to be like the boxed Mac and Cheese.  What I think is great  is that the recipe is actually dairy-free, gluten-free, incredibly high…

Vegetable Pasta Puttanesca

This thick, spicy sauce is hearty enough that it really makes raw zucchini noodles transform into something more substantial.  This is a nice alternative to starchy traditional noodles, and I love the saltiness of the capers and kalamata olives in the sauce.  It totally negates any need to add sweetener to the tomatoes. I start…

Hormonal Health for Women

Women experience life in personal cycles that dance within the scope of a larger cycle, with full ranges of emotions, both light and dark.   These cycles  can bring on periods of great inspiration and creativity, and at other times can become deeply intuitive and introspective.  As women, are walking as natural barometers on our…

Mediterranean Vegetable Bake

This is winter comfort food to me.  This delicious veggie bake has  all the rich taste of lasagna, packed with lycopene from the cooked tomatoes, and antioxidants from the purple eggplant.  It is great re-heated for meals throughout the week. I start with a variety of vegetable easily found in grocery stores, even in the…

Why You Need More Chocolate (Cacao) In Your Life

Chocolate – or, more accurately Theobroma cacao, was the ancient Mayan feel-good food.  It was revered by the Mayans, and for good reason.  Cacao has the ability to help raise serotonin levels, your feel good hormones, aiding the the relief of anxiety and depression.  It also improves circulation, boosts cognitive performance and increases your energy…

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

This is one of these great smoothie recipes that tastes like it should be bad for you, but is actually full of really good stuff.  Chia and flax offer omega-3 fats and fiber, cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar and it is sweetened only with frozen bananas. Almond extract melds the chocolate, almond and cinnamon…

If You’re Not Okay With It, Don’t Be Okay With It

I have recently been reading a great deal of articles I come across online that state some of the disturbing facts around plastic.  By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.  A sperm whale recently died on a beach with 13 pounds of plastic in his stomach, including 115…

How to Eat to Feel

We are fascinating beings, composed of various elements as reactive as a chemistry experiment.  How you eat can affect your mood, attention, pain levels and memory, due to the processes your body carries out with the components of your meal. You probably already lean towards one type of breakfast over others.  Maybe it’s eggs and…

Green Kale Lemonade

A green kale-based smoothie that is so easy to drink.  Sweet, tart and ultimately refreshing.  It is a brightening wake-up to any morning. A handful of baby kale, half of a cucumber, lemon juice and a sweet crisp variety of apple come together easily into a simple, healthy drink. Add more lemon juice for a…