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…

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…

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…

Apple Pie Smoothie

A delicious smoothie containing fruit, nuts and spices.  Start with beautiful, creamy raw cashews.  These little nuts are so great in smoothies for adding texture, thickness and great flavor. It is worth taking the time to soak the dates and cashews, as this is what gives the smoothie the “pie crust” flavor and creaminess. Then…

The Diet that Will Work for You

It’s the new year and a time to think of changes we might want to make in our lives for the year ahead.  Many people consider diets at this time, and there are a lot of popular diets out there right now.  We even name them!  And there are a lot of people testifying to…

The All-Green Challenge

I started drinking green smoothies first thing in the morning a few years ago.  It feels great to do something so healthy to start out – so healthy feeling in fact, that I can eat nothing but M&Ms for the rest of my day and still come out on top.  I still have a pretty…

The Best Salad Dressing Ever

Saying something is the best ever is not to be taken lightly.  This is seriously amazing salad dressing and it is sugar free, gluten-free, dairy-free and nutrient packed! When I’m invited to a gathering, my friends will ask me to make “the salad” but it’s not really the salad that is so great.  It’s “the…

Whole Food Real Pecan Pie -Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here is a beautiful, whole food, refined sugar free, raw pecan pie.  I made it in an 8″ cake pan this year.  Fancy, I know…   Made with raw pecans, whole dates, organic raisins, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.  It is full of flavor and nutrients!   Great with a scoop of…