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,…

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…

Aztec Warrior Breakfast

Quinoa, an amazing protein-rich grain joins with energy-boosting maca and antioxidant rich berries for a wholesome, warming breakfast! I highly recommend using the I Heart Keenwah brand of quinoa flakes because it is deliciously toasted, with no traces of “grassiness” or bitterness. It also has 5 grams of protein per serving and cooks in no…

Flax and Millet Hot Cereal with Orange Prune Compote

This is a great breakfast on a cold winter’s day.  Creamy banana-scented porridge topped with a bright, citrus-sweet prune compote.  Whole grains, fruit-sweetened and delivering a dose of healthy fat in the morning, this breakfast is gluten-free, dairy-free and fills you up! Start with a cereal mixture of ground millet, flaxseed meal and sliced bananas. …

Sugar-Free Buckwheat Granola

This is a fantastic, unsweetened granola that features buckwheat, a gluten-free pseudo-grain that is actually not related to wheat at all.  It has highly digestible protein, an array of minerals and helps to stabilize blood sugar.  Combined with the magnesium, vitamin E and protein of almonds and sunflower seeds, bound together with coconut oil and…

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…