Category Archives : Quick and Easy


Three Ingredient Vegan Ranch ~ Tangy, Creamy and Easy to Prepare!

This “Three Ingredient Vegan Ranch” is tangy, creamy and super easy to throw together. Your kids will love you (and their veggies) for it! I’m “the Garden Mom”. This means that when volunteer requests came around at school I put my hand up to help fill the garden beds at […]

Three Ingredient Vegan Ranch

Soft and Moist All Natural Kale and Flax Cornbread Muffin

All Natural Kale and Flax Cornbread Muffins

Gently sweet, soft, moist and comforting – these kale and flax cornbread muffins are supremely satisfying. They are perfect for breakfast or as a great accompaniment for dinner (and your kids will love eating kale and flax). Imagine that! There is something comforting about cornbread – it’s a little sweet […]


Luscious Lemon Olive Oil Dressing over Crunchy Rainbow Salad

Since leaving my corporate job I have been so much busier than I thought I would be – but every minute has been filled with gratitude, peace and excitement about the future.  After 13 years in the structured day of corporate finance I expected to have anxiety with the change […]

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Back to School! Kid Tested Vegan Gluten Free Snack Idea – Grape Skewers with Lemon Vanilla “Frosting”

 I thought I was SOOOO smart. At my daughter’s daycare I had created tons of vegan and gluten free lunch and snack ideas that she loved and were easy to prepare.  With all her food allergies to wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts and dyes (like red 40) it was just easier […]


Chicken Out! Vegan and Gluten Free Dilled Chickpea Salad

I confess. I miss tuna fish sandwiches and chicken salad – but substituting chickpeas with the same flavors is just as satisfying on a plant based diet! I love that clean and fresh taste of dill – so distinctive – paired with nuts or seeds. As soon as I saw […]

Nutty Chickpea Salad

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3 Easy Ways to Make a Positive Change in Your Diet.

Discover the secret of my 3 easy ways to make a positive change in your diet, and enjoy a recipe for grilled tempeh with raspberry, horseradish mustard sauce. This quick and easy recipe will knock your socks off! The sauce does double duty as the perfect dressing, as well as a sweet/savory sauce – […]


Tips on How to Make Dinner Quick, Easy and Cheap!

 True or False – you will save money if you make it from scratch. True. Sort of. I think back to my days before children, when I could gallivant about the city going to weekly wine tastings and dinners.  I was young, professional and thought I was hot stuff.  Several […]

Kale Spa Salad

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Simply Sophisticated Dessert – Strawberries, Agave and Crystallized Ginger

Gently sweet, a little salty and a little spicy. Is your mouth watering yet? Anyone that follows my blog knows that I tend to keep things simple. As soon as I the ingredient list climbs above 7 items I know the likelyhood of people making it goes way down.  We […]


Chunky Salsa Taco Salad and my As Seen on TV Confessions

I have a confession that is very embarrassing – and it involves this delicious Chunky Salsa Taco Salad. I’m an “as seen on TV” junkie. I’ve tried: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) here is how I would rank some the ones I’ve tried. Music Bullet 10 – […]

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Chocolate Chip Mila Bars

Four Reasons Mila is my Chia of Choice and a Recipe for Chocolate Chip Chia (Mila) Bars

There are four reasons I choose Mila. WHY is it better?   A fair question.  Over the years, I have been approached with many various products – from skin care, to food, to pills and shakes and this is the only product I have chosen to support. Quality. We need […]


Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Hen of the woods, bears head tooth, giant puffballs and the shaggy mane. They aren’t names of characters in a children’s book – they’re names of edible mushrooms! Ever wondered how in the world people identify edible wild mushrooms? Most of the store-bought mushrooms we eat today are grown on […]

Mushroom Gills

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Nutritional Yeast Vinaigrette

One of my most favorite ingredients ever! Nutritional yeast is a vegan support formula where yeast (a form of fungus/mushroom) is grown on molasses, heated to kill the yeast, and finally dried into the texture of flakes.  It may be fortified with B Vitamins and has about 70 calories and […]


Gingery Pepita Energy Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet and only around 150 calories!

Gingery Pepita Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet. 100% delicious. These are so satisfying and EASY to make – you’ll never spend money on pre-made bars again.  I’ve been making tons of variations of these with whatever is on sale.  I simply add enough dates, […]

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

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Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Surprise and delight your friends with this Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge!  Over a week ago I had this post read to print when the unthinkable happened.  In an effort to get back to some normalcy and keep my mind off things I am up and looking at […]


How I Won the Battle with Depression and Got off Antidepressants

Let me take a personal journey for a moment in hopes that I will help someone else be able to say, “I won the battle with depression and got off antidepressants.”   I felt like a three ton weight was pressing on my shoulders and wanted to just lie in my darkened closet […]

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Sloppy Joes with Tempeh and Black Beans

Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes with Tempeh and Black Beans

  “What….is the number one reason people don’t join a CSA?” Francisco, the owner of KyV Farm asked me with eyebrows raised and eyes wide, waiting for my answer…..  “UM….because they haven’t heard of one?”  “No! Because people want convenience!” Dang. I missed that one. Francisco likes to quiz me on […]


Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds

Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds

Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds is both delicious and satisfying; coarse sea salt, aromatic cumin and sweet carrots pump up the volume on your taste buds, and hearty lentils keep you fuller, longer. Two days ago I clicked on a photo and my mouth started watering. Over carrots. I was […]


A Fresh Take on Old Favorites – Two Bagel Toppings! Curried Cashew Hummus and Curried Cashew Cream Cheese

Two Bagel Toppings! Curried Cashew Hummus and Curried Cashew Cream Cheese Remember some of the diets of the past? Go fat free, they said.  Peanut butter was the devil, nuts were off limits and you couldn’t even LOOK at an avocado. (Be still my heart.) (Don’t even get me started on […]

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Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

Tofu Xpress Giveaway and an Easy Saucy Kale and Tofu Sandwich

For my Kale and Tofu Sandwich scroll down! ____________________________________________ And the winner of the giveaway is #13 Anna Rabhan! Please check out her article at her website the Organic Adventurer on Palm Oil and Orangutans. ____________________________________________ The long ago day when I overheard people talking about the book the China […]