Category Archives : Tips


3 Surprising Reasons You Shouldn’t be Juicing (And the One Exception)

WHAT? Shouldn’t be juicing? Yes – here are my 3 surprising reasons you shouldn’t be juicing (and the one exception).    To juice, or not to juice… It can’t CURE anything. Run the other way whenever someone claims that their juice, pill, concoction….any one thing will “cure” an ailment. What juicing can do is […]

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Pre-Travel Smoothie

3 Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet

Dining Out is Easy with My 3 Top Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet. Before you leave, load up your body with nutrients – enjoy my fresh, sweet and creamy pre-travel smoothie. Dining out while attempting to eat a healthy diet is hard. Eating out and traveling on vegan or plant-based diet […]


5 Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers

Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers. There is something about the excitement of planning a camping trip. So many of us spend much of our days hunched over a computer, driving in a car with a cellphone attached to our ear, or parked in front of […]

Switchback Soup from Outdoor Herbivore

Overnight Oats

Vegan Back to School Lunch Ideas and a Secret at the End….

Last year I was mad as hell seeing what kids at my daughter’s school were eating. It could NOT be called food! Join my crusade to FIGHT BACK. This is my post on healthier plant-based, vegan back to school lunches. You guys – we need to start getting PISSED about […]


Top Secret Ninja Tips for Food Blogging

There are TONS of tips out there on blogging.  Write quality content, don’t make spelling mistakes, be authentic….but what are the APPS we use? What about all the technical stuff? How the heck do I ever make money blogging? Here are my Top Secret Ninja Tips for Food Blogging as well […]

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Garlicky Black Beans

Garlic Black Beans over Rice Pasta

The secret is in the sauce with my Garlic Black Beans over Rice Pasta. Extra garlic, onions, Kalamata olive paste and sundried tomatoes are tied together with a dash of balsamic for pure perfection. What is the first thing you are usually thinking about when you get up each morning? […]


Simple Guide to Certified Organic Essential Oils

Find out why I’m head over heels in love with certified organic essential oils!   (Scroll down to find out why I’m so excited and how I’m now saving 100 calories by using essential oils!) So much to say, so little time. In the scheme of health and wellness in my […]

Genesis Pure Organic Essential Oils

Spicy Sweet Mango Lentils

Spicy Sweet Potato & Mango Lentils with Chili Sauce

One bite of my Spicy Sweet Potato & Mango Lentils with Chili Sauce will have your taste buds dancing. Layers of flavor create balance in this dish; aromatic, fresh ginger, cooling coconut milk, sweet mango, a little heat from the chili sauce, and salty, savory miso ~ all tied together in a neat […]


11 NEW Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

For those of us that need some new and fresh ideas, hopefully these 11 NEW ways to eat healthy on a budget will fit the bill. 1. Buy spices from the bulk bin.  This is a great way to add flavor inexpensively, without additional fat and salt and then pair […]

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Kale Spa Salad

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 […]


Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies over Fresh Citrus Salsa and Cilantro Sunflower Seed Pesto PLUS Tips on How to Make Tofu Look Like Chicken!

Grilled Adobo Tofu and Veggies Open your mind…… “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto “Many people know that animals around the world are treated badly, yet they turn their minds away.” – Ruby Roth, Vegan is Love So I […]

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Three Tips on How to make a Great Vegan Veggie Burger (and a Savory Veggie Burger Recipe)!

  I’ve finally discovered the secrets to making great tasting great veggie or bean burgers when they used to fall apart, turning into mush. The first secret is some flour – any kind will do; add it a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is firmer but only just […]

Savory Veggie Burger with Vegan Cheese

Blissful Blueberry Bake and Six Disney Food Survival Tips

Six Disney Food Survival Tips Disney World. Is it one of your life’s dreams to get there? Or are you not into the lines and crowds? I would definitely put myself into the latter category.  Camping is one of my favorite pastimes.  Nature. Solitude. Calm.  My life is crazy enough […]


Broccoli Stem Salad with Creamy Garlic Tarragon Sauce – Don’t Throw Those Broccoli Stems Away!

How many times do we throw food away and not think about it? According to the EPA “More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent […]

Broccoli Stem Salad with Creamy Garlic Tarragon Sauce

The Flavor Bible

Simple Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Onions

Ready to get a little crazy? How about THIS instead of your same old green bean casserole? Fresh green beans, Meyer lemon from the tree out front, a hint of aromatic garlic and some crispy onions – what is not to love? According to one of my favorite websites, World’s […]


Chocolate Peppermint Mila Popcorn and Dawn’s Top Ten Reasons to Give Mila as a Holiday Gift!

  Here are my top 10 reasons why Mila is the best gift for the people on your list. ____________________________________ 1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE to shop.  2. Fiber aids in WEIGHT LOSS and BALANCES BLOOD SUGAR:  How many people are struggling with weight loss and never feel full? Mila absorbs ten times its […]

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Purple Kale and Sundried Tomato Salad

Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

I’m kicking off the new CSA Season right with a Purple Kale and Sun Dried Tomato Salad and a how-to video on storage and prep. Yesterday was our FIRST delivery of the CSA season and what a great start! In our bags we got squash, onions, broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach, […]


Christmas Gift Ideas – Support Local Business!

Halloween is almost here and before we know it the Christmas season will be upon us and we know what that means – gift giving!  And this season I thought, what better way to celebrate the holidays than by supporting small US based businesses? Lord knows, in this economy lots […]

Heirloom and organic garden seeds by Moonlight Micro-Farm.

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Sneaky Open-Faced Sloppy Joes – Vegan with Rice and Beans

What is so sneaky about a Sloppy Joe?  If you’re trying to get your kids to eat more fiber and veggies then this is the perfect way to sneak them into a dish.  I used red kidney beans and red cabbage that is full of fiber and antioxidants.  Cabbage has […]