Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

The buzz word for this year is cleanse. If you are jump starting your system this year, these Cleansing Cucumber Rolls will fit the bill perfectly. Who isn’t cleansing these days? People have all kinds of methods of rebooting their internal systems. One of my favorite ways is through real, whole foods.  Right […]

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing is perfect for the beautiful, sun-drenched Florida citrus that is in season right now. It is delicious massaged into a kale salad, or even just over a bed of lettuce. Let’s Talk Trends There are TONS of 2015 trend predictions out there. Some of them I’m not so […]


Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta is my new seasonal favorite dish – easy to prepare, full of flavor and is versatile enough to continue changing with the seasons. It was like stepping into another planet when we got out of our truck to visit our friends from college, Don and Kathy, […]

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Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

Get back to your roots with Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice. Simple. Seasonal. Delicious. …one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is […]


Last Minute Homemade Gifts ~ Lavender Peppermint Spray

Everyone is looking for last minute gift ideas – how about an idea for some last minute homemade gifts that are super easy and everyone will appreciate? Just for you, I paired everyone’s two favorite scents together to bring to you my top secret formula. This is my FAVORITE of the last minute […]

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Best Vegan Holiday Recipes

What better way to start the holidays than planning the menu around some of the best vegan holiday recipes around? Christmas parties, visiting families and fun times with friends usually center around food and drink. This year I will be celebrating Christmas at my mother in law’s house. Luckily we […]


Vegan Caesar Kale Salad with Arugula

This Vegan Caesar Kale Salad with Arugula is TO. DIE FOR. You may just lick the bowl. Right in front of the whole family at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table. A few exciting things have happened. 1) My CSA/Farm share just started up, 2) I got arugula in my first basket and 3) […]

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Sweet Potato Stacks

Bean Burger, Avocado and Sweet Potato Stacks

Bean Burger, Avocado and Sweet Potato Stacks are a delicious way to start celebrating the Thanksgiving Season. Creamy avocado and tender sweet potato proudly stand atop a bed of hearty kale for this feast – perfect as a unique dish for a dinner party and simple enough for a weeknight […]


A Healthy Uncrustables Alternative – Whole Grain, Sugar Free

I have it! Just for you, a healthy Uncrustables alternative! Whole grain, sugar free, wheat free, nut free, dairy free, preservative free, GMO free, kid tested and easy to make! My daughter has many demons to battle – food allergies and chronic ear infections. I have written many times about her allergies, […]

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Have You Heard of Food Patriots?

Recently an email landed in my inbox from a gentleman named Sam. I clicked it open and the first line was a question. Have you heard of Food Patriots? In light of it being non-GMO month, I was intrigued by the name and read more. This story is about a Midwestern mom, […]


Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars and Join me for Non-GMO Month at Native Sun

Real pumpkin, zingy ginger and pumpkin pie spice come together in my fall Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars – perfect for both breakfast and a hearty snack. Try them toasted – you’ll be in love. And the best part is hey are non GMO! Genetic modification is an issue that gets me fired […]

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars

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North African Spiced Vegetable Kebabs

North African Spiced Vegetable Kebabs with Coconut Tahini Sauce. Fragrant olive oil, fresh ginger, cumin, cinnamon and allspice – oh my! The other night I wanted something a little different. Something with some SPICE to it. And a creamy sauce to balance it out. North African, or Chermoula, spiced kebabs with […]


Olive Oil and Garlic Naan Recipe made with Chickpeas!

I am so excited about this flourless Chickpea, Olive Oil and Garlic Naan recipe that I could do cartwheels! With a lovely bread-like texture and light crisp crust I’m wondering what took me so long to create something delicious with chickpea flour. My friend Vivian has been telling me for […]

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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 […]


Fight Tiredness and Fatigue through Hydrating Foods

Your alarm wakes up out of a dead sleep and you hit the snooze button…. four times. Finally you drag yourself out of bed, get dressed and when you walk out the door a wall of heat and humidity hits. It is time to fight back naturally with hydrating FOODS. […]

Hydrating Foods

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Easy Three Bean Salad, Naturally Vegan

Fresh summer produce gave me the idea for this Easy Vegan Three Bean Salad. There is nothing better than vine ripened tomatoes, hearty edamame and garbanzo beans, and crisp-tender green beans dressed simply with olive oil and sea salt. For cookouts, beach days, and everyday life, this is the PERFECT summer […]


Tasting Florida

My sunny state of Florida is such a great place for plant-based food lovers to indulge. Those of us that live here know this well; however, I have many followers that live outside the state and I encourage you to visit and taste what we have to offer! Tasting Florida […]

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The Present Moment Cafe ~ Native Sun Night on the Town Event

 It is not often that you are greeted with a hug upon entering a restaurant. Love and passion for living foods is what sets the Present Moment Cafe apart from any old restaurant venue. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of co-hosting our fourth Native Sun Night on the Town […]


Sweet Potato Sliders with Curry Pesto

Tender sweet potatoes, rich curry and toasted bread are the feature ingredients in my crunchy, delicious Sweet Potato Sliders with Curry Pesto. Well known as the home of the controversial Paula Deen, Savannah Georgia is one of my favorite places on earth. It is rich with history, has a great food scene and […]

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Refreshing Summer Coolers

My Summer Coolers with fresh fruit and herbs are perfect to bring with you on the go. They will leave you feeling light, refreshed and are 35 calories or less! Drink eight glasses of water. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Don’t drink sodas or diet sodas. Hey, we all know the rules. We know we need […]