Healthy Eating Through Pantry Organization

No matter the size of the space, if your pantry and cabinets are bulging with too many boxes, bags, bottles and cans, your waistline is likely to be bulging also! Reducing the contents to nutritious items that will be consumed within the next couple of weeks will increase the success rate of any diet plan you attempt.

Are You Protecting Your Heart—Really?

Experts make it sound like protecting your heart from heart disease should be easy, but the truth is the “simple steps” they recommend can feel overwhelming if you haven’t already incorporated these habits into your daily life. Read on for tips about how to protect your heart from cardiac disease and how you can getContinue reading “Are You Protecting Your Heart—Really?”

Make One Simple Change for a Better Night’s Sleep

If you frequently toss and turn or stare hopelessly at the clock ticking away another good night’s sleep, you know quality sleep is the holy grail of a healthy, happy life. Sleep helps us better manage stress, enhances our mood, boosts our immune system, supports healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health, and gives us theContinue reading “Make One Simple Change for a Better Night’s Sleep”

Carol’s Granola

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats or equivalent measurement with oat bran, barley and flax seed
1 cup raw almonds or pecans, roughly chopped (I use a combo of almonds, pecans and walnuts to equal 1 cup.)
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup honey or maple syrup
3/4 coconut oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped dried cherries, currants, yellow raisins or a mix of all three (optional)
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BEST Non-Dairy Ranch, EVER!

1 cup mayonnaise (Your choice: I use Soy-Free Veganaise)
½ cup unsweetened, original almond milk (if you prefer a thicker dressing, add a few Tbsp. Kite Hill Alternative Cream Cheese – I LOVE the Chive flavor)
1 tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. dried dill
½ tsp. celery seed
½ tsp. garlic powder
1½ tsp. of dried chives
Salt & Pepper to taste
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Debbi’s Beef and Veggie Soup

1 lb. ground beef
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes or 1 large (used one with Italian seasoning)
Carrots, sliced
Celery, cut into small pieces
Zucchini, cut into small pieces
Onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 can cannellini beans, drained
1 can Kidney Beans, drained
½ jar marinara sauce
1 carton of broth (4 cups – your choice)
Italian Seasonings (Oregano and Basil to taste)
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t use either)
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10 Minute Vegan Pesto Sauce

1 1/2 cups fresh basil (loosely packed)
1/3 cup olive oil (or other high-quality and flavorful oil)
1 cup pine nuts (other nuts, such as almonds or walnuts may be substituted)
5 cloves garlic
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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