Category Archives: food.

sweet potato soup.

Sweet Potato Soup

Super easy vegan sweet potato soup recipe to share with you on this windy spring day! Just a few minutes in the kitchen to make a bubbly pot of soul-warming nutrition for the ones you love! Continue reading

vegan strawberry bon-bons.

strawberry bon-bons

Finding allergen-friendly valentines treats that aren’t just pure sugar is tricky business. Making allergen-friendly valentines treats is not so tricky…and WAY healthier. Blended with a ripe banana and some coconut butter, these strawberry filled bon-bons are just right for satisfying a sweet tooth. Continue reading

heavenly carrot cake muffins.

carrot cake muffinsFair warning: I’m about to get all overly-emphatic-blogger-chick on you. You know the type that gush on and on about how A-MAZ-ING every single thing they ever make tastes? The type that knows all about grammar and proper word usage but somehow loses all desire to care if the sentence is written correctly because, yum. Forgive me? Because, yum.

But seriously. These carrot cake muffins. Heavenly may be a bit of a stretch, but I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful they are. You just have to taste the perfection yourself. It’s a good thing they are healthy because I could have eaten every single one of them. It was love at first bite. 💕 Sigh… It really is unfortunate that “healthy” doesn’t equate to “calorie-free” isn’t it? But I digress… Continue reading

vegan layered bean dip.

vegan layered bean dip

After finally trying and loving a spin on vegan cheesy sauce, visions of vegan layered bean dip danced in my head. I have an unfortunate affection for (translation: addiction to) tortilla chips in spite of their obviously oil-drenched inappropriateness for fitting into an otherwise healthy diet. Maybe I rationalize them as my guilty pleasure…or my attempt to make sure my health-nut status isn’t too over the top…or shall I call it what it is? Hello, my name is Jessi, and I have a chip problem. Continue reading

spiced banana smoothie.

Spiced Banana Smoothie

A spiced banana smoothie is one of my favorite rehydrating, energizing drinks. It’s great after a workout, after or during a dehydrating illness, or if you’re just feeling a little sluggish. It’s so simple that I feel a little silly sharing a “recipe,” but I will anyway! Read more about the benefits of bananas here. Continue reading

crockpot sweet bean burritos.

sweet bean burritos

This time of year things can get so hectic it’s easy to end up unprepared for dinner and resorting to unhealthy convenience foods. Along with the added stress of the holiday seasons, as we celebrate with friends and family we also tend to overindulge in unhealthy, fatty foods and lots of sweets. Not surprisingly, this time of year is also known for an increase in the occurrence of colds and flus. We create a perfect storm sort of a situation. Stress hormones are at large wreaking havoc on our bodies. The bloodstream is crowded with an abundance of unhealthy fats, compromising the flow of nutrients and energy to our cells. The immune system is further weakened up to 40% for 3-4 hours after consumption of refined sugars. So taking the time to feed your family well is even more important than usual right now. Continue reading

nut-free vegan cheesy sauce.

vegan cheesy sauceCheese. If following a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle is new to you, I probably don’t need to say more. Cheese. Please. I remember what cheese was like ~ salty, creamy deliciousness that overpowered the flavor of every other food and somehow made everything seem to taste better. Almost every drool-worthy savory recipe plastered across Pinterest is oozing with cheese. You would think it was a near impossibility to cook without it. We are creatures of habit and we tend to crave foods similar to what we are used to. And so, we try to recreate the look, feel, and taste of the foods we are familiar with. Continue reading

making plant-based milks.

plant-based milks
In the interest of simplifying, I rarely cook with or use plant-based milks, but sometimes water or other liquid just won’t do, so it’s time to make some milk. Making plant-based milks is really not that complicated, it just takes a little time and forethought. The result is a cheaper, fresher, healthier version of what you can buy at the store, which often contains added oils, preservatives, and flavor/texture enhancers. Continue reading

orange chia seed muffins.

orange chia seed muffins

Being a whole-foods, plant-based cook in a fast-food, meat-based world has left me as a cook that rarely follows a recipe. This is not always a good thing. And I have three very tough (translation: “picky”) food critics around here. But I am happy to report that this new recipe for orange chia seed muffins passed the toughest of reviews with flying colors today. Continue reading

veggie fajita burgers.

veggie fajita burgers

I asked my son what he wanted for his special birthday dinner today. What was his favorite thing that I could make for him? His answer? “Hamburgers. But not veggie burgers mom. Real hamburgers.” Yes, it’s true. The boy likes meat. And it’s what everyone else eats as far as he’s concerned. And so, for his special occasion, real hamburgers it shall be. Continue reading

meal planning – a formula for success.

menu planning

Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all… you can be discouraged by failure / or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side. ~ Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM)

So…failure rocks…but it doesn’t feel like it. One sure fire way to fail when it comes to eating right is to go into it without a plan. Here’s a little story from my life: I was all excited to make something out of nothing for dinner and then share my stroke of genius with the world…but it was kind of…blah. And I’ll admit I was a little frustrated with my apparent lack of ingenuity. Trust me, this isn’t the first dish I’ve tried to recreate only to find that everyone wants toast after they gag down their obligatory first serving. But if Mr. Watson was right, if I keep on making mistakes, I’ll be successful in no time! Awesome. Enjoy that bowl of failure kids, we’re on our way to success! Continue reading

apple cake.

apple cake

Yesterday we celebrated a birthday. As I cleaned up what seemed like the aftermath of a hurricane, I found myself full of gratitude for opportunities to celebrate. Our lives are made up of moments and many of the moments seem mundane, but the beauty of the moments added together makes a life – and life is worth celebrating. So the day after a party, I baked a cake for another special occasion: It’s Monday. We’re all here together. Life is good. Continue reading

appetites, cravings, and addictions.

appetites, cravings, addictions

As adults one of the biggest giants we face is that of our own self will. We live as servants to our appetites, our cravings, and yes, our addictions to food. Dr. Douglas Graham, author of The 80/10/10 Diet, puts it this way: “Appetite is…the socially acceptable word for craving, which in turn is the socially acceptable term for addiction.” Call it what you want, but our choices for nourishment often have very little to do with hunger and very much to do with emotion. We eat because we are happy. We eat because we are sad. We eat because we are celebrating. We eat because we are grieving. We eat because we are stressed. We should be eating to nourish and strengthen our bodies and praying to nourish and strengthen our spirit. Continue reading

blueberry bliss smoothie.

blueberry bliss smoothie

Sometimes breakfast calls for something fast, easy, delicious, and as always, nutritious. This blueberry bliss smoothie meets all the requirements! It only takes three simple ingredients: blueberries, bananas, and coconut water. Continue reading

blueberries.

blueberries

about blueberries.

Blueberries are a prime example of a nutrient-dense, low-calorie whole, plant-based food. They frequently land on “healthiest foods” lists due to their high antioxidant content, which prevents and slows cellular damage and supports the immune system to prevent infections. Like their cranberry cousins, blueberries can be helpful in preventing and treating urinary tract infections because of their high levels of antibacterial hippuric acid, which inhibits bacterial growth in the urinary tract, reducing chances of infection. Continue reading