Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

November, 2017

Tired of making the same old vegetable side dishes?

If so, here is a delicious, simple cauliflower recipe you can add to your rotation!

I love how versatile cauliflower is.  In my opinion it has a milder flavor which really allows it to soak in the flavor of its seasoning.

I got this roasted cauliflower recipe from a friend a few years ago and it has become a keeper.  The combination of sweet and savory is just perfect.

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Tempeh Bolognese

November, 2017

Have you ever cooked with tempeh?  If you haven’t, it may seem intimidating. I mean just the name – tempeh??

So what exactly IS tempeh?

According to Dictionary.com, tempeh is a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia.  It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.

I know that the benefits of soy is a frequently debated topic.  Here is my take on soy, and why I believe that tempeh is a healthy source of soy.

Tempeh is a great source of plant based protein and is so versatile.  It has a nutty flavor, but when I cook with it I use some type of sauce that the tempeh easily soaks up.

This tempeh bolognese can be used on top of pasta, zoodles, or even roasted broccoli!  My husband, who is a meat guy, actually loved it!  (Full disclosure – he would have loved it even more if I made it with red meat, but that’s not the point, right?) Continue reading

Carrot Apple Muffins

August, 2017

One of my favorite things to do is to go to the local farmers market in town. 

This past week amongst a bunch of other delicious treats, I bought fresh carrots. My  normal routine is to roast them with a touch of butter, but this week I wanted to shake things up and decided to make carrot apple muffins.

They were amazing!  Perfectly moist with just the right amount of sweetness.  I added crushed walnuts and raisins for added depth, and used a paleo flour mix to keep them gluten free. (You can make them dairy free, too, by substituting the butter with coconut oil.)  

But best of all?  They are healthy AND got an A+ from the kiddos!  They have been having them for breakfast all week (I made some without nuts since they are allergic) and it feels great knowing they are starting their days eating food prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients. Continue reading

Two New Trader Joe’s Finds

June, 2017

My love for Trader Joe’s continues to deepen over time.  Just when I think they’ve created it all, they come out with more delicious, healthy food options that are beyond simple to prepare.

Check out my new finds below.  I give them both 2 thumbs up!  Why?  Because they meet my 3 criteria for healthy eating done right: nutritious, simple to prepare, and delicious! Continue reading