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Cooked Carrots with Thyme

cooked carrots with thyme

For years I boiled carrots as a side dish.  Ick.  I might as well have taken a can of mushy carrots and plopped them onto a plate and called it a day.  Then, I learned a method of how to cook them perfectly every time!  Having this recipe for cooked carrots with thyme has our family eating this side dish like crazy. Carrots make an awesome side that many people forget about. They have a reputation for being boring.  But,...

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

peanut butter and banana overnight oats

We’re heading back to school and we all know what our kids need most to start the day off right.  A filling, protein-rich breakfast.  But, the tricky part is finding the time to do that. Well, I’ve got one here served up on a platter (or a jar) for you. The great thing about peanut butter and banana overnight oats is that of course it can be made the night before.  So, during the hustle and bustle of getting out...

Paleo Chocolate Truffles with Golden Milk

paleo chocolate truffles with golden milk

If you haven’t heard of adaptogens, you will soon. They are the miracle herbs that not only relieve stress, but also increase energy and vitality as well as bring balance to our stress-ridden lives.  (Read my upcoming article that delves into adaptogens in more detail). Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful of the adaptogens.  Also known as “Indian ginseng” it’s in the tomato family.  It’s been used as a healing remedy for years, namely for stress, fatigue and the...

Tangy Garlic Potato Wedges

tangy garlic potato wedges

If you make these tangy garlic potato wedges, you’d better have the recipe handy, because people will be asking for it.  It goes great with just about any grilled meat and of course easy to make. Potato wedges of any kind have been a popular starch around here lately, because they’re so easy to make.  We went through a brown rice phase that lasted way too long so we needed a change. With the balance of sweet and savory along...

Blue Protein Smoothie Bowl

blue protein smoothie bowl

We have smoothies all the time around here, but we rarely have smoothie bowls.  Honestly, it’s just a thicker version of a smoothie dumped into a bowl.  The fun part is you can add tons of toppings.  So, instead of drinking your breakfast through a straw, you can add some crunchy stuff such as homemade granola or make it protein packed with hemp.  With this blue protein smoothie bowl, you can start your day with loads of antioxidants and enough...

Sheet Pan Portobello Tacos

sheet pan portobello tacos

I randomly found a recipe for sheet pan portobello tacos over 10 years ago and it comes into rotation when we’re feeling like we want to: #1 eat light and #2 make something super easy. Like everything else, it has morphed into a completely different recipe and I don’t even remember what the original was.  But, I love this so much.  My kids are mushroom superfans, so they’re always excited when I make this. Granted my daughter never eats a...

Honey Bear Smoothie

honey bear smoothie

There’s a local smoothie place that makes a fantastic Honey Bear smoothie.  I would swing by and grab one as a quick lunch sometimes.  It. Is. So. Good.  But!  They moved across town.  Darnit. I found a few recipes (apparently Honey Bear smoothies are a thing) and I came up with this one that I swear is better than the one I used to buy for however much. I told myself I wasn’t going to post another smoothie for a...

Homemade Cinnamon Almond Butter

homemade cinnamon almond butter

Making homemade cinnamon almond butter is really one of the simplest recipes.  The best part is you can make it to your liking.  Here, I added cinnamon to add a little something something. Why make homemade almond butter when you can just buy your own?  Well, there’s lots of reasons.  First of all.  Homemade always tastes better.  It’s fresh, the texture can be controlled to your liking and you can mix it with whatever fun stuff you want.  Chocolate? Nutmeg?...

Easy Potato Salad

easy potato salad

There’s something about burgers and potato salad that is the perfect food for 4th of July.  An easy potato salad makes it even better right? There’s always that debate whether mustard or mayo.  This recipe does have vegenaise (or mayo if you prefer), but it’s not heavy on the sauce, so even the pickiest people will like this one.  You get the crunch with the crisp fresh green beans, so there’s no mushiness here. So, first prep your ingredients.  If...

Lime Coconut No Bake Energy Bites

lime coconut no bake energy bites

Chocolate energy bites, flax energy bites, pumpkin energy bites.  Seems like there’s so many these days.  Well, they’re everywhere for 3 reasons. They’re healthy They’re easy They are sooooo tasty. I found this recipe for lime coconut no bake energy bites from Oprah.com that are refreshingly different.  The only thing I changed was substituting almond milk for coconut milk.  They’re a great protein snack for summertime. I’ve been snacking on these things for a week and they fill me up....