A salad is not a salad without a delicious dressing… agreed? Just don’t sabotage the health benefits of your salad greens with a salad dressing full of processed ingredients that aren’t nourishing! This wholesome and healthy sauce is sure to please on many levels. It honestly reminds me of Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard Sauce, just oh-so-much-healthier! (more…)

Did you know that blueberries protect the brain, and also prevent insulin spikes from occurring? This makes blueberries the perfect addition to any breakfast food that uses any form of concentrated simple sugar, such as cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar.  Here’s the catch: research also shows that in order to unlock these protective benefits of blueberries, 1 cup or more needs to be consumed with the high-sugar foods. This recipe below is a perfect example of the proper ratio! (more…)

Here goes again. Another dessert recipe. It’s the Autumn now, and sweet treats seem to be raining from the sky… it starts with Halloween in October and continues on until January hits, when people make those traditional “New Year’s Resolutions” to lose weight, or cut out sugar, or whatever fad “diet” that continues to bypass the root issue of needing a lifestyle shift. It’s a terrible and frustrating cycle… I know because I was in it for enough time to be sick and tired of it. Enjoying sweet foods that are complementary to longterm healthy lifestyle goals is surprisingly easy to do however….  those are the kinds of recipes that I tend to whip up in my kitchen. (more…)

These nuggets of deliciousness contain that gooey and dense texture. I grew up eating these, and still have the traditional recipe my mom used.  Tweaking it to a vegan twist was simple and didn’t sacrifice a bit of texture or flavor. It still has a flaky top, slightly crispy edges, and a thick, soft and gooey center. (more…)

I really love the taste of Fall: you know… caramel apples, cinnamon rolls, warm apple cider, soothing chai teas, calming soups, not to mention Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! As I write this blog post I reminisce on the cooling gusts of breeze from remnants of Hurricane Florence to my home shoreline of the Carolina low country.  And with the Autumnal Equinox (more…)

When I make curry at home, I grab ideas for ingredients from mixed resources… there’s Red Thai Curry, then of course Green curry, Indian curry (“Jalfrezi”) and of course there’s the traditional curry.  I have followed many recipes “to the tee,” with careful grocery store planning to obtain every ingredient. Lately however, my life is a mixed up mod podge of projects, and my curry dishes have become the same way. No particular recipe followed… just a mix of this and that from various recipes I’ve followed over the years. I finally wrote down this version quickly on a busy school night, with little time to get a meal on the table for my family.  My children and my husband all reached for seconds, and there were NO LEFTOVERS! (more…)

My daughter recently earned a Summer Reading prize out our local library. The prize was a Wendy’s Frosty.  She looked at the coupon and said “Mom, what’s a Frosty?” Part of my heart sunk…. I realized she had never stepped foot in a Wendy’s! I banned Wendy’s while pregnant with her, as a Wendy’s meal (baked potato and side salad) was the only meal that ever made me throw up during my gestational period with her.  But plants have a way of providing us everything we need, without fake fillers, preservatives, refined this and thats, animal by-products, and we still get tasty sweet treats like… a Frosty. … just better…. my daughter asked me to put this recipe on my blog, so here it is! (more…)

I love to pull out this recipe on special occasions and long relaxing weekends or Holidays! Blueberries just happen to be in season in my neck of the woods, so this is a perfect use for such a beautiful, colorful, flavorful and beneficial berry!  I also make these for my musician friends and they love them every time! When I started researching the benefits of sprouting grains, nuts, legumes and seeds I was able to successfully revisit these delicious blueberry muffins with alternative ingredients, and still have wonderful results! There are numerous benefits to sprouting plant foods, which I will get into in a different blog. One good run of thumb when it comes to choosing beneficial foods is: “if it doesn’t’ sprout, throw it out!” (more…)