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Recipes

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Being gluten free, I’ve had trouble finding things I can eat at Chinese restaurants. It seems like everything is coated in flour, or sauces are thickened with flour. As I began to research recipes to make my own, I found many contained lots of white […]

Sour cream and onion dip

Sour cream and onion dip

I had a friend that would make the most amazing chip dip to bring to parties. It was just a tub of sour cream and packet of dry french onion soup mix. It was so good, but now I realize it was also so bad! […]

Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The older I get, the more I realize that I really need more vegetables in my life. It’s gotten to the point that if I haven’t eaten any veggies during the day (oops), I actually crave something green before bed! And this coming from the […]

Cleaning Hack–Getting rid of fruit flies

Cleaning Hack–Getting rid of fruit flies

Fruit flies are so annoying. It seems like the moment my bananas are ripe, the flies swarm in. And then they never leave, even if I throw out ALL my fruit and clean thoroughly. I’m so glad I found this method to get rid of […]

Copycat Frappuccino

Copycat Frappuccino

This weekend was HOT. We were headed out the door to go for a walk (aka play Pokemon Go), and I needed an energy boost. I had some leftover coffee from the morning that I had put into the fridge, but I was really craving […]

All  Purpose Fudge

All Purpose Fudge

The name says it all! Versatile, delicious, and just sweet enough. This fudge is amazing. Serious game changer. I don’t keep sweets on hand because it’s way too hard to not mindlessly snack or overdo it. But if I’m really craving something sweet, I whip […]

Southwestern Chopped Salad

Southwestern Chopped Salad

I have been getting the most awful heartburn lately. I don’t know if it’s unavoidable at 33 weeks pregnant, or if it means my baby girl will come out with lots of hair (fingers crossed!). Regardless, my eating habits really plummeted, especially with healthy things. […]

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

It astounds me how much sugar, preservatives, and needless junk gets put in granola bars these days. I hate how much you have to pay for one bar, and then they are so small they don’t even put a dent in your hunger. Because I […]

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Chocolatey Peanut buttery And just a little sweet Gluten, dairy, and soy free, vegan, low in sugar These peanut butter cups are amazing, and because they only use healthy ingredients, you can enjoy them guilt free! No refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, or toxic preservatives.  They […]

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

I don’t know about you, but fall weather makes me crave crunchy, salty snacks. It’s really easy to choose potato chips, especially if they are kettle cooked. Yum…. But potato chips are also empty calories and are often fried in toxic oils. And that just […]

Pumpkin Spice is in the Air!

Pumpkin Spice is in the Air!

It’s October, the leaves are changing, and we had our first cold day of the year today. If it wasn’t already, it is now officially fall! With the start of another beautiful autumn, there are a few classics you can count on making an appearance […]

Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

  I can’t remember the last time a recipe changed my life so significantly. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and was blown away at how amazing these brownies were! I was expecting them to be good, but in a fake dessert kind of way. […]

How to make your own coconut milk

How to make your own coconut milk

About a year ago, my husband starting experiencing awful intestinal inflammation. It took months of cutting out various foods, such as dairy and meat, and adding supplemental curcumen and fish oil, but we finally got it under control. My husband can now tolerate meat and dairy, […]

Mostly vegan alfredo

Mostly vegan alfredo

About a year ago, my husband was forced to eliminate dairy and meat from his diet. We were already eating gluten free at this point, so this didn’t leave very many exciting options for his meals. A quick trip to the local health food store […]

How to shop for produce at Costco

How to shop for produce at Costco

How to shop for produce at Costco Costco is awesome! I love the industrial feel of the store, and you can’t beat the prices. There are not many choices for each product, which I actually appreciate. I waste far too much time comparing products when I […]

Creamy Kimchi Stew

Creamy Kimchi Stew

I’m back! It’s been almost 3 months since my last post, and for that I apologize. I have been working hard on a new project, and work has been extra busy.  I’ve come up with several new recipes in the mean time, which I’ll be […]

Red lentil burgers

Red lentil burgers

I hate lentils. They have a weird taste, and the texture grosses me out. Due to some health issues, we have been trying to eliminate meat and dairy from our diets, and I knew it was inevitable that red lentils would work their way into […]

Chickpeazza crust

Chickpeazza crust

Chickpeazza crust = chickpea pizza crust. Clever, huh? I remember my mom making gluten free baked goods with chickpea or garbanzo bean flour, back before there were good gluten free flour mixes available. This was right after I had to go gluten free, so I […]

Spaghetti squash with spinach sauce

Spaghetti squash with spinach sauce

Spaghetti squash with spinach sauce. That’s a mouthful! To be exact, it is actually spaghetti squash with shallot spinach sauce… Say that 3 times fast! This was a completely new experience for me, because I hate squash. I remember when I was young, trying to […]

Veggie Marinara Pasta

Veggie Marinara Pasta

I have always referred to my abilities to care for plants or a garden as a “black thumb”.  I have never been very good at keeping a garden going or even a houseplant (my husband thankfully keeps our house looking green!) I decided to give […]