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Fall Inspired Meal Plan

Oct 11 2013 by | Comments (0)

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This week has given us the first real taste of fall in Southern California.  It’s been cool, cloudy and we even had a day of rain!  It’s been wonderful and I want nothing more than to put on a big thick sweater, warm up some soup and sit by the fire with a glass of hot apple cider.  I love fall, it’s my favorite season.  Here’s my fall inspired meal plan that is sure warm you up on those cool, crisp days.

~Sarah

Breakfast – Pumpkin Sausage Patties served with a side of roasted potatoes.

Snack – A delicious Honeycrisp apple – is there anything better?!

Lunch – A warm bowl of Chickpea Stew.

Snack – A cup of hot Spiced Cider and an Apple Cinnamon Donut.

Dinner – A bowl of Creamy Carrot, Cauliflower and Ginger Soup and a warm Autumn Pumplings for dessert!

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5 Foods I’m Loving Right Now

May 17 2013 by | Comments (0)
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Here in Southern California we are just a few weeks away from the the start of summer fruit season.  Some of my favorite fruits have already starting popping up at the local organic market and my fruit obsession is in serious overdrive.  Along with some delicious fruits here are a few other foods I’m loving right now.

~Sarah

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1.  Watermelon

Watermelon can help relax blood vessels, improving circulation and gives you a sweet treat with nutrients that benefit your body. Watermelon’s citrulline converts into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and circulatory system.

Watermelon and fresh watermelon juice contain more lycopene and beta carotene than tomatoes and tomato juice do. Dark red watermelons are particularly rich in these protective phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are natural plant compounds that trigger positive health effects in the body.

I’ve been enjoying freshly cut watermelon but for those that want to step it up a notch try these 2 amazing recipes – Watermelon and Sunflower Greens Salad and Watermelon Fizz.

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2.  Pineapple

Pineapple definitely ranks as one of my top 5 favorite fruits.  It’s juicy and sweet and full of health benefits.  Can you guess my favorite part of the pineapple?  Would you believe it’s the core?!  I love the crunchy middle and good thing too – the core is loaded with vitamins and nutrients and is the most nutritious part of the whole fruit!

Add some fresh pineapple to your morning smoothie or juice or try one of these pineapplerific recipes – Pineapple Coconut Muffins and Sweet and Saucy Teriyaki Stir Fry.

Summer Sweet Potato Salad with Garlic Dijonnaise

3.  Corn

Just this week my family and I enjoyed our first round of fresh corn on the cob for the season.  It was so fantastically good and I’ve been craving more ever since.  I’m a big fan of grilled corn hot off the grill but I also love adding to recipes and enjoying it’s sweet flavor.  My three favorite corn recipes – Grilled Corn Salad with Creamy Basil DressingSummer Sweet Potato Salad with Garlic Dijonnaise and Naked Quesadillas.

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4.  Summer Salads

I know it’s not technically summer yet but these salads are so delicious and healthy that I’ve started eating them a teeny bit early.  I bought my first bag of summer cherries just 2 days ago and while half the bag disappeared on the car trip home I did save enough to make my favorite I’m Just Peachy Salad.  A couple of my other favorite summer treats – Smoky Ranch Potato Salad (cause what summer cookout would be complete without a potato salad?!) and Massaged Greens with Avocado Dressing.

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5.  Homemade Ice Cream

This past week we had a little mini heat wave and summer temps made a brief appearance.  It rarely gets really hot here so when it does there is no better excuse to break out some homemade ice cream.  Everyone in my family loves this Guilt Free Banana-licious Ice Cream.  It’s so easy to make, no ice cream maker needed, and it’s so healthy you won’t feel bad about going back for seconds (or maybe even thirds!).

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Light and Fit Meal Plan

Jan 25 2013 by | Comments (0)

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By the time the end of January rolls around I am so ready for Spring. The cold, rainy (or snowy depending on where you live), dark days really get to me. I like to brighten things up a little with a day of light and fresh meals that are fun and energizing. Go ahead, let it rain (or snow). I can feel Spring on it’s way.

Kristy

BreakfastSmoothie Chia Pudding

SnackRefreshing Renewal Juice

LunchQuinoa Lettuce Wraps

SnackNO BAKE Blueberry Granola Bar

DinnerBroccoli and White Bean Soup

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Winter Warming Meal Plan

Jan 18 2013 by | Comments (0)

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This year Southern California weather has decided to remind us what cold weather feels like.  The last week or so has been freezing and no matter how many layers I pile on I just can’t seem to get warm.  This is one of those times where I need to warm myself from the inside out and there’s nothing like wholesome, soothing food to do that for you!  Here’s to staying warm one delicious meal at a time!

~Sarah

Breakfast – Cinnamon Vanilla Banana Bread and a cup of hot tea

Lunch – Broccoli and White Bean Soup with a side of whole grain crusty bread

Dinner – Butternut Squash Lasagna and a side salad

Snack – A handful of Spiced Pumpkin Granola and a cup of organic coffee with Homemade Coffee Creamers

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5 Foods I’m Loving Right Now

Jan 04 2013 by | Comments (0)
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Do you ever find yourself craving or obsessing over a food so much that you go to the grocery store 4 times a week just to stock up?  No?  Just me?  Well, call it a craving or just an intense need but here are the 5 foods that I’m loving right now.

~Sarah

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1.  Grapefruit

I’ve been on a serious citrus kick lately and I have no desire to stop.  I’m LOVING me some grapefruit right now.  I have one for breakfast every single morning – no sugar required with this fruit.  Not sold yet?  Here’s just a small list of reasons why you should stock up on this amazing fruit.  Grapefruit is excellent as a weight loss tool.  It is said that the smell of grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger. This is one of the reasons why people include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. High fiber contained in this fruit can satisfy hunger and thus, avoid any overeating temptation.  Have a fever ? Eat grapefruit! The pulp or the juice of grapefruit provides assistance to the patient to recover more easily from the fever. It can also help reduce the burning sensation that occurs during a high temperature. Can’t sleep? Eat a grapefruit (and please skip the glass of milk!).  A simple glass of grapefruit juice, if drunk before going to bed, can promote healthy and deep sleep thus, alleviate insomnia.

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2.  Red Quinoa

While not as popular as it’s white counterpart, red quinoa is just as nutritious and hearty.  Red quinoa is a complete protein and contains high amounts of fiber, folate, iron and zinc.  Red quinoa has slightly more nutritional benefits than white quinoa and in the cooler months I love using this hearty seed.  Try using some red quinoa in our Roasted Tomato and Quinoa Soup or Quinoa Pizza Bake – your belly will thank you!

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3.  Delicata Squash

Ever since I made my Warm Delicata Kale Salad I’ve been loving the creamy rich taste of this squash.  Lately I’ve been cutting them into strips and baking them in the oven – they are a delicious substitute for the boring french fry.  I’ve also been known to stuff one with some red quinoa (are you surprised?!) and my favorite vegetables.  Bake in the oven and you have an amazing dinner or lunch waiting for you.  If you haven’t tried this fantastic squash yet make sure you pick up a few before the season is over – you won’t be sorry!

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4.  Caesar Salad

Ok, I know technically this is not a food but a meal but I can’t seem to eat enough of this dish lately.  I’m ashamed to admit how much romaine lettuce I’ve been purchasing lately.  There is just something about the creamy dressing, crisp lettuce and crunchy croutons that make my mouth water!  Best salad ever!

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5.  Clementines

I told you I was on a citrus kick!  I just adore these little fruits. And they are little which means it’s totally ok that I eat like 5 or 6 a day, right?  Did you know that each clementine has around 22 mg of calcium?  I can’t think of a more delicious way to get my calcium each day!  The goodness doesn’t stop there either.  Just one clementine contains 131 mg of potassium which is an essential element for a healthy body.  Studies also show that the sweet aroma of this fruit is very calming.  The scent triggers a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain.  When serotonin is released, it gives you a ‘feel good’ feeling.  That’s one powerful little fruit!

 

So, what foods are you loving lately?

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Vegan MoFo Meal Plan

Oct 03 2012 by | Comments (0)

It’s Vegan MoFo and we’re so excited to be celebrating delicious plant based foods for the whole month.  For this meal plan we’ll be letting the pictures speak for themselves.  Enjoy this beautiful and healthy meal plan!

~Sarah

Breakfast – Caramelized Banana Stuffed French Toast

Lunch – Summer Sweet Potato Salad with Garlic Dijonnaise

Dinner – Soul Soothing Miso Ramen Soup

Dessert – Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

 

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Pledge to go Veg Meal Plan #5

Sep 28 2012 by | Comments (0)

So you’ve decided to make the pledge to go veg for one week!  Woohoo!  Are you having a hard time convincing the rest of your family to join you?  Well, here is a family friendly, kid approved meal plan that everyone will love.

~Sarah

BreakfastCrispy Waffles with a side of fresh fruit

SnackOrange Julius

LunchNaked Quesadillas

Snack – Skip and instead have dessert after dinner!

Dinner – Pasta with Sarah’s Marinara Sauce, a green salad and Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes with Creamy Vanilla Frosting

 

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Pledge to go Veg Meal Plan #4

Sep 27 2012 by | Comments (0)

My husband made the decision to go entirely plant based by himself.  He did the research and came to the same conclusion I did – it’s healthier, better for the environment and the best commitment you can make to providing your body with the best that nature has to offer.  However, he was skeptical of what he was going to be able to eat, especially being a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  So here is his meat and potatoes guy approved meal plan! Enjoy!

~Sarah

Breakfast – Pumpkin Sausage Patties with a side of Naked Hash Browns

Snack – a handful of Smokey Bacon-y Almonds

Lunch – Fiery Mexican Soup and a side of Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Focaccia Mini Buns

Snack – Apple Pie Truffles

Dinner – Sweet and Saucy Teriyaki Stir Fry

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Pledge to go Veg Meal Plan #3

Sep 26 2012 by | Comments (0)

Warm and comforting is the theme for this meal plan. Whether there’s an autumn chill in the air or you’re feeling under the weather or maybe you just had a bad day the meals in this plan will have you feeling better in no time.

Kristy

BreakfastSlow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with fruit of choice

SnackChocolate Graham Crackers

LunchSoul Soothing Miso Ramen Soup

SnackHomemade Pear Sauce

DinnerLentil Shepherd’s Pie

 

 

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Pledge to go Veg Meal Plan #2

Sep 25 2012 by | Comments (0)

This menu plan features some of my favorite fall recipes featuring fresh produce direct from the farmers market.  It’s perfect for Pledging to go Veg!

Kristy

BreakfastSmoothie Chia Pudding

SnackSpiced Pumpkin Granola

LunchFarmer’s Market Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette and Roasted Tomato and Quinoa Soup

Snack – Fresh, ripe and crisp apple

DinnerRoot Vegetables Pancakes and Baked BBQ Lentils

 

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