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    • Recipe inspired by my MIL

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    •  3/21/2011 7:08:43 PM
    •  I was inspired by my mother-in-law to make my latest creation... okay so it's nothing fancy, but it was a BIG WINNER at my house. 


      Of course when anyone comes to my house, they will be encouraged to eat more veggies or change favorite meals by adding a few veggies to them. (My in-Laws are on a spaghetti kick.) I am always pushing them to eat healthier so they can be around for many years to come. (yes, I actually like them!)

      Sometimes its like pulling teeth to get my MIL to cook better foods. She wants to, but for some reason has a fear. Well being the smarty pants that I am, I tricked her! I searched through my cupboards, something I do often, and found a box of macaroni shells. I started boiling the water and asked my MIL to chop up some veggies for me. I secretly timed her. It took her less than 5 minutes. She whips up spaghetti all the time, it was fun to show her the simple change she can make.  Here is the recipe I came up with.

      A twist on traditional spaghetti: (my recipes are usually  BABY STEPS, so don't judge ;)

      1 box of whole wheat or brown rice pasta. any shape. 

      1  1/2 cups prepared pasta sauce (no meat)

      1 zucchini

      1 yellow squash

      1/2 bunch of kale

      1 red pepper (any color)

      Cook pasta according to directions on package. While the water is boiling, chop veggies and throw into a steamer ( I use a cheap one I got from costco). Steam for 6-7 minutes, until tender. Drain pasta and toss with sauce and veggies. HINT:chop veggies even smaller after they are steamed so the kids cant really pick them out. the texture becomes similar to the pasta itself. OOOHH another HINT: Add as many veggies as you can think of, broccoli, eggplant. red onions... endless possibilities. 

      I served mine with a simple fruit salad: chopped strawberries, banana, grapes, and apples. I got two thumbs up from my kids on tonights dinner!


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    • Getting started

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    •  2/15/2011 1:08:11 PM
    •  I absolutely LOVE having this website! I love having to very dear friends who share my same food beliefs. Just this past week I have had the opportunity to meet two people on separate occasions that are trying to "go vegan" or change their habits. I got to talk with them about their struggles and getting started. It was such a good reminder to me of why this blog is so important. There are so many out there that WANT to change their diet, but find it hard. Then even when you have the eating and the recipes down, you have friends or for some even family members who do not support it. My hope with our website is that we can give you that support. I am excited as we started into this new year, we (whole food mommies) are working on some exciting changes for our website. Our hope and goal is to help others start or continue their journey into the Whole Food world. We love what we do and we love how we feel.



      If you are just starting out your journey I want to say, WAY TO GO and more importantly HANG IN THERE, it really does get easier! I would like to make a few suggestions if you are just getting started. Take BABY STEPS, I loved how OPRAH suggested Meatless Mondays! What a great way to get started. For me I started with just a few new veggies at a time. For our family, we were corn and carrots folks. Now those two veggies are last resort. 


      START SWAPPING: swap out the meat for beans in a few meals. I use to make a delicious chicken rice bowl, I swapped the chicken for a can a black beans (drained and rinsed). Another easy swap is the veggies you are already eating, switch it for greens or add more to the meal. I have to be honest, my list of veggies that I hated was by far longer than the ones I would eat before I started this process. It took my taste buds some time to learn to LOVE all those green veggies. Kale... forget about it, there was no way I was even going to eat that stuff twice, now I try to have it nightly. My tastes buds get so excited when I start steaming it up. Be patient with yourself an your kids. Its well worth it.


      GET THE KIDS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS: I let them either help cook or at least pick a veggie or two for dinner. It seems to help them feel like they are not being completely forced into this new way of eating. Its empowering for them to know why they are making the choices they make. It will help them as they grow older and get to make more of their food choices on their own.


      Last but not least, DON'T TRY TO DO IT ALL AT ONCE. I have been asked about organic only, or alkalinity and even going completely raw. Here's my opinion, pick one or two things to focus on until you are comfortable, then continue to add to it. If you read The China Study or Eat to Live (any other book like-minded) it can be very overwhelming. Chances are, you will start out with the best intentions, but soon the burnout sets in and then it just all gets thrown out. You have to recognize the BIG STEP you are taking, take it slow.



      Some of my favorite staple recipes:










      There are so many more fun, quick easy kid friendly recipes on our site, check out our whole recipe section: RECIPE SECTION

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    • Quick quinoa Dinner

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    •  2/11/2011 1:19:30 PM
    •  Last night between Valentines shopping and heading to Bikram yoga, I only had 30-40minutes to come up with dinner. I spent the day cleaning and not concerning myself with what I was going to make for dinner.

      I looked through the cupboards stumped. I grabbed quinoa and pulled out some veggies to steam. I threw broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and brussel sprouts into my steamer and started boiling the quinoa (after thoroughly rinsing it). I figured we will just have a bland dinner and the kids will complain, but at least its healthy.... then the LIGHT BULB:


      Quinoa Veggie Surprise:


      1 cup quinoa  rinsed (uncooked)

      2 cups water

      2TBSP veggie or chicken boulion

      1 cup steamed and chopped broccoli

      1 cup steamed at chopped carrots

      1 can black beans drained and rinsed


      Place quinoa, water, and boulion in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes stir occasionally. Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes. (steam the veggies while quinoa is cooking).  Pour quinoa into a large bowl, add beans and veggies. Stir and serve warm or chilled. Feel free to add as many veggies to the mix as you would like. I take it easy when I am trying new dishes, I use the veggies my kids know and love. 


      The surprise:


      **My eight year said, "this is the best family dinner ever!" then she quickly corrected herself with, "best HEALTHY family dinner ever!"

      All of my kids ate without a complaint.... shock and awe! Simple yet full of nutrition. Give it a try!



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    • Basic Salads

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    •  2/5/2011 2:03:10 PM
    •  I am a very simple girl. I usually won't make something if I see more than 5 or 6 ingredients on the recipe. I have ventured out and made some really delicious salads. I thoroughly enjoy a well mixed salad with some homemade dressing, however I have found for myself that I just don't or maybe just won't take the time to make something fancy everyday. I usually end up throwing something together really quickly and eating it with one hand while reading a book or preparing a lesson for a class I teach. I have a few basic rules I follow for making my salad:

      1- SPINACH

      2- BROCCOLI

      3- PEPPER ( red, green, yellow, or orange whatever your pleasure. all loaded with vitamins)

      4-FRUIT (strawberries, bluberries, mangos, apples etc)

      I no longer use dressing on a daily basis, I find that the sweet and juicy fruit  make up for that lacking flavor. I grab a handful of spinach, chop the broccoli, pepper and fruit..... VOILA!  A super quick easy and HEALTHY lunch. I have even been known to throw it all in a baggie and take it with me in the car while running errands... yes thats how crazy I am!!! :)

       There are of course many other variations because there are so many fruits and veggies out there. Have fun with it. I find that with these few staple ingredients you can add just about anything and still have a wonderful flavor! Also if you still use dressing to get down the daily salads, try just going a little easy on it. Day by day eliminate more. One day you won't need it. Our tasted buds are learning to love all these new wonderful NATURAL flavors, go easy on em! :)

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    • Oprah goes VEGAN!

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    •  2/1/2011 12:02:38 PM
    • Be sure to watch or DVR todays show! I can't wait! 


           Oprah and 378 of her staffers go VEGAN for a whole week! I am excited to watch today to see how it goes. She will be chatting with Michael Pollan as well as a few others.Tune in!



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