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    • Penne pasta dish

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    •  1/28/2012 4:13:15 PM
    •  I am a big fan of fast, easy, and tasty meals. My nine year old helped me create this one.


      Delish Penne dish




      1 pkg  Whole Wheat Penne pasta

      1/2 TBSP olive oil 

      1 small onion finely chopped 

      3 cloves of garlic minced

      1 Red pepper finely chopped

      2 carrots peeled and chopped

      10-12 baby portabella mushrooms chopped 

      1 jar of your fave organic spaghetti sauce

      1 cup of frozen corn (canned corn works as well)

      2-3 kale leaves chopped  (optional, but highly recommended!)


      Cook pasta according to package. While the pasta is boiling, heat olive oil in large pan on medium. When oil is warm, add onions. Allow the onions to brown, then add garlic, carrots, pepper, and mushrooms. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, then add the whole jar of sauce and frozen corn to the veggie mixture (feel free to add or omit any veggies you would like). Stir in pasta and kale. Serve warm. 

      I was surprised how quickly my kids devoured this meal, served with a large side of steamed broccoli! Hooray for another successful dinner.


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    • Paula Deen

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    •  2/3/2012 10:56:35 AM
    •  Our goal with our blog is to promote happy, positive, and hopeful thoughts, never negative feelings or anger, but today I just had to share an article that really disappointed me. I cannot say that I am surprised, just disappointed and a little sad. As I am sadly learning money talks. 


      I must first state that I fully believe that there are many moments in our life where we can choose to take a stand for what we feel is right or back down. I feel like this was a missed opportunity by Paula Deen. For those of you who have not heard the latest, here is a copy of an article from a great site we love VegSource.






      "The year before he died of lung cancer, actor Yul Brynner taped a commercial for the American Cancer Society. "Now that I'm gone," he pleaded into the camera, "I tell you: Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke." He didn't want anyone else to end up like him.

      Celebrity chef Paula Deen, known for using doughnuts to bun her bacon-and-egg burgers, could have used her diabetes diagnosis in the same way, in hopes that others wouldn't make the same mistakes. Instead, she announced yesterday, she is partnering "with a reputable pharmaceutical company" as spokesperson for a $500-a-month diabetes drug (with side-effects that may include pancreatitis and thyroid cancer). Instead of withdrawing her endorsements for Smithfield ham and Philadelphia cream cheese, Paula Deen just added another to the list. It would be as if Yul Brynner's last breaths were instead spent hawking chemo.

      Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic amputations, and new cases of blindness. Currently it's the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. The good news Paula could have given to the millions of diabetics and prediabetics is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed, treated, and even cured with a plant-based diet. A prospective study of nearly 20,000 vegetarians and vegans published recently found that even after controlling for obesity (and exercise, age, gender, education, income, television watching, sleep, alcohol use, and smoking), those that ate plant-based diets had just a fraction of the diabetes risk. See How to Prevent DiabetesHow to Treat Diabetes, and my other 20 videos on diabetes. Good books on the subject include Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and Defeating Diabetes.

      When the "The Galloping Gourmet" chef Graham Kerr's wife and childhood sweetheart suffered a stroke, he changed his tune and became a champion for healthier cooking. It is too bad Paula Deen missed this opportunity to embrace healthier Southern traditions, like collard greens and black eyed peas, and instead just chose to add a pharmaceutical side-dish to her deep-fried butter balls."

      -Michael Greger, M.D.



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    • Timer Savers!

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    •  1/14/2012 3:35:19 PM
    •  I am all about quick meals and time savers, here are a few tips and recipes that I love!


      YAMS! (sweet potatoes, the orange guys), I like to have them on hand at all times. I bake a few of them, chop them and keep them stored in my fridge for the week. Its fast and easy: Wash, wrap in foil, and place in the oven on 350 for about 40-50 minutes depending on the size.   Then you can leave them whole, cube, or mush them. Keep them stored in the fridge until you are ready to use them (they taste good cold... at least I think so).  

      Quick recipes:

      Sweet potato hash (currently, I eat a version of this almost daily for lunch!)

      Wild rice and mushroom soup. this recipe it excellent with sweet potatoes thrown in. YUM.


      I love to eat them as a quick side dish or snack. My kids will have them with any meal. They are sweet and delicious!


      QUINOA! If you have not ventured here, please run to you nearest health food store or even some Costco stores carry quinoa grab a bag. We also have it available in our MARKETPLACE.



      I love to cook three or four cups of quinoa and have it ready to go at a moments notice, (not that it even takes long to cook)!  It comes in handy to top a bed of spinach with 1/2 cup and some fresh chopped veggies for a delightful lunch! Also a quick breakfast, intstead of cold cereal, my kids love quinoa with cinnamon and fresh chopped apples. 


      I like to have a few cups of plain quinoa and a cup or two of  cilantro lime quinoa on hand. (this makes any salad taste amazing!)


      A few favorite recipes: 

      Mango quinoa (or any fruit) Breakast 

      Quinoa Chick Pea salad

      I usually just add random chopped veggie like pepper, carrots and a can a of rinsed black bean with some lime juice to a cup or two of quinoa for a fast dinner or lunch. Get to know quinoa, it will be your best friend!!

      SOUP~ This time a year it's so nice to have soup on hand. I cook a large batch and divide it into portions large enough to feed my family and freeze them. 


      My favorites:

      Creamy Asparagus

      Cream of Broccoli

      I know that fresh is ALWAYS best, however I am also a realist and know that if I can prepare a few items ahead of time, it will help me and my family stay on track.


      Good luck and happy planning ahead!


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    • Winner!

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    •  1/7/2012 10:25:07 PM
    •  And the WINNER of our Whole Grain Blender Waffle Mix is...




      Thanks to all who entered! 


      ***REYNA, Please email us with your shipping address at

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    •  12/31/2011 2:23:42 PM


      We wanted to help you kick off the New Year with a healthy breakfast the whole family will LOVE! We are giving away a two-pack of our Whole Grain Blender Waffle Mix!! Each package makes 8 small waffles!





      1-Check out our Marketplace and let us know what you think in the comments below. Any items you would Love to see? Let us know!


      2-Share our link on facebook or twitter and let us know in the comments on this blog post.


      *If you do both, leave TWO comments letting us know. It will count as TWO entries! GOOD LUCK!


      **Winner to be announced FRIDAY JANUARY 6th 2012** (Enter up until 8pm Mountain Time on the 6th)



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