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Pear and Chai Spiced Coconut Ice Cream

Think  canned food can’t be on-trend and full of interesting flavor?  You need to try this Pear and Chai Spiced Coconut Ice Cream. It’s quick and easy when you use canned pears!

By posting this recipe, I am entering a contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits and Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes. I was not compensated for my time, but I did receive free samples of Libby’s fruits mentioned in this post.

I’ve got lots of canned foods in my pantry, and there are always a few cans of fruit in the mix.  Peaches, apricots and pears are my favorite, and I use all of them in my cooking and baking.  Just like frozen fruit, canned fruit is picked and packed at the peak of freshness, so it’s often better quality than the stuff that’s not quite ripe, or out of season at the grocery store.  Pears are such a perfect example.  One of my favorite fruits when they’re totally ripe and juicy, but when I need them, they’re often out of season, or hard as rocks.  Thank heavens for canned pears – always perfectly ripe, already peeled, and just as nutritious as fresh pears.   Continue Reading..

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Jerk Chicken

Canned peaches are the secret ingredient that sweetens up this spicy grilled Jerk Chicken.

I received free samples of Libby’s fruits mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits and Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes. I was not compensated for my time.

I’ve always loved to cook from scratch, but I’m gonna share a little secret with you.  I like to take shortcuts whenever I possibly can.  I confess.  I buy things like Italian Seasoning and Pumpkin Pie spice mixes.  I can’t be bothered to make my own. I also stockpile Pillsbury pie crusts and the pizza dough from Safeway’s bakery because they’re way easier and no one except us will ever know.  Continue Reading..

Vegan Mocha Teff Breakfast Pudding

Shake up your morning routine with Teff breakfast pudding  – it’s made with a high fiber, high protein ancient Ethiopian whole grain.

Sometimes, when I’m looking at other bloggers’ Instagram feeds, or blogs, I get a little bit of breakfast envy.  Not only am I amazed at the variety of creative foods some people eat for breakfast, but also, I’m in awe of the fact that they could wake up and start cooking like that.  I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast each day – overnight oats, with fruit, yogurt and nuts, because I can make a batch every few days and all I have to do is scoop and eat.  No smoothie bowls to decorate.  No avocados to mash for toast.   No eggs to scramble.  I like my breakfast to be easy.

So I’m pretty impressed with myself for stepping out of the box with this new breakfast recipe today.  Continue Reading..

What Really Goes on Inside Your Gut?

There’s a lot of work  going on inside your gut, and those bacteria need the right nutrition and a healthy lifestyle too!

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive tract unless something’s not working right.  Like when you’re on a vacation in Mexico, and you realize you ate or drank something that you probably shouldn’t have.  Or when you have a stomach bug and have to be on that banana, rice, applesauce and tea diet because everything else is going right through you.

Our gastrointestinal tract (AKA – gut) is an amazing thing. No matter what we put into it, it digests it, absorbs what it needs, sends the nutrients off to the right places so that we can keep on going, and gets rid of the rest.  That’s not all it does though! Continue Reading..

Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup {Recipe ReDux}

Don’t throw away that limp celery!  Do your part for Earth Day by reducing kitchen waste, and make some soup.

Happy Earth Day AND Recipe ReDux friends!  In honor of earth day, this month’s Recipe ReDux post is all about ways to reduce food waste.  While I was thinking about what to write about for this post, I sadly realized that I kind of, sort of, might be guilty of wasting some food.  And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Continue Reading..

Should you buy organic strawberries and spinach?

The 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen is out.  Should we be giving up strawberries and spinach, or buying organic?

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is whether it’s worth the extra money to buy organic food.  I’ve written about this in the past, and since the Environmental Working Group just recently published their annual list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, it seems like a good time for a recap.

In case you’re not familiar, The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are lists of the top fruits and vegetables with the highest, and lowest amounts of detectable pesticide residues.  This year, strawberries and spinach took the top spots. Some strawberry samples tested contained 21 different types of chemicals (including pesticides, fungicides, insecticides) many of which are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.

The test results on spinach found similar results – 16 types of chemicals were found in some batches. Seventy-five percent of the samples contained residues of the insecticide permethrin.  At high doses, permethrin overwhelms the nervous system and causes tremors and seizures. In one study, children with detectable levels of permethrin in their urine were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Strawberry Almond Smoothie & a Special Offer for National Nutrition Month

Celebrate National Nutrition Month and join us at Lightwell Health to learn how to Put Your Best Fork Forward!

This post is sponsored by Lightwell Health.  I am a paid member of the company, but I was not compensated to write this post.   

I think for many of us, March is the month when we think about change. The clocks. The weather. Our winter to spring wardrobe. It’s also a perfect month to change up our diet. To put aside those heavier comfort foods and bring on the colorful, lighter and healthier fare that’s just starting to pop up in the produce department.

So, it’s kind of fitting that March is also National Nutrition Month – a time that I like to remind everyone healthy eating can mean different things to different people, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to eating, or any one-size-fits-all diet.  If you’ve never done so (or if you feel the need for a tune-up), it’s also a great time to work with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to learn some nutrition basics that will help keep you young and aging gracefully, to learn how to make the most of the foods you like, and hopefully, to inspire you to try a few new foods and change up the way you think about food. Continue Reading..

A few good reasons to not fear gluten…

People… Not everyone should cut out gluten!  There are lots of healthy gluten-containing whole grains that need some love.

Carbs, especially those that contain gluten, have gotten a really bad rap the past few years, and I’m feeling kind of bad for them.  I’m not talking about donuts, or even Italian or ciabatta bread (although I do love all of you dearly – in moderation!).  I’m talking about good old oats (even though you technically don’t contain gluten), or farro, or wheatberries or all of those other whole grains that deserve a place in a healthy diet.  After all, it’s all about balance, moderation, and quality, right?! Continue Reading..

Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

A much healthier twist on the ultra-rich pasta dish – this Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara  is full of veggies and tastes delicious any time of day.

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#OrganicForAll” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free product for recipe testing and was compensated for my time, but as always, opinions are my own.

Is there a person in this world who doesn’t love pasta carbonara?  That luscious creamy, cheesy sauce that’s wrapped around pasta, eggs, and bacon.   It’s the ultimate breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast food.  SO good, and definitely fall comfort food. Yes, this spaghetti squash version is definitely different, but still full of the flavors you expect, and it won’t disappoint. Continue Reading..

The Smart Cook’s Secret Ingredient

Good cooks know that time-saving shortcuts are a must, and this super-convenient, secret ingredient will take your cooking to a whole new level!

There’s a new secret ingredient in my kitchen, and it’s your lucky day – because I’m in a sharing mood.

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