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My Bipolar Garden

This is the time of year in Central/Southern California where backyard gardens get a little confused.   But I’m not complaining!   My zucchini plants are in full production like it’s June, my tomato vines are producing prolifically and my favorite winter greens like chard and kale are just starting to push up out of […]

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Krunchy Kale Chips

Yes they’re green, but my kids love ‘um! So easy too! Here’s what you do… Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale 1 Tbsp. olive oil Your favorite seasoning. (My gang loves Susie Q’s, but the grown-ups around prefer truffle salt. Good ‘ol salt & pepper work too.) Steps: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet […]

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We’ve Got Eggs…But We Don’t Eat ’em!

Now you might ask why a vegan gal like me keeps chickens and their natural by-product, eggs. The only answer I can give you is that it is part therapy and part magic to me. Not to mention unconditional love. All I have to do is feed them regularly and when “my girls” see me, […]

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My Kitchen Cure

In the book, “My Kitchen Cure: How I Cooked My Way Out of Chronic Autoimmune Disease with Whole Foods & Healing Recipes“, my dear friend, Mee McCormick, enlightens readers on what it means to live a Real Food Life. Filled with knee-slapping anecdotes, Mee draws you into her world as she learns how to cook […]

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DIY Almond Joys

I call these my “PMS Specials”.  🙂  You can even sprinkle a little sea salt on top of them while the chocolate is still melted. This way you satisfy most cravings in one bite.  Super fast to make too, which also helps in those times of urgent need. Prep time:   35 minutes (most of […]

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Sweet & Salty Granola

Ingredients: 3 cups gluten free oats 1 1/3 cup mixed nuts ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds ½ cup assorted dried fruits 2 tbsp chia seeds 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup melted coconut oil ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp salt Method: Preheat oven to 350°F.  Mix ingredients in medium sized baking […]

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DIY Chex Mix

I think the greatest thing about DIY Chex Mix is you can DIY vegan & gluten-free. Often you can find an organic version of the ingredients as well.  If you are trying to cut back on salt, substitute unsalted, raw nuts for their salty cousins. So many ways to be virtuous! But I like to […]

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Oven Roasted Chickpeas

I like to leave these on my kitchen island and watch them disappear when my kids get home from school.  Great healthful snack packed with fiber, antioxidants, iron, protein and vitamins. Super-easy to whip up too.   Ingredients: 2 cans chickpeas aka garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained) 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp curry powder […]

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Sweet Potato Fries

  Somehow I feel less guilty eating sweet potato fries as opposed to regular fries, don’t you? Something about the extra nutrients in sweet potatoes that make me feel virtuous.  But it’s hard to feel good about anything that’s fried, right? Ugh! The more I learn about fats, the more I learn to bake. So […]

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Beauteous Black Bean Burgers

I admit that these babies may look like somethin’ you’d try to avoid stepping in out in the pasture, but they taste so yummy that you won’t care.  Truly!  So try ‘um and let me know if you agree 🙂 Prep time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 (15 oz) can black beans (rinsed and drained) 1/2 […]

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