Sesame Ginger Cabbage Slaw

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This coleslaw is mostly raw, packed full of delicious cancer-fighting nutrients, fiber and protein-packed edamame. It has an orange juice, ginger and vinaigrette dressing that leaves it low-fat and low calorie. It's also gluten free and mostly raw. This recipe is amazing. I sort of threw everything together one afternoon for a refreshing low-fat coleslaw, and I discovered it to be even better tasting after marinating in the fridge overnight. Enjoy! Sesame Ginger Cabbage Slaw by … [Read more...]

A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

Farmer’s market visit

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The fall semester is over and things are also winding down with work, so I'm finding myself with more free time on my hands than I'm used to, but absolutely loving it! Enough free time that I can take off work early and squeeze in some Christmas shopping and a farmer's market visit with my mama dearest. But what would Christmas shopping be if I didn't scoop something up for myself along the way? Teehee... I'm so bad... but it felt so good, and just had to be done. My new Le Creuset oval … [Read more...]

vegan quinoa cakes

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Ever since I picked up Heidi Swanson's latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, I've been dying to make quinoa cakes. Heidi has an easy looking recipe, that has been calling my name for weeks and weeks. Her recipe, along with every other one I stumbled upon within the blogosphere, is vegetarian, and still incorporates eggs. So I knew I had to try my hand at vegan quinoa cakes. But what a surprise to me when my first recipe trial turned out perfect. I literally squealed in delight when I took my … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Cabbage & Kale

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I think God had a sense of humor the day he created the pomegranate. I've never in my life experienced such a sweet, juicy and delectable fruit... that was so absurdly difficult to get at. (Although the coconut ranks high up there too). But all the hard work and time is usually worth it in the end. Health benefits of the pomegranate: Pomegranate seeds contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols--some pretty powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect us … [Read more...]

Veggie pasta & homemade pesto

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Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post! Getting grandma into gear with healthier eating habits has been quite a rewarding experience (in just a week!). So far she is really sticking to the meal plans and snacks I've suggested (although I've still given her a lot of freedom to make her own choices). She's also doing a great job with her food journals! We sit down every few days and go over her food groups. She has increased her veggies and whole grains by several servings each day, … [Read more...]

This is what happens…

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This is what happens when a greens-lover discovers a local hydroponic picking farm with all-you-can-pick greens. She goes buck-wild. And the last time I did anything buck wild was probably college, so that's saying a lot. ;) I used to buy greens by the bunch. Now I hoard buy them by the pound. At around $1.50 a pound, I stock up until my little heart is content. Since the farm is about an hour drive for me, I'm sticking to bi-weekly trips. And this time around guess what was finally … [Read more...]

Marinated Cauliflower

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Hello blog world! I've been MIA this week because I was sort of in a blogging funk, so I decided to take some time away. And I'm okay with that! But I'm such a hypocrite because when some of the blogs I stalk love take a break from blogging, I'm always thinking come on, post already! So you see, it's a double-edge sword. But I digress... Even though fall is here, it still feels like summer in Florida. It's hot and muggy and I'd do just about anything to trade places with one of you all up … [Read more...]

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

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After several days of my nose being glued to my books, I've finally come out of my shell and back to reality! Three tests in three days, and each test was 1/3 of my grade for the entire class. How's that for freakishly annoying prime numbers? Arg! But there is a calm after the storm and I'm trying to ease into it. I had my bff girl over for a dinner and a movie night for some de-stressing! I made these freakin' fabulous pull-me-out-of-my-funk sweet potato fries that you really must try. I … [Read more...]

Cucumber Pear Juice & Siesta Lentil Salad

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Now that I'm home from vacation, I am back to my daily juicing! (Something I missed terribly). I never thought I'd get so attached to my juicer but I sure do love that thing. I juice because I want to. I can. And I love it. Drinking fresh juice once or twice a day is a perfect energy and nutrient boost. I came up with a super simple and amazing combo yesterday. Cucumber, pear and lemon juice. Yep, it's that easy. I used 2 cukes, 2 pears, and juice from half a lemon. It comes out a … [Read more...]