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Chia Seed Ice-Cream (Sugar Free and Vegan)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Today the sun was finally covered up by clouds, and it looks like we're in for a rainy, cool, autumn evening.  Don't get me wrong, I love beautiful fall days, but I'm looking forward to a relaxing and cozy night to snuggle on the couch with my babies. 

Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde Green Smoothie Sauce

 If my poor kids only knew how often I tricked them into eating veggies!  Sure they are well aware that their morning green smoothie is chock full of them, they help make them after all.  We tell them that they have a choice - either drink your fruity shake in the morning, or eat your veggies at night.  They always choose the smoothie.  I still prepare things like broccoli at dinner, and they usually eat it, but I always want them to eat more vegetables. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brussels Sprouts with Lime, Cotija Cheese, and Anaheim Chili Peppers

My husband and I can't get enough Brussesls sprouts.  Never thought I'd say that, but it's true.  I used to quarter them and roast them in the oven, and we'd make ourselves eat them.  Then I started shredding them and sautéing them with onion and bacon (usually soy bacon!)  They are SO much better when they are all shredded up!  He is always asking me to make them.  If anyone in your house declares themselves a Brussels hater, try preparing them this way and prove them wrong.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Comfort Food Makeover - Truffle Mac-n-"Cheese"

Don't you just love cheat days?  I don't know why I think that the only days I can blow my diet is when the kids are cranky and the house is a mess.  I just have it in my head that way.  In fact, I'm almost happy when I realize that it's been one of those days, since I know I'll be having something I don't normally eat, plus a glass of wine!  On those days I usually reach in the freezer for one of my favorite guilty pleasures - evol brand Truffle Parmesan Man-n-Cheese.  If you're a fan of truffle oil, you would love this.  But when I finally looked at the ingredient list the other day, my heart sank when I saw that it contains 15 grams of saturated fat.  Not to mention regular white flour pasta and dairy. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Protein Bites

Isn't fall the best season of the year?  The other day we woke up to cooler temps and foggy skies.  It was such a cozy morning to just sip coffee, listen to my favorite autumn music, and relax with the kids.  I wanted to make something seasonal but really didn't want to take the time to bake.  So I came up with these healthy treats, with my favorite flavor combination of pumpkin and chocolate.  The kids loved them, and they made the perfect quick snack before my afternoon run.  The protein and fiber makes them filling, and they taste like a little bite of autumn. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Autumn Zucchini Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Smoked Cheese

Autumn is here!  Well close enough.  It's still 92 degrees here today, but I don't care.  Summer decorations are down, fall leaves and pumpkins are up, the kids are back in school, and football is on the tv.  It's been a crazy, insanely busy few weeks which is why I haven't posted in awhile.  Everything seems to be settling down though, so I've been eager to get back in the kitchen and start cooking again.