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Sparkling Cucumber Spa Cocktail

We’re in the midst of some crazy climate change heat wave here in Virginia. I swear, it’s 100 degrees outside with 100% humidity (unless its 6am, then it’s perfect outside). On days like these, I crave something just like this sparkling cucumber mint cocktail. It’s light, not too sweet with just the right amount of bubbles and after a day hanging out with my two year old, a cocktail is more than welcome. I love this drink because it reminds me so much of cucumber spa water with an added kick and a buzz. 

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Strawberry Ginger Sorbet

This post was originally posted on A Mind”full” Mom. To see the recipe associated with this post please click this link.

When you’re in the food blogging community you quickly learn all of the random national and world holidays. Apparently, yesterday was apparently National Ice Cream Day. I missed the boat big time because ice cream just happens to be one of my favorite things in the whole world. Like, if I was making my own song about my favorite things ice cream would be right up there with dry erase calendars and chocolate covered almonds. Typically I’m a traditional chocolate ice cream girl, but this sorbet combines some of my favorite flavors, it’s easier to make than typical ice cream, it’s dairy free and it is 1000% more refreshing on hot summer days. 

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Italian Eggplant Galette

Eggplant is one of those polarizing vegetables. I’ve found that most people either really love it or really hate it. I’m not really sure why, it’s incredibly mild in flavor (not like beets) and you can pretty much make it taste like anything you cook it in. We have a local greek restaurant in Richmond called Stella’s that has an appetizer that’s a medley of mild summer vegetables like eggplant cooked in tons of garlic and baked on the top of a warm flatbread. It’s amazing. I just had to create a recipe that used eggplant, garlic and bread. I melded that idea with another one of my favorite Richmond foods, the tomato basil tarts at Idle Hands Bakery, to create this beautiful Italian Eggplant Galette. 

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Italian Roasted Turnips

Have you ever tried turnips? Our CSA farmer has fresh turnips every summer in our share and I learned to love them quickly. The first year of the CSA I had no idea what to do with these. I remember running home to Brandon’s stepdad and asking him to help me cook them. I found out quickly that these little babies are super easy to cook and have a fantastic flavor all on their own. Think something of similar texture to a potato (a bit harder and more dense) but the brightness of a carrot and a touch of sweetness.

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9 Plant Based Grilling Recipes

So often when we try to eat healthier we box ourselves into a baked chicken and roasted vegetables diet. All imagination and creativity in the kitchen go out the window for the sake of weight loss. Many people eat heavy animal protein and slack on their veggie consumption. When in reality, all research points to a plant based diet as the healthiest way to live

The grill is my absolute favorite way to cook. I get to cook outside in beautiful weather, there is little to no mess to clean up and the food always tastes amazing! I love a burger and a hot dog just as much as the next person, but as a person who struggles finding quality meat I actually want to feed to my family, I adore a vegetarian grilling option, especially when they are this amazing!

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Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Mini Quiches

If your family is anything like ours you are seriously rushing in the morning. Breakfast can sometimes take a backseat when there are dozens of things to remember and do to get the day started. We, so often, turn to pre-made croissants and frozen waffles in our house. Don’t get me wrong, I love croissants and waffles, and the morning is by far the best time to eat carbohydrates, but I do try really hard to make sure we are also getting lots of nutrients and a good amount of protein to fight off those hunger pangs. These mini quiches can be made ahead and are chock full of nutrients like:

  • Lean Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

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Beet Green Tzatziki

Every summer my mom and I split a CSA farm share from an amazing organic farmer in our area. If you’re unfamiliar with CSAs basically you sign up and pay for a share of whatever the farmer is growing for a certain period of time. We get a bunch of veggies once a week. Sometimes they are things you never even really wanted to try, but you get them anyway. If you are willing to give different types of veggies a shot it is the best way to diversify your diet, eat what’s in season and support local farmers.

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Napa Valley Quinoa Salad

I’m in love with this quinoa salad because it brings back so many amazing memories. Brandon and I went to the beautiful west coast on our honeymoon. We spent most of the time in San Francisco but we also made our way up to Sonoma and Napa Valley for a wine tour. It was beautiful, it really was. About halfway through we stopped at William Hill Winery and had lunch with the most breathtaking wine country view of rolling vines. The tour company we were using had set up a little lunch which featured an amazing quinoa salad just like this one. If we’re being honest, it was the first time I had ever even heard of quinoa and we were like, “what is this amazing stuff?” 

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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels + Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. That being said, all of the opinions are my own true feelings and beliefs. I do not write about things that I don’t enjoy myself. I received a free Silpat for the purpose of reviewing it for my readers.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all my mommas out there in the world! I’ve got a surprise for you! Is the surprise these delicious homemade Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels? No, that’s just a bonus. 

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Blueberry Vanilla Graham Protein Smoothie

I’m so excited about this because it’s a healthier version of one of my guilty pleasures. Ben and Jerry’s makes a Blueberry Vanilla Graham Greek Froyo that I’m obsessed with. It’s fruity, creamy with a bit of graham cracker for that added crunch. This protein smoothie is so delicious and crazy easy to make for the whole family in the morning. 

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Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and if you eat Mexican as much as we do you will love these enchiladas as a plant based alternative to the traditional version!

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oats

I love overnight oats just as much as the next person (hence these) but sometimes I just want to wake up and eat a big ol’ warm bowl of hot oatmeal! These are dreamy and the best part is waking up to your house smelling like cinnamon apples.

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Whole Wheat Freezer Waffles

Charlie adores waffles. They are the first thing on her mind when she wakes up in the morning. For the longest time I was buying the Nutri-grain Whole Wheat Eggos for Charlie (who eats them right out of the freezer still frozen), but there are a few aspects of their recipe that I’d like to avoid. Making the waffles at home, I can avoid the preservatives, the excess sodium, the processed sugar and the palm oil (which is causing major environmental crises in our rain forests). Food integrity is very important to me, and it didn’t take me more than 30 minutes to make and freeze these waffles for the whole week. Worth it. 

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Vegan Superfood Brownies

Pretty much every night after dinner I sit down to relax and immediately crave sweets, usually brownies and cookies. I don’t want to un-do my whole day, so I usually just sit there sadly, wishing I had delicious brownies with ice cream on top. I finally decided to do something about it!

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Stuffed Peppers Casserole

My mom used to make vegetarian stuffed peppers all the time. We didn’t eat a lot of meat growing up and you can always win me over (even as a kid) with rice and cheese! The only problems I have with stuffed peppers is that I would go in full force at the cheesy rice and end up with an empty pepper at the end that I didn’t want to eat. I love this stuffed pepper casserole because it evenly distributes the peppers throughout the cheesy rice stuffing so I actually end up eating and enjoying the peppers!

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Chia Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Do you remember chia pets? Those little animals that you spread seeds on and watered until they grew a green afro? Well, it turns out, that those little seeds are among some of the most nutritious foods on the planet! 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

It’s a beautiful morning because I’ve got a stack of the most delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes sitting on my table! 

If you are looking for a breakfast to power up your kids to have the best day at school this is it. If you are looking for an amazing treat post-workout that won’t ruin your goals this is it. And if you have anyone in your house with a wheat allergy, gluten-intolerance or Celiac Disease these pancakes are your dream come true! 

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Garlic Veggie Grilled Cheese

This garlic veggie grilled cheese is the perfect combination of traditional comfort food and veggies! I’d say it’s a grown up grilled cheese but the truth is, my 2 year old loves it too. 

Veggies, sharp cheddar cheese and garlic unite to make the most delicious grilled cheese I’ve ever had. It’s so simple and so worth it.

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Grilled Tuna Steak

The weather has been perfect around here lately, so I’ve stocked up on our favorite thing to grill (and it’s not hamburgers), it’s TUNA!

I didn’t eat a lot of seafood growing up and really didn’t think I liked it as a kid but the older I get and the healthier I eat the more I crave fish. A few years ago my family vacationed in Cape May, NJ and Brandon and I went out for a fancy dinner on our own at a nice seafood restaurant. It was that night that I had the most amazing thing I had ever tasted and it was a beautiful, perfectly cooked tuna steak. Ever since that night I have been hooked!  I don’t think I could ever replicate what the chef did that restaurant that night but this is pretty darn close.

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Blood Orange Salsa

It’s citrus season right now and I’m so excited about this new blood orange salsa! Fresh salsa just tastes better when the ingredients are in season and these juicy blood oranges are a delicious replacement for tomatoes.

You already know all about oranges for their immune boosting properties but blood oranges boost a few extra benefits that make them even better! They contain an antioxidant called Anthocyanin  which gives the orange it’s deep red, sometimes even purple color. Antioxidants have long been known to protect the body from cancers and heart disease, but Anthocyanin in particular has been shown to decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) and strengthen blood vessels! I love food that gives back!

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Cafe Mocha Overnight Oats

I’m an admitted Cafe Mocha addict. As a chocolate lover (and a mom), it just doesn’t get any better. Chocolate and coffee together in these overnight oats? Yes, please! So when deciding my newest recipe flavors I knew exactly where I wanted to go. What if I could have chocolate, coffee and breakfast all together in one mug and what if I could make that breakfast the night before and have it ready to go in the morning? It would save me a ton of time and maybe I would have time to brush my hair before taking my daughter to school!

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Healthy Doughnuts!

I can’t look at these without literally drooling. As a general rule I’ve never really been a doughnut person, but I realized that’s because I had never had fresh, hot, chocolate frosted doughnuts. That is, until Duck Donuts opened up shop 5 minutes down the road from our house. Now I crave them on a regular basis (like several times a week).

To contain my urge to eat a dozen sugary doughnuts weekly I got a doughnut baking pan and set out to make a healthier version of my favorite doughnut.

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Vegan, Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

I LIVE for these Dark Chocolate Truffles. If you get the temperature of the chocolate coating just right you will get a perfectly hard shell on the outside and bursting soft chewy chocolate on the inside! The best part is that they are vegan and contain only a tablespoon of maple syrup per 35 truffles (depending on how big you make them). That makes it so much easier for me to share them with Charlie-pants (though I never actually want to).

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Cocoa Snow Slushie

Happy snow day east coast folks! We’re all looking at a long weekend of being stuck at the house with the kiddos so I know you all are looking for some fun activities to do! This drink is not only delicious but super fun and if you lose power you can still make this! You only need a few ingredients. Hopefully you already have them!


Oh and if you’re really looking for a break feel free to add some booze. Bailey’s, Brandy, Whiskey, Moonshine, Everclear (haha) whatever works!

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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Granola Dust

Granola Dust! I originally got this idea from one of my favorite health food chefs, Jamie Oliver. I love his approach to cooking and, lets be honest, I’m no chef. I’ve made great gains in the past few years when it comes to cooking but I always need inspiration and guidance from amazing people like him who actually have culinary experience and expertise.

I love this idea because not only does grinding up the ingredients into a powder make it ever so much more versatile it also makes nuts much less scary for the mom of a toddler. I’m not typically that type of person who stresses about cutting everything up really tiny for Charlie. We did baby-led weaning and I have extensive training in choking situations, and CPR due to my many teenage years as a lifeguard. Thank goodness I do because just last weekend we had a situation with a corn dog where Charlie took a bite of my food and choked. We have a place near us that has amazing brunch corn dogs that are maple breakfast sausage with a pancake batter around them. Not the healthiest choice but definitely worth it. It was a terrifying situation because it was so much more than a gag. She legitimately choked, started changing color and appeared to be passing out. I jumped into action, flipped her over my knee and beat her on the back until the food was dislodged. Just thinking about it makes me cringe and want to hug her, truly awful. So to the point, you definitely don’t have to worry about any choking situations with this recipe. It’s a DUST!

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Good Morning and Happy Sunday! It’s Football Day in our household (mostly because Brandon gets really into Fantasy Football). Some days I get really into it and other days I fall asleep, but something I’m always interested in is game day SNACKS! Nutrient packed nachos are on the menu today! This incredibly delicious treat contains muscle building, and belly filling plant based protein, tons of antioxidants and vitamins.

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Vegan Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Happy Halloween-Eve Everyone!

On our recent trip to the mountains Brandon, Charlie and I stopped at this adorable little local lunch spot  Salt. This charming little spot serves local lunch/picnic style foods with local meats and veggies. We grabbed a few of their gourmet sandwiches and this Mediterranean Orzo Salad that Brandon liked so much I agreed to try to re-create it.


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Apple Waffle Sandwiches

I took the classic peanut butter on apples and amped it up a bit. Charlie is 2 so just handing her apples with nut butter means I will likely be cleaning nut butter off of everything. So I made them handheld! This is so simple. I just used the whole grain eggos and toasted 2 smothered each side with smooth almond butter and sliced a granny smith apple thin, placed it in between the 2 waffles and sliced into triangles so little nugget could pick them up easily. I ended up making one for myself they looked so delicious!

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Balsamic Braised Brussels Sprouts

Following this morning’s news that the WHO put out a report stating that processed meats like bacon and hotdogs are just as carcinogenic as cigarettes  you are probably thinking, well I’m doomed. We are fans of hotdogs and bacon in this house too (I mean, who isn’t). This report is definitely going to mean we are cutting down on processed meats and eating more plants in our diet, which is something we try to do regularly anyway. I suppose it’s just an extra push in the right direction.

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a super easy, delicious breakfast that will get your kids through the morning and maybe even all the way to lunch with no hunger pangs. But did you know there is a strategy to cooking scrambled eggs? I didn’t either until I was reading the Wegman’s Menu Magazine and found this amazing technique! The best part is that it actually takes less time and dishes!

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Game Day Sweet Potato Skins

When football season and sweet potato season collide they make a beautiful baby called Sweet Potato Skins! I know this doesn’t look healthy but hear me out. When you swap your standard potatoes for Sweet Potatoes you gain a whole bucketload of health benefits like…Beta-Carotene! Sweet Potatoes are packed slam full with this amazing antioxidant. Beta-carotene turns into Vitamin A when processed in our body which plays a vital role in vision development and bone growth as well as protecting your body from infections.

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Homemade Applesauce with No Sugar!

After our family trip to the apple orchard we always end up with more apples than we know what to do with. One of the easiest, most delicious and versatile things to do is to make applesauce! Most recipes use sugar but you can make it easily without it and not even know the difference.

Apples are sweet to begin with! I just supplemented with a little bit of Stevia to add a touch more sweetness without changing the flavor. I also left the peels on the apples for added fiber and just blended the applesauce in the blender to finish and break up with peel.


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Autumn Kale, White Bean and Chorizo Soup

It’s almost soup season! We started a bit early this year but this one is a HUGE winner with the whole family. I adapted this recipe from another I found online while in search of some delicious recipes full of fall veggies. It’s easy, fast and oh so delicious. Oh, and it also only uses 1 pot!! Beans and chorizo provide belly filling, muscle repairing protein and vegetables like kale and carrots add a myriad of health benefits to the mix. I was able to use farm fresh carrots and kale from Amy’s Garden.

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Everyday Baked Chicken

I call this Everyday Baked Chicken because we eat it almost every day. High heat for less time creates the most juicy delicious chicken that can be incorporated into just about any lunch or dinner recipe you can imagine. You could have it for dinner paired with a vegetable and with a yummy pesto sauce or cut it up and use it for chicken fajitas! If you have leftovers, (I always make extra to keep in the fridge) you can cut it up and put it on top of a salad or wrap it into a lunch wrap with hummus and veggies. There are literally endless possibilities.

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Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

It’s summer time which in our house means a surplus of beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables and trying to find inventive ways to keep cool. Homemade popsicles are an amazing way to cool down and get your dessert fix, all the while knowing (and controlling) each and every ingredient your family is eating. I ended up with a bajillion (that’s a real number right?) blueberries in my fridge this week so I broke out the popsicle mold and got to work.

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