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Homemade Taco Seasoning

After realizing the taco seasoning I had contained MSG (monosodium glutamate, a food additive linked to everything from headaches to nausea), I found this ridiculously simple recipe from $5 Dinners for homemade taco seasoning.  After mixing it up, I used it in my 10-Minute Tortilla Soup to test the taste.  It was a hit!  My girls didn’t notice a difference and I thought it was incredibly close to... read more

Discovering Pressure Cooker Power

I have a confession to make.  I thought pressure cookers were only something that pioneer-women, hippie types used.  Every time someone in my nutritarian group would talk about how easy it was to cook with dried beans, I thought they were crazy.  I would never give up the convenience of canned beans, I told myself. A few considerations changed my mind:– Dried beans are a lot cheaper than canned... read more

One-Year Plant-Strong Anniversary

This month marks my family’s one-year anniversary of choosing to live this healthy, plant-strong lifestyle.  If you are new to my blog, I discuss why we made the change here.  Basically, though, the change was for long-term health, not weight loss.  That said, in a year’s time, my husband has lost 35 lbs and I have lost 25 lbs.  My children have overcome eczema and chronic constipation,... read more

Baby Food…It’s Not Just For Babies!

I used to own Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Getting Your Kids to Eat Good Food.  I have since gifted the book to a friend (the recipes required too much tweaking to fit within our nutritional parameters), but one of the lessons in that book stayed with me:  Fruit and veggie purees are virtually undetectable in a lot of baked goods and cooked sauces. ... read more

Purslane Power

My friend Keelin gets a weekly produce box from a community-sponsored agriculture program and she shares generously.  This week I was puzzled by this “weed” in the box.  The included newsletter said it’s purslane and recommended including it in a salad or smoothie.  I wanted more information, so I looked it up and discovered it is, indeed, a “gourmet” weed.  This... read more

Reese’s Cup Green Smoothie

Like slurping down a dark chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, made even tastier from the knowledge that it’s healthy.  This smoothie has some nutrition powerhouses–spinach, raw cacao nibs, flax seed–but it tastes like a sweet indulgence.  Note:  Although healthy, this is a high-calorie drink (500+ cal), so enjoy it as a meal, not as an accompaniment. This... read more

Goodbye, Grill!

We recently bid adieu to our beautiful, high-end, stainless steel Ducane grill.  As lovely as it was, and as much as we used it once upon a time, it hasn’t gotten much (well, any) action since we adopted our new eating lifestyle. My husband used to do most of the grilling, usually burgers or fish, sometimes chicken breast.  Since we changed our mindset and now view meat as a rare... read more

Turning Back the Clock with Plant-Based Eating

More than six years ago, I ran my first half marathon in Paris, France, in 2 hrs and 30 minutes.  Yesterday, I ran my 10th race of half marathon or greater distance in the exact same time.  It was a big deal to me because since then, I’ve had two children and gained and lost loads of weight.  How much weight?  Before giving birth to my second daughter, I topped the scale at 200 lbs.  I’ve... read more

A Few Recipe Favorites

I’ve been meaning to do a round-up of favorite recipes for a while, but I realized as I was putting this together–I eat A LOT of great food, so it’s hard to pick favorites!  Here are a few recipes, though, that I make pretty frequently.  I’m dividing the list into main meals, snacks/sides, and desserts, and at the end, I’ve included some of my... read more

Meeting a Vegan (or Plant-Strong) Toddler’s Daily Nutritional Requirements

When Cassie over at Love Me Vegan posted this list of Daily Nutritional Requirements, I decided to take the time to analyze something I’ve been wondering about for a while–the nutritional content of what my kids are eating.  As it turns out, it is pretty easy to meet the daily requirements, and people that question our decision to steer clear of most meat and dairy are off-base. I have a 1-yr... read more

Sweetening Foods the Whole Foods, Plant-Based Way: Yes, You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

I first tackled the issue of sugar six months ago in my post, “The Sugar Problem: What’s the Sweet Solution?”  One of my New Year’s resolutions was to reduce added sugar intake (not the kind in fruits) to the recommended 20 grams a day.  This week, my interest in reducing refined sugar intake has been focused on my children, as a result of reading Sally... read more

Vanilla-Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

I became enamored with the idea of eating chia seeds from running books like Born to Run, Finding Ultra, and Eat and Run.  As a child of the 1980s, I can still hear the strains of the “Chu, chu, chu, CHIA!” Chia Pet commercials in my head, but I wanted to explore the health benefits of this teeny-tiny seed. offers this list of 7 Good Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds: 1.  Help weight loss... read more

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