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Italian Bean and Vegetable Soup

I am a cold weather girl: the boots, the sweaters, the layers, the warm-you-up-from-the-inside food, all of it (or should I say FALL of it?!? LOL) Here in Arizona, fall is slow to show up and it’s over so quickly, I try to savor the moments. Our overnight low temps are finally dropping into the 60’s, and day time highs are just under 100, so I guess fall is close! Continue reading Italian Bean and Vegetable Soup

Nutrition Labels: Tomato versus Tomato

Recently, I was grocery shopping at a store I don’t normally shop at, and I needed diced tomatoes for my vegetarian chili recipe. Often I will just buy fresh tomatoes, dice them myself, but that isn’t always practical, so when that is the case, I like to buy the tomatoes in a box, not in a can. In fact, I try to avoid anything in a can.   If I can’t buy it fresh, I’ll resort to frozen, but only canned if I am seriously desperate. This is usually a great policy for most foods, except tomatoes. Continue reading Nutrition Labels: Tomato versus Tomato

Ravioli with Asparagus & Walnuts in a Lemon Butter Glaze

So, it’s really been awhile since I have posted. Our lives have been going through some fairly big changes, and I’m teaching more classes, and even some other formats. I also really wanted to work on formatting my site to be prettier, more professional looking. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but soon, hopefully!

I made this little dish after I taught my Monday yin yoga class; its one of those recipes that comes together pretty quickly, is vegetarian (depending on the ravioli you choose) and is absolutely delicious! Continue reading Ravioli with Asparagus & Walnuts in a Lemon Butter Glaze

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

When I know I won’t be home until later in the day, and I can anticipate that making dinner will not be one of the things I am going to want to do when I get home, I try and meal plan something using my slow cooker or dutch oven. This way I can just get home and not worry too much that dinner is going to be pizza. And since my back is recuperating again, I’ve been trying some new fitness classes. Monday I tried a “Muscle” group class (at Mountainside Fitness) taught by Dana. It didn’t start until 6, which meant I wouldn’t be home until 7:30. For what  it’s worth, two days later and my calves are still mad at me! If you are reluctant to strength train on the weight floor like me, I really recommend group fitness classes like this. Dana was great, and offered several modifications.

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7 Day Clean Eating Challenge – The Ground Rules

Since my back surgery in December, I have managed to maintain my pre-surgery weight (wasn’t as successful the first time), and with January being a fairly hectic month in my house, I really needed to clean up and reset my nutrition. I hear a lot of people talking about the latest “cleanse” to start the new year off “on the right food”, so I made sure to track everything I ate over 7 days and kept my diet as free from processed foods and added sugar as I possibly could. Let me explain my approach.

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What’s new

I haven’t had a chance to solidify any new recipes for this weeks post, it’s been crazy busy here. My daughter had a car issue while she was out of town we had to help her with, which put me behind schedule. Then the Phoenix Open golf tournament was in town, and several companies my husband does business with gifted us tickets, so thats a few days gone. And of course, hockey. And laundry. And life….

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Buddha Stir Fry

It’s still January, and it’s been pretty cold and rainy. Not as cold as it can get in other parts of the country, but for this area… it’s our version of winter. With it being so gray and overcast (which I love, for what it’s worth), sometimes I just crave a bright and vibrant meal, filled with fresh flavors and bursting with color. This recipe is a go to for me for just those moments. Continue reading Buddha Stir Fry

Vegetable Coconut Curry in a Slow Cooker

Hey guys! Do you ever feel like you just can’t get it together? Yeah, I am definitely having one of those weeks. My back brace finally came off last week, and the doc told me to slowly get back at my normal activities, which I obviously translated to “do all the things”. I’m learning the difference between uncomfortable and stop doing that, sometimes backing off a bit is required so that you can progress deeper into life. With 2 back surgeries within 9 months, I am developing my new normal. *sigh*

Meanwhile, in my kitchen, I am excited to finally be able to share this recipe with you. My husband is not an adventurous eater; if he can’t identify it, hasn’t eaten it before, he is very hesitant to step out of his food box. I am the exact opposite; I will literally try just about anything and with a few exceptions, I like every thing I try. Indian food has always been a favorite, but not something the hubby has been willing to try.  Continue reading Vegetable Coconut Curry in a Slow Cooker

Butternut Squash Pasta with Spinach

I love how flexible butternut squash is! In general, it tends to add a sweetness to the dishes it is added to, and in this dish, it pairs very well with the savory of the sausage. However, this sauce is excellent without the sausage too. If you’re kids are reluctant to eat butternut squash, give this recipe a try and let me know how it went!

Butternut Squash Pasta with Spinach and Sausage


I try to find butternut squash that is as close to a long cylinder (as opposed to a long piece and a bulbous end) to make it easier to peel and dice. Also, a good peeler works well for peeling these! And you want to make the pieces as uniformly as you can, to ensure consistent cooking times. Continue reading Butternut Squash Pasta with Spinach