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Cumin Sweet Potato Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Last weekend my husband and I went on a staycation.  Spending time with my hubby is really one of my favorite things.  I really wish we could make a living out of traveling and spending time together.  Taking a break from everyday life no matter if you travel far away or stay close to home […]


Parsley: Not Just a Garnish

Fresh herbs are some of my favorite ingredients to cook with because they add so much flavor and nutrients to so many dishes.  If you grow your own they can also be the cheapest organic food you can get your hands on. I love coming up with new ways to add different herbs to some […]


Carrot Orange Lemonade (No Sugar Added)

What sounds more like summer than fresh lemonade?  Lemonade makes me think of having a lemonade stand as a kid.  We never made any money and usually only sold cups of lemonade to our family and friends. The biggest problem with most lemonades is all of the sugar that goes into making them.  Of course […]


Corn Fritters with Chipotle Cream

The summer is full of great seasonal produce.  Our grocery stores and farmers markets are bursting with fruits and vegetables, some of which we only ever see this time of year.  I often associate the seasons based on what the produce section looks like. Do you know the feeling you get when you see cherries […]


Kauai Pie Ice Cream : Coffee Ice Cream with Coconut, Macadamia Nuts, and Chocolate Chunks

Today is my first contributing post over at White Lights on Wednesday.  Julie is a fellow Arizona blogger that has given me the opportunity to share my recipes with her readers.  I hope everyone loves this one as much as I do. If you have ever been to Hawaii then you may have heard of […]


Vegan Chipotle Cream: Better Than Mayonnaise

I recently made my own chipotle adobo sauce with clean ingredients.  The recipe makes a lot, which is great to freeze and have on hand anytime you need it.  I knew that one thing I had to make with this sauce was a chipotle cream.  I’m a big fan of a good fish taco and […]


Raw Chocolate Coconut Freezer Fudge Bites

Recipe testing for me starts with a basic idea.  I had this idea to make no bake macaroons. I used to hate coconut.  That is until I had real, unsweetened coconut.  I used to only know coconut as the chewy, sticky, sugar filled sweetened kind.  It probably had more sugar in it than coconut.  But […]


Clean Version of Chipotle Adobo Sauce: Oil Free and Gluten Free

If your like me and try to cut out processed food with unnecessary poor quality ingredients, then you may be shocked at this store bought sauce.   Chipotle adobo sauce is made from dried smoked jalapeños in a tomato vinegar sauce.  If you have ever read the ingredient list of one of these cans of […]

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Patriotic Banana Pops: No Artificial Colors

Celebrating holidays doesn’t mean you have to eat junk food.  I am all for indulging on occasion but there are so many great real food alternatives for pretty much every processed food you can think of.  Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and get working in the kitchen to make sure whole ingredients […]


Balsamic Pesto and Hummus Sandwich: No Nitrates Here

  What are Nitrates? Nitrates or sodium nitrites are chemicals used in fertilizers.  They can also be a byproduct of waste breakdown and can migrate to ground water.  Nitrates can make their way into plant foods from the soil that they grown in.  You may most commonly know them for being added to many processed […]

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One Ingredient Pineapple Sorbet

I have a short and sweet post (and recipe) for you today.  I recently ordered a pineapple frosty from a fruit stand that was de-licious.  They simply ran frozen pineapple threw a Champion juicer and it came out smooth and creamy.  I wanted to come up with something similar that was easier for everyone to […]

Healthier Traveling Tips

10 Tips for Healthier Eating When Traveling + My First GIVEAWAY

As you may (or may not) know I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii.  If you have never been, you really must go!  It is like nothing I have ever seen before. As someone that takes a lot of care in what they eat, traveling can be a bit of a challenge. […]

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Cucumber Mint Slushy

If you are a fan of cucumber flavored water then you are going to especially love this slushy.  I have been making a lot of refreshing drinks in my juicer lately.  The juicer is not just for traditional vegetable juices.  You can make so many delicious beverages with your juicer.  I am definitely getting my money’s […]

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Best Ever Creamy Vegan Oriental Dressing: Use in Salads, Burritos, or Rice Bowls

For this post, the dressing is really the star of the show.  On vacation recently I ate a lot of fish.  The fish in Hawaii is so fresh and AMAZING that I just couldn’t pass it up.  When the food is coming right from the ocean next door you can really taste the difference.  One […]

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Vegetables for Breakfast: Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

It doesn’t really matter what “diet” you follow (or lifestyle as I like to call it) but I truly believe that the base of any healthy diet is plants.  You can still eat meat and have a lot of plants.  You can still not eat gluten and have a lot of plants.  You can still […]

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