getting back to my roots: my journey in true health and natural living

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Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

I don’t how it’s possible, but I have two friends in my life who just don’t like red meat. It doesn’t sound appetizing to them. And they even know the difference between crappy, processed, chemical-filled, cancer-causing CAFO beef and healthy, happy, CLA-filled, cancer-fighting grass-fed beef. But still, hamburgers are not at the top of their […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts: My New Obsession

Roasted Brussels Sprouts: My New Obsession

That Brussels sprouts have been epitomized as that ‘nasty health food my parents forced me to eat before leaving the dinner table’ could possibly be the biggest injustice in the world of food right now. (Well, that is if you don’t count CAFOs and HFCS and GMOs and all those other acronyms that stand synonymous […]

Beef & Broccoli Curry

Beef & Broccoli Curry

Curry powder is one of my most favorite smells in all the world. It’s right up there with honeysuckle and freshly baked bread. I add obscene amounts of curry powder to my curries. And every time I open the bottle I shove it right under my nose and inhale the heavenly scent. I admit I […]

Savory Onion & Apple Muffins

Savory Onion & Apple Muffins

I have been itching to try some savory muffins for a while now. It’s actually kind of amazing, what with my muffin fetish and all, that I haven’t delved into these already! But I have been collecting recipes, and when our host at Lake Tekapo Luxury Lodge suggested I make some muffins (or something, but […]

Kumara Chips

Kumara Chips

What is kumara, you might ask? Kumara could be called the newest addition to my list of favorite foods, but really it’s just a variation of one that’s already on there–kumara is New Zealand’s sweet potato! And in New Zealand, what I have always known as french fries, they call chips. So Kumara Chips? Otherwise […]

Orange Fennel Quinoa Salad

Orange Fennel Quinoa Salad

I love love love quinoa. A gluten-free seed (not grain like most people think) that offers up hefty doses of manganese, magnesium, and protein. What’s not to love? It’s honestly not too tasty when eaten on its own, but throw in some veggies, fruits, nuts, oils, etc. and you have a masterpiece! There are oodles […]

Easy Roasted Veggie Frittata

Easy Roasted Veggie Frittata

It’s true, I miss my kitchen. I miss muffins. I miss baking in general. As much as I do love every minute of our experiences while traveling (well, almost every minute–camping in the freezing cold rain and wind of Wellington didn’t exactly make my top 10 list), I do miss my kitchen and a consistently […]

Salmon Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

Salmon Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

When I worked at my old job I had a super flexible schedule. I could work from home quite often and didn’t usually have to work nights or weekends. But every couple of months my turn in the rotation would come around to work a Dinner with the Doc event at Bosco’s. And I was […]

Easy Stromboli

Easy Stromboli

I grew up eating strombolis (strombolii?) and calzones from this New York style pizza place in Memphis–Milano’s. And I do still love a good, greasy pizza these days too. I can pack it away with the best of them. So when I found Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough for a dollar (scratch that–99 CENTS!), […]