1. Southwestern lettuce wrap with lime cilantro dressing

    This was a great summer evening meal that Chaz and I made tonight.

    For the salad part, you need:
    -Black beans
    -Corn cut straight off the cob
    -Roma tomatoes, diced
    -Red bell pepper, diced
    -Red onion, cut small

    All of these ingredients we tossed together and served with organic white quinoa and scrambled eggs on a bed of lettuce. The best part is the dressing drizzled on top. To make the dressing, I squeezed one lime’s worth of juice, a handful of fresh organic cilantro and a ripe avocado blended together in my Vitamix.

    This is great because of the beautiful colors and because of the 3 rich protein sources, beans, quinoa and eggs. It’s best to vary your ways of getting your macro-nutrients.

    Bon appetit!

  2. What an awesome afternoon snack! This mango salsa was easy to put together and went amazing with organic blue corn chips!

-3 organic Roma tomatoes, diced
-1 mango, sliced into chunks
-1/4 cup diced white onion
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-1/2 diced jalapeño 
-Juice from 1 lime 
-1/4 cup of organic cilantro, minced 
-Pepper to season

Throw it all together and enjoy! Thank God for fresh food!

    What an awesome afternoon snack! This mango salsa was easy to put together and went amazing with organic blue corn chips!

    -3 organic Roma tomatoes, diced
    -1 mango, sliced into chunks
    -1/4 cup diced white onion
    -2 cloves of garlic, minced
    -1/2 diced jalapeño
    -Juice from 1 lime
    -1/4 cup of organic cilantro, minced
    -Pepper to season

    Throw it all together and enjoy! Thank God for fresh food!

  3. Organic chicken and orzo with cauliflower basil sauce

    This is a delicious way to have a creamy sauce texture to your pasta. I used my Vitamix to make the sauce and then covered organic grilled chicken breasts and organic whole wheat orzo pasta (DeLallo brand)

    Here’s what I put in the sauce:
    -1 cauliflower head, chopped and boiled
    -3/4 white onion, sautéed
    -5 portabello I mushrooms, sautéed
    -1 garlic glove, sautéed
    -3 organic fresh basil leaves

    I blended until smooth, put it all together and garnished with chopped basil and pepper. Enjoy this beautiful Sunday evening! :)

  4. Southwestern tahini sweet potato bites

This is perfect for a summer day side for a meal or as an appetizer to share. 
I doubled the dressing recipe to save for later. I could use it with a variety of things:)

For the dressing:
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Chili powder
2 teaspoons organic maple syrup
2 tablespoons water
3 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp tahini 

Mix well into a dressing and pour over cooked sweet potato bites sprinkled with cayenne and cumin. Enjoy this day and thank God for fresh food!

    Southwestern tahini sweet potato bites

    This is perfect for a summer day side for a meal or as an appetizer to share.
    I doubled the dressing recipe to save for later. I could use it with a variety of things:)

    For the dressing:
    1 tsp Garlic powder
    1 tsp Onion powder
    1 tsp Cumin powder
    1 tsp Chili powder
    2 teaspoons organic maple syrup
    2 tablespoons water
    3 tbsp lime juice
    3 tbsp tahini

    Mix well into a dressing and pour over cooked sweet potato bites sprinkled with cayenne and cumin. Enjoy this day and thank God for fresh food!

  5. I’m not a vegan, but I firmly believe in having a diet that’s mainly plant-based. I’ve recently began trying to veer away from using animal-byproducts and exploring the health benefits as well as cooking creativity that comes with using vegan ingredients.

    This is a delicious recipe that a co-worker recommended to me. It’s clean and uses a vast amount of organic ingredients. I made some variations here and there. Most people think of vegan recipes and think, “whoa, that’s way too much trouble to make those substitutions”, but all-in-all, this couldn’t be simpler. This pairs well with mushrooms or broccoli mixed in, but my boyfriend and I just paired it alongside freshly grilled chicken with a little paprika and onion powder sprinkled on.

    Ingredients:

    For the cheese sauce:

    -1 1/2 cups raw organic cashews
    -3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    -3/4 cup water
    -1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
    -1/4 cup nutritional yeast, or 1 small packet of active dry yeast
    -1/2 tsp. chili powder
    -1/2 clove garlic
    -a pinch of onion powder
    -a pinch of turmeric
    -a pinch of cayenne pepper
    -1/2 tsp. mustard powder

    For the macaroni n’ cheese:
    -8 oz. of your pasta of choice. Shells or bowtie pasta works best (I use Organic DeLallo bowtie)
    -ground black pepper and paprika to garnish

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350F and boil the pasta until it’s cooked.

    Meanwhile, throw the sauce ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. I used my Vitamix! Blend until you have a smooth sauce. This will be delicious! All of the spices add a subtle taste that combines together perfectly to mom mock the taste of cheese.

    Drain and rinse your pasta with cold water, then return the pasta to the pot to be mixed with the cheese sauce.

    If you’re adding any roasted or sauteed veggies, this would be the time to do it. I highly recommend adding roasted broccoli to this dish–> Austin and I both agreed the bites of broccoli were our favorite part!

    You can serve the hot Mac n’ Cheese immediately at this point, for a creamy and delicious meal, or you can bake it for a firmer, dryer texture. (My husband prefers this meal on the drier side, so I usually bake it for his benefit.)

    To Bake:

    Once you’ve mixed everything together, pour the mac n’ cheese into an 8 x 8 square dish and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and black pepper to garnish.

    Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.


    Enjoy and God bless!

  6. I made a refreshing mid-afternoon snack! This is pico de gallo with a twist because of the spices added and the arugula that I put it on top of. This simple snack/lunch is vegan also! What a great snack to bring to potlucks or gatherings of any kind. 

For the pico de gallo, I started with organic black beans. I simply diced fresh tomatoes, diced an avocado, finely sliced a bit of red onion, added some corn and organic cilantro, all on top of a small bed of organic arugula. I drizzled this simple spices dressing on top. 

Pico de gallo dressing:
I used a good amount of corn juice (run a knife down the stalk of corn to get excess water out), a good amount of cumin, a little lime juice and a bit of hot sauce

Make a lot of the dressing juice! This simple mixture would go well over brown rice, sautéed veggies and a meat of your choice as well. Give thanks to the God who nourishes us and have fun with your food!

    I made a refreshing mid-afternoon snack! This is pico de gallo with a twist because of the spices added and the arugula that I put it on top of. This simple snack/lunch is vegan also! What a great snack to bring to potlucks or gatherings of any kind.

    For the pico de gallo, I started with organic black beans. I simply diced fresh tomatoes, diced an avocado, finely sliced a bit of red onion, added some corn and organic cilantro, all on top of a small bed of organic arugula. I drizzled this simple spices dressing on top.

    Pico de gallo dressing:
    I used a good amount of corn juice (run a knife down the stalk of corn to get excess water out), a good amount of cumin, a little lime juice and a bit of hot sauce

    Make a lot of the dressing juice! This simple mixture would go well over brown rice, sautéed veggies and a meat of your choice as well. Give thanks to the God who nourishes us and have fun with your food!

  7. What a delicious and satisfying lunch. This is perfect for mid-day because of the healthy fats and slow-digesting carbs. It will definitely give you some energy! I cooked pearled couscous and mixed in some sautéed red onion with some slightly sautéed arugula. I topped it with a couple fried eggs and some spiced avocado slices. 

This is the mix I put on the avocado slices and eggs:  I put some red pepper, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, a
and a hint of soy sauce. 

Have an awesome summer day!

    What a delicious and satisfying lunch. This is perfect for mid-day because of the healthy fats and slow-digesting carbs. It will definitely give you some energy! I cooked pearled couscous and mixed in some sautéed red onion with some slightly sautéed arugula. I topped it with a couple fried eggs and some spiced avocado slices.

    This is the mix I put on the avocado slices and eggs: I put some red pepper, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, a
    and a hint of soy sauce.

    Have an awesome summer day!

  8. Simple and Healthy Summer Corn Muffins

Yesterday, I had the itch to make some cornbread/muffin dessert-like bread. This was a classic way to simply enjoy American food! 

Ingredients:
muffin tin with muffin cups
2/3 cup Bob’s red mill cornmeal (finely ground if available)
1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup coconut flour (or 1/4 cup raw Turbinado sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup all-natural Molasses (it has some nutrients and won’t drastically spike your blood sugar)
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup organic milk (I used skim, but full fat would be fine too)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup organic coconut oil, softened to room temperature is best
optional: organic raw maple syrup to drizzle on top of cooked warm, muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together and then beat in the wet ingredients gradually until the mix is smooth for the most part. Pour into muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm on the outside. Drizzle the maple syrup on top after their cooked.

These were awesome because they weren’t too sweet and had a great, crumbly texture. We had them alongside our dinner last night. Have a great fourth of July weekend!

    Simple and Healthy Summer Corn Muffins

    Yesterday, I had the itch to make some cornbread/muffin dessert-like bread. This was a classic way to simply enjoy American food!

    Ingredients:
    muffin tin with muffin cups
    2/3 cup Bob’s red mill cornmeal (finely ground if available)
    1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour
    1/4 cup wheat germ
    1/2 cup coconut flour (or 1/4 cup raw Turbinado sugar)
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 cup all-natural Molasses (it has some nutrients and won’t drastically spike your blood sugar)
    3 large eggs, beaten
    1/2 cup organic milk (I used skim, but full fat would be fine too)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/3 cup organic coconut oil, softened to room temperature is best
    optional: organic raw maple syrup to drizzle on top of cooked warm, muffins

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together and then beat in the wet ingredients gradually until the mix is smooth for the most part. Pour into muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm on the outside. Drizzle the maple syrup on top after their cooked.

    These were awesome because they weren’t too sweet and had a great, crumbly texture. We had them alongside our dinner last night. Have a great fourth of July weekend!

  9. How delicious and fitting to have red white and blue potatoes today!

    I made an awesome and simple chicken dinner for my boyfriend and I today. The ingredients are shown above: being organic chicken breasts, garlic cloves, Chobani plain Greek 0%yogurt, organic red white and blue potatoes, olive oil for cooking and an awesome chips and dip seasoning mix that I got from a store in Richmond called Penzey’s spices:)

    I first prepared the potatoes in a cooking dish with the spice mix, olive oil and water for cooking. I covered the pan with foil and cooked on 400 degrees for fifteen minutes. While the potatoes were cooking, I sautèed the garlic and mixed it in with the yogurt and spice mix. I simply cooked the chicken on a skillet with olive oil and the spice mix.

    Serve together on a plate and enjoy! I hope you had a great holiday and continue to try new things with food!:)

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  11. This morning, my friend and I made some awesome vegan pancakes! These were delicious and went well with some almondmilk and coffee for a beautiful summer morning. If only we had a deck to eat it all on… (Sigh) 

-Any kind of Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain bread (I’ve even used cinnamon raisin before and it was delicious)
-3/4 cup Silk unsweetened almondmilk or soy milk 
-1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
-1/2 cup Whole wheat oat flour (or ground up oats)
-Cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg
-Coconut oil for the pan
-Organic maple syrup for serving 

Mix ingredients together and soak the bread in it for a minute on both sides before putting in skillet on medium heat.

Enjoy this beautiful day that The Lord has made!

    This morning, my friend and I made some awesome vegan pancakes! These were delicious and went well with some almondmilk and coffee for a beautiful summer morning. If only we had a deck to eat it all on… (Sigh)

    -Any kind of Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain bread (I’ve even used cinnamon raisin before and it was delicious)
    -3/4 cup Silk unsweetened almondmilk or soy milk
    -1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
    -1/2 cup Whole wheat oat flour (or ground up oats)
    -Cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg
    -Coconut oil for the pan
    -Organic maple syrup for serving

    Mix ingredients together and soak the bread in it for a minute on both sides before putting in skillet on medium heat.

    Enjoy this beautiful day that The Lord has made!

  12. Organic Carrot Protein Shake

I stopped by a farmers market yesterday to find some awesome potatoes and carrots. I decided to use them in a smoothie! You could sub the carrots for sweet potatoes if you may choose.

-1 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot that has been boiled so that they’re tender
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup almondmilk
-1 cup ice
-1 tsp cinnamon 
-1/4 tsp clove
-1 scoop vanilla whey
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I used my Vitamix to blend it until is had a nice smooth consistency. Easy and refreshing!
Enjoy this beautiful summer day and experiment with food!

    Organic Carrot Protein Shake

    I stopped by a farmers market yesterday to find some awesome potatoes and carrots. I decided to use them in a smoothie! You could sub the carrots for sweet potatoes if you may choose.

    -1 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot that has been boiled so that they’re tender
    -1 frozen banana
    -1/2 cup almondmilk
    -1 cup ice
    -1 tsp cinnamon
    -1/4 tsp clove
    -1 scoop vanilla whey
    -1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    I used my Vitamix to blend it until is had a nice smooth consistency. Easy and refreshing!
    Enjoy this beautiful summer day and experiment with food!

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  14. Organic Quinoa Strata 

Last night, my friends and I made an amazing organic meal and I got to use he leftover bread crumbs in this recipe! I took the bread crumbs, which had freshly cut oregano mixed in it. I lined the bottom of the olive oil lined dish with the bread crumbs, then sprinkled a mixture of white and red quinoa with thinly sliced shallots. I beat some eggs and poured a thick layer of that in. On too I sprinkled the remainder of the bread crumbs and baked for about ten minutes on 400 degrees. Enjoy for dinner alongside a refreshing salad!

    Organic Quinoa Strata

    Last night, my friends and I made an amazing organic meal and I got to use he leftover bread crumbs in this recipe! I took the bread crumbs, which had freshly cut oregano mixed in it. I lined the bottom of the olive oil lined dish with the bread crumbs, then sprinkled a mixture of white and red quinoa with thinly sliced shallots. I beat some eggs and poured a thick layer of that in. On too I sprinkled the remainder of the bread crumbs and baked for about ten minutes on 400 degrees. Enjoy for dinner alongside a refreshing salad!

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    Don’t do it for him, for her, to be skinny or because you feel like you have to. Do it because you want to live a long life of comfort. Do it so that you can be walking when you help raise your great-grandchildren. Do it because you can. Amen!