quinoa and avocado salad

Quinoa and Avocado Salad
With much gratitude, I am privy to delicious homemade vegan dumplings courtesy of my ‘sister-in-law’ (something that’s way out of my humble skill set) and other random vegan dishes when we visit. On Sunday, I was served up a super simple yet super delicious quinoa and avocado salad and just had to steal it for prime time blogging!

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juice fast plan: fruity beginnings

Shopping for Juice Fasting

I just looked back over my recent posts and realized that my posts have been a bit juice-heavy… perhaps I should create that separate, dedicated juice blog after all?!  I apologize to all of you who think fasting is absolutely bonkers, or are hanging out for new food recipes…

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spinach and mushroom dip

Spinach and Mushroom Dip

Yesterday we had some friends over for to watch the football.  It was supposed to be so low key that we were ordering Indian takeout from the great place down the street, but I can’t help myself – I need to have food on the table when people arrive.  As per usual, I probably made too much, but better for them to be ohhing and ahhing over my food than takeout, right?!

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I heart zimt artisan chocolates

Zimt Chocolate

Just like I don’t like to get into the animal rights-politics of a plant-based diet, I get nervous about “The Holidays”.  There just seems to be no winning, however you position it.  So while I have just bought a load of  Zimt Artisan Chocolates to fill up stockings, it really makes a great gift for any event, any time of year… and even better, it makes a fabulous self-indulgence.  It just also happens that Emma, as founder of this wonderful gem of a company, offered me a trial of her raw vegan organic goodies at this time of the year.  So you can interpret this little plug* however you like : )

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I still love you…!


I so desperately want to have time in the kitchen to create again, and write blogs.  Graduate school and full time work is killing me but I have a month off school as of tomorrow so bring on the silly season!!  In the meantime, I’m sharing a picture from my sunset walk around my local pond on Tuesday, no filters – the colors were absolutely amazing. Moving, even (especially?) in the winter, is so important for the body, mind, and soul.  Don’t stay wrapped up inside if you don’t have to!

Hope all you crazies are out there living it up, eating it up, and creating your fun and happy.



warm banana chocolate milk

Banana Chocolate Milk

Today was a very long Saturday indeed. School work for my MBA capstone project and house cleaning – pah! Then I got to thinking about all the things in my cupboard that I should be using… mainly chocolate, and I had made some almond milk last night for bananas foster so thought a warm drink would help me wind down. And it did! Except I’m back on my laptop writing this – the curse of blogging while you’re inspired ; )

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citrus rainbow juice

Citrus Rainbow Juice

Morning of day 1 of my October juice fast! Yes, it’s September 30 here in the US but I couldn’t wait; the online juice fast community is based out of Bali so given time differences it’s nice to start with them, and it’s Monday so is a good way to start the week.

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breakfast strata

Breakfast Strada_4

Labor Day brunch and a true labor of love worth every minute. Super-seasoned scrambled tofu, cashew crema, spinach, mushrooms, red peppers was simply a magical combination.

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green blueberry juice

Green Blueberry Juice 1

Another juice to start the week! I promise to post a food recipe this week but I really had such a great time on the juice fast (and had to make so many juices) that I have to share : ) This one was for my boyfriend, who just did his first two days of juicing… and liked it!

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ginger syrup kombucha

Ginger Syrup Kombucha

This will be my first non-juice / juice fast-related blog in almost two weeks, is anyone else as excited as I am?!? And as upset as I was to finish my fast I realized after two days of moping that it really is an opportunity, an opportunity for kombucha – woop woop!

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