Pumpkin Smoothie
Oct01

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin…y, creamy goodness in a tall cup.  Dairy free, soy free and gluten free pumpkin smoothie.  I created this smoothie to appease seasonal cravings for pumpkin.  As soon as it starts to cool outside, the gray clouds poke their ever morphing selves out from the once perfect blue skies, and the whisper of crisp cool mornings begin.  I crave pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg in many forms.  With the holidays approaching, heavier...

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Quinoa Tabouli Salad
Jun24

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Quinoa Tabouli Salad gluten free, vegan, dairy free, soy free Salad                     If you are not familiar with Tabouli, it is a wonderful healthy Mediterranean salad or vegan side dish traditionally made with couscous, tomatoes and lots of lemon juice & parsley.  It also has some lovely variations depending on the country it is made.  I am substituting the couscous with...

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Mixed Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Mar26

Mixed Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Mixed Fruit Smoothie Bowl-Dairy free, Soy free, Gluten free, Vegan Packed with fruit, nut milk or other vegan milk, flax, and fun toppings makes this a feast for your eyes and your tummy.  I added the flax to add in more fiber into our diets.  We really lack fiber in our foods and it is very important for elimination, so I sneak it in whenever I get the chance.  Getting rid of toxins through elimination, is helpful for everyone,...

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Thrive Green Juice
Mar08

Thrive Green Juice

Green Thrive  I love the fresh undertones of lemon and ginger in this green blended drink. I feel like it gives my body a radiant glow inside and out when I juice.  Especially with eating clean and using fresh organic veggies and fruits.                               I have noticed when my friends have seen me carrying my green juices they tend to have a...

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Athlete’s Pasta Salad- gluten free, soy free, dairy free
Mar02

Athlete’s Pasta Salad- gluten free, soy free, dairy free

Athletes Pasta Salad; Gluten free, Soy free, Dairy free Absolutely love this gluten free pasta salad made with a super light, zesty roasted yellow pepper dressing and veggies.  This flavorful dressing is unique with a base of roasted yellow pepper versus a typical mayo.  I came up with this gluten free pasta salad recipe last summer when my hubby was training for the Tempe Triathlon, hence the title.  It incorporates healthy fat from...

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Pineapple Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Cups- dairy free, soy free
Feb27

Pineapple Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Cups- dairy free, soy free

Pineapple Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Cups Dairy free, Soy free and gluten free quick frozen yogurt Spring is on the horizon, and that is when we start thinking about eating healthier and losing that winter fat or surplus.   Surplus just sounds better than fat, right?  At any rate, I start looking for snacks and dessert that is light on calories but that satisfies my cravings while being cheaper than buying something ready made.  Fresh...

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Almost Instant Vegetable Noodle Soup- soy free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan
Feb20

Almost Instant Vegetable Noodle Soup- soy free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

On the Go Veggie Noodle Soup- soy free, gluten free, dairy free, MSG free and vegan Do you remember pre-packaged instant noodle soups?  So easy, quick and convenient.  Open the package, add water, wait and eat.  But what if you could do that now?  What if you could do an almost instant soup?  Put a few ingredients in a jar, some spices and take it to work or an outing the next day.   I often think about where I would be health wise,...

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Scottsdale Citrus Juice Blend
Feb15

Scottsdale Citrus Juice Blend

A morning juice blend with coconut water and mixed citrus to keep you hydrated and Vitamin C’d up!  This should put a metaphorical twinkle in your eye.  A great way to start your day or as a little pick me up between your busy schedule, working out, dealing with the family, or whatever keeps you engaged.                                    ...

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Green Flush Juice
Feb10

Green Flush Juice

Green Flush Juice I created this juice for myself to get me over the holiday blahs and onto recovery!  It is simple and can easily be blended at once in your blender.  Refreshing from the lemon and ginger, with some sweetness from the apple.  If you haven’t juiced before, you really should just give it a go.  You can try doing 2 apples the first few times to get you used to greens if you don’t ever eat anything green....

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Cheezy Herb Popcorn
Jan27

Cheezy Herb Popcorn

Cheezy Herb Popcorn Gluten free, Soy free, and Dairy free Stove top Popcorn Buttery, herby, cheezy hot fresh popcorn available in about 5 minutes that you make in a pot on the stove.  How does that sound?   Oh and in case you didn’t notice the buttery and cheezy is soy free and dairy free.  This is a flexible recipe, where you choose the herb, add in the cheezy substitute, and a little soy free butter and you have an amazing...

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Festive Cranberry Sauce
Nov25

Festive Cranberry Sauce

                        Festive Cranberry Sauce embraces cherished fall spices, citrus, and crisp apple.  Oh November, how I have missed you so.  This is the time when people remember to give thanks for all that is good in our lives; whether it is a partner, kids, pets, family, friends, our jobs, a roof over our head, health, and the list goes on, we stop to give thanks.  We...

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Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Nov15

Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream- soy free, dairy free, gluten free   Blend, pour, devour, it’s that simple.  When all you do is blend the ingredients and put it in your ice cream machine, about 30 minutes (depending on your machine) later you have amazing, creamy, dairy free & soy free ice cream.  It can’t get easier than that.  My hubby, who lives for chocolate, loves this recipe.  In fact one of the reasons I...

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Pumpkin Mocha
Oct14

Pumpkin Mocha

Pumpkin Mocha  It is that time of year when the clouds start to cover the greying sky, the smell of wood fires waft in with the autumn breezes, and the leaves turn various shades of gold to orange to red and rustle about.  You feel the brisk air and see the smoky haze lift from the grass in the mornings and think how wonderful it would be to stay at home, snuggled in a blanket watching a crackling fire.   We do not have the luxury of...

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Pumpkin Spice Mousse
Oct13

Pumpkin Spice Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Mousse, Coconut Whip An ode to fall.  I started working on my Pumpkin Spice Whip recipe last fall, and now I finally get to post it.  Hooray!  It can be used either as an addition your pancakes or waffles, a dip for other sweets, or to top your coffee and/or hot chocolate on those cool, cloudy days.  If you are making a Cake, this would be a wonderful filling or frosting.  I think I have done it all with this coconut...

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Savory Acorn Squash
Oct05

Savory Acorn Squash

Most people like baked squash when it is coated in sugar and cinnamon.  I am also one of those people, but I wanted to try something new and not so sweet.  I did grow up with my mom making baked, apples and squash with brown sugar, cinnamon and a heavy hand of  “real butter”,  as she used to emphasize.  The aroma of  browned butter and sweet fall filled our little house.   I know I tease about how she can’t cook, and...

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Seasonal Baked Squash Seeds
Oct01

Seasonal Baked Squash Seeds

  Seasonal Winter Squash Oven Baked Seeds   Recently I made a couple items from Butternut and Acorn Squashes, but what to do with the seeds?  Eat them of course, but first let’s give them some seasoning and a tiny dabble of oil and wa laa a healthy fun seasonal snack.  I don’t like to waste if I don’t have to, and why throw these away.  No there may not be many seeds in other squashes, versus a traditional...

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Seasoned Oven Potato Wedges and Fry Sauce
Sep17

Seasoned Oven Potato Wedges and Fry Sauce

  Seasoned Oven Potato Wedges and Fry Sauce I love fries but it is very difficult to get fries from a fast food place that isn’t contaminated with various allergens.  I also prefer not to consume all that oil, especially ones exposed to high temps, so this is the perfect solution. Make oven fries at home.  I know most of you think fries at home will take forever or you need a bunch of gadgets, but you don’t.  You just...

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Roasted Jalapeno Dip
Sep04

Roasted Jalapeno Dip

Roasted Jalapeno Dip   Currently, this is my favorite Almond Cheeze dip flavor.  It has heat from the oven roasted chili’s and some coolness from the cilantro, topping it with a little taco seasoning blend only amped the flavor.  This alternative to a dairy and soy filled dip is just so good, you won’t miss the things you shouldn’t have.   This would work well not only as a chip and veggie dip, but also...

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Italian Almond Cheeze
Aug17

Italian Almond Cheeze

Italian Almond Cheeze (Dairy free, Soy free, Gluten free Veggie Dip and Vegan Ricotta cheese alternative) Almond Cheeze is a great substitute for the real thing, especially if you are dairy, soy, and gluten free.  You can make it fresh at home in your blender or food processor, depending on the consistency you desire.  See Note at the bottom of this post.  With the addition of an Italian seasoning blend and lemon juice, it really...

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Grilled Italian Beets
Aug12

Grilled Italian Beets

            Grilled Italian Seasoned Beets A simple recipe with just a few ingredients, but by adding an Italian Seasoning Blend these beets gain a little more depth.  Most importantly, a good Italian blend compliments the earthy, ruby ringed root quite well.  No need to marinate for hours or any extra preparation.  Beets are one of those root vegetables that people seem to think is either a love or hate...

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