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Mixed greens with hemp seed dressing

Mixed Greens with Healthy Hemp Seed Dressing

Don’t you just want to take a fork and dig into that salad? I mean look at all that color and texture. There’s roasted beets, hemp seeds, diced avocado, broccoli sprouts, sprouted sunflower seeds (good source of protein, magnesium & Omega 6) and sprouted pumpkin seeds (good source of protein, iron & Omega 6). Lot’s of good stuff going on! I’m totally craving this salad now as I write up this post, so I think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow night…

Roasted matchstick beets with coconut oil

Roasted Matchstick Beets with Coconut Oil

If you’re looking for a nutrient dense, vitamin packed, vegan, naturally gluten-free topping to replace the standard old croutons for your next salad or soup, then you have to try these roasted matchstick beets. Yes, I said roasted matchstick beets (because they truly look like matchsticks)! They’re the cutest and simplest things to make, and add a pop of flavor and texture to any soup or salad. I’m all about adding in extra nutrition where I can, as well as showing you all simple recipes that incorporate seasonal produce. Hey, if we could all learn to eat seasonaly and locally, then we will not only be helping our bodies and our wallets, but our local farmers as well!

Beet ginger coconut soup

Beet, Ginger and Coconut Soup

This is a BIG year for Marin mama! I’m going to be finishing up Natural Chef school in March, and I therefore need to figure out my next career move before I finish school, YIKES! It’s super scary, but exciting at the same time, but a little more on the scary side, as I’m not sure what’s out there for little old me. I’m going to be spending the next few months researching, networking and getting a feel for what’s out there career-wise for me. I have some ideas brewing, but I’m not entirely sure yet what’s the best path, so I’m just going to keep following my heart, intuition and gut and see where it leads me. I will be sure to keep you all updated on where I’m heading.

Weeknight black beans

Quick and Tasty Weeknight Beans

We’re BIG fans of Taco Tuesday in my house, but Taco Tuesday doesn’t have to be on Tuesday, we like burritos, tacos and burrito bowls any night of the week. Since I discovered the best, tastiest and easiest way to cook up brown rice, I find that we’re eating a lot of burrito bowls and burritos, as they’re the perfect thing to whip up on those busy weeknights, and they also make great lunches to pack up for the kiddos.

Fall roasted vegetables on a baking sheet

Fall Roasted Vegetables

It finally feels like fall around here and I have to tell you that I’m happy about that. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s a cozy time filled with soups, stews, savory chicken dishes, big bowls of steel cut oats, and of course fall roasted veggies! Yes, I’m someone who gets excited by butternut squash, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes! I simply adore roasted vegetables. They get all caramelized and crispy on the outside, and stay soft and tender on the inside. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. The sweet potatoes and squash get a bit sweeter, and the red onion sweetens considerably (especially when you use coconut oil to roast it up) and it’s bitter and pungent flavor dissipates. If you have picky eaters who are not fans of vegetables, try roasting some up and I bet they’ll be fans!

Easy baked brown rice

Easy Oven Baked Brown Rice

First off I want you to know that my kids are totally obsessed with this rice, like licking their plates clean obsessed. It’s 6:00 am on Friday and I’m baking them a fresh batch for their lunches and pairing it with some leftover chicken thighs and mushrooms.

Homemade vanilla almond milk

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of the easiest raw food products to make at home. I know most of you are scratching your head thinking, who wants to go though the process and hassle of making homemade almond milk when I can just buy a carton inexpensively it at the store. I totally get it, but I’ve listed a few benefits of making your own almond milk below, just incase you’re interested.

One pan Mexican quinoa wraps.

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa Wraps

I’m SO crazy for these wraps, like totally insanely crazy for these, and I’ve been making them non-stop for the past 3 weeks. Marin mama might need to be committed! They’re honestly my new favorite lunch and/or dinner, and the bonus is that Zoe loves them as much as I do. Yay Zoe! I’m working on Eli, as he likes these wraps, and will totally eat them, but he doesn’t crave them the way Zoe and I do. I do have to remember that he’s only 10, and his palate hasn’t totally evolved the way Zoe’s and mine has. So Eli, I’ll give you a few more years to be lukewarm to my healthy recipes! Just kidding cutie!

Gluten free healthy cookie bites

Gluten-Free Healthy Cookie Bites

School is just around the corner and I’m all about having healthy snacks in the house for the kids and their friends to chow down on after school. I don’t know about you, but my kids come home from school ravenous and immediately ask me, “Mom, what can I have for snack?” I often just tell them to open the fridge or pantry and have a go at it. If I’m home I may make them up a smoothie, or some popcorn (well, now thankfully they’re old enough make up their own smoothies and popcorn). Most afternoons though we’re running from one activity to another, so I like to have an easy and healthy grab-and-go snack, like these gluten-free cookie bites, instead of stuffing their hands with something like goldfish.

Homemade croutons on a baking pan

How to Make Homemade Croutons

For me it’s the little things that stand out and make a recipe pop, like these homemade croutons. Every time I toss these bad boys into a salad or soup, I always get compliments on how amazing the croutons are. Yes, something so simple as homemade croutons can make a recipe go from great to outstanding! They truly beat out any store-bought variety, and are a great way to use up any leftover bread you have lying around.

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