It’s another fall day in the Chicago area and that means soup time! Don’t allow the seasonal shifts and the inevitable approach of winter, keep you from embracing your creativity in the kitchen. Also, I like to use this time to buckle down on creating healthy meals for the upcoming holiday season and avoid the temptations of overindulging in foods that don’t do anything good for my body or mindset! That doesn’t mean I don’t have fun meals and snacks during the holidays. It simply means that by staying aligned and balanced I’m more likely to sustain healthy habits that serve my higher good in mind, body, and spirit. Today’s recipe is a simple, healthy and filling fall stoup that’s loaded with goodness and an awesome full-bodied flavor! Ingredients: 5 medium potatoes or 2 cups, cubed.(Preferably Yukon gold or red potatoes). 1 medium (2 cups) butternut squash, cubed. 1 cup of cubed sweet potatoes. 2 cups of shredded kale. 2 cups of shredded red cabbage 1 cup of thin sliced/shredded Brussels sprouts. 5 cups of water. 2 tablespoons of sea salt. 1 tablespoon of curry powder. 1/2 teaspoon of spicy paprika. 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme. 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 tablespoons of olive oil. 1/4 teaspoon of allspice. 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Putting it all together: Bring your water to a boil using a medium-sized pot. Next, add...Read More
If you’ve ever felt like life seems to be passing you by, you’re still figuring out who you are, haven’t hit your “sweet spot” yet or fully come into your own, guess what? You are not alone! You might just be, a “late bloomer”! We all travel different paths in this life and while there may be some points of intersection along the way, we are unique and our paths tend to reflect that truth. So you’re wondering if you too are a late bloomer? You’ve come to right place to help you figure that out!There is nothing overly...Read More
When I think of Fall, I think of cozy fires, a stack of my favorite books in my favorite nook, and the yummy fragrance of savory dishes baking in the oven. Over the years I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty to be found in each season and more recently, to cherish every moment. Fall is a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen! I love the challenge of creating yummy and healthy meals using products that are in season and are ethically and sustainably sourced. Fall veggies ring in a new season of goodness and are a...Read More
Salads are for all seasons and are an excellent way to pack your meals with loads of nutrients! In honor of the Fall season, I decided to add a new twist to my favorite recipe for kale salad. Like a lot of my recipes, this kale salad takes only 15 minutes to create (30 minutes if you prep the ingredients for yourself, i.e. chop /slice the onions, kale, mushrooms, and carrots).
We all know how easy it is to reach for unhealthy snacks and quick fixes, especially during the summer heat but there are a number of ways to avoid those pitfalls! Filling and fueling up on nutrient dense smoothies are an excellent way to not only quench your thirst for something cool and creamy but they are also great opportunities to pack in those fruits and veggies we often miss during the hectic work week. Don’t be deceived by those fast food restaurant pseudo “healthy” alternatives that are packed with added sugar, mystery syrups, and additives that are...Read More