Creamy Cilantro Serrano Sauce (plant-based)

Cilantro serrano

A plant-based diet can be unbelievably delicious, satisfying and best of all, guilt-free. The key to a tasty plant-based meal is in the sauce. This is a versatile recipe that can be thinned out with water and used for a salad dressing, drizzled over enchiladas, tacos, greens or a quinoa bowl or used thick as a dip. Don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients to vary this sauce to your liking. Continue reading “Creamy Cilantro Serrano Sauce (plant-based)”

Black Bean Orange Quinoa Salad

orange black bn quinoaQuinoa is packed with protein and nutrients and best of all, it’s delicious. This dish can be served warm or cold the next day as a salad. It seems like a lot of ingredients but it comes together quickly.

 Ingredients (always use organic when possible):

1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 cup of shaved Brussel sprouts

2-3 large kale leaves with stems removed and chopped

1-2 large scallions chopped

1 thick slice of red onion chopped Continue reading “Black Bean Orange Quinoa Salad”

Take Back Your Health

hospitalWe have a major health crisis in the United States of America.

Think about all of the families you know. I would venture to say that there is at least one person in each family who suffers from a chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disease or gastrointestinal disease.

If they do not suffer from those maladies they may have a condition such as infertility, asthma, allergies or ADHD.

From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “As of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people- had one or more chronic health conditions.”

From the NIA (National Institutes of Health): “Approximately 69% of adults are overweight or obese, with 78 million adult Americans considered obese.”

Also from NIH: “Fifty-nine percent of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012. And 15 percent of them took five or more prescription drugs.”

We have come to accept this as normal. It is not. How can we accept that half of us have chronic disease, 59% of us are on prescription drugs and 69% of us are overweight? Continue reading “Take Back Your Health”

Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

I adapted this from the minimalist baker’s recipe.http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-pumpkin-apple-muffins/  My recipe is oil muffinfree and I do not cook the apples because I’m lazy and it tastes great without the extra effort (I tried it both ways and I promise it’s still wonderful). These muffins are super moist and very healthy except for the sugar, but hey, you’ve got to have a little pleasure.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (I used white whole wheat)

½ cup oat flour

1/3 cup old fashioned oats + extra for topping

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon + more for apples

16 oz. organic pumpkin puree Continue reading “Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins”

Fall Bliss Butternut Squash Soup

2015 butternut sq soupThis is a new and improved recipe from a couple of years ago. It’s very easy and absolutely delicious. As always, use all organic ingredients if possible. It makes a huge impact on your health over time.

Ingredients:

1 large or 2 medium butternut squash

1 box or can of organic pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

2 medium onions

4 cups of vegetable broth

½ cup of cashews soaked for a couple of hours if possible, but not completely necessary Continue reading “Fall Bliss Butternut Squash Soup”

Can Diet Alone Cure Diseases?

apple“When food is wrong, medicine is of no use. When food is right, medicine is of no need.” Anonymous

There is a lot of evidence that suggests a plant-based diet can significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. I urge you to look at Forks Over Knives, The China Study, and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. I’m not asking you to make a full and sudden change in your diet, but maybe see what resonates with you and your specific situation.

I lowered my cholesterol by 100 points over seven months without any medication by switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet. My journey has been a process. If you go back to the beginning of my blogs you will see that I ate dairy and a little bit of humanely raised meat. Everyone comes to what they need in their own time. Maybe your journey starts or revs up today.

 

Continue reading “Can Diet Alone Cure Diseases?”

World’s Best Vegan Spinach Dip

spinach dipThis is a pretty tasty alternative to traditional spinach dip that is loaded with fat from mayonnaise and sour cream. It also avoids additives such as MSG from Knorr vegetable soup mix that is usually mixed in to spinach dip for flavor. Continue reading “World’s Best Vegan Spinach Dip”