Seahawks Super Bowl Cake!

seahawkscake Living in Seattle has never been so much fun with the Hawks in SuperBowl XLVIII! So much excitement in the air with Super Bowl Sunday just two days away! I couldn’t help but want to make an awesome cake for Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII. This Seahawks Super Bowl cake is made from scratch but I used store bought frosting & food coloring for the field & logo. Update: HAWKS WON!!! And the cake lived up to the event; it was “SUPER” tasty. I made it again for my husband’s birthday two days after the Super Bowl, but I used a football shaped cake pan (photo at bottom). Read more of this post

When I got married, I unwittingly divorced myself

wedWhen I got married, I unwittingly divorced myself. My husband and I exchanged vows a little over a year ago on Dec. 29, 2012. Long before I was married or even dating anyone, my paradigm of married life included the following: my future husband and I will get to do everything with each other, instead of doing things alone or with assorted friends. This facet of my idea of marriage has substantial truth and benefits, but it also created a very unrealistic set of expectations.
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The Best Sautéed Kale – Oil Free!

Ingredients and directions:

kale

bouillon cube

Kale is an ultra healthy superfood that is the perfect addition to any SIP Meal (SIP = S*** In a Pan). I just made some sautéed kale last night and mmm! mmm! it was delicious! For two side dish servings: Crumble/dissolve 1/2 a chicken flavored bouillon cube into 1/2 cup warm water. Pour into a large skillet on medium heat and add 5 oz kale (I 1/2 package Trader Joe’s Organics Lacinato Kale). Stir and cover, let it cook for 2-3 minutes or so. Add any additional seasonings to your taste, like freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy as a side or mixed into your favorite dish. We enjoyed ours with sautéed mushrooms and a grilled veggie burger, as seen in this post.

Pile on the Fruit Waffles

waffleWe got a new waffle iron for Christmas and so far, sooooo good! We’ve been using Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle mix, so I can only imagine how delicious some homemade waffles will taste. Topped with TJ’s Organic Maple Syrup and fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself one heck of a waffle. I try to pile on the fruit and eat a lot it with every bite so that I usually am full of the actual waffle when I’m about 2/3 done. This fruit combo was especially good: bananas, mango, and blueberries. I wanted to post this non-recipe as a reminder that waffles make for a fantastic quick and easy dinner! Read more of this post

Pizza with Anjou Pear, Dried Figs, Arugula, and Fresh Herbs

pizza I love making homemade pizza. The dough is your canvas and the toppings are your paint! Based on the ingredients I had on hand, this turned out to be what some might call a gourmet pizza. It was mighty tasty! A reminder to myself and anyone out there using a pizza stone: remember to let the stone preheat inside the oven to yield the perfect crispy crust results. Read more of this post

Less Fat Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

mac singleIf you look up recipes for homemade baked mac and cheese, they contain 800-1000 calories per serving. Wow! No thank you. I mean, if you want homemade baked mac and cheese that is more like a mac and cheese casserole, then that many calories is expected because the pasta is literally swimming in cheese. But if you are perfectly okay with making some baked mac and cheese that is simply coated in cheese like Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese, then try this slimmed down version. I’m not advocating this as a healthy dish by any means, but if you are simply craving some delicious homemade baked mac and cheese this is a good alternative. Read more of this post

SIP Meal: Trader Joe’s Tofu Veggie Burger with spinach, mushrooms, and rice!

Ingredients and directions:

TJ tofu burgerFirst post of my incredibly quick and easy “SIP Meals” (SIP = S*** In a Pan).

In a pan, grill Trader Joe’s Organic Tofu Veggie Burger on medium, 3-4 mins each side. Halfway through grilling, add a handful of spinach and sliced mushrooms to the pan and saute with desired seasonings (garlic powder and pepper is good). Serve as an open face burger with a side of rice.

Eat To Live! Thoughts and excerpts from the book that changed my life

hippocrates-let-food-be-thy-medicine-and-medicine-be-thy-foodThree months ago in October 2013, my husband and I decided to challenge ourselves to eat vegetarian for one month just for fun. Upon mentioning this little challenge to someone, she suggested I watch the documentary on Netflix called Forks Over Knives and if I was interested, she recommended (and let me borrow) a book called Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Then at dinner with my husband’s parents a few days later, they suggested the same documentary and also recommended the same book. First we watched the documentary — and we’re so thankful we did. Our whole entire perception of nutrition was completely altered, and I felt like we had been lied to our whole lives about what proper nutrition is. The two-hour documentary got a lot of its facts from the book Eat to Live. Enlightened by the documentary, I knew the book would be the real deal…and it was. (Just like the Harry Potter series; books are always better.) Anyway, because of the profound education we received from the documentary and the book, both my husband and I have maintained our vegetarian diet since October 1st, 2013. However, I will add that we aren’t nazis about it. On average we probably have had a small serving of meat maybe once every two weeks. It’s much easier than we thought it would be to go veg, and neither of us miss or crave eating meat. We also both love that we continually find new tasty menu items that we normally would not have ordered. Not to mention I’ve lost 12 pounds since going veg (with not very much exercise I hate to admit — probably averaging only once or twice a week). My goal is to eventually consistently consume 90% of my calories from a whole-foods plant-based diet. I also want to keep educating myself about nutrition from a wide variety of books/studies because I know that people are really good at summarizing (*cough* manipulating) data in ways that promote their own ideas :) That being said, the following information comes directly from the book Eat to Live and I have not cross-checked any of Dr. Fuhrman’s summaries of the data he reports about.

As I read Eat to Live, I marked all the pages that had information I wanted to remember. I’ve copied direct excerpts of Dr. Fuhrman’s book here and the material belongs to him. The information comes from thousands of studies which he cites, and if you want those, you’re going to have to get the actual book for yourself. My hope is that sharing with you the powerful and irreplaceable benefits of eating a whole-foods plant-based diet, contrary to the harmful diet that the majority of Americans consume, will usher you into a lifestyle of truly eating for optimum health!
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