Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. -Forrest Gump Chocolate is the food of love. Delicious, decedent and divine. Do you know that almost 60 million pounds of chocolate are purchased for Valentine's day? How much of that will you be...

Is it cold? Want to warm up from the inside out? Give this a try! Ingredients 1 cup dried yellow split peas 1 onion 1 celery stalk 2-4 small garlic cloves 1 carrot 2/3 cup cooking wine (optional) 1 vegetable bouillon cube (optional) 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoon cumin 1 jalapeno 1 piece...

Potatoes get a bad rap. French fries and potato chips are not healthy! But, you can make really yummy dishes with potatoes that are healthy. Try this one! Whenever you cook potatoes add marjoram and/or rosemary as these spices really pair well. Ingredients 1 cup baby potatoes 1 teaspoon...

This salad brings out the sweetness of kale. Sweet? Kale? Yup. Give it a try. It is an excellent lunch choice because you can make it earlier and the kale doesn't become wilted. It is also a nice addition to dinner be it with soup, or grilled vegetables. Ingredients ...

Looking for a dish to impress your partner, family or friends? Check this out! Looks good and tastes great! Ingredients 1 butternut squash 1/2 onion 1 apple 1 polenta roll (can substitute a baguette) 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional; can substitute agave) 1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional; can substitute Brandy, Triple Sec, etc.) 2 tablespoons pinenuts Olive...

This bowl is a great dinner or lunch option. It is also a great way to repurpose leftovers. Use any grain for your base. The pear adds a natural sweetness. Ingredients ½ onion ½ broccoli crown 1 pear 4 small swiss chard leaves 1 cup cooked wild rice or wild rice blend...

Stuffed pepper are a delicious weekday dish. Make extra stuffing and serve it as the base of a bowl, or as a side dish later in the week. Vary the grains and in-season vegetables. This recipe uses a combination of quinoa and lentils as the grain. Ingredients 1/3...

Costa Rica - Pura Vida! Want more joy in your life? Here are 10 things I try to do : Be Positive - I know, easier said than done. Train you mind to focus on the POSITIVE things that happen in your day. Eliminate Negative People/Situations/Energy - You know what sucks the energy out...

Beautiful hummus, especially with the pomegranate seeds. I love how they crunch and add a little something extra to the hummus. Perfect to dip carrots and celery, as a spread on sandwiches or added to a fall/winter salad or bowl. Ingredients 1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas (or about 2...

I love mushroom burgers! This 30 minute meal is easy and delicious. Add whatever toppings you love to the mushroom burger. Be creative and create a ‘burger bar’. Let everyone pick what they like best. The best part is leftover pesto has a ton of other uses throughout the week. ...

It’s a stew, or soup! Super easy, delicious and filling. The fiber and protein from lentils and sweet potatoes will fill you up. Leftovers are excellent the next day on top of some greens or a rice bowl with fresh vegetables. I love to serve it with some crusty brown...

I love easy. I love delicious. This one marks both boxes. Great lunch, great side dish, perfect for picnics and group potlucks. This saves well for a couple of days in the refrigerator as it doesn’t get soggy, so it is a great make-ahead dish. Ingredients 2 broccoli...

This week I embarked on a challenge. It is called the #75hard challenge. The two most common questions are, “what is it” and “why???”. Both good questions. In essence, it is a way to challenge yourself in order to change your mindset. I heard about it from a facebook friend...

Ewe. No way. I don’t like it. This is gross. Sound familiar? If you are a parent, you have probably heard these comments more than once. Kids can be picky. Kids can be fickle! One day they love something, the next day they say, “Yuck! I don’t want that!”. What can...