A lot of people are intimidated by polenta because they think it takes so long, but the truth is, it only takes about 15 minutes!  That’s right.  It’s as easy as quinoa just takes a little extra stirring.

My favorite things about polenta are that it can be easily be made into an elegant entré and it’s so easy to infuse different flavor profiles into the mix.  Make it a Mexican meal, an Italian feast or simply celebrate a seasonal vegetable, like I do in this Creamy Carrot Polenta recipe. (more…) read more →

It’s fruity, exotic and doesn’t even taste healthy but surprise!  It totally is.  My grasshopper green smoothie is what I like to call a “starter smoothie”.  It’s for those people who aren’t necessary beating down strangers for a handful of kale (something I would most certainly do if kale-less for over 48 hours).

The coconut water is incredibly hydrating and creates a yummy base for the smoothie.  That’s just the start, here’s what’s up with the rest of the ingredients:

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28 Apr 2014
April 28, 2014

Spring Detox Tea

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It’s time to detox from all those heavy foods we’ve been living on to keep us warm through this relentless winter!  This tea is my favorite thing to get my metabolism flowing, my immunity up, my tummy in tamed and my blood sugar balanced.

Each ingredient has powerful  healing properties and when alchemized together, amazing things can happen.

The ginger is a natural antiviral, so it will keep you healthy.  Mint calms the stomach and aids digestion.  Lemon is an incredible detoxifier.  It will clean your liver and flush your system.  And finally, cinnamon regulates your blood sugar– so if you ever find yourself on a sweet-treat bender.  Get some cinnamon is your system, it will help you stay on track!

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If you are a red blooded human you probably love spinach artichoke dip.  However, if you are even a little bit health conscious you know that spinach artichoke dip will leave you feeling like complete crap after you inevitably nose dive into it.

This Warm Spinach and White Bean Dip is the perfect antidote to your aforementioned food craving.

As someone who is always looking for ways to sneak more greens into my diet I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner!  But better late than never because this Warm Spinach and White Bean dip has been a total snacking revelation. (more…) read more →

This is better than your average risotto because you don’t have to stand over your pot for a solid 20 minutes stirring non-stop.

It’s a perfect cheat with a delicious pay off.  Simply make your quinoa as usual and saute up some veggies with extra liquid (who am I kidding, WINE!) to make a deliciously rich and creamy (yet creamless) mushroom quinoa risotto.

This is the perfect dish if you’re trying to impress someone, or if you just want a big batch of something wonderful to get you through the week.  Serve it with a giant green salad, sip on that extra vino and you will be in food paradise. (more…) read more →