Blintz Souffle Revisited

    Blintz Souffle A Lighter Version Returns to Breakfast – Brunch – And Summer Dinners Do lifecycle events return you to your roots?  When the family gathers for a birth, wedding or funeral, do you immediately return to those…

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Add Some Spring To Your Spring!

Spring has Sprung and it’s time to lighten up your meals! One of the easiest and healthiest ways to lighten up your Springtime meals is to spiralize your fruits and vegetables.   By swapping carb heavy pastas for these colorful…

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Pad Thai with Zucchini Noodles

My spiralizer was getting a little lonely this summer as I last used it for a spicy turkey meatball and fresh marinara sauce last winter.  I realized that there are a lot of Asian dishes I have been avoiding after…

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These Cookies Are Addicting….and Healthy!

                                               “Those Cookies” I love to play in the kitchen and when I try a new recipe that…

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Wild Rice with Blueberries and Almonds

     

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High Protein Vegan Smoothies

Blueberry, Banana Green Dream Smoothie I’m often asked what kind of protein I add to my breakfast smoothies because I’ve eliminated most of the dairy in my diet.  I’ve tried pea protein and it just doesn’t agree with me.  My…

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Southwest Quinoa Bowl

Southwest Quinoa Bowl In keeping with my Cook Once, Eat Twice philosophy, I had some left over grilled organic chicken breast tenders that I had grilled on Tuesday night.  Tuesday was unseasonably hot in So Cal, so I decided that…

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High Protein Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

                                          “Spaghetti and Meatballs” – High Protein Low Carb I have been refining my diet lately and have seen the…

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Happy New You!

                                                                             January 14,…

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Zucchini – Sweet Potato Loaf

                                                             Zucchini – Sweet Potato Loaf with Basil I’m always looking…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  Holiday Parties on weekends and during the week, your holiday “to do” list has you running in all directions and you may be getting a little less sleep that usual. No matter…

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Loving Everything Pumpkin!

                                                             Lovin’ Everything Pumpkin! I love Pumpkin!  It adds a depth…

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Welcome Fall!

                                                             Thai Butternut Squash Soup Fall is my favorite time of…

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Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding

                                                         Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding While sharing the most decadent raw dessert…

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Do You Know the Many Symptoms of Dehydration?

August 27, 2015
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    It was 10:45AM and I was sharing a wonderful breakfast at Lucca in Old Town Orange with good friend and fabulous jewelry designer Kathy Skilton when it hit me.  This feeling of light-headedness, a slight ringing in my…

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Thinking outside of the (Lunch) Box

August 12, 2015
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Did you bring your lunch to school?   I remember the lunches my mother used to pack in the brown paper sack with my name written on it in crayon. Every day I could count on a sandwich of bologna on…

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Lemony and Low Glycemic

                                       Raw Almond Lemon Bites It was about 5 years ago when I first heard the term RAW foods and I visualized…

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4th of July Parfait!

                           4th of July Parfait The July 4th weekend celebrations begin at 9 AM as decorated cars, bikes and trikes roll out of  the Villa Park High School…

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Your Vegetarian Friends Will Be Happy This Summer!

June 23, 2015
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  Mediterranean Tortellini Salad Here’s a little something to keep your VEGETARIAN friends feeling loved during your Backyard Barbeques this Summer.  It seems that Summer BBQ menus have a tendency to be heavy on meat dishes including  salads with bacon….

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Summer Solstice Smoothie

Summer Nectarine Blueberry Smoothie Although Fall is my favorite time of year, I love Summer for all of the fresh fruits that are so abundant.  Berries and stone fruit are bursting with flavor and a simple  bowl of peaches or…

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Welcome Summer 2015!

 Avocado Corn Salad Father’s Day and Summer arrive this weekend just in time for some casual outdoor dining.  I like to prepare easy colorful food and serve it on oversized platters that make up the centerpiece of the table.  This…

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Heat Up Your Summer Appetizers with Shishitos!

June 9, 2015
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Shishito Peppers with Sea Salt Are you a little bored with Raw Veggies for a healthy option for appetizers?  While in New York last month I found Shishito Peppers on the appetizer menu at the North End Grill ($9.00).  Along…

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Cookies for Breakfast?

Cocoa-Almond Thumbprint Cookies Let’s have some healthy fun in the kitchen this summer and eat Cookies for Breakfast!  No one has to know these are good for you!  If you make a batch of these along with Breakfasts in a…

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Summer Breakfasts in a Jar!

Lemon Chia Pudding and  Banana Chia Pudding with Nectarines and Blueberries I’m a firm believer that Food should be Fun!  (and it needs to look pretty too!)  Although it is not yet officially Summer, the weather is warm and it…

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Chocolate Coconut Cream Chia “Pie”

Chocolate – Coconut Cream Chia “Pie” I can’t seem to get enough of Chia since my Raw Foods Chef Certification last month.  The ease of making a healthy dessert that can easily be your breakfast, lunch or late night snack…

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Raw Foods and Spring Cleaning!

                                                              Chia Pudding with Fresh Strawberries 2015 is turning into…

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Cherry Chicken For Valentines Dinner….

February 10, 2015
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Cherry Chicken with Cardamom Are you looking for a Heart Healthy meal with a little aphrodisiac to spice things up?  This combination of spices and cherries is full of antioxidants, is heart healthy, has anti-inflammatory properties, improves digestion and in…

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Seed Crusted Chicken with Cilantro Pesto

February 4, 2015
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Seed Crusted Chicken with Cilantro Pesto – A Clean Eating Delight! It’s the week after Super Bowl and the time when New Year’s resolutions of diets have long disappeared.  The smoothie machines are beginning to gather dust and the two…

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Roasted Beet Root Dip

January 26, 2015
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  Roasted Beet Root Dip It’s such a pleasure to be invited to dinner where not only is everything delicious but healthy and colorful all at the same time.  This roasted beet root dip was served with some kale chips…

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Raw Cacao and Cashew Bites

Raw Cacao and Cashew Bites Although I have been eating clean for about a year, every once in a while I get that sweet tooth for something chewy and chocolatey. I have been experimenting in the kitchen and found Superfoods…

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Baby Kale Sprouts for a Crunchy Side Dish with LOTS of Goodness

I just discovered Baby Kale Sprouts in the bagged produce department at Trader Joes, but have seen fellow health coaches picture them on their Facebook posts.  These delightful blossoms are not only pretty but they brighten up when sautéed and...
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Winter Soups …. A Meal in a Bowl

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Spinach Balls and Other Holiday Traditions

December 7, 2014
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Spinach “Balls” have been in the family for 35 years I’m not sure when the official planning begins but we talk about Thanksgiving year round.  It’s MY HOLIDAY.  I love the fact that this holiday is truly about great food,…

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Souvenirs…..

October 31, 2014
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We had never been away from home, friends and family for three weeks. This was the bucket list trip that we had been planning for nearly a year. We refined our daily agenda so that we would have something important…

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Are You Ready for some Football?

October 13, 2014
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                                                                              Cannellini…

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Kefir – This Summer’s Science Experiment

August 28, 2014
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My Science Experiment on the Kitchen Counter Back at Dr. Grant’s for follow up on my lasik eye surgery, I casually asked if there could be a link between my digestive issues and the antibiotic eye drops that I have…

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Summer Salads Continued

July 31, 2014
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Tricolored Quinoa with Fresh Basil and Pine Nuts When I looked back at my previous posts, I realized that I have been talking about the heat since the first part of April. It  isn’t August yet and it is going…

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Salads….Not Just for Starters Anymore

  Watermelon Cucumber Salad Welcome to the heart (and Heat) of Summer and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Years ago I made it my mission to create main course salads that were beautiful, hearty and nutritious.  I would…

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Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Cake

July 20, 2014
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Dr. Grant’s Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Cake Lately, I’ve found the topic of health and fitness a good conversation starter.   At my annual exam with Santa Ana Optometrist, Dr. Bruce Grant, I mentioned that I had  recently completed my…

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Strawberries….Don’t Leave Summer Without Them!

Baby Spinach and Strawberry Salad – A Super Foodie’s Delight Strawberries are at their peak now and will remain so throughout July.   Don’t let Summer get away without adding strawberries to a smoothie or try one of these recipes….

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Peaches!

July 2, 2014
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   Fresh Peach Smoothie – Summer Has Arrived! I bought my first crate of fresh peaches over the weekend and realized that I let the season go without taking full advantage of the versatility of peaches.   So for the…

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Free Travel Insurance!

June 29, 2014
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                                       Five Free Travel Insurance Tips   Your passports have been located, reservations made, airline tickets have been purchased or you have…

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Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan

               Meatless Monday – Eggplant Parmesan with Chickpea Flour I love to experiment in the kitchen and fortunately my family has always encouraged me to continue to play in my playground.  Sometimes they join…

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Marinara Sauce without Hot Flashes!

June 5, 2014
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          Raw Marinara Sauce with Zucchini Pasta Have you noticed a trend lately in my recipe posts?  It seems like they are all about the Heat and how to cook without turning on the oven.  …

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Simple Tips for a “Healthier” Holiday Weekend!

May 23, 2014
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Have Fun, Eat Chocolate, Drink Wine and Stay Healthy is my mantra!  As a Health Coach, I have found that balance is the key to good health. I’m getting ready for some  Memorial Day weekend fun with good friends and…

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares

          Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares Sometimes you just need a little something rich and sweet that feels  really decadent.  Well this one fills the bill.  The best parts about this recipe are that you don’t…

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Black Rice Salad with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds

May 7, 2014
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                               Black Rice Salad with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds Summer Salad Season is upon us and this one is hearty and filling but not heavy.  It…

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Give Your Weight Loss Reward a Makeover!

Close your eyes. Imagine you just hit a milestone on your health journey. You deserve to celebrate and the question is, with what? If you’re salivating as you picture a delicious bowl of frozen yogurt covered in butterfingers, then it’s time to open your eyes…

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It’s Too Hot To Cook! – Mango Cilantro Ginger Slaw

Mango Cilantro Ginger Slaw It’s 99 degrees as I write this post and I’m not enjoying this first day of May.  It’s really just too hot to cook!  Last night’s dinner was a smoothie with a half of a banana,…

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Rocket Salad with Aioli Garlic Mustard and Lemon Juice

                     Rocket Salad with Aioli Garlic Mustard and Lemon Juice Quick and easy is my style for salads.  The pre-packaged, pre-washed bagged organic lettuce from Trader Joes makes getting through the…

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Zucchini “Pasta” with Mushrooms and Truffle Sea Salt

April 18, 2014
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                                      Zucchini “Pasta” with Mushrooms and Truffle Sea Salt   There is no need to miss Pasta if you are eliminating grain…

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Grain Free Tabbouleh

                                                    Grain Free Tabbouleh Keeping with our Passover Theme, I have found another wonderful grain…

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I’m Bringing Paleo to Passover!

April 14, 2014
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After many hours in the kitchen taste testing gluten free recipes, I had an epiphany.   These Gluten Free and Paleo recipes are also Passover friendly!   No longer will I need beat 18 egg whites, fold them into a matzo meal,…

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Chicken Salad with Avocado, Coconut Cream and Cilantro

Making a  creamy chicken salad without mayonaise or greek yogurt can be challenging but this one has a wonderful flavor and is packed with cleansing foods that can be served during Passover.   It was 90 degrees in So Cal…

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