Food + Recipes

Riced Cauliflower w. Asparagus & Lemon

March 25, 2016
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Cauliflower is in regular rotation at our house. It’s versatile and easy to sneak in to my kids food, although when I tell Judah about all of the superfood powers a particular food has, he’s excited to eat it and show me how strong he is! A member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, cauliflower contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients. It contains a compound that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells, boosts…

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Cacao-Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies w. Flaked Sea Salt

March 21, 2016
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These cookies are easy to make, don’t require many ingredients, don’t take long to bake, are naturally sweetened and are both vegan and gluten-free. Judah chose macadamias, coconut and cacao nibs, but they could easily be swapped out with dried fruit, nuts, crystalized ginger… or whatever you would like to make your own creation. The only thing that makes these warm cookies even better, is a cold glass of milk or scoop of ice cream! Gather Dry 2 cups sprouted spelt flour…

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A Tribute to My Mother on Her Birthday

March 16, 2016
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I love this photograph that was taken when my Mom was about the same age I am now, and I was about the same age Benjamin is now. The love and appreciation of my mother has continued to grow over the years, especially since having children of my own. She is mother to three daughters, grandmother to six. Family always comes first, and she graciously sacrifices her time whenever we need her. Whether it was driving carpool, volunteering in the classroom, organizing…

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Almond Butter & Jelly Muffins

March 7, 2016
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I woke up to the sound of raindrops pattering against my window and thunder roaring in the sky. Craving something warm and comforting, these ooey-gooey almond butter and jelly muffins were just the ticket. Super simple to make requiring just one bowl, naturally-sweetened and an option to be entirely vegan and gluten-free. So good. I’m putting one of these in Judah’s lunchbox tomorrow! Gather 2 eggs or sub flax eggs (2 Tbsp flax seed meal + 5 Tbsp water) ¼…

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An Exercise in Gratitude

February 27, 2016
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  I didn’t write about the nights we spent with Benjamin in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit or the stressful year that followed. I don’t know that I ever will, but we eventually took Judah out of preschool because he was bringing home too many bugs to Ben that that caused him to be in a constant state of respiratory distress. After almost a year of homeschooling Judah, he went back to preschool a month ago. I loved having him…

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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Noodles

February 20, 2016
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While I do enjoy an occasional bowl of pasta, zoodles (or zucchini noodles) leave me feeling energized instead of sluggish. Judah has fun helping me spiralize (with close supervision as the blades are very sharp) and loves telling Benny how good zucchini is for our bodies. Loaded with vitamin C, phytonutrients, and minerals like manganese and potassium, zoodles are a much healthier alternative to pasta. Zoodles are quite versatile – we make them pretty often as the possibilities are endless! The sauce…

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Taking Joy in the Simple Things

February 15, 2016
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It’s rare I’m able to grab my camera in time to capture moments like these that bring me so much joy. At times, life as a parent of little ones can be downright exhausting, chaotic and stressful. It can be easy to forget about the little things. Regularly taking joy in these 10 simple things keeps me happy, calm and peaceful. Connecting to nature using all of my senses. Feeling my feet press into the Earth. Watching the sun rise or set. Tasting…

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Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 11, 2016
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Beet root naturally colors these decadent cupcakes a rich red hue, the color of love and passion, making them the perfect treat to give your Valentine! The key to a naturally vibrant red cake using beets is acidity. The below ingredients create the proper acidic pH. Without that, the beets will turn brown. Roasting the beets brings out their natural sweetness and gives a subtle, earthy flavor but doesn’t overshadow the richness of the cacao. The final result are deliciously moist and dense cupcakes that…

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Filling Your Cup

February 9, 2016
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The year started off with a whirlwind of events and many positive changes. I haven’t had as much time to blog and am about to go back on-call for some births. I’m reminded to slow down, connect with nature, practice self-care, nourish myself and my family with wholesome foods and be more present, especially with my boys. Filling my cup allows me to better serve others, not only as a doula, but as a mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. Giving to ourselves…

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New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016
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After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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