Curried Cauliflower Soup

With my head cold and congestion I found myself daydreaming about a curry cauliflower soup that my mother in law made for us and found this creamy variation with coconut milk. Ingredients 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small florets, stems chopped ¼ cup melted coconut oil or olive oil, divided 1 medium yellow […]

Grillin’ and Chillin’: Late Summer Salads

As a high school teacher, the end of the summer is both joyous and agonizing. As much as I want to thoroughly enjoy the dog days of summer, thoughts of lesson planning, waking up early, and being back to the daily grind are always on my mind. I had to make a conscious effort to slow […]

Under the Weather Miso Soup

With our preschooler starting back at school we knew we were due for a cold. It’s been passed around among the four of us at home and now I have it. I’ve had a few sleepless nights with boys coughing and climbing all over me. Moms need to take care of ourselves, right? This soup […]

Ice Ice Baby

With the dog days of summer upon us, heat waves and droughts are the name of the game and everyone is looking for a way to keep cool. If you have a garden, you are also looking for creative ways to use the fruits of your gardening labor. One of the easiest, tastiest, and most […]

Healthy Squash Puree

Do you like Greek yogurt? I love it! A lot of my friends enjoy it too but usually only during breakfast. This creamy and tangy goodness shouldn’t be limited to only a morning dish, especially when so many things can pair great with it. Apple and cinnamon is a popular pair. Your favorite fresh fruit […]

Baby Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

I love the age when babies begin to sip through a straw because they tend to eat more than being spoon fed. It’s my favorite way to get more nutrients into my little one’s body. I love this smoothie because it’s the perfect breakfast/snack drink that will keep them full and satisfied. It’s naturally sweetened […]

Summertime Pure Fruit Smoothie

Summertime is awesome in Southern California because we have access to plenty of amazingly fresh fruit! The downside is that I almost never finish it all before it spoils. This time I was prepared and froze the extra when it was most ripe. On the tail end of a heat wave I made an all-fruit […]

The Benefits of Black Seeds

I am an avid reader of nutritional magazines and brochures. Oftentimes free at organic or natural health stores, these periodicals are usually chock-full of fantastic recipes and advertisements, and as I was leafing through one last week, I came across an article singing the praises of black seeds or black cumin. Widely used in the Middle East, […]

You Can Do WHAT with Cauliflower?!

When friends of mine approach me to say, “Oh my god, I just did ___ with cauliflower and it tasted amazing!” I reply, “Welcome to the wonderful world of cauliflower.” By the way, if you hate cauliflower, stop reading here. This is for those of you who either love or like the taste of cauliflower […]

Food Substitutes for Children with Allergies

What can I use as a substitute if my child is allergic or intolerant to foods? This question comes up often – especially if kids suffer from food allergies, celiac disease, or if a family chooses a vegan, gluten-free, or other alternate food regime out of personal choice. No matter what the circumstance, we want to […]