Bison Jicama Meatballs

A friend of mine hooked up a killer deal for Bison from the cattle auction at the stock show. He knows a guy who goes to the auction, picks the best free-range, grass-fed bison and auctions it. Since that is a heck of a lot of meat, he arranges to split the meat ahead of time…

Carrots 2 Ways // using the whole carrot 

In honor of earth day yesterday I thought I’d share a recipe with “reduce, reuse, and recycle” at heart. Food waste is a big problem in the states, and part of that problem is not knowing what to do with all parts of the vegetable! In this recipe we use the whole carrot: the root…

3 day Juice Cleanse

As if I hadn’t tried enough crazy cleansing this year, I decided to do it again. This time I really went for it with a three day juice cleanse. At first glance this seems easier because the duration is so short. However, it really feels harder because I am not eating anything. I’m just drinking it. The nutrition…

Dirty Dozen // Clean Fifteen

Yesterday I talked about the coolest baby shower ever: one that involved making and canning purees. That day I also learned about the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen. Have you heard of those before? The idea is that not everything is treated the same in production and therefore you can prioritize which produce to…

Homemade Vegetable Broth

Many a recipe calls for stock or broth. The typical go-tos are chicken broth or beef broth. But you can make just as tasty a broth using only plant-based materials. Think of it like a tea, only savory. You can put any herbs and vegetables into the stock that will complement your recipe or your…

Cantaloupe Carpaccio

This is a great treat for an afternoon where you want something light, especially as the weather starts to warm up and we see hints of spring. The complex flavor of fig really adds to the dish, complementing the light and wispy flavor of the cantaloupe. And the sprouts add great texture.        Ingredients: 1/2 cantaloupe…

PB&J Pancakes

Sometimes you wake up wanting a banana, but not really wanting a banana; wanting pancakes, but not wanting to feel like you ate pancakes all day (nap time – please?). That’s when I make banana pancakes. It looks and feels like a pancake, but its secretly a banana, in disguise. What?! It’s true. I thank…

Tahini Carob Fudge

Today was one of those perfect Saturdays. I naturally woke up early and ready to start the day. And! this is the first day I’m bringing back decaf coffee, so I got to sip on the delectably bitter taste of those richly roasted beans. And I did so by the fire, as the sun came…

Updated Plan – Month 2

Per the food emotion breakdown, I started to listen to my body and accelerated the plan to include more nutrients. I added quite a few things in week 4 at a faster pace than I would have liked, but it was important to get the extra nutrients in those foods and regain my sanity.  I…

“Fettuccini Alfredo” ala cukes and cauli

I’m in a whole new world! with cooked foods 🙂 This dish is amazing! It will definitely be in the regular rotation. Who would have thought that cucumbers and cauliflower could end up tasting like the savory butter-laden gluten-full Fettuccine Alfredo? The cucumber noodles hold the sauce surprisingly well.   The cauliflower adds a creamy texture…

Baked lemon salmon with coconut spinach

I broke out of Raw Vegan with the most delicious meal! It might just be that I had just spent nearly 3 weeks without cooked food that made this taste so delicious, or it might have been the freshest salmon in Colorado. Regardless, it was the perfect meal for the initial transition. Sweet potatoes are…

The food emotion nervous breakdown

After a while, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was doing this wrong. Or at least something wrong. All of the tales of glowing skin and higher energy were not coming true for me. Instead of having energy to ride the mountain for hours, I started getting dizzy on the…

Day 15 – Will Power

The bad reaction and the thought of fewer foods made today one of the hardest yet of the cleanse. I’m a little over two weeks in and I found myself wanting everyone else’s food all day, and second guessing this plan. It started with not wanting anything for breakfast. Then grew throughout the day. Is…

The life-changing magic of Pickling

I used to think pickling required hours of prep and labor, intense brine that I could never make, and most likely help from someone on a farm or from Germany. Turns out, it’s easier then throwing things in the freezer. It’s amazing!   As someone who travels for work a lot, I’m often in the…