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Pumpkin Hummus & Mini Apple Crisp

November 25, 2013

Is it possible to enjoy all the holiday season has to offer AND stay healthy at the same time? Absolutely! Find out more about my healthy holiday strategies and grab the recipes for this easy Pumpkin Hummus and mouthwatering Mini Apple Crisp on the Van’s Natural Foods Blog.  You can find both recipes HERE!

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Apple Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

October 30, 2013

Did you carve Halloween pumpkins this year?  I couldn’t wait to dig into ours so I could start roasting the seeds. As usual, Leila stuck her hand right in the goop while Joe was a bit hesitant. We had fun scooping out the guts, and the kids did a great job separating out the seeds. […]

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5 Crockpot Chili Recipes

October 11, 2013

I’m pretty sure everyone in Phoenix made chili for dinner last night. We had a refreshing cold front blow through and my Instagram feed filled up with friends sporting scarves and proclaiming anything under 70 degrees to be chili weather. I’ve been using my crockpot almost every day lately because it makes my life a […]

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23 Nut-Free Snack Ideas for School

August 13, 2013

With Joe back in school, I went into full preparation mode a few weeks ago, stocking up on healthy snacks to pack each day.  Because he doesn’t have lunch at school (just a short snack time), I want to get something filling in his tummy.  After a Costco run and a visit to Sprouts, we […]

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Penne Pasta with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

July 30, 2013

Joe starts first grade tomorrow. At 7:20. A.M. Have I mentioned I’m not a morning person?  Summer for us consists of baseball games and midnight bed times.  The transition isn’t going to be easy.  Knowing the lazy days of summer were coming to an end sent me on a grocery shopping spree, stocking up on […]

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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

July 1, 2013

I’m back!  Well, sort of.  I’m kind of enjoying the lazy, crazy days of summer that leave us looking happily spent at the end of the day.  We’ve been doing lots of swimming, fort building, game playing, and reading.  Dinners with friends, art classes, playdates and simple meals. I had my friend Amy over one […]

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Pretty in Pink Beet Hummus

May 20, 2013

Just in time for shower season, a pretty pink dip perfect for celebrating a bride, a new graduate, or a tiny pink bundle of joy. The delicate earthy flavor of this beet hummus pairs perfectly with crisp vegetables and hearty crackers. Plus, it’s a cinch to make. Use white or yellow beets with just one […]

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Make your own pesto, it’s cheap and easy (hint: you don’t need pine nuts)

May 2, 2013

I remember the first time I set out to make my own pesto. I had seen TV chefs make it for years, and it seemed pretty simple. Plus, pesto is yum, and I wanted to eat more of it. I headed to the store and grabbed a bunch of basil and a hunk of parmesan. […]

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Strawberry Kale Smoothie

April 17, 2013

Lately we’ve been soaking up as much of our beautiful Arizona spring weather as possible.  I spend the early morning reading on the porch, covered in a thick blanket, sipping hot coffee.  The kids spend early afternoons in the shade coloring and playing.  But already by late afternoon, the temperature in the house is creeping […]

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3 Steps to Perfect Salad Dressing (it’s easier than you think)

April 4, 2013

Step 1: Grab a mason jar with a lid.  Don’t have one?  Go to your local thrift store, or pick up a pack at the grocery store. Step 2: Add your ingredients.  The first few times you might want to actually measure them, but after a few tries you will be eyeballing it. Step 3: […]

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