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MOCHA EMPOWER GLO BARS

“Coffee and Chocolate–the inventor of mocha should be sainted” ~ Cherise Sinclair, Hour of the Lion

 Mocha Empower Glo Bars

Mocha Empower Glo Bars
Oh She Glows Every Day

It has finally arrived! Angela Liddon’s newest cookbook “Oh She Glows Every Day”!  I pre-ordered it and then life got busy and I forgot all about it, so it was like a special gift when the delivery guy showed up.  Don’t you love when that happens?  And I finally found time to really settle in and thumb through it while it rained and the wind howled as Hurricane Matthew blew by.

Just like the last, her new book is filled with incredible looking, easy to prepare, plant-based recipes, and as soon as I saw this new variation of her amazing Glo Bars it topped my “to try” list.  Oats, almonds, chocolate–all heart healthy.  Add a little coconut and coffee.. yummy and so easy to make. Continue reading MOCHA EMPOWER GLO BARS

Healthy Vegetarian Meatloaf

Fix It Plan’s Scrumptious Tempeh Meatloaf

Vegetarian Tempeh Meatloaf Dinner

There are a lot of good recipes out there for meatless meatloaf, but we particularly like this one because it has more bite to it–a real meaty texture.  Loaded with protein from tempeh and hemp seeds, deliciously seasoned with a tangy glaze, this is a favorite at our house.  And even the meat eaters enjoy it!

Tempeh is such a versatile food and often so misunderstood it seems.  While reaching for it in the refrigerator case at the store I’ve had people come up to me and ask what I do with it.  And when I tell them how good it is they look at me with disbelief!  I suppose it is rather unattractive in its sealed package, all pale and odd looking, naked and unadorned. Continue reading Healthy Vegetarian Meatloaf

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

 

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Evan-Amos – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

I love this stuff!  So easy to throw together, simple and delicious.  My friend Holly and I whipped this up during our recent visit to her house and we all eagerly devoured it.  She discovers the best recipes! … (including the Vegetarian Quinoa Chili here on the blog.)

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Mgmoscatello-Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

It tastes so fresh and summery with the crisp, cool cucumber and sweet, tangy orange. Black beans provide protein and heart healthy fiber, magnesium and potassium, plus a variety of healthy phytonutrients.  And creamy, buttery avocado contributes beneficial, heart healthy fats. Continue reading Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Dip

Blueberry Nectarine Crumble

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Tropical Storm Crumble?

Tropical Storm Erika

Tropical Storm Erika threatened to interfere with baking this weekend, but by Saturday morning she had weakened to a tropical wave.  So I fired up the galley oven and baked this yummy fruit crumble!

It’s a hard to beat  combination of blueberries and nectarines, but you could also use plums, blackberries, peaches, apricots, cherries.. you get the idea.

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Nectarines have a good amount of beta-carotene, plus a small though healthy amount of anti-oxidants. They’re also a healthy source of Continue reading Blueberry Nectarine Crumble

Potato-Leek & Broccoli Soup

Creamy, Delicious Soup ~ Gluten-free and Dairy-free Too!

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Have you figured out by now  I love soups and other one-pot meals?  Plus, these types of meals always mean leftovers… and yep, we love leftovers!

This was originally.. simply.. Potato-Leek Soup.  Bill is not super fond of pureed soups but being an agreeable sort he ate it and said he enjoyed it.   Later that same week on a cool, rainy night I was re-heating some for dinner and remembered I also had steamed broccoli leftover from the night before.  It just seemed brilliant to throw it in the soup, and voila! … Potato-Leek & Broccoli Soup was born.  I love this comforting soup and so does Bill.

Since his heart event I had put aside recipes that call for dairy milk or cream to avoid the saturated fat, preferring the fat in our diet come from healthier sources such as nuts, seeds and olive oil.   This is especially true since I’ve learned dairy fat is also inflammatory, which is known to cause plaque buildup in our arteries.   But recently I’ve discovered the magic of cashew cream!  Oh the possibilities!  Now those creamy, rich and delicious recipes we used to love are back on the table. Continue reading Potato-Leek & Broccoli Soup