Thursday, September 27, 2012

Four Week Optimal Nutrition Course

The Long Awaited Announcement.......

If you would like to continue to follow my work......
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I have waited for a long time to share this information with you, I will be working with Bodymade and all of my nutrition consultations, classes, and seminars will now be offered through Bodymade. 

Please join me at the four week Optimal Nutrition class in Utah Beginning Saturday, October 13th from 10am to noon.

Lunch Served
RSVP appreciated

If you live in the Utah County area and would like to attend this Four Week nutrition class please RSVP Today!

Come join me and learn the most up to date, research based nutrition information and enjoy a light lunch!

RSVP at  or call us at

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vegan Black Bean and Pineapple Enchilada Recipe

Delicious Vegan Black Bean and Pineapple Enchilada Recipe
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Light and fresh combination of sweet, juicy pinapple, cilantro, and black beans in a delicious twist on traditional enchiladas.  I used fresh, homemade, whole grain gluten free tortillas in this recipe and it really gave it that extra something special!  You can certainly use your favorite tortilla whether whole wheat, corn or gluten free.

This recipe is featured in this weeks Wellness Weekend....check out the other delicious recipes by Clicking Here.

The inspiration for this recipe came from a recipe book my mom let me borrow.  It certainly is NOT a vegan recipe book but with my creative genius I have been able to convert the recipes into healthy, delicious vegan versions my family has LOVED!

Obviously this enchilada didn't take a lot of converting but I took quite a few liberties with this one to add more flavor.  Most non-vegan recipes do not rely on complex flavors, rather they rely on being smothered in greasy cheese.   You will notice that my famous cheese sauce is featured in this recipe but it is FAR from being greasy, it is based on a healthy combination of vegetables.

These enchiladas are PACKED with nutrient rich vegetables and black beans.  This is a nourishing meal that will delight your taste buds, not a nutrient poor meal that will leave you feeling heavy and your body lacking.

I know I promised this recipe yesterday, sometimes it is hard when I commit myself to a certain day.....

My Kids are often frustrated with my recipe creating.......

My kiddos K and C sitting below the falls in the canyon near our home!

We call my son Oscar the actor because he LOVES acting!

It isn't that they don't love the daughter always says to me...............

"I LOVE having a mom that is a famous chef!"

Okay, I know I am not famous by any means, but she thinks I am.  I asked her why and she said because then I get to eat amazing food all the time!  I'm really glad my kids enjoy the food I prepare.  That is what brings me so much joy in my life, I love creating HEALTHY recipes to share and to know that others enjoy them so much.  Kids can be hard to please and mine are no different.  My daughter would just as soon eat ice cream for breakfast, donuts and oreos for lunch and chocolate chip cookies for dinner.  Trust me she is picky, but she loves the healthy food I make and that says a lot.

Anyway, why do my kids get frustrated with my recipe creating?

Because I write all over their school notebooks or any paper I can find!!

My daughter was hollering at me yesterday for writing in her math notebook and it wasn't the first time.  When I get inspiration for a recipe anything that can be written on is fair game!  Sometimes it is just thoughts of ingredients that would be delicious combined and so I will write down the recipe name idea and a list of ingredients and unfortunately I often lose the paper and forget what I wanted to create.....that is the worst!

I promised the Enchilada recipe would be posted yesterday!

Okay, the next hazard of being me is promising recipes and then not being able to post them when I say.  I really am reliable I promise!   I generally like things to be neat and tidy and I am always on time when I have an appointment or I am meeting someone, so WHY can't I do the same with recipes?

Like I said, with that creative brain there is NO planning when inspiration comes, it just comes!  So you grab a paper, a book, an envelope or whatever and you start writing.  The problem comes when you LOSE what you were writing on!!!!

You guessed it, I LOST the recipe for the black bean and pineapple enchiladas!

I swear if I had all those lost recipes and could make a dime off of each of them I would be a rich woman :-)  

Anyway, luckily after a lot of searching....thumbing through ALL my notebooks, flipping over papers, and opened envelopes etc....  I found the recipe on a shelf below my desk waiting to be typed out....ugh.  If only you could organize creativity!

So the much awaited recipe has been found and I am posting it now so that there is no risk of it ending up lost in my pile of creative mess!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Moving and posting Vegan, Gluten Free Minestrone Soup

Moving and Losing Things

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We have moved so many times over the years, this is the picture of our truck before our 1 month cross country trip.   This may not be the picture of this past move two weeks ago but it is always the same, frantically trying to find your belongings in mountains of boxes.  You can see that even on my cross country trip I took my Blentec blender with me!

I have been creating recipes like crazy, of course my kitchen was the first thing unpacked and ready to go even though there are still a few things I can't find that are probably hiding in some random box, packed last minute, that is still sitting in the garage.

I wanted to post sooner but alas, my camera battery died and low and behold I could not find the charger.  Some recipes did not get photographed and so I just decided to pick up where I am and carry on.  Needless to say, I DID find my charger so it's all good now.  I will post those recipes another time, or save them for an e-book someday.

I think I am all set and ready to go as far as my blog is concerned, the kitchen is functional, I have my camera, and computer is all set up as well so I'm good to go!

One of my greatest joys is to create recipes and prepare food for those I love and watch them enjoy what I have created for them.

I also enjoy sharing my recipes with readers and I LOVE to hear feedback from those who have tried recipes and have enjoyed them.  It has been such a joy to be able to do that.   I keep going back and forth about how I want to go forward with my blog.

There are days I feel a lot of stress trying to create recipes fast enough to keep up on the blog.  There are times I am FILLED with recipe ideas and I end up spending all day creating them which ends up leading to me overeating because I am tasting all the yummy food.  

Sometimes all the obsession with creating delicious recipes to share ignites my past emotional eating issues and 5 pounds will show up out of nowhere.  It seems to be this battle between doing what I love, sharing it with others [which I also love] and loving myself.  

I am not a salesperson nor a business person or some savvy internet marketer- I just do what I love and that is helping others with health challenges and supporting them by sharing my recipes.   

Many of the recipes I share are foods I don't really eat all that often, especially the gourmet desserts.  I'd really rather share real life healthy eating than try to keep up the gourmet stuff.  

Well enough rambling......

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone soup seems to be such a simple classic, but honestly this soup was out of this world delicious and packed to the brim with vegetables!  My family really enjoyed this with some fresh homemade gluten free bread.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gluten-free bagels, and Rosemary Butternut Cream Sauce Recipe

Gluten-Free Chewy Bagel Recipe

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The Rosemary Butternut Sauce recipe is featured in the Wellness Weekend please see the other featured recipes by clicking HERE! 
Gluten free bagels with a chewy inside and a lightly crispy crust.  I tested a couple of bagel techniques and this one turned out perfectly.  My son who is not gluten free kept begging for more bagels, my husband who is a bagel afficionado really enjoyed these bagels as well.  I was so happy to see that my whole family whether gluten free or not could enjoy a gluten free yeasted bread.  Normally the gluten free breads are exclusively eaten by the GF members of the family because they aren't very good.  

My goal in creating these recipes is to make gluten free delicious for everyone!  Celiacs and others who must eat gluten free should NOT have to sacrifice taste or texture.  I wanted to keep you updated on all the recipes that are being created for the Gluten Free Breads E-book coming up at the end of the month.

Okay....on to today's recipe......

Rosemary Butternut Cream Sauce over Pasta

If you are in need of a FAST, easy dinner, this is perfect.  You do have to bake a butternut squash but honestly, I pop it in the oven an hour before I need to make dinner and forget about it.  It is so easy, you don't really have to 'do' anything.  If you forget to do that you certainly could use canned squash if needed, or you can bake squash and freeze it to make it easier to use when needed.

The bottom picture is actually how we served it, with crumbled sunburgers you can get The Peaceful Kitchen Sunburger Recipe HERE.