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Welcome to my own little corner of the Web! I love my family and do what I can to leave as little of a carbon footprint on this beautiful earth we call home. We have become a paperless kitchen family! We make a lot of our stuff homemade. I love coffee and web browsing on blogs/facebook/pinterest, healthy organic (GMO free) cooking, and lots of kisses from Chris, Aiden, Coren and Mason...I am complete. I thrive to make our lives better. I have began a new stage in my life for my children. I want to show health to my children and what better way thru our every day life. I am currently on a weight loss journey and I will be sharing my success and failures on here. I am here to motivate and keep me accountable to reclaim my health and get my life back! Enjoy the ride :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Book Review Thrusday ~ Essentially Raw

Essentially Raw by Marie Saratakis
On Amazon: $12.95
Kindle: $4.99

The Art of Juicing

Why should you start juicing?
*Allows nutrients to easily penetrate your system
*Enjoy your daily recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables effortlessly
*Appease finicky eaters (Kids love smoothies and juices)
*Keep your carbohydrates and calorie intake low
*Improve your pH balance
*Stay regular
*Suppress your appetite
*Get hydrated
*Inundate your body with antioxidants
*Obtain enzymes
*Heal more quickly
*Lower your bad cholesterol

Why not juice with all these wonderful healthy things happen to your body when you do?  So please juice your heart away :) 

Next week what health benefits different colored fruits and vegetables have.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

                                                                  Love this kitchen

Smoothie Tuesday on Wednesday

I did it again this week! I didn't post on Monday or Tuesday. So here is my Smoothie Tuesday on Wednesday.

Pineapple Smoothie

Serving Size: 1 (~150 calories)

1/2 cup pineapple, cubed and frozen
8 ounces coconut water
1/2 banana
drizzle of good honey (optional)
3-4 ice cubes, to thicken or I freeze the banana instead

Meatless Monday on Wednesday recipe

Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Serve as a side dish or condiment. It is also delicious rolled into lettuce wraps.



3 cups chopped fresh pineapple
2 cucumbers sliced in half then chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup roughly chopped mint
1/4 cup lime juice
and a sprinkle of pineapple juice

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Gracious Pantry Shares BBQ Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

Clean Eating BBQ Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
(Makes 4 servings)

2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and sliced (peel if preferred)
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh, chopped rosemary
1 tsp. garlic powder


Step 1 – Peel (if desired) and slice your sweet potatoes very thin. About 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick at the most. The thinner they are, the better they cook.

Step 2 – Place all ingredients in a large, food-safe bag and shake to coat the potatoes in the oil and spices.

Step 3 – Using a grill pan or aluminum foil, cook the potatoes on the grill. They may take a while to cook, so allow for that. They will take a bit longer to cook than most pieces of meat. So time your meal accordingly. They are done with they begin to fall apart when stirred.

Eat and Enjoy!

Nutritional Content
1 serving = 1/4 the recipe

Calories: 89
Total Fat: 3 gm
Saturated Fats: 0 gm
Trans Fats: 0 gm
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 36 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 gm
Dietary fiber: 2 gm
Sugars: 3 gm
Protein: 1 gm
Estimated Glycemic Load: 6

Book Review Thursday on Friday

I'm totally slacking this week I am so very sorry. But I am getting these posts done :) Here is what I read last night

Essentially Raw by Marie Saratakis
On Amazon: $12.95
Kindle: FREE

Like I said last week. This book is amazing and gets your brain thinking. Here is the list of things to expect by adhering to a mostly raw diet:

~Reveal Youthful Skin
~Maintain a Healthy Weight
~Brighten your Sclera - whites of your eyes
~Reverse Aging
~Possess More Energy
~Improve Your Mood
~Promote Brain Health
~Need Less Sleep
~Stabilize Your Blood Sugar
~Improve Fertility
~Strengthen Your Immune System
~Prevent Diabetes
~Ease Digestion
~Increase Life Expectancy
~Stay Regular
~Increase Hydration

So I have taken the challenge of going raw and I have made it to 25% of the time. This week I plan to bump up to 50%. The one thing I have noticed that I need less sleep, I have lost weight and I have more energy. My goal is to obtain 100% of this list by the end of the year. Anyone else what to take this challenge?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wordless Wednesdays

Green Monster Smootie Tuesday on Wednesday

Can you tell I have been MIA from my computer. My Monday and Tuesday posts are happening today :) Here is the green smoothie I am trying tomorrow. Its the one I found at I cant wait to try this!

This simple Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. I promise it is delicious and nutritious!

1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries (frozen)
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
1 cup ice

Of course I leave out the yogurt and put in hemp protein powder.

Meatless Mondays on Wednesday

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Black Bean Quesadillas


1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup shredded Dayia Cheese, preferably pepper Jack
1/2 cup prepared fresh salsa, divided
4 8-inch whole-wheat or spinach tortillas
2 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
1 ripe avocado, diced
1 tomato, diced


* Combine beans, cheese and 1/4 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread 1/2 cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.

* Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with avocado, tomato and the remaining salsa.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Raw Recipe Friday~ Thanks to is one of my favoite blogs! She is awesome and has great recipes and wonderful information on vegan nutrition!

Layered Raw Taco Salad

1. Hearty base of greens

2. 1/4 cup of 3 minute guacamole in the middle of lettuce

3. Couple tablespoons of your favorite salsa

4. Add walnut taco meat

5. Drizzle nut cream on top

6. Add chopped red onion, tomato and green onion.

7. Stick in your favorite chip or cracker.

3 Minute Guacamole

* 1 large avocado
* 1/4 cup chopped red onion
* 1/2 small tomato chopped
* 1/2 tsp cumin powder
* 1 tbsp and 1 tsp fresh lime juice
* 1/4 tsp fine sea salt or to taste

Nut Cream

* 1 cup of macadamia or cashew nuts soaked for 2-8 hours
* 11-12 tbsp water
* 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
* fine grain sea salt to taste

Book Review Thursday~ Essentially Raw

I'm a day behind but had to post anyway!

Essentially Raw by Marie Saratakis
On Amazon: $12.95
Kindle: FREE

This book is amazing! Information galore! As you all might know I am newer to the vegan world and after reading this book I am truly glad I made this change. She helps you with listing the health benefits for changing. I didnt know how much processed food really took a toll on your body, brain and whole self. The more I read the more I want to try and become more raw.

This is what I read about last night.

Why buy organic?

Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, sewer sludge, antibiotics and whatever else is contained in or on inorganic food can be toxic to your body. Your putting a slow and cruel poison into your body that is not meant to be there.

I never really thought about it that way. Its so right on.

Keep checking on Thursdays for more about Essentially Raw!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Green Monster Tuesdays

Skinny Green Tropical Smoothie

* Spinach
* 2 tbs Hemp pro powder
* 3/4 cup coconut milk
* 1/2 cup Wawona Tropical Frozen Fruit Blend

Monday, June 11, 2012

Red Quinoa with Spinach, Apple, Cranberries, Walnuts and Daiya Cheese

From Tosca Reno's Blog

1/2 cup red quinoa, cooked according to directions
1/2 apple, chopped (I used a delicious Honeycrisp)
1/4 cranberries (fresh not dried, sure they’re tart but cranberries are supposed to be)
1/2 cup spinach
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
Daiya Vegan Cheese

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp raw honey
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cumin

1. Assemble all ingredients into bowl and mix.
2. In separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients and whisk. Add dressing to quinoa mixture, mix again.
3. Divide and serve.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Avocado Potato and Bean Burritos


* 3-5 small red potatoes
* 1 small sweet potato
* 1 TBS coconut oil
* 1 cup diced onion
* 1 cup of orange pepper
* 1-2 TBS of fresh lemon juice
* 1 cup of fresh spinach finely chopped
* 1.5 cups of black beans rinsed
* sea salt and pepper to taste

* OPTIONAL: 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin

* toppings: Avocado, salsa, tomatoes and cilantro

Because I cook for little kiddos I try not to spice up dinner to much for them but adding chili powder and cumin for a little zing is also delightful.

1. In a medium sized pot, add the chopped potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a medium. Gently boil/simmer for 12-15 minutes or until just tender.

2. Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet with 1 TBS coconut oil and saute the onion and peppers over medium heat for a few minutes. After boiling the potatoes, drain and gently mash them up a bit, leaving some chunks for texture.

3. Add potatoes to the skillet mixture and saute for another 5-10 minutes or so, reducing the heat if necessary.

4. Add in chili powder and cumin if you want zing and spice. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Finally stir in spinach and black beans and saute until heated through. Adjust seasonings to taste and portion on large or x-large tortilla wrap. You can brown them in a skillet before topping. Top with avocado,tomatoes, cilantro, and salsa...or whatever you wish.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pumpkin & Hemp Seed Pate


Pumpkin & Hemp Seed Pate

1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, soaked one hour
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1 pinch chili pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, crushed with a pinch of Himalayan salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Red Star nutritional yeast **
1 tsp nama shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce) ***
3 tbsp water

In a small food processor or Magic Bullet, process all ingredients except the water. Slowly add the water one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you like, adding more or less water as needed. You don’t want this pate too runny.

Using this pate in a sandwich is an awesome way to get those detoxing properties!

Daves Killer Bread, Avocado, Pumpkin Hemp Pate, Sprouts, Onion, Tomato, Mustard. YUM

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Green Monster Tuesday

Ok friends what green monster did you make today?

My green monster:

1 cup organic spinach
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 cup peaches
2-4 tbs hemp protein
1 cup coconut milk

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Aiden and the Coast 2012

My parents took Aiden to the coast Saturday and he had a blast. I think us Oregonians take for granted that we live to close to the ocean. 2 hours and we are looking at the water. I am so thankful for my parent and the fun time they shared with my little man.