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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 :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sweet Potato & Vegetabe Lasagna

Sweet Potato & Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 10-12
1 onion, chopped
1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 package firm tofu
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
2 jars pasta sauce
2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles
16 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
1 cup raw cashews, ground

Preheat oven to 400 ° F. Saute the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan. Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid. Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan. Saute the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl. Saute the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to them to the vegetable bowl. Drain the tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.

Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles. Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce. Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles. Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes. Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the over for 15 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Our week of fun!

I missed wordless Wednesday this week because of having all the kids this week.  5 boys means no down time for this mama :)  Here are some fun pictures of our adventures this week!

 I start my weight loss tomorrow!  Keep checking back for my results :)

Book Review Thursday ~ Essentially Raw

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

A Rainbow of Benefits:
Here is 1 benefit of each colored fruit or veggie. 

Yellow/Gold ~ Yellow is often a sign of beta carotene, which helps your body produce vitamin A.  Which benefits your skin and eye health.  Example food: Squash & Carrots

Blue/Purple ~ Many blue foods contain anthocyanins which means they are full of antioxidants.   Which means it helps eliminate cancer causing free radicals. Example food: Blueberries

Red ~ Red food may possess lycopene, which can reduce your risk of cancer and pre-mature aging. Example food: Beets & Tomatoes

Green ~ Green means a boost to your immunity. Example food: Spinach & Kale

White ~ White foods can lower cholesterol. Example food: Jicama

As you can see this book is awesome if you are on the fence about becoming raw!  Stay tuned next week for more on Essentially Raw.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Smoothie Smoothie Tuesday! 2 for 1

Raspberry Bliss
1 cup raspberries (I buy fresh and freeze to make smoothie thick)
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup coconut milk
2-4 tbsp hemp protein powder
a splash of fresh lime juice

Raspberry Banana
1 cup raspberries
1 cup spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 cup coconut milk
2-4 tbsp hemp protein powder