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the art of being a woman

September 14, 2012

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the darling magazine

the darling magazine

i recently discovered darling magazine from my friend natalie who is a managing editor for them, and instantly fell in love with their mission and voice. it’s a different kind of magazine. it’s not only incredibly artful and clean but it’s full of thought provoking, meaningful articles written by intelligent women. it’s a breath of fresh air.

the magazine comes out ever 3 months and is full of wisdom and inspiration for ever element of your life. photos are never photoshopped and women are always shown in their true beauty. you can see their mission statement above.

the darling magazine

head on over to darling magazine to read about beauty, healthy eating and engage in discussions on true femininity. here are a few of their most popular articles: photoshopping our souls away, i don’t want to compete anymore, redefining beauty, healthy vs. skinny, and the naked brunch.

 

 

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dinner ideas 8.17.12

August 17, 2012

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vegan dinner ideas

late summer is in full swing and fall seems to be creeping upon is in the early mornings. it’s one of my most favorite times of year, and i love pulling out my sweater for the chilly evenings. some favorite veggies are in season as well, bright tomatoes, bursting blueberries and bell peppers ripe for the pickin’.

monday: paella primavera served with a seasonal salad
tuesday: detox salad
wednesday: lemon pepper quinoa pasta with blackened tofu
thursday: chili lime glass noodles
friday: blueberry banana pie overnight oats (for breakfast!)

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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dinner ideas 4.13.12

April 13, 2012

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dinner ideas

happy friday, friends! i have to say, this week’s meals were super scrummy and wholesome! my favorite was probably the grilled portobello burgers, which got me in the mood for warm weather and eating outside. what was your favorite meal this week?

monday: stir fry vegetable pizza with warm butternut and chickpea salad
tuesday: vegan thai curry vegetables served with a carrot salad
wednesday: vegan lentil and walnut loaf served with sauteed kale and sweet potatoes
thursday: grilled portobello burgers with vegan chipotle mayo
friday: coconut rice with lemon agave stir fry and fresh seasonal salad

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

 

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dinner ideas 3.31.12

March 30, 2012

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dinner ideas i’ve been cooking with a lot of color lately, and love that tender spring veggies are starting to emerge. asparagus, broccoli, cabbage and fresh tomatoes adorned our plates this week and made for some light and refreshing meals. my favorite was probably the black rice stir fry, plus it makes for such a beautiful plate! what was yours?

monday: broccoli spinach soup with avocado toasts (i used veggie stock and omitted the parmesan)
tuesday: vegan tortilla soup served with polenta
wednesday: vegan macaroni salad
thursday: old by tofu cakes (image via vegan dad)
friday: black rice stir fry topped with avocado

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

follow this foodie we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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dinner ideas 3.2.12

March 2, 2012

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clockwise: mediteranean pasta with artichockes, olives and tomatoes | kale chips | vegan mac and cheese | roasted fall veggies and lentils | fennel and tomato soup | cashew coconut pumpkin curry

happy march y’all! this is one of my favorite times of year- when things begin to bloom again and soon farmers markets will be popping up around every corner!

monday: mediteranean pasta with artichockes, olives and tomatoes with a seasonal salad
tuesday: cashew coconut pumpkin curry (made with a kobacha squash- yum!)
wednesday: roasted fall veggies and lentils served with kale chips and homemade bread
thursday: vegan mac and cheese – oh yes, this happened!
friday: fennel and tomato soup – becoming a favorite! :)
what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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A Healthier Hot Chocolate

January 23, 2012

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I have tried so many homemade hot chocolate recipes in the past, and yet it is the healthiest recipe that might actually be my favorite! This recipe contains no added white sugar – the sweetness comes from the banana and the semi-sweet chocolate chips. While it is true that sugar is sugar, with this recipe, you aren’t getting empty calories: bananas contain potassium, vitamin B6, and some dietary fiber; semi-sweet chocolate has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Surprisingly, this recipe is also incredibly rich and sweet. I wrote the recipe fully expecting to need a drizzle of honey on top to sweeten it up, but it was so not necessary! In fact, it may border on too-sweet, so if you may find yourself adjust the number of chocolate chip tablespoons from four to three, or even just two tablespoons.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

1 cup of low fat milk, soy milk, or rice milk

4 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cocoa powder

pinch of chili powder*

dash of salt

1 small to medium banana, sliced

*The chili powder doesn’t add any actual spiciness, it just gives the hot chocolate a little bit of an edge. My husband and I weren’t able to detect any spiciness in our drinks, but if you really don’t like chili powder, it isn’t completely necessary.

Directions

Combine the milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla, chili powder and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium heat until just before it begins to simmer. Stir often.

Meanwhile, slice a banana and place in a blender.

Once chocolate mixture is hot enough (you’ll start to see steam), remove from heat and pour into blender with bananas. Blend for about a minute, making sure all banana chunks have been smoothed out.

The end result will be very creamy. Pour into two mugs, and you’ll see some foam on top. The end result is a warm, deliciously sweet treat. Yum!

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winter wellness essentials

November 17, 2011

Posted by in simple living

welp, it’s that time of year again. sniffles, sneezes and sick ones are around every corner, oh no! to stay on top of your health and fight the seasonal sniffles, i’ve decided to revamp last years sniffles post and share the best ways to stay healthy with you again. here are a few of my favorite winter wellness essentials!

afternoon tea afternoon tea by emmalyne

 
1. pound the green tea. that’s right, get to steeping! with it’s immune-enhancing boosters, green tea is known to help fight colds and reduce flu symptoms.

2. neti. Do you use a neti pot? it’s a simple way to irrigate the nasal passages with unbeatable results. it’s safe, easy and soothes the lining of your nose as it removes the excess mucus that lingers in the sinuses as fertile grounds for infections and bacteria.

3. up your vitamin c. consider increasing your vitamin c intake. taking an emergen-c is always a quick and easy way to do this.

4. hydrate. simply staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will help you feel better and wash your cold away.

5. stay warm and rest. pay attention to your body and rest if you feel tired. a simple ceramic heater can help keep you warm and toasty no matter where you go!

6. eat lots of garlic. garlic has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help ward off minor infections.

7. eat honey. honey is great for soothing a sore throat. try adding some to your tea, or melting 2 teaspoons in a mug of hot water to sip on.

8. avoid phlegmy foods. that is sugar, white flour, wine, dairy and red meat- as these enhance the build up of mucus.

9. gargle. gargle with warm salt water to help soothe and heal sore throats.

10. eat some soup. eat warming, nourishing foods such as good hearty veggie soup.

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sweet potato chili

November 15, 2011

vegan sweet potato chili recipe vegan gluten free

this is an absolute winter favorite at our house. the addition of sweet potatoes makes this dish not only extra hearty, but healthy too! the flavors of fall just seem to warm you up from the inside out. enjoy! *v= vegan | g= gluten free

sweet potato chili

ingredients:

- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 red bell peppers, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
- 4 sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/4″ pieces
- 1 can black beans
- 5-6 cups water
- 1 tbs cumin
- 2 tbs chili powder
- dash of ground cloves
- 1 tsp cardamom
- salt and pepper to taste
optional: top with avocado and sour cream

directions:

1) heat oil in a large stock pot and saute onions, peppers and garlic until onion is translucent (about 5-7 minutes).

2) add all of the spices and cook for about another 3 minutes.

3) add the water, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and black beans and bring to boil. reduce heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. serve with sliced avocado and sour cream, and enjoy!

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