Moroccan Chicken and Lentils with Quinoa

Even here in Southern California it’s been somewhat chilly this Winter.  I was in the mood for something warm and immediately I thought about Moroccan spices and how those would do the trick.  Here’s a super simple recipe I threw together with spices and ingredients I already had in the fridge and cupboard. Moroccan Chicken and Lentils with Quinoa Ingredients 1/2 yellow onion 2 large cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup red lentils 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch[Read more]

Praline Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe

I wanted to go as low-carb this Holiday as possible, but I absolutely love, LOVE, sweet potato casserole with all its dessert-y goodness.  Nothing beats dessert for dinner, am I right?  I decided that I would try using butternut squash instead of sweet potato because of it’s similar color, thinking maybe I could trick the Family.  After some searching around, I landed on a wonderful recipe from Michelle over at glutenfreefix.com.   Now, I’ll admit that the texture was not the same[Read more]

How to Reduce Stress this Holiday with Gratitude

When I was a kid, I loved watching the Muppet Movies.  The year I turned eleven, my mom took my sister and me to see the Muppet’s Christmas Carol.  This was my very first exposure to the classic Dickens story.  I loved Kermit and his little family, and I remember being terrified of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. In the film, Scrooge says to his nephew, “What right how you to be merry?  You’re poor enough.” To which[Read more]

4 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY, STRESS-FREE THANKSGIVING + A RECIPE

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I know the holidays can be stressful.  Essential oils can help keep everyone in your life this holiday season healthy and calm.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a stress-free, healthy family sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table?  Click here to learn about my favorite essential oils for calming.  Plus, you can cook with them and forget about having to buy all those expensive fresh herbs! Here are 4 tips on how to use[Read more]

SUGAR & ALCOHOL – NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION KILLERS

As you gear up for the holidays and get ready for your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll want to prepare yourself by cutting back on alcohol and sugar starting today.  You don’t want to just go cold turkey on these things or you may end up with withdrawal when you start a new detox program or exercise regime in January, making it more difficult to stick to your resolution.  It’s best to start weaning yourself little by little over the next few weeks. I[Read more]

GREEN GINGERBREAD SMOOTHIE

I am experimenting with different foods that work well for a winter detox.  There’s nothing better than coming in from the bitter cold to a plate or cup full of warm-natured food, right?  There’s a difference between food that is warm in temperature, and food that is warm-natured.  Warm-natured foods, such as cinnamon, help to promote optimal metabolic function in the wintertime and they don’t necessarily have to be heated to do their magic. I thoroughly enjoyed my latest recipe making[Read more]