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Peanut Sauce

  Cooking from scratch takes a lot of time but it's time well spent when you a) love it b) want to keep chemicals and preservatives out of your food c) enjoy the taste of fresh food made from real ingredients made with love which makes it taste so much better.  It's true.  Don't question me on that one. When I cook, I naturally go into a zen space. I'm more present, focused  on the task at hand and it leads, working (playing) with intention, naturally go into a meditative space which is great for my very busy brain.  (Though sometimes it's not that busy. I find it empty at times. They didn't call me space case at camp for no reason.)  So...

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Morning Smoothie - With Crunch!

There are so many of us who make smoothies for breakfast. I also make them for dinner, and for a quick sweet snack. Recently  a friend of mine was on a weight loss mission and part of her instructed regime was to have a smoothie with granola in it! She stayed at my place for awhile and made me these smoothies every morning. I quickly became addicted. I like my smoothies to resemble ice cream as I'm kind of piggy. So I put a lot of ice in mine. If you want in more liquidy aka smoothie like, add more almond milk. Here's one of my favorite recipes. Ingredients -  1 cup ice 1/3 cup almond milk 3/4 cup of berries...

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Superfood Breakfast Bowl with Gojiberries and Pumpkin Seeds

I make most of the food in my house, even though my husband is an excellent cook. He wasn't always. When we first met, he thought salsa was the main condiment for every. single. dish.  Since then, I've turned him into a food snob so now he's an excellent chef.  He once made us a meal that was so good, we ate it standing on at the counter, licking our fingers, like wild animals. It was all over us. We never made it to the table. We have no manners. That being said, you don't need to make complicated dishes to make them great. It's all about layering and pairing complimentary flavors together.  This breakfast is so simple and filled with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants....

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Wild Blueberry and Toasted Pecan Oatmeal

When I was a kid, my mom used to make the worst oatmeal.  I'd walk downstairs from my bedroom only to see the single, old, silver pot on the burner.  Inside this pot, was oats and water filled to the brim, and that's it.  My mom's genius marketing and selling point to get her seven year old daughter to eat this mush was that "it unclogs the arteries".  Yum. We were allowed to put sugar on it if we wanted to and my sisters did but I always figured, if I'm going to eat this drudge for health benefits, then I better not put anything unhealthy on it. So I at that porridge as she called it. And only found solace...

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Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup

I just returned from a luxurious 4 days of pampering at a resort and spa where they served us 5 course meals EVERY NIGHT.  The entire resort was organic from the bedding to the spa products, to the food.  So you know I ate A LOT of that GOOD food. The last thing I want right now is a heavy meal. So when I came back to an empty fridge, this was the soup I had on my mind because it's oh so good, AND this is the type of soup anyone can make when your fridge is bare. Spices are a main ingredient and when do you not have freshly ground peanut butter on hand. That's what I thought. Never. I...

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