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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

The mighty coconut.  It harbors many uses in the kitchen.  The meat has been used in both sweet and savory preparations all over the world.  The milk and cream make for wonderful additions to just about any sauce, soup base, or dessert imaginable.  Its oil was the go-to cooking oil up to the invention of… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

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Handling Change, Realistically

A lot of change is happening around us right now.  With that, a lot of uncertainty has appeared.   A cycle of confusion, rage, acceptance.  We may not have asked for it, but it is here and we can either go with it or try to fight it.  Either way, change is occurring before our very… Continue reading Handling Change, Realistically

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Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

Although, nowadays many who think of chocolate tend to associate it with Belgium or Switzerland, the origin story of the mighty cacao bean is traced back to Mesoamerica.  The cacao most likely originated in Southern Mexico, where the Olmecs ground the beans with water to create a beverage.  Very little sweetener was used in those… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

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Southwest Chicken

There nothing new about chicken in a cream sauce.  Tale as old as time.  Chicken smothered in cream of mushroom or gravy has been happening for generations. However, it can be challenging to find recipes that involve creamy sauces made for dairy freers because, obviously most sauces include cream.  Mimicking that mouth feel can be… Continue reading Southwest Chicken

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous family.  Named after the shape of the petals (the four petals resemble a cross or crucifix), cruciferous vegetables are known for the nutrient-dense properties (yay!).  A native of the Middle East, cauliflower made its way to Europe from Cyprus in the 16th century before being found in North America… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Cauliflower

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How to Deflate Self-Limiting Beliefs

Ever felt like a goal or dream was outside your reach because you lacked the talent or expertise to make it happen?  Maybe someone informed you, you were not capable of doing it or felt it was out of character for you to do it.  This can happen frequently.  There’s a goal or a dream… Continue reading How to Deflate Self-Limiting Beliefs

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Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

Sodium is probably the most controversial nutrient.  For decades it has been closely associated with table salt (sodium chloride) and used interchangeably in everyday conversations.  Often vilified, sodium is usually portrayed as harmful and bad for human health.   However, sodium is a necessary part of a balanced diet.  It is needed for survival, and in… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

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Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

Weekday breakfast is known for its quick grab and go mentality.  Pop something into a toaster, nuke food in the microwave, perhaps cold fare that requires no cooking.  It is rarely about sitting down and enjoying a stick-to-your ribs meal.  Yes, it may be challenging to think of preparing breakfast when so many competing obligations… Continue reading Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

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Keep Progressing Forward

I find that when life pivots in ways I was not expecting, it takes me time to adjust.  I have to rearrange and reevaluate my lifestyle.  I have to adapt in order to make things work.  I have to strive to conform to a new way of life: cook differently, think differently, shop differently.  It… Continue reading Keep Progressing Forward

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Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D

Vitamin D is unique in that unlike other vitamins, the body can produce it (in response to sun exposure).  The body can also receive vitamin D through foods rich in the vitamin.  It is an important nutrient since it plays a pivotal role in many systems of the body.  What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D