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Doing the Work

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.Beverly Sills If you are looking for sustainable results, then chances are you will have to put in the work.  It will involve making changes and seeing the fruit of those changes appear overtime -- instead of 30 days from now.  There is no get-rich, quick scheme… Continue reading Doing the Work

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Finding What Works

Ever wondered how some people are able to keep their habits going for months, years, even decades?  Finding habits that work long term can be tough.  Comfort zones are comforting (hence the name).  There is a cozy feeling associated with doing what we have been doing day after day.  Yet, wanting to change is normal… Continue reading Finding What Works

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Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

The creamy, buttery, decadent avocado.  It sure is versatile.  It can be used as a garnish or the main event; it can be mashed into a dip, blended into a drink, or sliced into a snack.  This mighty fruit sure can be delicious, and that deliciousness has been enjoyed for several thousand years.   The… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

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How to Prepare More Meals at Home

What comes to mind when you think about your kitchen?  For me it is peaceful, tranquil, a stress reliever.  It brings me joy: where creativity is housed.   It is the place where both my belly and soul are nourished.  Not everyone shares those same emotions though. Not everyone sees a kitchen as a happy place. … Continue reading How to Prepare More Meals at Home

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Ingredient Spotlight: Shrimp

Cooking shrimp may seem a little daunting or scary at first.  They can be delicate to handle – temperature wise, overcooking can happen pretty quickly, and lets face: shrimp is not the cheapest source of protein.  Yet, once you become familiar with it, a shrimp dish becomes easy to execute (not to mention tasty).  Most… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Shrimp

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The Why Factor

Ever wonder how some people are able to continuously stay motivated?  Why some individuals are able to crush their goals week after week, while others struggle to maintain a goal for more than a couple of days?  Well it’s not because they have enormous willpower.  It isn’t because they work harder at their goals or… Continue reading The Why Factor

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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