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Category Archives: Healthy living!

Vegetable Hashbrown Stacks

I created this recipe after visiting Farmer Jane at FirstLight Farm in Carnation, WA. (Click here to see the Food Day event I am hosting with Kathy from GFree and Happy TV this Food Day, October 24!) Jane loaded us up with glorious vegetables from her early fall farm: yellow squash, Lacitano/dinosaur kale, onions, pumpkins, […]

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Samosa Bowl – Continuation from my guest post over at Eating Rules! October Unprocessed 2013

This is a bonus recipe to my guest post over on the Eating Rules October Unprocessed 2013 Challenge! If you missed it —>here is the link to the recipe I shared over there for Southwest Quinoa Bowls (+why sofrito is one of the best things ever) and the planning for leftovers & whole dinner-in-a-bowl concept. […]

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Embracing Food Helped Me Lose And Keep Off Over 100 Pounds – NOT Turning Away From It

I really love this quote, as a chef and major food lover! But also as someone that lost over 100 pounds by embracing food, learning to nourish my body, not turn to fake diet food and push away all pleasure from food. I eat to live a long healthy life. I eat to enjoy the […]

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Super Foods Veggie Chili for GFreeAndHappy.com

Holy moly..doesn’t this look GOOD!? Well, let me tell ya…it IS good. I created this recipe for a photo shoot AND because my friend Kathy, from GFreeandHappy.com needed a super foods recipe. Well, pretty much all of my recipes include super foods for your health, but I wanted to get her something absolutely LOADED with […]

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Navigating The Bulk Food Department – The Why’s And How’s To Buying Quality, Clean #RealFood- A Video Blog

This is National Bulk Foods Week (who knew there was such a thing!?) and I wanted to share how I stock almost half of my shopping cart every week with bulk foods. Spices, nuts, grains, dried fruit and more. Watch to see why I buy these ingredients in the bulk food section, how I store […]

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Live Like You Are Dying – Take Care Of Yourself!

I heard a song on the radio today and the lyrics really struck a chord for me.   The singer said “We are all just one phone call away from falling to our knees.”    Wow. Isn’t this true? It got me thinking:   Most of us have these kinds of moments burned into our […]

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Easy steps to get healthier, shed excess weight and bring more life to your table:

Add more vegetables to your entrees. Throw in a handful of chopped kale in every recipe you can. Snack on fruit twice a day and have a serving for breakfast. Make most, if not all, of your daily carbohydrate choices unprocessed. (Sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, legumes.) Keep an eye on your portions and servings. […]

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More Than Just A Number On The Scale #2

A few weeks back I shared a picture of my friend Rick, who has lost a considerable amount of weight. Not only that, he also improved his cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and glucose – these are the most important numbers! Rick is doing this the same way I went about getting healthy, which led to […]

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This week on Menus by Mesa de Vida – September 28, 2012

BRAND NEW THIS WEEK! Members will be getting EXCLUSIVE videos from Chef Kirsten helping you with some cooking tips, etc. that will further help you develop into/become more of a kitchen ROCK STAR!! Members already get the menus, plan of action (not just recipes with a grocery list), grocery list and amazing easy-gourmet recipes weekly, […]

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Searching for healthy eats at the Seattle Seahawks game

I’m lucky enough to be the domestic partner (aka almost 2 year girlfriend) to a season ticket older to the Seattle Seahawks games at Century Link Field here in Seattle. We love going to the games and almost more, tailgating. We usually bring our own food and pool together with our group of friends to munch before […]

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