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Category Archives: Quick and Easy!

Nutritious & Easy Stove-Top Macaroni And Cheese Recipe {Gluten Free Options Too!}

I don’t let my son buy the processed, sodium & sugar laden lunches served at his school so I try to make his lunches exciting as well as healthy. Once a week I make him my homemade macaroni and cheese made with all organic ingredients, olive oil, brown rice pasta and a gluten free sauce […]

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Mardi Gras Black Eyed Pea Salad – Awesome Creole crunch for any day of the year!

I made this salad for a Fat-Tuesday-On-A-Friday Night Big Easy feast this past weekend and it was a total hit!I thought it was worth sharing with you! I wanted something fresh and healthy to go along with a rich meal of seafood, chicken and sausage gumbo (healthified as it can get) along with shrimp and […]

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Light and lean Sausage and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

My clients request this recipe often so I thought I would share it with you!   The aroma of these stuffed peppers is intoxicating, your house is going to smell amazing! The recipe is pretty simple too, if you get everything going at once you can be sitting down to enjoy in just about 40 […]

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My favorite green smoothie recipe

I drink a green smoothie most mornings of the week and I’d love to share with you my very favorite recipe! I’ve tried a LOT of green smoothies and this one is the best tasting I’ve found. It is good enough I can get my fiance to drink it most mornings with me and he […]

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Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna – Pasta free and packed with savory vegetable goodness!

This is a seriously decadent tasting yet healthy recipe you will not regret making! It may even become a family favorite to bring loads of life to your table. I created this recipe for a personal chef client of mine. She has lost over 130 pounds (!!) and under the advice of her trainer limits […]

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Pineapple stir-fried shrimp with guacamole and jicama chips: Re-think nachos.

So, I would pick this dish over traditional nachos any day. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone, but nachos are just not my thing. I ate a LOT of nachos growing up, I remember my brother and I grating HUGE blocks of cheese over tortilla chips most days as an after school snack. I […]

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4 Recipes to make you swoon over salad!

I have a goal this year to eat 3 main entree salads for dinner each week. I love salads and I eat them for lunch most days of the week, but I wanted something more special that satisfies the whole family, and mostly makes them want to come to the dinner table to eat salad. […]

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Healthified Pumpkin Cranberry Quick Bread – Easy, Nourishing, Great for breakfast or snacks!

Healthy quick breads are a staple at my house. Not just for breakfasts, I make these often to keep on hand for my kiddo’s lunch box snacks or when I need something quick on the go with a piece of fresh fruit. I completely admit to purchasing Gold Fish crackers, processed granola bars and the […]

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Sausage & Sage Stuffing – Healthified recipe with gluten free options

This is a recipe from my eCookbook you can grab for only $3.99 (or even FREE), Mesa de Vida’s Healthy Holiday Table. This is a life saver if you want a healthified, homemade and DELICIOUS holiday celebration with all of the planning taken care of! All of the classic recipes, healthified PLUS an option for […]

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A shepherds pie recipe you’re going to love! All “healthified” and dressed up for fall with seasonal ingredients!

Shepherds pie was one of the first recipes I started “healthifying” when I set out on my journey to live for a healthier future and give up processed foods and dieting. I instead started focusing on taking care of my body and nourishing my family, not worrying about what size pants I wore or the […]

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