Tofu Scramble #LovingTofu

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One of my favorite ways to cook with tofu is this tofu scramble. I started making it years ago when I did my vegan experiment and now, though not vegan, enjoy making it on a regular basis. It doesn't replace my eggs, it's just something different and it's awesome. Tofu, a great protein source for both vegetarians and meat eaters, is normally pretty bland which makes it a great canvas for spices and other flavor additives like garlic, soy sauce and veggies! When I was asked to create a recipe using Mori-Nu tofu I knew that I needed to share this one with you. First let me tell you … [Read more...]


Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Here we are in our first full week of school (last week was short due to the Holiday). The kids are both doing so well, but our schedule has officially picked up with the addition of after school activities like gymnastics, church class and soccer twice-a-week for both kids. The kids come home starving as it is, but now that we go straight to another activity I have to keep the house well stocked with healthy snacks. One of their favorites is the snack balls I make in a variety of flavors- they often have some sort of dried fruit, some form of nuts and/or oatmeal. Since I've had oatmeal … [Read more...]


Favorite Ways To Use Soy Milk

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Hope you all had a great long weekend! We stayed local and did some fun activities with the kids- the movies, blackberry picking and the Northwest Trek, a beautiful wildlife park about an hour away from us. We all had an awesome time seeing the buffalo, bears, deer, cougar, and more and are enjoying the last bit of summer weather while we can. Long weekends call for leisurely breakfasts and that is just what we had- pancakes are always a perfect weekend breakfast because they take up a little more time than I care to give on a weekday. While I was cooking up my favorite vegan pancakes I … [Read more...]


Back-to-School Snacking with NatureBox & Lunch Tips

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It's back to school week over here. My oldest started 2nd grade yesterday and my daughter started kindergarten! As much as I will miss having my daughter around, she has gotten to the point where she just wants to do stuff all day. Since her two youngest siblings take up a lot of my time I just can't keep her entertained enough. She will do amazing at kindergarten and her awesome big brother will be there to keep an eye on her. Nowthat I have lunches to pack again on a regular basis, I love having new ideas. I am not sure who gets bored with the lunches more- me or the kids. These snacks … [Read more...]


Love My Silk! Introducing Silk Almond Coconut Blend

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I can' t remember the exact year that I discovered I was lactose intolerant but it was over 15 years ago. I switched over to soy milk and cut back on a lot of dairy products. Now I can handle a lot more dairy in my diet than I used to (cheese, yogurt and cooking with small amounts of milk don't bother me anymore), however I still don't drink milk. I just never developed a taste for it and knowing I might not tolerate it as well as a non-dairy milk I see no point in trying. Silk has always been my preferred brand of soy milk, but you can also find their almond milk in my fridge as well. … [Read more...]


The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS ™

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I love group fitness. I am not able to do it all the time because it's hard to commit to the classes while coordinating the kids' schedules, but I love doing zumba, yoga, pilates, body pump- I am open to anything really. This year the group class I focused on TRX which was something different for me. I am always up for new-to-me classes because I think it's so important to vary your exercise routine. Speaking of new..... You've probably heard of Les Mills , the creator of global group fitness and team training programs such as BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™ and RPM™? They obviously think … [Read more...]


Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Gluten?

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I posted this hilarious video to my Facebook page last month from the Jimmy Kimmel show where they asked some people in LA, who follow a gluten free diet, if they knew what gluten was and none of them had a clue! It's pretty amusing (and embarrassing). A lot of people follow a gluten free diet for medical purposes, some self-diagnose and others just want to experiment, but what ever the case it's good to learn more facts about your diet restrictions. Don't let the staff of Jimmy Kimmel catch you in the streets unprepared to answer the basics of gluten free living like these folks - make … [Read more...]


My Gluten Free Journey: Part 2

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For the last three months I have experimented eating gluten free. At first I thought it would just be a fun challenge, but as time went along I found myself really not missing much. Now it's not to say I haven't had any gluten at all, there were a few occasions when I had regular pizza crust and once when I had a few bites of pasta and one regular cookie. Overall though, day to day meals and snacks have been gluten free. I personally have never had a problem ingesting gluten and now that I have tried not eating it for a few months I don't necessarily feel any different physically. With … [Read more...]


Kitchen Memories: Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

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Food is a wonderful way to express love. Whether it's having company over or cooking for loved ones, it's meaningful to serve something homemade. It's even more meaningful when you get to cook with the ones you love, like family. This breakfast casserole reminds me of family. There are multiple occasions where I remember my mother-in-law or one of my sisters-in-law standing around the kitchen preparing this for the next day's breakfast. In fact every other year we vacation together in Hawaii and this is the summer we will go again. Words can't express my excitement to get back … [Read more...]


A Guide To Gluten-Free Flours

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I know when I started experimenting with gluten free cooking, I was so confused about all the different flours and was worried that I would never be able to enjoy baked goods or bread again. Since there are so many to chose from I wasn't sure which ones I should use for which recipes. After some experimenting, I have a better grasp on it and hopefully it will help someone that is new to gluten free living. What's important to remember is that typically there isn't a single substitute for wheat flour since gluten is what gives wheat it's elasticity and doughy texture. In general, a … [Read more...]