Mindful Living Moment~ You are worth it.

I was scrolling through my social media, just looking at people’s stories and this thought danced across my mind; It’s interesting who we value and why. It’s even more interesting how that value shapes our views of ourselves and others. Why do I allow people to put a price tag on me? If they label […]

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Smashed BRUSSELS Sprouts with a HOt Spicy Chili Sauce

Smashed Brussels sprouts with a spicy chili garlic oil, doesn’t that sound amazing! Hashtag the new  #foodtrend#smashedbrusselsprouts. Who doesn’t love a good food trend? I love this one, because it gets my grandkids to eat more vegetables. Let me add that you can add whatever sauce or topping you would like, my family love spicy […]

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The Power of a Life Changing Moment

Life changing moments can make us better or bitter. What makes a life changing moment powerful is how we allow it to impact us. The beauty here, is that we get to choose how we will be changed by them.

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Mindful Living Moment : This is too hard.

It’s not always the best, when things come to us easily. I remember as a child most of what I accomplished came to me easily, but that didn’t prepare me for fighting for what I really wanted in life. What I have come to learn over the course of my life, is that, when things […]

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STRONG WOMEN CRY

This Mindful Living Moment comes from a place inside of myself that recalls a question my mom asked me when someone would hurt or disappoint me, “Why are you crying, Child that’s nothing to cry about, don’t let it get to you.” But in actuality, it was getting to me and it needed to, in […]

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Tagliatelle Nests in Chickpea Pasta Sauce

So here’s what you need from Homegoods or any grocery or food specialty store: This article is quick, just like this dish. WHEN COOKING IS NOT YOUR THING, but you want to still make it something special and keep it heart healthy on Valentine’s Day and everyday. Go to Homegoods food section and get some […]

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Galentine’s Day Ideas and a Pancake Sundae Recipe

Galentine’s Day is coming up on February 13th! It’s another opportunity for is to express our love and appreciation for all our besties in our lives. I have the best girlfriends ever and showering them with gratitude makes my heart so happy. Well this Galentine’s Day will look a bit different, due to the pandemic, […]

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White Bean and Sundried Tomato Pesto Pizza

It’s been a long day and I just need something super quick, delicious and healthy. Hmm… maybe you do too? So let’s get to it. Have any naan bread? Good! Set it aside, we are going toast it up for this pizza. You will need some basil oil, sundried tomato pesto, some of your favorite […]

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Samosa Sweet Potato Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

When it’s a turmeric inspired kinda of a day and you have only one sweet potato. Hmm… Samosa Sweet Potato Salad with a Cilantro Lime Dressing. Yes it’s a thing and it’s a really delicious thing. 😉✨ Ingredients: • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes •1 tablespoon grapeseed oil • 1 small […]

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It’s A Berry Good Day! Let’s Eat Pancakes!

I woke up this morning and I was just completely blown away by the fact that our country has the first and I pray not the last female vice president. Congratulations Madame Vice President, Kamala Harris. Pancakes are super special to me, because as a child, we would have oatmeal every single day, but on […]

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Vegetarian Paella

I remember the first time I tried paella, OMG, it was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn’t get enough of it. It was paella that introduced me to this wonderful spice Saffron: The spice originates from a flower called crocus sativus—commonly known as the “saffron crocus.” It is believed that saffron originated and was first cultivated in […]

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Vegan Carrot and Ginger Soup

Every time I open up my refrigerator door, I see this huge bag of carrots. The first thing my mind goes to, is hmm… I probably need to juice those. Then my next thought is, I will have to take out my juicer, but I really don’t feel like taking out my juicer and putting […]

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A Plate of Good Luck and Health for the New Year

Well, it’s almost here my friends. A NEW YEAR!! WOW!! As I sit down and write this post it brings tears to my eyes. This has truly been a year that no-one in the world will ever forget. Just for a moment, imagine how you felt this time last year. Imagine the dreams, goals, plans, […]

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One Pot – Two Salads – Red Quinoa Salad two ways.

When I say that this is super easy, it is super easy. Both of these salads are created by using one pot of red quinoa. All you have to do is open up a few ingredients and cut up a lemon and a cucumber, parsley and mint. The first salad is an inspired Greek style […]

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Baked Hasselback Potatoes with What’s on Hand CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

I love homemade chimichurri sauce and you don’t need a steak to enjoy it. It’s awesome on veggies. I remember a conversation I was having with my sister and I told her about the importance of seasoning food. It is the key to flavorful food. It doesn’t matter if we are seasoning a steak or […]

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes under 20 minutes

Thanksgiving is almost around the corner and I have two simple, easy and delicious side dishes that you can try out with your family this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. What I love about these dishes, is the fact that they are under 30 minutes to make, start to finish and they are super delicious and […]

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Eat Cake!

The holidays are coming and one of my favorite things to do outside putting up the decorations is baking! However, I must confess, baking was not always my thing. It was my mom who inspired me to bake, well at least , later in my life, the inspiration kicked in. I remember when she came […]

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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Oatmeal with my Stovetop Maple Pecan Granola

I am a huge lover of oatmeal, that was not always the case. I had it everyday for breakfast and hated seeing it on the table each morning, but with a few tweaks, I have love it! Oatmeal is one of those ingredients that can be savory and sweet. It has definitely had it’s comeback. […]

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My Little Monsters

My Little Monsters My Little Monsters. Halloween is coming up soon, so Gigi is in the kitchen playing around with some ghoulish halloween treats for the grandkids! Okay it has to be a bit healthy, but not too healthy where they look at them like U am making them eat spinach! They actually loved these […]

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Give yourself two minutes to come back home to you.

Deep breathing is a beautiful practice. Deep breathing gives us an opportunity to talk to stop, pause, and reconnect back to ourselves. I understand that we all don’t have 30 minutes to just stop, take a huge chunk out of our day. However, I’m sure we can find two minutes to just slow down the […]

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Vegan Red Beans with Cornbread

In New Orleans as my father-in-law has always told me, that Mondays is for red beans and rice, that’s been simmering on the stove for hours, bringing the most intoxicating aromas of garlic ,onions, smoked meats and spices in your home. Honestly, he makes the best red beans and rice I have ever had. Now […]

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Chocolate Chip Banana Pecan Bread

So my grandchildren ate up most of the bananas, but they left me a few so I decided to make my chocolate chip banana pecan bread, this one is loaded with flavor, because I add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. It’s super moist from the apples sauce. Not to mention there’s about 10 […]

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How To Go Plant Based Mindfully, even if it’s just for a week.

According to Harvard Health a Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy.

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Raw Vegan Truffles

Who doesn’t love a truffle and especially one that’s delicious and pretty much guilt free? Whenever I’m giving myself a break from eating highly processed desserts, I love to make my Raw Vegan Truffles, they are packed with so much fiber, nutrients and they are the perfect pick me up during the day when you’re […]

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Vegan “Tuna” Sandwich Another Hearts of Palm Recipe

Hearts of palm is probably one of the most versatile ingredients you can use in substitution for seafood, if you are eating more of a plant-based diet. I have used hearts of palm for crabcakes. My vegan crabcakes won me the People’s Choice Award for the Georgia Seafood Festival last year, so I guess I […]

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Vegan Ceviche anyone?

RAW VEGAN CEVICHE using hearts of palm, is easy, healthy and amazing. I made this for the first time, back in 2005, when I got into exploring eating raw vegan foods. I have been a transplant recipient since 2008 and eating seafood like, ceviche can sometimes, not be the best thing for me to eat, […]

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Gluten free Chai Masala Oatmeal Cranberry cookies

So this has been a week of baking for me. Today I decided that I wanted to make something chai inspired, so why not cookies. Chai tea is probably one of my favorite beverages to drink, hot or cold, especially during this time of year. The warm spices of cardamom, clove, nutmeg, and ginger says, […]

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Orecchiette with Kale and Chickpeas

When I’m in the mood for something that is simple, delicious, and healthy. I think of chickpeas, kale and of course, pasta. I love this dish, because it is easy to put together. If you use organic frozen kale and organic canned chickpeas, the only thing that really has to be cooked is the pasta. […]

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Let’s talk about Eating for Health and Healing

Food in it’s very essence was created for pleasure and healing. The planet is full of healing foods, that are rich in antioxidant, vitamins and minerals. The smells, textures, look and taste of food in itself brings satisfaction to all our senses. But when you are thinking about eating healthy or for healing does those […]

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Roasted Sweet Chili and Ginger Cauliflower

Who doesn’t love cauliflower?! Okay, not everyone, but this recipe will make you fall in love with it again and again. Cauliflower is one that is loaded with nutrients. It’s loaded with fiber, which aids in digestion, it is also high anti-inflammatory properties, that helps with inflammation in our bodies. Another thing about cauliflower, is […]

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Easy Sausage, Potatoes, Peppers and Onions

This is my family’s go to on those crazy days and I need something quick, healthy, full of flavor and takes one pot. This skillet is versatile and leaves my family satisfied. You can use vegan sausage, no sausage, add chickpeas instead of any meat protein. You can make it Cajun, Italian or even Greek, […]

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Back to School Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Today I had the opportunity to do a television segment for Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta, because back to school is upon us and we want to give our kids a healthy start to the new school year. Well, I got you covered. Try out some of these recipes with your kids and see how […]

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Healthy Holiday Thanksgiving sides dishes at William Sonoma ~ Turnips and Greens with Orange, Rosemary and Pomegranate

Yesterday was incredible at William Sonoma in Norcross in the Peachtree Forum.  I got a  chance to cook for their customers. The evening was about Farm to Table Healthy Holiday Side Dishes. My biggest conviction about food is EAT LOCAL. SUPPORT FARMERS. EAT MORE PLANT BASED MEALS. So, it’s really cool when William Sonoma welcomes […]

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Southern Girls ~ Gluten Free Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans

Today I spent time with my friend Melissa. We both are true southern girls, so we love ourselves some cornbread. I made two versions of this recipe. One vegetarian and one vegan.  They both were very delicious. We talked about our childhood, birth order, being girls, southern 🙂 and how much we both love dessert. […]

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Spicy Garlic and Onion Soup ~ Thy medicine

So this week I have been making healing soups. Now here’s the thing about healing soups, they are made with the intention to make you feel better, so these soups are delicious, but very powerful in flavor. Hence the my Red Soup on my blog for warding off colds and the flu. This Garlic and […]

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RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal Cinnamon Topping

Who doesn’t love Apple Pie. Fall is almost around the corner and I am craving apple pie, but not the calories. I bought a ton of apples a few days ago at my local Sprouts. My intention was to juice these apples and yes I will sometime later this week, but I was craving something […]

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Sweet Potatoes ~ Weight loss Game Changer

Wow! You don’t say… Just got off the… 😆😆Well sweet potatoes have become one of my GAME CHANGERS in moderation, of course. What I love about them they are high in fiber and water. So eat your water and drink plenty of it as well. Here’s deets:Fiber can also help you feel fuller for longer, […]

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Be A Good Mama To Yourself

It is in our nature to mother and nurture others, but do we do that for ourselves?We can look at situations and know this is not good for someone and we go to the rescue, doing whatever os needed.We can talk with a friend and lift her up, pray with her, go to bat for […]

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Closed Doors

I never really cared for that saying, “when one door closes another one opens.” Now don’t get me wrong, I totally get the saying, it’s very inspiring and it gives you lots of hope. Who doesn’t want to feel hopeful? . Me, me, me! I want to be hopeful. So, what’s my problem? I guess […]

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Barbecue Mini Skillet Meat with Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I am cooking this on the 104.7 The Fish today at 2 pm. est time See you there. Barbecue Mini Skillet Meatloaf Ingredients 1/3 cup breadcrumbs 1/3 cup milk 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 large egg 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 small onion, finely mince 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 […]

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You Matter

Sometimes that’s all we need, is someone making us feel the truth. You matter, you really do matter. Your very existence is proof that you matter in this world. It doesn’t matter how you got here, you are here and you are needed. The world needs you to be you. You are someone’s answered prayer, […]

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Ode to Mom ~ Salmon Croquettes

Remember this can? Yes.. the pink salmon in a can. This blog post is in honor of my mom. My mom would make salmon croquettes usually on a Friday night. I must confess as a kid they weren’t my favorite, but I grew to love them older I got, but I think is was mostly, […]

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French Lentils and Braised Shiitake Mushrooms

Here’s the thing about food and cooking. It can be whatever you like it to be. Yes, that’s my justification statement for this recipe. I was in my kitchen one day and I wanted French lentils and shiitake mushrooms. Now of course I could have went much simpler and just sautéed the mushrooms, with some […]

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Kickball Lesson

I have probably told this story a 1 million times, so here goes a 1,000,001. I remember hating kickball at school. It was time to pick teams and my heart would feel like it would come out of my chest. Now I played kickball often at home and I was really fast and I could […]

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French lentil and cajun sausage Soup

It’s cold outside and all I am craving is some yummy soul warming soup. Lentils are one of my favorite legumes to cook. I have used lentils to make veggie burgers, hearty salads, and yes, soup. Now, here’s the deal my husband is from New Orleans and creole and Cajun recipes flow through this house […]

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