What’s in a HUG?

According to one expert on the subject, Michael Murphy, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate at the Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity, and Disease in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, says it’s because touch deactivates the part of the brain that responds to threats, and in turn fewer hormones are released to signal a stress response, and your cardiovascular system experiences less stress.

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Grilled Veggies with Mustard Sauce

Spring is in the air and we all are quarantined to our homes, hopefully this time has given you the beautiful opportunity to cook more with your family. In my family there are two cooks, myself and my younger son, Tyler. Tyler loves to cook, but grilling is his passion. While he was away at […]

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Vegan Marshmallow Fluff

Chickpeas, they’re not just for salads anymore. My mama was the type of person that never wasted anything. She taught us to use it all, if you can. She would hardly ever threw leftover food out, it always became a casserole or bread pudding, or rice pudding or some new recipe creation. During this time […]

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Eat your water: Hydrating Salad with a Green Goddess Dressing.

Did you know you can keep your immune system healthy by staying hydrated with food. However, don’t forget the water, coconut water and herbal teas. Most of the time when people are feeling hungry, it’s usually because they are thirsty. Next time you are reaching for something else to eat, drink a glass of water […]

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Mindful Living moment: Where was this thought born?

Welcome! I want to share more on my blog what setting the table with love is all about for me. It’s not just about the delicious meals we prepare and serve to our families and loved ones, but it’s also about what we are serving them spiritually, emotionally and mentally. I want to share with […]

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A Smarter Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? You take some fruit, leafy greens, nut butters, some type of liquid and maybe some protein powder and you add it to your blender and you have a super healthy smoothie, to get you going for the day. Right?! Well not exactly. Smoothies can be very beneficial for our […]

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“Raw Chick” Curry Stuffed Peppers

Eating more of a plant based diet can be one of the most cleansing things you can do for you body, mind and spirit. I like to give my body a break from refined sugars, lean meats and the occasional glass of wine. I love incorporating raw foods and vegan dishes into my daily meal […]

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Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

What do you do with a large sweet potato and a bag of French lentils and you are just craving home and comfort? Shepherd’s pie and a Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. So let’s get a bit familiar with this pie: Shepherd’s pie, common and inexpensive British dish originating from the sheep country in Scotland and northern […]

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Beet Salad with a Parsley and Walnut Pesto drizzled with Orange Vinaigrette

I adore beets. They are loaded with lots fiber, vitamin C and they help with inflammation in the body, which mean they are good for you, but they also taste amazing. I love to add beets to my salads, smoothies, and they are awesome sautéed, roasted or just raw. Today I was craving a salad, […]

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Spicy Orange Ginger and Garlic Cauliflower with Orange Ginger Cauliflower Rice

This week it’s all about the cauliflower. Here’s the recipe, running out for an event, but wanted to share this with you guys. Always Set the Table with Love. INGREDIENTS • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets • 2/3 cup water • 1/3 cup cornstarch, plus 1 teaspoon • 1/3 cup flour • 3 tablespoons […]

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Easiest Stovetop Maple Granola on top of Sweet Potato Pie Oatmeal

Who doesn’t love granola ? Okay, put your hand down, Lol 😂. But for us granola lovers, here’s a keep it simple and a bit sweet easy recipe. You can also find this recipe and others delectable pictures of yummies on my Instagram page Life with Lisa Washington: Easiest Stovetop Granola: Maple Granola with Pumpkin […]

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There’s more than one way to use vegetable skewers

How can you take 4 prepackaged vegetable skewers and make several meals? What I love about using the skewers is they have all my favorite veggies, big plump portobello mushrooms, crunch red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash and red onions. The first day I marinated them in a balsamic glaze with olive oil and herbs […]

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Keto Zucchini Cakes the Vegetarian Way

I had such a beautiful afternoon spending time with my girlfriend Sarah and talking about her amazing weight-loss using the keto lifestyle plan. She has lost 40 pounds using this plan. So in honoring of her big victory, I decided to make her my keto savory zucchini cakes. We did a Facebook Live, where she […]

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