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Hippie Lane: My Favorite Dessert App Now Features Appetizers and Main Courses

Last summer I blogged frequently about Hippie Lane, an app I use frequently for healthy dessert ideas. I originally downloaded the app last year, because it was chock full of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for raw and baked desserts. Recently the app showcased two new recipe bundles for purchase. I put off purchasing them […]

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3 Tips for a Rejuvenating Staycation

As a teacher at an independent school, the name of the game is as follows— work hard like crazy… here’s your vacation… work hard like crazy… surprise here’s another vacation… work hard like crazy… got ya’ again- yet another vacay comin’ at ya’! My career as a middle school Spanish teacher sets me up for […]

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Raw Vegan Valentine Treats!

The hours are ticking away, and you still have no plan in place to surprise your special someone tomorrow on Valentine’s day! I’ve always agreed that the best way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach. We foodies like sweets, but we like real sugar, not fake sugar! Get that box of […]

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Easy Midwinter Chunky Chili Recipe

People always ask me how much time I spend cooking, and it is really crazy how much time I spend in the kitchen every day. Do what you love, right? On an average day, I’d say I’m in the kitchen for two hours. This includes prep, the actual eating nom-nom, and “cleanup.” Cleanup is in […]

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The Plantpower Lifestyle

My friend Ruth knows me so well! Back in December she gave me the lifestyle cookbook The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt for my birthday. For over a year I have embraced a more plant-based lifestyle, and this was brought on by my gluten and dairy intolerances. In their book, Rich and […]

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Turnip Fries

While visiting our cousins Mike and Cotton this past week at their new home in San Antonio, they pulled these stunning turnips out from their organic backyard garden, which inspired me to make my favorite side dish for their “soup party.” This is the easiest thing to throw together if you have unexpected company or […]

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3 Warming Vegan Winter Soups for New Year’s Day

Happy New Year’s Day! Chances are, you don’t have any plans today. We tend to put so much thought into New Year’s Eve plans that we often forget New Year’s Day. My plan today is to stay in my pajamas all day cooking in my warm kitchen on this sunny, yet freezing cold day today […]

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Leftovers? My top 4 Zero-Waste Strategies

Happy Monday everyone! Monday is a great day for a blog post about leftovers; if you’re cooking a big meal, chances are it’ll have been yesterday on a Sunday, and you might be scratching your head right now wondering what to do with those leftovers! Hopefully my go-to strategies will keep you from throwing anything […]

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Vegan Sushi for Breakfast

Can you still call it breakfast and be eating at 1 in the afternoon? Well, it’s the first day of my holiday break from school. I slept until 11, I’m still in my pajamas as I write this, and I can call it breakfast if I want to. I have an insane list of things […]

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Traditional-with-a-Twist Thanksgiving Recap 2015

Many thanks to those of you who’ve been reminding me to post the recipes from my “traditional-with-a-twist” Thanksgiving dinner, which feels like ages ago. I went back to work the Monday after Thanksgiving with some naïve idea that these few weeks would be leisurely. My calendar was reasonably normal (aka as predictably crazy as usual), […]

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