Wild Rice Soup

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Yes, I am crazy about soup. I have it at least once a week. One of my favorites is Wild Rice Soup. This version is a vegan/vegetarian dish replacing the chicken with mushrooms. I fill it with vegetables and three types of beans giving it a healthy dose of protein and nutrients. Hot, hearty, and delicious, perfect for a cold winter night. Go ahead and flag it now—it’s sure to become a favorite.

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Vegetarian Paella

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In Tampa’s Ybor City sits Florida’s oldest restaurant: Columbia. It was on a visit there that I first tried Paella and feel in love. Paella is a Spanish dish traditionally made with rice, saffron, a variety of meat and shellfish, garlic, onions, peas, tomatoes, and other vegetables. My version removes the meat and fish and uses a blend of pan-seared cauliflower and brussels sprouts instead. A simple one-pot rice dish filled with color and nourishment is only a few of the reasons I love this dish.  The main reason is, it’s crazy good!

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Grain+Veggie Bowl

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This morning I was greeted with several inches of snow outside my bedroom window. I wanted to be upset, but it was just too beautiful. There were layers of fluffy white snow perched precariously on tree limbs, blanketing the pines, and drifting romantically through the gentle morning breeze. I even smiled which is not something this warm weather gal does when she thinks of snow. I knew I wanted a delicious bowl of warmth for lunch and this bowl of grains, sautéed winter veggies, and poached eggs mixed in a delicate white garlic sauce hits the mark. Packed with protein, it promises to boost your brain power for a day of board games.

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Grilled Avocado Buddha Bowl

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Lunches can be a bit stressful for me. I have a bad habit of working through lunch often forgetting about it and looking up at 3 PM to find it is too late to go. So, I’ll grab a bag of nuts, or whatever I have stashed in my desk, promising myself that I will have a good dinner when I get home. The problem is by the time I get home I am starving, and that bag of chips is much quicker than preparing a full meal.

One of my goals for this year is to stop skipping meals which is why I love Buddha Bowls. The protein and nutrients are built right in giving me the boost I need to finish up my day. I can make them in advance and bring them along. I do not have to overthink them. Just pull together any variety of vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. They’re also so pretty. I love arranging them and leaving them covered in plastic wrap for all to see at the office encouraging everyone to bring in they own creations. Read More


General Tso’s Cauliflower Stir-Fry

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Well, it is that time of the year and new year resolutions are being made. I have only one for 2019. I want to be healthier. For me that encompasses:

1. Water, not wine!
2. Go Meatless in January!
3. Remember to eat! (I know! But sometimes I look up and lunch is over so I keep working.)
4. Kick up the workouts! (or start them (shrug))

Ever notice how resolutions feel more like a punishment? Has anyone ever resolved to party harder? If you have, I want to hang with you! But hey, I only committed to one month. Mainly, I am just tired of meat and the heavy meals of the holidays. I need to detox. So, I’m going to go meatless for a month and share some of my favorite vegetarian dishes with you starting with one of my favorites.

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