9 Vegetarian Recipes To Try On The Grill

Summertime grilling vegetarian recipes to try, and you won’t miss the meat!

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I started this blog because I believe that living a healthy life is doable when you're a busy mom. I share dinner ideas, favorite recipes, tips for healthy living & more.
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Balancing healthy & family

If you’re looking to find more easy plant-based dinners or just a simple way to get more veggies into your dinners, this week I’m focusing on that for our dinners! I’m a little bit of a dinner rut, so I’ve come across a few new recipes I want to try. I have a post HERE […]

Plant-Based Easy Dinners for Jan. 25-31

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As I’m getting more into my AFPA Holistic Nutritionist Certification curriculum, the more and more I’m learning about the science behind plant-based eating benefits. It’s pretty amazing the power of eating plants! I thought it would be helpful to show what eating 8+ servings of fruits + vegetables a day can look like. But first […]

How to Eat 8+ Servings of Fruits & Veggies a Day!

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Some more yummy plant-based dinner ideas for our family’s meatless January! 🙂 We’re focusing on fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes. And eating a little organic cheese too. If you want to join us as we eat more plant-based meals, HERE’s last week’s plant-based dinners too that were delicious. Especially the pepita & sun-dried tomato taco salad […]

Winter Plant-Based Dinners for Jan. 11-17

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We’re doing a meatless January, so for the month, I’ll be sharing our plant-based family dinner ideas. We’ll be focusing on fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes. And eating a little organic cheese too. If you want to join us as we eat more plant-based meals, HERE’s last week’s plant-based dinners too that were delicious. […]

Family Friendly Plant-Based Dinners for Jan. 4-10

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Stock up on these Trader Joe’s items to make healthy meals.

Favorite Healthy Plant-Based Trader Joe’s Items


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We are starting a family plant-based adventure this week. The more I learn about the unhealthy effects of eating meat—not just on our bodies, but the environment and animal conditions too—the less I want to eat meat. Plus, as I’m learning to be more mindful and practice intuitive eating, I’ve realized I don’t feel my […]

Healthy Plant-Based Family Dinner Ideas for Dec. 28 to Jan. 3

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5 Easy Trader Joe's Dinner Ideas

If you love Trader Joe's too, these are my favorite dinners using TJ's items. Kid- and husband-approved, delicious and healthy.

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