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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Balancing healthy & family

We are in full plant-based mode here and feeling really great. We aren’t vegan (we’ve still had a little cheese & Alex has had eggs), but our family has been meat-free for a few weeks now and it feels really good. We’ve also cut way back on treats—after the holidays my body was telling me […]

Plant-Based Dinner Ideas for Jan. 18-24

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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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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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I can’t believe it’s Christmas this week! We’re planning to spend lots of evenings driving around looking at Christmas lights or watching holiday movies and enjoying holiday goodies. To still feel our best while eating treats and drinking cocoa and homemade baileys, I like to make sure our dinners are packed with veggies and real […]

What to make for Christmas-week dinners (Dec. 21-27)

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As Christmas gets closer and we’re enjoying more treats, I want to fuel my body (any my family’s) with dinners full of real, whole, colorful foods. So this week I’m focusing on that: colorful dinners. That way, I know my body is getting what it needs, while I’m also enjoying treats I look forward to […]

Colorful Healthy Dinners for Dec. 14-20

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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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