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My journey started the day I became a MOMMY. From the very beginning I had such a strong desire to feed my children the best. And thus I started my quest to find out what exactly is the best. In doing so, I not only found how to feed my children but also how to feed myself. One of my greatest joys as a Mommy is when I cook an extremely healthy meal and my family not only eats it, but asks for seconds. Does my family eat perfect? I wish I could say yes. Unfortunately the real world comes into play. But there is a power in knowing what is perfect...A power in knowing what foods cause disease...A power in knowing how my family and I can live a long healthy life together. Join me on my never-ending journey of eating that healthy meal and never feeling guilty about asking for seconds.


You know You’re a Veteran when:

·         1 -You actually have a “favorite” leafy green (collard, mustard, chard, kale etc.)


·         2 - You’ve tried making your own almond milk


·         3 - You know longer know what a good price for chicken breast is


·        4 - You refer to plant milk as “MILK” and the other stuff as “COW’s MILK”


·         5 -You’ve tried tempeh and seitan and can actually pronounce them


·       6 - The death of your blender might be more traumatic than the death of a family member


·         7 - The foods you “used to eat” can now send your body into a frenzy with even so much as a bite


·        8Maple syrup, stevia and agave nectar are common household sweeteners (as opposed to “the white stuff”)


·         9 - You bring your own “meat” (ie bean burgers and veggie dogs) to the neighborhood BBQ


·         10 - Quinoa, kale and a can of beans are your too-busy-to-make-dinner-go-to-meal


Wow, look at you now…Veteran Mommy! It doesn’t necessarily mean how long you have been doing it, but rather how determined you are in keep yourself as clean and healthy as possible. You have discovered the power of food and you have experienced how truly satisfying it is to eat right…for all aspects of your life.  You have discovered a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes is the secret to feeling great. Meat, dairy, processed foods (including processed flours, sugars and fats) are no longer calling your name, as you barely recognize them as acquaintances anymore!

You have unveiled the mind-body connection within you and have learned that a clear mind is directly linked to a clean body. You have stayed the course and have been rewarded with a vibrant and energetic life! You have discovered that true health isn’t merely the absence of disease but the presence of vigor, vitality, and a love of life.

You continue to be on the lookout for things that might need a little tweaking. You are familiar with the benefits of fasting and juice fasting. You probably own a brush for drybrushing, and a colonic doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies like it once did. The power of greens is a dominant force in your life, and water has become your BFF. With your alkaline-diet and your ability to meditate your way through stressful times, you have gathered an arsenal to stave off disease. You are a leader now, and the planet needs more leaders like you. Take the wonderful knowledge that you have worked for and be a beacon to all those around you. (Your skin naturally glows, so your light is easy to detect). You are now the teacher …watch for those that are seeking your guidance….and give freely of what you have discovered!


    • Recipe Highlight: Better Bean Burgers

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    •  4/17/2014 6:38:33 PM
    • This is one of our FAVORITE Bean Burger Recipes.  I usually have every ingredient on hand! And most of my children eat it without compliant.


      Better Bean Burgers



      1 can Pinto Beans (rinsed & drained)

      1 can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)

      1 pepper, minced (I prefer to use a yellow or red, but a green bell pepper works great)

      1/4 medium onion, minced

      2-3 cloves garlic, minced

      3 TBS ketchup

      1-2 TBS mustard

      1 TBS Wheat Germ (heaping)

      1/4 cup sunflower seeds, ground

      1 egg (OPTIONAL)





      Red Onion

      Red/Green Bell Pepper





      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Saute the pepper, onion and garlic until slightly soft (using a small amount of oil).  Mash the beans with a potato masher or in a food processor (leave slightly chunky).  Add the saute mixer to the beans along with the ketchup, mustard and wheat germ and mix together until smooth.  If you want to add an egg to help the burgers stay together, fold the egg after everything is mixed.

      Drop the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet into approx. 9 patties.  The consistency of the mixture will be slightly wet so the patties will not form easily.  Drop the mixture into the shape as best as you can.

      Bake for 25 minutes and remove from oven to let cool slightly. Then flip each pattie over and bake them for 10 more minutes.

      Serve on top of whole wheat buns and add all your desired toppings.  The patties themselves taste really good, but I find my family likes them so much more if we have all of the fun toppings.

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    • Mashed Potato Quesadillas

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    •  4/17/2014 6:34:46 PM
    • A quick highlight of my lunch today!


      (Yes...another mashed potato recipe...and YES- I am a SPUD LOVER!)

      ~ I smashed the spuds on a tortilla
      ~ Sprinkled S & P and Mrs. Dash
      ~ Pan fried tortillas
      ~ Added sliced avocados & tomatoes.
      Perfect and quick lunch!

      much love, {m}

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    • Lemon Rice with Vegetables

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    •  4/14/2014 1:00:51 PM
    • Lemon Rice with Vegetables



      2 cups Brown Rice (I used a sweet brown rice)

      2 teaspoons Turmeric

      1/2 Onion, diced small

      4 Carrots, peeled and diced

      1 Red Pepper, diced

      1 lb. Fresh Green Beans, cut into 1 inch pieces

      1 Large Lemon, juice and zest

      1/2 teaspoon Salt

      1/4 teaspoon Pepper



      Cook rice according to directions except add turmeric. (I cook my brown rice over the stove top for about 45 minutes).  Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water.  Add the vegetables and cook until tender.  Adding more water if needed.

      Once vegetables are cooked and rice is done.  Combine them together and stir in lemon juice and zest.  Heat through and add salt and pepper.  Stir and serve. 

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    • Veggie Risotto & Teriyaki Bowl

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    •  4/9/2014 6:42:26 PM





      2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

      1/2 cup Onion, diced (I used sweet)

      2  Garlic Cloves, minced

      2 cups Arborio Rice

      6 cups Veggie Broth (or any good flavored broth that you love)

      1 lb. Crimini Mushrooms, chopped

      8 oz. Frozen Peas



      Saute onion and garlic in oil for 3 minutes (until tender).  Add rice, stirring for about 2 minutes on medium heat, lightly toasting the rice.  Stir in 1 cup of broth.  Continue cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed.  Gradually stir in remaining broth 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup.

      As you are adding the cups of broth, saute the mushrooms in a seperate pan using a little water (or coconut oil) until tender.

      After all the broth has been used and absorbed, add in veggies (mushrooms and peas), then serve hot.

      You can top the rice with a yummy teriyaki sauce (which my kids TOTALLY loved!)

      Recipe inspired by!  Love her!

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    • Flavorful Veggie Bean Soup

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    •  4/8/2014 6:58:57 PM
    • Only have 10 minutes to make dinner?

      Need an easy "go to" recipe to make when time is short...

      but you still want a nutritious meal?


      This recipe is a STAPLE in our home.  I always have all of the ingredients on hand.  We love to eat it with homemade bread (or for those really picker-eaters, top the soup with some of their favorite crackers).  I love using my CANNED STEWED TOMATOES for this soup!  But if you don't have of those (they are worth their weight in gold at our house)...just find a nice can of STEWED tomatoes at the store.


      Flavorful Veggie Bean Soup

      Feeds 4 adult portions


      1 can 28 oz. Stewed Tomatoes (Or 1 Jar Homemade Tomatoes)

      1/2 Bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables (or more if you want it super chunky)

      1 Can Black Beans

      1/2 Bag of VEGGIE PASTA

      Seasonings: 3 Cloves fresh garlic, minced and 2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme



      Mix all the ingredients together in a soup pot.  Warm over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil.  Turn to low and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.

      Serve with diced avocado, homemade bread and/or crackers.

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    • After School Snack- Recipe Highlight

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    •  3/31/2014 2:44:42 PM
    • This is one of my children's favorite afterschool snacks!

      I love when I take the time to make these- so they are warm and fresh when my children walk in the door from school.  There is something about having something ready for your kids when they come home from school, that screams:  "I LOVE YOU!"  I am really trying to work on this... but somedays I fail horribly.  ("WHAT?  It's 3:00 pm already...I haven't even gotten dressed yet!").


      When I work with my TIME, and tell my children I love them with

      healthy food after school...I feel blessed!

      (Especially when there is CHOCOLATE involved!)


         FEED Children daily.

      Feed them emotionally, spiritually, and of course PHYSICALLY.

      Much love, {m}

      ...also known as VETERAN Mommy


      Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins (No Dairy, No Eggs, No Oil)




      1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

      1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

      1 1/4 tsp baking powder

      3/4 tsp baking soda

      1/2 tsp salt

      1 tsp cinnamon

      1 whole banana, mashed

      1 cup raw sugar- or sugar substitute

           (I used 1/2 cup sucanat and 1/2 date sugar.  Agave Nectar could work)

      1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

      1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used vanilla soy milk)

      1 cup shredded zucchini (I did a little more than this)

      Chocolate Chips- add as much or as little (Carob or Vegan OR any other kind that will help make your kids eat this delicious muffin!)

      Optional:  Chopped walnuts






      Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.  In another bowl, cream mashed banana with applesauce and sugar.  Add in soymilk, vanilla, zucchini, chocolate chips and nuts if desired.  Stir until evenly combined.  Slowly add the dry flour mix to the wet mix, stirring until just combined.


      Grease muffin pan or if using liners, lightly spray inside of liners with cooking spray to prevent sticking.


      Spoon batter into greased muffin pan and bake 18-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


      Store in fridge or freezer for a quick and yummy snack! 


      *I made 15 muffins with this recipe.  And they were gone before I could even put them in the freezer :)

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    • The Best Quinoa Salad...EVER!

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    •  3/29/2014 12:31:47 PM


      To find and create recipes that are SUPER HEALTHY...

      Full of PLANTS...

      AND (most importantlyKids will Love!

      Check out this amazing Quinoa Salad Recipe HERE.


      We made this salad for lunch today...I count this as WFM KID APPROVED,

      Because 3 out of my 4 children ate it up!  My picky child, who I love dearly...only ate the sweet potatoes.  Last year, he wouldn't even try them- so yes, I celebrated!




      much love, {m}

      • This looks so good, but where is the recipe?
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    • Post Work-Out LEMON LIME Protein Drink

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    •  3/22/2014 4:53:43 PM
    • Here is our POST Work-Out Protein Drink!  After a quick work-out or a extra long run...this drink hits the stop!

      It's made with HEMP Protein- which is a WHOLE FOOD (not an isolate, like the other processed white powders out there).  Hemp protein is raw, vegan, and minimally processed.  Made simply by milling whole hemp seeds.  And it's GREEN, because it still contains that wonderful ALKALINE-forming chlorophyll.

      THE when my kids run with me (usually for my cool-down)...then I make an extra large drink and we all sit outside and enjoy!

      WE got the idea for this drink from Brenden Brazier (vegan athlete) Check him out here.


      Lemon Lime HEMP Protein Drink (post work-out)

      SERIOUSLY...this stuff works!

      Place the following in a high powered blender- and blend until smooth.  I like to drink it over ICE.


      2 cups Water

      The juice of 1 large lemon and 1 lime or 2-3 limes (Or whatever you have on hand)

      1 tsp HEMP OIL

      4 TBS Hemp protein powder

      4-6 dates (small and chopped) or 2-3 Medjool Dates (seed removed)

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