Flu Season + Giveaway Winner!!

Happy Flu Season, friends. If you’re following the news here in the U.S., then you know that this is being called one of the worst flu seasons in quite some time.

The foods you eat can have a substantial impact on your health, and there are many amazing and natural foods you can eat to boost your immune system and outsmart this flu virus this year.

Unfortunately, Tony and I weren’t able to avoid the flu, but from what I understand, it could have been a million times worse for us. Most of the time I was able to keep my energy up, and last Thursday I worked from home. I don’t want to be that person in the office who gets everyone else sick.

For dinner on Sunday I made a soup from the new cookbook (and giveaway prize). I made the creamy chestnut soup. Amazing!

The soup included 1 cup of fresh shiitake mushrooms. Shiitakes are known for their excellent immune boosting properties and can help us get back into fighting shape!

A bonus: our shiitakes were SUPER fresh and organic because they were grown by Tony!!!



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New Year, New Resolutions

Everyone knows the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. Those of us who are regular gym members are keenly aware of the large number of people who resolve to get healthy/ lose weight/ exercise more. January and February are the months that are always hard to find parking spots at the gym.

Last year, instead of making a list of resolutions, I made two lists. The first was a look back at what I was thankful for from the past year and the second a list of what I hoped to see in the new year.

This year, I think I’ll do something a little different.

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I Can’t Find the Vegetable Peeler

Something about this week has had me WAY off my game in the kitchen. Both Sunday and Monday consisted of Tony and I hitting the grocery store for food to cook. Tuesday was supposed to be a “chili in the slow cooker” day but when I went to prep it all in the morning, I couldn’t find the vegetable peeler and gave up. We went to Whole Foods for dinner. Last night we ordered vegan delivery.

Lazy? Maybe. Tired? Absolutely. Is it possible to feel worn out by Wednesday of the week? Worn out before the week begins?


One lonely vegetable peeler

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After a chaotic week, Tony and I went wine tasting for his mom’s birthday. Nothing chaotic about that…

The only bummer about the day was the weather. It was so incredibly, uncomfortably hot that even the chilled white wine wasn’t really refreshing. It was probably 900 degrees outside.

So, here’s something interesting. The family arranged to meet up at a taco restaurant before heading out to wineries. I picked the place because it was listed as “vegan-friendly” on urban spoon and because the rest of the family would be satisfied as well. Seemed like a perfect fit.

When we walked in, it smelled like charred steak… that’s it. We asked how they grilled their grilled veggies and the woman behind the counter gave us a blank stare for a moment and then pointed to the grill and said, “we just throw it all on the grill with the meat.”

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Vegan Myths

This post has taken me a few days to write. When I first started, I wasn’t in the best of moods. It started as a fed-up reaction to reader comments on an article that is long forgotten now. I had gotten sick and tired of reading misguided and often, rude comments from people who think a vegan diet is a stupid and unhealthy decision.

I’ve calmed WAY down now, and have tried my best to create answers that make sense and will actually help YOU all to respond to people who just don’t understand a plant-based diet.


If you’ve ever told anyone that you’re vegan, you have certainly been told some vegan myths. Because I’m a little irritated with people refusing to understand a vegan diet for what it really is, I’m going to shed some light on some myths and help you have an answer to anyone who tries to argue against your diet. Following are some of the things many people believe to be true about veganism and use as a basis for not trying a vegan diet.

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