Good food, good for you and good for the planet


That's me above, shopping for veggies!  I've always loved fresh veggies and find it fairly easy to eat more veggies and less animal based products.  I do adore cheese, seafood and eggs, which I haven't given up completely but my moto is eat mostly plants- most of the time.  There are some challenges when cooking for a family when not all members are as "pro-veggie", which is the reason most of my food blogs have options for both, without making two different meals entirely!

Why Plant Based?

In 2005, my aunt Amy, who's like a sister to me, nearly died of a rare blood disease.   This disease destroyed both of her kidneys, which left her on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant and donor.  Doctors have few theories and are pretty muched stumped as to how she got sick.  Thanks to her sister, my sweet aunt Barb, who donated a kidney and saved her life.  After the transplant in 2006, Amy was warned that transplant patients don't grow old and she would most likely need another kidney after 10 years.  For the next 9 years, Amy would be hospitalized over 3 dozen times and in and out of the ER 100's of times.  It was tough, really tough.

In 2015, her teenage son Alex went vegan.  She found herself eating vegan out of convenience because she was cooking vegan for him and she started noticing a difference in how she felt, not to mention her labs were getting progressively better.  Since going vegan in 2015, Amy has only spent one night in the hospital, she still has Barb's kidney, and she is living a full life that her doctors did not think would be the case 15 years after getting this disease.  Other benefits of a plant based diet she's experienced:

~ Weight control - no more diets and she's consistently a size 2 and weighs what she did in high school

~ Beautiful Skin and Hair - the difference in skin tone and texture is amazing

~ Anti-Inflammatory - arthritis pain in her neck is nearly gone

Amy's sickness and plant based success story is why I tried it, but there are also a number of other reasons to try a plant based diet.  Here are some of my favorite resources:

Top 22 Vegan Documentaries 

Natalie Portman's Eating Animals

Fed Up

Some of my favorite documentaries on the subject include:  Forks Over Knives, Fed Up, The Game Changer, What the Health,Vegicated and Cowspiracy.

Food Blogs

Red Beans and Rice

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Peruvian Chicken Marinade

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Sausage, Egg and Fennel for Brunch

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Meat and Cheese House

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Creamy Tortilla Soup

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Jackfruit Cheese Cake

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Grandma’s Hot Fudge Dessert

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Smokey Baked Beans

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Healthy Low Carb Seed Crackers

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Grazing Tables

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Shrimp and Veggie Spring Rolls

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Jalapeño Harvest

Hot Pepper Harvest & Hot Sauce Recipes

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Try hosting a Flexitarian BBQ

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Cabbage harvest & canning spicy slaw

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Vegan Cauliflower Spinach and Jalapeno

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Making the most out of buying produce in bulk

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Fun ways to use up those leftovers!

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Wonton Cups stuffed with Mushrooms

Healthy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

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Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Easy and Delicious Christmas bon bons

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Don’t toss those pumpkins away!

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a Flexitarian Thanksgiving feast!

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Vegan acorn squash pizza

Flexible meals for a flawless Thanksgiving week

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Green garden madness – Basil pea edamame soup and Kale hatch chili sauce

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Seafood Florentine

Elegant dinner of Seafood Provencal with vegan sides

Seafood Provencal makes an elegant dinner for family and friends.  In keeping with my “flex” meal planning, I prepare all …
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Veggies in basket

Never buy veggie stock again! Taking composting one step further….

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green pepper, cellery, onion

Quick Seafood Gumbo

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burrito bowl with beans and veggies

Burrito Bowls – the ultimate “transitional” meal!

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Pumpkin Soup and Peruvian Chicken go Vegan

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Vegan enchilada scramble

Colorado green chili served three ways

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Padrón or Shishito Peppers – good as an appetizer or side dish

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Spicy indian Dal

Spicy Indian Dal – healthy, hearty and extremely tasty!

Dal is a traditional Indian soup which is typically served with Naan bread or over rice.  It’s super healthy, vegan …
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Salad on your morning toast or bagel…sounds crazy but it’s really good!

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Vegan breakfast – pancakes, french toast and quiche..oh my!

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Buffalo Chicken or Cauliflower Pizza, Flatbread or Rolls

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Versatile Meals – chicken OR veggie fajitas – vegan or not, everyone’s happy!

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Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna

Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna

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Grilled Artichokes

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Roasted Garlic Sauce – the vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, carb-free, sugar-free AWESOME sauce!

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Soup is the new Juice, Part 2

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Meatless Monday’s Part II

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Meatless Mondays – try it and you will find yourself eating meatless more than just Mondays…

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Shrimp & Grits on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

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Awesome Austrian Meatloaf

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A Healthy Dinner in 20 minutes: Pan Crusted Tilapia, Baked Sweet Potato and Chopped Salad

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