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Living the Green Life includes <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/eat-well-live-well/">eating healthy food</a> that tastes great too.  If you can't grow it yourself, then pick it yourself, cook it yourself, & enjoy it.  Grab a <a href="https://blog.xbydesign.biz/vegetarian-lentil-sliders-burgers/">recipe </a>or 2 for food I eat & feed my family, share some of your own, or just chat about what works & what doesn't when you're trying to eat healthy tasty food.

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    Quick & Easy Pasta Puttanesca

    I love pasta. And so does my littlest – in fact, most kids love all kinds of pasta. So should parents because it’s of the easiest kitchen staple to work with AND because you can hide so many good for you ingredients in any given pasta dish AND because you can make random dishes and call them whatever you want. But this isn’t a random dish, it’s a tried and true Italian favorite. With a twist. Pasta Puttanesca is an absolutely deliciously spicy and flavor-FULL dish. Unless you hate anchovies. Then it just makes you wanna turn tail and run to someone else’s house for dinner. But here’s the dish……

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    Hearty Healthy 30-Minute Chili

    It’s Tuesday, it’s cold, and you’re tired when you hear “What’s for dinner?!”  That’s when you remember that you never made it to the grocery store today and haven’t even thought about dinner.  There are some things you just always know are in the fridge or freezer and it’s top of mind when they are out.  If you’re like me, unfortunately those are the basic items that so many of your meals are made with. Oh well, what’s a busy woman (or man) to do?  Again, if you’re like me, you’re not about to go out in the cold just to get something for tonight – that’s not very efficient.…

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    What’s the Difference Between Pico de Gallo, Salsa, & Picante

    I LOVE Mexican food – I probably should call it Tex-Mex, since what I’m referring to isn’t always totally authentic.  For me, probably more important than the food itself , are the flavors and the SAUCES!  Which brings me to the topic of this post… What’s the difference between salsa, picante, and pico de gallo? Well if I was thinking about what you’d buy from the store, I would say picante is thin and sauce like and may even be cooked. Salsa may (or may not) have more ingredients than picante but is thicker and uncooked. And pico, for me, is the best of all three.  From what I’ve seen in…

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    The Green Goddess

    Some nights you just don’t feel like cooking.  Every now and then, the thought of turning on the oven or standing over the stove makes my stomach churn.  And that’s when I’m glad I have enough leftovers for the family… everyone but myself, that is.  And since I don’t want to cook OR ask my DH to do it, my options are limited.  Maybe. Good thing I love veggies and could live my entire life off salad – so many salad options, so little time!  On this night, though, I really wasn’t too interested – plus I didn’t have any lettuce.  No dice. I had been eyeing some avocados all day.  I’m sure…

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    Cranberry Apple Muffins

    Thanksgiving week I wanted to make something yummy to have with for breakfast without having to cook every morning (which was NOT gonna happen).  And since the littlest was out of school all week I had lots of apples to use up that might have normally gone into his lunch.  AND I also forgot that I had some dried cranberries (no NOT craisins, dried cranberries) that I was snacking on the week before.  Soooo, can you tell where this is going? Cranberries + Apples + Thanksgiving = Cranberry Apple MUFFINS! I promised to share the “recipe” last week, so yes I am a little late but…. here it is!  I…

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    My Best Ever Turkey Sliders

    This post is inspired by the wonderful parents of Mrs. Enyart’s PK4 class at Northland Christian.  We had our Thanksgiving feast on Friday and it was a great 1!  The dessert table was packed full of yummy goodies from cookies and chocolate covered pretzels to pumpkin pie and apple cinnamon muffins!  We had so much food that I think we parents ate more than the kids.  Did I mention we are a group of parents who love to eat?! Ok on to the purpose of this post…. for the feast, I made some turkey sliders.  It was my chance to get our kids to eat their veggies.  Let me tell…

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    Spicy Tuna Bruschetta Bites

    Hi there all my foodie friends!  I have a super simple scrumptious little delight to share. Spicy Tuna Bruschetta Bites! This past weekend I had a bridal shower to coordinate.  This time, beyond the decorations, I prepared most of the food.  One of the menu items was classic Bruschetta Bites – you know… the standard rub with garlic, sprinkle with olive oil, top with tomato, basil, maybe a little cheese and another drizzle of olive oil.  YUM!   When I was shopping for the food I found these little cuties ON SALE at World Market (one of my faves).  They were $0.90!  I bought every last box!  Anyway, I knew…

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    Homemade Pizza Pictorial

    Every body loves pizza in some form, even if their body doesn’t!  Why not try your hand at making your own homemade pizza that you (and your body) will love?!  It’s easier than you think! Easy Homemade Pizza Homemade Pizza Dough: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon oil 3/4-1 cup water Mix dry ingredients. Add 3/4 cup of water & oil. Stir into a ball. Add more water if needed. Knead & bake at 400° for 15-25 minutes. Remove from oven and add your toppings. Bake again until the cheese is melted or toppings are cooked through (usually about 10 minutes). A…

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    Adventures in the Green House: WE DID IT!

    Last week my family and I completed a 3 day whole foods cleanse.  We didn’t do any hard core juicing; just cut out all dairy, wheat products, sugars, and meat/flesh.  And technically drank nothing but water, fruits, and veggies. How did it go?  Well, we didn’t kill each other.  But to be clear, we could not have done it longer because I was consistently tired and cranky and just generally not nice. I started out with a menu, but we only followed the breakfast & snacks; we just always kept a bowl of fruit ready.  Mainly because we all felt like we were eating NON-STOP! We all liked different things, most…

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    Adventures in the Green House: The Whole Foods Cleanse

    My family and I were SUPPOSED to do a 3 day whole foods cleanse this week.  We decided to put it off 1 more week for several reasons, the main 1 being that we were not AT ALL prepared for what we were about to do to our bodies.  It’s not that it was going to be anything like those hard-core cleanses or juicing, but still we needed to ramp our bodies down from our regular everyday habits so we wouldn’t kill each other. So since we put it off a week, we (meaning I) decided to use this week to gradually get us used to JUST whole foods, beans, and… and nothing…