White Bean and Roasted Garlic Hummus

Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, but you can make an excellent hummus with white beans as well. Roasting mellows out the garlic and gives it an almost sweet flavor, so don’t be afraid of the garlic! Plus, it keeps the vampires away. (Except the ones that you don’t mind coming around…Damon or Stefan Salvatore, perhaps?)

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It’s Cherry Season!

Would you believe I never had fresh cherries as a child? I thought those yucky sweet maraschino cherries were the ONLY cherries. Boy, was I wrong. Fresh cherries are one of my absolute favorite fruits. I was delighted to walk into the grocery store over the weekend and discover organic cherries for just a few bucks a pound! The health benefits of cherries are pretty awesome, so I stocked up!

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Everyday Essentials: My Favorite Laundry Day Oils

With my sensitive skin and sensitivity to chemical smells, I quit using chemical laden, scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets ages ago. Instead, I use doTERRA’s On Guard Laundry Detergent to wash my clothes, and I use unscented dryer sheets with a couple of drops of essential oil for a light, natural scent when I dry them. (And I’m on the hunt for reusable dryer balls that are NOT made of wool or plastic! If you know of any good ones, please let me know.)

I keep three bottles of oil on the laundry shelf and decide which one to use on the dryer sheets, depending on my mood. You can use others, of course – but these are my three favorites!

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Fifteen Quotes to Inspire and Enlighten

We all have bad days, even those of us lightworkers who do our best to shine brightly as a beacon of light and hope in these challenging times. Sometimes it’s helpful to take a break, take deep breaths, and meditate on a few powerful words. These quotes have helped me get through many a rough day so I could refocus and align with my deeper purpose. I hope they are helpful to you, too!

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Enchilada Sauce

Part of my fondness for the Southwest is the fact that I love the regional cuisine. I learned to make this sauce when I was living in Tucson, and it is one of the best enchilada sauces I’ve had. And it’s so EASY to make! I love it over spinach and mushroom enchiladas, or black bean and sweet potato enchiladas, and it’s great to use in pancake-style enchilada casserole. The secret is the cocoa – don’t leave it out, it is essential!

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Instant Pot Pasta

A while back, I made an Easy One Pot Pasta that was SO SIMPLE – I didn’t think dinner could get any easier. I don’t say this often, but…I was wrong. This pasta in the Instant Pot is crazy easy and makes plenty of food, in just a few minutes. Don’t you just love one-pot meals?

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Peppermint

Did you know the peppermint plant is a natural hybrid of watermint and spearmint? It is believed that peppermint was first cultivated in England in the late 17th century, and the ancient Greeks and Roman valued it for its stomach soothing properties. Peppermint Essential Oil is steam distilled from the whole plant and has a high menthol content. It is a “cool” oil – meaning it can be applied topically to the skin for a refreshing sensation. Read on for five of my favorite ways to use this remarkable oil!

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Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Who else loves Brussels sprouts? And yes, it is Brussels sprouts, as they are named after the city in Belgium. Doesn’t sound right, though, does it? Anyway – this is a very simple side dish, and it’s full of flavor. (I admit I’ve been known to eat a full batch of these for dinner!)

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Pasta Pomodoro

Sometimes, it’s best to follow the KISS principle: keep it simple, sexy! This recipe is SO easy – and it’s foolproof as long as you choose quality ingredients, including kick ass Italian tomatoes and the freshest basil you can find. In my quest to reduce waste, I’ve been buying jarred Italian tomatoes and keeping the jars (perfect when I’m shopping the co-op for bulk ingredients).

When summer rolls around, I’ll be making this with FRESH tomatoes!

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Walnut Parmesan

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of the commercial vegan Parmesan cheese substitutes. They don’t have much flavor and they are far too expensive. This, on the other hand, is easy, it’s delicious, and it comes together in a few minutes flat. Give it a try – it’s excellent on pasta, pizza, and toast. Yum.

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