Easy Spice Mix Guide

A huge misconception that people have is that healthy food is bland or unsatisfying or just plain boring… Not true!!

Spices really elevate a dish into something fantastic. These spice mixes can serve as a base for many dishes. They’re great to add to ROASTED VEGETABLES, mashed potatoes, SOUR CREAM (makes a great dip), pasta, and more.

Cajun Spice Blend

2 tbs cumin + 2 tbs coriander + 2 tbs paprika + 1 1/2 tsp salt + 2 tsp pepper + 1 tbs oregano + cayenne pepper to taste

Chili Seasoning

2 tbs chili powder + 1 tsp cumin + 1 tsp coriander + 1 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp onion powder + 1/2 tsp salt

Taco Seasoning

@ tbs + 2 tsp cumin + 1 tsp onion powder + 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper + 1 tsp salt + 1/2 tsp oregano

Greek Spice Blend

1 tbs garlic power + 1 tbs dried basil + 2 tbs oregano + 1 tsp salt + 2 tsp pepper + 2 tsp dried sparsely + 2 tsp rosemary + 1 tsp dried thyme

Pumpkin Spice Blend

1/4 c ground cinnamon + 3 tsp ground ginger + 2 tsp nutmeg + 1 tsp ground cloves

Corn Black Bean Relish

Can you use a can opener? Can you chop a few vegetables? Then you can make this.

Shout out to my mom for showing me how to make this way back when. It’s so so simple (and affordable!). All you have to do is open a few cans, chop a few veggies, and top with your favorite spices or hot sauce. Then mix and enjoy a big (lunch all week big) bowl of deliciousness for less than $4! Continue reading

Chicago Diner

Chicago Diner is heaven on earth. The menu is all meat-free (since ’83)! Tons of options are gluten-free and all of them are easily made vegan.

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Reuben and Sweet Potato Fries (V) My all time favorite. The flavorful corned beef seitan, grilled onions and peppers, tangy sauerkraut, vegan creamy thousand island and cheese, on marbled rye make this a knock-out. ($12.00, served with pickle and side) (5/5)

Terrarium Tutorial

 Add a little green to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Living in apartments in Chicago for 4+ years really made me miss greenery and fresh air. These little guys were a great solution (along with a whole windowsill of herbs but that’s for another day..).

 Making your own terrarium is fun and easy! They should be equally as easy to maintain (however, if you run into issues with mold or growth – don’t feel bad! It’s happened to me before too!) No matter the climate in your home, when given a healthy dose of indirect light and a light spritz of water now and then, your terrarium will be happy as a clam.  Continue reading

Your fire

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” -Ayn Rand

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Loaded Cookies

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Normally I’m a pure chocolate kinda gal but these babies break that rule. So much  deliciousness. These cookies barely have time to cool before the whole family is rushing to grab a few.

Loaded with chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, and allspice these are the perfect balance of sweet with a hint of savory.  Continue reading

Warm Lemon Water

So, I’ve become a huge fan of water, particularly lemon water. Warm lemon water in the morning wakes up me up and gets my day started on the right note. It wakes me up (sans the caffeine jitters I get from coffee) and rehydrates me after my 8 hours of shut eye!

Beyond tasting great, there’s a ton of real benefits to drinking warm lemon water (especially first thing in the morning!)

  1. Aids digestion. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning helps to flush the digestive system, re-hydrate the body, and encourages the production of bile.
  2. Easy, natural flush. While you sleep your liver is busy! Drinking water in the morning helps to make sure your liver and lymph systems are functioning. properly. Think about it – after sleep you haven’t drank anything for 6-8 hours!
  3. Vitamin C. Lemons have about 30-50 mg of vitamin C. Drinking lemon first thing in the morning increases the body’s absorption of the vitamin C, which can provide a slight immune boost, improve adrenal function, and improve skin.

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