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February 2, 2023

Colorful Cauliflower and Fresher Berries

Interesting what shows up in conversation when a bunch of friends gather. Most recently, this is what happened. “So, have you ever wondered how caul

January 25, 2023

5 Ways to Stop Playing the Comparison Game

We all do it. As human beings, it’s part of our nature. We compare for points of reference. But we don’t have to play the game anymore. If you fin

January 19, 2023

Dining Out Made Simple

We know that home cooking is the healthiest. For starters, we’re not loading our meals with ingredients that we can’t pronounce and preservatives

January 11, 2023

Look for the Bright Spots

It’s been almost 2 weeks since we’ve celebrated the newness of another year. Perhaps you’ve set up some small action steps that lead to a positi

January 5, 2023

5 Ways to Stay Committed to Your Goals

We’re into another year in what seems like a flash. Even if I didn’t look at a calendar, I’d know this. How, you ask? BECAUSE MY PARKING SPOT IS

December 29, 2022

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy 2023

It’s that time of year when we think about starting something new. Perhaps even a resolution. Or three. Here’s a tip: decide on a small daily acti

December 22, 2022

Hachiya, Winter and the Movie

Curiosity got the best of me. This week I tried the heart-shaped Hachiya persimmon fruit.  I allowed it to sit for several days to ensure that it wa

December 15, 2022

Persimmon, Christmas Movies and Compassion

Intrigued by seeing persimmon fruit in the produce section of the grocery store, I decided to be adventurous. The Fuyu variety that I found are about

December 8, 2022

5 Tips to Help Calm Holiday Overwhelm

In conversation, I’m hearing the sentiment of overwhelm from just about everyone. Too much. Too many. Not enough time. Decorations, parties, gift wr

December 7, 2022

Italian Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

Makes about 6 servings    Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil 1 pound bulk Italian sausage (or other ground meat) 1 medi

Spicy Mushroom Tacos

These vegan tacos have a kick, so if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, cut back on the cayenne or omit. 
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. mixed mushrooms (such as baby bella, chanterelle, oyster and/or crimini), coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. organic cane sugar
  • 1¼ tsp. kosher salt or 1 tsp. table salt
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Warm small corn tortillas, salsa, store-bought vegan sour cream (optional), sliced radishes, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges (for serving)

Directions

Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 400°. Toss mushrooms in oil and lime juice. In a small bowl mix together oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, sugar, salt, and cayenne. Add seasoning mixture to mushrooms and toss until well coated. Spread mushrooms out in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet or stoneware and roast until golden brown, 20–25 minutes.

Build tacos with tortillas, mushrooms, salsa, vegan sour cream (if using), radishes, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.

Are They Eggs or Just Eggs?

In an effort to help those who are allergic or choose not to eat chicken eggs, this blog’s for you.

And if you love chicken eggs, biscuits and gravy, and Eggs Benedict, this blog’s for you.

There’s something for everyone. 

Last week I visited a local eatery that offers a beautiful menu of vegan and gluten-free options, along with regular fare.

Harvest Room in Munster is a winner. It was there that I learned about Just Eggs. Just Eggs is an egg substitute that looks and tastes like scrambled eggs.

Just Eggs was so yummy, I went on a search. I found Just Eggs at Whole Foods. 

I made “egg” fried rice with red pepper, Vidalia onion, leftover rice, and Just Eggs. It was delicious.

The main ingredients of Just Eggs are water, mung bean protein isolate, and expeller-pressed canola oil. The “less than 2%” ingredient list is a bit lengthier.

Mung beans are one of the best plant-based sources of protein. One serving of Just Eggs provides 5 grams of protein. A chicken egg has 6 grams.

While it is desirable to eat real food most of the time, it’s a challenge.

Just Eggs is a processed food with some questionable ingredients when it comes to “is it good for you?” I think most people would be fine eating them sometimes.

All things in moderation.

If you crave eggs and are looking for a vegan option, you may want to give Just Eggs a whirl.

Then we have Mr. Non-Compliant, who loves biscuits and gravy and Eggs Benedict.

The most amazing biscuits and gravy, according to him, are to be had at Viola Café in Three Oaks, Michigan.

They are only available Friday thru Sunday, and it’s best to get there early before they run out.

Biscuits and gravy at Viola Cafe

He is quite fond of the Eggs Benedict there as well. It’s all good at Viola Café.

All things in moderation.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

A positive attitude and a sense of humor go together like biscuits and gravy. — Dolly Parton

Lipstick on a Pig

For any of my new blog followers, cauliflower is one of the few vegetables that I’m not fond of. 

I’ve tried it all sorts of ways. Readers have sent me their very best recipes that make cauliflower “to die for,” convinced that theirs will be THE ONE.

And yes, I’ve tried cauliflower rice with various seasonings. We are admittedly huge REAL rice fans. 

But WAIT! Come to think of it, I do like some cauliflower pizza crusts, but that’s sort of cheating.

At any rate, I keep trying. I want to like it. My Mr. Non-Compliant husband is not a fan either, which causes less stress at mealtime.

This week I have been focused on eating a variety of fruits and vegetables that aren’t part of my usual routine, so I brought home a very beautiful head of organic cauliflower.

Like a mini multivitamin that grows in the garden, cauliflower contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that we need.

It contains fiber, antioxidants, and is a great low-carb alternative to grains and legumes.

What’s not to like?

UGH! I think this is one of those icky childhood foods that has lingered into my grown-up years.

My mom was a fabulous cook, however when she prepared vegetables, they were sometimes boiled to a fatal state. All the butter and salt in the world couldn’t season the cauliflower enough for me to enjoy it.

That being said, I tried it another “new” way to see if I would kind of like it.

Super Simple Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

After rinsing the head of cauliflower, cut it into florets, remove the thick stem portions, and slice it very thin. Arrange in a single layer on a stone pan (or your favorite roasting pan), drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, add salt, pepper, and about 4 cloves of minced garlic. Toss. Roast in a 400° F oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown, flipping the florets about halfway through.

You got it. I camouflaged the nothingness of this vegetable with garlic. I enjoyed it, even though my pores were somewhat oozing of garlic scent. 

When Mr. Non-Compliant tried it, his comment was, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.”

So, there you have it. Maybe another day I’ll try it again. If you love this vegetable, I applaud you. Fortunately, there are loads of other vegetables that I love to make and eat.

Mr. Non-Compliant does pretty well with most of them.

May you find pockets of rest and relaxation during these brilliant summer days.

Sending you love,
Health Coach Carol

“I just found out that cauliflower waffles are a thing now and I just want to say that if anyone ever serves me a cauliflower waffle I will immediately call the police.”—Sarcastic Mommy/Facebook

Super Simple Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

After rinsing the head of cauliflower, cut it into florets, remove the thick stem portions, and slice it very thin. Arrange in a single layer on a stone pan (or your favorite roasting pan), drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, add salt, pepper, and about 4 cloves of minced garlic. Toss. Roast in a 400° F oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown, flipping the florets about halfway through.