Simple Pea Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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For the last few years, January has been my pantry “clean out” month. It’s that “out with the old, in with the new” thing – that promise of a clean slate and new opportunities (as it applies to the growing assortment of unclaimed, without-a-plan foods living in my cupboard). I take it on as a challenge, trying to create ways [...]

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3 Festive (Alcohol-Free) Cocktails for the Holidays

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“Everything in moderation”. Truer words were never spoken. But somehow, we tend to forget all that over the holidays. Like we have some secret permission slip to super-size everything we do. Including how much we drink. My strategy for cutting back on the cocktails? Have a couple alcohol-free options available for the taking – something more festive than your standard [...]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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While growing up, I remember having an almost visceral reaction to my mother’s Brussels sprouts. Even now, my lip kinda curls a bit just thinking about them. Mushy & gray, congealed in margarine. A direct byproduct of the cook-it-beyond-recognition days of the 1970s. Fortunately for all involved, they didn’t make an appearance very often. But they were something that I [...]

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Cranberry Maple Granola

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Two nights ago, I woke up in a panic. Eyes wide-open, heart-racing, clammy-skin panic. I don’t know if it was triggered by a dream or my subconscious asking for my undivided attention (maybe those are the same thing). Either way, my body had moved into a state of high alert, trying to make sense of all the holiday “to-dos” bouncing [...]

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Sweet Potato Mac n’ Cheese

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UPDATE: We have been on a mac n’ cheese tear here these last few weeks.  It hasn’t turned into a weekly thing yet but darn near.  And why so much mac n’ cheese?  For two reasons, really.  The first, it has been SO cold here.  Yes, I am talking San Francisco cold but for those of us who are no [...]

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes – Links We Love (2013)

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Is it really Thanksgiving next week? Yikes! Ok not to worry. Just a few days ago, I put myself on the hook to cook a few dishes to bring to my boyfriend’s mom’s house. I needed some inspiration for healthy Thanksgiving recipes – so instead of keeping them to myself, I thought I’d share a few yummy finds. My 2013 [...]

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How to Detox (the Whole Body) — in 30 days

How to Detox (the Whole Body) | Eat Life Whole

I just completed a 30-day detox. And boy was it frickin eye-opening, enlightening, and a true experience that has taught me so much about myself. Before you ask me “how to detox,” let me define what a detox is AND what mine was all about. What is a detox? Simply put, detox (short for detoxification) is the process of neutralizing [...]

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Mushroom Kale Tartine

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It was about this time two years ago that I went on my first wild mushroom adventure. Led by FeralKevin of Forage SF, we took a day-long trip up the Sonoma Coast to see what we could find. And we were not disappointed. Although there were slim pickings at first, the farther that we traveled away from the beaten path, [...]

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Ginger Broth Noodle Bowl

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Getting this family of mine fed each day is no easy task. Getting them fed AND keeping them all happy is a feat worthy of celebration. And now that we are trying to do away with “kids dinner” and become a one-meal-for-all family, the challenge has hit new levels. We have all had to compromise along the way. Less “heat” [...]

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Roasted Chickpeas – a great crouton replacement for salads

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Roasted chickpeas, especially when seasoned right, can make for an amazing crouton replacement for salads. They are loaded with fiber and can be much “cleaner” than the common bread croutons. Plus you can season them in so many different ways to create new flavors. You gotta start somewhere I remember making my first batch years ago (way before Eat Life [...]

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