Sunday, April 5, 2015

Mediterranean Tofu Scramble



  • 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 block organic tofu
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 t Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t turmeric
  • 2 T nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and the peppers; saute until all the veggies are soft and starting to brown. Cut the tofu into quarters and squeeze out the excess water. Crumble the tofu and add it to the veggies. Add the dried spices and saute until the tofu is hot and the spices have been absorbed. Add the basil, sundried tomatoes, and olives. Cook until heated all the way through. Stir in the nutritional yeast, and serve.

Serving suggestion (pictured above): Serve with nutritional yeast cheesy sauce, spring radishes, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and fresh strawberries! A quick note re. the cheesy sauce: the recipe is VERY VERSATILE! I never measure the ingredients, and I sometimes substitute vegetable broth for the almond milk - it just depends on what I have handy. I used vegetable broth this morning, and the sauce was delish! Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Strawberry Walnut Salad with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

This is SO simple - and delish! In the dressing, I used dark chocolate balsamic vinegar from Midtown Olive Press in NC - it was a gift from the late Emerson Bates, may he RIP. I enjoyed this salad courtesy of you, buddy. You are missed.



Salad:

  • organic mixed greens
  • organic strawberries
  • chopped walnuts (I used red walnuts from Chico, CA)

Dressing:

  • 3 T dark chocolate balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1 t agave nectar

Assemble salad, mix dressing, pour on salad, and enjoy! The dressing recipe will make enough for at least two salads.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Creamy Vegan Balsamic Vinaigrette (Oil Free)

This is a delicious, oil free dressing - and it isn't thin and watery! The secret is the xanthan gum. Thank you to the late Emerson Bates for this recipe. I think of him every time I make it.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup low sugar, organic ketchup
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 1-2 T agave nectar
  • 1/2 t xanthan gum


Blend all ingredients until emulsified, and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Notable Quotable: Dr. Will Tuttle


"Whatever you want most for yourself, give that to others." 
-Dr. Will Tuttle, Author, The World Peace Diet

Monday, February 9, 2015

Gratitude for Blessings: A Thank You Note to the Universe

Dear Universe:

THANK YOU for a wonderful start to 2015. As you know, 2014 was a bit rocky. I know that 2015 is going to be amazing, and I want to thank you for these blessings already this year - and it's not even mid-February!

  • The Tribe released me from my employment obligation. I was committed to honoring my one-year commitment (through April 15, 2015), but they let me go on January 5. It was the right choice for me and for them - I didn't enjoy the job, and they sure didn't enjoy me, lol! And that's all right. Different strokes, as they say.
  • I was able to see my family for the first time since March of last year. My dad looked great - it's almost hard to believe he was ever sick! Thank you for taking care of him and for helping me get back to NC to see him, and my mom, and my stepdad, and my brother...it was a short but fabulous trip.
  • I was able to participate in the doTERRA Winter Summit in Boulder, CO, and it was just plain awesome. A huge thank you to Hayley and Wes Hobson for hosting, and I look forward to attending the next one this summer.
  • Waking up every day in the Sonoran desert makes me just want to cry tears of joy. Tucson is my favorite place, of the places I've lived, and I'm now calling Tucson home again (for the third and perhaps final time). The beauty of the desert is breath-taking, and I'm so thankful to be back in AZ.
  • Looking back over 2014, I am thankful for the relationships that blessed my life and will continue to do so in the years to come. I believe building those relationships is what called me to California, not the job. The job was a means to an end. The friendships are what matters, and I'm so very fortunate.

Again, THANK YOU for blessing my life immeasurably already this year. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds. As I move forward, I will let Alice Walker's words be my guide:

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.