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Amazing Crispy Potato Wedges

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love me some crunchy potato wedges. I had a major craving for some one night and decided to throw these babies together. I FELL IN LOVE. They are perfectly seasoned, perfectly crunchy and super easy to make. This recipe probably makes enough for 3-4 people. But if you are my husband and I, and have these themselves as dinner, then it makes enough for two hungry adults. Yes, it may not be a rounded out healthy meal, but it sure does hit the spot!
Give 'em a try!

Crispy Potato Wedges

5-6 medium red potatoes
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme

Preheat oven to 450*
Cut potatoes into wedges. Thicker slices will not get as crispy
Put the wedges into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss to coat.
Add your salt, pepper, garlic powder and herbs.
Use your hands to toss the oiled potato wedges around in the spices so that there is an even coating on them.
Spread the w…

Quick Veggie Roll-ups!

It's hard to eat healthier when you think of having to make something. So, the best thing I found to do is prep some veggies ahead of time. Sure, you have to take a little time to do that, but it's really not that hard and you can prep enough for a few days or even an entire week!

I went to the store yesterday determined to emerge with nothing but tasty, healthy snack options. I came out with these amazing, flavorful spinach onion tortillas, a one pound box of organic spring mix, carrots, one yellow bell pepper, one bunch of green onions, avocados, these beautiful "brown" tomatoes (which are more deep red/purple than brown) and roasted red pepper hummus. My plan was to have veggie wraps of different variations for snacks throughout the week. Also, this stuff all travels well so I can always pack of a quick lunch to have in between jobs. It's great!

Now, you're probably thinking, "Ok, what would even need prepping?". Well, not a lot, and that's …

Fresh from the garden!

Kale, kale, kale!

It won't stop growing! Not that I'm complaining or anything. Isn't this just a beautiful sight?

Of course this is too much for just me and the hubby, so I plan on sharing with some good friends and my sister.The joys of harvesting your own food.

Happy spring!

Also, just a little photo...

Of some beautiful radishes my friend and I pulled from my garden this afternoon!

They just make me happy, that's all.

A Happy, Healthy Start to Your Day

While I do love some vegan pancakes, a tasty tofu scramble, or a fresh veggie saute to start my day, sometimes my body craves a simple fresh breakfast. That's when I reach for my basket of fruit and put together a healthful bowl of sweetness. I chop up a variety of fruit and round out the meal with a homemade muffin, or a cup of granola, and a big cup of green tea with a drizzle of agave.

You can also always toss your fruit into a cup of yogurt, add a handful of raw cashews and dried fruit, or mix with granola and splash on some milk.  I've even surrounded a square of leftover cornbread with fruit! So many delicious possibilities!

Obviously there is no specific recipe instructions for this kind of breakfast, but I encourage you to eat the rainbow! Choose a few different fresh or dry fruits. There are so many to choose from! Apples, mandarins, plums, pluots, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, you name it! This type of breakfast always makes me feel good about what I …

Apple Oat Muffins!

My oh my, I just created quite a delicious snack muffin!

I had a bag of oat flakes, some vanilla coconut milk and some apples I really wanted to use up. I also have a hubby that loves having little snacks to take to work. So I set out to find an apple oat muffin recipes of sorts, but was surprisingly unsuccessful. Apparently, most of those types of recipes call for bran and also call for eggs. As you know, I bake everything vegan and was not about to reach for eggs just to use up the ingredients I had. With a little looking around, piecing together and veganizing I ended up with a moist, tasty, lightly sweet, healthful muffin!

These little gems are great for snacks, a quick on-the-go breakfast or even a guilt-free dessert! Enjoy!

Apple Oat Muffins

Yields 24 muffins

1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup vanilla coconut milk (regular or another non-dairy milk will do just fine!)
3 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar (add a little extra if…

What's a Great Go-To Snack? Hummus!

Hummus. Such a simple, delicious, healthful snack option. It's amazing that more people don't eat it. And it's even more amazing that people will spend too much money on it when they buy it pre-made from the store! Hummus is so incredibly easy to make, it will blow your mind. Plus, since you're making it at home, YOU have total control of the flavor and can make it super tasty without all the extra sodium and who-knows-what-else. It's also great because you can dip any veggies you like in it, automatically making it a healthier choice.

Hummus is great for many reasons. For example, chickpeas (also known as garbanzos beans) are the main ingredient and they are loaded with lots of plant protein and fiber. Chickpeas also contain calcium and are considered by experts as equal to yogurt and milk in providing the body with it's calcium needs.
Also, the typical hummus recipe calls for lemon juice which is high in Vitamin C. Then, if you end up adding herbs you get ama…

Oh my, my...

I have seriously slacked off on posting any entries for wayyyy too long. I've been a little caught up in my own head and the holidays have also distracted me quite a bit. I'm actually a little thankful that they are now over, to be honest. So, onwards!

I know we are already half way through the first month of 2012, but I have told myself that I need to be better about certain things. One was keeping this blog updated (which I've obviously failed at a little bit) and another was keeping my body happy and healthy. I've done pretty well on that one so far, doing yoga a couple times a week and sticking to a more vegan diet. I usually do pretty well in that department but over the last several months I have "fallen off the wagon" due to having family members visit, friends visit and of course the holidays. I know these are excuses, but it's harder to keep a healthy diet with those things around nonetheless. I think everyone can agree with that.

Along with avoi…