Cheesy Sprouted Brown Rice with Baby Spinach and Mushrooms


I’m really glad I made this Cheesy Sprouted Brown Rice with Baby Spinach and Mushrooms meal twice before I shared it with you.

The reason is because the first time I made it, I used a vegetable broth, which was “ok” and everyone liked it, but the second time I made it, I decided to try the cheesy cauliflower sauce I used with my Vegetable Rigatoni with Creamy Cauliflower Sauce recipe and I sure am glad I did.

It changed it to a completely different dish and in a good way!

I mixed the sprouted brown rice with a creamy, vegan/non-dairy cheesy sauce, sauteed onions, mushroom and spinach, and a little spice from red pepper flakes.

And, you could also add your favorite sausage (vegan or non-vegan) to make it even more filling.

The other special thing about this recipe is that I used sprouted brown rice instead of plain brown rice.

The kind folks over at Planet Rice sent me samples to use to create a new recipe and I was really, really excited at the thought of sprouted rice.

We eat sprouted seeds, sprouted nuts…why not sprouted rice?

While I’m not a really big rice eater, if I am going to eat it, I want to make sure I eat the most nutritious kind there is…and this is it.

Why is sprouted brown rice so much superior in nutrition than regular plain rice?

  • contains 10 times more GABA than regular white rice (studies show it may promote calmness, increase restful sleep and lower anxiety)
  • contains 7 times more magnesium than regular white rice
  • contains 7 times more fiber than regular white rice
  • contains 3 times more Oryzanol than regular white rice


What in the world does “sprouted” mean?  

In nature, when a seed is planted, the seed’s chemical structure changes in order to support new life.  The new seed needs nutrients to grow and the existing kernel needs energy to sustain the new life.  The seed turns it’s internal starches into more Vitamins, Amino Acids (GABA), and minerals for the young plant to feed on as it grows.

So, the art of “sprouting” is beginning the germination process, but stopping it before the plant actually grows, thus locking in all the newly added nutrients.  (source:  product insert)



It comes in two varieties:

Sprouted Brown Medium Grain Rice:

  • Sprouting gives an extra boost of vitamins and nutrients to grains like rice
  • Enhanced nutritional benefits and bioavailability
  • Easier to digest than traditional brown rice
  • Gluten-free, GMO-free, Whole Grain
  • Longer shelf life

Sprouted California Blond Medium Grain Rice:

  • Outer bran layer is partially milled off
  • Softer texture and faster cooking time
  • Identical nutrition profile to Sprouted Brown Rice

And, you can buy it bulk in a pack of (6)  22 ounce bags that comes to right at $4.00/bag and free shipping with an order over $35.



The other thing I loved about the Planet Rice brand is the rice comes from a 5th Generation family company made in California, right here in the U.S.A.  And, it’s whole grain, Non-GMO Verified and naturally gluten-free.




5 Fast Facts About Sprouted Brown Rice (Planet Rice):

  • contains 10 times more GABA (studies show it may promote calmness, increase restful sleep and lower anxiety)
  • contains 7 times more magnesium
  • contains 7 times more fiber
  • contains 3 times more Oryzanol of white rice
  • naturally gluten-free

5 Fast Facts About Mushrooms:

  • excellent source of potassium
  • rich source of riboflavin, niacin and selenium
  • supports a healthy immune system
  • provides anti-inflammatory benefits
  • natural source of vitamin D

5 Fast Facts About Spinach:

  • contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • super high in vitamin K (1,110.6% DV) and vitamin A (377.3% DV)
  • phytonutrients provide anti-cancer benefits
  • can help improve cardiovascular health

5 Fast Facts About Nutritional Yeast:

  • vegan source of vitamin B12
  • contains 18 amino acids and is a complete protein
  • boosts immune system
  • excellent anti-oxidant
  • contains 15 minerals

5 Fast Facts About Cauliflower:

  • 1 cup contains 9.1% DV of potassium
  • 1 cup contains 85.9% of vitamin C
  • 1 cup contains 8.5% DV of fiber
  • excellent anti-oxidant
  • contains anti-inflammatory benefits

5 Fast Facts About Cashews:

  • packed with dietary fiber
  • rich in “heart friendly” mono-saturated fatty acids
  • rich source of minerals
  • high in magnesium and copper
  • excellent source of antioxidants

5 Fast Facts About Zucchini:

  • low calorie food – 94% water
  • high in manganese
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • anti-inflammatory
  • helps lower cholesterol

5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption










Tip #1:  You can make the sprouted brown rice on the stove or in a rice cooker.  I made mine in a rice cooker on the “brown rice” setting using the same measurements as the cook top method.  You may have a little more rice than the (2) cups needed for the recipe, so you can either add the extra to the recipe or use the rice for something else.

Tip #2:  If you don’t want it too spicy, just use 1/2 teaspoon (or less) of the red pepper flakes.

Tip #3:  I’ve also made this with vegan sausage which would make it more of a meal than a side dish and it would add significant protein (26 g in one link), but decided to make it optional for a couple of reasons.

  • The vegan sausage I use – Field Roast “Smoked Apple Sage” sausage isn’t gluten-free, so this would no longer be a gluten-free meal.  If you needed the meal to be vegan, but not gluten-free, you could add this vegan sausage – I used (2) links.
  • If you chose to use a non-vegan, regular meat sausage, I would have no idea of how to tell you to cook/prepare it.  But this would be an option if you didn’t need it to be vegan, but needed it gluten-free.
  • Or, just leave out the sausage all together if you need it vegan and gluten-free.

But, if you chose either sausage option, you may want to adjust/reduce the salt in the sauce since you will have extra sodium from the sausage (the Field Roast brand has 600 mg in just one link)

Tip #4:  I used “baby bella” mushrooms, but you can you whatever type you prefer.

Tip #5:  This recipe will make (2) large servings or (4) smaller servings.


Cheesy Sprouted Brown Rice with Baby Spinach and Mushrooms (Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) The Healthy Family and Home


  • 2 cups sprouted brown rice - cooked (Planet Rice brand)
  • 3 cups distilled/purified water (to cook the rice)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup organic mushrooms (diced)
  • 2 cups organic baby spinach (diced)
  • 1/2 cup organic onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves organic garlic (freshly crushed)

For the sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup organic cauliflower
  • 1 cup homemade almond milk
  • 1/2 cup organic cashews
  • 1/2 cup organic zucchini (peeled and cubed)
  • 3/4 cups nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove organic garlic (freshly crushed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic tumeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon organic red pepper flakes


Prepare the rice
Step 1 Stovetop - bring (3) cups of water to a rolling boil. Add (2) cups of Planet Rice Sprouted Brown Rice. Stir, cover tightly and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 25 minutes and DO NOT remove the lid. Fluff prior to serving.

Rice Cooker - add (3) cups of distilled/purified water and (2) cups of Planet Rice Sprouted Brown Rice and set the cooker on the "brown rice" setting. Fluff prior to serving.
Prepare the sauce
Step 2 Add all ingredients for the sauce in a Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Prepare and saute the vegetables
Step 3 Prepare the vegetables: dice the baby spinach, mushrooms, onions and crush the garlic.

Add all the diced veggies and (1) tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to a skillet and saute on low-med heat for approximately 2 - 3 minutes, or until the onions and spinach become soft.
Step 4 In the same skillet, add (2) cups of the cooked rice and the entire sauce mixture (approximately 1 1/2 cups) and stir until well combined.

Optional: If you want to add sausage, add 1 - 2 cups of sliced vegan sausage to the skillet and stir until the sausage is warmed up.

Optional: Garnish with extra diced baby spinach.

Best served when hot.



Disclaimer:  I was given samples of Planet Rice products to review and use in creating a new recipe.   I was under no obligation to give a positive review and was not paid for this review or endorsement.  All thoughts, opinions and comments are my own.





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Black Bean and Cilantro Quesadillas


These Black Bean and Cilantro Quesadillas are always a favorite with my family and can be made vegan or non-vegan and easily adapted to gluten-free.

I like them because they are fairly quick and easy to make and they can be customized to each persons preference.

This recipe is part of my “TRANSITIONAL” recipe category for those meals that [...]

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Strawberry Smoothie with “Raw Fit” from Garden of Life


I first saw the Garden of Life “Raw Fit” individual serving smoothie packets at Whole Foods and grabbed one to try because I am a big “Garden of Life” fan.

I use the Garden of Life “Raw Protein” and Garden of Life “Raw Meal Replacement” interchangebly on a daily basis.

What I like most about them is that they [...]

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Raw Vegan Habanero Pepper Crackers


If you want a healthy, raw snack that packs some heat, these Raw Vegan Habanero Pepper Crackers will do the job.

They are great to eat with a salad, a healthy dip or just plain.

I topped half of them with sesame seeds and the other half with a sesame seed and chia seed combo.

Even though you need to [...]

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Vegan Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake


It’s been a long, long time since I’ve had pasta, which I ate a lot of when my diet consisted of high-carbohydrate and high-processed foods.

And since I’ve been trying to eat wheat/grain/gluten-free, I honestly thought I’d never be able to eat pasta again.

Until now.

I was so excited when I came across this recipe for an Italian-Style [...]

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Raw Peach Tart


This single serving Raw Peach Tart is a really simple recipe that only takes three quick steps.

Prepare the crust, prepare the whipped coconut cream and assemble.

And, if you already have some Homemade Whipped Coconut Cream prepared, it makes it even easier.

It’s a perfect way to use fresh summer peaches, but you could also use frozen organic [...]

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How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter


I’ve bought several different brands of peanut butter over the years, improving and changing brands each time I’ve moved one step closer to cleaner eating.

This is by far the cleanest peanut butter you can make.

It’s made from 100% organic peanuts, nothing else.

And it takes less than 10 minutes to make with a good food processor.

The [...]

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Ice Cream


How about a healthy vegan ice cream recipe that you can make without an ice cream maker or frozen bananas?

(Update:  I also made it with an ice cream maker.  See bottom of the post for instructions.)

Well I found this Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Ice Cream that’s the perfect solution for a soft, creamy vegan ice cream.


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Carrot Apple and Celery Juice


There are good things and bad things that can happen if you let your children help make the daily juice – at least at my house with my boys.

The good…all I have to do is cut and prep the veggies and then move on to another task – my boys actually “make” the juice.

The bad…they fight over who [...]

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Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipolte Dressing

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Just when I thought I had eaten every version of kale known to man, I find this raw vegan Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing from Russell James, The Raw Chef.

I’ve seen “wilted” or “massaged” kale in recipes before, but have never thought twice about it.

All I can say is “wow”!

I practically eat a kale salad [...]

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Raw Vegan Creamy Chipotle Dressing



This Raw Vegan Creamy Chipotle Dressing is another creation from Russell James, The Raw Chef and it just doesn’t get any easier than this.

It was originally paired with his Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing recipe that is to die for.

The dressing only has 4 clean, healthy ingredients and takes about 2 minutes to make in [...]

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Raw Vegan Triple Layer Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookie Cups


Ok, these little guys are a relative of my Healthy Peanut Butter Cups which I already can’t get enough of.

I’ve kicked it up a notch and turned them into Raw Vegan Triple Layered Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookie Cups.

Whew!  Got all that?

How did this happen?

It started with the Healthy Peanut Butter Cups and my love for chocolate [...]

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Raw Vegan Banana Hemp Seed Sushi Slices


These Raw Vegan Banana Hemp Seed Sushi Slices are going to be one of the easiest snacks you’ll probably ever make.

It’s also one of my boys favorite snacks.

A simple banana, peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) and hemp seeds.

They love them because the are shaped like real sushi slices, which they also happen to absolutely love.


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Raw Tomatillo Salsa


Since summertime is upon us, I have a fresh and light salsa alternative for you today…Homemade Raw Tomatillo Salsa.

I am a lover of all things salsa, tangy and spicy related, so of course this was perfect for me.

It’s also the first time I’ve ever used a tomatillo in a recipe.

What is a “tomatillo”?

“Tomatillo” means “little [...]

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Raw Vegan Red Pepper Basil Creamy Pine Nut Pesto


Good things happen when I try to find something to make before it’s time to throw out veggies, like this Raw Vegan Red Pepper Basil Creamy Pine Nut Pesto.

Even though my red peppers weren’t quite ready to meet their demise, I knew had to hurry to find something yummy to make with them.

I also happened to have [...]

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Raw Vegan Cinnamon Brownies


Here’s a really easy Raw Vegan Cinnamon Brownie recipe that can be made in about 5 minutes and the only equipment you need to make it is a food processor.

The best thing I liked about these brownies…apart from not having flour, butter, eggs and processed sugars, is that they are really simple to make and not overly sweet.


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Vegan Chickpea Apple Pecan Salad


This Vegan Chickpea Apple Pecan Salad is a great summertime salad that is light and flavorful.

It’s also “almost raw” with the exception of the chickpeas a a little vegan mayo and has the perfect combination of flavors and textures.

It’s crunchy from the onions, pecans and celery, sweet from the apples and tangy from the mayo and lemon juice [...]

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Vegan Chocolate Dipped Cherries


I have only one person to blame for these Chocolate Dipped Cherries and that’s my blog friend Tabatha over at Kitchen to Nirvana.

I love her blog because she has awesome vegan and gluten-free recipes and her photos are to die for.  Check her out…you won’t be disappointed!

She just did a post on her website for Chocolate Covered Nuts [...]

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Spinach Cucumber and Celery Juice with Omega 8005 Juicer


This Spinach Cucumber and Celery Juice is my most favorite juice combination that I make with my Omega 8005 Juicer.

I have other juice combos that I use but they aren’t too easy on the eyes because I put beet juice in them and the juice ends up having a brownish color to it.

But this one is very [...]

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Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars


Here is a recipe for Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars that is a healthy and nutrient-dense raw food snack.

They pretty much have all of my favorite ingredients…hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, and nut butter.

Loaded with protein, calcium, healthy fats and fiber, these bar are perfect for snacks and even as a breakfast bar.

They’re also [...]

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Vegan Baked Penne with Spicy Rose’ Sauce


This Vegan Baked Penne with Spicy Rose’ Sauce is a nice vegan and gluten-free pasta dish that is perfect if you like a little spice.

My boys absolutely love pasta in any shape or form so luckily it’s a pretty versatile meal and can be changed up very easily just by using different sauces and toppings.

This was a [...]

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My Farmer’s Market Bounty



 March 2014

Collard Greens, Kale, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Micro-Greens, Green Onions, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pecans, Mushrooms and Beets



January 2014

Cauliflower, Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Oranges, Satsumas, Brussels Sprouts, Shitake Mushrooms, Pecans, Spinach and Fresh Bread

What I made with it:  Chipotle Black Bean and [...]

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“5 Fast Facts” of Nutrient-Dense Foods


The “Feel Good About What You Eat” and “5 Fast Facts” feature are original creations from The Healthy Family and Home that I am very proud to share with you.

Know what is in the foods you eat, but more importantly, what’s not in the foods you are eating.

All the foods listed below are nutrient-dense and packed with [...]

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Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls


Oh do I have a surprise for all you lemon fans out there!  I’ve got these cute little Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls for you full of all the tangy lemon tartness that you love.

And…they have options too!

You can eat them plain, roll them in shredded organic coconut, roll them in almond flour, powdered sugar (not raw) [...]

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Vegan Cacao Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa Squares


Even though this recipe is called Vegan Cacao Almond Baked Breakfast Squares, it looks like the kind of breakfast you would feel guilty about eating.

Surely something that looks like a brownie couldn’t be healthy and nutritious for breakfast?

But yes they are!

They have a really unique texture.  Not really a coarse cake-like texture like cake or brownies [...]

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Raw Vegan Chipotle Almond Spread


I remember the first time I made this Raw Vegan Chipotle Almond Spread because it was a life changer for me.

Of all the dips I’ve made, I have never made one using almonds as the base.

It seemed really interesting to me and after I saw the rest of the ingredients, I knew it was a match made [...]

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Raw Vegan Chipolte Almond Stuffed Brussels Sprouts


Today, I present you a recipe for Raw Vegan Chipolte Almond Stuffed Brussels Sprouts with options, options, options!

There are a couple of different varieties you could make being either raw or cooked, as well as, different varieties for flavors in the stuffing.

Believe it or not, this was the very first time I had ever eaten brussels sprouts [...]

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Vegan Jalapeno and Lime Hummus


All I had to see in this recipe title was the words “jalapeno” and “hummus” and I knew I would be making it.

To me, it’s like the peanut butter and chocolate combination.  Jalapeno and hummus…same thing.

It just can’t get any easier than this, you just put everything in your food processor and it’s ready within minutes.

I’ve [...]

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Liebster Blog Award


Today is a happy day at The Healthy Family and Home…I was recently nominated by a fellow blogger for the “Liebster Blog Award”!

My little blog is right at a year old and continues to grow a little bit more each month.

Oh how I remember the beginning when I had only 5 subscribers and 1 Facebook like!

Although [...]

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Raw Vegan Roma Tomato and Tahini Dressing


I was so excited when I found this recipe because I really needed to add some variety to my dressing recipe collection with one that wasn’t the color green!

This Raw Vegan Roma Tomato and Tahini Dressing was perfect and you probably already have the 5 simple ingredients on hand to make it.

It is so easy to make and is [...]

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Vanilla Vegan Birthday Cake with “Buttercream” Icing


Well, it’s birthday time again and that means it’s time to make another vegan birthday cake. This year I went with a Vanilla Vegan Birthday Cake with “Buttercream” Icing recipe.

My “Healthy” Disclaimer”: 

This wouldn’t fall under the “healthy” category and is a special treat I make once a year for birthdays.

I always ask [...]

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Raw Vegan Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips


If you are looking for a variety from the basic kale chip recipe, these Raw Vegan Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips are a nice alternative.

I think one of my most favorite snacks has to be homemade kale chips made in my dehydrator.

The very first ones I made were Cheezy Raw Kale Chips and these are now [...]

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Raw Vegan Strawberry Creme Chocolate Truffles


Get ready because the strawberry recipes will start showing up all over Pinterest and your favorite blogs very soon…it’s strawberry season!

This Raw Vegan Strawberry Creme Chocolate Truffle recipe won the prize to be my first strawberry recipe this year.

I bought my first flat of strawberries of the season from our Farmer’s Market at noon on Saturday and by [...]

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Raw Vegan Carrot and Flax Crackers


If you like to juice, you know the dilemma about what to do with the pulp…especially beautiful, bright orange carrot pulp.

Why, how about making some easy Raw Vegan Carrot and Flax Crackers that are grain-free, gluten-free and flourless!

I’ve been guilty on more than one occasion of either being in a hurry or just too lazy to do [...]

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How To Make Homemade Coconut Milk


Here is a really simple recipe to make 100% pure Homemade Coconut Milk with your Vitamix.

I’ve had quite a journey over the past several years in trying to find the best non-dairy milk alternative.

Here’s how my choices have evolved:

Organic Soy Milk (carton) Organic Almond  Milk (boxed) Organic Coconut Milk (boxed) Organic Homemade Almond Milk & Organic Homemade [...]

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Raw Vegan Snickers Bars


If you loved the Healthy Peanut Butter Cup recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago, I’m pretty sure you will like this homemade Raw Snickers Bar just as much!

I don’t dare eat GMO candy bars or even like my desserts very sweet, so I don’t know why I’ve been drawn to copycat candy bar recipes lately.

I [...]

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Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burger


I have had homemade veggie burgers on my “to do” list for a very long time and it wasn’t until a facebook reader asked if I had a recipe did I finally decide it was time to do it.

I must have 5 – 6 different recipes saved from over the years and although I’ll get around to trying [...]

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How To Make Homemade Vegan Hamburger Buns


Now that I’m making everything I possibly can ‘homemade”, it was inevitable that Homemade Vegan Hamburger Buns would show up on my “to-make” list.

We eat a lot of veggie burgers, and I just recently made my own Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers for the very first time, and they were pretty good.

Normally, I would buy [...]

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Coffee Enemas


What is a “coffee enema”?

Coffee enemas are used as a way to detox the body and aid the body in healing.

Coffee enemas reduce levels of systemic toxicity by up to 700 percent Coffee enemas cleanse and heal the colon and digestive tract, improve peristalsis Coffee enemas boost energy levels, improve mental clarity and mood Coffee enemas eliminate [...]

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Creamy Raw Hemp Cilantro Dressing


I’ve made this Raw Hemp Cilantro Dressing several times and it just seems to get better every time I make.

My favorite way to use it is to get a big bowl of fresh kale, cover it with this dressing and sprinkle some sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds and/or chia seeds on top.

There is nothing like a fresh, [...]

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EA Live Sprouted Seven Blend


This EA Live Sprouted Seven Blend from Beyond Organic is a really versatile, nutrient-dense food that can literally transform an ordinary recipe into a powerhouse of nutrition.

Live, sprouted seeds that are blended together so you can easily add to your food recipes.

The first recipe I used the  Sprouted Seven Blend in was the Raw Vegan Carrot and [...]

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Raw Cacao Pecan Creme Mini Sandwich Cookies


How cute are these tiny raw cacao cookies with a creamy raw pecan filling?

I remember the very first raw cookies I made in my dehydrator many, many years ago.  It was a recipe that required them to stay in the dehydrator for 18 – 20 hours.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I get a cookie craving, [...]

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Raw Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup


It just doesn’t get any easier than this my friends.  A raw, vegan cream of mushroom soup that can be made in less than 5 minutes in a Vitamix and is full of fresh flavor.

I guess one reason that people would use canned soup is for the convenience, but when it’s just a matter of putting all the ingredients [...]

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Organic Omega-3 Dark Chocolate from Beyond Organic


Vegans, do I have a treat for you!  Actually two treats.

These Organic Omega-3 Dark Chocolate bars from Beyond Organic are not only vegan chocolate bars, but also are the best of both worlds – dark chocolate + probiotics and omega-3′s.

This is not a sweet chocolate at all, but they are very addictive and I love the crunch [...]

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