Creamy Dairy Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

EVERYONE loves chicken noodle soup, I mean, really, have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love a hot bowl of comforting chicken noodle soup on a cold rainy day or on a sick day?  There’s just something so soul satisfying about a bowl of delicious chicken noodle soup. 

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Chocolate Chili

Delicious and Comforting Chocolate Chili

Chili is one of the best foods to eat on a cold winter day, especially if you’ve been out running or driving your kids all over town.  During the winter, we have soup at least twice a week, I love it!  

Delicious and Comforting Chocolate Chili

The Inspiration

I made chocolate chili for the first time a couple weeks ago and was blown away! Why did it take me so long to add chocolate to chili???  The recipe I used was an all meat no beans recipe, so I switched it to all beans no meat.  What’s a chili without beans?Delicious and Comforting Chocolate Chili

The Recipe

For Christmas, I got the book Run Fast, Eat Slow.  The first recipe I made was the Fartlek Chili.  I love how the whole book is based on whole foods and the chili especially is full of vegetables and beans.  Their recipe calls for a hint of cinnamon, and after the first bite, I knew chocolate would be a perfect addition.

I ended up having to change the recipe so much because there was too much heat!  I’m a baby, and I knew my kids wouldn’t touch it.  I combined the Fartlek Chili recipe with my version of chocolate chili to create a master piece every one will love!!

Chocolate Chili
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1½ t salt
  • 3 mini bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t chipotle chili powder, can add up to 2 T if you really like the heat!
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 c vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cans no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add carrots, onion, and salt and cook until soft.
  2. Add bell peppers, meat, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Stir continuously until the meat is cooked. If omitting the meat, add the vegetables and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add cocoa powder, broth, tomatoes, and beans. Simmer on low heat for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Top with sour cream, cheese, or avocados.
  5. *This is a perfect crock pot recipe. If adding meat, cook meat separately. Add all ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

What’s your favorite soup to make in the winter?



Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry

Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry

Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry with Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice

With only a couple of days of school left, I can practically taste the sweetness of summer.  SUMMER!!  I’m so excited to have freedom and spend lots of time with my kiddos in the great outdoors.  I think I may be more excited then my kids.  HA!  Part of what makes summer so amazing is all the great food!  Grilling, homemade ice cream, fresh fruit popsicles, fresh vegetables, and I could go on forever!!  This Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry (with cauliflower rice) is the perfect summer dinner- low carb, fresh veggies, and grilled chicken all mixed with a delicious sweet chili and coconut lime sauce.  The sweet chili sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, there’s a little bit of a kick but not enough to scare away my kids, they loved it.  Alright, enough talk, let’s get to the recipe.

Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry
Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry

This cauliflower rice is full of coconut and lime flavor.  Delicious!  Unless my kids see me prepping the cauliflower, they usually can’t tell that it’s not rice.  Use a food processor to easily grate a head of cauliflower or cheat and buy a bag of pre-grated cauliflower.

For the sauce, I’ve used a few different brands of sweet chili sauce, all with delicious results.  I find the sweet chili sauce in the Asian section at the store, close to the coconut milk.  Go grab a bottle, it’s so yummy!

Sweet Chili

If you’re short on time, or it’s 115 degrees outside and too hot to grill, Costco sells grilled chicken strips in a 2 pack.  I’ve used this to help speed up this recipe and it works great.  If you do grill or fry the chicken, you can double the sauce and use half as a marinade.

This recipe is perfect for using up any leftover veggies.  I usually just check in the fridge and use up what left overs I have.  Which means every time it’s a little bit different.  It’s the perfect way to add variety to this awesome dish.

Sweet Chili Coconut Lime Stir Fry
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • 4 cups cauliflower grated
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup lite coconut milk
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • juice from ½ a lime
  • Stir Fry
  • ½ cup lite coconut milk
  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2 cups grilled chicken cut into strips
  • 2-3 cups fresh vegetables like carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, etc.
  1. Cauliflower Rice
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat coconut oil. Add the grated cauliflower and stir until the cauliflower is coated with the coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Stir in coconut milk and cook until the cauliflower is tender- about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Stir Fry
  4. Combine coconut milk, sweet chili sauce, and lime juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Prep the veggies (peel, chop, whatever you need to do).
  6. Combine veggies, chicken, and sauce in a large frying pan. Stir until the sauce coats the veggies and chicken. Cook over medium heat until veggies are tender (this will vary depending on the type of veggies you use).
  7. Spoon chicken and veggies over cauliflower rice and enjoy!
  8. Feel free to add more sweet chili sauce on top

I can’t wait to share some more fun and healthy summer recipes!   Enjoy!

I adapted this recipe from here.  Go check it out, her version is amazing!


Orange Coconut Salad

Orange Coconut Salad


Orange Coconut Salad
Delicious Orange Coconut Salad- refreshing and so yummy!

We’ve finally had a few days of sunshine!  Hallelujah! The kids have FINALLY been able to get some energy out and run around outside.  And I was finally able to sit out on the deck and enjoy some delicious spring salad while enjoying the sunshine.  We all know that salads are the go to healthy meal, but I have such a hard time eating salad day after day.  They get so boring.  So I’ve been on a mission collecting my favorite, fun, and delicious salad recipes and this Orange Coconut Salad is on the top of the list.  It is sooooooo delicious!!  I mean, I’ve been eating this for weeks, and I still can’t get enough. 

Orange Coconut Salad
Delicious Orange Coconut Salad- refreshing and so yummy!

This salad is so easy and fast to put together.  I can do all the prep in about 10 min and make extra for the rest of the week too.

I like to buy romaine lettuce hearts, chop them up, and then I have salad ready to go for the whole week.  For the chicken, I buy the cut up rotisserie chicken from Costco.  This makes it super easy to add in chicken to any meal and is perfect for this salad.  Alternatively, you could cook up a batch of chicken and shred it for fast prep later.

Orange Coconut Salad
Delicious Orange Coconut Salad- refreshing and so yummy!

For the nuts, I love slivered almonds, but feel free to add in walnuts, pecans, or whatever nut you prefer.  Next, add in unsweetened coconut flakes.  Then, oranges.  I prefer fresh mandarin oranges but oranges from a can work too!

The Mix Ins

The dressing has Dijon mustard, coconut oil, and maple syrup.  Who knew that this combination makes salad heaven!!

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Orange Coconut Salad
  • Salad
  • ½ Head of Romaine Hearts
  • 1 Mandarin Orange
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Slivered Almonds (Or nut of your choice)
  • ¼ Cup Shredded Chicken
  • Dressing
  • 2 T Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 T Coconut Oil (liquid)
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Mix all salad ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Dressing tends to separate, so give it a swirl right before you pour it over the salad.
  3. This makes 1 serving.



Black Bean And Veggie Patties

Black Bean And Veggie Patties

Black Bean and Veggie Patties

Up here in Northern California, spring is in full swing.  The days are getting longer, trees are in bloom, daffodils are on display, and the grill is screaming to be used.  We don’t eat a lot of meat at our house, but that doesn’t mean our grill goes unused.  We love grilling veggie patties, vegetable kabobs, and occasionally fish.  These Black Bean and Veggie Patties are so easy and fast to whip up.  These patties are full of protein and fiber, and they are easy to grill or fry on the stove.  Best of all, they are so easy to modify!  I love looking in my fridge and discovering what leftovers I can throw in there (and these are the perfect dish to sneak in some vegetables!)

First, mash up 2 cups of black beans.

Black Bean Veggie Patties

Then, add in 1/2 cup of oatmeal and some veggies.  I used corn, bell peppers, and pulp from our juicer- cucumber, spinach, kale, and carrots.

Black Bean and Veggie Patties

Next, throw in the seasonings,

Black Bean and Veggie Patties

And then mash it all together.

Black Bean and Veggie Patties

Form into patties, I made six.

Black Bean and Veggie Patties

Then grill or fry.

Black Bean and Veggie Patties

Top with tomatoes, avocado, pickles, ketchup, barbecue sauce (whatever you love), and serve on a lettuce leaf or in your favorite bun. Devour!

Black Bean And Veggie Patties
  • 2 cups Black Beans
  • ½ cup Oatmeal (or quinoa or rice)
  • ½ cup Corn
  • ½ cup Mixed Veggies finely chopped or grated
  • 4 Mini Bell Peppers
  • 2 T Dried Onion
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  1. In a large bowl, mash up the black beans with a potato masher or fork.
  2. Mix in the oatmeal, vegetables and seasonings (and more or less seasonings to taste). I mixed everything with a spoon, but you can throw everything into a food processor and pulse until combined.
  3. Form into patties. If the mixture seems a little dry, wet your hands before forming the patties.
  4. Spray patties with cooking oil, this helps them cook up crispy.
  5. If grilling, I suggest grilling on a piece of tinfoil to prevent patties from falling into the grill.


Honey Lime Quinoa Black Bean Salad

This is my most requested recipe.  It is scrumptious!  This Honey Lime Quinoa Black Bean salad is full of color and protein.  This is one of those awesome dishes that works as a side dish or a main dish if you are looking for something healthy and light.

Ever since my husband and I have committed to eating more of a whole foods plant based diet, this recipe has become my go to.  Whenever any one asks me for a yummy vegetarian dish- this is the one I love to share.  It is proof that eating healthy can taste delicious as well!

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Honey Lime Quinoa Black Bean Salad
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • ¼-1/3 cup Lime juice, the juice of one large lime is usually enough
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oi
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • 1 large Avocado, diced (or 2 if you REALLY like avocado like me.)
  • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes, cut in quarters
  • 1 15 oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Green Onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup diced Red Pepper
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. 1 cup uncooked should yield about 3 cups cooked. I love to add either vegetable broth instead of water, or a spoonful of Better Than Bouillon while cooking. This really helps to enhance the flavor.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, vinegar, and salt.
  3. Stir in the avocado and tomatoes. Make sure the avocado is coated in the dressing; this helps prevent browning of the avocado.
  4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Stir until the dressing is evenly distributed.
  5. Refrigerate before and after serving.
Honey Lime Quinoa Salad
Delicious Quinoa Salad, packed with protein and veggies!

For those of you with eating clean and healthy goals for the New Year, try this recipe!!  You won’t be disappointed!