Even Meateaters Will Enjoy These Meatless Meatballs!

It sounds like an oxymoron, but meatless meatballs sounds better than ‘oxymoronic meatballs,’ so we’ll go with meatless meatballs or vegetarian meatballs for this recipe! Meatless Meatballs We sat around our dinner table and said grace. Twelve expectant heads popped up after the prayer. Fourteen of us fit, albeit snugly, around the repurposed boardroom table. “What’s for dinner?” one of the twelve students asked. “Spaghetti and meatballs,” I answered, as I stood up to carry the two steaming bowls of…

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Green Pesto Pasta with Banza Rotini

You may have seen the new Banza rotini pasta at your local Costco and wondered if it’s worth it. I tastes great, freezes well when cooked, and pairs wonderfully with the green pesto pasta recipe. Whole Grain vs. Regular Rotini Have you ever wondered about the difference between whole-wheat pasta and regular pasta? Me, too! I’ve known for a long time that whole-wheat products are better for you, but in my investigation, I discovered a few more things that might…

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Why Make Just One Pan of Meatless Lasagna?

Looking for a tasty meatless lasagna recipe? This healthy vegetarian lasagna recipe will feed a crowd of about 40 (or you can bake one pan now and freeze the other three for later). Meatless Lasagna Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy I confess, I don’t know how to make a single pan of lasagna. My first attempt at making lasagna was when I catered a student leadership retreat my second year of college. Which meant I had to make enough to feed…

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Looking for Quesadilla Ideas? Try these Sweet Potato Quesadillas!

If you’re looking for quesadilla ideas, try something unusual and tasty sweet potato quesadillas. They taste great without the queso, too. Sweet Potato Quesadillas Don’t get me wrong, I love a super-cheesy, crispy quesadilla, but I also know that all that cheese isn’t good for me. That’s why I invented a savory-with-a-hint-of-sweet alternative. Sweet potato quesadillas taste great with our without cheese. Nine times out of ten I forget to put cheese in them, and no one complains at all.…

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Wondering what to Make with Barilla Red Lentil Pasta?

Have you seen the new gluten-free, vegan pasta from Barilla? It pairs perfectly with my creamy chipotle sauce with tofu! Barilla Red Lentil Pasta I should let everyone know up front that I don’t have a wheat sensitivity, nor do I suffer from celiac disease. I do have friends who do, though, so I’m always on the lookout for things that we can eat together. Especially tasty things. Companies have come a long way in the past decade in developing…

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How to Make a Haystack (the Kind YOU Eat)

This post will teach you how to make a haystack (the kind YOU eat, not your livestock). This easy haystack recipe should NOT be confused with a taco salad. How to Make a Haystack I write this post tongue-in-cheek. Mostly. Haystacks were a staple in our home growing up. So by the time I entered the work force and had my first conversation about haystacks, my preferences had set in cement. “What will you serve for bunco next Thursday night?”…

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How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

This week’s Self-Care Sunday installment focuses on physical wholeness and will help you avoid winter weight gain. How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain I know, talking about winter weight gain on the day after fall is like stores selling Christmas decorations before Halloween. But trust me, planning self-care routines ahead of time pays off big. The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to keep off the extra pounds when I stop my regular routine. What about…

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How to Stop Beating Yourself Up Over Weight Gain

This week’s Self-Care Sunday post continues the back-to-school theme. I confess, August isn’t my favorite month. And not just because it’s hot. Plump and Missing Tail Feathers An odd-sounding hummingbird zoomed in to the feeder and spread its tail feathers wide—what few he had left. His plump body looked like he’d visited the feeders repeatedly over the past few weeks. Maybe more often than he should. I snapped photos of him and his sorry tail, and thought about how I…

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You Can Benefit from a Working Vacation

This month’s Self-Care Sunday series focuses on freedom. You have the freedom to take a working vacation (but not the kind of work you may be thinking about). Freedom to Feel Exhausted “I’m exhausted!” Pedro exclaimed as he sank on to the couch next to me. The sun streamed through the window in Louis and Laura’s back door. Louis hung a blanket over the window to keep the light from blinding us as we relaxed after a hard day’s work.…

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Essential Survival Items to Never Forget on Your Day Hike

This week’s weeks installment of Self-Care Sunday continues this month’s theme of vacation. You’ll want to make sure you take these essentials on your next day hike. I learned from my Dad the importance of survival skills before I even started school. Thanks, Dad! Survival Skills “I think we need to cook them just a little bit longer,” my dad said, looking dubiously into the frying pan. We giggled. “It smells like chicken,” he assured us. We nodded. I piped…

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