Self-care

Make the Best Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough Today!

Making healthier pizza starts with a whole grain pizza crust. A little vital wheat gluten makes this the best whole-wheat pizza dough, hands down. The Best Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough “I offered to take another staff member’s cafeteria duty for supper,” I told my house guest. “When the other kids get home, could you tell them about the pizza options?” “Sure,” she answered. I pointed to the first pizza, “That’s a weird Mexican pizza with beans, and cheese, and enchilada sauce…

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This Hearty Vegetarian Tortellini Soup will Please Everyone

Try this simple vegetable soup recipe that’s twice as nice because you can serve it with our without the tortellini! A win-win situation for mixed company (vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, and meatatarians). Vegetarian Tortellini Soup I can’t remember where the idea for this simple vegetable soup came from. Probably from the bulk food aisle at a WinCo store as I tried to think of what to do with tortellini. After all, when a store sells it in bulk, it costs a…

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Who Does Your Body Belong to?

Who does your body belong to, and does ownership matter to understanding healthy self-care? Does it Really Matter What I Eat? Who could imagine that healthy eating is a form of self-care? I didn’t realize this until after my husband’s bout with cancer. Sure, I’d grown up vegetarian, and could recite the benefits of a plant-based diet from the cradle. But that didn’t mean that I actually used food to nourish and care for myself. Instead, I used it as…

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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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The Truth About Preparing Tasty Tofu

No, tasty tofu is NOT and oxymoron! The key to preparing tofu (and other vegetarian protein substitutes) lies in remember that tofu is the canvas. You get to paint the flavors! The Truth About Preparing Tasty Tofu First of all, let me assure you that not all tofu is created equal. The most widely available tofu is ‘tub tofu’ that comes in a plastic tub with water. Make sure you purchase extra firm if you buy tub tofu. This kind…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Vegetarian

This year I’m offering a beginner’s guide to eating vegetarian (also a guide for people who just want to eat less meat). This will serve as the landing page, so check back each day in October to find recipes and balanced advice on eating vegetarian. If you have any burning questions, let me know in the comments! The Last Day of September Means Write 31 Days! For the past four years I’ve participated in the #write31days series. This yearly blogging…

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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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The Complete Guide to Breaking Vegetarian

Coming Soon! The Complete Guide to Breaking Vegetarian! Part of self-care involves the way we treat our physical selves—and that means more than just a complete exercise regimen. What we put into our body can help us or hurt us, too. Next month, I’ll have a 31-day series on ‘breaking vegetarian.’ You might think it odd that a life-long vegetarian would have anything to say about giving up meat. But I’ll give you an insider’s look at healthy and healthy…

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Improve Your Photography, Improve Your Day

This week’s Self-Care Sunday post has tips that help you improve your  photography skills. So pull out your cell phone or your DSLR and get ready to make your day! How Improving Your Photography Can Improve Your Day Ok, I can’t actually promise that when you improve your photography techniques your day will magically improve as well. But I can tell you what works for me. Taking a walk with my camera—whether I lug along my DSLR or tuck my…

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How to Avoid Family Drama During the Holidays

This month, the Self-Care Sunday series will focus on Fall. It’s the perfect time of year to prepare yourself mentally for the holidays. Especially if your family gatherings end up stressing you out and building resentment. In order to move towards mental wholeness, we need to learn to handle problems when they arise. Another Holiday Dilemma “What?” I exclaimed. “I can’t believe they invited us for Christmas this year.” Pedro shrugged and replied, “They are family.” “I know.” Just the…

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