Black Beans And Quinoa: Bring On The Protein

Black Beans And Quinoa: Bring On The Protein

This recipe is a variation of my black beans recipe which turns it into a full vegan meal or a hearty side dish for any protein. As with the black beans, you can make it as spicy as you like. For the kids, I keep it on the milder side and simply add a dash of hot pepper sauce on my own plate. It is very inexpensive, full of protein and fiber, and (as I mentioned before) vegan.

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Motherhood: Things I Wish I Had Been Told

Motherhood: Things I Wish I Had Been Told

There is nothing quite like being a parent for the first time. Holding your newborn baby, nuzzling your face into their tiny neck and inhaling their sweet smell. Gently rubbing your cheek against their skin and knowing you have never felt anything softer. Your heart simultaneously increasing in size and breaking into a million pieces. Because you know you have never loved something this much or been this afraid in your entire life.

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Simple Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

Simple Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

This has to be one of the easiest dinners EVER! It literally takes me 5 minutes to throw together in the morning, and it’s ready by dinnertime. The pork comes out salty, tangy, tender and delicious, and the kids absolutely love it! You can serve it on a sprouted grain or whole wheat bun or just serve it on a bed of slaw for a low-carb dinner. This recipe makes enough for my family of six with plenty leftovers for lunch the next day.

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My Day Planner: A Fresh Start Is On The Horizon

My Day Planner: A Fresh Start Is On The Horizon

It’s that time of year again…the kids are in school, the air is fresh and invigorating, the leaves on the trees are just beginning to change color, pumpkin spiced everything is invading the stores, and autumn is officially upon us. I love all things fall from fuzzy sweaters and hot bowls of chili to the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet on a cool morning run. As I happily wave goodbye to the humidity and the mosquitoes, I look forward to the upcoming holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. Fall, for me, is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year, which means it is also time for me to order my new day planner.

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Homemade Four Bean Chili: An Autumn Staple

Homemade Four Bean Chili: An Autumn Staple

Who doesn’t love chili in the fall and winter? This dish is a staple in our home once the leaves on the trees start to change colors. I grew up with a similar version my mother made. I have tweaked her recipe slightly by adding more of a variety of beans. It is so easy to throw together. The longer it simmers on the stove or in a crockpot, the better it tastes. It even makes great leftovers, so I always make a lot. You can make it super healthy or heap on the toppings for a “free day” treat. Read more

Change: Rediscovering Myself Beyond Motherhood

Change: Rediscovering Myself Beyond Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since my husband and I began having discussions about me leaving my job. There was a lot of thought and planning that went into making my decision, as is typically the case with anything I do. Long walks talking about finances and logistics, chatting about my strategies for building a business on my own, planning the exact moment I would give my notice, as well as the date of my official last day of work (I really wanted off for Christmas.) I know it was the best decision for me and my family, but even when change is good and exciting, it can still be difficult. Read more

Henry Goes To Kindergarten: The Last Firsts

Henry Goes To Kindergarten: The Last Firsts

My mental presence as a mother is very similar with my first and last child. That is certainly not too say that my middle children are less important. I love each of my children wholeheartedly, and rejoice in every goal they reach. But mothers with more than two children will understand the difference in their experiences with a first and last child. Most days with four children feel like slowly drowning, gasping for air, reaching for a lifesaver, only to be pulled under once again. Occasionally, you are able to take a breath and recognize the value of a moment, but those times are few and far between.

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Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Pasta

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Pasta

Who doesn’t love a delicious pasta dish? Add in wonderful grilled vegetables mixed with a light lemon garlic sauce and sprinkled with tangy feta cheese, and this pasta dish is irresistible. It is also incredibly versatile. Impressive as a side dish for that next potluck. Fantastic as a vegetarian meal for “Meatless Mondays” or delicious tossed with grilled chicken or shrimp. You can also make it vegan by omitting the cheese and using a vegan pasta, then add in a can of chickpeas for extra protein. The choice is yours, but any way you decide to serve it, I know it will be a hit.

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