15 Minute Marinara Sauce

Hi Franzzz!

Today I have a super quick and fun recipe for you.

Its a 15 minute marinara sauce for a lazy fancy meal and it is right up this girls alley. I just don’t always have the time or desire to spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something or letting a sauce simmer.

Not only has it been really warm in LA the past two weeks and leaving the stove on makes the house hotter, I have been consciously aware of the utlities bills. Letting a sauce simmer on the stove all afternoon would just rack up a higher gas bill and well I am just not made of money. So this quick sauce saves time and dollar dollar bills ya’ll.

I can get down with that.

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The Best 10 Minute Lentil Salad. Like Ever.

Lentils are kind of underrated, no?

They sort of get a bad rap for not being delicious. I don’t know many people that are like, I looooove lentils, but I am starting to really get a soft spot for them.

I mean, that curried lentil soup I made last week on Instagram Live was so good I seriously made it 5 times in about 8 days and I made it for the dinner I co-hosted with Kitchen Table App, too. 

High in magnesium and folate, these guys are heart healthy supporting blood flow, moving oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Folate is super important for pregnant ladies because it supports brain development in babies. And they are really high in protien for a plant based food and high in fiber so they are great for digestion, energy, balanced blood sugar and support a healthy weight. They help keep cravings for sugar low as well.

Plus they are freaking cheap. Like dirt cheap.

If you are on a budget skip the pasta and opt for the immensely healthier option of lentils. Just an idea.

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Microgreens Are More Than a Garnish. Here are 3 Recipes to Prove it! Featuring Arizona Microgreens

About two years ago in January of 2016 I moved from Los Angeles to Phoenix. To this day quitting my big girl corporate job to open a cute little cafe was one of the riskiest and scariest things I have ever done.

Before the move I had a lot of preconcieved notions that the restaurants were all going to suck, there wasn’t going to be organic food anywhere and the farmers markets would surely be sub-par.

I was mostly wrong about everything.

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Life Changing Butternut Squash Pasta

INSERT Life changing bowl of comforting pasta. That might seem like an overstatement but this really was life changing and comfort food on crack.

Believe it or not, I had never had butternut squash pasta before even though I have seen it over the blogsphere many times. I was genuinely blown away with the complexity of flavor but simplicity of the cooking process. No matter your skill level you can make this pasta dish and WOW your dinner guests. I promise.

Think sweet butternut squash, creamy coconut milk/cream, herbecious basil, red pepper for some bite, kale for some texture all over gluten free pasta noods. I mean….

Another bonus is that it kept really well in the fridge over night so it would be a great potluck item for any fall dinner parties or friendsgivings you got coming up this holiday season. I made it for #nationalboyfriendsday for my man and my roomie. Both of them agreed it was really really good.

Make this seasonal gem, it is 100% a party in your mouth.

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What is CBD and Should You Be Using It?

CANNA WHAT?  

You’ve likely heard of cannabinoid oil over the last couple of years as Maraijuana and CBD specifically have been acknowledged for its medical applications by mainstream sources. If you aren’t familiar then I am so excited for you to read this but first let me start out by saying it is not the same thing as pot or weed and this post isn’t about getting high. That’s not really my thing.

Much of the scientific and clinical research that is sponsored by the US government downplays CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritisdiabetesalcoholismMSchronic painschizophreniaPTSDdepressionantibiotic-resistant infectionsepilepsy, and other neurological disorders. This is part of the corruption and control by large pharmaceutical companies in this country that want to keep us sick and on their drugs

So why am I so into it?

Each day we are exposed to hundreds of toxins, known as free radicals.

Exposure comes from the polluted air we breath, the food and beverages we consume, and the products we use on our body or around the house. No matter how healthy you are these toxins contribute to aging, both mentally and physically, by constantly damaging your cells and neurons.

This increases your susceptability to premature aging, stress, and disease.

Cannabinoids, like CBD, are naturally occuring antioxidants and nueroprotectants found in industrial hemp aka pot. Yes- there are antioxidants in that stuff and they are very beneficial for our bodies.

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The Best (and easiest) Kale and White Bean Soup

Its finally fall, at least according to my calendar. Its still like 90 in LA but whatever SOUP is on my MIND. This is one of my favorite and I’ve been making it for years. Its easy, healthy and delicious. Basically everything we want in soups, right?

The star of the show, at least in my opinion, is the kale. Its a hearty green packed with nutrition. Our bodies LOVE leafy green carbohydrates like kale. They feed our gut bacteria, fight oxidative stress, provide phytonutrients and antioxidants that our body needs to thrive.

Kale also has been scientifically shown to help prevent cancer, protect from free radical damage, support cardiovascular health, is great for pregnant women, our brain and blood pressure.

So you excited to make this soup or what? All you need is 10 main ingredients and 30 minutes. You got this.

 

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Sweet Potato Soup with Brain Boosting Lions Mane

As a lot of you know, medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens are all the rage right now. You’ve likely seen them on Instagram in wellness bloggers bulletproof matcha lattes, in coffee and healthy tonics and elixirs. Literally they are everywhere these days.

BUT what the hell is lions mane?

That is what my family asked when I said thats what I was cooking with this past Sunday afternoon. I was, as you can imagine, so excited to drop some mushroom magic knowledge on them.

Lions mane is really cool and has been found to potentially have insanely beneficial qualities to it. Because of its brain boosting and cancer fighting ways it has been popular in Chinese Medicine.

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Good Mood Food: Cashew Alfredo Pasta with the Goods

Heyyy guys! I’ve been in LA the last couple of days enjoying the energy of the city. Its really unlike any other place I’ve been. You know when things just feel right, like you can’t necessarily put it into words but you somehow feel in alignment with your self and what you are up too? Thats how I have been feeling the last few days and months even.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the food I have been eating as a way to boost my mood.  Good Mood Food I’ve been calling it. Last week, I posted about how changing up my diet and lifestyle helped curb depression and anxiety symptoms.

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