Fun Food Fact Friday #6

These are the wonderful blogs, videos, and recipes that I have discovered this week.  Enjoy.


1.  Popcorn Fun!

Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks–this was a fun look at popcorn.

2.  Mastering French Toast

I love French Toast but I’m not that great at making it . . . my bread is always soggy.  My husband actually found this article for me in hopes that I can “master” French Toast.  I hope you have better luck than I have!

3.  More Benefits of Ginger !

This is a great article about Ginger.

4.  My Lunch Smoothie

I have been trying so hard to find a kale smoothie that I like–I don’t like kale that does through the juicer–I think I just need to give it more time so . .. in the meantime I want to reap the benefits of kale.  I found this recipe and I LOVE it.  (I don’t always have blueberries and I skip the almond milk if I don’t have it.)

5.  Lemon Salad Dressing

I feel Spring in the air!  My backyard still has under 2 feet of snow!  But I’m thinking summer salads!  I created this lemon salad dressing as my first attempt to move from Thousand Island, Ranch and processed dressings in general.  Even though it is my recipe–it is really wonderful and the herbs can be switched out for what you like.

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What was your favorite on this list?  Leave a comment below!

Have a great weekend.

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Fun Food Fact Friday #5

Fun Food Fact Friday #5!

Fun Food Fact Friday #5


1.  Dairy Free?

I am so blessed to be a contributing writer on several blogs–it really is a dream come true and the best part is that I am able to work with so many other writers.  Souliscious Life is part of my Next Level Mama Tribe–a website that writes about motherhood, marriage, parenting all with the premise of being the best Mom you can be.  This particular blog post is about how her family is dairy free and offers lots of great specific and fundamental information on dairy alternatives.  Our family has been adventurous when it comes to trying lots of different “milks”–we love dark chocolate silk, vanilla coconut, and every brand of almond milk!  It is fun to “meet” another mom who shares the same excitement–over being dairy free.  

2.  Sugar Detox?

Dr. Mark Hyman has a new book out–which I have NOT read but I might.  In his detox he suggest not eating sweet potatoes and beets!  “how dare he!” (my kids say this all the time and cracks me up!)  I mean really–I’m already eating a vegan diet and now you want to take away my sweet potatoes and beets.  What The . . . FRUIT?  I seriously will be getting his book soon–maybe from the library, then I will give my humble opinion.  This article was a great peek inside this book.

3.  Do you have a muffin top?

 This is just a screen shot of these muffin lines–too funny!  I first saw them in a Chicago Trib article and knew that I wanted to share them on FFFF!Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 4.13.30 PM



#4 Homemade Snickers Bar Recipe

Ok–this is phenomenal–not vegan but so yummy!  I’m putting the ingredients on my shopping list!  Here is the recipe.  David Leite’s blog has amazing photos–like the one below, interesting recipes and is really entertaining–I have spent hours this week soaking in his culinary wisdom.

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I added this to my pinterest board, Desserts.

#5.  Best Pancake Mix EVER!

I’m not sure how or when our family tradition of making pancakes on Sunday morning began.  The kids look forward to gooey chocolate chip pancakes, sliced bananas and sometimes I even cook up crispy bacon.   Our favorite pancake mix is Kodiak Cakes.  I found it by accident while we were on vacation and fell in love with the firm texture–not to fluffy, not to heavy–just perfect.  



 Did I mention that I am on Instagram now?  I actually have a picture of the pancake box on Insta.  Each day I try to post a picture of my vegan breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I don’t always have recipes of my meals–many of them are just leftovers.  My favorite was long grain rice, roasted onions, sautéed mushrooms and apples with snappy green beans!  So good.

Have a great weekend!

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Fun Food Fact Friday #4

Welcome to the 4th week of Five Fun Food Fact Fridays!ffff#4

This week was a downer after the hype of the Olympics.  I was so disappointed in the Subway and McDonalds advertising.  I am very doubtful that the athletes actually eat fritos on their sub!  I really dislike the way our society advertises health with crappy food.  (I said it–crappy food!, I’ve wanted to say it for a while but didn’t have the courage.  This is for another post and not for today.)

On the blog this week I wrote about the dirty dozen, shared a video making my sweet potato lunch and wrote a post on 11 ways to use sweet potatoes!  We eat lots of sweet potatoes–14 years ago someone told me (Laura) that sweet potatoes boosted fertility–so I began eating them!  I’m not sure if that is an old wives tale or not but . . . I have 4 kids!  I have a great recipe for the stuffed sweet potatoes but I feel weird sharing a recipe made up of leftovers stuffed in a sweet potato.  Is that even a recipe?  

These are the Five Fun Food Facts for this Friday!

#1.  Meditation?  This is a food blog!

I know right!  The journey to writing Renee’s Kitchen has been brewing for several years now.  I won’t bore you with years of details and I’ll fast forward to last year.  My word for 2013 was intention–being present in each moment.  One of the steps I took towards being intentional was to begin a meditation practice or mindfulness practice–I found a few people who had soothing voices and I listened.  I walked each day while listening.  One day I listened to a message/meditation on living in harmony.  For me that clicked.  I knew that I had NOT been living in harmony and I needed to make some changes.  I sought out teachers and guides to help me on the journey of purpose and passion.   Renee’s Kitchen is a blog about embracing a vegan plant-based diet as well as embracing the idea that we can all live in harmony and with compassion.

 I’ve been following Bex now for a year –she is a mom of 4, a yoga instructor and has her own business.  I admire here on all levels.  Her website has some great “four-minute” meditations and lots of free yoga classes.  She is pregnant with baby #5 and I couldn’t’ be happier for her!

#2.  Sweet Potato Frittata (and living sustainably)

Kirsten has a fabulous looking sweet potato frittata recipe!  Not only is Kirsten an awesome cook she is an author as well– Less Toxic Living: How to Reduce Your Everyday Exposure to Toxic Chemicals – an Introduction for Families.  I have read this book and made some very simple changes for a big impact on how we live.  I am on her email list and she sends me great information every so often–anything from a great recipe to if my berries are toxic!  What I really love about Kirsten is that she answers my emails–I can ask her a question and she will joyfully do the research and point me in the direction that I need to go.  I love having a resource like her in my life–so I wanted to share it with you.

 #3. The best place for nutritional information!

My go-to website for all nutrition information is SELFnutrition data.  I’m a visual person so the graphs and charts are exactly what I need to see how what I’m eating measures up!

#4. Kids and toxins

Leah is a mom who lost over 100 pounds!  Ok–so that is amazing!  I am thrilled to have found her website (this weeks favorite!) and it has tons of well researched information.  This post on kids/hidden toxins was eye-opening and frankly a little scary.   The website is called MAMAVATION and I spent WAY too much time reading post after post–it just really spoke to my heart and validated some of my crazy thoughts!  I like it when I can find a place that makes me feel like I’m not “out there”.

 #5.  What is an anti-inflammatory?  

I think of Tylenol . .. or is it Advil?  I always need to double-check the label.  How can Tylenol and a pineapple are both an anti-inflammatory?

Well, it’s complicated.   I began to research inflammation I found–no controversy!  All of the medical research seems to agree on what causes inflammation in the chronic diseases like arthritis and the acute trauma like:

  • high sugar diet
  • sedentary life style/work environment
  • over training
  • lack of sleep
  • stress
  • not getting enough down time
  • not being in nature enough
  • too much and too little Omega 3 and Omega 6

Mark Sisson has an amazing blog loaded with information.  

Another resource is Dr. Weil’s website.  It has some great recommendations on his version of an anti-inflammatory diet.  What I found to be striking is the recommendation to eat fish and lean proteins TWICE A WEEK! So that really is 98% vegan. 

“Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.” 
Dr. Weil
Food Pyramid

Have a Blessed Weekend!



P.S.  I’m going to mention this in my email to subscribers and I thought I would also share it here, because it made me laugh out loud!  for real–not just the LOL without meaning!  Kathleen interviewed Pooh, a cat who writes, about the book he wrote “Why Cats are Better than Dogs.”

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