Stuffed peppers with s(oy)sage

As promised, here is the “stuffed” peppers recipe that I modified from the original recipe my mom made when I was a kid (her original recipe was from Emeril, but I couldn’t find it anywhere online, so anyway…credit where credit is due). First you have to make Emeril’s special “seasonings” mixture (this is the most complicated part of the whole recipe, and SO worth it, I swear!):

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Eat your veggies…week 4 wrap up!

I can’t believe it’s already the end of September! This is the final week of our “whole foods” diet & I am starting to feel like we’ve made some permanent changes to our routine. I went grocery shopping today & realized that I only ventured once into the “middle aisles” of the store (where most of the processed foods reside) and that was to get some Kashi granola bars for Sam. This week’s menu:

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Eat your veggies…week 2

Had a pretty good week last week…only a few exceptions to our whole foods “rules” – I had another pumpkin spice latte (in celebration!) and we grilled bratwurst on Sunday that were leftover from our block party (it was Sabbath & we didn’t want to just throw away perfectly good food). My stomach was not happy about the brats so I think that’s a pretty good sign that my body is feeling the benefits.

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Eat your veggies…week 1

Week 1 of our whole-eating adventure was a success….with only a few “shortcuts” 😉

Monday: we stayed at my parents, so I enjoyed scrambled eggs with my mom
Thursday: 1 free drink at Starbucks = 1 venti iced pumpkin spice latte (not a whole food, I’m pretty sure)
Friday: night my family had a fish fry (annual event) while my great-aunt was visiting from California…we both enjoyed some fresh lake erie perch in her honor 🙂
Sunday: We’ve decided to allow ourselves more freedom on Sabbath and it just happened to be our first (annual!) Block Party on our street! We met about 10 new neighbors & had a great time getting to know one another, grilling, playing cornhole, and enjoying the most gorgeous afternoon.

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Whole Foods

I’ve written before about my journey to better eating and I hesitated even writing this post because it is such a “hot topic” these days. However, in keeping with the name of my blog – food is something I seriously LOVE. With that in mind, we’ve decided to try and eat a strictly whole foods & plant-based diet for the month of September. The reason I phrase it this way instead of vegetarian or vegan is because 1) they are both loaded terms & 2) we knew we wanted to have some flexibility throughout our “diet” (read: lifestyle change!)… I’m hoping to blog about some of our experiences, what I’m sure will be MY personal struggles (Sam is disciplined, I am emotional), and also include any especially good recipes that I find along the way! Our original inspiration came from the documentary Forks over Knives (you can find it on Netflix) & we will also reference the Engine 2 Diet. Yummm…

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Just a walk in the Garden…

Everything is finally in!! Now we just need some RAIN!

Sunflowers on the north side, carrots & beets, spinach & lettuce, and some peas that I hope survive this heat wave!

Nature is so colorful!

I’m drooling already. Nothing like fresh, sun-warmed cukes…

Dreams of caprese, chili, tomato pie & lots of fresh salsa…

This little beauty attracted a hummingbird to our backyard a few nights ago!

Happy planting & have a safe & restful Memorial Day!