After the holiday carb-fest, I’m looking for fun and sneaky ways to get in some more protein. Raw almonds don’t always cut it! πŸ™‚

Try this recipe in place of Luna or Cliff bars for added protein and less sugar.

Homemade Protein Bars
1 organic egg
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 c organic brown sugar
2 T nut butter (I dig Sunflower Seed butter)
1 c granola (I love Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Pumpkin)
3 T soy protein powder
1/2 c dried cherries – no sugar added
1/2 c slivered almonds
1/2 c of another nut and dried fruit mix (I prefer cashews and dried apples)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat egg, vanilla, nut butter and brown sugar in medium sized bowl. Mix in granola, soy protein powder, nuts and dried fruit. Spray non-stick spray in a medium sized glass baking pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350.

If mixture is too crumbly due to nuts/fruit, add spelt flour to thicken.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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Happy Holidays!

I decided to do something different this year, and will be vacationing on a sunny beach during the holidays. To change it up even more, I will not be bringing my laptop, which means 1) I will have significant email withdrawals and 2) no blogging until Jan. 4th.

Hope your holiday is exactly what you desire!

Much love & blessings,
Heather πŸ™‚

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Sometimes I get really burnt out on breakfast. I can only have eggs and protein shakes for so long. And then, I’m craving something different, but cereal is often too sugary. However, recently I concocted a Nature’s Path cereal combo that I fell in love with.

If you’re looking to add a new kick to your breakfast routine, try this out:

-1/2 c Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Pumpkin Granola
-1/2 c Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s (sweetened with pomegranate juice concentrate!)
-2 T flax seeds, ground
-1 banana sliced
-Vanilla almond milk

Yum! Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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So, it’s been 35 degrees in the mornings here. That. Is. Cold. For me, anyway. With the coldness, I start craving warm, yummy foods. And that’s when both my crockpot and my George Foreman grill become my best friends when in the kitchen.

I concocted this tasty masterpiece the other weekend. It was delish.
Perfect for a weekend lunch. Filling and warm, feel free to play with the types of non-dairy cheeses you use (I am loving soy mozzarella right now).

Wheat & Dairy-Free Grilled Chicken Sandwich

2 slices wheat-free bread (Ezekiel Bread is my preference.)
1 T Tofutti cream cheese
1 small organic chicken breast, grilled and sliced
1 oz. non-dairy cheese
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
3 artichoke hearts, sauted in olive oil and chopped

Season chicken with your favorite seasoning blend (Trader Joe’s has some great options), grill and slice. Saute artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes until lightly browned. Spread Tofutti on both slices of bread. Then, add chicken, cheese, tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Place sandwich on George Foreman grill, pull down lid. Let grill for approximately 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted to desired levels. Let cool for a few minutes and slice in half. Serve.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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After several fabulous exchanges with successful authors, I realized that one of the things that was missing for me as a writer was a solid daily practice. Since I’m currently deeply enmeshed in receiving my coaching training and certification, my writing has become all business–I’m only writing for the contracts I have, or when I receive assignments. My book projects have stalled, as my agent suddenly turning into a negative Nelly and uncertainty now surrounds how we’ll move forward.

On a recent meditative walk, my guidance came through loud and clear: JUST WRITE. And so, I’ve committed to writing—a half hour every day. My first day (yesterday) resulted in over 5 pages about love and my life. Who knew?!

I am certain that by leaving the “business” of writing behind and instead forging into the daily practice of writing, all of the answers will become clear.

Here are some women who have written amazing books on writing:
Natalie Goldberg – Writing Down the Bones (or anything by her!)
Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way & Vein of Gold

Happy Writing!
xoHeather πŸ™‚

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipesΒ here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo

We love it, we hate it. We constantly try to make it work for us.
Thanksgiving (and the holidays in general!) are the perfect time to put all our great food knowledge into action. I thought I would share some of what I’m cooking this Thanksgiving in case any of you were looking for some ideas.

Crock Pot Artichoke & Spinach Dip
-1 container of Tofutti cream cheese, softened
-1/4 cup Smart Balance Light Mayo (or use soy mayo)
-1/2 cup soy mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup almond pepper jack cheese
-1 clove garlic
-1/2 t Basil (dried)
-1/2 t garlic salt
-2 c artichoke hearts (Trader Joe’s has them frozen, so defrost and chop)
-1 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Place all items into the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3.
Dip blue corn chips in for maximum yumminess. Or with a wheat-free bread of your choice.

Side Dish
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 lbs of sweet potatoes
1/4 c of honey
2 T non-dairy butter
2 T OJ concentrate
2 T ground cinnamon
1/2 t salt
2 organic/vegetarian fed eggs
1/4 c chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pierce potatoes with a fork on all side and microwave on high until tender (approx. 15 min)
Cut potatoes up and mash with mixer in large bowl
Add honey, butter, OJ, cinnamon and salt
Mix until combined
Add eggs, mix
Place in 1.5 qt. baking dish
Sprinkle pecans on top
Bake for 45 minutes

Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Low Sugar Pumpkin Pie

1 15 oz. can organic pumpkin
1 container of silken tofu
1 c maple syrup
1 free range egg
1 T cinnamon
1 t numeg
1/2 t salt

Who has time to make a pie crust? Not me! So, I typically visit New Seasons and grab a spelt pie crust, but for those of you that want to make one on your own (and without spelt), try this recipe from Pamela’s Products:

1.5 c Pamela’s baking & pancake mix (the BEST mix – I use it in everything from cookies to muffins and pancakes)
2 t sugar substitute (dry would work best)
4 T non-dairy butter
1/3 c ice water

Combine baking mix and sugar into a bowl, cut butter through flour mix. Add ice water and mix dough until it balls together. Roll out on wax paper and should be thin, about 1/8 of an inch. Place in pie dish and bake with pie.

(For pumpkin pie, you’ll have leftover dough.)

Bake on 350 until center of pumpkin pie is set – roughly 35 minutes.

Pictures of this marvelous food will be featured in next week’s blog.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather πŸ™‚

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While wondering through Wordstock last weekend, I stumbled upon an author reading words very familiar to my heart.

“I grew from a child to a young woman, and the question “Why?” seesawed for dominance within my life with the bleakness of “Oh well.” Short on answers but long on questions, I learned to protect myself, to avoid the complicated detours in favor of more well-traveled paths. For me, these paths were particularly barren in matters of the heart…I think back to the sweet high school boyfriend who just seemed to like me, the pothead intellectural in college whose sense of independence taught me to think for myself, the business graduate student from Wyoming who stepped in and kept the world steady after my father died. What was wrong with me? Why were they all so good and so not right?” —Glenda Burgess, The Geography of Love

Weren’t those my very same thoughts…just this morning?

Captivated, I sat down and listened to this amazing woman read from her book and talk about her journey as an author–first writing fiction and then this memoir, because she simply had to–her life demanded it.

Later on that day, as I went to leave Wordstock, a voice inside nudged me back to the Powell’s booth so that I could buy Geography of Love. I could NOT put it down and finished it this week (despite a tremendous amount of coaching and writing work to do!).

This book is incredible. It gives us a peek into real love, in all it’s glory and pain, telling the story of Burgess and her husband, Ken. It’s written beautifully, and often moved me to tears (my sign of a truly great book!).

In addition, I just wanted to write after reading this book–with all the eloquence that Burgess writes.

So, pick up Geography of Love today. It is such a gift, in so many ways.

Happy writing!
Heather πŸ™‚

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This is my new favorite wheat-free, dairy-free food–sunflower seed nut butter. Trader Joe’s has a delicious version that I highly recommend. Try it as a snack or substitute for peanut butter on a sandwich. Other options to add sunflower seed nut butter to include:

-On a brown rice cake.
-On a banana or apple.
-On a spoon with some grain-sweetened carob chips. πŸ™‚
-Dip whole-grain crackers in (like Mary’s Gone Crackers).

Are you already a fan of sunflower seed nut butter? If so, tell us how you prefer to use it.

Happy Eating!

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I don’t know about you, but last week was intense. Did you feel it? Sure, it was full of lots of good things (too many, perhaps–if that’s possible!), but it came at such a frantic pace, I found myself wanting to stop and take a break. And so when my good friend, Sophia, invited me out to Portland’s Lizard Lounge to see The Dimes play–I was game.

Live music and good convo? You can’t go wrong…

If you aren’t familiar with The Dimes already, you need to be. Their music is soulful, deep and moving. On top of that, they just plain rock. Even better–the guys themselves are actually really cool people (now THAT doesn’t happen very often, does it?).

They are so good, that I became a full-on groupie. And I’m the chick that makes fun of groupies! I hurried to buy up some CD’s, and have been writing to their tunes ever since.

Be sure to track down their version of John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels” (my fave JL song, BTW). These guys are going to be BIG.

Happy Writing!

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