Boulevards Hot Chocolate is hands-down the best hot chocolate you will ever have. Seriously. It’s produced by a family-owned business, so you can feel good about supporting our local economy. To top it off, all of their products are wheat-free. You just can’t go wrong!

My favorite way to drink the dairy and sugar-free version? With unsweetened vanilla almond milk. My sister is a-okay with sugar, so she tried the dairy-free version and LOVED it as well.

These products are a must-try. And it’s a perfect treat for Sunday mornings or when you find yourself snowed in. πŸ˜‰

Happy Eating (and drinking)!

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I love pie. Which means I’m also a fan of quiche. With the cold days here to stay, I’m cooking up lots of warm, yummy food.

This is an easy recipe to follow. Use a premade spelt crust or use Pamela’s Products recipe for a gluten-free crust.

Veggie & Tofu Quiche
4 organic eggs
1 1/2 c non-dairy cheese (I love Lisanatti’s almond cheese, pepperjack)
1 c soy milk
1 T garlic salt
1/2 package chopped spinach (frozen)
1 c firm tofu, chopped
1 c veggies (I love shredding carrots, cherry tomatoes, asparagus)
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, garlic salt cheese and soy milk together in one bowl. In a skillet, saute spinach, onions, tofu, veggies and olive oil. When veggies are golden brown, stir in with egg mixture. Pour into crust. Bake for 45-55 minutes until center of quiche is firm. Use toothpick to test. Cool and then eat.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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I spent my time during the holidays on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. I know, shocking, right? People travel during a r********?! (it’s curse word in my world). Actually, people are doing a lot of traveling and shopping during this alleged lull.

It wasn’t just me and the locals in Kauai, I can assure you of that.
As I laid out my towel on Po’ipu Beach on Christmas Day, I looked around at the sea of people before me. We were all crunched together, trying to make room for one another.

The ocean had so many people in it, boogie boarders and snorkelers were bumping heads.
I couldn’t help but chuckle. With all the negativity in the media about the country’s economic woes, it was refreshing to see that not everyone is buying into the fear-mongering.

And when I couldn’t get into, not one, but TWO restaurants on a random Monday night in Po’ipu, I couldn’t be angry. I was thrilled. Take that CNN, NBC/ABC/CBS/FOX, Bill O’Reilly and the like (you know who you are). Ever noticed how those guys get so worked up when they are delivering the bad news? It’s almost like they’re enjoying it…thriving on the negativity, if you will.

It always blows my mind how easily we the people tend to believe whatever the media is sending our way. We panic, which only makes matters worse. What we actually need to do is go out to restaurants, travel, shop and support one another.

Because in case you hadn’t noticed, the mega-media conglomerates and government officials aren’t hurting for money. The people that suffer when big business and government go corrupt is the regular folks. So, if we refuse to play the game and instead go out there and spend our cash and support local businesses, we won’t crumble–we’ll get stronger.

It wasn’t just in Kauai where people were out spending cash either. I saw it in Honolulu as well. The beaches were so packed in Waikiki, I could barley make my way to the bar to order a Mai Tai. At 11am (sorry I had to, I was on vacation!).

Now that I’m back home to the freezing temps and snow there isn’t much to do, so I decided to take refuge at Powell’s. Except that it was so crowded and the lines to buy books were so long, I couldn’t even spend time wandering like I typically do.

So to those fear-mongers out there preaching doom and gloom: get over it.
The rest of us have.

Wishing you the most ABUNDANT and fabulous 2009!!!
Happy New Year!!!
xoHeather πŸ™‚

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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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