The Mindful Mommie

Monthly Archives: February 2014

I’ve always been afraid of risotto…it just sounds so fancy and intimidating. I had some leftover oven roasted asparagus that I needed to use, so I decided to be be brave and take on the risotto challenge. Guess what? It was surprisingly easy and so tasty! I think this recipe would be perfect if you are trying to cook a romantic dinner for your special someone. Make sure you use high quality,… Read More

This lasagna is a warm, cheesy, bubbly delight! It is the epitome of comfort food, and it makes great leftovers. Even comfort food can be healthy when you use high quality, organic ingredients! Ingredients: 1 pound ground turkey or grass-fed beef 6 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp grapeseed oil, divided 2 large jars sugar-free marinara sauce 1 yellow onion, diced 2 zucchini, diced 1/4 pound maiitake or shiitake mushrooms, roughly chopped 1… Read More

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to exercise. I love connecting with nature while being active! Breathe in the fresh air, admire the natural beauty, and revel in the challenge of the terrain. Plus, it is a way to get your whole family active together! We put our toddler in the hiking backpack and point out flowers, lakes, and wildlife that we see. Aside from my personal love for hiking, there… Read More

There are so many amazing health benefits that come with drinking a mug of warm lemon water every morning on an empty stomach! I also add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for an extra boost. The combination of lemon and cayenne cleanses and detoxes your body in a natural way. Here are some of the benefits: Flushes out toxins when consumed in the morning Balances and maintains the pH of your body… Read More

This is the beginning, the beginning of my spiritual journey. For most of my life, I was searching for a way to truly connect with my spiritual side. I was raised Catholic, so I always had a religious tie to spirituality but I never could seem to find the ability to truly have faith and believe the way I wanted to. I would pray, but usually only when I was asking for… Read More

I recently developed a love for beets, and this is a good way to introduce beets to people who may be skeptical. It has some sweetness from maple syrup, and a little zing from the balsamic vinegar. Top it off with some feta cheese, and you (and everyone else!) is sure to love eating their beets! Ingredients: 4 beets, scrubbed, trimmed, and cut in half 1/3 cup basil, sliced 1 10-ounce package… Read More

As you have probably noticed, I do a lot of cooking with boneless, skinless chicken breasts! So I am always trying to find new flavors to spice up this simple protein! Here is my latest flavor combination: a little tangy, a little sweet, and a little spicy. Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, cut into large chunks 2 apples, cored and cut into… Read More

My current obsession is pickling. I want to pickle EVERYTHING! The Mindful Daddie and I made these pickled green beans one week into our 4-Week Clean Eating Cleanse. They sit for 3 weeks in the fridge before they are ready to enjoy, so our plan was to throw them into some spicy bloody mary’s as our reward for completing the cleanse. They are crisp, delicious, and totally worth the wait!! As I… Read More

The 4-Week Clean Eating Cleanse is over, and believe it or not, we really enjoyed the healthy dietary and nutritional changes that we made during the course of the past month! Now that we have cleansed our bodies and reset our digestive systems, we feel motivated to continue our healthy eating and exercise habits. We are prepared to make this a permanent lifestyle change, rather than a 4-week fad that ends with… Read More

I had some leftover roasted garlic and wanted to make sure that these little golden nuggets didn’t go to waste! Here’s a flavor-rich soup that would be perfect on a cold winter day! I paired it with gluten-free biscuits, but this soup can definitely hold its own as a main dish! Ingredients: 4 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 3 large heads of garlic, roasted and peeled (I use… Read More