Edible Explosion {sponsored}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nature's Care. All opinions are 100% mine. Over the last few weeks, my garden has literally exploded with edible goodness. Down here in west-ish Texas, we've gotten over 6 inches of much needed rain, and that combined with Nature’s Care … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits Of Kale

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It is known as royalty among its counterparts, often referred to ask the 'queen' or 'king' of greens. You can put it in a smoothie, juice it, make chips of it, use it as a wrap, put it in a salad, or just eat it as is. I am, of course, talking about KALE. Kale, also known as borecole, is one of … [Read more...]

The Vegan Diaries – The Final Countdown

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As of today, I have successfully been a vegan since March 11. That's about 5 weeks, people! I have been diligent and faithful with minor unintentional slip-ups. And guess what? I survived! It IS possible to go vegan without starving yourself or depleting your body of the vitamins and minerals it … [Read more...]

The Vegan Diaries – Hitting Home

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Yep. It happened. Twice. I went to a restaurant where all I could possibly have on their menu was the hummus appetizer, a salad (modified), or the edamame appetizer. Oh, I supposed I could've also had the olive plate, too. I feel stuffed just reading all that.... Then again I failed to research the … [Read more...]

The Vegan Diaries – Removing The Rose-Colored Glasses

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There are 3 kinds of people I've discovered in the past week: those who do NOT like their views to be challenged and will most certainly let you know, including what and how they eat; those who will entertain the idea of a change - they will listen, smile and nod, and maybe in some back corner of … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: cookies!

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People, you are SO in luck this Meatless Monday! I'm going to share with you not one, but TWO, fantabulous dairy-free, egg-free cookie recipes! These are cookies filled with healthy, wholesome ingredients that you - and your kids! - will love. Usually in my Meatless Monday posts I aim to provide … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Indian-style

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Happy Meatless Monday! Have you ever had a cuisine that you loved, but that you didn't dare try making yourself, for fear of royally screwing up? That's me with Indian food. I love it, but find all the spices and various daals intimidating. So until very recently I only indulged in my … [Read more...]

Guess Who’s One? Shrinking Kitchen!

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Who's one? Well, it's actually a WHAT. It's our sister site, Shrinking Kitchen's, first birthday today! Over at Shrinking Kitchen, we're celebrating our 'cookiversary' with some fun giveaways - one for each week of February. If you've never visited Shrinking Kitchen before, you're in for a treat … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: the dressing edition

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In my last Meatless Monday post, I spoke about building a better salad. Today, I want to chat about dressing that better salad. Dressings. They can make or break your salad. That healthy bowl of green goodness can be negated in an instant with a too liberal portion of high-calorie, high-fat … [Read more...]

Welcome to Meatless Mondays!

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We're starting a new series here at Shrinking Jeans - Meatless Mondays! I won't be coming at you every Monday - there are too many other great writers here for me to hog all the attention - but I hope you'll take in what I say, let it ruminate, and make ALL your Mondays meatless! If I can do it … [Read more...]

Time to Cook & Tell! A Healthy Recipe Link-Up

I don't know about everyone else, but one of my biggest challenges when it comes to healthy eating is avoiding the dreaded food boredom.  You know, that rut one can easily fall into by eating the same things week in and week out. So, what's a shrinker to do?  We turn to the interwebs and scrounge … [Read more...]

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In the summer, when it gets hot, we practically live on salads. Yes, we, as in all of us! From the nearly five year old to the nearly fifty year old. How do I come up with things that please a range of tastes, are healthy, and are hearty enough to be the main course? I experiment. A lot. I use the … [Read more...]

Who Needs a Cupcake?

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I was spending an hour or two on my latest addiction, Pinterest the other night. Raise your hand if you are hooked too. The last thing I needed was something else to keep me on the computer, but boy am I hooked. I love that site. I can't believe how many new recipe sites I have found. One … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Beef Stew

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When I walked into my mom's house today, the yummy smelling goodness hit my nose like a ton of bricks.  I walked into the kitchen and saw that my mom was cooking in the crock pot. As I'm sure all of you moms out there know, crock pots spell E-A-S-Y, which for those of us who are busy, is a good … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dijon Shrimp

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I'm a huge fan of seafood, especially shrimp.  It's one of my favorite types of seafood to cook at home because it's quick, easy, and is a great fit with my Weight Watchers food plan. I recently came across this recipe for Dijon Shrimp.  Unfortunately, I don't remember exactly where I found it, … [Read more...]