Strawberry Protein Waffles


2 cups cashew milk
¼ cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamonstrawberrywaffles
1 tbsp of honey
2 cups gulten free flour
2 scoops of Growing Naturals Strawberry Burst Rice Protein
1 tbp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

Warm waffle iron to about 200F (each waffle iron will vary depending on how crispy you like your waffle)
Whisk cashew milk, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and honey together in a bowl and set aside.
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, Growing Naturals Strawberry Blast and salt in mixer.
Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing well until fully incorporated into a pancake/waffle type batter.
Ladle waffle mixture into your waffle maker so the bottom of the waffler maker is filled. Cook according to your maker’s directions. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Michele Eichstead

Collard Green Taco


Roasted potato and spinach tacos, wrapped it in giant collard leaf!
Sauté spinach, garlic, onion, nutritional yeast and spices together for taco mixture.

Salad is shredded zuchinni,onion,peppers and romaine lettuce.IMG_1058

Dressing: Blend all these in blender:
1 large ripe mango
2 roma tomatoes
juice of 1 lemon
4 tbsp hemp hearts
Makes 4 servings!

Quinoa Salad with Pears and Maple Vinaigrette

Serves 4











  • 1 c. organic quinoa
  • Sea salt
  • 2 heaping handfuls of organic baby spinach leaves, washed, drained
  • 1 large pear, washed, stemmed and cored, cut into pieces
  • ½ c. chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • ½ c. red grapes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Handful of pecans
  • 1 package of beyond meat chicken strips or any vegan chicken alternative you like

Maple Vinaigrette

  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. pure, organic maple syrup


1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and transfer it into a large salad bowl.

2. Add the spinach, pear chunks, chickpeas, grapes, chicken, and chopped parsley to the quinoa and fluff again.

3. Whisk together the vinaigrette, pour it over the quinoa salad, and toss gently to coat. Season to taste with sea salt and ground pepper.

4. Just before serving, add the toasted pecans



Clean the Fridge Quinoa Chili!

*Why is it called clean the fridge? Ever have a ton of veggies about to go bad and you don’t know what to do with them? Well here is your answer! Chili is supper versatile and any veggies that go together could be mixed in! Try it.
Mine goes like this:
1 cup uncooked red or white quinoa
1 bottle of strained tomatoesIMG_0365
1 pepper of any color
1onion of any color
1 jalapeno
1 bag of frozen or fresh cut green beans
1 diced jalapeno
1 diced pkg of precooked baby beets (I like the love beets or Melissa’s brand)
1 diced zucchini
1 juiced lime
1 container of baby spinach or arugula
Spices-chili powder,cumin,paprika,garlic powder,oregano,onion powder,sea salt.
Saute all veggies except the leafy green in a large stockpot, I use vegetable broth or carrot juice to saute my vegetables.
In a separate pot cook the quinoa,when veggies and quinoa are done add them together in stock pot. Add the strained tomatoes, spices, lime juice.
The quinoa will continue to cook and create bulk so if you want a thinner chili add vegetable broth or water, if you want it thicker just leave it.
Serve it up with some diced avocado on top of steamed kale!



Makes 4 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
4 field roast vegan sausages minced up
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large gold potato, peeled and diced
2 large diced carrots
1 diced onion
1 14-oz can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
1 32-oz carton  vegetable broth (low sodium if possible)
1 bunch kale
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste, if needed

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes; stir for 1 minute.

Quarter the sausages lengthwise; then slice into pieces. Add the sausage to the oil; cook the sausage for 5 minutes, until browned.

Add potatoes, carrots, diced tomatoes, onions and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, covered for 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, wash the kale, shake off the water and tear off the tough stems. Tear larger pieces into small pieces.

When the potatoes are tender add the kale to the pot and lightly simmer, covered, until the kale is tender and wilted- about 10 to 15 minutes.



8 ounces (about 4 cups) shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup raisins
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds, or anything like almonds,sesame seeds are fine as well.
1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon honey OR 100% PURE MAPLE SYRUP
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

Toss together cabbage, cilantro, raisins and sunflower seeds in a salad bowl.
Whisk together oil, lemon juice, cumin, garlic, honey and smoked paprika in a small bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and mix together
THIS AMOUNT MAKES ABOUT 4-5 SERVINGS, lasts for about 4 days in refrigerator. You can toss this over mixed greens or just have it by itself.

Key lime pie!

4 frozen bananas…
Few handfuls of spinach
Juice of 2 limes

12 dates
1 1/2 cups of buckwheat groats
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Pulse filling. Set aside. Pulse crust. Build a pie. Let sit in freezer for an hour or 2 and eat a ton of it!

key lime


1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes Mexican style 1 (10 ounce)jar enchilada sauce (no high fructose corn syrup) 1 medium onion, chopped

1 red pepper chopped 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers 2 cloves garlic, minced 3(14.5 ounce) can low sodium vegetable broth (organic preferred) 1 teaspoon cumin

1 tsp chili powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn 1 can black beans, rinsed

1 package of beyond meat vegan chicken


Saute all of your chopped veggies in a large stock pot with spices (peppers,onions,chiles,corn,beans,tomatoes) add garlic last

Season everything with cumin,sea salt,pepper. I recommend Ms. Dash fiesta lime OF COURSE as it knocks socks and adds good flavor

Heat up the chicken strips and then just cube them up however you like, Add it into the veggie mix. Then add in your broth, enchilada sauce and just let everything simmer for an hour or more.

Top off the soup with some crumbled whole grain tortilla chips or strips, vegan sour cream, diced avocado.














2 cups of fresh or frozen non GMO corn. Either grill the corn on the cob or saute the niblets in a pan until browned. No need to use oil just keep turning them in a dry pan













CUT THE VEGETABLES INTO LARGE QUARTERS SO YOU CAN EASILY GRILL THEM. For the romaine you just take off the outer leaves. For the avocado you simply cut it in ½ so you can grill it face down. After you have everything cut up you can place them into large freezer bags and drizzle the marinade over them. Depending on how many vegetables you have you may need several bags. You can let the veggies marinate anywhere from 1 hr-1 day.

Grill everything up! Cut everything into bite size pieces and mix it all together! Enjoy!

Every time I make this it is quite a crowd pleaser and people are amazed at the flavor that comes out when you grill vegetables. Grill up any vegetables you like, it is certainly not limited to this list. Get creative and make some color.

Quinoa chocolate chip protein cookies


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (whole grain)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa flakes (or oatmeal flakes)
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 4 large VERY RIPE bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup dark, unsweetened chocolate chips (you can also use raisins, walnuts, or any ingredient you desire!)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup hemps seeds (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 380 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas in bowl with a fork and add vanilla and coconut sugar. Add quinoa, oatmeal, coconut and pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and/or raisins. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and drop batter on to cooking sheet. Bake for 25-30minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.Switch-up: replace the chocolate chips with ¼ cup of cacao powder to turn this recipe into chocolate quinoa cookies!


Have a few of these with some fresh fruit or vegetables and you have a nice morning or mid day snack

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

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2 cans cannellini white beans, drained

1 large sweet potato, baked/peeled/mashed (about 2 cups)

2 Tbsp tahini 2 tsp maple or agave syrup

1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning OR Cajun seasoning (or another fave spice!)

1/4 cup wheat flour

optional: additional seasoning (whatever you have on hand – I used a few dashes cayenne, black pepper and a scoop of nutritional yeast) salt to taste if needed Panko breadcrumbs crumbs oil for pan (try safflower ,coconut or olive oil)

Toppers: avocado, Dijon mustard, whole grain buns, romaine, onion, olive oil, pepper


1. Bake sweet potato. Peel, place in large mixing bowl.

2. Add drained beans to mixing bowl. Mash beans and potato together.

3. Mash in seasoning, flour and any additional seasoning. Your mixture will be quite soft and moist. But you should be able to form a patty. Add more flour or a scoop of breadcrumbs – or dry rice to thicken the mixture if needed.

4. Heat 1 Tbsp safflower oil in a pan over high heat.

5. Form a patty from mixture and coat in Panko crumbs. Thick coating. Then drop the patty in the pan. Repeat until the pan is filled. Cook until browned on both sides. You could also bake. If baking, use less Panko.

6. Transfer cooked patties to paper towel. Cool for a few minutes.

7. Serve on toasted bun with lotsa toppings like raw or grilled onions,mushrooms,tomatoes,pickles,avocado,carrot slices,Dijon mustard,spinach leaves. The list goes on! Try it today and let me know how you like these! Note: yes this patty does fall kind of apart as you eat it. But that is OK because it tastes yummy




Traditional pad thai is made with noodles and a spicy peanut sauce, you can get it with shrimp, chicken or vegetables. It is extremely laden with sodium and fat BUT my version is full of flavor, freshness, colors and health!

Regular vegetable pad thai per serving has approx
490 calories
740 mg sodium
19 grams of fat 2 grams saturated
67 grams carbohydrates
10 grams protein

MY Pad thai per serving which is about 2-3 cups. you can definitely give yourself a nice big portion its all great stuff!
250 calories
230 mg sodium
10 grams of fat 0 saturated
20 grams carbohydrates (from vegetables, very useable carbohydrate source)
9 grams of protein

3 cups of shredded red cabbage
2 shredded zuchinni
2 large shredded carrots

4 TBSP tahini
1/2 cup orange juice
1 knob of fresh ginger
juice of 1 lime
handful of parsley
2-3 TBSP Tamari or liquid aminos
cracked black pepper
crushed red pepper if you like spicy
garlic powder

Pour sauce over veggie mix and top with crushed red pepper,bean sprouts, cilantro, diced colored peppers,sliced mushrooms and peanuts or pistachios if you like!

You can even add in some edammame if you want an exrtra plant based protein boost on top! Enjoy with a leafy green salad of all kinds of fun vegetables and or fruits and you have got a rockin’ healthy meal that will shape your body in a good lean way!



Makes 4 servings

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8 oz macaroni pasta (I used whole wheat, use brown rice pasta to make it gluten-free)

1 cup raw  cashews. Soak for an hour, makes them easier to blend. This will be your cheese sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons organic cornstarch
1/4 cup nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon lemon juice                                                               
paprika and black pepper for sprinkling                                                         
Place sunflower seeds in a bowl and submerge in water. Let soak for about 1-2 hours  up to overnight. Drain well.

Boil a pot of salted water for your pasta.

Preheat a sauce pot over medium heat. Saute carrots and onions in oil with a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes, until onions are translucent and carrots are slightly softened. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds or so, then remove from heat.

Place the carrots and onions in a blender or food processor. Add vegetable broth, corn starch, nutritional yeast, tomato paste and sunflower seeds. Blend until very smooth. This could take up to 5 minutes depending on the power of your machine, so give your blender  motor a break every minute or so and test the sauce for smoothness. It should be very smooth, with only a slight graininess.

If your water is boiling, prepare the pasta according to package directions.

In the meantime, transfer the sauce back to the sauce pot. Turn the heat up to medium and let cook, stirring very often, until thickened. This should take about 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice and taste for salt and seasoning.

The pasta should be done while the sauce is thickening, so drain and place back in the pot you cooked it in. Set aside.

When sauce is thick, pour most of it over the pasta, reserving some to pour over individual servings. Mix it up, and serve with extra sauce and paprika for sprinkling.

Feel free to add in any veggies like broccoli or peas that never hurts!


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