52+ Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Meatless Monday

Dinner just got a whole lot easier with this collection of 52+ Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Meatless Monday-one for every week of the year, plus more! No matter whether you're already following a vegan, or vegetarian diet, or you're a flexitarian, or omnivore looking to add more plant based recipes to your diet, whatever healthy vegetarian recipes you choose to make, not only should they nourish your body, but they should also taste delicious too! … [Read more...]

Happy Things, Healthy Living: 52 Hike Challenge, Weekly Meal Plan & More!

In this week's issue of Happy Things, Healthy Living, I'm sharing my weekly meal plan, the 52 Hike Challenge, a super creamy and delicious Coconut Vanilla Cherry Smoothie, and more healthy living links you'll love. Enjoy!   HAPPY THINGS … [Read more...]


Sometimes in life, you need to be a slacker. Like a meal plan slacker, when your pantry and fridge are bursting with food you need to use up... Or a work slacker, when the day is steaming hot and the beach is beckoning... Yep. Sometime you need to be a slacker just like I was last week, when I didn't plan out any of my meals, and I played hooky from work to hang with my kids at the beach, at Pelly's Mini Golf, and, yes, even at the bowling alley. But this week, I'm all back to business, sharing my weekly meal plans and a few of … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things:Fun with Friends in San Francisco

Chinatown, San Francisco: The difference between boys and girls??  SiSi bought a pretty "cat" tile and a bracelet in Chinatown.  Big Tex bought a sword.  As in a REAL sword.  Naturally we had to ship it home, as I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten past TSA. Hello There! How's everyone's summer going so far?? I just returned from a mini vacation to San Francisco where my family and I had the most wonderful time visiting old {Gold} friends and meeting new {Silver} ones. Today's post will be quick as I have heaps of post-vacation laundry to … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and a Few of my Happy Things {Orange Pedicure Anyone?}

Happy Thing #1: Shiny orange tootsies!Happy Thing #2: Having fun with Instagram.   Happy Thing #3: Spending time with my family at Disneyland and California Adventures, and conquering my fear of the Tower of Terror {SiSi was kind and held my hand :-)} P.S. The World of Color Show at California Adventure is spectacular-highly recommend! Happy Thing #4: Convincing my family and friends that kale is not only super healthy, but DELICIOUS as well.  I served my Kale Caesar Salad at a dinner party last night, and there was not a speck left on … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Quinoa Polenta Fries

These Rosemary Parmesan Quinoa Polenta Fries are, in two simple words, utterly delicious! Oh, and did I tell you they're super easy to make? Double score! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But what about when your garden gives you rosemary? As in lots, and lots, and lots of rosemary? You make Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries. As in a heaping batch of deliciously crispy quinoa studded polenta fries flecked with savory parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. I first made my own version of these rosemary parmesan … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

How was everyone's Mother's Day Weekend??? Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that's to be expected, right???} Our "digs" for the weekend... I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter's Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo. I also rode bareback on a … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Springtime Asparagus Quiche & a Sneak Peek at NZ!

Phone booth in gorgeous Arrowtown, New Zealand Kia ora. I am happy to be back home after a fabulous 2 weeks in New Zealand! I have a fun post planned in the next few days to share my photos and travel adventures with you, but, a girl's gotta eat {maybe a little less than usual this week after eating my way through New Zealand :-)}, so here's my weekly menu plan, plus a couple of sneak peek photos. Cheers! Spicy RD Weekly Menu Plan April 16-22 DAY ONE Springtime Asparagus Quiche Roasted cherry tomatoes. {Slice cherry tomatoes … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan, Photo Fun, and Other Good Stuff!

{My lavender photo is linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday's at My Three Boybarians} Hmm...not sure that's a catchy enough title... "Other Good Stuff" is rather vague don't you think??? In case you're wondering, the "other good stuff" refers to a blog post I just wrote for Stuffed-Pepper on the importance of eating a good breakfast, and an audio interview I recently did on nutrition and healthy skin for be for living. I'll point you over to both sites shortly, but first, my weekly menu plan... Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu March 26-April … [Read more...]

Kitchen Homework, Quinoa Casserole, and My Weekly Menu Plan

This recipe comes to you courtesy of Lauren Slayton of Foodtrainers. You see, last month, Lauren assigned her readers a little kitchen homework which you can read about here. And, because I have so much time on my hands a strange desire to do homework, I diligently entered this on to my "To Do" list, in order to hold myself accountable. Accountability is a good thing :-) Actually there were two assignments: Use a neglected orphaned kitchen appliance. Cook 1-2 recipes from a cookbook you haven't used or haven't used in a … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Pirates, Chicken Sopes and More!

Aeonium in bloom in my garden. I don't know about you, but the past couple of weeks have been rather wonky for me... won·ky  (wngk) adj. won·ki·er, won·ki·est Chiefly British 1. Shaky; feeble. 2. Wrong; awry. I was really hoping to have posted another weekly menu plan prior to this one, but my wonky life just got in the way. {NOTE-If this is your first time checking out my weekly meal plans, please read this post for more details.} Not that it has been a bad week or two mind you. Simply wonky :-) Wonky as in the kids were … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Coconut Soup, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Chip Pie, and More!

You might be wondering what this flower photo has to do with my weekly menu plan... Nothing, really :-) I just thought it would be fun to start a new "regular" post sharing two of my favorite things... Eating and photography. Inspired by my lovely and talented friend Regan at The Professional Palate {FYI-Her amazing coconut coup is on my menu this week!}, and my ever growing obsession with all things Pinterest, I decided to create a board with my weekly menu ideas in an effort to add some sanity back to my own crazy, busy life, as … [Read more...]