Blender Power: Squash Soup

My daughter wants me to make this soup all the time!

Yummy squash soup.


I know…it looks like mustard! We like this soup quite thick; you could make it thinner by adding more liquid.

How I made it:

I cooked some sqash (any type will likely do) and scooped it into a blender. Today, I had some cooked cauliflower in the fridge, so I addes some of that too. The ratio was probably 5:1, squash to cauliflower.

I absoutely love my blender, a Blendtec. It is amazing and is worth every penny. If you want to have more versatility in the kitchen, especially on a plant-based diet, save up and by one. I hear the Vitamix is excellent too, although I don’t have any experience with that one.

I then added some liquid into the blender. For liquid, I made a combination of rice/oat milk. Next, I added the following spices: cinnamon, all spice, celery salt, garlic, ginger and salt. When we make it, we like it thick, so I add liquid as I go, watching for the consistency I want. I also threw in some green onion.

I love to create new “recipes” even though most would not call them that. I can’t give you the measurements of what I used…I continue to Ali Oop my recipes and wing them.

I encourage you to take risks in the kitchen and just play around with food. Who knows what family food treasure you will discover?

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Easy Oatmeal for the Week

My family has been enjoying oatmeal in the morning lately. I have been making it with whole oats, and then I realized how I used to make it…with other grains added.

It’s funny how we move away from doing things that worked, when we veer off the path we intended.

When I make hot cereal, I make enough for the whole week, so anyone in the house can scoope some in a bowl and pop it into the microwave. Easy, peasy.

Here is the batch I made this morning:



-Bring 7 cups of water to a boil

-Add 2 cups whole oats, 1 cup black and regular quinoa, and 1/2 cup whole kasha (buckwheat).

-Simmer on low heat for approximately 15 -20 minutes.

This is the best way to have a healthy hot meal in the morning, without the rush!

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Day 21 Plant-Eating Challenge

Written Jan. 3: This was the “official” last day of my plant-eating challenge before the holidays. I was inconsistent up to and through the rest of December. After the holidays, my weight went back up to almost where it was. This is very typical of how I move through cycles of eating healthy and eating poorly. I know that there are many people out there, just like me…trying to figure it out. I don’t feel bad when this happens; I just brush myself off and try again. I started my 28-Day Raw Food Cleanse on Jan. 1, 2015. Let’s see if this is successful and will give me the kick-start I need!

Written Dec. 6

For day 21, I continued with smoothies until dinner.

I felt great all day.

Dinner was homemade potatoe fries, baked of course, with only a little bit of oil rubbed on the potato slices. We also had some homemade sushi.

I got back on my treadmill on day 20 (yesterday), so that really helped to fuel my energy. My goal is to get my body moving, at least 4-5 days a week. Hmmm…maybe I should be doing that now instead of writing this post?

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Get Empowered by Failure!

I am beginning day 22 of my plant-eating challenge. I have had some tougher days, but overall, I’m pleased with my progress.

Sometimes, though, I feel like I have failed. A few days ago, I felt like a failure. Read my REBOOT post about it. I overcame my attitude!

It’s difficult to stay on track when you want to eat Whole Foods that are Plant-Based (WFPB).

Everyone around you eats animal-based food. Temptations are everywhere.

Check out this article, from Mind Body Green; it made me feel better about my own relapses.  Although it’s disheartening to learn that many people who try to eat a vegetarian/vegan/WFPB diet go back to eating meat and dairy, it IS reassuring to know that I am not alone and that I am attempting to accomplish something BIG.

The article pumped up my “challenge” genes! It inspired me to overcome the obstacles of sticking to a WFPB diet.

I see it as a challenge!

When I have achieved the realization of living a long-term WFPB lifestyle, I am going to feel amazing AND I can really pat myself on the back for it!

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Day 20 Plant-Eating Challenge: REBOOT

When I woke up this morning, I was truly discouraged. After being off track for several days, I could feel a slump beginning to develop..

I didn’t want that.

I dug really deep into my emotional/mental pocket, reached down and grabbed on to the one thing that I know is always there.

Mental Power

We all have it. That power to change. That power to choose how we react to something. I chose to push the slump aside and push myself to beat it.

Step 1 Internal Boost

I decided that I would have smoothies all day, untill dinner, because that’s a good cleanser, pick-me-up, and a great way for my whole body to feel good. I mean homemade, green smoothies. No dairy. No pre-made juices.

Step 2 Support

While at work today, I spoke on the phone with my husband, who, by the way, is the true love of my life. Even though he has his own business to run, he knew I just needed to talk, and I needed him to just listen.

I told him how discouraged I was, and that even though I know in my heart that it is the journey that is important, I felt really fed up with the damn journey. I felt fed up that it seems like I am always on this journey, where I continue to fall down…where I again, do not succeed. I never seem to make it to the end of the journey, to that moment of success where I feel I’m living the healthy lifestyle that I want.

He reminded me that it is true that I am on a journey, and even when I do reach my goals of what I perceive to be “health”, I will still be on a journey. The journey doesn’t ever end- it’s always developing into something even better.

My dear friend, Susan, also helped me today with her supportive words of wisdom in a morning email. It is so easy for me to beat myself up, so easy. She reminded me to stop doing that.

Step 3 Stick-with-itness

I kept positive all day, and had no trouble enjoying my smoothies and staying away from other food. My ability to commit, gave me the boost I needed.

After I arrived home, I made myself a delicious wrap from Ezeikel wraps. I threw in some tomatoes, bean sprouts, red onion and lettuce. A little mustard and some no-fat caesar dressing (maybe a teaspoon…a tiny vice I still have in the fridge for emergencies).

Next, I decided to make some soup with the leftover squash in my fridge. I tossed that into the blender, along with some green onion, garlic, ginger and homemeade rice milk. Very thick…most wouldn’t even call it a soup. My daughter loved it! That says it all.

Since I have made my own rice milk before, I thought..hmm…let’s see if I can make a different kind of milk, with the same idea? So, I did, with whole oats.

1 cup oats and 3 cups filtered water, and volia! It turned out well…tastes less bitter than the rice milk, and even had some nice foam. Will be a perfect addition to the morning oatmeal.


So now, I end my day feeling much better.

Tomorrow, I need to get back to my exercise routine. Getting the blood running always helps.

Goodbye temporary slump.

Hello, rebooted me.