You need new taste buds! Here’s how to get them.

The food we put into our mouths affects every aspect of our life. It can regenerate our cells or irritate our intestinal lining. It can fuel us or deplete us. It can make our bodies toxic or detoxify us. It can make us happy and confident or angry and withdrawn.

Choosing what to eat isn’t […]

Summer Cleanse Program & Cookies-n-Cream Green Smoothie Recipe (Vegan, DF, GF)

A cleanse by any name is still a cleanse.

Whew! It feels like the last couple months have been a whirlwind, and it’s finally letting up!

You haven’t heard from me much lately as I’ve been extremely busy keeping up with my personal life. In the last six weeks I’ve had seemingly endless celebrations for birthdays of three children (including two with monumental birthdays) […]

Better-than-Nutella Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Vegan, Dairy-Free)

This Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread tastes better than Nutella and is so much better for you! - Vegan - Dairy Free - www.justrealstuff.com

 

Ah, this delicious and decadent dark chocolate hazelnut spread reminds me of my days as a nanny in Switzerland. We lived above a bakery and had to pass those amazing aromas of fresh-baked goods on our way upstairs every day. One of the treats I remember fondly is that bakery-fresh bread with Nutella as […]

Quick & Delicious Taco Soup Recipe (vegan/vegetarian & slow cooker options)

I love this quick and easy taco soup. It's flexible so you can easily make it for omnivores, vegans, or vegetarians!

 

Who doesn’t love Taco Soup? Or taco anything for that matter! Every Friday night is taco night at our house, but I seriously could eat Mexican food every day so I like to squeeze it in on other days too. If someone in my house complains about the frequency (I’m sure this doesn’t […]

Mountains of Mushrooms and an Almost Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

This is the best almost vegan Cream of Mushroom soup I've ever had! www.justrealstuff.com

I was recently blessed with an abundance of mushrooms lately and had to quickly figure out what to do with them. First off, let me just say that I haven’t always loved mushrooms. In fact, I don’t remember ever eating them as a child except for the canned ones that occasionally came on top […]

Vegan Cheese Ball Recipe

This delicious Vegan Cheese Ball (or Log) Recipe will make you sing for joy. www.justrealstuff.com

If you are avoiding dairy I’ll bet you thought your cheese ball days were over. Never fear. I have an awesome recipe for you that is sure to please. This super simple, cultured, vegan cheese spread/ball/log is so versatile you will see new possibilities opening up for you on the culinary horizons.

 

Since […]

Tamari Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Try this recipe for savory and slightly spicy Tamari Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

I have to admit that Halloween is my least favorite holiday; I’m totally NOT into the scary part of the holiday. However, there are some things I like about it. I love watching my kids have fun dressing up and being silly. I like getting together with friends to trick or treat. I […]

Smokey Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dip

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with a delicious Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce - Vegan - Healthy

I confess. I’m a potato addict. I’ll blame it on my Irish heritage.

If I could eat potatoes at every meal I would be totally content. It’s one food I just don’t get sick of. French fries. Potato chips (not really a “food” I know . . .). Hash browns. Mashed potatoes. Shepherd’s Pie. Potato […]

Cilantro Lime Dip

This tangy, creamy cilantro lime dip is awesome! - Raw - Vegan

This yummy, vegan Cilantro Lime Dip can be used for sweet potato fries, chips, veggies, or tacos. I’ve used it as a delicious spread on veggie sandwiches. It can also be thinned out with more water and used as a salad dressing.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I love seeing the tall, unusual stalks of fresh Brussels sprouts in the store in the autumn. It’s one of those signs of the season like orange pumpkins, crispy leaves, and cozy sweaters! I love the long days of summer, but I also love the changes each season brings. (See more about that here.) I’m […]