There are so many sights, sounds and smells during the holidays that help to evoke comfort, wellness and happiness. Crisp and cold days contrasted with warm and cozy comforts within the home can transform feelings and bring about a sense of peace.
One of the aspects that I love most about the holidays are scents. Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly baked pie or a newly-dressed Christmas tree? These smells can bring about memories of wonderful holidays that have passed and a sense of anticipation for the holidays to come. (more…)
I have to admit that I never had stuffed peppers until I moved overseas. They were just something that I’d never tried. In fact, I rarely ate any kind of pepper besides the teeny, tiny spicy kind. My time in Bulgaria exposed me to these wonderful plants and I have not looked back since. In Bulgaria, this very common and delicious dish is called “Pulneni Chushki” which literally means ‘filled peppers.”
If I have any Bulgarian readers, I hope you aren’t looking for something completely authentic! As with many of my recipes, this is an interpretation of the dish and certainly the addition of quinoa is not typical. (more…)
Chick peas are such a wonderfully versatile legume. They can be made into endless different types of dishes. I have come to really enjoy the deliciousness of Indian cuisine and chick peas are used as the basis for many dishes. This dish that I’m sharing here is a modified version of ‘chana masala’ which means something like ‘spiced chick peas.’ (more…)
I’m always on the lookout for healthy treats for my kids. Kids, just like adults, get bored with the same foods so I try to keep different items in the rotation. Plus, providing one’s body with a variety of different foods is better nutritionally. My kids’ school snacks will often consist of veggie slices with a dip or cut up fruit, dried seaweed, pretzels and so forth. I do, however, like to provide them with little ‘treats’ sometimes that are fun and sweet but not too junkie. (more…)
This post today is dedicated to my wonderful mother-in-law who makes the best puffy oven pancakes in the world. She was the first to introduce me to this easy and delicious breakfast (pssst…we’ve eaten them at dinner, too ;)) and I’ve made it countless times. My kids shout for joy when I announce on a lazy Saturday morning that I’m making them.
I’ve made a few tweaks to her original recipe (as I am wont to often do) but it sticks very close to hers. This is a great go-to recipe when you want something homemade and fast that’s like a pancake or waffle, but you don’t have to sit around flipping cakes or pouring batter over and over again. You’ll have a hot meal ready for you in about 30 minutes.
When it’s hot out, who doesn’t want an ice-cold beverage to quench their thirst? Going through the beverage aisle at the grocery store will reveal a varied array of sugary drinks that will wreak havoc on your metabolism and fill you up with empty calories.
Not only do sugary drinks contribute to obesity, but they are terrible for your teeth. Sugar leaches minerals from your body and guess what your teeth are made of? Minerals! (source: http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Ceramics/Science-Ideas-and-Concepts/Bone-and-tooth-minerals)
Summer is the best time for salsa. It’s the peak season for tomatoes and they will be at their tastiest. The great thing about fresh salsa is not just the taste, but that you are not putting extra chemicals like aspartame into your body under the guise of “natural flavors.” ”Natural flavors” could also mean MSG as manufacturers are working harder than ever to hide from increasingly savvy consumers what is truly in their products.
Pad Thai is probably one of the most beloved Thai dishes, and is enjoyed around the world. It is tangy, fresh and really delicious. It is also one of the items that I love to order when I go to a Thai restaurant.
As I’ve begun to eat almost exclusively at home, I wanted to learn how to make my favorite dishes from scratch. Pad Thai was definitely on my list. I have made it in the past, but I used a recipe that I didn’t care for and the result was just ok. Since then, I have searched and searched for different recipes and I think I’ve come up with a version that is delicious and not too difficult to tackle either. (more…)
Streptococci, staphylococci and treponema denticola – these are just a few names of the different bacteria that exist in the average mouth every day. It is estimated that most people’s mouths have literally millions of these organisms thriving just on the surfaces of the teeth. Having an abundance of bacteria is a contributor to tooth decay and gum disease, so keeping an environment less friendly to the harmful bacteria is one way to promote oral health. (more…)
It is possible to combat, manage and even conquer anxiety without the use of prescription drugs. I know this is possible because I have done it myself. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my life. The sad thing is that I wasn’t even aware of my condition until my 20s and went to a counselor who pointed out the signs to me.
Being a performer made having anxiety even more difficult. There was a period of time that I required the use of beta-blockers just to make it through some performances and auditions. It was during that time that I realized that I no longer wanted to live that way. While the medications helped to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, I always felt that I wasn’t fully ‘present’ and that bothered me. Performing is a way to connect your soul and your ‘voice’ with others, and the medications blocked my ability to do so to my fullest capacities. (more…)