Oodles of Noodles

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I am currently almost 9 months pregnant, and I can’t seem to get enough of noodles with vegetables.  I’ve been craving warm pasta dishes.  As I mentioned in my last post, the pasta I purchase if always free of additives and preservatives.  I cut out processed food two years ago and it was the best thing I could have done for my health.  Lately, I’ve been combining different types of noodles. For last night’s dinner I made a combination of lentil and rice pasta and then, of course, added a ton of vegetables and a delicious organic pizza sauce.  If you’re feeling like a good warm savory vegan and whole foods plant-based meal, here is a recipe I hope you enjoy.

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Rice Pasta with Vegetable Medley

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I’ve been craving delicious pasta dishes lately.  When I’m choosing a good noodle to use for my meal, I always read labels and see if I can find one that has whole ingredients as well as a minimal number of ingredients.  Usually, I will purchase either a rice, bean, or 100% whole wheat pasta.  Those I have found are all natural, contain zero additives and preservatives, and are good for your health.  I always top my pasta dish with an organic no sugar added tomato sauce and a heaping pile of fresh steamed vegetables.  I like my meals to be simple, quick to prepare, and healthy.  Once you start adding too many processed ingredients to meals, it takes away from the healing benefits of the food and turns a dish into something artificial and unhealthy. Here is a simple pasta recipe I made the other night that I hope you will enjoy.

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Inspirational Minimalist Quotes

I always get inspired when I read quotes.  Whenever I read passages from different minimalists, I feel renewed and ready to declutter and rid myself of excess baggage.  Clutter can cause a huge amount of stress.  A house filled with stuff can be hard to clean and can be an overload of stimuli on the eyes.  Continuously purchasing things can also burn a hole in one’s wallet.  Living with less is freeing and purging can be very therapeutic to the soul.  So, if you’re ready to be moved and are motivated to live lighter, here are some minimalist quotes that will energize you!

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Eating Healthy When Away From Home

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Sometimes, it can be so hard to find healthy whole plant-based foods while traveling.  My family recently went on vacation to a popular place (that I won’t name) and there was hardly anything for my daughter and I to eat (my husband still eats meat and dairy on occasion).  I kept thinking to myself, “Why are the odds stacked against those wanting to eat nourishing whole vegan foods?”  Almost everything offered at this place was processed junk.  Options like fried foods, candy, and chips were everywhere, yet I couldn’t manage to locate a single piece of fruit!  Luckily, I packed a backpack full of food as an emergency backup plan incase something like this would happen.  Fried foods, processed foods, meat and dairy are in abundance which is why disease rates and obesity keep rising, sadly.  Fortunately, there are ways to eat healthy when traveling and visiting certain types of restaurants.  I’ve outlined some healthy choices you can make when away from home.

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Pasta Topped with Corn, Peas, and Tomato Sauce

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Looking for a super easy hearty dish to make for your family members that will fill them up and keep them healthy, look no further.  This pasta dish takes only about 10 minutes and has no additives or preservatives.  When making my pasta dishes, I always choose a macaroni that is made entirely out of beans or that is 100% whole wheat.  Always read the ingredients on the back of the box to ensure you aren’t purchasing noodles that are enriched (mainly white flour) with wheat or other ingredients.  My latest obsession is a pasta made entirely out of green lentils by a brand called Tolerant.  One serving of this penne contains 21g of protein and only 1g of fat and sugar!  It’s delicious and because it is made out of beans, you get full and stay full.  I’ve listed the recipe to my dish below.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Green Apple Jolly Rancher Nice Cream

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Hello!  As the weather gets warmer, there is nothing better than cooling off with a delicious frozen treat.  But, instead of the unhealthy dairy version, why not try something that tastes just as good and is good for you!  This delicious nice cream is made entirely out of bananas and is topped with sliced green apples.  The green apples give it the taste of a green apple flavored jolly rancher!  This delicious dessert not only tastes amazing but is jam packed with health benefits.  Bananas are known for promoting heart health, healing depression, aiding in weight loss, protecting your vision, keeping bones strong, and preventing cancer. Green apples are filled with antioxidants and fiber which can prevent diseases.  They also can ease digestion, prevent diarrhea, and will give you a boost of energy.  In addition, these apples cleanse your skin and keep your gums and teeth healthy. So, why wouldn’t you trade your dairy for this beautifully nourishing treat?!

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Comparison of My First and Second Pregnancies

This is my second pregnancy and although I have had the similarity of having nausea with both pregnancies, there are vast differences between the two.  And, before you think, she must be having the opposite sex, think again.  Both babies are girls!  The contrast is that during my first pregnancy I ate the “American” diet and while currently pregnant for the second time, I’m nourishing my body with whole plant-based foods that are unprocessed and have zero meat or dairy.  I’ve outlined below some of the side effects I’ve encountered while pregnant with both girls.  I haven’t delivered my second baby yet, so I’m still wondering if I will have a different experience during the labor process!

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Reasons to Become a Minimalist

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Minimalism encompasses the philosophy of “less is more.”  Living with less possessions has a multitude of benefits that will enrich your life and change it for the better.  It may not seem that way if you like to acquire materials things, but once you start the process of purging, you will find a sense of clarity and peace as well as a feeling of freedom.  It is truly a beautiful process that narrows down for a person what really matters in life.  I wanted to share some of the advantages to being a minimalist.  My desire is to inspire as many people as I can to live light and to enjoy all of the beauty that minimalism has to offer.

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Vegetable “No Fried” Rice

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Do you like the taste of Chinese food?  I’ve found that many Chinese restaurants add a lot of oil to their meals, an ingredient I try to avoid.  Through research, I have discovered that both added sugar and oil pose serious health risks.  Added oil, for one, is bad for the heart.  Because I LOVE the taste of vegetable fried rice but don’t like the grease I put into my body when I eat it, I developed something a bit healthier but still very flavorful.  I’ve listed the recipe below.  Enjoy!

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