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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Knockoff

Oh gosh, this olive garden zuppa toscana healthy knockoff soup is absolutely amazing.

In fact, I was a little bummed because my husband gobbled it down so fast that there are no leftovers. Sigh. But the other good thing is that it is really easy to make, so guess what i’ll be making again very soon, lol!Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

olive garden zuppa toscana healthy knockoff soup

It started out with a few extra potatoes from Sunday dinner, and turkey sausage that was sitting in the fridge. I always have kale on hand, and then a brilliant idea came to me–“could I make a healthy version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup?! So I started playing and this is what I came up with.

Oh, and it If you’ve been following us, you’ll know that we are BIG fans of the benefits of making organic bone broth at home. So of course, I will have to say that this Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Knockoff is the perfect recipe to use our Homemade Chicken Broth in as well, so you can get the most health benefits from this soup!

K, so long story short, lol. YES! This is a delicious recipe.

Sometimes life seems

to get in the way of living it.

In those moments

close your eyes,

connect your heart

with gratitude to that day.  

Breathe in the beauty

of even the smallest things

that make life wonderful,

running water, appliances,

shelter, the sun that always

kisses us with its love,

oxygen that fills our lungs,

a body that keeps us alive.

Open your eyes and you

will see that life

just got more beautiful.

NOTE: As always, we like to keep your pocketbook in mind as we help make that transition to healthy much easier and simple…so we’ve searched to find the best deals on quality organic ingredients for GREAT DEALS and found this ORGANIC MARKET that we are teaming up with to give you the freshest & finest ingredients at prices no one else has been able to beat! Here you go…

  • 1/4 cup certified organic avocado oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons organic fresh basil
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried organic oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried organic thyme
  • 2-3 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 medium red potatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups organic chicken broth
  • 2 cans heavy coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-4 cups chopped kale

In a large pan, saute ground turkey, onions, and garlic in avocado oil over medium heat until onions are softened. 

Add all other ingredients except kale to the pot. Cover and cook for 30 minutes

Add the chopped kale and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve

That’s it!! We seriously can’t wait to hear from you, and hear how you love it! The only thing missing are those yummy bread sticks we once loved…BUT! We have an awesome replacement that we think you’ll love just as well as this delicious Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Healthy Knockoff!

Yes, we are taunting you. 🙂 Please comment and let us know if you’d like our recipe for some tasty, easy, and delicious gluten-free bready treates…hee hee hee!  If we get enough requests, we will share that one with you too!

And don’t forget to let us know how you and your family, friends, neighbors, etc. like this, lol!

And, here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE! We’ve got more on the way!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please share your comments, we love them almost as much as we love you, thanks for being the best and for inspiring us every single day! 

Be healthy–it’s beautiful! 🙂

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Vegan Whipped Cream – sugar-free, gluten-free, and soy-free too!

If you’re looking for a vegan whipped cream, that’s sugar-free, soy-free, gluten-free and chemical-free, you’re in luck!

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I’ve really missed whipped cream smothered lavishly on my desserts. I even figured out a knock-off by accident one day, after I accidentally put my homemade ice cream in the fridge. It was actually pretty good, and it definitely got me thinking….

So here is what I came up with and I can’t believe how perfect it turns out. Since it’s raw, there will be variables, so I’ll explain those below. Let me know if you try it, and what the reaction of your world is when they are hit with the truth…no guilt, no nothing, just pure delicious refreshment and satisfaction. Mmmmmm, I’m excited to share

Every new day is a chance

to change your life.

The possibilities are limitless!

AND we’ve got some super exciting news, btw!! If you are re-doing your pantry and needing quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES, you’re going to love our latest ORGANIC MARKET that we’ve partnered up with to give you amazing quality for a steal! Better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and everything they sell is FRESH! 

Vegan Whipped Cream

Makes 2 cups

  • 1 can pure coconut milk, canned
  • 1 teaspoon pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
  • 12 drops pure Liquid Stevia
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
  1. Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight. Make sure it’s not “light” so the cream will separate as it chills.
  2. Next day–remove the coconut milk from the fridge, and scoop out the cream and drop it into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the vanilla, stevia and raw honey or organic maple syrup
  4. Whip on high for several minutes.
  5. Serve
  6. Keep in refrigerator.

Vegan Whipped Cream - no sugar, soy, or gluten

 

DIY Vegan Whipped Cream recipe - no sugar, soy, or gluten 

 

 

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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PLEASE let us know if you have any questions at all. We try to answer every comment on our blog! We want to help you on your road to healthy!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Vegan Peaches n Cream Shake

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Vegan Peaches n Cream Shake – dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, gluten-free and delicious! Vegan Peaches n Cream Shake

How could a milkshake be guilt free?? Mmmm, it’s Peach Shake time, and right now I’m sitting here with a big box of those yummy things in my fridge. I wish I could figure out a way to get them to ripen week by week so we can enjoy them fresh off the tree, but I haven’t figured out that one yet. But I’m not going to complain, because I look forward to the harvest every year. And when they are on, this is a milkshake to die for…or should I say to LIVE for?!  Especially one that tastes so delicious, and full of so much good, yet none of the bad!  See for yourself, this vegan peaches & cream shake is amazing!

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It’s not happy people

that are grateful,

it’s grateful people

that are happy!

Vegan Peaches n Cream Shake

Also, we know you’re wanting to make healthy changes, and we’re excited to make it as easy, fun, and cheap as possible (we do too, btw!) So we’ve searched to find the best quality organic ingredients for GREAT PRICES and found this ORGANIC MARKET with prices no one else has been able to beat! We love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with them. So as you shop, just smile about your savings & especially the extra health benefits you’ll get as well!

Vegan Peaches n Cream Shake Recipe

1 cup almond milk or coconut milk

2 fresh or frozen peaches (pitted)

1 spear of pineapple

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 scoop Organic Vanilla Protein Powder

1 teaspoon Aceola Cherries vitamin c powder

1 teaspoon organic flaxseed

1 handful of ice cubes if peaches are frozen, 2 handfuls if fresh

1 frozen banana – optional

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth.  If you want more nutrients, add 1-2 cups of your favorite greens (kale, collards, spinach).  It will change the color, but add a lot of nutrients, while keeping the flavor really tasty.
Let us know how you love it!! We love you guys!

Enjoy!

xox 

Laurie & Tiffany

Orange Julius Knockoff

Who doesn’t remember the yummy taste of a fresh Orange Julius? Well hold back the guilt and hang on, you’re about to make one yourself so delicious and easy, and we’re sure that you’ll not only LOVE it, you’ll actually crave it! Orange julius knockoff recipe

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Oh gosh, this flavor takes me way back. I remember the first Orange Julius I ever had. I was in 7th grade and went to a new mall with my friends. One wet frothy taste and I was in love! But now that we’re living in a world full of gmo’s, unhealthy sugar, and even dairy loaded with hormones, antibiotics, and even pasteurized at such high levels that no nutrients remain, those delightfully delicious orange drinks aren’t exactly sharing the same love and affection that we would wish.

 

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SOO what’s an Orange Julius lover to do?

We’ve come up with the perfect recipe, not only loaded with nutrients, but amped up with fruits and vegetables, natural plant proteins, probiotics, fiber, AND a healthy fat, making it a complete meal. Who wouldn’t want to start their day with this delicious drink that will sustain them for hours? Oh, and did I mention 100% organic, pesticide free?!  Yeah, its true!

 Yep. 🙂 AND, before you move on, we highly recommend that you make your own organic almond or coconut milk, it makes things so much, ok, I’ll say it, CHEAPER! 🙂 Here is our EASY DIY ALMOND MILK RECIPE that shows how easy it is to make. Or if you haven’t subscribed yet, just head to our sidebar and SUBSCRIBE and we’ll hook you up!

We also try to get the best deals for you too, so building that new pantry won’t be so crazy scary! In fact, we’ve found a market with the best deal ever on quality organic ingredients. Just check them out, their prices are better than amazon, or anyone else we’ve ever found. Because they provide a way for our viewers to try incredible healthy ingredients and foods for huge discounts, we’re big fans, and have set up to be affiliates to their program, so you can get the best bang for your organic buck! Enough said, lol, K, here ya go…

So here’s a quick Orange Julius Knock off recipe that we’re sure you’re going to LOVE!

ORANGE JULIUS KNOCKOFF

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups organic coconut or organic almond milk
1 full orange, or 2 cuties, peeled (the juicier the oranges the better)
1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Greens superfood
1/2 scoop Raw Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
1/2 banana
1 teaspoon organic flax seeds
2 tablespoons raw honey, organic maple syrup, or pure stevia powder
8 cubes ice

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. I usually like to start my day by adding the probiotic and fiber. But if you’ve had them already in your day, you can leave them out.

A little note on the stevia–we recommend avoiding all stevia that is white or trademarked, as it is not natural. The one we’ve linked to above is one that we believe to be pure, and not processed.

This smoothie recipe constitutes 1 complete meal replacement–woohoo!! 🙂
Let us know how you LOVE it and what else you’d like us to share! You guys are amazing, have a wonderful and healthy day!!

AND here are links to our cookbooks…

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Comment and please share!

We can’t hardly wait to hear how you LOVE it!! It’s SO yummy and amazing and yeah, please share!!! You guys are the best, take care of your beautiful, amazing bodies, it feels SO GOOD! Love you like crazy 🙂

Wishing you the most beautiful health ever!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Egg Muffins

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Egg Muffins, whether you’re on the Paleo, Gaps, Southbeach Diets, this makes a super easy and fun breakfast idea any day.

I found this idea on pinterest , and am so sorry that I can’t find the original source for it. But I loved the idea and whipped it up today with what was in my fridge.

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Makes 6 Egg Muffins

Life begins the second

you decide you are

ready to LIVE it,

and no longer

wish to merely exist.

Paleo Egg Muffins Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F and start chopping up fresh veggies. You could us just about anything, but this is what I had in my fridge today:

  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 bunch organic cilantro
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red or green pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (if you like a kick)
  1. In a mini blender or a cup, whisk together 4 eggs and 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk and the spices. Set aside.
  2. Grease the muffin tin cups with avocado oil.
  3. Chop the vegetables, then drop a mix of them in each tin.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables, almost to the rim of each cup
  5. Almond or rice milk cheese (optional)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes

Serve warm with organic ketchup or serancho hot sauce. When I’m just making 6 muffins, I’ll often mix up a batch of grain free muffins to bake in the other 6 tins. Try our recipe for Caramel Sticky Buns with these, or just on their own for a real treat!

AND to make it simple, we’ve found a market with the best deal ever on quality organic ingredients. Just check them out, their prices are better than amazon, or anyone else we’ve ever found. Because they provide a way for our viewers to try incredible healthy ingredients and foods for huge discounts, we’re big fans, and have set up to be affiliates to their program, so you can get the best bang for your organic buck!…AND btw, we can make a small commission on some of the ingredients below, however we will never recommend anything to you that we don’t completely believe in, or that we wouldn’t use ourselves. Alright, let’s go…

These also make a great breakfast or protein snack on the go item, that you could make ahead and warm before serving. Let us know how you like them, we LOVE your comments!

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HERE ARE LINKS TO BOTH OF OUR COOKBOOKS THAT WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please COMMENT, let us know what else you’d like us to revamp for you–we love hearing from you! You are AWESOME!!

xox

Laurie & Tfffany

 

Thai Coconut Soup Recipe

mmmm…MoNdAy MuNcHiEs & Thai Coconut Soup! 🙂 xo

Thai Coconut Soup

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Before you get too far, I have a great little tip. You can save lots of $$$ by making your own coconut milk for this recipe, and really ANY recipe that calls for it. SO we have a LITTLE GIFT on our sidebar! When you subscribe, we will hook you up with just how you can make your own DIY coconut milk.

I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t love this Thai Coconut Soup–even amongst our unlovers of coconut friends! Even kids come flocking and asking for more of this soup and of course, we are happy to give them something so yummy, simple, and healthy!

And oh-did I say easy? Because if you’re into that, this low temperature Thai Coconut Soup is not only easy, it’s easy on the body and maintains many more nutrients than many recipes that are cooked to death, and holding onto very few, if any of the nutrients.

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And this Thai Coconut Soup recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and soy-free too. 

One note, because this soup is barely heated before serving, make sure that if you decide to add meat, that it is pre-cooked. We just don’t want to see you get sick eating our food! With that, get going and let us know how you love this!

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Here ya go

Thai Coconut Soup

NOTE: As always, we like to help make that transition to healthy much easier and simple…so we’ve searched to find the best deals on quality organic ingredients for GREAT DEALS and found this ORGANIC MARKET that give you the freshest & finest ingredients at prices no one else has been able to beat! We love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with them. So as you shop, just smile about the savings & especially the extra health benefits you’ll be getting! 

4 cups chicken or vegetable organic broth
3 cans coconut milk
1 cup fresh mushrooms – sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 teaspoons natural red curry paste
2 stalks lemon grass – bruised
2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon organic crushed red pepper
Organic sea salt to taste
1 lb. cooked & diced hormone free chicken or shrimp – (optional)
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil

Pour coconut milk and broth into a large pan. Heat on medium heat until it feels warm, then add the rest of the ingredients and slightly cook for just a few minutes until ingredients are warmed. Remove from heat and stir in the olive oil.

Serve 🙂

That’s it!! If you have a starving family that’s ready to eat now, this is a great quick-fix (unless you decide to grow the vegetables from scratch 🙂

And to top it off with a yummy smoothie or healthy desserts, here are links to our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please share your comments, we love them almost as much as we love you, thanks for being the best and for inspiring us every single day! 

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Grain-free Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

Hey Paleo, Gaps, Mediterranean, and Southbeach Diet lovers, last week we posted the Lemon Icing for this recipe and hope that you’ve been drooling ever since.

Grain-free Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

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This Grain-free Frosted Banana Bars Recipe is so delicious, especially when topped with our Lemon Icing recipe, mmmm. We really hope you try it, if you haven’t yet. AND if you have, did you try it on something exciting? If so, please share!! Did you try it on your face? Did you try it on your cheeks? Did you try it on your neck? Or did you try it in your tummy? lol–ok, enough with the Dr. Seuss-isms, if that’s even a word. 🙂 The you really could do any of the above and have a wonderful skin softening spa treat!

And you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to make too! It came about because I had some overly ripe, ok black bananas, on my counter and wasn’t about to throw them away. I’ve made delicous banana bread, and amazing Caramel Sticky Buns with black bananas, so I decided to try something else that I could share it with you.

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“You have brains

in your head

you have feet

in your shoes

you can steer

yourself any

direction you choose”

-dr. seuss

AND–with many of you working on filling your new Pantries with staples, so we have something very wonderful to share….IF you need a great place to get great quality organic ingredients, AND you’re wanting the very BEST PRICES on them, we highly recommend that you check out this new ORGANIC MARKET, their prices are a steal, in fact they are better than anywhere else we’ve seen, amazon included, and we know these items are all fresh! We only share affiliate  links to brands and items we completely believe in, and in this case we highly recommend them and wholeheartedly believe you will too. Alrighty, here you go!

Grain-free Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 hormone free eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure organic liquid stevia
  • 1 teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  •  2/3 cup banana flour
  • 1/3 cup organic unsweetened coconut (grated)
  • 1 level teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 level teaspoon organic gluten free, aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease a large 13x18x1″ cookie sheet with coconut oil
  3. Place all “Wet Ingredients” in the blender and blend until smooth, set aside.
  4. Place all “Dry Ingredients” together in a large bowl. Stir together.
  5. Pour Wet Ingredients in with Dry Ingredients, then mix well with a hand mixer.
  6. Pour mixture into the cookie sheet and place in oven.
  7. Bake 20-24 minutes.
  8. Remove and cool completely
  9. Frost with Lemon Icing

 

Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Please let us know how you love them and any fun stories, questions, ideas, or changes you came up with! You guys are the BEST, we love YOU!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Vegan Sundried Tomato Bean Soup

Vegan Sundried Tomato Bean Soup

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Vegan Sundried Tomato Bean Soup

I’m not sure that I’m in love with the cold rainy weather right now, after being blessed with such beautiful sunshine. But I know it’s wonderful to get the moisture, and I will be in love with how spectacular it will make the mountains look in a few weeks, so for those reasons, I’m really grateful.  But on a chilly night like tonight, I didn’t really feel like a cold salad, so this Vegan Sundried Tomato Bean Soup was a wonderful answer.

It’s actually a complete original, based on what I had in my kitchen tonight. But when I posted it on Instagram, Twitter, & FB, we got so many requests for the recipe, sooo of course, here I am.  🙂

Abundance isn’t about what we have,

but comes as we develop appreciation 

for everything in our lives,

whether good or bad. 

Even the trials in our lives are

opportunities that change our hearts

and build us into something better.

It’s actually pretty fast and basic. If you cook your own beans, Id recommend that, but if you don’t, you can use organic canned beans and it will taste great.

VEGAN SUNDRIED TOMATO BEAN SOUP

RECIPE

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4

NOTE: As always, we like to help make that transition to healthy much easier and simple…so we’ve searched to find the best deals on quality organic ingredients for GREAT DEALS and found this ORGANIC MARKET that give you the freshest & finest ingredients at prices no one else has been able to beat! We love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with them. So as you shop, just smile about the savings & especially the extra health benefits you’ll be getting!

FIRST INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups cooked (or 1 can) white beans
1 1/2 cups cooked (or 1 can) pinto beans
2 cups water
tomato – 1 whole organic, sliced
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes
1/2 sweet onion – sliced
2 fresh garlic cloves
3/4 – 1 teaspoon, depending on kick you like chipotle powder
1/2 – 1 teaspoon, depending on kick curry powder
sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
cilantro – 1 bunch, organic

SECOND INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1/4 cup per serving rice or almond milk cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the FIRST ingredients together in a pan until warmed, not too hot. Just cook it for a few minutes, then remove it from the stove.

Just before serving, add in the EVOO and stir. Pour into bowls and add 1/4 cup vegan cheese to each serving.

And, here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE! We’ve got more on the way!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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Anyway, thanks so much for joining us, we’ve got lots more in store for you, but would love to hear how you like this Vegan Sundried Tomato Bean Soup is super easy &  delicious!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany