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healthy lasagna soup


Oh lasagna, how I love you so. 
But the fat and cholesterol in traditional lasagna are a big no-no. 

So what’s a hungry girl do to? 
Make a yummy soup that’s good for you too! 

Seriously, who doesn’t love lasagna?! Even Garfield knew a good thing when he ate it. But it may not have been that healthy so you shouldn’t really eat it often. What if you could take the great taste of lasagna and make it easy and healthy enough to eat all the time?! I would call that a Winner Winner, Lasagna Dinner.


1 tbs olive oil
2 closes garlic
8 oz whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 can dices tomato
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons fresh basil
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes * optional



in a large saucepan, combine olive oil and garlic and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes. add next five ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until noodles are cooked per package directions. add fresh basil, oregano and pepper flakes and simmer additional 5 minutes. garnish and serve immediately.


March 11, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Jana @ The Townhouse Pioneer - This looks so good! And way easier than the other lasagna soup recipe I have! Totally putting this on the menu plan this month.

March 11, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Debbie @ Heartbeats Soul Stains - This soup sounds wonderful. I love all types of soup….mmmmmmm! Visiting from #SITSChallenge can’t wait to get to know you better 🙂

March 12, 2014 - 7:08 am

Barbara @ - This recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m always on the hunt for lower calorie healthy dishes. Visiting from Group 13.
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March 13, 2014 - 8:25 am

Ashlee - Gah, this looks so yummy! I LOVE me some lasagna. Haven’t had a vegan lasagna since I’ve become dairy-free. I’ll have to try this one!

March 25, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Lovlie - I have to say that’s the yummiest tomato based soup I’ve ever seen. I’m not really a tomato soup person but that soup, I would wholeheartedly love to try!

nutritious food on the go- Tree Top Apple Sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top.


I think I’m pretty lucky that my kids eat tons of fruits and veggies, but not all kids do. When I was given the opportunity to try the new Tree Top apple sauce pouches I was excited, but my girls freaked out when they saw them! Such a cute package and great flavor options made from wholesome simple ingredients made us all happy. There are times that you need nutritious food on the go, and these apple sauce pouches are made with 100%  of the apples grown in the USA and uses locally sources ingredients.

Seriously, these flavor options are great. Cinnamon, mango and strawberry taste so good we couldn’t decide on a favorite. And while apples alone can be a good on the go snack options, when we went skiing, an apple was NOT going to travel well so we threw a few pouches in our pockets and hit the slopes. Here is the instagram photo I took of my girl with her skis and some sauce. Below are the details on how you can enter the instagram sweepstakes to win $500 and Tree Top apple sauce!

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February 25, 2014 - 8:13 am

Desiree Eaglin - my kids love those!

this Valentine’s Day is for the birds! diy bird-feeder

While so much of the country is buried in snow and we should be, it’s really summer-like here right now. Our cute birds are out early and hungry so we decided to do something about it and make them all natural diy bird-feeders to hang in the trees. With Valentine’s Day this week we made hearts and X and O’s, but the X’s cracked so we have hearts and O’s- ha ha I don’t think the birds will mind though.


1 part coconut oil
2 parts bird seed – we used a wild birdseed mix that had nuts and fruit in it


cookie cutters
tin foil
sauce pan
toothpick or skewer
hemp string or twine


over very  low heat, melt coconut oil. remove from heat and stir in birdseed and allow to cool. wrap the outside of cookie cutters with tinfoil (to keep the oil in as it cools) then spoon mixture into cutters and press contents down slightly. insert toothpick or skewer and place in freezer for 5-10 minutes until hardened. remove from cookie cutter, add string and hang in tree.


game day nachos

healthy nachos use fresh ingredients and full flavor via sunny vegan

Not going to lie, I freaking love nachos! Especially the kind of nachos that are guilt free and use fresh healthy ingredients. Using fresh tomato, green onion, cilantro, lime and corn create a flavor explosion worthy to the be the center of your Super Bowl party spread.

Place additional topping into separate containers and allow guests to customize their plates. All anyone will notice is the great taste, they won’t miss the fat and cholesterol at all, I promise!



10 ounce bag organic tortilla chips
1/2 cup Daiya cheddar shreds
/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

additional topping choices:
black olives
green onion
Sour supreme
jalapeno peppers
pico de gallo
lime wedges or juice
Cholula or other hot sauce


layer first 4 ingredients on a large cookie sheet or casserole dish, place under low broiler for aproximately 10 minutes or just until diaya cheese melts and corn is lightly browned. top with toppings of choice and serve immediately.


March 12, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Ashlee - I have never heard of Daiya and just went to explore their website! Oh. My. God. I’m in love! I’m about to spend way too much money on their fake cheese.

peppy peppermint mocha and a great giveaway!

Now what say’s the Holidays are here better then the tastes of peppermint, chocolate and coffee? Not much for me and this is one rich and delicious treat that takes about a minute to make. Just the scent of peppermint with the cocoa powder is an uplifting and holiday mood maker.

I found all natural candy canes in the grocery store, colored with vegetable juice which made my girls very happy =)

Ingredients: per serving

1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
2-4 drops pure organic peppermint extract
1 Tablespoon warm water
1 cup strong fresh brewed coffee
3/4 cup soy or almond milk, warm


combine cocoa powder, sugar, peppermint and warm water in the bottom of a large mug and stir until combined. add coffee and warm vegan milk and stir again. top with additional cocoa powder as desired.

Now that you really want to make one of these, wouldn’t it be great if you had a brand new Keurig to brew that coffee with? I absolutely love this give-away!



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December 2, 2013 - 4:29 pm

sarahc - I want the mixer!!!

December 2, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Becca F - I would love to see the keurig! I don’t really make coffee all that often but this might change that

December 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

Abby - The three of them are on my wish list! I would love any of them!!!

December 4, 2013 - 10:18 am

jessica price - I would LOVE a standing mixer! At their cost, I will never own one on my own & LOVE to cook for my family!

December 4, 2013 - 12:06 pm

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December 4, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Julie Cruz - I’ve been wanting a mixer like that for AGES!! I would LOVE one!!! We just remodeled a teeny bit in our home, and in the process, ended up having to pay more than we had hoped for (first guy did a crappy job, so we had to pay another guy to come fix his screw ups). There went extra money….so dreams of this mixer are just that….a dream. It would be the perfect addition to our kitchen! Eeeeeek! 🙂

December 5, 2013 - 12:49 am

Maggie P - This recipe is wonderful! Thanks for sharing, and what a fun contest too

December 5, 2013 - 12:54 am

Maggie P - Oh, and I think a Kindle would be fantastic!

December 5, 2013 - 10:05 am

Maggie P - The mixer would be the best Christmas gift ever!

December 8, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Megan B. - I would LOVE a stand mixer…been dreaming about having one for years!

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