Kale bean chili with cornbread

Stews and soups are my go-to recipes right now. I make them in big batches, then eat them for days. Plus, there is no reason you can't reinvent them for new meals, so it doesn't get boring. For example, one day I serve this chili with the cornbread, then I mix it with quinoa the next day, and on the last day I top it with mango slaw. Delicious and easy! This recipe makes enough for 4 servings, but you can easily double the recipe for more leftovers :-) Preparation time: 1 hour Makes 4 servings: For the chili: 1 white onion, finely chopped 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 cup peppers, finely chopped (about 2 peppers) 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 bay leaf 1 dried chipotle 2 Tbsp smoked paprika pow

Come and exercise with me

It's YouTube Friday, and today we are going to get ready to hit the slopes. Whether you ski, snowboard, or do neither, this session will work your legs, hips, and core while raising your heart rate quickly. Come and join me for just 30 minutes to get moving. If there are any other videos you would like to see, please just leave a comment below or send me a love note. I love to hear from you. Have a great weekend! #video #exerciseroutine #fitnesstips

Red lentils with Thai peanut sauce

All I want at the moment is creamy comfort food that brings a little heat. Thai food can be quite cooling because it is hot in Thailand, and you want freshness from your meals. But when you combine the heat of chili and ginger with the freshness of lime and the density of peanuts, you've got a winter Thai inspired dish! You can also use this delicious, creamy sauce on any other meal such as with a grain like quinoa, a marinade for veggies and meat for BBQs, as well as a base for easy blended soups. As with all recipes here on the blog, you can use leftover lentils or any other grain or bean to make this dish. Don't make things complicated for yourself. Use what you already have in the fridge

Come and exercise with me!

It's YouTube Friday, and a new exercise video is here for you! After the last few days of Valentine chocolate indulgence, come and join me to feel strong in your body, and realize that you can feel energized without the chocolate :-). Today is a fast paced session, so take it at your own pace. I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to see a specific video, just let me know in the comments below or send me a love note. I love to hear from you. And finally, do you need some breakfast inspiration for the weekend? Check out the free Warming Breakfasts ebook with delicious recipes you can whip up in a flash. Have a great weekend! #video #exerciseroutine #fitnesstips

Gooey chocolate mug cake

Valentine's Day is getting closer, and today I've got the easiest recipe ever for you! You can literally stir everything inside the same mug that you also bake this gooey chocolate goodness in. It's super rich and satisfying in a perfect serving. Try this recipe right away, and serve it to all your loved ones for Valentine's Day. And you won't be sorry if you serve it with ice cream (this is my favorite non-dairy one) :-). Preparation time: 30 minutes Makes 1 serving: 1/2 cup water 2 Tbsp coconut butter (or almond butter, but not coconut oil!) 2 Tbsp maple syrup 2 Tbsp oat flour (or other flour of your choice) 1 1/2 Tbsp cacao powder 2 tsp baking powder 3 Tbsp roughly chopped good quality da

A new exercise video is here!

It's YouTube Friday! In today's video you will understand the most common mistakes for the three most popular stretches, no matter what kind of exercise program you do, whether that is with a personal trainer, in a group class or by yourself. Doing these mistakes once or twice is not going to make a huge difference, but when you do these stretches (or a variation of them) every time you exercise, the mistakes will start to add up over the years, making you more prone to pain and injuries. So come and join me to change the future of your exercising. If you have a special request for a video, just leave a comment below or send me a love note. I love to hear from you! Have a great weekend! #exe

Valentine's Day recipe round up

It's almost Valentine's Day - what will you be making for your loved ones? Over the years I have accumulated a nice selection of some of my favorite chocolate (and other) recipes for Valentine's Day here on the blog, so check them out to get inspired: Chocolate beetroot cupcake with vanilla caramel frosting Caramel chocolate slices Love bombs Vanilla pear chia pudding Chocolate crisps Pink pancakes with strawberry rose chia jam Raspberry chocolate cups Chocolate pancakes with vanilla stewed raspberries Pink lattes And make sure to check back on the blog next week for a divine gooey chocolate mug cake! Happy Valentine's Day! #holidays

Pink Valentine's Day pancakes with strawberry rose chia jam

Valentine's Day is coming up, and I am all about creating an epic Valentine's Day breakfast. I have recently read the sequel of the Happiness Project, Happier at home. In this book, Gretchen Rubin decides to make holidays more special by making holiday themed breakfasts without a ton of effort. The $1 aisle at Target provides some decorations, and peanut butter colored red (Valentine's Day) or green (St. Patrick's day) does the trick for the kids. About a year ago I realized I was making too much effort for holidays that it was completely stressing me out. So I stopped everything, and now I miss the art projects with Baby Zand and the yummy foods. So I am slowly easing myself back in with ma

Book of the month: February

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life” I have been a huge fan of Marie Kondo’s since I first read her book back in 2014 before we had a house, a child, and our own furniture. Living as an expat in Shanghai in a furnished apartment meant that we really only owned clothes and lots of kitchen utensils. But even back then I found the de-cluttering techniques of the KonMari Method so incredibly useful, and I can see now that leaving Shanghai with just a couple of suitcases and no sad feelings around leaving all of our belongings behind was so easy because of Marie Kondo’s method. At the beginning of this year, Netflix brought out a declut

Let's step up the intensity!

February is here, so let's light it up with a high intensity session that will work your whole body, and make you feel strong to take on the new month. If this is the first time exercising with me, check out some of the more basic videos first to get into the groove first over on the YouTube channel: Barre basics Pilates principles Your core is so much more than just a six pack All you need today is 30 minutes and maybe a mat if your knees are sensitive. Let's get started! If you would like to see a specific kind of video here, just leave me a comment below or send me a love note. I love hearing from you. Have a great weekend! #exerciseroutine #video #fitnesstips #Pilates #yoga

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