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Italy: Learning to Cook Slowly in Umbria

Several years ago, Shelli and I became acquainted with Walks of Italy, one of the premier tour companies available today. We have toured with them many times throughout Europe, and have always found them to be professional, knowledgeable, and fun. Last year, Loredana from Walks introduced us to the Pineli family, and Fontanaro Organic Farms, in […]

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Smoothie Recipe

Smoothie Recipe

I prepare a smoothie almost every day of the week because it’s nutritious and quick to prepare.  It’s easy to vary the recipe – just use different combinations of berries, fruit, and seeds.  It also goes well with a quick slice of toast or banana bread!  List of ingredients: 1 cup frozen berries 1 fresh, […]

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Banana Bread Recipe

The banana bread recipe below is adapted from the Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: It calls for only a few basic ingredients, goes well with homemade soups and salads, and is also a perfect complement to smoothies and coffee in the morning.  I like to double this recipe and then freeze one loaf. List of […]

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Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash makes a colorful and delicious vegan meal.  And, when the rice is prepared ahead of time, this recipe can be prepared in a matter of minutes.  This dish is filling, and incorporates several of the season’s favorite ingredients.  Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash List of ingredients: 2 medium acorn squash – washed, halved, and […]

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Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe

This creamy and delicious stroganoff recipe can be served over brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Since mushrooms are packed with protein, it’s hearty and satisfying enough to be served as a stand-alone dish. But it also goes well with steamed broccoli or a garden salad.  This is a great comfort-food  and healthy eating recipe. […]

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Homemade Vegetable Soup

To ensure that I’m not wasting any produce (or money), I like to combine whatever I’ve got left at the end of the week  (http://writtenfyi.com/healthy-eating-recipe/) into prepared meals such as vegetable soups or primavera sauces to go over pasta.  I call them my “cleaning-out-the-fridge” recipes and they are seldom exactly the same because the remaining […]

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Sloppy Joes

This recipe is quick and delicious!  It’s a perfect casual meal.  My husband  says, “Who needs meat when we can fix meals like this!”  This recipe can be doubled easily for larger families. List of ingredients: ½ medium onion – chopped 1 package of vegetarian-style “meat-less” crumbles 1 12 ounce can organic tomato sauce 1 […]

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Mango and Black Bean Salad

This salad is one of our weekly favorites because it’s delicious and oh so quick to prepare when we’re just getting home from work.  There are only five main ingredients but it makes a healthy and filling meal. List of ingredients: 2 15 oz cans of black beans – rinsed 2 cups fresh or frozen […]

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Healthy Eating Choices and OILS!

Recently, an article was published on the internet stating that fish and fish oils have been linked to an increased risk for developing certain types of cancer. Although this headline is disturbing enough, the article points out that these foods may have little (if any) benefit on heart disease – which is the main reason […]

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Vancouver, BC, a Huge City for Its Size!

Shelli and I arrived by ferry from Vancouver Island right at rush hour on a Sunday afternoon. That’s correct Phoenicians; Vancouver has a rush hour even on a Sunday afternoon. We live in a metropolis with over 4.2 million population, the city of Phoenix itself is the 6th most populous city in the U.S. with […]

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Stages of Healthy-Style Eating

Over the years, we’ve always been conscious about eating the right things, however, it has become obvious that we weren’t doing all that we could to maintain or even improve our overall health.  When we first decided to eat less red meat and eat more healthy forms of dairy (such as yogurt), as well as […]

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