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Butternut Squash & White Bean Chili


I just love chili.

Growing up my mom for many years would enter her Chicken Chili into the church's Chili Cook Off. It's amazing! Nothing better than mom's home cooking right?

 

This is the feeling I want for my kids as well but I'm having to do things a bit differently because of my health history.

You might know my story or may be new to me, so I'll share a bit about what works for me to be at my healthiest even with multiple health conditions. 

I have a history of migraines, anxiety and panic attacks, and have half a thyroid. Part of what I do to keep my soul filled with the taste of mom's cooking but at the level I need to help me feel really good.

Part of how I went from pain with all of those issues running the show was by eating more vegetables and using them in a way that helped me feel my best. If I don't eat a diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and rich in certain vitamins + minerals I feel like CRUD. Antioxidants protect our cells from free radical damage....

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Fish Tacos with Mango and Avocado salsa

These are my famous fish tacos! 

In July, both my mom and my sister sent me pictures of "Nicole's fish tacos". This is a recipe my husband and I came made together years and years ago. We like to travel a lot for two reasons: experiences and food. 

We both LOVE to travel and taste our way through each visit. We made this together one time after we got back from one of our trips to Puerto Rico (Note we will have plans to own a house here one day. Dream big people! How do you think we made it happen to move from Texas to California. We knew we were going to live in a place that supported our outdoor lifestyle and now, luckily, supports our tastes buds too!).  

I encourage you to start "replicating" your favorite meals that you eat out... make them at home now! It's a great way to expand your cooking skills. 

This recipe however is great for beginner cooks as there's a very little chance you'll screw it up haha but in all seriousness, it's super simple but packs a...

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Tofu Pad Thai

One of the things I just love about living out in California vs Texas is my neighborhood! We can walk everywhere - to the kids school, to the post office, the local coffee shop and one of my favorite places, THAI food! 



The first time I took the kids by myself and we ordered Pad Thai. That was it. They were sold and I was asked to make Pad Thai at home because "I love noodles mom! This is the best!". 

One thing that's WAAAAAY easier to get is food vegetarian / vegan style. Not that I'm either - I enjoy all foods however I have noticed that I'm choosing less and less meat. I've already decreased my egg and dairy intake due to the higher hormones they contain. Moving from Texas to California hit me harder with stress than I thought and boom, just like that my face turned into a 13 year old going through puberty. #adultacne hit me hard. So I had to make some changes. 

I'll write a post soon on how I've improved my acne tremendously in less than 2 months. One part is the...

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