Posts Tagged ‘refined carbohydrates’

Crock Pot Lentil and Sweet Potatoe Soup

Here’s a yummy recipe for these cold, cold days we’ve been having!  Love the simplicity of crock pot meals.

Crock Pot Lentil Sweet Potato Souplentil soup


  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1.5 cups chopped green beans
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 64 oz vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Turn heat on low and cook for 10 hours, adding a little more broth at the end if soup seems too thick.


10 hours

Whole-Wheat Waffles

My hubby made me this yummy weekend breakfast treat!

Whole-Wheat Waffles

whole wheat waffles


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups almond milk
  • ¼ cup oil (I used coconut oil, make sure to heat it up a bit so it’s not solid going in)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Warmed 100% pure maple syrup or agave for serving

Fresh fruit for serving (Blueberries or strawberries would be great in or on top of these)


  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda until well combined.
  3. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lumps disappear.
  4. When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter or spray and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron.  Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3 – 4 minutes each).
  5. Keep waffles warm until you finish cooking all of them. Top with pure maple syrup and fruit. Enjoy!

Let’s talk about compromise…

Living in a household where everyone might not be on the same page when it comes to eating habits, compromise is a must.  My home is no different.

My husband is all about the butter!  He loves flavor and fat and creaminess.  I’m not going to say that I don’t love these palate pleasers as well, but not on a daily basis like my husband would prefer to have them.  Do you find yourself in this position?

It has taken years, literally, to get to an agreeable compromise between myself and my husband.  And it’ still a work in progress.  For instance, when we first started dating, he would eat the Hungry Man frozen dinners.  It took me a little “educating” to explain how much salt, preservatives and lack of nutrients there are in them.  But, he finally agreed that there plenty of other options out there to fill his belly.

Then it was cold cereal every morning.  Again, not harping but “educating” led me to get him to eat a true breakfast in the morning instead a bowl full of sugar and refined carbohydrates.  Actually, when he realized how much fuller his stomach was for longer, I could easily rest my case.

Even just the other night, he wanted fried shrimp.  We compromised on coconut encrusted, sautéed shrimp over a spicy edamame salad.  It was delicious and we both loved it! So what is your compromise looking like at your house?