Allergy Friendly, Dairy Free, Dinner Ideas, Eat, Everything, Family Food, gluten free, Soy Free

Simple, Tasty AF Valentine’s Day Tuscan Chicken

Y’all. I love to cook, and I especially love to go out to restaurants and eat, BUT we usually skip Valentine’s Day out because most restaurants serve a pre-fix menu filled with dishes we can’t even enjoy (and don’t get me started on the desserts). Plus, V-Day is so dang expensive, I’d rather spend money on a family vacation or some more champs at home with my tasty meal.


This past weekend I made the creamiest, most flavorful Tuscan Chicken for the fam, and everyone LOVED it. And it was AF (allergy friendly)! It definitely makes the top 10, if not top 5, of the tastiest meals I’ve ever made. Seriously, it’s that good. And the leftovers are delicious the next day too. Continue reading “Simple, Tasty AF Valentine’s Day Tuscan Chicken”

Dairy Free, Dinner Ideas, Eat, Everything, Family Food, gluten free, Soy Free

Simple, Tasty AF Beef Bowl

Sounds a bit strange but super tasty. Ground beef cooked through. Add diced bell pepper and red onion. Add mushrooms and green beans and saute all together. Add coco aminos, 1-2 tablespoons, and eat as is, or serve over a little bit of white rice.

Beef Bowl

Dairy Free, Dinner Ideas, Eat, Family Food, gluten free, Soy Free

Pasta without the guilt

pastaThey key to eating pasta, without eating too much pasta, is layering with veggies. Bottom of the bowl is spinach, then add HALF the pasta you would normally eat, then ground turkey meat sauce and top it with steamed broccoli. TIP cook your veggies in the microwave for less clean up. I cooked this spinach right in the bowl before I layered everything. I just added a little drizzle of EVOO plus salt and pepper and cooked for 30 seconds. The heat of the sauce helps to finish cooking the spinach as well.

Cheers – Stephanie

Entertainment, Everything, Live

What I’m Watching Now

Apparently I’m a different kind of person when it comes to “entertainment”. I don’t like seeing people’s heads get chopped off, or blood, or toilet humor, or aliens, or zombies, or any of what seems to be flooding our devices these days. I also like to watch tv on well, a tv. Call me old-fashioned, but watching on my phone just doesn’t have the same impact, plus it’s harder to hold my glass of wine. And let’s face it, my eyesight ain’t getting any sharper. Continue reading “What I’m Watching Now”

Allergy Friendly, Appetizers, Dairy Free, Eat, Family Food, gluten free, Soy Free

Simple, Tasty AF Guacamole


My fam loves when I make guacamole. The avocados are ripe at my local store right now, so I whipped up a batch. This is one tasty, allergy friendly delight that everyone will enjoy. Serve with your favorite chips and veggies.

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What I Learned from Cutting Out Soy

So we know cutting out soy would be an adventure, but I didn’t know it would be so interesting. Of course I was bummed when I looked on my can of La Victoria Green Enchilada Sauce, and although it is gluten free, I discovered last week that it does contain soy. DRAT! I’m thinking I’ll need to start making my own sauce, and the sweet thing is my entire family is thrilled about the idea of homemade sauce, so that helps. Even if it may be WAY less convenient to make something from scratch, on a busy weeknight, when I just want to make an enchilada casserole. Sigh.

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Our go-to pizza when we are in the mood for something that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Plus we throw on some pepperoni and voila. We ain’t vegan…

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Hustle, Live

They call her a “Female Indiana Jones”, I call her awesome

I made a vow to get out of my house more this year. That may sound silly, but I work from home and it can be very isolating, plus it feels like I don’t see enough actual humans, which also makes me feel less connected to the outside world. So I’ve given myself a challenge, what I’m calling my IRL (In real life) Challenge. Get out of my house, meet new people and feel more connected overall.  And how better to connect with the outside world than to meet someone who’s been all over the planet and just may be a secret, superhero disguised as a badass, scientist mom?

Mireya with abandoned cubs she helped nurse back to health. Image courtesy of Mireya Mayor.

Last weekend I had the unforgettable experience of seeing Mireya Mayor, PhD speak at the Barclay Center Theatre at the University of California, Irvine. Mireya just happens to be a fellow member of the O Mag Insiders and she also just happens to be the bravest person I’ve ever met in person. Seriously. I’m inspired and in awe of what she’s done and what she is yet to accomplish. She’s just, well, O-mazing. Continue reading “They call her a “Female Indiana Jones”, I call her awesome”

Health, Live, Move

5 Easy Tips for a Healthier Week

Everyone I know seems to be rebooting their diet and exercise regime this month and I am no exception. I am a bit unique in my approach though because I prefer to take things at a slower pace. I refer to this mentality as #teamturtle. Jumping head into a crash diet or an extreme workout schedule has never worked for me, and honestly I haven’t seen it work well for many people around me either.


It is entertaining to hear friends say things like “I’m giving up sweets forever” and “I’m going to workout for an hour every day”. Declaring you are going to run 5 miles a day, when you haven’t ran since high school gym class freshman year, just doesn’t seem like the best idea. Is it optimism or insanity? No judgment, but I’m voting on the latter. Continue reading “5 Easy Tips for a Healthier Week”

Live, Make a difference, Move

Run some miles and make a difference

If any of my running friends are interested. This is a great story about perseverance, empathy, compassion, community and strength. I’m running miles and tagging #runningdry hoping to make a difference. Please join us if you can! #Runningdry #Everydropcounts

Eat, Health, Live, Soy Free

Happy New Year, here’s the resolution you never wanted.

The year started off just fine, super fun actually, but then my body decided to give me a resolution I never wanted, another dietary challenge.


If you know anything about me, you know I eat gluten and dairy free. If you are new to my world, I’ve been gluten free for almost seven years, and dairy free for about one. Continue reading “Happy New Year, here’s the resolution you never wanted.”