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Chief Bean Chaser, Professional Chef and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Why Chasing Beans, you ask?
I created Chasing Beans for YOU. Thanks for checking in. I believe it’s no accident that you’re here. My greatest wish is to provide you with recipes, guidance and inspiration for a healthy (and always delicious) plant based lifestyle. Click on the link below to learn more about me and how Chasing Beans got its name.
We’ve all Bean There…
Are you sick and tired of wondering what to make for dinner?
Do you find yourself eating out more than you’d like?
Are you confused about all the information out there on how to eat healthfully?
Have you had it up to here with diets?
Are you suffering from fatigue and/or other physical symptoms that are dragging you down?
Are you addicted to food? Sugar, Salt, Fat, White Flour?
Are you afraid that you can’t give up or limit certain foods that you know are not promoting your best health?
Are you ready to finally give up your unhealthy habits and find a new relationship with nourishing, delicious and life sustaining food?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you’re in the right place! I’m so glad you’re here. Taking care of “the one and only you”, not to mention the whole family, is hard in today’s world. Here at Chasing Beans, you’ll discover the life changing magic that eating well brings to your body, mind and spirit. You’ll find delicious plant based recipes made with little or no processed ingredients, health and wellness tips and inspiration.
Strawberries are the near perfect fruit to me. Plump, juicy, colorful and delicious, they evoke the spirit of summer. When they're at their peak ripeness in local farmers markets, they are perfect for this Strawberry Nice Cream. Of course they're great for regular ice...
My father's family immigrated from Germany. As a child, we enjoyed the most delicious warm German potato salad with red potatoes, bacon and a tangy vinaigrette. I set out to create a vegan/vegetarian warm potato salad to rival the German potato salad of my youth. It's...
Hummus is one of those recipes that can be enjoyed in so many ways. Use it as a dip for veggies, crackers or chips, spread it on a sandwich, make it a buddha bowl ingredient or as I have been known to do, eat it from the spoon. Traditionally made with chickpeas,...
There's nothing like the taste of your own freshly roasted red bell peppers. Of course, you can purchase a jar at the grocery store and that's wonderfully convenient, but they never live up to the taste experience of your own freshly roasted batch. There are a number...
This Southwest Chopped Salad With Jalapeno Vinaigrette and Spicy Pepitas is perfect for a summer picnic or for dividing into portions for a healthy and delicious lunch throughout the week. It's so versatile too! Top it off with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley. Add...
Have you discovered Forbidden Rice? If not, give it a try in this super delicious Forbidden Coconut Rice and Asparagus recipe. I hadn't enjoyed it until last month when Mark brought home a package from Debra's Natural Gourmet(We call it Deb's.) in Concord. He loves...
You can make pudding!!! Who knew? Have you been snacking on those multi-pack pudding mixes from the grocery store avoiding looking at the ingredients for fear of what you might see? No more, this Quick and Easy Vanilla Coconut Pudding is smooth and creamy, and most of...
It's strawberry season.....one of my favorite times of year for many reasons! There's nothing like the taste of a fresh strawberry straight from the vine especially after you've been consuming those less than tasty berries that have travelled hundreds of miles to get...
Step right into the season with this Thai Inspired Spring Veggie Green Curry made with many of the bounties of springtime-asparagus, carrots, broccoli, onions, snow peas and spinach. Green curry paste is traditionally made with green chilies, shallots,...
Chasing something special?
There is an abundance of information available in the world today (more than ever before in history) about how to nourish yourself. It is very exciting to be able to access so much knowledge, but at times it can become overwhelming.
What’s Right for Me?
Questions arise as to which scientific study should I believe (as they are often contradictory), which expert should I follow (as experts often disagree), what’s right for me (which may or may not be what anyone else in the universe needs) and how can I find the time in my busy life to attend to these things.
Generally speaking, a range of experts in the fields of nutrition and medicine suggest the following for optimal health:
- Decrease saturated fats and trans fats
- Increase intake of fruits and vegetables
- Eat more fiber
- Substitute animal protein with plant protein
- Increase whole grains
- Limit sweets, desserts and sugary sodas
- Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all
- Reduce intake of salt
- Control portion size
- Exercise regularly
Engage with Chasing Beans
Whether you are doing some or all of these things, you will find delicious plant based recipes, inspiration and education right here on these pages, so dive right in, and in the spirit of lifting up the universe, please provide comments when they are kind, respectful and may be helpful to others especially including me.
Progress, Not Perfection
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will be you and me. We can take pride in the changes we make each day that lead us to a healthier self. I continue on my journey of self discovery into healthfulness, and I’m pretty sure I will always be on this journey. As is said, “it’s about progress, not perfection.” Moving towards your goal of a healthier you will bring you abundance that you never dreamed possible, and you can enjoy the journey.
Join me here to discover healthy and delicious recipes, learn more about how to feed yourself
for optimal health. and find inspiration for being the best that you can be everyday!
Here’s to YOU! You are AMAZING just the way you are!
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