Plant-Based eCourse starts January 1st (get the bonus today)

If you or someone you love is trying to transition to a plant-based diet I have a special message for you!

I have an ecourse that will teach you everything you need to know to adopt a plant-based lifestyle. The course is self-paced so you can take it on your own schedule but we start together on January 1st.

This course is great for people who are making those first plant-based steps but also for people who have been trying to make the transition to plant-based living but have struggled.

Plant-Based Basics eCourse

Plant-Based Basics

This eCourse is in it’s third year. It’s broken down into 5 modules (over 20 lessons) and will teach you everything you need to know about:

  • What to eat and what to avoid
  • Plant-Based shopping strategies
  • Meal Planning for your schedule and budget
  • Time savers
  • If supplements are necessary
  • Money savers
  • The best way to get protein
  • and so much more

You’ll also be able to connect with other people in our private Facebook group that are exactly where you are and others who have been where you are but are now thriving on a plant-based diet.

eCourse Success

You aren’t alone on your plant-based journey. The Plant-Based Basics eCourse isn’t just lessons. It’s a community of people who are on this journey with you. Read what Susan had to say.

I was able to stay more focused because I had constant reminders on Facebook and in the lessons to keep aiming me in the right direction. There was always someone to bounce off an idea and ask for support and suggestions. I lost 5 pounds over the course and really could have done more with a little more exercise.

I think the entire program was phenomenal! The simplicity yet thoroughness of the eCourse allowed even a novice Plant-Based person to educate themselves about why this lifestyle is better than the Standard American Diet and to implement steps to take to eat and be healthier.

The meal plans were great and included a variety of recipes to suit many different sorts of tastes. I found many recipes that I can incorporate into my meal rotations and I would do this eCourse again, just to solidify my knowledge and share with others. The fact that there was a group of us all doing the same thing meant for a great camaraderie. ~ Susan

Special Bonus (time sensitive) The_Plant_Based_Diet_Starter_Guide

The Plant-Based Basics eCourse makes a great gift. Pre-buy the eCourse by December 19th and I’ll send you a free copy of my book The Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide (US only). Additionally, if you are purchasing the eCourse as a gift, I’ll send you a digital certificate you can print and put under the tree.

You don’t have to be overwhelmed by trying to change your diet. Learn how to transition to a plant-based diet with a supportive group that wants you to succeed.

Are You Ready?

If you are ready to sign up for the Plant-Based Basics eCourse you can do it right here. You won’t be charged until January 1st. Then fill out this form so I know who to send the book and digital certificate to.

If you want more information about the eCourse, no problem. Learn more about the course and see what other people have said, but don’t forget to come back and fill out this form by December 19th to get the bonuses.

If you miss the deadline for the book, a digital certificate can still be sent for gift giving but the book will no longer be available as a bonus.


Don’t wait! You don’t want to miss your chance to get a free copy of The Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide!

December 12, 2016 Plant-Based Meal Plan

As we get closer and closer to the holidays the food will get more and more tempting. The best way to combat cravings for unhealthy food is to have a plant-based meal plan, then actually cook and enjoy your meals.

I’ve got my plan, now I just have to make sure I cook and eat well. Plus, I always have a back up plan. This weekend I cut up veggies for easy snacks, I have healthy leftovers in the fridge and I include plenty of easy recipes in my meal plan that I can move up on the schedule when needed.

I also have a special deal coming to you tomorrow so make sure you check back here. In fact, you might want to set an alarm so you don’t miss it.

This plant-based meal plan is perfect for winter. It has healthy soups, casseroles, and more!

Plant-Based Meal Plan


Overnight Oats

Bean Burritos made with Unfried Beans

“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot (Stove top directions listed as well)


Yogurt and Granola

leftover soup

One-Pot Pizza Pasta


Breakfast Rice

Baked Potato

White Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Rice


Smoothie Bowl


Enchilada Soup


Instant Pot Oatmeal

Soup and salad

Chickpea Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy and steamed broccoli.

Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide

This week is still business as usual for us at work and school. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to Christmas and all the celebrations. If you are still planning your menu, I’ve got some ideas for you! Consider these for dinners, parties or cookie exchanges.

What are your holiday plans?

Chocolate Crunch Bites

This post is sponsored by the SoyNut Butter Company. All opinions are my own.

I love chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter is even better but if you know someone with food allergies peanuts can be deadly. We opt for a peanut-free alternative called SoyNut Butter. It has a taste and feel similar to peanut butter but no dangerous peanuts (and it’s gluten-free).

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

You probably see it in my meal plan almost every week in the form of toast with SoyNut Butter. That is because it’s a great alternative to peanut butter. I use SoyNut Butter lots of ways but today I have a delicious new recipe to share.

You are going to fall in love with these Chocolate Crunch Bites! My son said they taste like a Kit Kat but that wasn’t my intention. I just wanted to combine my favorite snacks into an easy treat with mega flavor.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

Before I switched to a whole food plant-based diet my favorite cookies were the chocolate oatmeal no bakes. I think I took some inspiration from those days but I wanted to give them some crunch and some natural sweetness. Besides, that old recipe had a ton of butter, sugar, and milk. The ingredients in my Chocolate Crunch Bites make me much happier.

I use SoyNut Butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, gluten-free pretzels, granola and dried fruit, all normal pantry staples for me. (All the links in the previous sentence are Amazon affiliate links). That is all! These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. I wouldn’t say they are healthy, but they are a fun and easy treat to take to parties or cookie exchanges. I’m thinking of giving some as gifts to my food allergy pals. You don’t have to save them for only people with food allergies though, they are so good, everyone will love them.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

When it’s time to cook you will want to have all of your ingredients out and ready. I broke my pretzels with my hands but you could chop them with a knife. Measure them after you break them into small pieces, not before.  I didn’t want them to get too small and turn to dust.

It’s also important if you are making these for someone with food allergies to make sure all your ingredients are safe. All of the ingredients I choose were peanut free, gluten-free and dairy-free. I choose SoyNut Butter and I.M. Healthy Granola (original flavor), Enjoy Life mini chips, Glutino pretzels, and Made In Nature dried fruit. You can choose brands you love.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

The dried fruit I used was actually a Super Berry blend that also had pepita seeds. You can pick what you love but dried cranberries or dried tart cherries are both winners.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

If you have kids who like to help in the kitchen this is one of those recipes they can help with. When I say that, you know it’s a simple recipe because I’m not one of those people who invite the kids to cook with me. I’ll let them to stand on a chair on the other side of the counter and watch, sometimes. Usually I’m shooing them away, but this recipe they can totally help with.

Chocolate Crunch Bites

Go ahead and make these easy and delicious Chocolate Crunch Bites. This no bake, allergy-friendly recipe will win your family over!

Chocolate Crunch Bites
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup creamy SoyNut Butter
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup gluten-free pretzels, broken into small pieces
  • 1 cup I.M. Healthy granola
  • ½ cup dried fruit
  1. Put ½ cup of SoyNut Butter into a medium sauce pan on low heat. Use a silicone spatula to stir regularly.
  2. Once it starts to melt, add the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Stir often and use the spatula to scrape the bottom. Don't walk away or it could burn. Keep stirring until all the lumps are gone.
  3. Dump in the broken pretzels, granola and dried fruit and stir well.
  4. Remove pan from heat and scoop out in tablespoon size scoops and lay them on a cookie sheet, covered in parchment paper.
  5. Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator to cool and harden. Allow at least an hour before eating. These can be left on the counter for a few hours but store in the refrigerator.

This page contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored my the SoyNut Butter Company. All opinions are my own. 

December 5, 2016 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Our calendar is getting full of Christmas parties and holiday get togethers. Do you want to know my trick for staying sane? I say no! I can’t accept every invitation that comes up; I’m too introverted for that. We carefully choose the things that we can attend based on our over all schedule and our normal routine.

Sometimes that means we have to miss things that are really important to us but when we over do it, we suffer. It’s a hard lesson to learn.

Another thing that really helps is to have a plan. Right now I’m focused on eating healthy. My dishes and laundry may pile up but my priority is cooking real food and eating at home.

Plant-Based Meal Plan that is also allergy-friendly.

By the way, in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook Group, several of us are keeping each other accountable by sharing our daily meals and/or workouts. Each day I start a new thread (post) for everyone to leave comments on for that day. Those of us who commit to sharing daily are able to encouage each other and offer motivation. It’s a great group! Join HERE!

Plant-Based Meal Plan


Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot


Dinner out for a Christmas party


Blueberry Pancakes and fruit

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Enchilada Casserole


Overnight Oats

Tostadas and Mexican Rice

Easy Asian Noodles


Banana Bread and Smoothies

Veggie Burrito

Chickpea Quinoa Stir Fry


Cashew Chai Latte Oatmeal

Leftover stir fry

Veggie Burger, Oven Fries and Fruit Salad

What is on your meal plan for this week? Any Instant Pot Recipes? I’m working on some new ones for you! I also have a new resource for everyone that gets my Saturday morning emails! It’s a collection of my favorite Instant Pot recipes! Click the link to get your copy!

Spiced Apple Cider

I’m willing myself to get in full-on holiday mode. I haven’t pulled out the decorations yet but Thanksgiving has come and gone. It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit and this Spiced Apple Cider will do the trick.

Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for your holiday party or to get in the Christmas spirit.

One area that I typically neglect during the holidays, is the drink category. I usually think about food but not beverages. This year I started drinking cider in October. I’m not sure why but during the evenings I craved warm sips of the holidays and apple cider is a great, non-caffeinated option.

Since I started drinking apple cider so early in the season I had to mix it up a bit. This Apple Cider Recipe is perfect for special occasions and holiday parties. It takes an average cider up a level and makes your guests feel the holiday spirit. Go ahead and turn on Elf or Miracle on 34th Street.Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for your holiday party or to get in the Christmas spirit.

It may just be me but this might taste even better if you are wearing your favorite flannel jammies.

If you’re serving this at a party, I recommend getting clear glasses, mugs or jars so your guests can see the deep honey color of the cider. If it’s just you and your family just go for your favorite big mug.

Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for your holiday party or to get in the Christmas spirit.

Spiced Apple Cider

Prepare to experience your favorite Christmas memories rushing back as you sip this delicious Spiced Apple Cider. This simple cider recipe will make your home smell like the holidays. If you make it, tag me on Instagram so I can see your photos!

Spiced Apple Cider
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 Cups of Apple Cider
  • Half of a small orange
  • Half a cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • ½ tsp of whole allspice berries
  • ½ tsp of whole cloves
  • ¼ tsp of black peppercorn
  • A tiny pinch of nutmeg
  1. Heat 4 cups of apple cider in a small pot with brown sugar on medium heat, stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in the orange, cinnamon stick (half), whole allspice berries, whole cloves, whole black peppercorn, the pinch of nutmeg and give it a stir.
  3. Decrease the heat and cover with a lid, simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain into jars or mugs. I recommend using a cheesecloth or coffee filters to strain the other ingredients from the liquid


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