Smokin’ Chipotle Three Bean Chili

Posted by: Rita in: ● February 20, 2012

I started a 5-day stint of eating zero animal products today and decided to play around with the original Blizzard Chili recipe. The result is a punched up, smokey-spicy deliciously thick stew that hit the spot on another cold winter evening.

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Posted by: Rita in: ● May 16, 2011

Tweet this! There was a Mediterranean Feast in the yumyoga kitchen last Friday and this hummus played a very prominent role. Actually, it was the only “tested” recipe featured at dinner as the other players you see where debuted that evening (with great success!) I LOVE hummus for the same reasons I love most food [...]

Carrot Cake Success!

Posted by: Rita in: ● April 16, 2011

Tweet this!I really like dessert and have a particular fondness for carrot cake… and so it was time that I put down the wooden spoon, fire up the oven, and pull out the mixer. Days of research went into picking the recipe to get me started. I played around with the idea of making a [...]


yumyoga 5-Day Cleanse, Day 2: Smoothies

Posted by: Rita in: ● April 10, 2011

Tweet this! Alright yumyogis… congratulations for making it through Day 1, Juice! On Day 2, we start to add some fiber back into our diet, by keeping the natural fiber that is in fruits and vegetables rather than throwing it away when we juice. Using the blender to break up the fiber, we make it [...]

yumyoga 5-Day Cleanse, Day 1: Juice

Posted by: Rita in: ● April 9, 2011

Tweet this!‎A couple of friends asked me for advice on how to do a short cleanse. As I started pulling together a program for them, I thought I’d open it up to our online community via facebook and the response has been tremendous! People on both coasts of the US and some friends overseas are [...]

Creamy Vanilla & Fig Breakfast Quinoa

Posted by: Rita in: ● March 6, 2011

Tweet this!“Quinoa for breakfast?!” you ask… absolutely! Especially if you enjoy oatmeal for breakfast regularly, switch it up with this quinoa every once in a while to get higher amounts of a complete protein. 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water pinch of sea salt 2 cups vanilla almond milk 1 tbsp. real maple syrup 1/2 [...]

Smoothies 101

Posted by: Rita in: ● March 2, 2011

Tweet this!I’m a huge advocate of smoothies and start my day off with one for breakfast, 99% of the time. First of all, they are easy and fun to make. Second, smoothies are an awesome way to start your day off by getting anywhere from 20-50% of your 8-9 recommended daily servings of fruits and [...]

One of my Top 3 Smoothies: The Almonocolate Incident

Posted by: Rita in: ● January 23, 2011

Tweet this!I really don’t like picking favorites. So I don’t. I think Top 10 or Top Whatever is as much as I want to commit myself to choosing anything. I love making smoothies and the options really are endless. so… here goes… I’ve been saving this one… this smoothie is my Ultimate Guiltless Treat that [...]

Veggie Quesadillas with Crema Mexicana & Fresh Salsa

Posted by: Rita in: ● January 16, 2011

Tweet this!Crema is Mexico’s thinner, milder version of sour cream. When used as a condiment with more robust and spicy dishes, it cuts the intensity in such a perfect way you’ll understand right away why it is worth picking up this extra ingredient to top off the below veggie ‘dilla that packs serious heat. Speaking [...]

Blizzard Chili

Posted by: Rita in: ● December 11, 2010

Tweet this!This satisfying vegetarian chili was adapted from a former non-vegetarian favorite White Chicken Chili recipe I got from Cooking Light magazine. For the second weekend in a row Minneapolis was hit with a blizzard and stuck at home with limited options I was forced to get creative and make-do with the ingredients I had [...]

Italian Quinoa

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this!I’m just going to say it. I LOVE quinoa. I’m not sure how I lived my life before I found quinoa, but now that it’s here I can’t get enough of it… it isn’t just a crush or one of those hot and heavy romances that burns out after a while… my love affair [...]

Squash & Lentil Coconut Curry

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this! This fragrant and warming curry is a perfect meal for cooler weather as we head into winter. Serve as a stew on its own or scoop on top of a bed of brown or jasmine rice or quinoa… you can’t go wrong with this! And PS – this happens to be vegan. I [...]

Autumn Fruit & Pecan Crisp

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this! Nothing says fall like a fresh apple crisp and that is what inspired me to create this healthier version with other seasonal fall fruits. You can play around with the ratio and type of fruit to keep things interesting but this worked really nicely. Bon appetit! For the filling: 3-4 gala apples, diced [...]


Veggie Frittata

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this! Sometimes, you just want Breakfast for Dinner… I’m a HUGE fan of this option and when you think about it, generally the stuff we eat for breakfast is lighter and healthier than what we have for dinner, which is when most of us “fall off the wagon” of our healthy eating. This basic [...]

Edamame Sweet Corn Salad

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this! Sweet corn is in season during late summer and farmers markets everywhere have the good stuff for you fresh and still on the cob. If you can’t get to a farmer’s market or are strapped for time like myself, buy the frozen kind from the store but make sure that it is a) [...]

Amazing Beet Salad

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this!1/2 pound beets 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoon minced chives, mint or parsley (or a combination) Salt to taste Peel the beets and grate in a food processor using the shredding blade. Combine the orange juice, lemon juice and [...]

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this!Assemble this casserole the night before and stick in the over in the morning before serving. Ingredients: 2 lb. package of frozen hash brown potatoes 2 cups evaporated milk 1 large green pepper, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (with seeds if you like spice!) 1 tbsp. fresh chopped dill 10 [...]

Coconut Brownie Bites

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this!This recipe is adapted from the lovely Julie Morris’ “No Bake Brownies” and in my opinion is divine and one of those “ridiculously easy” ones I hope everyone tries! 1 cup raw walnuts 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 8 large dates) 1/2 cup raw cacao powder 1 tsp. pure vanilla essence 1 tsp. [...]

Roasted Baby Bok Choy

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this!Something easy to do with your loot from the farmer’s market… I am a sucker for in-season produce from the market and end up bringing home lots of stuff I have no idea what to do with… my first go-to prep for veggies is extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and roast or broil [...]

Curried Carrot Soup

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Tweet this!12-15 young summer carrots 4 cups vegetable stock 1 cup coconut milk 1-2 dates soaked in water 2-3 hours 1 tbsp. curry powder 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chive salt & pepper to taste 1. Cook the carrots in the veggie stock & coconut milk seasoned with curry, salt and [...]


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