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Embracing The Shadow Season

Embracing The Shadow Season

For many, fall means pumpkins, the changing of leaves, cooler air, and cozy sweaters. It’s that magical time of year when we transition from warm summer days to the dark, cold winter nights. Those three months when the Earth slowly falls into a long slumber, preparing...

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis veggie lasagna recipe is inspired by lasagne I had from Whole Foods back in 1997. I frequently lunched there while working at a design firm in Palo Alto, CA. At least once a week I'd get the veggie lasagna. It was the complete opposite of what...

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

© Sunshine UrbaniakHuevos Rancheros is in my top five ways to eat eggs for sure, and it's so quick and easy to make. You can prepare the bean mixture and the pico de gallo a day ahead to shorten prep time even more. Just remember you'll need to warm up the beans...

Orange and Fennel Salad

Orange and Fennel Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakI just love this orange and fennel salad, especially in the winter. Its fresh flavor is a nice palette pick-me-up when it's cold outside. I add in five romaine leaves for some added crunch, feel free to leave them out or add in more—just remember to...

Embracing Your Emotions

Embracing Your Emotions

I think it's safe to say that most of us have been on a rollercoaster of emotions since COVID-19 shelter-in-place has become the new normal. For me, there are days I'm perfectly fine, and others I feel slightly depressed and trapped. Seeing all the new measures in...

Perception Shift Can Help Reduce Stress

Perception Shift Can Help Reduce Stress

I was having one of those days. You know, when everything around you seems to be caving in. Between my workload, family, social commitments, laundry, yard work, and home reno projects, my plate was overflowing and I was super stressed out. The last thing I had time...

Mushroom Orecchiette with Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese

Mushroom Orecchiette with Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis orecchiette pasta salad with mushrooms, bell pepper and goat cheese is so creamy and delicious it might become your go-to for potlucks. Quick and simple to make yet yields such rich flavor from the mushrooms cooked in marsala wine. Marsala...

Prosciutto Mascarpone Pizza

Prosciutto Mascarpone Pizza

© Sunshine UrbaniakI once had the pleasure of eating the Sonja pizza at Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville, California. It was heavenly and left me craving more. A week later I tried recreating it at home. Aside from the fact I didn't have a wood-burning pizza oven, it...

Tomato Basil Bagel

Tomato Basil Bagel

© Sunshine UrbaniakThis isn't so much a recipe as a delicious suggestion to start your day with something savory versus sweet. Many people choose to top their bagel with jelly or jam—and there's nothing wrong with that. But for those days when you wake up and prefer a...

Making a Healthy Fall Transition

Making a Healthy Fall Transition

© FilippoBacciI was enjoying a morning walk around my local river a couple of weeks into the fall season. It was a chilly morning, but the sun was warm on my face. I couldn't help but notice all the leaves changing colors, flocks of geese gathering to prepare their...

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

© Sunshine UrbaniakGreek salads are so easy and quick to make, plus it's full of healthy ingredients. The red wine vinegar in the dressing really compliments the salty feta cheese and kalamata olives. The trick to a really tasty greek salad is patience. After making...

Love Your Reflection

Love Your Reflection

© Lesly JuarezA Mind, Body, and Soul Approach to Weight Loss Abraham Hicks told a great story of Ester and Jerry having dinner with a friend in San Francisco. She was thin and attractive, like a model. She ordered two complete meals and ate them herself, then ate...

Getting Old is a Gift

Getting Old is a Gift

This year I turn 45. Back when I was a kid that sounded old. My Mom was just 20 years old when she gave birth to me, so I had a young Mom growing up. She was always active and exploring her passions, and told me that age is just a number, and that life is a state of...

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

© Sunshine UrbaniakQuiches are a great baked dish good for any time of the day—breakfast, brunch, even dinner. Pair it with a yummy side and it's quite a filling meal. I love serving quiche alongside a spring mix salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. The contrast in...

Apple Filled Pancakes

Apple Filled Pancakes

© Sunshine UrbaniakEbelskivers are Danish pancakes that are spherical in shape with apple filling, like bits of apples or applesauce. Traditionally they're eaten at Christmas time and often served with mulled wine. They're dusted with powdered sugar and served with...

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