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Sunday, February 13th, 2011

It’s the Simple Things in Life

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Simply Delicious

I know you. You’re an insanely busy, full-time mom/professional/career-woman/athlete/girlfriend/mentor/student/friend, etc.  You want to try to eat better.  You want to try to make healthier meals for you and your family.  But honestly, who has time for that?! Definitely not an insanely busy, full-time mom/professional/career-woman/athlete/girlfriend/mentor/student/friend, etc… Well, this is for all you busy ladies, especially the moms out there (and dudes, sorry, I don’t want to disclude the awesome men who read this blog!).  I am not a mom yet, well, except for these two

but I can only imagine how busy life can get and how hard it is to keep up when you’ve got children to look after.  HIGH FIVE to all the Mom’s out there, you guys ROCK!! Okay, so how are you going to make healthy meals for yourself and your family? So glad you asked; give me your hand, I’m going to show you the way!


First up are steamed veggies with marinara and goat cheese.  You pick the veg; my favs are broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, zucchini, and spaghetti squash.  Today I used cauliflower.

Cauliflower with Goat Cheese & Marinara

You’ll need:

  • Cauliflower
  • Organic Marinara Sauce
  • Raw Goat Cheese
  • Sea salt

Cut cauliflower into small pieces and steam in salted water until soft.

Drain and top with marinara sauce and shredded raw goat’s cheese (I like Alta Dena brand the best. It’s available at most health food stores).

This dish is like pasta only without the carbs, cellulite, and food-coma that come afterwards!! Plus it’s tasty and nutritious – your kids will love it!

I made it pretty for the picture, but actually mine usually looks more like this:

I love my goat cheese!! 😉


Alright, onto the second simple, delicious, and oh-so-easy meal.

Baked Beets with Goat Cheese

(have you noticed I really like goat cheese?!).

You’ll need:

  • Organic beets
  • Raw Goat Cheese

Remove leaves and place whole beets (no need to peel or chop – you can use the whole thing, even the root) on a baking sheet and bake at 400 deg for about an hour or until soft all the way through.  You should be able to pierce easily with a knife.

The longer you cook them, the sweeter and tastier they get. Slice beets and top with shredded goat’s cheese or a soft chevre style goat cheese like I used here.  Serve warm. Also excellent served on top of a green salad!

Only 2 ingredients, but honey, two ingredients never tasted so good! 😉


And last but not least, the absolute easiest of all…. Baked Sweet Potatoes!  You can use alllllll kinds of toppings! I use guacamole, goat cheese (of course), marinara + goat cheese (of course), salsa, or just plain organic butter is delicious too!! If you want to change it up, a fun thing to do with the kiddos is to make:

Sweet Potato Fries

You’ll need:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Spices of choice (optional) – I typically use Organic Italian Spices
  • Zip Lock baggie

Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, you can make these small or large according to your preferences.  I like cutting them a little thiner so they are nice and crispy!

In a Ziploc bag, toss sweet potato wedges with coconut oil and spices.  Arrange coated wedges on a baking tray or aluminum foil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Bake at 400deg for 30mins or until the outside is somewhat crispy and the inside is soft. Serve with organic ketchup or sauce of choice.

The beauty of these recipes is that they take virtually no time to prepare.  You could put the beets and sweet potatoes in the oven at the same time, then prepare for some much needed me time. Go draw yourself a nice candle-lit bath.  Relax, let the stress of the day fall away and by the time you’re done with your soak, your house smells amazing and your food is ready!!

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these meals.  There are certain things that just go together.  Like peanut butter and jelly, Batman & Robin, beets and goats cheese…

Remember my previous post.  These are veggies so you can eat ALOT of them!  Eat until you are FULL! Enjoy yourself! There’s no need to skimp or restrict – eat your heart out woman!  These meals are easy, nutritious, and you’re gonna look and feel like a million bucks after eating them!


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29 Responses to “It’s the Simple Things in Life”

  1. Gina February 14, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    Oh my goodness these dishes look amazing, girl!
    Love the way you replaced pasta with cauliflower 🙂

    • Linda February 14, 2011 at 4:13 am #

      Thanks girl, thought you would like it!

  2. Katey @ Bonne Santé February 14, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Linda – am blown away by your awesome blog and unique, authentic approach to health! Bookmarked, saved and ready to fuel hours of inspirational reading!

    • Linda February 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      So glad you like it Katey!

  3. Faith February 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    What a great healthy dishes you’ve got there Linda.. those are my kind of dishes, heathy,easy to make and tasty! Great job.

    Have a great Valentines day and a great week ahead.

    • Linda February 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      Happy V.Day to you too Faith! Glad you are enjoying the recipes, lots more to come 🙂

  4. Fernande February 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Terrific submit, I must say i wait for up-dates by you.

  5. Dan waganawo February 15, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    I enjoyed your blog. Keep up the good work!

  6. Patti Murphy February 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I am obsessed with goat cheese! Can’t wait to try these recipes. Thanks Linda!

    • Linda February 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

      Thanks Patti!! I adore your blog, it’s gorgeous!!

  7. Penny February 16, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    I made the sweet potatoes today and they disappeared in no time. Everybody loved them! They were so easy to make and much better tasting than the ways I used to cook sweet potatoes. I am going to try your other recipe as soon as I got the ingredients.

  8. Penny February 18, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    The baked beets came out delicious, so sweet we just ate it plain. The beet leaves looked young and tender so I sauté them stems and all in a little bit of olive oil and 3 cloves of garlic. Wow! They were so good with plain baked beets and sirloin ( a very small piece).
    No more canned beets for me!

    • Linda February 18, 2011 at 5:07 am #

      So glad you liked the beets!! There is NO COMPARISON to fresh! Maybe you can try to grow them in your garden this year! Yes, beet greens are one of my faves! I saute them with garlic, butter, and shallots, it’s delicious!

  9. judy March 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Why do you not peel the beets of your goat cheese and beet salad ?
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    • Linda March 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi Judy, you can peel the beets if you like, but I like the skins so I keep them on!

  10. Megan July 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    I am definately an insanely busy, full-time mom/professional/career-woman/athlete/girlfriend/mentor/student/friend, etc… and I LOVE your blog!! You have absolutely made my day/year/week. THANKS for all the advice, suggestions, and for keeping it real. I will conitnue to follow you and your work. I am also considering calling for a consultation. But…becuase I am an insanely busy, full-time mom/professional/career-woman/athlete/girlfriend/mentor/student/friend, etc I have to find the time. Thanks truly!! Megan

  11. Hannah Gregor September 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    These are amazing. I’ll be making the fries just because of how great the picture looks!

  12. Nicki September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m not a fan of goat cheese. Any other cheeses you recommend? Thanks!! (Love your advice, hoping to try it starting TODAY!)

  13. Emily D. January 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I just discovered your blog! I have celiacs disease and so I have a strict gluten free diet and a lot of these recipes are gluten free which I really appreciate! I notice you use goat cheese a lot and wondered why? What are the health benefits? I am really curious if it is a personal preference or better for me and therefore I need to make the switch. Thanks!

    • Linda January 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      You’re welcome Emily!! xo

  14. Kibby February 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Hi Linda! I made the cauliflower/marinara/goat cheese tonight with a small side of your organic crusted chicken with a pre-dinner salad of course WITH your new lemon vinaigrette dressing. It was a total LINDA dinner and totally DELICIOUS! I’m trying to go back and look at ALL your postings and am enjoying them all thoroughly. Learning so much on many levels! You are AWESOME! I have to be honest and say tonights dinner with the organic chicken is the first time I’ve had meat in a year and a half. You have taught me that it is OK to do so on occasions and life still goes on. 🙂 My body is fine and responded OK with it. Of course, it was just a small portion, but nonetheless, I ate it and glad I did. Thanks for helping me break the labeling and control of food. My body has healed from the time I stopped eating meat a year and a half ago and is extremely strong, healthy and it’s OK to incorporate once in a while. My green smoothies, juices, salads, superfoods dominate the diet and strengthen my body/immune system, etc. to handle most things. Here’s to new awakenings and freedom! XOXO

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      Awesome Kibby! Yes, breaking free from labels is so LIBERATING!!! I’ll go through periods when I am having animal protein regularly and then phases where I have none at all for long periods of time. There is no right or wrong answer. Respect your body and listen to what it’s telling you and you can never go wrong!! xoxo

  15. Julia May 21, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Hey dear! Love your recipes! And I love goat cheese too! Chevre chaud is one of the best salads I ever ate 😉 Just one comment about pasta… They are not heavy at all if you cook them Italian-style ( that’s al dente). Try once some spinach penne and cook them al dente, then put some of your delicious pistachio pesto on top. They are very light, the secret is not to overcook them 😉 Thanks for all the wonderful recipes & advice!

  16. Mary Beth May 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I am a huge fan of simplicity and have always been a fan of the beet & goat cheese combo. And while it doesn’t need anything else, I have to say I made it today and added a very small drizzle of local honey, olive oil, basil, and freshly cracked black pepper and it was amaaaaaazing! I just recently fell in love with chevre and honey together, so I had to try it on this salad. SO GOOD!

    • Mary Beth May 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Oh yes, and you HAVE to try curry powder on your sweet potato fries… it’s my favorite seasoning for sweet potatoes! I made those in chip form last night with a big fat juicy portobella mushroom.

      • Linda May 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

        oh, yes!! I will do that ASAP!!

    • Linda May 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!


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