Basil Bread with Peach Swirl

 Savory meets sweet in this deliciously fresh combination. This Basil Bread with a Peach Swirl combines two of my favorite farmer’s market finds in one bread to make something so fresh with unique flavor.

Basil Bread with Peach Swirl - Savory meets sweet in this deliciously fresh combination. Two of your favorite farmer's market finds in one bread! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

This post has been sponsored by Pompeian, but as always, all opinions are my own.

 A few weeks ago, my honey, son, and I were strolling along at the local Downtown Salt Lake Farmer’s Market. Wife had only been home for 12 hours after her 7 months away for military, so I was absolutely feeling on top of the world to just all be together again. Checking out the handmade goods, petting random dogs, listening to locals jamming on their guitars, and of course sampling all the fresh and local food! These are some of the things that make up the happiness in my soul. And sharing those experiences with my loved ones is what it’s all about.

[Read more…]

Why I Feel Like a Fraudulent Health Blogger

I should have written this post months ago. But the problem is that I didn’t know I needed to until Thursday of last week. Thursday, it all hit me.

I am a fraud.

Never Let a Stumble in the Road Be the End of a Journey. Find out about my stumble and what I'm doing to overcome it. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

That’s right. A fraudulent health blogger. I claim to be a health blogger, yet I am the worst at taking my own advice. As bloggers, we have the luxury of hiding behind a computer screen. No one knows the complete truth when you don’t have to see them face-to-face. No one has to see the days and days I’ve gone without [Read more…]

Guaca-Salsa Over My MorningStar Veggie Burgers


Guaca-Salsa over my Veggie Burgers. Forget the bun. Forget the ketchup and mustard. This is all I need! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

As a vegetarian, I get asked some of the same questions over and over again.

“Where do you get your protein?”
“What do you even grill?”
“Do you just eat salad?”
“How do you get your family to eat your vegetarian food?”

To all of these questions, I can answer with one word: [Read more…]

Caramel Cheesecake Martini

Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this Caramel Cheesecake Martini does!

Caramel Cheesecake Martini - Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this one does! www.happyfoodheathylife.com

Boy do I have a treat for you today! I know yesterday, I said I was taking a blogging break for a few weeks, and yes, that is still the case. But when I was invited by Roxana  to participate in the celebration of National Cheesecake Day, I had to jump on board.

Now let me be 100% honest with you here. Cheesecake by itself is not [Read more…]

Did You Become Vegetarian Because of Your Eating Disorder?

I wanted to talk about something a little different today. Kind of just a clarification/get-things-out-in-the-open sort of thing.

So, I’m vegetarian. You knew this already, right?

Actually, it’s very possible that you had no clue I’m vegetarian. I don’t really talk about it. I don’t make a big deal of it. But yes, all of my recipes are meat-free or have meatless substitutions. Being vegetarian is not my main objective of this space here on Happy Food Healthy Life. Having a healthy relationship with food is.

disclosure: this post could be triggering for anyone suffering an eating disorder or a history with food restrictions. [Read more…]

Easy Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Cake - The simplest way to serve ice cream ever - yet it looks impressive! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Yes, yet another frozen treat for you guys. And let me tell you, this was the last of the three frozen desserts I photographed in a row a couple weeks ago, and I was frustrated beyond belief. I’m pretty sure I was practically coated in sticky ice cream and chocolate syrup by the time it was over. Everything was melty. I couldn’t even think straight about what my lighting was doing. All I knew [Read more…]

Healthy Mini Margherita Pizzas

These Healthy Mini Margherita Pizzas are perfect for a quick and easy snack or dinner when you’re short on time.

Healthy Mini Margherita Pizzas - a quick and easy snack or dinner when you're short on time. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com #vegetarian #healthy #easydinner

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers.

Dinner-time is a rough one for me. Especially when I’m cooking for my family. My other half is a meat-and-potatoes kind of gal, and my son would eat pasta and pizza every night of the week if I made it. This isn’t all that conducive for my vegetarian + health-conscious self. I’m always trying to find a happy medium between the foods I want to eat and the foods my family wants to eat. If it was just up to me, I’d be serving up salads and [Read more…]

Strawberry Peach Pudding Popsicles

These Strawberry Peach Pudding Popsicles are Fruity, Refreshing, Cool, Easy, and Perfect for Summer!

Strawberry Peach Pudding Popsicles. Fruity, Refreshing, Cool, Easy, and Perfect for Summer! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com #summer #popsicles #fruit

Dude, really. I’m not turning my oven on. You get nothing but frozen treats. Well, okay, maybe later this week you get something from the oven, but I made it weeks ago, so I have an excuse. As for today, I’m feeding the girl that’s dripping sweat just from walking from the car to the store (yup, that’s me I’m talking about here). I know, it’s a real attractive look for me.

Popsicles. They’re all the rage. Really, anything you put on a stick [Read more…]