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July 31st, 2015

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

Thanks to Stonyfield and YayLabs for making this post possible!

My three boys are finally back from overnight camp. Four weeks flies by, but it’s also an eternity. They had a fabulous time, as they do every year.  While fun was had by all they do seem happy to be home and sleeping in their own beds. I know I’m happy to have them back.

We’re spending our days readjusting to being together after 4 weeks apart. It’s been hot with temps in the 90’s over the past few days. We’re working hard to come up with a list of fun activities to keep everyone entertained and cool during the last few weeks of summer vacation.

When the Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball was sent our way to test out we were all thrilled.  I initially thought we would use it once and that would be it, but it has provided hours of entertainment.

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

We opened the box together and it was fun to discover the bright orange ball inside. We spent a few minutes trying to figure out how this ball would somehow help us make frozen yogurt and ice cream. We picked out a recipe for vanilla frozen yogurt and then decided to add some much needed chocolate chips. The recipes were so simple. We had all of the ingredients so a trip to the store wasn’t needed, except for the rock salt . Rock salt is added to the outer chamber along with ice. After reading a few other reviews of the Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball I was under the impression that getting the rock salt wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong. I went to 4 supermarkets and none of them had rock salt. I finally ended up ordering it from Amazon. Another reason I love Amazon Prime.

The rest of the frozen yogurt creation was simple. Here are the basics:

Frozen Yogurt

  • 1 pint of flavored or fruit (Stonyfield of course!) yogurt
  • Optional: Plain yogurt may be used, just add 1/3 cup of sugar or 1/2 cup of honey. Fruit may be added instead of sweetener.

Fruit Sorbet

  • 1 pint of Fresh Juice
  • Add Sugar to taste.

The chocolate chip frozen yogurt was delicious. We needed to add a bit of honey to help with the taste.


The instructions said to add the ingredients to the stainless steel insert, add the ice and rock salt to the exterior compartment and then roll the ball for about 10 minutes (no dropping kicking or throwing allowed!). We checked at the 10 minute mark and it wasn’t ready. It ended up taking us about 20 minutes in total. Simple and delicious.

Cool Off With This Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe Groovy Green Livin

Want to try your own Yay Labs SoftShell Ice Cream Ball? Order one HERE for $35.00.  Sign up for Stonyfield printable coupons HERE.


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July 16th, 2015

10 Recipes to Spice Up Tempeh


10 Recipes to Spice Up Tempeh Groovy Green LivinFermented foods are becoming a staple in our house. With my kids away at camp for a few weeks it’s been much easier to add interesting food to our menu without any heavy sighs or groaning. I’ve been working hard to add fermented foods to my diet over the past few years. Some additions have been easier than others. There’s a large glass jar of organic sauerkraut in my pantry and I can’t bring myself to try it.

Tempeh is relatively new to those of us in the west, but it’s been a staple for hundreds of years for many living in Asia. It’s made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a rectangular patty. The consistency is similar to that of a  veggie burger and it has a textured and nutty flavor. Many use it as a meat substitute in dishes. I’ve used it in chili, stir-fry and on the grill. As with any soy product, it should be eaten in moderation.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, here are a few interesting ways to add some spice and flavor to tempeh

Balsamic Maple Glazed by Meghan Telpner

 Get the full amazing recipe at

Get the full amazing recipe at


Vegan Whole Wheat Roasted Tempeh and Veggie Pizza by Elephantastic Vegan


Tempeh & Kale Steamed Gyoz by Produce on Parade Produce on parade

Lentil Tempeh and Sweet Potato Chilli by Produce on Parade


Ginger Sesamme Tempeh Lettuce Wraps by Connoisseurus Veg

Ginger Sesamme Tempeh Lettuce Wraps by Connoisseurus Veg

Chimichurri Temeh by 40 Aprons

Chimichurri Temeh by 40 Aprons

Black Bean Tempeh Tacos by The Garden Grazer

Black Bean Tempeh Tacos by The Garden Grazer

15 Minute Brussels Sprout & Tempeh Stir-Fry by In Pursuit of More

15 Minute Brussels Sprout & Tempeh Stir-Fry by In Pursuit of More

‘unbelievably vegan’ baked tempeh from change your food, change your life

‘unbelievably vegan’ baked tempeh from change your food, change your life

Sesame Kale Glow Bowl from The Glowing Fridge

Sesame Kale Glow Bowl from glow bowl

Have you tried tempeh? What are some of your favorite ways to eat it? 

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photo credit: Orange Tempeh via photopin (license)

March 5th, 2012

How to Make Perfect Popcorn

How to Make Perfect Popcorn Groovy Green Livin

When we are searching for a healthy snack popcorn is often the answer. It’s a longstanding favorite in our home. Over the years I’ve tried every way imaginable to make it: in an air popper, in the microwave and on the stove top.  My love for microwave popcorn didn’t last long once I learned about the toxic chemicals that are released once the bag is heated.  The air popper worked well until we lost the top. I’m seriously baffled by this one.  Socks are lost daily, but the top of an air popper?

I wasn’t willing to give up my popcorn fix so I was forced to revert back to old fashioned popcorn on the stove top and it doesn’t disappoint. After several attempts and a few (hundred) burnt kernels I think I have it down pat.

Popcorn is one of those foods that should be cooked in an oil with a high smoke point. I’ve turned to my new favorite oil for the job: coconut oil.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: my secret recipe for the……..


Organic popcorn in bowl


  • ½ cup organic popcorn
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 quart or larger pot with lid
  • Seasoning of choice


  1. Place coconut oil in pot along with 2-3 popcorn kernels.
  2. Cover the pot and heat the oil and few kernels on medium heat.
  3. Once the few kernels have popped add the remainder of the popcorn and place the lid back on the pot.
  4. After the kernels have been added remove the pot from the heat for about 30 seconds (a trick I learned from Simply Recipes).  Then return the pot to the heat.
  5. Shake the pot gently every 30 seconds to prevent the kernels from sticking and burning.
  6. Turn the heat off when there are a few seconds between pops. If you are using an electric stove top, move the pot to a different burner.
  7. Add your favorite topping. My favorite toppings are nutritional yeast and coarse sea salt.

Popcorn is dairy, gluten and nut free (provided you don’t use peanut oil).

What are your favorite popcorn toppings?

Have you used a Whirley-Pop ?

[Photos used under creative commons from Andrew Rivitt, Aspaonline/Flickr]

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March 2nd, 2012

Tide, Safe Pots and Pans, Makeup and More


Every week I’m amazed by the variety of headlines that pass by my desk. This week was no different. Here are a few headlines that caught my attention:

  • There was a lot of buzz surrounding opening day of The Lorax movie. The movie opens today-Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
  • There was also great information on how to avoid artificial flavors in your food.
  • We found out that Walmart will be selling Monsanto GMO corn starting this summer.
  • My friend Anna over at Green Talk started a petition asking the FDA and the EU to institute strict guidelines regarding arsenic in rice. Please take a few seconds to sign Anna’s petition.
  • The beauty of Julianne Moore’s gorgeous clean air gardens (which happen to be right in New York City) helped to ground me and put some perspective on the larger issues facing us these days.

A Few Recipes to Try

Stephanie from Good Girl Gone Green shared an awesome recipe for an  Almond Cup Smoothie. Amy from The Healthy Apple has a fantastic recipe for Arugula Salad with Moroccan Mint Brussels Sprouts ,which is dairy and gluten free. Anything with brussels sprouts catches my attention.

How Safe are Your Pots and Pans?

My ongoing search for non-toxic pots and pans continues.  There are many different types of cookware to choose from, however not all pots and pans are created equal. Some materials used to make pots and pans shouldn’t come in contact with food.  If you are trying to create a greener and cleaner kitchen there are a few types of cookware that should be avoided. Also pay close attention to the safety of your cooking utensils. Continue reading HERE.

Tell Tide to Take the Cancer Causing Chemicals Out of Their Detergent

Last I checked we had 1,882 signatures on our petition asking Tide to remove 1,4-dioxane (a known cancer-causing chemical) out of its detergent! That’s amazing.Thanks to everyone who has taken a few seconds and added their name to the list. If you would like to sign the PETITION please click HERE.

Pin of the Week

Pinterest continues to be my new playground. I’m thrilled to see so many of you have joined me. This week my favorite pin led me to this article on 7 Ways to Clean with Castile Soap. Dr. Bronner’s has been a staple in our house for a long time.


If you’re interested in testing out mineral makeup, don’t forget to enter the great giveaway from Style Essentials. The products are non-toxic, green and without harmful chemicals.

Are you heading to see The Lorax this weekend? Let me know what you think. Have a groovy green weekend!

[Photo used under Creative Commons from NW Newsflash/Flickr]

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December 20th, 2011

3 Vegan Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

3 Vegan Healthy Hanukkah Recipes Groovy Green Livin

As Hanukkah (the Jewish festival of lights) settles in for eight days tonight at sundown, traditional Hanukkah foods find their way onto tables around the world.  It’s surprising to many that much of the food we eat is already vegan without even putting forth an effort. Tweaking simple, traditional Hanukkah recipes into vegan and vegetarian dishes is an easy way to make a big impact on your health and the health of the planet.

Why vegan or vegetarian?

  • Vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese.
  • Veganism (vegan pronounced VEE-gun) is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients.

Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change. Each year the average American eats 200 pounds of meat.  Eating a plant-based diet isn’t just kind to animals and good for your health (and waistline!), it’s also the single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

In the spirit of a green and healthy Hanukkah here are a few recipes for traditional Hanukkah foods in their vegan form.

Healthy Hanukkah recipe vegan potato latke Groovy Green Livin

Vegan baked latkes. Jewish or not, these traditional Hanukkah potato pancakes will work year round. They won me over because they are baked rather than fried.  Use organic ingredients for an extra dose of healthy eating. Serve them up with some applesauce and you can’t go wrong.

Vegan sweet potato latkes. It’s challenging to find a vegan latke recipe since most call for eggs. This recipe changes up the traditional latke recipe and uses flax meal, sweet potatoes and buckwheat flour.

Homemade unsweetened applesauce. This recipe is delicious, simple and doesn’t have any added sugar. Make a batch and pile it on top of those latkes.

Wishing everyone who celebrates Hanukkah a wonderful holiday.

Do you have any favorite vegan healthy Hanukkah dishes? Please share in the comments!

October 28th, 2011

Organic Apples and Snow

organic fruit bowl

As I write this post it’s late at night and snowflakes are falling for the first time this season. It’s October and I am going to sleep tonight in denial -knowing that my kids don’t have boots, coats, gloves or hats that fit. We are not prepared for snow. I’m hopeful that when I wake the grass will be green again and the sidewalks clear of the white stuff. **

In spite of of the atypical weather, it’s still technically fall and our fruit bowl is filled to the rim with organic apples and oranges. It’s a challenge to eat them before they become bruised, mushy  and inedible.  Recently I tried making apple chips, a recipe that’s gluten, dairy and nut-free. They were delicious, low calorie and devoured. The recipe itself is simple, but the chips have to bake for a bit.  Let me know if you give them a try.

What’s your favorite apple recipe? My favorite is apple crisp.

[Photo used under Creative Commons from Hakan Dahlstrom/Flickr]


**Update: There was still snow this morning.

snow in October

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