Dukkah-Crusted Tofu

dukkah, tofu

I have had many jobs in my lifetime. Mainly, I have been a veterinary technician but one of the coolest manifestations of my career life has been that of the property caretaker. A property caretaker is someone who lives on someone else's property doing a variety of tasks in exchange for rent, utilities and at … Continue reading Dukkah-Crusted Tofu

Backpacker’s Fortified Ramen

ramen

There is something missing in our backpacking food. Something very important too! No, it's not great taste. What's missing is NUTRITION ! Have you noticed this too?  The base is either white rice or refined noodles with some kind of sauce thrown in for flavor. Occasionally there will be a few peas or corn but to be … Continue reading Backpacker’s Fortified Ramen

Millet Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is one of those fresh herby salads that begs to be made this time of the year. It has been HOT outside and we are bound and determined to NOT turn on our air conditioning. So "cooking" something isn't going to happen. Cue the summer cold grain salad. Tabbouleh is a powerful and healthful salad … Continue reading Millet Tabbouleh

Chickpea Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms, Kale and Cashew Sauce

Chickpea Polenta

This post actually started many years ago when I first tried a recipe for Chickpea Fritters from the fabulous Clean Food cookbook by Terry Walters.The fritters are made from chickpea flour and flavored with carrots, onions and rosemary and full of flavor. When fried they get toasty and crisp on the outside while staying light and airy … Continue reading Chickpea Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms, Kale and Cashew Sauce

Chia Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate. What can I say? Is there anything more perfectly scrumptious to put into our mouths? I think not. I must have chocolate daily. It's not an option. I always eat some chocolate after a meal and now I have Al on this kick too. I feel incomplete without it. Granted it usually is only … Continue reading Chia Chocolate Pudding

Living An Inspired Life

Hello friends and supporters of Karen's Inspired Life! Long time no talk to really. I am still  on planet earth. Valley Center, California to be exact. I'm sorry I have been incognito. I've been working on things both internally and externally  since I got "home" from traveling at the end of September, 2015. I have … Continue reading Living An Inspired Life

Hiker’s Hemp Balls

These tasty treats have gone through a plethora of names. Naming my recipes seems to be one of the hardest things about food blogging for me. I like catchy names like my Easy Peasy Nacho Cheesy Kale Chips. Isn't that fun? I'm just not sure if it's helping me reach my audience though. I know that the … Continue reading Hiker’s Hemp Balls

Al’s Overnight Oats – Home and Trail Versions

The difference between breakfast and dinner is rather interesting. It seems like when dinner comes around, variety is the name of the game.  But not breakfast. Breakfast is a staple and in my house, I eat the same thing for breakfast day in and day out and never get tired of it. Is that how it … Continue reading Al’s Overnight Oats – Home and Trail Versions

The Perfect Mid-Morning Snack

Well it has finally happened. After 44 years on this planet and at least 29 of those years working, I have figured out the perfect mid-morning snack for work. It's a "grab and eat" kind of snack. It is super healthy. A whole food with a mild sweetness, perfect for the middle of the morning. … Continue reading The Perfect Mid-Morning Snack