When my mom and I got to eat dinner by ourselves, I’d often vote for Mexican food as always just for the tortillas and queso,  in some days a very traditional food from my hometown but  I’m still a sucker for chips and good queso, and I still haven’t learned to save room for dinner.

Here’s my fresher, plant-based take: A vegetarian taco salad that serves as a balanced, full meal in a bowl. 

Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients:

• 3/4 bag organic arugula
• ½ 15.25oz can organic corn (no sugar added)
• ½ 15oz can organic black beans
• ½ 3.8oz can sliced black olives
• 1 large handful sliced organic mixed tomatoes
• 1 cubed avocado
• 1 almond flour tortilla (you can find these at Whole Foods)

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:
• 1 cup soaked cashews
• 3½ tbsp olive oil
• 1 lime
• 3 tbsp pure water
• ½ tbsp cilantro leaves
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
• pinch of black pepper

1. Soak cashews for 24 hours or at least overnight.
2. To make dressing, blend cashews, olive oil, juice of lime, water, cilantro, sea salt, and pepper together in high-powered blender.
3. Using a pizza cutter, slice tortilla into small strips and bake in oven at 350 degrees for approx. 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it does get crispy fast.
4. Add arugula to large mixing bowl.
5. Add corn, beans, olives, tomatoes, and avocado.
6. Top with crunchy tortilla strips and approx. 2 tbsp dressing. Mix together well.
Note: You will have plenty of dressing left over, so make sure to save in a small jar with a lid, refrigerate and use for future tasty salads!
 You have to tell me what you think!
The only thing that's missing is the fried tortilla bowl- just kidding

7 de noviembre de 2017


Photo credit: Anthony Topman.

1. Can you tell me about your start in music?

I realized at age three that I wanted to sing. I would have my mom and grandmother sit down, and listen to me sing for hours. At age five, I then told my mom that I wanted to sing. I started taking voice lessons. I soon realized that voice lessons were not enough. I told my mom that I wanted to be on television, but my mom brushed it off because all children wanted to be on tv at the time. At age ten we found my present vocal coach Shaun Royer. I did not stop taking vocal lessons, dance and acting classes. Shortly after starting with Shaun, I had the opportunity to open for Disney Star Caroline Sunshine at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. My journey continued. I opened for Todrick Hall, and Jesse McCartney. I did a lot of L.A. local charity concerts. It was a dream come true.

2. How old were you when you did The Voice?
  I was 15 years old.

3. What's it like working with Blake Shelton? Blake Shelton, is an amazing human being. He was supporting, caring, and I felt he really cared about his team. I absolutely loved spending time with him. Singing and recording with him were great experiences.

4. What sparked your interest in acting?
  I love telling stories and performing in front of people, and acting is just a wau to reach people and make them feel emotions.

5. What has been the most challenging part of filming Anastasia: Once Upon A Time? 
The most challenging part of filming Anastasia was the recording of the songs. I’m a perfectionist so I was in the studio for way longer than I should’ve been. But, I’m really happy with the end result.

6. What has been your favorite movie from the last year? 
I don’t really have time to go to the movies, but I have been binge watching One Tree Hill. Or at least I was until it was REMOVED from Netflix. Broke my heart.

7. How about your favorite movie and character of all time?

The Basketball Diaries has to be my favorite film of all time. The story is truly heartbreaking.

8. What’s your dream role?

Anything associated with Viola Davis. Love her to death.

9. So what comes next?

With hard work and a lot of prayer; hopefully an EGOT.

25 de octubre de 2017


Country music's Brooke Eden is a rising star, and her new album might catapult her even further into the world of mainstream pop. 
The recent release of Brooke’s debut EP, Welcome to the Weekend, the accolades continue to pour in for the pint-sized dynamo. Eden has been named an Amazon Music “Artist to Watch in 2017,” Vogue’s “10 Country ‘It’ Girls, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, a SPOTIFY “Spotlight 2016” Artist, PEOPLE’s “Seven Country Acts You Should Check Out” and one of CMT’s “16 Listen Up Artists for 2016” as well as “One to Watch” by Country Music Rocks, NASH Country Weekly, MySpace, Nashville Lifestyles, Roughstock, Sounds Like Nashville, Whiskey Riff and more.

What has been your most enjoyable song to write? Why?

Most songs I write are like my babies, so this is a very hard question to answer. I really enjoyed writing a song on my EP called "Silence Speaks". It was mostly like a venting session for me and we finished the song in 30 mins.

What are the five things you can’t live without?

1. Dolly, my dog

2. Being on stage

3. Mexican food

4. Jack Daniels

5. Downtime with friends and the fam

What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?

"At Last" or "Baby Got Back" - depends on my mood

Where is your favorite place to tour and who have you enjoyed touring with?

I've been on the fairs and festivals circuit for the last two summers. My favorite show was Watershed at The Gorge in Washington. The backdrop was beautiful and the lineup was my favorite- we played with Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Brett Eldrege, and Keith Urban. After we played, we hiked down to the river and cracked open some beers...it was all the good things.

For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Soulful, country, strong, playful, serious


Follow her on Social Media 
Get the album: Welcome to the Weekend
Twitter: @BrookeEdenMusic
Instagram: Instagram 

Special Thanks to Susan and  Brooke :)  it was amazing to work with her thank you so much 

23 de octubre de 2017


This Amazing smoothie is a nutrition-packed breakfast that is low in sugar, high in protein, and a great source of healthy fats and fiber. We can also sneak in some leafy greens that provide vitamins A, C, E and K, folic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more.
The Blue Smoothie will also boost energy, kickstart your immune system, improve digestion, and contribute to healthy weight loss
 The blueberries contribute to glowing, youthful skin because of the abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals — and the Vitamin C found in blueberries can help with the maintenance and synthesis of collagen. A popular buzzword for good reason, collagen is included in the smoothie as well. Collagen is an abundant protein found in our bodies.  On top of that, an unhealthy diet, such as one too high in sugar, or an unhealthy lifestyle, can also lead to a decrease in collagen, which is SO not ideal. Adding collagen peptides into this recipe gives you a head start on your path to healthier hair, skin, and nails.
• 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
• 1 handful baby spinach
• 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
• 1 scoop/packet of collagen peptides or 1 scoop good-quality vanilla protein powder
• 2 tbsp almond butter (no sugar added)
• 1 tbsp flaxseed
• 1 tbsp chia seed
• 1 tsp cinnamon

If you need it a little sweeter, add a small drop of liquid stevia or add in a little more of the frozen blueberries.

16 de octubre de 2017


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