Nov 29 2016

Simple Meal Plan, Recipes and Workouts


Are you guilty of overcomplicating things like me? Does this complication also include healthy meal planning and exercise stuff? 
Honestly, it makes me crazy and it usually just sets me up for failure. There are so many amazing programs out there to follow, but it’s so hard to narrow it down from resources such as the “pinterest pothole” that you can go down, down, down…….. 
Well, we’ve put together a one week plan just for you!  
It is full of do-able workouts that will work for everyone! They are set up so that if you only have 5 minutes – get in 5 minutes. If you have 30 minutes – do 30! It will honestly be up to you and all you have to do is make the choice to get up and take that 5+ minutes for YOU. 
It will also include easy family recipes for the week. Think of it as a checklist. Take your grocery list we send you and hit the store, then simply follow along throughout the week checking off your healthiness as you go. Just shut your brain down from trying to figure it all out and follow along. Save the searching for the following week when you are tired of our meal plan and workouts. 
If you would like to purchase your copy for only $9, click here >>
Hugs + Love

Apr 20 2015

1Day Meal Plan + 1 Week Workout Schedule


Does all this “healthiness” have you overwhelmed?

There is so much information out there! It’s amazing and confusing all at the same time. Take it 1 step at a time, Folks! I promise if you can make just one small change a month, things will start to naturally transform for you. Try not to let “all the info.” create burn out, lead you to “fall off the wagon” or make you never start. Remember, this is supposed to be a lifestyle change. Slow down, breathe and enjoy the ride. (more…)

Oct 20 2013

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower


Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Serves 4

Folk Note: I used regular paprika bc I couldn’t find Pimenton (Or Spanish paprika. They have a bright, spicy, smoky flavor and a vibrant red color that makes just about anything that much more delicious). I also prepared the whole head (doubled the recipe) so that I had yummy leftovers. Roasting does something magical to vegetables. It almost makes it sweeter! Trust me! 

Folk Kiddie Note: If you are having a hard time getting your youngsters to eat cauliflower, try mixing the roasted cauliflower into some healthy mac n cheese. They’ll never know what’s in it and you won’t be able to resist having some yourself. 

  • ½ head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon pimenton or Spanish paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

Preheat oven to 400ºF. In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower, oil, salt, black pepper, coriander seeds, and bay leaf, paprika & chili powder to coat. Spread the cauliflower evenly on a baking sheet and roast in the oven, tossing every 10 minutes, for 30 minutes, or until it becomes tender and brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Discard the bay leaf.

Sources: robin quivers & snailsview

Jun 25 2013

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Thanks to our good friend, Lak, for sending this awesome recipe on this Tasty Tuesday!

Ingredients for 4-6 people:

1 small head of cauliflower, separated in florets
3 slices of uncured bacon, cut into small dice (optional)
2 large eggs
1-inch knob of ginger, grated with a microplane (optional)
1 small onion, minced
4 ounces of sliced mushrooms
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of

Apr 30 2013

Hungry? Grab a Snickers!

CRUST: 1 C almond meal; 6 dates; 1 TBSP coconut oil; 1/2 TSP vanilla extract; & 2 TBSP cacao

Blitz in a food processor. press into a lined cake tin/ pan (we actually just line a take away plastic container with baking paper!). Place in the fridge to firm up. After 10 minutes or so, get in there with your hands, and press the mixture up the sides of your tine to create a ‘crust’.
PEANUT CARAMEL: 8 dates; 2 TBSP boiling water; 1 C organic peanuts
Soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes. Blitz in a food processor to create date paste. Stir peanuts into the paste and layer on top of the crust.
CHOC ‘MOUSSE’: 2 C cashews (soaked for 5+ hours); 1/2 C water; 3/4 C coconut oil; 3 TBSP cacao; 1 TBSP honey (optional); 1/2 TSP vanilla extra
Blitz the cashews, water and coconut oil in a blender until completely smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients until combined. Pour out onto the other two layers, and allow to set in the freezer or fridge until firm. We put it into the freezer for an hour to firm up quickly, before storing it in the fridge. 
Thanks to @farmerglenn – sounds delish! 

Mar 21 2013

Healthier Food Choices

For example why quinoa is better: Quinoa is a complete protein based grain, so it contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs.  It is super high in iron and calcium, as well as a good source of magnesium, copper, and fiber.  White rice is a carbohydrate based grain.  It may have slightly less calories per serving than quinoa, but it’s irrelevant since the gluten and carbs in the rice turn into sugar after we consume it, which can eventually turn to unwanted fat.  Quinoa on the other hand, processes through our body efficiently, providing fuel as a clean protein.  This make quinoa the better choice every time! Click here for more information from Picklee! 

Dec 8 2012


Sauteed Grape Tomatoes:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 large shallots, thinly sliced(1 cup)
6 cups grape tomatoes (3 pints)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, until they are very soft. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, just until they begin to burst. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the basil, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve. 

Check these other tomato recipes: 
Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp & Cherry Tomatoes
Roasted Red Pepper & Cherry Tomato Salsa
Crisp Green Beans with Grape Tomatoes
Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes & Multicolored Peppers

Nov 21 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you all for being a part of our Folk Family. We love & appreciate each of you very much. 

To show our appreciation we added several yummy & healthy side dishes and a quick workout on our facebook page – enjoy! 

Oct 19 2012

Help! Quinoa? What?!

To make a pot of quinoa for breakfast, use a ratio of two parts water to every one part quinoa. For example, add one cup of cold water to ½ cup quinoa and cook for about 10-15 minutes. After it is done, keeping the burner at low temperature, mix in some soymilk (but you can use any type of regular milk or milk alternative if you prefer) to give it an oatmeal-like, moist texture. Then add in chopped nuts and dried fruits. Sometimes, add in a little natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup. When in the mood for a little extra creaminess, add in a little coconut milk as well.

As a side dish, use quinoa like you would rice. You can either serve it plain or add some seasonings, vegetables, and/or nuts. Quinoa also makes a great base for cold grain salads. A favorite is making quinoa tabouli. To do so, add some chopped greens (like parsley, mint, and/or scallions) to chilled cooked quinoa. Then add some extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Oftentimes, you can add other ingredients for variety; for example, adding some chopped nuts and feta cheese is a favorite way to add extra zing to a cold quinoa salad.

Regardless of how you prepare your quinoa, remember to wash it well before cooking it. Raw quinoa is coated with naturally occurring saponins that can impart a soapy taste to your otherwise delicious quinoa if not removed. An easy way to wash the quinoa is to run cold water over quinoa that has been placed in a fine-meshed strainer, gently rubbing the seeds (quinoa is technically a seed, not a grain) together with your hands. To ensure that the saponins have been completely removed, taste a few seeds. If they still have a bitter taste, continue the rinsing process. For more information and recipes, please see: