Slow Cooker Red Beans, Rice & Tofu

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, simple, slow cooker, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


My slow cooker has been a very good friend to me throughout the last twelve weeks of clinical work. I rarely use it overnight on weeknights the way I used to, mostly because I have to rush in the morning (and don’t want to clean it). But it’s a wonderful helper on weekends, when I’m…

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Coconut Brown Rice, Black Beans & Sweet Potato with Cashew Cilantro Lime Sauce

Pierre Van Zylbeans and rice, black beans, cashews, dressing, Dressings, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, sauce, Sauces, simple, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Vegan


I’ve been all about batch cooking lately, for obvious reasons: new schedule, the organized, back-to-school September energy, minimal fondness of weeknight cooking. But no amount of meal prep dims the pleasure of throwing together something spontaneous and surprisingly good. That’s how this dish of coconut brown rice, black beans & sweet potato with cilantro cashew…

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Homemade cleaning products that will save you money and toxins

Pierre Van Zylcleaning, eco friendly, Green Living, Home, homemade, inspiration, non toxic cleaning, non-toxic, short cuts, simple, sustainability, wellness


Say it with me, ready?   2-Butoxyethanol.   Honestly, I’m not sure if I pronounced that right, but hey props to you if you did. And if you did do you know what it is used for? I think the title of this blog post gives it away but it’s cleaning products. It’s what gives…

Warm Lentil, Tomato & Mushroom Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, lentils, Main Dishes, mushrooms, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, Sides, simple, Soy-free, summer, tomatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


Tomatoes were my favorite food as a child, and my attachment to them has never really gone away. I look forward to them being in season all year long, and I celebrate their appearance more than any other summer produce. Unlike many vegetables, for which I’ll have a strong preparation preference (broccoli steamed; cauliflower roasted;…

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Clean beauty swaps that won’t break the bank

Pierre Van Zylbeauty, Beauty + Skincare, beauty routine, inspiration, natural, natural beauty, natural makeup, review, shopping, short cuts, simple, wellness


Us avid health foodies can spend a lot of time thinking about the food that we put in our bodies. But let me ask you this, have you ever thought that hard about what you are putting on your body? I guessing the answer to that question is probably no. Don’t worry though, keep reading…

Brownie Batter Oats that will Kick your Chocolate Cravings

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Health + Nutrition, healthy, inspiration, recipe, refined sugar free, simple, wellness


If you were to look up the definition of decadence, I am sure that somewhere along the lines a brownie would be mentioned. I mean how much more decadent can you get than the rich chocolately goodness that is a brownie. Plus brownie batter is sometimes even better than brownies. I mean isn’t that the best…