The Nutritional Tables Have Turned: My Son’s Influence on Me

Who out there loves food?? Me too!  Especially when it's fresh, colorful, organic vegetables that my oldest son has left behind as he trots off on a well deserved 3 week vacation.  Let me explain.  I'm the motiational speaker on healthy eating, he's the kid.  Also, his lease is up and he has moved back in with us (temporarily) lock, stock and carrots.  

Ordinarily this move of a 23 year old would be clothes in a garbage bag and an odd assortment of cheap pots and pans (and one bottle of Cuervo) but the past 3 months he's been keeping company with some very groovy friends who have influenced him in his eating habits and he is eating a vegan diet.  Thus the abundant gift of colorful vegetables in my fridge.

I couldn't bear the thought of letting them sit there, wilt, turn to liquid and then trash so I laid them all out on my kitchen counter and took inventory.  Then I made a list of all the possibilities and set to work cooking…on my day off…from cooking.

The results are below.  Now, thanks to my son, I have a yummy side dishes and light lunches made from his choice of fresh, organic vegetables!  He's a very good influence.                                                                                                                                 

Zucchini strataOnion butterQuinoa salad






Zucchini Strata                        Onion Butter                    Quinoa Salad


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Polly, I wish I lived near you, could drop by and laugh while we fed our faces with your healthy, nutritious meals. Always inspiring.

  2. Oh my gosh, Polly, these look delicious!!!!! I wish I lived near you too! I love your wisdom, and I love your wit.  And think you should keep sharing recipes! I just spent hours yesterday on Pinterest looking up Quinoa recipes!

  3. Wow! I DO live close to you! So I'm coming right over! These look fabulous! And Kelly, I'll send you a GREAT quinoa recipe! I think Polly gave it to me actually…

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