Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

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Please welcome a friend of mine, Marla from Family Fresh Cooking, where she blogs about delicious, whole food recipes to inspire healthy lives. We are cross-posting today, so be sure to pay a visit to her wonderful blog!

Take it away Marla!

Almond Garbanzo Cookies4   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

Hi everyone! My name is Marla and I am beyond thrilled to guest here at Oh She Glows. Angela and I met online recently and we hit it off as soon as we connected. I discovered her blog while gawking over her recipes at Tastespotting and Foodgawker. We are two gals who love sharing recipes that encourage creativity with whole food ingredients. Huge flavor and energy rich healthy foods are the focus on our blogs. People say that we eat with our eyes first. Both Angela and I love making healthy food beautiful to gaze upon and munch on.

Although I am not vegan I embrace all kinds of culinary choices. The vegan world fascinates me. I have been having a blast experimenting with animal free ingredients, especially in my baking. I am happy that I have become enlightened to the endless possibilities of the vegan lifestyle.

With two little kids and a super busy life I choose foods that keep our physical energy and emotions running at peak performance. The recipes I share here with you are from my blog Family Fresh Cooking. The ones I profile are vegan, they range from sweet to savory and everything in between. If occasionally you see dairy products in my posts feel free to adapt with vegan alternatives. Angela has been great at teaching me the in’s and out’s of the vegan world. You can also ask her or me which adaptations would work for my recipes that are not 100% vegan.

Avocado Scones3   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

Vegan Baking

I have to admit that this category thrills me the most. I avoided baking for so long because traditional sweets, heavy flours and refined ingredients don’t agree with me anymore. Thankfully my world has now opened up, I have found amazingly healthy ingredients that can be baked up and enjoyed any time of day.

Peanut Banana Pretzel Granola Bars9   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

I love the bonus of no yucky energy crashes after eating these treats. There are so many great replacements to dairy out there. Tastes and textures remain heavenly and addictive even without eggs, butter and such. I partner a lot of my vegan baking with gluten free flours too. Some of my favorites include:

 

Broccoli Cauliflower Avocado Soup5 B   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

Veggie Soups

Simple to prepare and filled with flavor, soup is a wonderful way to eat your veggies. I make big batches of soups for grab and go meals. For more protein I add tofu or tempeh. Soy sour cream and fresh herbs are always a great garnish.

 

Sesame Tofu with Summer Vegetables4   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

Tofu or Tempeh Stir Frys

I keep large amounts of cleaned and prepped fresh veggies in the fridge at all times. Simple stir frys are a cinch to cook up and awesome to tuck in the fridge for quick meals and lunch boxes. Seen here is my Sesame Tofu with Spring Vegetables and Quinoa.

Cinnamon Stick Applesauce7   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

Applesauce

We love apple sauce in our house. More a method than an actual recipe, I enjoy using all kinds of fruits and spices for variety. Not only is applesauce a delicious snack, it adds great texture and helps to reduce fats used in baked goods. You can layer it in soy yogurt parfaits. It is also wonderful stirred into a steamy bowl of oatmeal.

 

Angela, thanks so much for inviting me over to Oh She Glows. Come visit with Angela over at my place too!

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Feel free to contact me at any time. I can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon and at the local coffee shop. Find more of my recipes and healthy lifestyle tips on my blog Family Fresh Cooking.

Family Photo with Yellow Flowers   Marla from Family Fresh Cooking

Our favorite place on Earth: Telluride, Colorado. Crisp cool air, a great place for all kids of outdoor exercise and amazing food!

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How adorable are they!? Thank you Marla for guest posting today! Be sure to check out Family Fresh Cooking as I have a feeling you will enjoy it as much as I do!

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 8, 2011

Angela,
Can I tell you how I excited I am about our guest posts today!!! OK, now we need to meet for realz, could you imagine how much fun we would have :)
I LOVE hanging over here and I am THRILLED to have you over at my place too! Thanks for sharing my blog & recipes with your awesome readers.
xo

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 8, 2011

Two of my favorite ladies, in one place.

Just said that on your blog, Marla :)

All your recipes you linked back to are a trip down memory lane for me as I remember most all of them from their original posting date. And to think how much you’ve grown since your blog’s inception. Remarkable, amazing, awesome!

Hope you had a very happy Mother’s Day and can’t wait to see you for coffee this week :)

Angela, please come to coffee with us!

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Lesley Lifting Life May 8, 2011

I really enjoy Marla’s blog! :)

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner May 8, 2011

Nice! I love guest posts, I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to read :)

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Betty @ scrambled henfruit May 8, 2011

Everything looks delicious Marla, as always! I haven’t yet made the Telluride Trail bars, but they’re on my list. They sound so good! :)

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 8, 2011

So nice to meet you Marla! I’ll have to check out some of your recipes – everything looks/sounds delicious!

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 8, 2011

Hi Holly, thanks so much! I’ll look out for you ;)

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts May 8, 2011

Thanks for this cross-post – great idea. I’m looking forward to discovering Marla’s site now!

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Crystal May 8, 2011

Marla’s photos look so beautiful! Thank you for showing us another wonderful Blogger :)

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 8, 2011

Awesome post!

I agree with Maria in terms of being hesitant to bake vegan, but as I’m finding more resources and tips, I feel much more confident.

Thanks for all the delicious ideas, Maria ;)

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 8, 2011

Liv, it is so fun & I will continue to challenge myself with vegan baking. Quite honestly I taste no difference in some of my recipes where I would usually use eggs, butter and milk. Neat!

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Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 8, 2011

guest posts are fun! I also love the sound of all her applesauces…especially added into oatmeal!

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 9, 2011

Emma, applesauce and oatmeal is a very happy combo over here! You gotta try it :)

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lindsay May 9, 2011

I love Marla! So glad you featured her. I’ve been following her blog for awhile now. A lot of her recipes can be adapted quite easily to be vegan, as she says, so that is a bonus! Thanks for this great post!

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 9, 2011

Hi Lindsay, was just over at your blog loving up your vegan bundt cake. Looks amazing! I am so glad you have been able to easily adjust my recipes to vegan. xo

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megan @ the oatmeal diaries May 9, 2011

So many beautiful photos! I cannot wait to make those Telluride bars :)

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Ellie@fitforthesoul May 9, 2011

those are some beaauuutiful photos Marla! Your recipes look and sound delicious too :D

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HGH May 9, 2011

thanks for sharing your friends guest post and i would say its a nice one ……. i love to spend time in cooking and its good to have Marla blog. :)

Aimee Sparker

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Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 9, 2011

your family is adorable! thanks for the recipe ideas! :)

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 9, 2011

Thanks Elena! We had fun taking those portraits – time for some new ones this summer!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 9, 2011

Thanks for sharing some more delicious recipes! Marla’s photos are also pretty amazing!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 9, 2011

Oh my goodness, I don’t know which one of these recipes to make first!!! The pumpkin vanilla applesauce, or the trail bars, or….. GAH I’ll just bookmark them all!

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers May 9, 2011

Great post! Thanks for introducing me to some news sites and recipes. I’ll be sure to check them out soon!

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Fallon May 9, 2011

Can’t wait to try the Telluride granola bars!

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kaila @ healthy helper! May 9, 2011

Aww this is a great post! I love meeting new bloggers and you and your family are so cute Marla! Thanks for the awesome recipes!

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marla May 10, 2011

Thanks Kaila! Great to meet you too :)

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 9, 2011

What a beautiful family! And all of your recipes look scrumptious!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 9, 2011

Marla you have such gorgeous photos and recipes! I love all your variations on applesauce. What a great idea. :)

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marla May 10, 2011

Chelsea, I should have a blog dedicated to applesauce. I always have a batch in the fridge. Thanks for your sweet compliments.

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Baking 'n' Books May 9, 2011

Wow – the food, you and your family all look so fresh, home-y and down-to earth. Love it!

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Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 9, 2011

What a great buffet of vegan choices! I always appreciate omnivores that cook vegan dishes because that’s what I love to do!

Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather May 9, 2011

It’s so exciting to see you here Marla! I’ve been loving all the vegan cooking and baking you’ve been doing… but I always love everything you make!

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life May 9, 2011

Such beautiful photos and recipes!!! Thanks for shring.

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com May 9, 2011

Wow! Everything looks gorgeous!Thanks for the tips!

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Bronwyn May 9, 2011

Your pictures are beautiful! And I will definitely be making your telluride trail bars, they sounds delicious and so healthy!

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Nikita May 9, 2011

Thanks for featuring this lovely blogger! I hadn’t been to her blog before but it looks awesome! I want to try those almond chickpea cookies- I have used beans in black bean brownies (delish) but bot in a cookie.

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lucea May 9, 2011

Marla,
Great post!!! Your family is beautiful and once I click send I’m heading over to check out your blog.

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Marci May 9, 2011

love when my faves collide! you two are two places I never skim. Always save for when I have time to read and savor!

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marla May 10, 2011

Marci *happy dance* you are a sweetheart, always love when you visit me :)

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Jill in Chicago May 9, 2011

OH MY GOODNESS, I can’t wait to make that soup!!! And those BARS! YUM! Thanks for sharing the recipes, Marla (and Angela, thanks for introducing me to FFC!)

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Gail May 9, 2011

Hi Marla!
I can’t wait to check out your blog. It’s always nice to see a fellow Colorado-ite! Although I’ve never made it down to Telluride – maybe this summer!

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious May 9, 2011

Every single one of those recipes look fantastic! I can’t wait to check out your site Marla!

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birdie to be May 9, 2011

These look DELISH! Thanks for sharing her blog with us.

http://www.birdietobe.blogspot.com

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Roz May 9, 2011

Thank you for the delicious looking recipes and beautiful photos!

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Katherine: Unemployed May 9, 2011

Marla, you really have a good looking family! clearly you feed them well. I love how your recipes incorporate whole ingredients!

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Damaris @KitchenCorners May 9, 2011

Marla is so great, she is such a real life example of what a healthy diet looks like. Not to be ageist of anything but hve you seen her? I remember the first time I saw a picture of her with her family I was a little surprised. She looked 20, maybe 25.

Marla has inspired me to not eat sugar. We’ve eliminated all sugar in our home. It’s been over a week and it’s been an amazing week. No meltdowns, and I’m not speaking only about my kids I’m speaking about myself too.

Now I’m off to see her avocado scones recipe.
YUM

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marla May 10, 2011

Damaris, love that you thought I was in my 20′s…..far from it as you now know. That is awesome how great you are feeling getting off the sugar train.

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Marina May 9, 2011

Love the pictures in this post, and now I can’t wait to check out those recipes!

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ellalinea May 9, 2011

Love those recipes! great guest post :))

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