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Monday, January 30, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

One-Skillet Veggie Pie with Turkey Sausage

I was inspired to create this dish from an Appalachian One-Pan Sausage Pie recipe I found in the weekly magazine I subscribe to called The Week. There is something so appealing about a one-pan meal. It automatically seems to mean simple to put together and easy to clean up. For most of us with our busy lives this can be an ideal meal. The challenge is to make it healthy and satisfying.

Two ways I focused on upping the health value of this meal was to switch out the pork sausage for turkey sausage. I also increased the root vegetables and punched up the seasoning. I left out the sugar usually used in the cornbread topping so the meal is more savory than sweet. Using a cast iron skillet brings out the best in the vegetables and makes it easy to cook this meal on the stove and then finish it up baking in the oven.

One-Skillet Veggie Pie with Turkey Sausage


For filling
1 lbs turkey breakfast sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1 tsp herbes de Provence
1 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp kosher salt
2 medium parsnips, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 large turnip, chopped

For topping
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups low fat buttermilk


1.     Brown sausage in skillet on high heat. Break it up into ½ inch pieces as it cooks. Add onion when it begins to brown.  Cook together until onion appears translucent, about 5 minute. Transfer mixture to a bowl.
2.     Return skillet to the stove and adjust heat to medium-high. Add broth and deglaze the pan. Stir to dissolve the brown bits. Stir in paprika and salt.
3.     Add the vegetables. Bring to a simmer, then cover. Cook vegetables until just tender, about 7 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
4.     Stir in the sausage and onion mixture. Set aside.
5.     Next, in a bowl, blend cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
6.     Add the buttermilk, stirring well. The mixture should be thick yet pourable.
7.     Starting at the outside rim of skillet and moving inward, pour cornbread batter evenly over the veggie and sausage pie. Use a spatula to smooth over any empty places, covering the top completely with batter.
8.     Place skillet in oven at a preheated 425°F and bake for 15 minutes, until batter is set. The top should be slightly browned. If it needs a little more browning, put the skillet under the broiler for a minute.
9.     Serve immediately. Dish it up hot and straight from the skillet.

Serves 6. Serving size: of pie. Calories:  267 per serving.

To make it a meal: add ½ cup blueberries topped with cup nonfat Greek yogurt and ½ tablespoon honey for 92 calories. Total calories for the meal: 356.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

2017: Our Year of Intention

New Year’s Resolutions are a lot like diets. They don’t work. Often, with the best of intentions, we make pledges to ourselves to make big changes with the desire to live a better, usually healthier, life. The problem is that our resolutions tend to have outcomes that are very different than our stated intention.

There is a lot of buzz out in the world these days about “intention” and living a life with intention. Oprah Winfrey is big on the power and benefits of intention. She runs her companies that way. She attributes her awakening to intention to a book by Gary Zukav she read in 1989 called Seat of the Soul.

What is this thing called Intention? How is it different from purpose? And how does mindfulness fit in? Does attitude play a part in the outcome? How do we figure this out?

Intention is most often described as an outward manifestation of purpose. Purpose is regarded much more as an inward reflection on what is important to us, gets us up and out of bed everyday and allows us to imagine making a difference. Intention is the way we realize our purpose.

The challenge is that intentions don’t automatically have positive outcomes. Remember the famous quote—“The road to hell is paved with good intentions?” Without conscious effort intentions can have very different outcomes than we want, or, in fact, never materialize. This is where mindfulness becomes important. It is the link between our purpose and our intention. Mindfulness helps us shepherd our intentions so their outcomes are what we intend as a direct result of our stated purpose. We have to be actively engaged and present in the process in order to get where we want to go. Having a purpose doesn’t get you anywhere. Having good intentions won’t guarantee an outcome. Mindfulness helps us focus on what is important and how we can then live a life true to our purpose with aligned intention.

Of course, if we have an attitude that is afraid to believe or cynical or negative, how likely are we to achieve our purpose and have the ultimate intentional outcome we desire? Not, likely.

We are complicated beings. What happens in life is not always what we wish. Often we may subconsciously undermine a powerful intention because of underlying feelings our issues we aren’t fully aware we have.  We have control over so much of our lives but we often forfeit that control because of all the twisted layers of our lives. We live our lives more as automatons than as people with powerful purpose realized through true intention. We can change that.

This year can be our year of true intentions.

If a key purpose in my life is to live a healthier lifestyle and help others do the same then it makes sense that each time I start to eat I should be consciously and mindfully asking myself---“Is this supporting or undermining my purpose? By choosing to eat what is in front of me can I honestly say it is supporting my desired intention?”

We wake up every day with good intentions. How can we mindfully help ourselves be true to those intentions more consistently and throughout each day? Through being mindful of our purpose, and asking ourselves whether what we are doing is our true intention. If it isn’t, don’t do it.

Oprah Winfrey has lost 42 pounds and built a success-driven life. We can too!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle


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Friday, January 13, 2017

2016 Top Ten Blogs

As we embrace the New Year it is always a healthy act to look back and reflect on the past year. As a blog writer it is fun and absolutely enlightening to see what I wrote and what resonated with people as they search for information and look for resources or advice. With that in mind I thought I would share with everyone what our Top Ten Live Vibrant blogs were for 2016. This year I have also added the most popular guest blog and our top two all time most popular blogs.
Enjoy and share!

Most Popular Blogs in 2016

Most Popular Guest Blog in 2016

Most Popular All-Time Blogs

Monday, January 9, 2017

Introducing Livliga's New Insightful Monday Motivations--Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle

We are so pleased to launch our new series of Monday Motivations in 2017. Our new series is called:
Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle. These insights are meant to give us a glimpse into the world of living a healthy lifestyle and what that might look like. We hope these somewhat whimsical "Signs" will get you thinking, inspire you and help you add to your own list of Signs of a Healthy Lifestyle. Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Livliga Fresh Start Weekend Sale

With January 1st comes a New Year and another chance to set new goals. Livliga hopes to help encourage everyone to start fresh this year by providing you with the simple tools you need to do so. Enjoy this weekend sale running today, January 6th through Sunday, January 9th and get started on the right track with your 2017 healthy lifestyle goals. Livliga is here to help along the way!