Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 31, 2020
Livliga healthy stir-fry recipe with peanut sauce on Vivente

Looking for a healthy recipe that will save you time, money, and calories? Here is a Cooking Light Chicken Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce recipe that checks all the boxes. This meal tastes as good as it looks served up on a Livliga Vivente dinner plate! Enjoy!

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Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Friday, August 28, 2020
Earlier this year we shared a new cookbook with you, Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste: Cooking for a Bariatric Lifestyle authored by Hilary Cutler, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD and Emily Tieu, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD. We are still loving the recipes that are coming out of this wonderfully created bariatric resource.

The authors and the University of Utah Health graciously allowed us to share the recipe and photo below from the cookbook. It is a snack recipe. There are also recipes for lunch, dinner, breakfast and protein shakes.

Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe in Livliga Just Right Set bariatric bowl

It is wonderful to note that this recipes was taken using Livliga’s Just Right Set® bariatric. It is a beautiful 2-piece dish set in the Aveq pattern. This unique ensemble has been specifically designed for those who need bariatric portion dishes.

Bariatrc-friendly Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Interested in finding out more? This cookbook is currently available through the Comprehensive Weight Management Program at the University of Utah Health. To get your copy of Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste, visit and ask to talk to a University of Utah Health expert.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 24, 2020
Livliga Homemade Black Bean Burger on Halsa Dinner Plate

It's meatless Monday! We are sharing our most recent vegetarian burger recipe this week! We served ours up on a happy-making Halsa dinner plate! Enjoy this perfect summer meal!

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Why Livliga Works—It’s the Best Value for Our Money and Our Health

Friday, August 21, 2020
MMcDonalds Supersize Fry Big vs. Small  Package

We all know it and struggle with it. Overeating is an everyday reality. We live in a super-sized world. Even worse, we have been programmed over our lifetime to believe that more is better and that the better deal is getting more for the money we pay, especially when it comes to food. “What makes those larger sizes even more troublesome is that they’re marketed and sold as bargains. When people learn to equate massive amounts of food with a good deal, it becomes an even more Herculean task to change their behavior,” says Diane Ty, Portion Balance Coalition Project Director from Georgetown University Business School in a recent Quartz article. Another problem is that the value we get for our money is equated with quantity, not quality…and it is killing us. More is not better when it comes to the consumption of food.

In reality, more is often given to us at the cost of quality. And of even greater concern is that we are programmed to eat what is in front of us. Huge portions amount to huge meals that add on pounds that ultimately affects our health. As New York University nutrition science professor Marion Nestle has put it, “larger portions encourage people not just to eat more, but to underestimate how much they’re eating. It’s as much a mental game as it is a mathematical one.”

Large Portion of an over sized greasy burger versus a normal serving size of a burger on Livliga's tableware

As is becoming apparent, in order to change our behavior we will need to change our culture. More is not better when it comes to food. Amounts do matter. A portion is not the same as a serving size. Food corporations, restaurants, grocery stores convenience outlets and even our homes will need to right size their offerings so all of us can become aware of right sized amounts. Currently we have no idea what right-sized servings look like. Our only frame of reference is super-sized portions.

How do we get started? Where we have the most control…our homes. And there is no better time than today to begin. When you listen to the successful weight loss stories on TV or read them in a magazine what do all those individuals say? Every single one has changed their food environment. They swapped out healthier foods for the less healthy ones, they planned ahead, they measured what they ate and they changed how they spend their time, fitting in exercise and healthier activities. 

As most will agree, losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle long term is more a mental game than a physical one. We have to permanently change behaviors and live in an environment that supports us in that healthy lifestyle. We need to invest in ourselves and the tools we need to succeed long term. Livliga was created for just that purpose. 

Map showing the portion sizes of each of  Livliga's Right sized tableware

Livliga created a system of right-sized tableware with psychology and measurement built in to help all of us serve up healthy meals in just right serving sizes. Not only have the dishes been right-sized but when you put the right amount of food in or on our dishes it appears plentiful so you can be satisfied at the end of the meal. This is important because we don’t want to feel deprived our denied because if we do we will end up eating more, right? So the psychology of the dishes is key. That is also why they are artist designed and use colors that calm us and make us feel better rather than the opposite, which is what a lot of restaurants do. That is why Livliga now has 3 patents and 3 national awards. We truly are unique and can make a difference in helping people live a healthy life long term. As we think about it, what is the best value we can receive in our lives? Our good health.  With good health we can pursue our dreams, live up to our responsibilities, and have the energy to give to those we love and care about, including ourselves.  Livliga is a means to help you achieve that best value of all…your good health. 

Livliga's Celebrate Dinner Plate "Nourish Your Heart"

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 17, 2020
Livliga Arugula and Shredded Cheddar Quesadillas recipe on Vivente

For a quick lunch with a sophisticated taste, this quesadilla can’t be beat and you will be surprised at how others in the family will like it. Check out our Arugula and Shredded Cheddar Quesadillas recipe! Yum! It is healthy and delightful on our Vivente portion control dinner plate.

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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burger

Friday, August 14, 2020
Homemade Black Bean Burger on Livliga Halsa Dinner Plate

We are committed to adding more variety and vegetarian meals to our diet. My family loves burgers. We have used store bought frozen veggie burgers to offer the vegetarian alternative. They tend to be expensive, a little tasteless, and not as healthy in ingredients. I have always wanted to come up with a fresh vegetarian burger that my family will like.

It is harder than it seems to make a homemade veggie burger that is tasty and holds up when cooking.  It is an ongoing challenge to keep these healthier burgers from crumbling when cooking and serving.  This current version has a great taste and holds up better than most. Read my tips below to increase your success in keeping your burgers from crumbling…they really do work.  These are also easy to assemble.

Livliga recipe for Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burger


  • 1 slice bread, torn into pieces to make into bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) low salt black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 portabella cap, finely chopped
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 lime, rind grated
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Place slice of bread in a food processor; process lightly, about 4 times or until crumbs measure around 1 cup. Transfer to a small bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl place the beans, 1 tablespoon of oil and garlic. Use a potato masher to coarsely smash up the beans.
  3. Next add the bread crumbs, lime rind, and remaining ingredients.
  4. Form the ingredients into 4 patties, compressing them as you do. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes prior to cooking.
  5. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet, cast iron is preferred. Add all 4 patties at the same time. Start on high and then reduce to medium heat to allow a nice crust to form on the bottom of the patty, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Only turn once and make sure to have a spatula that is wide enough for the whole patty to avoid crumbling when turning it over. Cook another 4-5 minutes until the patty has formed a nice crust. Serve immediately. 


  1. It is best to hand mash and hand chop all ingredients other than the slice of bread. The rougher texture will taste better and will hold up better. It is easy to over process the ingredients in a food processor which then makes them too liquidy and they will not hold together well.
  2. Make sure to compress the burgers when making them into patties to help them from crumbling.
  3. Put the patties in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes before cooking to help them solidify.
  4. When cooking make sure you have enough oil in the pan to make it easy to slide them on the spatula for turning.
  5. Start with a high heat in the skillet, then turn to medium heat to allow the patty to form a crust on the bottom before turning it to cook the other side.
  6. Turn the patty over only once. Patience is a virtue when cooking veggie burgers.

Healthy black bean burger meal plated on Halsa Portion Control Dinner Plate

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Nutritional Information-
Serving size: 1 patty. Calories: 178; Fat 12.4g; Sodium 336mg; Carbohydrate 13.8g; Fiber 4.2g; Protein 5.3.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 10, 2020
Livliga's Best Hiking Cookies Recipe on Halsa side plate

These Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are designed with hiking in mind! Try this hardy cookie recipe that is filled with tastes and texture for your next outdoor adventure, picnics included. Make sure to right-size your portions with the help of Livliga! We served this treat up on our our Halsa side plate to keep us mindful!

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🎉Introducing Livliga's New Healthy Cooking Bundle🎉

Friday, August 7, 2020

Create Delicious Food in a Healthy Environment 

Livliga's Seasonal Healthy Cooking Bundle

Measure, prepare and serve balanced meals while staying mindful of eating healthy. This special bundle of products includes everything you need to start creating delicious food in a healthy food environment. These tools help make prepping, cooking and eating healthier easier than ever. Use and enjoy at every meal.

This seasonal Healthy Cooking Bundle offers unique pricing that we know can be the perfect nudge to embrace the healthy lifestyle you seek or provide the incentive for a timely gift to friends and family to encourage and support the many ways we can enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with Livliga.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 3, 2020
Livliga Sheet Pan Salmon Celebrate Dinner Plate

We tried this simple and layered recipe from Weight Watchers! Sheet Pan Salmon with Crispy Kale and Potatoes is the perfect meal you can create in under an hour right in your oven. Enjoy this healthy dinner served up right-sized on you favorite Livliga pattern!

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