My Empowered Heart

Maple Vanilla Pear

If you’re tired of pumpkin pie, then try this simple and delicious pear dessert. The whipped coconut cream makes this next level epic! INGREDIENTS ¼ tsp ground cinnamon  1 tsp pure vanilla powder ½ c maple syrup    MAKE IT 1. Core pears with a

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Made these with my little one, this morning. She couldn’t wait, so they didn’t get a chance to cool, but she loved them! Makes 12 mini pies INGREDIENTS Crust – 2 ⅓ c GF graham crackers (crushed) or GF Mexican shortbread cookies ⅓ c pasture-raised

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Chickpea Salad

INGREDIENTS 1 can chickpeas, rinsed Red and yellow bell peppers, chopped Red onion, finely diced 1/2 lime, juice Sea salt, to taste DF feta Optional: Black pepper MAKE IT 1. Mix all ingredients except feta. Place in a serving bowl, and top with feta. Serve

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Gut-healing Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

INGREDIENTS 1 Honeycrisp apple  1 c almond milk  1-2 medjool dates  1 scoop vanilla pea protein  ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, to taste  1 ginger ice cube (on the blog) or fresh ginger, to taste  3 tsp chia seeds  1 tsp flaxmeal  1-2 tsp cashew butter 

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Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Spiced butternut squash soup with a gut-healing ingredient that makes it extra flavorful. The Instant Pot makes this super quick and easy recipe. Also, I used frozen butternut squash to make it easier. Don’t forget that frozen produce Is often harvested at peak ripeness/condition, and

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Chicken Chorizo

All the flavor, but make it healthy. This recipe is a hug in a bowl. It’s an old recipe, a bit of a twist on the one I grew up with. Make chorizo tacos, serve it with eggs, or even with nachos! INGREDIENTS 1 lb

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Caramel Granola

Fall in your oven, with all the cozy caramel notes in every bite. This is the perfect meal prep too! INGREDIENTS Homemade caramel 1 c cashews, chopped 3 tbsp chia seeds 1/2 c hemp hearts  1 c GF oats 1 c unsweetened shredded coco (desiccated)

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“Arroz con Leche” Chia Pudding

Arroz con leche is one of my childhood faves, and I love this healthier take. I hope you like it! INGREDIENTS  1 c almond milk 1 tsp coconut cream  2 tbsp chia seeds  1-1 ¼ tsp pure vanilla powder, to taste  ¾-1 tsp ground cinnamon,

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2 Ingredient Fudge

Want to make the easiest candy in less than 10 minutes? Let’s do it! INGREDIENTS  1 bag DF chocolate chips  2 tbsp creamy peanut butter Want to make the easiest candy in 6 minutes? Let’s do it! INGREDIENTS 1 bag DF chocolate chips  2 tbsp

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Maple Vanilla Pear

If you’re tired of pumpkin pie, then try this simple and delicious pear dessert. The whipped coconut cream makes this next level epic! INGREDIENTS ¼ tsp ground cinnamon  1 tsp pure vanilla powder ½ c maple syrup    MAKE IT 1. Core pears with a

Read More »

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Made these with my little one, this morning. She couldn’t wait, so they didn’t get a chance to cool, but she loved them! Makes 12 mini pies INGREDIENTS Crust – 2 ⅓ c GF graham crackers (crushed) or GF Mexican shortbread cookies ⅓ c pasture-raised

Read More »

Chickpea Salad

INGREDIENTS 1 can chickpeas, rinsed Red and yellow bell peppers, chopped Red onion, finely diced 1/2 lime, juice Sea salt, to taste DF feta Optional: Black pepper MAKE IT 1. Mix all ingredients except feta. Place in a serving bowl, and top with feta. Serve

Read More »

Gut-healing Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

INGREDIENTS 1 Honeycrisp apple  1 c almond milk  1-2 medjool dates  1 scoop vanilla pea protein  ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, to taste  1 ginger ice cube (on the blog) or fresh ginger, to taste  3 tsp chia seeds  1 tsp flaxmeal  1-2 tsp cashew butter 

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Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Spiced butternut squash soup with a gut-healing ingredient that makes it extra flavorful. The Instant Pot makes this super quick and easy recipe. Also, I used frozen butternut squash to make it easier. Don’t forget that frozen produce Is often harvested at peak ripeness/condition, and

Read More »

Chicken Chorizo

All the flavor, but make it healthy. This recipe is a hug in a bowl. It’s an old recipe, a bit of a twist on the one I grew up with. Make chorizo tacos, serve it with eggs, or even with nachos! INGREDIENTS 1 lb

Read More »

Caramel Granola

Fall in your oven, with all the cozy caramel notes in every bite. This is the perfect meal prep too! INGREDIENTS Homemade caramel 1 c cashews, chopped 3 tbsp chia seeds 1/2 c hemp hearts  1 c GF oats 1 c unsweetened shredded coco (desiccated)

Read More »

“Arroz con Leche” Chia Pudding

Arroz con leche is one of my childhood faves, and I love this healthier take. I hope you like it! INGREDIENTS  1 c almond milk 1 tsp coconut cream  2 tbsp chia seeds  1-1 ¼ tsp pure vanilla powder, to taste  ¾-1 tsp ground cinnamon,

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2 Ingredient Fudge

Want to make the easiest candy in less than 10 minutes? Let’s do it! INGREDIENTS  1 bag DF chocolate chips  2 tbsp creamy peanut butter Want to make the easiest candy in 6 minutes? Let’s do it! INGREDIENTS 1 bag DF chocolate chips  2 tbsp

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Gabriela

As the child of immigrants, I got to see the struggle first hand. We didn’t have a lot, but we used simple ingredients and spices to transform vegetarian meals into feasts. Good food made everything better. Early on, I started helping out in the kitchen. Not only was it fun, but it also taught me about something I call “kitchen medicine.” Kitchen medicine is food made with real ingredients, that heals, nourishes, and strengthens us. At every inflection point in my health journey, food has been key in healing my body.

 

At 19 years-old, I was in a life-threatening car accident. Against all odds, I survived. It changed my life, my course, and propelled me into a healing profession for almost 20 years. My first job as a nurse was at the very hospital that saved my life. It has been so fulfilling and humbling to help others on their health journey. And now, I am a patient once again.

 

In 2020, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease. Kitchen medicine has helped my body weather the storm. It also helped heal my leaky gut, caused by Lyme. I have learned so much along the way, as both a patient and nurse. I’m excited to share it with you. 

 

I’ve always felt most empowered by love and knowledge. I hope my recipes and blog inspire and empower your heart and healing journey.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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