Shingles. It’s Not Just For The Elderly

Have you seen that commercial for shingles?  There is an elderly man that has this horrible rash that is all over his face and he constantly wears a grimace of pain and every one gives him these pitiful looks as he winces his way through life and the commercial.  The commercial leads you to believe, as well as everything else you hear, that shingles is an old people disease.

Yeah.  I found out that isn’t true. How? I got shingles! Shingles. It's Not Just for the Elderly | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Memorial Day 2018

Today is pretty much the unofficial start of summer but it is also so much more.  It’s a day to remember the men and women that sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy our freedoms.  I know it’s cheesy and cliche but, freedom isn’t really free.  I think we all forget that most of the time and Memorial Day is a good time to remember and be grateful to everyone who gave their all.  Memorial Day 2018 | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day | Life Healthfully LivedRemember today isn’t just about the delicious BBQ food you’re going to eat or the parades you’ll watch or the fireworks you might set off.  It’s about the ultimate sacrifice that some have made for our nation.

So, thank you to all who have served our country and given their all to keep America and our freedom safe.  Thank you to their families who have also given a tremendous amount in the name of America.  Enjoy your day off and remember why you get to enjoy a day off.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!


BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwiches

Stick with me on this one even though it sounds weird.  I have a weird affinity for turning vegetables into something other than vegetables.  Like cauliflower.  That vegetable is magic because it can become anything.  I’ve turned it into pizza crust, taquitos, bites, rice…. It’s a very versatile vegetable.  But other vegetables can be just as magical.

I know vegetarians and vegans get a bad rap for trying to turn things that aren’t meat into meat saying, “It tastes just like the real thing!”  Meat eaters, of course,scoff at this, the vegetarians/vegans get mad and no one wins.  Maybe to them the meat alternatives taste just like the real thing or maybe they just want to get more people to try their food.  I think it shouldn’t be important if meat alternatives taste like the real thing they should just taste good.

Like these BBQ pulled carrot sandwiches.BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwiches | Life Healthfully Lived

I’m not going to tell you they taste like BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, because they don’t.  They do taste delicious and it’s a pretty neat way to make a BBQ pulled sandwich even if it does use only vegetables.  I think the key here is really good BBQ sauce and for me that means homemade.  I did a little variation on my Even Better BBQ Sauce, but you can use the original, or this one, or your own homemade sauce, or store-bought if that floats your boat.  I ain’t gonna judge.BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwiches | Life Healthfully Lived

I thought this would be the perfect recipe for Memorial Day weekend especially if you’re having a party.  It’s easy to make a whole bunch of these pulled carrots and now you have something that is vegetarian/vegan-friendly, doesn’t have gluten, and you can dazzle your guests by telling them that it’s carrots.

Ok, maybe they won’t be dazzled.  But I’ll bet they’ll find it tasty!  You can make these ahead of time and keep them in a slow cooker on low so you don’t have to heat up your oven and therefore your house.  See?  I think of everything.

BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwiches BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwiches | Life Healthfully Lived

BBQ Sauce-

  • 1 can tomato sauce (check the ingredients to make sure it’s just tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
  • juice from one lime
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp molasses (could also use honey or maple syrup)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried minced onions
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

Pulled Carrots- 

  • 1 large red onion, sliced into strips
  • 1 lb bag of large carrots, shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  1. Make the BBQ sauce:  Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until they are well combined.  Pour into a bowl and let the sauce sit in the fridge while you make the carrots.
  2. Slice the onions and shred the carrots.  If you have a food processor, you can use the shredding blade and this goes super quick.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.  Place the onions and carrots into a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Lay the carrots and onions out on the baking sheet in an even layer, you might need to use two sheets depending on how big your baking sheet is.  Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, toss a little, and then put back into the oven without the foil for another 10 minutes.
  6. While the carrots are cooking, pull out a dutch oven or large pot and cook the sauce on medium high heat for about 10 minutes.  When the carrots are done had them to the hot BBQ sauce and stir to combine.  Lower the heat to low, cover, and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.  Alternatively, you can use your slow cooker at this point and keep it on low until you’re ready to serve.BBQ Pulled Carrot Sandwiches | Life Healthfully Lived

You can serve these on hamburger buns, tortillas, lettuce leaves, or even on arepas like I did here.  It also tastes pretty awesome with a smear of guacamole, but then again, what doesn’t?

I hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Memorial Day!