Food + Recipes

Quinoa Pasta w. Asparagus, Spring Peas & Cherry Tomatoes

March 15, 2015
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This delicious dish is Springtime in a bowl. It’s simple and easy to prepare, light yet satisfying, packed with healthy seasonal vegetables and best of all, kid-approved. Gather 8 ounces quinoa pasta 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 cup shelled fresh Spring peas 1/2 cup vegetable stock 1 cup grated Parmesan (optional) 2 tablespoons chopped…

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California Citrus Salad w. Quinoa & Toasted Walnuts

March 8, 2015

Mildly sweet oro blanco grapefruit and luscious blood oranges and are paired with peppery arugula, tiny pearls of quinoa, creamy avocado and crunchy walnuts for a simple, healthy and delicious salad. It doesn’t get more “California” than this! Gather 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa 2 medium blood oranges 1 oro blanco grapefruit 1 avocado 2 cups arugula, washed and dried ¼ cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted ¼ cup torn mint leaves pinch of sea salt Method Using a sharp knife, slice the ends from the citrus…

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Hamentashen for Purim (Dairy, Gluten & Grain-Free)

March 5, 2015
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Hamantashen is a triangular, filled pastry which is traditionally served on the Jewish festival of Purim and is eagerly awaited by everyone, both young and old. This dough for this paleo recipe is grain, gluten and dairy-free. The fillings can be mixed and matched. Prune butter and poppy seed are traditional but any kind of jam or preserves can be used. Gather 1  cup coconut flour 1/2 cup almond flour 2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup…

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Wellness

Fire Cider: Immunity Booster + Cold & Flu Remedy

March 1, 2015
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“Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates Fire Cider is a traditional remedy with deep roots in folk medicine and has been passed down through the generations. The term Fire Cider was given to this revered tonic by renowned herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. The tasty combination of apple cider vinegar infused with powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, decongestant and warming herbs makes this concoction especially nice to help boost the circulatory and immune systems, stimulate digestion and warm you up on…

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta w. Roasted Asparagus & Lemon

February 21, 2015
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This vegan and gluten-free (optional) pasta is creamy, delicious and easy to prepare. It’s also super healthy. Asparagus, one of my favorite Spring vegetables is packed with vitamin C, K, folate, fiber and is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich food. Crimini mushrooms are a nutrition powerhouse loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, giving them the potential to ward off disease. Be sure to make extra – the kids gobble it up! Gather 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and washed 1 cup crimini…

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Coconut Vegetable Curry Over Volcano Rice

February 20, 2015
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This vegan and gluten-free dish has quickly become one of my go-to recipes during the week. It’s quick and easy, loaded with veggies, satisfying, flavorful and since it’s light on the spices, the whole family loves it – including the kiddos. I usually use whatever veggies I have on hand. This time I went with zucchini, red bell peppers, carrots, onions, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and red potatoes, but you could easily do mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, green bell pepper, snow…

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Mixed Berry Parfait w. Granola & Coconut Cream

February 8, 2015
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This dreamy mixed berry parfait has quickly become one of our family’s favorite treats. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are nestled between luxurious layers of whipped coconut cream and crunchy clusters of granola. You can either make your own granola or if you’re in a jiffy, try Nature’s Path Summer Berries Granola or Purely Elizabeth Blueberry Hemp Ancient Grain Granola which are both gluten-free and delicious. The darling of this recipe is the whipped coconut cream, of course. If you’ve never had it, your mind is…

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Creamy Red Pepper Alfredo over Zoodles

February 8, 2015
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I first tried spiralized noodles at a raw restaurant I managed and more recently at a cozy little Italian restaurant in Ojai. My mind was officially blown. I have been dreaming about them ever since so I bought this awesome spiralizer to make them myself. Packed with vitamin C, phytonutrients, and minerals like manganese and potassium, “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) are a much healthier alternative to pasta and leave you feeling energized instead of sluggish. This recipe is thick and creamy, perfectly “cheesy,” satisfying…

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Pumpkin, Leek & Pecan Cornbread w. Spicy Honey

February 7, 2015
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This sweet and savory pumpkin cornbread will warm bellies and win hearts! The moist pumpkin, creamy buttermilk, heavenly brown butter, delicately flavored leeks, toasted pecans and spicy honey drizzle come together in complete perfection. This one’s a real crowd-pleaser, friends. It makes a wonderful addition to a weekend brunch or can be served with a big bowl of chili for a comfy dinner. Gather 1 cup sprouted white whole wheat flour 1 cup organic non-GMO cornmeal 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking…

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Butternut Squash, Fennel & Apple Galette

February 6, 2015
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Slightly sweet and creamy butternut squash, tart apples and fragrant fennel are wrapped into a rustic gluten-free and vegan galette, sprinkled with fresh rosemary, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and baked to perfection. Simply garnish with fresh sage, black pepper and sea salt or add a soft-cooked egg on top and serve with a nice green salad. Gather CRUST ½ cup brown rice flour ½ cup quinoa flour ¼ cup cornstarch 8 tablespoons coconut oil, chilled 6 tablespoons ice water ¼…

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