Food + Recipes

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Bowls w. Cilantro Cream

May 15, 2015
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If you’ve been following my food and recipe posts, you probably know I am a huge fan of one bowl meals. These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls are primarily made up of those three main ingredients and seasoned with some spices. The black beans and quinoa are packed with protein and sweet potato adds in some healthy carbs. Topped off with the most glorious cilantro cream drizzle, you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious meal that is ever so simple to…

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Lentil Spinach Rice Bowls w. Charred Onions & Muhammara

April 23, 2015
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Adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon, this recipe has a traditional start for the Lebanese staple called mujaddara, lentils and rice, that author Sara Forte tweaked a little for this bowl. It’s pretty simple and can be made in advance, making it the perfect weeknight meal and is also a real crowd-pleaser. The sauce, a delicious spicy-sweet roasted red pepper and walnut spread called muhammara, is truly what makes this bowl special. You can double the recipe to have…

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10 Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

April 9, 2015
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According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, our indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe. Yuck! Dust mites, allergens and a multitude of toxic chemicals pollute our home air. Studies run by NASA have proven that house plants can reduce up to 85% of indoor air pollutants. Adding indoor plants is a natural and beautiful way to detoxify the air in your home. A good rule of thumb is 7-10 plants per 900 square…

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Non-Dairy Milk Additives & Healthier Alternatives

April 5, 2015
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Whether you or your child is allergic to milk, lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply in search of a non-dairy option, you’re in luck. Alternatives to cow’s milk have never been more numerous or popular. Your local grocery store is likely stocked with alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk and hemp milk. While these non-dairy milk alternatives are marketed to sound good according to the claims made on the packaging, the nasty additives tell…

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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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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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