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A Guide to Farming Methods, Terminology & Labeling

September 29, 2013
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution Consumers are becoming more and more conscientious about our planet, what goes on our plates, in our bodies, and the correlation between food as medicine ― or food as disease. However, knowing exactly what we are eating these days can feel like an exercise in futility. It is no longer as simple as consuming whole, unprocessed foods. By…

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Food + Recipes

Pomegranate-Glazed Portobello Steaks Over Lemony Spinach

July 23, 2013
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In Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris, beautiful dishes are entirely composed of plant-based, nutrient-dense, and whole foods that energize, nourish, and taste delicious. Delightfully written and gorgeously illustrated, this book is coffee-table worthy and the information presented about superfoods is invaluable for anyone who wants to nourish their bodies for optimal health and vitality. Our family has quite a few favorites in this book, with Pomegranate-Glazed Portobello Steaks Over Lemony Spinach ranking very high. “The pomegranate’s complex sweet-acidic dichotomy complements the earthy meatiness of…

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Banana-Hemp Granola

July 19, 2013
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This banana-hemp granola recipe is from one of my new fave cookbooks, Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris. It’s easy to make and so delicious. I let my toddler mash the bananas and he gets really excited when he smells a fresh batch baking in the oven. It’s heavenly! Gather 2 mashed bananas (very ripe) 7 Medjhool dates 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup sea salt 1/4 cup smooth almond butter 3 cups oats (gluten-free oats optional)  1/2 cup hemp seeds Method Preheat oven…

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Chickpea, Tomato & Bread Soup

May 26, 2013
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This delicious recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s vegetarian cookbook Plenty is a take on the Tuscan ribollita. Somewhere between a soup and a vegetable stew, it is a warming and filling meal in a bowl after which you don’t need much… maybe just a comfy little pillow to rest your head on! Gather  1 large onion, sliced 1 medium fennel bulb, sliced 5 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzle over finished soup 1 large carrot, peeled, cut in half lengthways and sliced 3 celery sticks, sliced 1…

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Meyer Lemon Risotto w. Sage

May 23, 2013
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I’m kind of obsessed with the Meyer lemon. Living in Southern California, we are fortunate to have beautiful mature Meyer lemon trees growing right in our back yard. It flowers intermittently throughout the year, but the main season of production is in the spring. The lemon is a medium sized, round fruit that has a gorgeous golden yellow color. The edible skin is shiny, and smooth with small pores. The rind of the Meyer is thin, and the fruit very juicy,…

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Living Love Juice

March 20, 2013

I once managed a raw foods restaurant and learned a lot about living foods, holistic health and nutrition. It was there that I fell in love with juices, smoothies, shakes, and elixirs. Instead of spending loads of cash on trendy juice bars, I finally invested in a good blender and a masticating juicer and make my own! I’m excited to share my favorite juice with you, but first, a few basic tips: Use organic and local produce whenever possible. The…

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Spiced Chickpea & White Bean Smothered Sweet Potato

February 16, 2013
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A slightly spicy chickpea and tomato stew plays off of a bright orange sweet potato in this flavorful recipe. This hearty dish is simple to throw together, packed full of goodness, and is perfect for keeping warm on a chilly night. Gather 2 medium sweet potatoes, preferably rounder 1 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium shallots 1 tablespoon cumin seeds* 2 teaspoons coriander seeds* 2 whole cloves* 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes** 1 tablespoons smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 cup…

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Non Toxic Shop™ Synergy Skin Care Review & Giveaway

September 12, 2012
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Many companies with “natural” products on the market today focus on telling you what toxic ingredients they don’t contain, instead of revealing the toxic ingredients they do contain.  This is known as greenwashing.  For example, some companies will label their products paraben-free but use an alternative preservative such as phenoxyethanol which is almost as toxic as using parabens! The best way to ensure you are purchasing truly non-toxic cosmetics and skin care products is by visiting the Environmental Working Group’s Skin…

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Crockpot Quinoa & Red Lentil Soup

June 28, 2012
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This delicious crockpot soup recipe from Savvy Vegetarian is light and easily digested, yet satisfying and nutritious. My husband and toddler love it- it’s the perfect meal in a bowl and is even better the next day! Gather 1/2 cup quinoa 3/4 cup uncooked small red lentils 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large carrots 2 stalks celery 1 small head cauliflower OR 2 medium potatoes or OR 1 medium zucchini OR 1 small butternut squash 1 bay leaf 2 inch piece…

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Warm Apple Crisp

June 10, 2012

Who doesn’t love a warm Apple Crisp topped with ice cream? This recipe from The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book is simple, comforting, healthy and delicious! Gather lots of apples, peeled and sliced cinnamon maple syrup Topping: 4-5 cups oats 1 stick of butter, melted 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 Tbsp. oil (I use coconut)pPinch of salt Method 1. Peel and Slice the apples. (An old-fashioned apple peeler/corer is a fun for little helpers) 2. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 3. Place apples in a…

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