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{meatless mondays : a simple spring recipe – creamy bok choy with sauteed garlic scapes}

14 Apr

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have you ever used garlic scapes?! they are also referred to as “green garlic”…

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first of all – how fun and wild-looking are they?!  …reminds me of my hair in the mornings :P

you can start to find them popping up in some specialty stores, organic grocers, and maybe even at a farmer’s market…if you’re lucky to live where you can shop at one now!

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i just love garlic scapes!  they are not nearly as strong as garlic itself, and provide a fun texture to a dish. the “scapes” are the “flower stalks” of the plant, and are typically pruned or discarded in gardening practices.  however, this foodie knows better and has learned that they can be an amazing substitute for garlic itself. Continue reading

{thirsty thursday : “plumango” vitamix smoothie}

10 Apr

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“plumango” vitamix smoothie :

- 1 fresh plum

- 1/4 cup dried mango

- 1/4 organic banana

- 1/4 cup frozen cherries

- 1/4 cup fresh spinach

- 1 teaspoon flax seeds

- 1 cup almond milk

 

{meatless mondays : my first millet experience}

7 Apr

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i’ve been wanting to try to play with millet for a while now.  i have had a package of it on the shelves for a good bit now and i thought it was high time to give it a whirl.

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i like to store things in glass jars… packaging just annoys me! :P

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millet is a tiny grain that reminds me of something from my youth… when cooked, it is almost like a pilaf. i read online that it also can turn into more of a mashed-potato like consistency, if cooked the right way. Continue reading

{thirsty thursday – session lager}

3 Apr

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i’ve definitely been throwing back a few of these in the last few weeks…

just your good ol’ basic lager. clean, smooth taste, easy finish. compliments a frozen pizza after a long day at work just perfectly! ;)

{meatless mondays : rainbow rainbow quinoa}

31 Mar

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no, it’s not a typo. i called this dish “rainbow rainbow quinoa because… well – look at it. ;)

i wanted to use up some stuff in the fridge – like my shredded carrots and leftover cabbage… both of which, to me, can be a challenge to use up for one person. i find that quinoa is a great “anything goes” kind of dish. so when i’m looking to use up fresh veggies, i usually throw them in with quinoa. another reason i love quinoa is because it is a complete protein. basically what that means is it contains all 9 essential amino acids. this makes it a great grain for vegans or vegetarians.

rainbow rainbow quinoa – ingredients :

- 1/2 cup rinsed rainbow quinoa

- 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage

- 1/2 cup shredded carrots

- 1/4 finely chopped onion

- 2 cloves diced garlic

- 1 cup raw baby spinach

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{totally craving : a pastrami sammy}

28 Mar

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with homemade toasted rye bread, creamy melted swiss, authentic deli mustard, and colourful coleslaw… nom nom…

i would also do almost anything for a pastrammy from MASTERPIECE right about now… this one i created a while back was pretty incredible {miss E knows how to slice some perfect pastrami!}… but nothing beats a sammy from masterpiece delicatessen… and i lived in new york! – so that’s saying a lot! ;)

{a look inside my lunchbox…}

27 Mar

a look inside my {colourful} lunchbox :

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- natural raw almonds

- fresh asparagus sauteed in olive oil

- large colourful salad w/ italian vinaigrette

- savory parmigiano reggiano baked chicken

- steamed zucchini medallions

- pastrami turkey strips and parm reggi chunks

- fresh organic strawberries

 

{i just love my laptop lunches bento box!} :D

{my fascination with vegetable guts…}

27 Mar

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…i don’t really know what else to say about it…

 

{local love – noosa yoghurt}

26 Mar

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if you’re one of my colorado readers, you’ve probably already been obsessed with noosa yoghurt for a while now.  if you haven’t, you will be soon…

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this yummy creamy treat is made with milk from semi-pasture-raised cows here in colorado. i just believe milk tastes better out of glass… in fact, i believe everything does! noosa’s flavour is unsurpassed, and i believe it’s in part due to the milk from these cows.

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{glorious golden beets}

25 Mar

another beautiful piece of produce i picked up at the cutest organic store in town….

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have you ever had golden beets?!  i just loooooove them!  i am pretty sure you can keep the skin on – so long as you scrub it pretty thoroughly.  i just peel mine.  these were so cute and little!

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love the colour!

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i usually just steam mine.  i find them to be so delicious, i don’t even add any S and/or P.  i think they have the most unique flavour. i just love to put them in salads or just munch on them alone… so good! beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals and they are just an all around amazing vegetable!

{a community post : who is my “health hero” – and please don’t think i’m egotistical}

24 Mar

how is everyone doing?  i hope your week is off to a beautiful start.  i have been feeling SO GOOD with the change in seasons rapidly approaching, and the evening light sticking around longer.  i just feel so much better when spring gets here.  i do believe i sometimes feel “SAD” – you know, “Seasonal Affective Disorder” – that is a definite real thing.  it was so dark and cold this winter {especially for colorado} and i struggled on some days to even get out of bed.

i received an email recently, asking if i wanted to participate in a new campaign on a new site that is dedicated to offering simple information regarding all things health-related. i tend to be a little hesitant with stuff like that, but after researching the company, i realized that it falls in line with my own values and so i was happy to connect with them.

american recall center is running a campaign titled “who is your health hero?” and i’ve been asked to write a post about just that. so, here we go…

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this is where the second part of my blogpost title comes in – i am my own health hero.

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{meatless mondays : colourful roasted mushrooms w/ veggie ribbons}

24 Mar

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i noticed a few new followers have joined the fun – thank you and welcome!

in case you don’t know this about me, i love to eat anything with colour. i believe in living by the motto… well, a lot of “mottos” really – but one of them is “eat the rainbow.”  if your food has colour naturally, it is good for you!  this dish definitely meshes with that motto.  i whipped it up last week when i was doing a short veggie cleanse.  i just love mushrooms – do you?!

this is a great vegan dish, or a healthy random way to get in a ton of veggies all at once.  sometimes i’ll construct meals entirely of vegetables… this one i just made up on the spot, when inspired by the fresh-looking produce in the market.

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simple ingredients : portabella mushrooms, zucchini, purple cabbage, shredded carrots.

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i’m fascinated by the intricate insides of certain vegetables – like cabbage. Continue reading

{cherry sweet-tart vitamix smoothie}

22 Mar

i’m a little late on posting today – it’s snowing here in colorado… and, sigh – i’ll just go ahead and say it – i’m over it!  can we please be in spring now?!  i’m just dying to put on my sanuks and put away my wellies.

i’ve been making a smoothie every morning since we are ‘officially’ in spring now – but i admit it’s just not as satisfying first thing in the morning as a warm cup of coffee or tea.  but i’m determined to start cleansing my body out, preparing it for a different season, and lots of different veggies to compliment!

in the meantime, here’s another smoothie recipe.  i created this one in mind as more of an evening smoothie. tart cherries and tart cherry juice are good for insomnia, remember?!  i call it “sweet-tart” because i used sweet frozen cherries and tart cherry juice… and it turned out rather delicious!

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cherry sweet-tart vitamix smoothie :

- frozen sweet cherries {1/2 cup}

- 3 frozen strawberries

- 3 frozen pineapple chunks

- 1 pitted date

- 1/2 cup coconut milk

- 1/2 cup tart cherry juice

{drink the rainbow : purple-ish antioxidant-rich vitamix smoothie!}

19 Mar

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how’s that for a title?!

vitamix-ing {and really, smoothie-making in general} is all about experimenting.  sometimes you nail it. sometimes you don’t. more times than not, it turns out amazing… like in this case. :)

purple-ish vitamix smoothie :

- 1/4 cup frozen blackberries

- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple

- 1/4 cup red/purple cabbage

- 1 pitted date {for sweetness}

- 2-3 dehydrated apple wedges {i like to dehydrate stuff}

- 1/2 – 2/3 cup coconut milk

- splash of orange juice

- sprinkle in a little raw protein powder

and the fact that it tastes amazing is a huge bonus to how incredibly healthy and good for you it is!! :D

check out that colour!!!

{exploring new produce : radicchio}

18 Mar

as you may have noticed – i like to try new things.  and there was this one particular vegetable i had been wanting to try for a while now - radicchio. i knew it had to be good for us – just look at all that colour!

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when i did a little research on this interesting-looking chicory, i discovered that it may actually help insomnia.  and – as you may recall, i battle with that from time to time… eating intuitively has become such a way of life for me, that i notice i’ll crave things i need and not even realize it. how awesome is that?! our bodies are so incredible! Continue reading

{st. paddy’s day green vitamix smoothie}

17 Mar

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it’s been a while since i wrote a vitamix post!!  green smoothies are always fun, and this is fitting for the holiday. this week i decided to do a short cleanse. partially in honour of the moon, partially in honour of the upcoming solstice, and partially because i have been eating donuts almost every day for breakfast for about 2 months… not even kidding. *ahem* anyway, i was super excited to bust out my vitamix again! Continue reading

{classics : grilled ham and cheese}

15 Mar

did ya’ll sleep in today?!  i sure wanted to… daylight savings always jolts my system.  takes me a week or so to get used to it – but goodness, do i love having that light in the evenings!!! i just look forward to the mornings catching up, ya feel me?!

i’m going to start my seeds for my garden this weekend and of course, i’ll be documenting the whole thing. i bought tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, chives, and leeks for now.  i have attempted to grow from seed before, but to no avail.  i learned my lesson with my lovely tomato plant last year and i just don’t think some kinds of lettuces grow well here.  SO – we are going to try again :D

my awesome landlord has all the fixins’ to get my garden going and plenty of outdoor space in which to plant it all… one of the things i’ve wanted so desperately over the last couple of years was to have a garden. i’m so glad i can finally try!

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i do love me some good ol’ romaine lettuce from time to time – the crunch is so good.  not much nutrition going on, but i do find myself craving the fiber and just wanting something to put dressing on, mostly.

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it’s a comfort food kind of day.  grilled ham and cheese on 7-grain toast with roasted red pepper and tomato soup…

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it’s a childhood classic… grown-up style.

{thirsty thursday – zuberfizz draft soda!}

13 Mar

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everyone knows i love to support local.  and obviously i’m totally down with the all-natural.  however, you may be surprised to discover that i love ginger ale. i mean i LOVE IT! almost as much as i love beer… almost.

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{aspen-leaf swiss chard}

11 Mar

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i have always thought swiss chard was so beautiful.  the colours, the intricate web-like design on the leaves, the fun “bubbly” type texture… and i thought this one was particularly cool. for one, it kind of reminds me of an aspen leaf - the shape of it.  and for two, look at the fun pink tip – it’s like a paintbrush…

nature’s paintbrush ;)

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how beautiful and cool is that?!  nature does it best. Continue reading

{sauteed sunchokes}

10 Mar

i have been wanting to try sunchokes {aka “jerusalem artichokes“} for a long time now. they are so interesting-looking {as most root vegetables are} and one time i bought a bag when i was doing a cleanse, but i didn’t get to cook them and unfortunately they spoiled.

so, when i was at the cutest little organic store in town the other day, i picked some up so i could fotograph and blog about them.

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and of course – EAT THEM! :D

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