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Organic Dill Pickles

pickles for blog

Lord have mercy, it’s been too long. All I can say is that life is amazing, but busy! I look on with envious green eyes those that have the ability to consistently capture special moments. I am living the dream, but sadly in the buzz of activity, I forget to break out my camera. My head is now spinning with preparations for the new school year: photos for posters, newsletter writing, cooking video, parent meetings, Back to School night, class socials, and now we’ve just signed up for AYSO soccer. Ah, parenthood. Busy Bee aside, this is absolutely the most rewarding time of my life. Jake is blossoming in the most heartening way, and it’s so beautiful to watch. Here’s a recipe that I adapted for our garden program, “From The Ground Up.”  I switched all of the ingredients to organic, used unbleached sugar instead of white, changed the white vinegar to apple cider vinegar, giving the pickles a yummy, tangy bite, and iodized salt goes the natural way of the sea. But of course, m’ dears! I am also sharing the video for the recipe on this link, because heck, it’s awesome and informative, and I’m super proud of [...]

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Salad Pizza

salad pizza

What a summer it’s been: Beachin’ it, barbeques, pool parties, and it’s been play date central over at our house. Honestly, we’re having one of the most amazing summers, and we’ve got a whole month to go! The only downside to being so social is that our my family life is so busy that I haven’t been able to share my wonderful recipes with you. Arghh, the many times I’ve baked beautiful pies, tossed delicious salads, and concocted pitchers of summer time drinks , then I dash off thinking, ” I need to post these yummies on the blog!” And that’s just my recipes. I have a few friends that are bad asses in the kitchen,so I’m going to have to hit them up for their recipes! Here’s a lightening quick recipe that we’re had a few times over summer. I’m all for making your own pizza dough, but heck it’s summer, and when I crave pizza, and fast, I snatch an organic ready made pizza dough off the shelf. Hey, I’m only human people! Here’s a zero guilt pizza. Serve olives on the side, pour a glass of sauvignon blanc, and you’re good to go! Salad Pizza mesclun mix [...]

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Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto

All I can say is “OH MY GAWD, my life has been so crazy!” I have have descended deeper and deeper into a punishing abyss of “there goes another week of not blogging about my passion for all things healthy. When will I get a chance to say hello, how ya doin,’ sorry I can’t get back to you, but if you leave your name, and your number, I’ll get back to you.”  And I’m still not completely back, but today I’ve put my foot down and said “enough is enough, I’m going to let that shiznit wait, ’cause I miss my creative conversation with y’all. It’s been too long amigos! You must be wondering, “this girl’s just plain lazy.” Well, ya’ll are about to get schooled in Busy: 1. Motherhood and Marriage. 2. Construction in three rooms of our house…while living on site. Moving out of rooms, moving back into rooms….fun, fun, fun! 3. College, plus a 2 hour commute each day. 4. My son’s homework, plus my own homework: Statistics, Chemistry, and French. 5. Volunteering for my son’s organic program. 6. Cooking, cleaning, and laundry. “Whaaaa.” Now that I’ve exercised my right to winge uncontrollably (we live in [...]

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Vegetable Samosas

Samosas

Toby, Jake, and I went down to Venice Beach today for the Hare Krishna “Festival of the Chariots.” Every year, the Krishnas take over the boardwalk with a celebration of music, indian dance, delicious food, and good vibes! Chilling on the grass with friends we soaked up the atmosphere, enjoying our “Free Feast” of vegetarian pasta Indian sweets,  and Rosehip-flavored  juice (divine). The whole experience ignited my desire to share another fab indian recipe today. This recipe has been in the back of my mind for months, but now full of inspiration from technicolor indian saris, krishna face paint, carnation garlands, and peaceful spirit, today seems like the right day to share this delicious snack with you. Try this when you have a little extra time, but it’s truly worth the effort. Vegetable Samosas Dough 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 tablespoon sooji (semolina flour) (optional) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 tablespoons oil 1/4 cup minus 2 tablespoon lukewarm water Filling 3 large boiled potatoes (cooked to tender, not soft) peeled and cubed 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1/4 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoons oil 1/2 cup fresh green peas (frozen [...]

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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Black Bean and Corn Quesedillas

What a blissful day in the Canyon. A bit of gardening in the morning, swimming with friends, a fresh and easy lunch, followed by a bit of blogging. One of things I’m most excited about today is finding another kid-friendly recipe that’s delicious and nutritious. As a Mom of a finicky eater, I’m constantly on the lookout for healthy food that’s appealing to young taste buds. You’re in for a treat today because this recipe brings smiles from everyone at mealtime. Jake had not one, but four big slices of  Quesadillas! Serve with guacamole and salsa (recipes below) and you’ve got heaven on a plate. While I continue my research for the new site, please join me on my Facebook page, to view exciting therapies and ideas for optimum health. Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas Filling 1 can organic black beans, drained 2 cups organic corn from the cob, boiled or grilled, then sliced off the cob (defrosted organic corn also works) 3 cups shredded “Mexican Blend” of cheese(asadero, monterey jack, sharp cheddar, and queso blanco)  or cheddar (vegan, dairy-less cheese is available at your local health food store) tsp garlic powder tsp onion salt pinch of freshly ground black [...]

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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

I’m going back to my roots with this recipe. Lentil soup was one of the first healthy recipes I learned to make when I was 18, and erm, 160 pounds! As I write this, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for the days when I dipped my pinky toes into the world of vegetarianism. I remember the days when I used to visit my girlfriend Malina who worked at the first Santa Monica Coop Supermarket, just across the street from where it is now on 16th and Broadway, when it was just a small room and a bunch of long hairs working behind the register. Everything was so new! What’s tofu, miso paste, or quinoa? I miss those days, I tell ya. The world of health has become a booming business, and I yearn for a simpler time when all you needed was an armfull of organic produce and a few seasonings from your larder. Here’s the deal: you don’t need all the gadgets and mumbo jumbo to take care of your body! Keep your diet simple and clean, and always remember, a little goes a long way. Health food stores are emporiums of goodness, but also a lot of gimmicks. [...]

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Omusubi

My life is incredibly busy at the moment. In addition to being a Mom, my husband and I are renovating a house (our job. construction is going on as I write. Even on a Sunday), a student (Contemporary Literature, Ethnic Literature, and Political Science), a food blogger, and I have been chosen to be a leader in my Buddhist district. We wear so many hats in life, its no wonder taking care of ourselves can fall by the wayside. The best thing to do is plan ahead, making something delicious at home to take with you, or risk spending big bucks eating out. There are so many cool glass containers and funky flasks at health food stores at the moment. Consider yourself an eco-minded recessionista. Here’s another nutritious “on the go” recipe. Omusubi means “riceball” in Japanese. Our omusubi today is a mixture of short grain brown rice, hijiki seaweed, diced carrots, umeboshi paste, and sprinkling of Furikake, wrapped in a sheet of nori. Omusubi is perfect for a quick and healthy snack, or enjoy it with hot or cold edamame and a cup of miso soup for a nourishing meal. You can eat it open, taco style, like the photo [...]

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Veggie Wraps with Thai Coconut, Lime, and Cilantro Dressing

Veggie Wraps with Thai Dressing are the rescue remedy to the ubiquitous sliced veggie party plate served with Ranch or French Onion dip. Don’t get me wrong. I understand the dilemma. As a nightmare vegetarian guest, I have wreaked havoc on many a dinner host, leaving them to wonder what the hell to serve the veggie crackpot of the family (may I offer my sincerest sympathy to all concerned, even if it’s 20 years too late). On the flipside of this, in the last 10 years, the abundance and availability of organic produce makes preparing vegetarian fare easy, and best of all, simple. Your body will thank you, and your guests will no doubt be impressed. This one’s a done deal. Who hasn’t cut vegetables into matchsticks?? If you can “schmear” a bagel, you can “schmear” a collard leaf (not to worry. there’s room for both if you eat well). How cool are you going to look by serving these chic mini wraps at your party? Say no more. Then, the surprise of a tasty, zingy, and dairy free Thai dip. Made by you, Devil.    Veggie Wraps with Coconut, Lime, and Cilantro Dressing 3 cups of each: carrot, red cabbage, [...]

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Vegetable Inari

I don’t consider myself a Royalist, but I was unusually obsessed about the Royal Wedding. The world is in such a terrible place, economically, politically, and cultural relationships are at an all time low, that I craved a bit of fantasy. Judging by all the coverage from almost every single media outlet, I can’t be the only one. After a week of enduring Donald Trump’s ridiculous remarks over President Obama’s birth certificate (do we laugh or do we cry?), this girl really needed a lift. So at 2:30 am Los Angeles time, I rolled out of bed, and cracked open a tin of Fortnum and Mason “William and Catherine Wedding Biscuits,” and enjoyed a few with a cup of Early Grey. I was ready for action, and was not disappointed. The Brits put on a good show, don’t they? What an incredible ceremony, and Sarah Burton’s wedding dress was breathtaking in it’s simplicity (Alexander Mc Queen would have been so proud). William and Kate’s double-kiss was the icing on the cake, but when the couple emerged from Buckingham Palace driving Prince Charles’s Aston Martin Volante, with a “Just Wed” registration plate, the deal was sealed. The Royal Family are back [...]

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Golden Cauliflower Fritters with Herbed Yogurt Dip

These cauliflower fritters are quick and easy to make, and perfect for a picnic (I am sure I’ve said the picnic thing before, but shoot, it’s summer). They are similar to potato pancakes, but much lighter, and with savory Middle Eastern spices. Delish. I’m going to big up the dip too: It seriously takes the fritters to the next level. I whipped up a batch yesterday, and brought it to a play date with my girlfriend Ase (Ohsah) and her lovely kids. She and I sat and ate the cakes while watching the kids play. Translation: we chatted for a minute, tore off a hunk, dipped it in the herbed yogurt, then raced after our kids, then caught up for another 30 seconds, tore off a hunk, dipped, then raced off again. However erratic this may sound, these are the best of times for me. Sharing silly Mummy Moments, snacking and chillin’ out with our children. Golden years. We finished off the fritters for dinner with a big salad. Another idea: Wrap the them up in lavash bread, smear on some of the divine yogurt, add a few middle eastern spicy yellow peppers (long, thin, sweetish, and hot), lettuce leaves, some [...]

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