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Organic Dill Pickles

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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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East West Salad

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Cool and refreshing, the East West Salad is also remarkably filling, thanks to the addition of ginger-grilled tofu. For the best flavor, marinate the tofu overnight in the tangy ginger inflected soy sauce.  For my friends that are allergic to peanuts, I have substituted peanut butter for almond butter with incredible results. Macrobiotic and  vegan, with a high content of raw organic ingredients, this is a quick and easy recipe that will make you smile and your body glow with health. East West Salad with Sesame Dressing 4 cups napa cabbage, shredded 2 cups red cabbage, shredded 2 carrots, shredded 3 inch piece of daikon radish, julienned 4 cups ginger grilled tofu (recipe below) 1 cup Sesame Sauce (recipe below) sprinkle of gomasio (optional) Gingered Tofu: 1 12 oz pack of extra firm tofu 1/2 cup tamari sauce 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar 1/4 cup sesame oil thumb size piece of ginger, minced tbs canola oil 1. Whisk all the wet ingredients in a bowl. Toss the tofu in the sauce. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours, or better yet, overnight. 2. Preheat the oven to 400. Strain the tofu. Grease a baking sheet and lay the tofu on the sheet, grilling on [...]

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Kale Salad

Kale Salad

Phew, I almost missed the boat on this post. Hey kids, the week isn’t over, I’ve got an hour left! Seriously though, I’ve had the most incredibly busy week. Four final exams, plus this weekend I wrote one essay, revised another, studied for a math exam tomorrow, wrote this blog post, and more importantly, hung out with my 5 year-old son (La Brea Tar Pits. woo hoo.)!  I’m exhausted, but darn it I’m here! In my argumentation class this semester, I debated against discrimination for people with unhealthy lifestyles. What I found were some startling statistics: 35% of Americans are obese, which is a third of our population! The World Health Organization ranks The US 37th in the world’s health systems, and obesity-related health spending reached $147 billion this year. After taking the time to research the topic, I think it’s necessary to give you more than just recipes in the coming months. I won’t completely reveal my plans, but rest assured I’m on a mission to help people. Although I’m dog-tired, I feel energized and invigorated by the idea of sharing information to make us all have happier lives. Just this week I had a wonderful conversation with one of [...]

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Tropical Fruit Salad with Macadamia Nut Cream

Tropical Salad with Maca Cream

Oh man, this fruit salad is sooo good! One of the bones I have to pick with fruit salad for breakfast is that it’s so light that I get hungry an hour or so after eating it. Of course I could add waffles or pancakes to my fresh fruit, but apart from oatmeal, I walk away feeling too full and bloated (oh the horror). How can one eat lightly, yet stay full enough so you’re not having to snack every hour? This of course is why you have come to my site, to find out the answers to the world’s most pressing issues. Breathe a sigh of relief because I’ve got  ’lil trick up my sleeve for ya (hoots, hollers, and whoo hoos abound). Instead of throwing on some chopped nuts, why not try a smooth nutty cream made with coconut water, sweetened with fruit juice and agave syrup? I’m telling ya, it’s going to knock your socks off (there were a few moans and groans of ecstasy over here today after shooting the salad for the blog). Another bonus, the kids are going to love it too. Oh, and it’s takes about 5-10 minutes to make. High five. Tropical [...]

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Heirloom Tomato and Bread Salad with Arugula and Avocado

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Our neighbors Abe and Silver have a wonderfully prolific avocado tree in their garden, bearing fruit even in the wintry month of January. There are so many avocados growing from this tree that Abe drops bags to us each week. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than the purity of a ripe and creamy avocado with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Raw-tatouille

Whoo wee, ratw-ta touille, badda bang, badda boom! This recipe was intended to be a side dish, but here’s how it went down in our house: A creature of habit, my husband took his usual cautious, first bite, then said with surprise, “Nic, this is tasty!” Oi, here we go again. Toby then served himself a huge portion of the raw-tatouille, which sidelined his favorite Pesto Pasta (my cooked version. but of course.). Nuff said. A sucker for simple, and the fact that it was bloomin’ gorgeous, I enjoyed the raw-tatouille as a main as well. The combination of fresh veggies, protein-filled sunflower seeds, and the rich and zesty sun dried tomato sauce, make this a deceptively satisfying dish. Tasting is believing. Raw-tatouille 2 medium size carrots, chopped (saving a thumb-size piece to grate for a garnish) 2 fresh corn from the cob 1 large portobello mushroom, chopped half medium size red onion, chopped 1 cup raw sunflower seeds 2 zucchini (courgettea), chopped Sun Dried Tomato Sauce 1 cup fresh basil 2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for 10 minutes in hot water, then drained and chopped. 2 cloves fresh garlic 1 cup sun dried black olives (preferably raw. from the [...]

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Greek Orzo Salad with Grilled Vegetables

What a salad for a hot and summery day! Orzo is Italian for barley,  and a reference to the shape and size of the pasta. Cooked to al dente, it is absolutely delicious paired with the sweetness of grilled peppers and red onion. Lordy, I’m gettin’ hungry all over again just thinking about it. My friend Jennifer and her daughter Paloma came over for a play date with Jake recently, and she wanted to know what was in the sauce. Honestly, does it get any easier than feta cheese, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, pink Himalayan sea salt, and fresh ground black pepper? This is a cinch that costs a pinch. I prepared the salad without tomatoes on the first go, but later threw in some organic cherry heirloom tomatoes to see how it tasted, and HELLEUR (that’s hello with attitude.)!! I have a few friends that like to stay away from the old nightshades vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes), but in moderation, the sweet, fresh flavor of a vine-ripened organic tomato is gorgeous. Do we love summer or what?   Greek Orzo Salad with Grilled Vegetables 16 ounce box of orzo pasta 1 packet feta cheese, cubed 1 cup fresh basil, [...]

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Mexi Cali Tofu Salad

Mexi Cali Tofu Salad came along in an unplanned, natural way, just bumbling along in the kitchen, incorporating the flavors of Mexico with a healthy California twist. I like to shake things up, and break out from the old routine, so my week tends to be a bit of a mixtape: Old school favorites for Toby and Jake, and a few new tracks to keep it fresh. Yikes, have I just crossed over into Ali G writes a food blog? An interesting idea: Should Sasha Baron Cohen make a comedy about TV Chefs? Oooh, I’m really digging this idea……. O.k., I’m back: Every week, I buy blocks of organic tofu as it’s so versatile. Silken tofu for puddings (If I can convince my husband, I can convince you), veggie mayo, and sauces. Firm tofu for scrambles, and extra firm tofu for deep frying and salads. Call me crazy, but I love the stuff. Full of protein, with half the fat, tofu reduces the risk of heart disease, and you can really turn it loose on any cooking style or flavor. My only suggestion is to buy organic tofu. Soy is a large industrial crop, and heavily treated with pesticides, so buying organic is [...]

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Peaceful Potato Salad

Fourth of July is only a few weeks away, and a potato salad that’s tasty and healthy is a welcome alternative to the usual barbeque spread.  I’ve been working on this recipe for a while, and finally made it for the family. I also brought some over, along with my Vegan Farro Salad, to our neighbors, who had a baby girl this week (congrats again guys!). I got a thumbs up from everyone, so here it is for you.  Realistically, there is only so much preparation one can muster, especially when you have a family and a job. The aim of Food For Vitality is to create recipes that are delicious, quick ‘n easy, and healthy options to the usual calorie and preservative ridden food on offer. I call this recipe peaceful because it is vegan (dairy free), and therefore half the fat, full of nutritious protein, carbohydrates, and fresh veggies. You certainly won’t need to take a nap to get over this dish. In the next weeks, I will be sharing recipes that you can rock over the summer, and surprise your friends at how delicious a meat free meal can be. Peaceful Potato Salad 6-8 small russet potatoes [...]

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Vegan Farro Salad

I was inspired to make a farro salad by a quirky show called, “Extra Virgin.” Debi Mazar’s husband, Gabriele Corcos, is a country boy from Tuscany, and this man can really put it down in the kitchen. Every week I watch, and I’m dazzled by his casual and rustic dishes. I adore my husband, and I wouldn’t want to change a thing (well, a few things, but I’m not perfect either…), but if Toby built a wood fired brick oven in the back yard, and made me 3-4 types of fresh pizza for my birthday, I’d have to say, “You go baby.” For the record, I am not in love with Gabriele Corcos. I am in love with the idea of my man cooking for me. It would be so fierce for Toby to say, ”Nic, let’s go for a romantic picnic while Jake is in school. I’ll make a farro salad, rent a Ducati motorcycle, then we can swing by Joan’s on 3rd, pick out the most expensive cheese, olives and wine, and enjoy it with our homemade salad.” Of course, this is beyond ridiculous. The producers have paid for the Ducati, plus all of the extras from Joans, but [...]

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