Whole Food Homestead

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Month: January 2016

Sausage and Chickpea Paella


Despite my love for a variety of ethnic foods, my ventures into less common cuisines and spices have been limited. The ingredients can seem foreign and be hard to find, and the recipes themselves can be complicated and intimidating. So, in response to my own conundrum, I have been on a quest to nail down some good recipes that have those exotic flavors while also meeting my other requirements: not too complicated, not too messy, made from whole ingredients and as seasonal as possible. Continue reading

Indoor Gardening: Sunflower Shoots


I had one of those Target experiences the other day – where you go in to kill time and walk out with $70 in purchases. But I’m ok with that decision because my prizes included two cheery glazed terra-cotta pots to start my sunflower shoots. And this is the time of year when we can really benefit from brightening things up with a splash of color – my adorable sunflower shoots in matching pots were just the thing for me! Continue reading

Indoor Gardening: Grow Sprouts in a Jar


If you know me, you know that I value nutritious, whole food, but I am also frugal at heart, a quality I have my dad to thank for. But it can be hard balancing these two, often opposing, values – I know that keeping fresh and/or organic produce stocked in your home can break the grocery budget, especially in the winter when produce prices are higher. Of course starting a garden is a great solution, but a small step you can take now is to grow fresh, nutrition-packed sprouts in a jar on your countertop. Continue reading