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The Straight Story on Kombucha + Brew Your Own

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The popularity of kombucha has exploded in the last several years. This functional drink didn’t even enter the American market until 1995, yet by 2015 it was a $0.6 billion industry, and its growth is expected reach $1.8 billion by 2020.  Despite its status as a raging trend, what I love about kombucha is that it is nothing new – it has been around for centuries, perhaps even as early as 221 BC in China, where it was known as the “tea of immortality.” Kombucha is historically known as a healing beverage, and it continues in that tradition today. Continue reading

SPRING Rolls

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It’s spring! The first edibles are popping up all around us – asparagus, mint, chives, sprouts and greens of all kinds to name a few. Last week it dawned on me for the first time that the name “spring rolls” might have something to do with the first offerings of spring. Sure enough, a cursory search revealed that spring rolls most likely originated as a seasonal food in China, where spring vegetables were wrapped in a pancake and enjoyed as a welcome change from winter preserves. Continue reading

Winter-Meets-Spring Quinoa Salad

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When we talk about seasonal produce, we are generally referring to those that grow locally during a specific time of year. There is of course a caveat with winter – when the ground is frozen solid, “seasonal” still includes those fall crops that store beautifully throughout the cold months – mainly, winter squashes and root vegetables (thus the many hearty stews and comfort foods that winter is known for). As we near the close of winter, however, our palates start to bore of those roasted and crock-pot-treated root vegetables, and we crave sweetness, lightness and crunch. That’s where this salad comes in. Continue reading

Paleo Coconut Almond Cut-Out Cookies

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I just realized that we’re approaching Valentine’s Day, and that I should be a good mom and blogger by providing some fun Valentine’s treats! We made these cookies this morning, and I definitely did win the affection and praises of my 4- and 2-year-olds. “This is the best day ever!” says the older one, with her little sister echoing “Day ever!” in an attempt to talk just like her. So cute. I hope all of you are as fully pleased 🙂 Continue reading

Sausage and Chickpea Paella

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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

10-Minute Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables and Apples

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Honest, I timed myself – it took 10 minutes to prepare this meal, and that included a search for latex gloves to avoid pulling the gizzards out bare-handed (gotta say I love those latex gloves). Continue reading

Your Family’s Most Nourishing Staple: Homemade Bone Broth

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Once you get on the homemade bone broth bandwagon, you’ll be like me and other broth aficionados who can no longer imagine throwing out a carcass – especially one as rich with possibility as the one from your giant Thanksgiving turkey! Of course, bones from chicken pieces, a rotisserie chicken or any other poultry will also work for a homemade chicken “bone broth.” Continue reading

Whole Food Toddler Snack Series: Sweet Potato Bites

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It’s almost silly how easy this “recipe” is – really it’s more a trick than a recipe. I love this one because it transforms a unique (as far a snacks go anyway), healthful root vegetable into a portable, non-messy, finger-food. Continue reading

Whole Food Toddler Snack Series: Apple Pie Bars

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I love that you can lay out the ingredients for this recipe and recognize every single one of them as an actual food! Nothing from a can, jar or plastic bag. It’s beautiful,  isn’t it? Continue reading

Whole Food Toddler Snack Series: Gummies

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What’s great about these gummies, besides the fact that they are soooo easy, portable, clean and well loved by toddlers everywhere, is that they are made with pure collagen gelatin from grass-fed animals. Like all foods, quality here matters. Continue reading

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