Friday, September 28, 2012

Spicy Zucchini and Tomato Tacos

I think I am quite possibly the only person that can go to a yoga class, have an hour-long zen and centered experience, and then promptly upon leaving have an utter and complete meltdown about the world at 8 am on a Thursday. Yowsa.

There's only one thing you can do in this situation. You have to do some deep breathing, wipe the smeared mascara off your face, and eat these spicy zucchini tacos for lunch. Tacos make it better, I promise. And these ones sure won't let you down. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Back-To-School Specials

It's back-to-school season and I know you busy parents are busier than usual... lunches to pack, homework to help with, and a variety of after-school activities to chauffeur for. Here are my top 7 back-to-school recipes for little ones' lunches and easy go-to meals that the entire family will enjoy. Let's get to it!

Best After-School Snack: Banana and Seed Granola Bars

If you need help preventing some low-blood-sugar meltdowns, be sure to keep a batch of these handy. Kids will love picking out their favorite nuts and fruits to add in the bars and these are a perfect on-the-go breakfast for busy moms as well.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Peach Fried Rice

When you are looking for a new apartment, there are a lot of things to consider: the price, size, neighborhood, amenities, access to public transportation, etc.  But for me?  It's all about the kitchen. Obviously.

Is there a dishwasher?  What kind of storage are we talking about here?  Will I have space for fermenting kimchi?  Is the apartment close enough that I can walk to a farmers market or a food co-op?  And don't even get me started on access to natural light for photographing food.  That's a whole other post.

I'm pretty resourceful when it comes to space.  For the last two years I've been living in a 460 square-foot apartment with my partner and two cats.  That's a huge feat right there.  But we've definitely outgrown the space and now it's time to move on to something a bit bigger.  But I sure will miss my kitchen...

Peach fried rice is the perfect way to say goodbye.  Whether it's goodbye to a visiting relative, the end of peach season, or goodbye to your adorable little kitchen, I think this dish will leave a lasting impression.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pasta with Lentils and Zucchini

Have you heard the hype that bananas are soon-to-be no longer vegan?  There are reports of a new spray-on chemical derived from shrimp and crab shells to extend the life of the fruit.  It's pretty scary to me that companies are allowed to spray our food with whatever they choose and not label it - especially when you consider the millions of people with shellfish allergies.

The funny thing though is that bananas have been non-vegan in our household for quite some time. Remember my cat that likes to lick plastic bags?  Well I used to buy bananas from Costco (which come in plastic bags), and my cat, being the creep that he is, enjoyed licking the bags so much that after I removed the bananas from the bag, he became obsessed with licking bananas.  Now whenever bananas enter our house - bag or no bag - he has to lick them.  And since that kitty tongue has seen quite a bit of seafood is its time, if you have a seafood allergy, I wouldn't recommend eating bananas at my house either.

What does all this have to do with pasta, lentils, and zucchini?  Nothing.  Just be thankful none of these items were sprayed with chemicals or licked by a cat.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chocolate Kale Chips

Is there really anything more that needs to be said besides chocolate kale chips?  I think that should be convincing enough in itself.

If you're excited about this recipe (and believe me, you should be) be sure to head on over to my guest post on Healthful Pursuit this week!  I am super excited to be guest posting for Leanne and if you have not visited Healthful Pursuit before, be sure to check it out.  Healthful Pursuit is a wholesome living blog written by Leanne Vogel, a holistic nutritionist, with a focus on gluten-free and dairy-free recipes.

I especially love Leanne's creativity around healthy desserts and I highly recommend you check out her Vegan Chili Mac 'n' Cheese Casserole, 5 Ingredient Vegan Rice Crispy Treats, and with fall quickly approaching, Pumpkin Gingersnap Chia Breakfast Parfaits!

See you there!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Late Summer Farmers Market

There is never a time when I am more thankful for our farmers than late-summer.  I am deeply grateful for all of their hard work spent beneath the blazing sun in the fields, loading produce into trucks, and standing at the market.  Long-hours, tired bones, hard work, I appreciate you....

Friday, September 7, 2012

Raw Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna

I have this weird habit when I eat where I pick through my food and eat the things I dislike first.  A couple of months ago I came up with a theory about this.  I think the way that I eat is similar to the way I live my life: I always put work before pleasure.

Although this has served me well and gotten me to where I am today, this way of life has more flaws than benefits.  When you eat the things you dislike first, you become full by the time you get to the stuff you enjoy.  Same with life.  If you spend all your time putting work before everything else, you have very little time and room in your life to do the things that bring you the most joy.  In a lot of ways I think that kids may have it right... maybe dessert before dinner makes total sense.

For the past couple of months I've been making it a priority to schedule in time for rest, breaks, and things I find pleasurable.  And then today I noticed something new.  I didn't dismantle this lasagna and eat the zucchini first (which I would have done in the past).  Instead, I ate it together.  I think this might be a sign of more-balanced living and good things to come.

If you are wondering what the heck to do with your abundance of summer zucchini, this lasagna is the answer.  This recipe is simple, doesn't require a stove (thank goodness!), and uses the best of summer's bounty: squash, tomatoes, and basil.  I also love this raw nut "cheese" and it adds the perfect bit of fat and flavor to complement these beautiful tomatoes.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Glazed Donut Peaches with Vanilla Creme

When you're running your own business, fellow entrepreneurs are more than happy to give you advice and tell you stories about best marketing practices and the nightmare that is tax season.  Business owners will also comfort you with stories of how long it took for their website to go live and how they aren't even on speaking terms with their web designer anymore. (Since my web designer is my partner, I certainly hope my situation has a different ending.) 

Here is something that other people don't tell you about starting your own business... For the first few months, you will probably eat a lot of dessert while sitting in front of your computer stressing out. I'm not gonna lie. I did.  They also won't tell you that soon after your sweet craze you'll look in the mirror and will be horrified by where that dessert ended up. 

Don't worry though.  I got your back.  This week I created these glazed donut peaches with raw vanilla cashew creme so you can enjoy a sweet, delicious treat without all the oil and refined sugars. Finally a donut that you can feel good about eating.