Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oxbow Organic Farm

During the summer I was honored to participate in the Oxbow Box Project and create some recipes with the beautiful produce from Oxbow Organic Farm. Just a couple of weeks ago I visited the farm for the first time and got to be part of their Pumpkin Patch and Fall Hoe-Down. Let me tell you, if you are ever near Carnation, Washington, this is the place to be.

Oxbow Organic Farm is a 25-acre vegetable, fruit, and berry farm about 40 minutes outside of Seattle. You can find their produce at local farmers markets, independent grocery stores, and through their CSA. Besides their gorgeous produce, my favorite part about their farm is their mission to reconnect people to the land and sustainable farming methods while also educating people about healthy food and environmental stewardship. Oxbow has some fabulous educational field trip opportunities for schools and groups as well as a pumpkin patch that can't be beat this time of year!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chocolate & Almond Butter Soft Serve

These last few weeks have been a really strange time of transition for me.  Between moving, working long hours, battling a nasty cold, and lots of changes on the personal front, things feel really unbalanced right now.

In times of unbalance I usually turn to kale: Kale and Pear Smoothies, Broccoli and Kale Soup, or some classic Kale Chips. However, today I am turning to chocolate.

And specifically, this incredibly sweet (and yet somehow healthy) chocolate and almond butter soft serve.  With Halloween (aka candy season) right around the corner, this is the perfect treat for your sweet tooth that  doesn't involve food coloring, additives, or refined sugar.  This soft serve is incredibly simple to make and only involves three ingredients!  So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Teecchino - a coffee alternative

There are quite a few things that I am utterly obsessed with at the moment.

My new alarm clock from Brookstone

Argyle sweaters that make me look like a male college professor.  (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Guided meditation via my iPhone. 


And teecchino.  

Have you tried teecchino before?  Teecchino is an "herbal coffee" that tastes and smells very similar to coffee, but doesn't have any caffeine.  Teecchino is actually made up of nuts, dates, chicory root, carob, and figs.  

I gave up coffee a little over five years ago because the acidity was very hard on my stomach.  However, when fall rolls around, I always miss holding that warm cup with that beautiful coffee aroma.  I just wanted to share it with you in case anyone else was missing coffee like me this week.  

At the moment I am in love with teecchino's vanilla nut flavor and you can find teeccino at most health food stores or online.  I also love using iced teecchino as a "coffee" base in smoothies.  Yum!

Have you tried teecchino before?  What are your favorite ways to enjoy it?

(Note: I was not asked to endorse or mention any of the products in this post.  All opinions here are my own and I am not compensated if you buy any of these products or click on any of the links above.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tempeh Tacos

One of the best status updates I've seen on Facebook lately was a friend who said that her dinner was cereal eaten out of a vase.  With a knife.

This is what moving does to people.

After my big move two weeks ago, my new kitchen is finally getting organized and feeling more put together.  My cats have started to settle as well and life is feeling a tad more calm.  Thank goodness.

My dinner remedy during times of chaos is always tacos.  And, if you're having an especially stressful week, it's tempeh tacos to the rescue.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October Classes & Events

Hey friends!

I have two exciting things to share with you this month! 

First, if you are a Seattle local and don't have any plans this Sunday, be sure to come on out to Oxbow Farm's Hoe Down and Pumpkin Patch Party for some great food and pumpkin patch fun!  And, you don't want to miss my green smoothie demo for kids at 1 pm!

And, for you busy mamas out there, I hope you'll join me for my Stress-Free Meal Planning for Busy Moms workshop on Thursday, October 25th from 6:30 - 8 pm at Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe in West Seattle (3370 SW Alaskan Street).

Questions about the workshop? Contact me at sonnet@healthyyoueveryday.com

Know anyone that might be interested?  Be sure to share the details with them!

Hope to see you there!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Plum Bistro

French toast with maple syrup and seasonal fruit
While my kitchen is still in a bit of a disarray from my recent move, I thought this would be a fun chance to share some photos of one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle: Plum Bistro.  Plum Bistro is located on Capitol Hill and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.  They also have several cafes located around the city as well as a food truck and market at Seattle Center.

Makini Howell is the Executive Chef and Owner of Plum Bistro and her food is incredible.  I am anxiously awaiting her new cookbook (to be released in April 2013) that is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

I usually go to Plum Bistro for the weekend brunch (pictured), but if you are looking for the best sweet potato fries, spicy mac 'n' yease, or tempeh in the city, Plum Bistro is a must.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Moving Madness

I moved over the weekend.  Right now my new apartment is a mass of random piles, boxes, and misplaced furniture.  My cats are going crazy.  And don't even get me started on the state of my kitchen.

So instead of cooking today, let's look at some crazy cats.

More specifically, my crazy cats.

I think this photo says it all.