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A very green dinner

Published on April 30, 2012, by in Update.

Tonight for dinner, I had a felafel patty, carrots and celery with Kimberly Snyder’s zucchini-based “hummus” and some Emerald kale salad. Now I have some homemade crackers in the oven. This might be the most excited I’ve been about recipes in a while. Recipes to be posted by the end of the week.

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{made}

Published on April 30, 2012, by in Update.

I like to buy myself a gift for my birthday. Last year I decided that what ever I buy as a gift for myself that it has to do good for someone else; I bought myself a pair of Toms shoes. This year I decided to get a little more personal and to support {made}. {Made} is an incredible group or artists(many from my hometown) that make eco-conscious goods by hand. Many of them re-purposed from other things, with the message of give.receive.repeat.  Their pieces are absolutely brilliant. I treated myself to a new pair of earrings and a new rolling-pin made from wood grown on the land of the artist. More than just getting to look at the cool products on their page, there are profiles about each of the artists. You get to see who {made} the things you get. Not a nameless, faceless machine in a faraway

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Glowing green smoothie

Published on April 30, 2012, by in Recipes.

I’ve read The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder and thought some of her concepts are interesting and informative. I’m a fan of green smoothies and juices and am excited to try the Glowing Green Smoothie. Or the #GGS if you have seen it hash tagged on Twitter. Ingredients: 1 1/2 -2 cups very cold, filtered water 6 cups organic spinach, chopped 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped 2 stalks organic celery 1 organic apple 1 organic pear 1 organic banana 1-2 tablespoon organic lemon juice Start by adding water, spinach and lettuce to your blender and blend on low until smooth. Then add in celery, apple and pear. Blend on medium until smooth. Add in banana and lemon juice, blend on high until smooth. Kimberly recommends drinking this for breakfast daily, along with following the rest of her plan. The fruit makes it sweet enough to hide all the

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Wabi sabi

Published on April 29, 2012, by in Update.

That’s how I feel like my life is right now.Wabi sabi. There a lots of definitions for the term, some more spiritual, some more geared towards the arts. I just like to look at it that there is beauty in imperfection and that all things are always in flux. Why a post like this? Well, I’m having a birthday this week. My 31st birthday. So, it’s time for me to look back and examine my life. If you would have told my 21-year-old self that this would be my life at 31, I would have laughed in your face. However, I am very glad that this is my life at this moment. I am probably the healthiest that I have ever have been in my life. I eat very little processed food and exercise regularly. It’s not perfect, but I’m still working on it and educating my self more. In

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Grass-fed meatballs

Published on April 27, 2012, by in Recipes.

There is something amazing about meatball sandwiches. So amazing. Here’s the thing. I’ve never made meatballs before(I made taco meatballs, but they don’t count). I grew up not liking meatballs. So, as an adult, I would occasionally get a meatball sandwich at a deli or buy pre-made meatballs at the store and cook them for a meatball sandwich at home. But that’s all fake. So, I decided to put my big girl pants on and make meatballs. Who knew they were so easy(recipe adapted)? What was I afraid of all this time? Ingredients: 1 1/4 pounds grass-fed ground beef 1/4 cup minced onion 2 teaspoons A1 steak sauce 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper Preheat oven to 425F. Put all ingredients into a big bowl and combine with hands until just mixed. The original recipe

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Run Cuba!

Published on April 27, 2012, by in Recipes.

I want to do this so bad! Does anyone want to fund me?

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Peanut butter banana muffins with flax and chia

Published on April 26, 2012, by in Recipes.

Brian started a new job this week that involves a decent commute. It also sounded like a good reason for me to bake. Wouldn’t I be girlfriend of the year if I made muffins for him to eat on the train to work? I ran across this recipe and knew that I could make it a little healthier. Oh man, these are good. Even though I have been cutting gluten out of my diet, I have been eating these muffins. They are just too good to pass up. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup rolled oats(not instant) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana 3/4 cup water 1 1/4 cup natural peanut butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 large egg 1 tablespoon flax seeds 1/4 cup chia seeds Preheat oven

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Lentil burgers

Published on April 25, 2012, by in Recipes.

These might be the biggest flop in my quest for the perfect veggie burger. The flavor is good, but they are in crumbles in a bowl in my refrigerator right now(and that might be my fault). I will probably use them to top a salad. Recipe adapted. Ingredients: 3/4 cup dry lentils 1 1/2 cups water 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced 10 baby carrots, thinly sliced 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dry mustard freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats(or bread crumbs, if not GF) Place lentils and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat. Cover and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the liquid is gone. Transfer to a bowl, add vinegar, and mash well. While the lentils are

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Strawberry mini muffins

Published on April 14, 2012, by in Recipes.

After blogging about the coconut banana bread I was really itching to bake. I knew just what it was going to be, too. Earlier this week I had seen Fat Free Vegan’s Strawberry mini muffin recipe and wanted to make them. So, I set off to the store for a carton of strawberries. Adapted from Fat Free Vegan. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup strawberries, cut into small chunks 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut milk( I used vanilla coconut milk) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon ground flax(optional) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set to the side. Place strawberries in a medium-sized bowl and roughly mash. I wanted nice sized pieces of strawberry in my muffins once baked, so I

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Blueberry terragon chicken salad

Published on April 13, 2012, by in Recipes.

Do you have a spring gathering that requires bringing food? Do you really want to wow them? Perhaps a baby or bridal shower? Make blueberry tarragon chicken salad. This is afresh, simple and flavorful recipe that you would expect to get in an upscale cafe. Now, you can make it at home. Recipe adapted from Our Life in the Kitchen. Ingredients: 2 lbs chicken tenderloin, cooked and diced 2 green onions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons fresh or dried tarragon 3/4 cup blueberries 4 oz blue cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup blueberries 2 tablespoons sugar 1/3 light extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup pomegranate vinegar(or blueberry or blue pom) 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds 1/4 cup cream black pepper to taste In a large bowl, combine diced chicken, green onions, 3/4 cup blueberries, tarragon and blue cheese. Set aside. In a medium bowl, muddle 1/4 cup blueberries

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