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Tangents

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At first, I thought my blog would solely be about food and the environment because, well, I love both!  But being practical now for the purposes of blogging– I love a lot of things and want to go off on more tangents about my current affairs and past lives to truly give you the picture of the whole me.  I have plenty of passion and a never ending trail of words to express it.  It’s time to start dreaming bigger.

Up above, I’m wearing my mom’s beautiful red dress. I haven’t seen my mom in fifteen years, but moments like these, when I slip into the only dress I have of her’s and it fits me ever so perfectly, I know I am her daughter.

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20 uses for leftover fruit and veggie peels

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/stories/20-uses-for-leftover-fruit-and-vegetable-peels

^Check this article out for 20 uses for leftover fruit and veggie peels.

Some favorites:
15. Keep brown sugar soft: If you regularly fall victim to the brick in the pantry known as hardened brown sugar, try adding some lemon peel (with traces of pulp and pith removed) to keep it moist and pliable.

3. Clean your tea kettle: For mineral deposit build up in tea kettles, fill the vessel with water and a handful of lemon peels and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for an hour, drain and rinse well.

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25 food initiatives in 25 US States

25 food initiatives in 25 US States

love these food initiatives starting to appear in the US.  hopefully initiatives won’t be a necessity in the future as healthy food and awareness of our environment will be a thing of the past.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

The UN recently deemed Quinoa as the International Grain of 2013.

Why quinoa? Quinoa is extremely healthy. It’s identified as a super grain because it’s a complete protein; one cup of protein has more protein than an egg! It’s gluten free, a low calorie food, rich in fiber, tastes great, internally cleanses you, has calcium… and the list could go on forever.

Try this Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe with me (click on the photo). I’ll be making it this weekend. It sounds fresh, tasty and easy to pack for lunch!

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September 28, 2012 · 1:48 pm

Smoky Avocado with Linguini

Smoky Avocado with Linguini

I got this recipe from treehugger.com and have been eyeing it for months. I finally made it tonight for my boyfriend and his family, which we all loved. It’s healthy (substitute regular pasta for whole wheat pasta) and oh so yummy!

Avocados are a nutrient dense food, has plenty of vitamins such as vitamin B, E & K, and good oils. They’re good for your eyes, skin, heart, and so much more.

Enjoy the recipe!

Linguine with Smoky Avocado Sauce

1 avocado
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
Handful of cilantro
Juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne, or more to taste
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, diced
1 serrano chili, chopped finely
1. Cut an avocado in half and brush with olive oil. Grill flesh side down until the fruit is nicely charred. Scoop out the flesh and put it in a food processor. Add a handful of cilantro, the lime juice, salt and cayenne, and one garlic clove. Process to make a purée.

2. Stream in 1/4 cup olive oil to make a sauce consistency. Taste and add more lime juice, salt or cayenne if necessary. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl mix black beans with finely diced red onion and serrano chile. Add a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt to taste. Stir gently and let sit to meld the flavors.

4. Cook linguine until pasta is al dente. Drain and add avocado puree and mix until well incorporated. Spoon bean mixture over the pasta and serve immediately.

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September 24, 2012 · 1:02 am

Where is that sneaky sugar?

1. Almond Milk/Rice Milk/Coconut Milk: These popular substitutes for milk can be very high in sugar. Rice milk is a starch that is broken down into liquid form so it acts just like sugar in your body. Almond milk and coconut milk are great on their own but be conscious that you are drinking unsweetened.
2. Peanut butter: In conventional peanut butter brands such as Skippy’s the second ingredient is sugar. I have found added sugar in organic brands as well. Just because the sugar is organic, it’s still sugar. Look for brands of peanut butter where there are one or two ingredients, peanut butter and possibly added sea salt. Why add anything else?
3. Tomato sauce: I quickly grabbed an organic tomato sauce the other day at the store and seemed to be adding it to everything! On top of my quinoa dishes, to every sauce, finally I stopped and thought why do I love this one so much? Second ingredient = sugar! My brain was on a little bit of a sugar kick and I had no idea. Check the ingredients of your tomato sauces and make sure there is no sugar to be found.
4. Salad dressing: Organic salad dressings may look better to the consumer than conventional, but still don’t purchase with a blind eye, this is another place sugar can sneak in. Make your own dressing with a base of oil and add whatever you like: vinegar, lemon, lime, horseradish, herbs, etc.
5. Granola: This is thought of as a healthy snack but check to make sure your granola isn’t sweetened with 20 grams of sugar. Some fantastic brands are sweetened with honey instead, which is a great alternative.
6. Yogurt: Flavored yogurts can have more sugar in them then a bottle of soda. If your yogurt is flavored and has no sugar, make sure it’s not sweetened with fake sugar (i.e. aspartame), which is a neurotoxin and in my opinion, even worse than real sugar. If you like yogurt eat it plain from grass-fed cows and for a bit of sweetness add fruit or raw honey.

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