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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Upcycled Curtains

Upcycled Curtains

I found this fabric at Goodwill for $6 and made curtains out of them! There is about 4-5x more fabric of this leftover sitting around waiting to be upcycled.

Anyone want curtains? I can’t have green covering all 250 square feet of my apartment…

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My New Hobby

My New Hobby

As a part of my upcycling movement, which in my opinion helps save the earth one little scrap piece at a time (every bit counts, right?), I got a sewing machine! Can’t wait to turn old t shirts into yoga pants or old button down shirts into super cute skirts.

Do you know how many pounds of water and amount of resources that go into making your clothes? http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-how-much-water-are-you-wearing Check it out here- about 900-1500 lbs for each pair of jeans.

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Upcycling

My wholeiness blog has been transforming from what’s good for the body into what’s good in general.  One of the latest hobbies I’ve been getting into is ‘upcycling’, which Wikipedia defines as “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”

For example, I turned an old lotion bottle, which 90% doesn’t even get recycled completely (my assumption…), into a hanging toothbrush and toothpaste holder covered in a cute shabby chic outside.  Photos of my upcycling to come later…

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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