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September Soups

These seasonal garden soups will help you make the most of September’s bountiful harvests as you transition into autumn. Potato and green chili stew by vegetarian cookbook author Deborah Madison   Summer greens and rice soup (pictured above)   September garden soup   Vegan leek fennel walnut soup   Wild nettle soup, for those who like…

Building Community Through Food Donations

Nugget Markets partners with local food recovery program to feed those in need In Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in America, one in five residents is food insecure. That’s nearly 50,000 people in Marin, half of them children and elderly, who don’t have a steady supply of nutritious food on which they can depend. Many…

Green Clean: Kitchen Products Review

Full Circle Neat Nut Walnut Scour Pads Who knew that walnut shells could be so useful? These scour pads are tough enough to handle pots and pans without scratching. Sponges and scouring pads made from plant material take less energy to produce These pads are made from walnut shells, so they are non-toxic and break…

Raw Coconut Mango Smoothie

This smoothie tastes a bit like a mango lassie. It’s made with raw, whole food and includes no additional sweeteners, no dairy, nuts or soy. Sustainable Food | Clean Eating | Raw Whole Food Smoothie To make this raw food smoothie, you’ll need to get your hands on some raw young coconut meat. You can…

South Indian Lime Rice

This South Indian rice dish is easy to make and, besides being delicious, also has the added benefit of turmeric, a powerful anti-inflamatory. Ingredients 2 cups long grain rice, such as Basmati a few curry leaves 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp asafoedita (hing) 1/4 tsp whole mustard seed 1/2 cup chana dal 1 tsp…

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How to Make High Quality Chicken Stock

A chicken stock recipe for serious eaters and serious cooks. Rich in flavor and high in nutrition, this stock will make everything you cook unmistakably better. This is the indispensable ingredient in so much good cooking. You’ll be amazed at how a truly well made stock will elevate all it touches, from rissotto to soup, braises…

Avoid Salmonella Contamination in the Kitchen

Some people mistakenly believe that buying organic or sustainably raised chicken or poultry means they don’t have to worry about Salmonella. Following proper kitchen protocol when handling poultry can help you reduce the risk of food poisoning. Every year, a million people in the US are sickened by Salmonella. Nineteen thousand of them end up…

11 Ways To Eat More Local Foods In Season

Here are some pros and cons of eating local and tips on how to include more local foods in season in your diet. Most supermarket shoppers find themselves chained to the same short list of produce all year.  We have mistakenly come to believe that having the same standardized foods delivered to us year around…

Alternative Pastas: Vegan, Gluten Free, Wheat Free

  Tolerant Foods Red Lentil or Black Bean Pasta Single ingredient pasta shapes made from either certified organic, non-GMO black bean or red lentil, which contains around 6 times more protein than wheat pasta.  The pasta holds its shape really nicely, has a robust flavor and looks attractive on the plate. Higher in protein Single ingredient…

Homemade Real Food Eggnog Recipe from Beets ‘n Bones

Avoid chemicals and fake flavorings in store bought Eggnog this season by making your own home made eggnog with real food ingredients Valeria, author of the blog Beets ‘n Bones, put together this whole food eggnog recipe for her family.  After reading the labels of prepared eggnog available in stores, which contain industrial fillers and…

Holiday Leftovers: Vegan Cranberry Quickbread

Like many of us, Jenn Sebestyen, author of the Veggie Inspired Blog, found herself with plenty of holiday leftovers.  So what do you do with your gorgeous home made cranberry sauce?  How about transforming it into a treat you can enjoy for breakfast, with tea or as dessert.  Jenn shares this whole food, vegan recipe…

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How Green is Your Favorite Restaurant?

Sometimes sustainability is equated with upscale restaurants that specifically market their local and sustainable credentials. But what about your favorite pizza joint, or the place where you pick up a quick salad on the way home from work, or the bakery that supplies your daily bread? To really make a difference, sustainability has to take root in the way we live our daily lives and the way everyone does business; otherwise, it will be relegated to mere trendiness. So, what makes a restaurant greener? What does that even mean? You can look to your own kitchen to get a clue. The…

Favorite Holiday Dinner Party Vegan and Vegetarian Cookbooks

Recipes for a gorgeous and festive holiday dinner party While there are many cookbooks out there that inspire you to cook healthy, simple every day vegan and vegetarian meals to get you through your workweek, here are some cookbooks that will help you plan and execute a holiday feast or festive dinner party. Even if you…

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Everything You Need to Know to Buy Healthy, Humanely Raised Chicken

You want birds that were raised humanely and you want birds that ate healthful, natural foods to ensure the best quality meat. But don’t be fooled by nice-sounding labels, even ones like “organic.” When it comes to buying poultry, a little homework will ensure your good intentions and extra expenditure don’t go to waste.

Good Eggs NOLA: New Orleans Gets Artisinal Local Food Online

Caroline Gray is a New Orleans native and local food activist who wholeheartedly believes that “a better world can be delicious.” In under 2 years, she has helped Good Eggs more than double its operations, connecting over 200 local food producers to communities through its online green market, or “foodhub”. We talk with her about…

Non-toxic Kitchen: Lemon Vinegar Cleaner

Make this easy, natural, non-toxic multi-purpose kitchen cleaner with lemon peels and white vinegar. Sustainable Food | Reuse and Compost | Non Toxic Kitchen Keep a glass jar filled with white vinegar in your kitchen cupboard or on the counter, and throw your lemon peels in it.  Make sure to keep the lid on tightly. …

Native Foods Vegan Cafe

Vegan is going mainstream It wasn’t long ago that eating vegan was a difficult thing to commit to, and eating out was nearly impossible.  The past few years have seen interest in plant based eating on the rise in the United States, and with it a flourishing of vegan cuisine.  Whether you’re baking up a…

Non-Toxic Kitchen Remodel

by Dane O’Leary Whether due to personal health reasons or to be more conscious of our effects on the environment, some of us worry about the toxicity of health and beauty products, pesticides and preservatives in food and produce, and the leaching of chemicals. Buying organic has extended to most areas of our lives, so…

Weekend Food Links: Butter Hummus, Pomelo Noodles and Harvest Cracker Recipes

Cinnamon Almond Baked Oatmeal TheHealthyApple.com Warm, crunchy, tart and sweet. An indulgent way to wake up this weekend. Amie’s recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and soy-free, and packed with flavor and nutrition. Butter Hummus HomeMadeMommy.net Try this delicious hummus recipe, made with butter.  The recipe starts with whole, dried chickpeas instead of canned.…

Shifting the Way We Eat Meat

Are you a Flexitarian? From omnivores who are limiting meat consumption to vegetarians who are adding some meat back into the diet, Flexitarianism is eating a mostly plant based diet…mostly.

Weekend Food Links: Pesticides, Beets, Entrepeneurial Food Trends

Even organic strawberries are grown with dangerous pesticides The Center for Investigative Reporting After our investigation revealed just how much dangerous pesticides it takes to grow strawberries, many people wrote to us saying they would start buying organic. But even that won’t fully address the problem: When they are starting out, organic strawberry plants are grown…

Sustainable Food in New Orleans

Grow Dat On our farm we work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local…

Chicken of Tomorrow

How a massive breeding contest turned a rarely eaten backyard bird into the chicken we eat today. On a sunny June day in 1951, 8,000 chicken fans filled the Razorback Stadium at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in the culmination of a nationwide effort to create the fowl of the future. As a band…

Crepes Make an Easy Fast Meal

Many people think of crepes as being French, but cultures all over the world enjoy their own style of crepes.  Here are some crepe recipes to spark your imagination. Crepe recipes Classic Crepes Suzette Delicate Lacey Crepes Basic Crepe Recipe Chinese Jian Bing (with duck eggs) Chinese Scallion Crepes Vegan Everyday Veggie Crepe Recipe (vegan) Vegan…

Herbicide Ingredients Kill More Than Weeds

Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. originally published: EnvironmentalHealthNews.org The new findings intensify a debate about so-called “inerts” — the solvents, preservatives,…

Ag-Gag: Campaigning For Transparency and Free Speech

The ASPCA recently launched a campaign to curtail the expansion of what are commonly referred to as ag-gag laws or veggie libel legislation, behind which some factory farms and food processors attempt to hide unsafe and unethical practices. They have initiated a Change.org petition against such legislation, which they will deliver to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Seasonal Cooking: How to Use Fresh Chickpeas

Fresh chickpeas with Brussels sprouts and pasta recipe Spring is the time to find all kinds of foods we normal eat dried in their fresh state. Fresh garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are at the markets now, so don’t pass by these velvety green pods without giving them a try this season. Wondering how to use…

Sustainable, Local Raw Food Diet

Is a raw food diet affordable? Is it possible to eat a raw food diet in the winter? In an interview with Ani Phyo, author, teacher and celebrity proponent of gourmet raw food, EthicalFoods.com learns a thing or two about going raw.

Family Cooking From Scratch

How to cook healthy, home made meals and snacks your kids will love. We all know by now that the best way to ensure healthy eating is to get in the kitchen and cook. Cooking your own food allows you to know and control what’s in it, and to source the best quality ingredients. But for many there is a gulf between knowing they should be cooking more and actually figuring out how to put home cooked healthy meals on their family’s table and in their kids’ lunch boxes day after day. That’s when clean food bloggers like Jacquelyn of…

Eco-Friendly Healthy Halloween Tips

Ways to have a healthy, fun and eco-friendly Halloween Alternatives to Halloween candy Halloween treats don’t have to be filled with corn syrup, food coloring, chemicals and candy wrappers that end up in landfills. If you are handing out treats at the door, here are some affordable non-edible options that kids will like. Buy stickers…

Seasonal Vegetables Rich In Calcium

It’s high summer in the northern hemisphere, and that means your local farmers market is in full swing, offering a cornucopia of ripe, fresh local food. While most people associate dairy with food high in calcium, there are whole, fresh vegetables and nuts that provide this crucial mineral.

Three Sisters Permaculture Farm

Darrell Frey talks about permaculture farming, the danger of GMOs and how to choose the best local, seasonal foods. Darrell Frey is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden and farmer/owner of Three Sisters Farm in Pennsylvania, which provides fresh, organic produce to the local foodshed, even in the cold winter months. Frey’s initial interest in…

Meet The Farmer: Brambleberry Permaculture Farm

Darren Bender-Beauregard talks about the differences between certified organic farming and a farm designed around permaculture principles. Take an inside look at how one American family farm is bringing good, healthy food to the community.

Meet Simon Richard

Simon Richard talks about building relationships with local farmers, the cost of organic and the pleasure of growing your own food. Simon Richard is the produce buyer and in-house farmer for Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco’s trendy Mission district.  Bi-Rite offers a variety of local, sustainable, and organic produce sourced through its relationships with local…

Sourcing Local: Nick’s Cove

Originally a fish shack and roadhouse, Nick’s underwent a major renovation in 2007, emerging as an elegant waterside restaurant featuring seasonal farm-to-table and sea-to-table California cuisine. Executive chef Austin Perkins spoke with us about sourcing local, sustainable seafood, meat, dairy and produce from the Marin Sonoma foodshed.

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Project Green Fork In Memphis

Margot McNeeley, founder of Project Green Fork in Memphis, Tennessee, talks to EthicalFoods.com about the challenges of helping restaurants move toward sustainable practices.