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 to forage A […]
Thick, creamy homemade coconut yogurt made from coconut flesh—without the fillers and thickeners found in store bought coconut yogurt. If you do this entirely from scratch, it takes time and labor. In my opinion, the result is unquestionably worth it. There are also some shortcuts that will let you make this yogurt quickly. Many […]
Jamu is a traditional Indonesian tonic taken as medicine for all kinds of ailments. Make your own refreshing turmeric Jamu to rev up your digestion and immunity this Spring. Jamu has a history that goes back hundreds of years in Indonesia. There are many different recipes for various medical issues, and these recipes were handed […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How to make classic pumpkin bread, and an adjusted recipe that you can give as a pantry gift I’ve noticed a trend in bakery pumpkin bread. It seems to be getting sweeter, with more fat added, resembling a ginger cake more than a traditional pumpkin quick bread. Here is a recipe for classic pumpkin bread […]
This warm, easy and satisfying dish is perfect as lunch or a light dinner, or as a side dish. Braised escarole with bacon and mustard There are so many leafy greens to eat, and so little time! Don’t get stuck eating the same rounds of spinach, chard and kale. Perhaps you’ve never eaten escarole, […]
With the appropriate planning, you can save money this holiday season without throwing your food ethics out the window. Forget canned green beans, factory farmed turkey and pre-packaged stuffing. This year, serve your family a healthy, delicious holiday feast and avoid food waste. The winter holidays are all about abundance—being surrounded by friends and family, […]
This year on October 30, firecrackers will sound throughout the streets of India, as well as many other countries around the world, in celebration of Diwali—the festival of lights. But as modern lifestyles have picked up pace, the quality of the traditional festival foods has begun to change as well. One of the principle Hindu […]
A blender is a quick cook’s best friend and sauces can be made in a snap. Sometimes you just need a sprig or two of a herb, such as cilantro, and yet you have to buy it in a huge bunch. That’s one reason I grow nearly all my own kitchen herbs, but last year […]
The health benefits of turmeric juice are many, it really is a superfood, even if it looks like an orange mummy finger. If you’ve not tried it already, here is another jamu recipe that will also give you a solid helping of greens. Feel free to substitute other greens or herbs. It’s been unseasonably hot […]
Next time you’re roasting veg or meat in your oven, throw in a sliced lemon or two. You’ll be amazed at what heat and some good quality olive oil will produce. One way to enjoy citrus fruits is to roast them in olive oil, sprinkled with good sea salt. You can slice them very thinly, […]
Heritage breed turkeys taste richer, but can dry out when cooked. Here is an easy and delicious marinade that delivers a flavorful, moist turkey breast without a lot of fuss. I am excited to see BN Ranch heritage breed turkey at the market, a real seasonal treat. The BN stands for Bill Niman (of Niman […]
Even though this recipe only uses a half stick of butter, the banana bread smells and tastes amazingly buttery. Chunks of high quality dark chocolate and whole pecan halves make this an indulgent treat with afternoon tea. This banana bread has a wonderful, tender texture and is not overly sweet. It’s better the day after […]
A wholesome diet of carefully sourced clean food is the foundation of good health. If you are struggling with IBS or intolerance to common foods such as dairy, soy or gluten, this is especially important. Charlotte shares her insights about discovering the diet that’s perfect for you, and how to eat well on a limited […]
Perfectly tender and medium rare all the way through, here is a method perfect for a thick lamb shoulder chop. Sustainable Food | Clean Eating | How To Cook Sous vide is technically cooking under vacuum seal, but here is an easy method I use that requires no vacuum and no special equipment. What you’ll […]
This easy to make spiced lamb burger recipe can be enjoyed in pita, on sesame buns or converted into small meat balls for small plate appetizers.
Many people come down with colds, flu and sinus infections when the seasons change. Here is a recipe for Chinese ginger chicken broth that, with a little bed rest, will have you feeling better in no time. Ingredients One organically raised, ethically sourced whole chicken (giblets removed). For guidelines on buying healthy, humane chicken, check […]
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. […]
My housemate recently had one of his wisdom teeth removed. It wasn’t impacted, so the surgery was fast and clean. He needed to have soft, healing foods for the first two days. Here are some suggestions on what to eat after getting your wisdom teeth removed. Pumpkin potato soup Ingredients One small roasted pumpkin (or […]
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 […]
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 […]
Wondering how to cook goat? Here’s a braised goat recipe for a shoulder chop, or any cut suitable for braising. It’s a lovely meat that tastes much like beef, yet raising goats can take fewer resources than raising cattle.
What do you think of prunes? This amazing pairing of lamb and prunes is guaranteed to give you a new perspective on this humble ingredient. Many people in the US are not so familiar with prunes as a gourmet ingredient. Prunes are something old people eat to stay regular, right? We can take a cue […]
Here are a few excellent, easy to follow recipes on how to make your own jam to your preference: preserved in the freezer, fresh in the refrigerator, or one that has a long shelf life in your pantry.
Skip the weird flavors, cheap ingredients, chemicals, high price and packaging. Making salad dressing from scratch is easy.. Making your own salad dressing is healthier because you can control what goes in, as well as the quality and freshness of those ingredients.
Looking for something fast, fresh and healthy to spice up this week’s meals? Try one of these versatile, no-cooking necessary sauces that can be used as a marinade, a dip, a salad dressing, and in some cases even a side dish.
Here’s another example of how you can enjoy healthy organic food on a budget. When you think of eating organic, you probably don’t think of a meal for two for less than $5. Here is a real life example of what an inexpensive, nutritious and organic meal looks like.
Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for braised oxtail, an often overlooked cut in the US. This recipe can also be made with bone in short ribs, but I hope you’ll take this opportunity to experience how tender and flavorful oxtail can be. Ingredients Oxtails (pasture raised and 100% grassfed beef); here I’m using almost […]
I hope all of you are putting up emergency stores against power outages, extreme weather events and natural disasters. I’d never thought about dehydrating potatoes until recently, when I read Maggie’s blog post. I prefer to eat fresh foods, so wouldn’t normally bother with dehydrated potatoes. But for an emergency pantry, or if I found […]
Use an inexpensive dehydrator to make the most of a season’s harvest, and to make sure your pantry is stocked with high quality, real ingredients. It’s easy to dry your own fruit using an inexpensive dehydrator, and the taste and nutritive value are much better than store-bought dried fruits.
Join me in my kitchen for an easy autumn favorite made from local, organic and homegrown ingredients. Today’s real food lunch is a braised grassfed lamb shank with mint and delicata squash. Unlike most people, my main meal is lunch rather than dinner. That can pose a problem, since lunch transects my workday, but luckily […]
When you look at your grocery bill as a whole, you’ll find that processed foods are often the leading driver of your expense. This is especially true when it comes to condiments—all of those tasty additions that are not quite necessary but have the ability to just make a dish. Learning how to make pickles is easy and will save you money while giving you more control over what you eat.
Save money, reduce packaging and make sure you are eating the highest quality ingredients by making your own dairy and non-dairy yogurt from scratch. Here are some DIY yogurt recipes and suggestions to get you started.
Here are a few hand-picked recipes on how to make broth that will ensure that your freezer is always stocked with the most versatile, healthy kitchen staple to have on hand.
Sprouting is a great way to add nutrient and protein rich foods to your diet if you are cutting back on meat and animal products. Learn how sprouting can help you enjoy organically grown foods on a budget. Even urbanites with no outdoor space can grow their own crops for next to nothing.
Knowing how to make a variety of sauces, from pesto to Indian raita, helps you make the most of your CSA vegetables. It’s the easiest way to add sophistication and interest to your meals. So get saucy and get global! Lunchtime will never be the same.
A hit of fresh pesto will liven up anything. It’s summertime now, which means it’s basil season. Here’s how to make an easy vegan basil pesto sauce in minutes. Do you make pesto? The best time to make pesto is when basil is in high season. One bunch of basil will make enough pesto to […]
Taking a break from dairy? With a high speed blender, you can make your own non-dairy coconut almond milk. In an effort to avoid processed foods and all the packaging, preservatives, additives and the poor quality they generally offer, I started making my own almond milk and coconut milk. But by far my favorite is […]
Nonstick cookware is popular largely because cooking does not require the use of oils or fats, which purportedly creates healthier meals. The price for this benefit may be steep, however, as nonstick cookware has been linked to dangerous toxins.
Sprouting at home is an economical and convenient way to boost your nutrition and avoid the pitfalls of antinutrients in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Sprouts are an excellent source of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein.
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 […]
Whatever you may have thought about vegetarian holiday fare, today, top chefs are creating delicious, festive and satisfying vegetarian holiday menus that may leave you wondering if turkey has been long overrated.
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 […]
Solar ovens are an elegant solution to cooking food with a minimum of effort, no fuel and zero carbon emissions. Best of all, the food tastes great.