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Spinach Quinoa Cakes with Garlicky Yogurt

There is a direct connection to having a toddler and uptick in the amount of finger foods we eat in our house. Granted, even some foods I wouldn’t consider finger friendly become so but that’s just life with a small child. However, sandwiches, quesadillas, and fritters are all weekly staples. These quinoa cakes have been [...]

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Kale Breakfast Salad

Like most recipes, this breakfast salad was a complete accident. I had a couple of eggs and some kale I needed to use. I didn’t feel like scrambled eggs and I believe a disappointing breakfast that was not supposed to be a breakfast salad but strangely was one. At any rate, I dug through the [...]

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Three-Bean Vegan Chili

Growing up, I was never a fan of chili. My family would make large batches of it and I’d always strategically avoid it. I really didn’t like the flavors and I was pretty much anti-anything bean. However, I might touch try it if there weren’t beans but I was never really sure about it. A [...]

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Making the Most of Leftovers

Leftovers may sound like unwanted old food but moving leftovers from one meal to the next – slowly dwindling the stockpile – is a challenge and an art form in my kitchen. In fact, I don’t think I can imagine a day where I do not use some sort of leftover in a salad, smashed [...]

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Weekend Dutch Baby with Cinnamon Apples

Post sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. See below for more details. Usually towards the end of summer, I feel like I’m falling out of love with cooking. I worry that the feeling will last. And yet, inevitably, with the return of the cooler comes the pull to be back in the kitchen. I’m called to [...]

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Making the Most of Leftovers

Leftovers may sound like unwanted old food but moving leftovers from one meal to the next – slowly dwindling the stockpile – is a challenge and an art form in my kitchen. In fact, I don’t think I can imagine a day where I do not use some sort of leftover in a salad, smashed [...]

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Chimichurri Chickpea Zucchini Noodles

I’m squeezing in a few more summer recipes before October hits. I feel the change to fall in the air but at least in California, summer produce is still quite prominent at the markets and stores. This recipe was voted on in my instagram stories and I’m so glad people wanted to see it. This [...]

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Pinto Bean Tostadas with Nopales and Eggs

Today’s post is a little different. Sure, there’s a recipe but this recipe is to help promote an organization that is near and dear to my heart: the Food Literacy Center. September is Food Literacy Month in the state of California. What does that meant, exactly? Well, as the Food Literacy center describes it: ‘understanding [...]

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Island Earth

  By Anna Lappé, Earth Island Journal   Halfway through my two weeks in Kaua`i, my family and I decided to check out a cozy wine bar on the island’s lush north coast. It was hipster cool, and the clientele canoodling over their glasses of Cotes du Rhone felt a world away from the fields... Read more »

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The Death of Fabián Tomasi

Argentine farmworker and outspoken advocate against agrochemicals Fabián Tomasi passed away last week, leaving behind a defiant call to action   By Tanya Kerssen, Medium The historic victory last month in the case of Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto reverberated around the world. It confirmed what, sadly, hundreds of thousands of people already knew: the chemicals we... Read more »

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Real Food Scoop | No. 14

“These disasters drag into the light exactly who is already being thrown away.” – Naomi Klein, in a tweet about Hurricane Florence   Tom Philpott’s excellent reporting for Mother Jones on the factory farms of North Carolina following Hurricane Florence paints a horrifying picture: millions of chickens and thousands of hogs drowned by flood waters and animal waste from burst... Read more »

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5 Tips for Vegetarian Lunches

(Hey Everyone! I want you to give a warm welcome to Grace Kerfoot. Grace has studied nutrition and most recently was working as a cheesemonger. She’s also been helping me in the studio and I’m so happy to have her contributing a few posts in the coming months. I think it’s always great to have [...]

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Pear Custard Tart with Cinnamon

Post sponsored by California Pear. See below for more details. It’s rare that I post dessert recipes but don’t be fooled, I love my desserts. This custard tart has been around for years and has made it’s way through all the seasons. However, this pear version is my favorite. Using slices of bosc pears makes [...]

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15 Late-Summer Vegetarian Recipes

I always find this time of year to be a bit strange. Sure, I’m ready for cooler fall weather but given it’s still summer, I’m still into all the tomatoes and zucchini. It’s like we can’t be in transition, it has to be summer or it has to be fall. People throw tomatoes and grilling [...]

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Herby Hemp Sauce | Cooking Component

I feel like the key to a solid, quick dinner is in the sauce. There are endless combinations of grains, beans, and vegetables once you get sauces involved. Plus, this is something my entire family can easily agree on: you can never had too many sauce ideas. Enter in this easy herby hemp sauce. I [...]

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Harissa Tomato Salad with Farro

I feel like when September hits, it’s easy to throw the idea of summer produce out for all the fall goodness that’s about to come our way. And yet, I find September to be one of the best months for tomatoes. The mature plants are still producing and the abundance is still there. The change [...]

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Cucumber Avocado Spring Rolls with Herbs

This is a monumental moment for this little site: I’m posting a tofu recipe. Tofu, along with mushrooms, just haven’t been my thing. It’s completely a texture issue. I need crunch in my life and the slight spongy texture of mushrooms and tofu just didn’t work with my food views. However, over the years, my [...]

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Pan-Fried Pears with Honey and Ginger Einkorn

Post sponsored by California Pear. See below for more details. One of my favorite things is to make a breakfast that feels like it could easily double as dessert without being heavy on the sweetness. For example, I could eat these pan-fried pears everyday. They provide the perfect example when I want something sweet for [...]

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Cucumber Sorghum Salad

I never like to make cucumber salads the same way twice. I feel like cucumbers make for such a solid starting point. They aren’t overly powerful in the flavor department but they do come with a nice, refreshing crunch. Plus, I almost always have a couple of hand because my son loves them as a [...]

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Monsanto is Going Down

There is real momentum in the fight against agrochemicals and the companies that peddle them. After a landmark victory in Hawai’i banning the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in the state, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to do the same—nationwide. The EPA has 60 days to comply. That same week, we... Read more »

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Real Food Scoop | No. 13

There is real momentum in the fight against agrochemicals and the companies that peddle them.   After a landmark victory in Hawai’i banning the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in the state, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to do the same—nationwide. The EPA has 60 days to comply. That same week,... Read more »

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5 Tips for Vegetarian Lunches

(Hey Everyone! I want you to give a warm welcome to Grace Kerfoot. Grace has studied nutrition and most recently was working as a cheesemonger. She’s also been helping me in the studio and I’m so happy to have her contributing a few posts in the coming months. I think it’s always great to have [...]

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Blue Cheese Peach Pizza with Honey

This recipe is in partnership with Nugget Markets. See below for more details. There are combinations that might feel a bit over-done but I will always (and gladly) eat. One of those combinations: blue cheese and peaches. Fresh, sweet peaches paired with the earthy flavor of blue cheese is everything I could want in one [...]

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Sesame Sunflower Crunch | Cooking Component

When it comes to textures, I’m all about the crunch. This is why I gravitate towards chips, crackers, and granola. This sunflower crunch is a mix between toasted nuts and granola. It’s simple on ingredients but the end result is a multi-use mix that adds the perfect crunch to soups, salads, and yogurt bowls. One [...]

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Vegetable Burger with Curried Ketchup and Avocado

Post sponsored by Dr. Praegers. See below for more details. One of the things I’ve become really good at since having kid: lowering expectations. This hasn’t been easy because I’m always wanting to try new things, explore new places, and hand-make everything I can. Add a toddler to this mix and while I can still [...]

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California Avocado Tomatillo Soup

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details. One of the reasons I love living in a desert climate: cool evenings and mornings. Even when it gets to be hot during the days, most nights and mornings are cool (sweater weather cool). This means I’m still able to happily enjoy my warm evening [...]

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Real Food Scoop | No. 12

Extortion. That’s what people called it—and that’s certainly what it was. Big Soda just held California hostage and won.   Last month, the American Beverage Association, whose largest contributors include Coca-Cola and Pepsi, bullied California legislators into signing a bill to ban all local sugary drink taxes in the state until 2031 (read more in... Read more »

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Real Food Scoop | No. 11

Hawaiʻi is doing what the EPA refuses to do—protecting its residents’ health.   This month, we are celebrating another win for healthier communities: The Governor of Hawaiʻi signed into law new pesticide regulations, including a ban on the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos, the first in the nation to do so. For years, organizations like Hawaiʻi Alliance... Read more »

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Real Food Scoop | No. 10

Celebrate good times, come on!   We are riding high from the energy of the latest Good Food Purchasing Program adoption in Cook County, Illinois—the second largest county in the nation and the first county-wide adoption! Driven by ongoing leadership from the Chicago Food Policy Action Council and coalition partners including the Food Chain Workers... Read more »

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What Do You Get at the Farmers’ Market?

by Tiffani Patton The farmers’ market is the place to go for fresh, seasonal, local produce. But it’s not just about the produce, it’s about the people. At the farmers market, you get a chance to support your local economy. Farmers who sell locally create roughly thirteen jobs for every $1 million in revenue, in... Read more »

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The idea behind the diet is to replace two daily meals with jars of homemade pureed baby food or store bought jars. The third meal of the day is to remain low calorie and small. The daily calorie restrictions are said to be 600 calories or less. The diet is not meant to be on for months at a time, rather 7 days maximum. The purpose is to rid your body of toxins and cravings of unhealthy foods.

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