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Bean Bake with Greens and Turnips

My first experience with turnips didn’t come until I joined the CSA. In fact, it was my first day on the farm and I was sent home with gorgeous Hakurei turnips. Of course, these were only one variety of turnips but over the years, I’ve experimented with most. Each turnip has a lovely, fairly mellow [...]

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Halloumi Burrito Bowl with Roasted Potatoes and Guacamole

I find that most of the best recipes I create are sheer happenstance, a coming together of odds and ends in my kitchen. A few weeks back, I whipped together some of these halloumi bowls with leftover potatoes from the breakfast enchiladas, the last lonely avocado in the refrigerator, and the halloumi I’d been hoarding [...]

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Curry Chickpea Burgers with Coconut Cabbage Slaw

This recipe is in partnership with Nugget Markets. See below for more details. Any time I move or travel some place, grocery stores are usually first on my list to find. I have a pretty high standard and it’s rare that a store has everything I need. I’m the type of person that usually goes [...]

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19 Vegetarian Grilling Recipes

Over the years I’ve found some amazing ways to turn vegetables (with the occasional help from other items) into solid main courses. These ideas range from hearty salads tossed with grilled vegetables, skewers paired with polenta or halloumi, or whole grilled vegetables as the main star (like the grilled endives listed or even grilled cabbage). [...]

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Roasted Carrot Multigrain Pilaf with Pepita Pesto

I’m learning that one of the greatest cooking challenges I’ve faced is one that feels like it shouldn’t be that hard: cooking for my family. My husband is not vegetarian and while my toddler will try almost anything, he’s still a toddler. I have this balance of working with everyone’s preferences to create a solid [...]

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Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage and Kohlrabi

After moving to California, I found myself jumping into summer produce faster than I would have in the midwest. The beginning of June brings zucchini followed shortly by sweet corn and tomatoes. However, there’s so much good spring/early summer produce that I miss because let’s face it- I’d make everything out of fresh summer tomatoes [...]

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Broccoli Melt with Fried Egg

This recipe is in partnership with California Olive Ranch. See below for more details. There are certain combinations I’ve never found appealing. One of which is broccoli on a grilled cheese sandwich. I recently had one of these sandwiches (it was the only vegetarian option on a menu that sounded decent). So I ordered it [...]

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Pecan Chickpea Crumble | Component Cooking

Early on, when I was vegetarian but not cooking for myself, I found frozen veg burgers to be my friend. Were they wonderful? No. Were they easy? Yes- especially for a busy college student. I found that beyond burgers, I could crumble the burgers on a salad or grain bowl with ease. This was a [...]

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Tahini Kale Caesar Salad with Whole-Grain Croutons

Of all the cookbooks I’m sharing this summer, Love Real Food is one of the books I am most excited about. I’ve known Kathryne (aka Cookie + Kate) for years- she was one of the first bloggers I connected with, primarily because our styles of cooking were similar. It’s been exciting to watch her grow [...]

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Potato Beet Salad with White Beans

When doing creative work, it’s easy to start to feel in a rut. This was where I was for a good chunk of the last few months. I wasn’t feeling inspired and most recipes felt rather ‘meh’ to me (even though they were good!) I realized I needed to reassess how I was creating recipes [...]

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Nut Lentil Bites | Component Cooking

I feel there is no greater go-to recipe for a vegetarian kitchen than a fritter, cake, or bite. Legumes, nuts, and/or grains combined with vegetables in some arrangement that can be baked or fried; it’s easily the star of a recipe. These lentil bites have been around on the site for a couple years now [...]

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Breakfast Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Post sponsored by California Avocado. See below for more details. I wasn’t always a breakfast person. Sure, a plate of pancakes occasionally were nice but for the most part, breakfast didn’t excite me. Now, however, I could talk breakfast recipes all day long. These breakfast enchiladas have been a particular favorite. These take a bit [...]

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Buttered Fava Bean Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Fava beans always look so enticing at the market. The big pods with fresh beans tucked inside lead to dreaming about future recipes. And yet, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. Fava beans have a two-shelling process which is a bit labor intensive. But, I’ve found time and again, it’s worth it. If I [...]

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Tahini Kale Caesar Salad with Whole-Grain Croutons

Of all the cookbooks I’m sharing this summer, Love Real Food is one of the books I am most excited about. I’ve known Kathryne (aka Cookie + Kate) for years- she was one of the first bloggers I connected with, primarily because our styles of cooking were similar. It’s been exciting to watch her grow [...]

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Potato Beet Salad with White Beans

When doing creative work, it’s easy to start to feel in a rut. This was where I was for a good chunk of the last few months. I wasn’t feeling inspired and most recipes felt rather ‘meh’ to me (even though they were good!) I realized I needed to reassess how I was creating recipes [...]

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Harissa Roasted Cauliflower Salad Lemon-Avocado Dressing

Post sponsored by California Avocado. See below for more details. I have two different salad styles: light/easy and filling. Light and easy usually tend to be a solid side salad or lunch while the filling salads are meant for dinner. When M isn’t home, I’m usually making a salad that looks like it should feed [...]

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Spiced Chickpeas | Component Cooking

Given I don’t eat a lot of stand-in meat products, I rely heavily on legumes to be the star of my meals (and protein filler!) If you’ve hung around long enough on the site, you probably know that chickpeas are my favorite. These versatile legumes can transform into so many different meals and they soak [...]

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Spelt Spaghetti with Parsley and Garlic Oil

I’ve mentioned before on the site, I judge a cookbook by the recipes that appear simple. If a recipe developer cannot nail a recipe light on ingredients, I lose trust in the rest. It’s a fine balance when you have only a few ingredients- each one plays an important roll and too much of one [...]

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Cashew Carrot Ginger Noodles

I’ve taken a firm stance with my son- vegetables are not to be feared. I’m firmly against the idea of hiding vegetables in meals (my husband might say otherwise- but his firm stance on disliking squash isn’t good for me). Vegetables are something to be celebrated, something we should be excited to eat. I think so [...]

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White Bean Pizza with Arugula Salad

I love playing with pizza combinations. I’m fairly certain if I had my own cafe, pizza/flatbreads would have to be on the menu because I have endless combinations to share. They are the perfect base for all seasons and with a little creativity, also for specific diets like gluten-free and vegan. This white bean pizza [...]

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Eating on the Brink: How Food Could Prevent a Climate Disaster

Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change, I was 30,000 feet in the sky, the jet-fueled irony not lost on me. I was heading to Paris to talk food and climate change with 260 scientists, civil society leaders, and advocates from 40…

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Documentary to Highlight Those Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty, Landlessness

Originally published in Food Tank A documentary film adapted from the book Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé launched on Kickstarter in May 2017. Fifteen years after the book’s original publication in 2002, Luis Medina, a graduate Food Studies student at New York University, hopes to…

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The Empathy of Food at TEDxBerkeley

Fifteen years ago, when I was giving my first public speech—in front of 2,000 people no less—I terrifyingly prodded everyone I knew for advice. One friend offered me simple advice that has stuck with me ever since. “Do you feel like you have something important to say?” she asked. I replied a quick “Yes, but…” Before…

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Colombian Supreme Court Rules Against Big Soda, for Consumer Rights

Big Soda suffered a blow last week in Colombia when the Supreme Court ruled against the censorship of information on the public health impacts of sugary beverages. In August of 2016, the consumer advocacy group EDUCAR Consumidores along with the coalition Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria aired a public service announcement on Colombian television highlighting…

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Hope’s Edge

Originally published in Earth Island Journal Nearly two decades ago, I stood on a train platform in the city of Bhatinda in the north Indian state of Punjab at sunrise. Flies buzzed. Young men dozed nearby with legs curled up for warmth. Next to me stood Afsar Jafri, an organic farming advocate who had been…

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100+ food & ag groups stand with labor and tell Senators to Vote No on Andy Puzder nomination

United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 January 30, 2017 RE: Nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor Dear Senators: Our organizations urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. This nomination represents another in a string of Trump administration appointments that betrays the President-elect’s promise to improve the lives…

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Join the Real Food Media Team in Oakland!

EVENTS AND ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR Part-time position: 20 hours a week Location: Oakland, CA The Events and Administration Coordinator supports the Real Food Media and the Office of Anna Lappé. Real Food Media, housed at Corporate Accountability International, is a collaborative initiative working with partners around the country to spark conversations about our food system, catalyze creative storytelling…

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For Our Food Systems Sake, Say “No” to Corporate Consolidation

When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in…

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Good Food Rising

Originally published in Earth Island Journal By Anna Lappé When you picture school lunch what comes to mind? Gooey pizza and floppy French fries, or fresh organic produce and chicken raised without routine antibiotics? My guess is the former. But thanks to advocates around the country, someday it may just be the latter. Every year the…

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Is Your Tea “Real?”

I grew up drinking tea from a very young age. My father is Indian, and it’s custom to drink “Indian tea,” as we called it, or chai to others, a few times a day.

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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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