Veggie Burgers

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As part of the Food Unit at Community School, 8th grade students learn about the food chain, food's impact on the environment, and how each and every one of us "votes with our fork" several times a day in the world of food economics.  After watching the film Cowspiracy, many of the kids wanted to explore other options for burgers besides ground meat.  So the students called on … [Read more...]

Have a Healthy Halloween

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For today's post leading up to Food Day (October 24th), I wanted to post a fun resource from CSPI:  TRYIt_HealthyHalloween   I especially like the recipes included: *Apple Bites *Carrot Finger Food *Cheese Finger Food *Goblin Grins *Edible Eyeballs Have a happy and healthy Halloween! … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup Taste-Off

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We've recently moved into our new house, and I'm excited to have a kitchen that inspires me to cook again.  My recipe books have been packed up (some have been away for three years!), so I'm excited to be able to access them after missing them dearly.  One thing I like to do when I'm making a dish is to look up several different versions of a recipe, then choose the one that … [Read more...]

Lentil Stew

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Such an easy soup to make when the weather starts getting a little chilly.  Also, a great way to use up any greens you have left in your garden! -Veggie base:  saute onions, carrots and celery in 2 T coconut oil -Transfer to slow cooker and add lentils:  2 cups french lentils, rinsed -Liquid:  Water or broth (to cover) -Season:  bay leaf, italian seasoning, salt, etc. -Add … [Read more...]

Live Cashew Cream Cheese

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I am calling this recipe "live" because of the fact that it uses a probiotic capsule as part of the ingredients.  I thought this was pretty interesting; I read more and more every day about the importance of probiotics and gut balance. Ingredients: -2 cups cashews, soaked for 1-2 hours -1 cup purified water -Powder from 1-2 capsules probiotics -1/2 bunch fresh dill, … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Herb Salad Dressing

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If there is one thing EVERY person should know how to do it the kitchen, I'd say it should be knowing how to make your own salad dressing. That stuff that comes in the bottle has all kinds of stuff in there that you don't need, it doesn't taste as good, and it is overly expensive. I'm always winging in when it comes to salad dressings, but I periodically posted a comment … [Read more...]

Herb Avocado Dip

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For a refreshing summer snack, blend in a Vitamix or cuisinart: -1 avocado -2 cups greens (spinach, kale, sorrel, asian greens, etc.) -1/2 herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon, etc.) -1 roma tomato -1 T each: fresh lemon juice, apple cider* vinegar, olive oil -1 t sea salt *or change it up with red wine vinegar, or balsamic … [Read more...]

Coconut Cucumber Soup

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If you are looking for a quick and refreshing summer soup, look no further! In a vitamix, blend: -3 cucumbers, peeled -coconut milk (or meat of 1 fresh coconut) -4 T fresh lime juice -2 T almond butter -1/2 cup greens/herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, etc.) -1 T fresh ginger -Water to thin (about 1 cup) -Season with:  salt, cayenne, or add thai "flair" by adding a splash … [Read more...]

Warmed but Raw Lasagna

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I've posted a recipe very similar to this one in the past (No Bake Lasagna), but I wanted to try it again with a slightly different twist.  This recipe is inspired by a cooking class I recently attended a Glow Live Foods Cafe in Ketchum.  A huge thanks to Chef Brooke Hovey and Cafe Owner Molly Peppo! Directions: -Make your "cheese" pesto filling (see below) -Make your … [Read more...]

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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For Elena's anniversary of her baptism, we make the cake decorating task into a fun and creative project. We found this photo for inspiration: Then we went to our greenhouse in search for something that would work. Chocolate chips mimic seeds in the middle of a flower, and we figured edible nasturtium petals and mint leaves would make a nice arrangement.  When … [Read more...]