Late Summer Salsa with Roasted Tomatillos

Green salsa never tasted so good!

Green salsa never tasted so good!

Why buy processed salsa from the store, when you can make salsa from fresh ingredients, with more flavor and pizazz? I don’t know either. Continue reading

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Creamy Coriander Carrot Soup–Refrigerator Wars Battle 2

Creamy Coriander Carrot Soup

Creamy Coriander Carrot Soup

Does anyone ever really get tired of a beautiful creamy soup? If it’s anyone, it should be me because I like to make creamy soups out of anything. But I don’t get tired of them, because they can be so full of flavor. That’s exactly the case with this one too. This is a great summer soup because of the cooling nature of coriander and cilantro. Also, one of the best weapons I have in my refrigerator wars when you look in the refrigerator and pantry and want something easy and delicious. Continue reading

Pea Vine and Mushroom Risotto

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Pea Vine and Mushroom Risotto

This spring risotto is a filling way to celebrate spring and garden freshness.  Jam-packed with nutrient-dense pea vines, mushrooms and onions, it will leave you satisfied and satiated. The creaminess of the risotto will have you fooled that dairy or coconut milk was added. But don’t be deceived. The secret ingredient is time. Continue reading

Homemade Sauerkraut–the Purple Variety

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Nature is art

While I’m on my probiotic foods kick, I want to share my easy homemade sauerkraut recipe. It is simple and fun to alter to come up with interesting flavors and textures. It’s great for using up leftover greens on their last leg in the fridge, or beautiful fresh exotic root vegetables and starchy veggies from the farmer’s market or your CSA. Continue reading

Yummy Probiotic Hummus!

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Believe it or not. It’s tastier than it looks!

Some of my favorite foods are fermented: kimchee, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut. One of the best home-cooking secrets is adding the brine from fermented foods to amp the flavor, texture, and nutrients of your favorite foods! This hummus is arguably the best you’ll make at home because of its zesty taste and creamy flavor–and the secret is a probiotic ingredient! Continue reading

Buckwheat pancakes–vegan, gluten-free, (and gasp!) no sugar added

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Morning delight with all the accoutrements

There is one half of all breakfast foods that accompany coffee or tea superbly. They are by and far most appealing to the sweet tooth. But who says you have to forego all the pleasures of breakfast foods when you give up sugar? Not me! If you are following a vegan, gluten-free, or sugar-free diet, this recipe will keep your taste buds happy. And if you’re following a plain old healthy natural diet, this recipe won’t disappoint either, even if you can’t believe there’s no wheat in it! Continue reading

Blanched Kale, Apple, and Avocado Salad

Braised Kale and apple salad, the star of the meal

Braised Kale and apple salad, the star of the meal

One dilemma of winter is how to eat fresh vegetables without eating cold raw food. For many people, it cuts out the main source of vegetables in their diet, salads. Well, my friends, salads don’t have to be raw. In fact, braising vegetables can help increase your ability to absorb the nutrients packed in leafy greens. So can adding oil and vinegar (salad dressing) since some nutrients are only extracted in acidic environments such as hard minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, and others need fat to carry them into the bloodstream such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. So a room temperature, ever so slightly predigested (cooked) salad can be a perfect nutritious addition to a meal. Continue reading

Ginger Roasted Squash Apple Soup

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Ginger Roasted Squash Apple Soup (with Anise star as garnish)

Though the Harvest season is well over and done, there is no way I could get through this cold blistery weather without this soup recipe at least once a month.  With so many winter spices, it warms the tummy and the soul.  Here I used the delicious Kabocha squash (which I recently found out is also called the “buttercup squash”) and apples that are still fresh, but other than 1 or 2 bruises, you don’t want to eat any longer.  Continue reading

Home-made Pad Thai

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Pad Thai at home

Fried noodles is a dish I’m constantly craving on days when all I want to do is warm up with some hot spices and grub!  Though it is difficult to master at home.  I hope my recipe gives you a good springboard from which try more creative, better versions yourself!  There are some basics to making a good stir-fried noodle dish, and not everyone makes it the same way.  This is what my family’s been doing for generations, but please let me know if you have any tips or better techniques!  The following recipe will give you 2 huge servings or 3 regular servings. Continue reading

Warm oven: Baba Ghanoush

While the oven is still hot from roasted chicken or holiday cookies, might as well use the heat for an appetizer, right?  Baba Ghanoush is easy and fun to make.  Smooth, creamy, zesty, and smoky–pureed roasted eggplant makes an excellent dip with pita chips or raw veggies.  Also, my partner and I got a huge bag of Japanese eggplant from the Asian grocery for $0.99.  Hard to beat! Continue reading