Vegetarian Chili

Fall is officially here! Cold weather is coming and so are the holidays. In our family, there is nothing more heart (and tummy!) warming than having a pot of chili on the stove that everyone can pick from throughout the day when hanging out for a visit. This was one of my recent creations, and it was an immediate favorite. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Chili

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5 kitchen indicators you might be eating healthy

Sign #1

Dishes are always plentiful in the sink, and washing is done daily.

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Sign #2

You use a knife and cutting board at least once (if not more!) a day.

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Sign #3

Your pantry’s nearly empty, but your fridge is packed tight after a grocery shopping trip.

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Sign #4

Your medications / spices are pretty much the same thing.

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Sign #5

You don’t have to create a pile of trash every time you make a meal, and end up with a whole lotta composting material.

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Patriotic Pigments: Eat your red, white & blue!

 

Looking down at my breakfast this morning, luscious berries in a cushion of oatmeal, I was suddenly overcome with patriotism. Well, at least I was struck by the patriotic resemblance to our nation’s red, white and blue banner as Fourth of July nears.

And so, I became inspired to talk about the colors in our food! Continue reading “Patriotic Pigments: Eat your red, white & blue!”

Recipe: Easy spicy potato stir fry

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Basic stiry fry for the evening! 1 lb baby potatoes, cut up 1 large yellow onion, diced 4 to 5 diced tomatoes 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 large jalapeno pepper, minced 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic 1 tsp rosemary 1 tsp turmeric 1 bunch rainbow chard, cut up Cook ingredients (all except chard) over medium high heat, in a half cup water, tamari sauce and red wine vinegar for 20 minutes, stiring often. Add cut up bunch of rainbow chard to top of stir fry to let steam and cover for 10 minutes. Take off heat and mix. Then serve and enjoy! #recipe #healthyfood #holisticnutritionist #holisticlifestyle #foodporn #lovetoeat #tophomecooking #wholefoods #lifestyle #lifecoach #livingfood #foodblogger #cook #nutritionist #healthy #healthcoach nourish #nourishyourbody #nourishyourself #instafood #instafoodie #wellness #soulfood #holisticwellness #letfoodbethymedicine

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Spicy Potato Stir Fry

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How to get your tomato naked

How to skin a tomato!

  • To blanch tomatoes, start by boiling some water
  • Once boiling, turn off the stove, taking the pot off the heat, and put the tomatoes in
  • After 10 minutes, or once the tomato skins start to split open, put them into some cool water. I used room temperature water (no such thing as cold water out of the tap here in the Arizona summer season!)
  • If the skin hasn’t already split, you can easily pierce it with a knife
  • Be careful when skinning your tomatoes, the little bit of liquid between the skin and the flesh is still pretty hot! When piercing the skin, roll the tomato around a few times in the water to cool off the newly exposed tomato flesh

And that’s how to get a naked tomato, skinned and ready for sauce or soup.

So unexpected (plus a recipe)

Me? Write a cookbook?

Well, after deciding a meal my husband made was too pretty to eat and took out my new studio lights to take pictures – I was hooked. I have awakened a new passion the past few days to design recipes and artistically and visually capture the love I have for food, cooking, and a SOUL (seasonal, organic, unprocessed and local) lifestyle.

Want to take this journey with me?

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Desert gardening

It’s spring! Well, at least it’s starting to feel a lot like it here in Arizona. We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter thus far.

And so, my partner and I have decided to FINALLY break open the boxes of raised beds I had bought several years ago, shovel out some of our compost dirt that I’d been working on (ongoing) for at least three years, buy some good organic dirt from a local nursery, and finally plant some organic food and herb seeds I’d had lying around the house for years.

My dream of a garden has been held off for so long, because I have been trying my luck with small projects first. But my first few projects did not bode well. My first ivy houseplant died due to an infestation of spider mites (which, I’ve learned, they’re prone to here in the desert). The subsequent ivy also died… mysteriously. My first tomato plant and pepper plant I bought just withered before my eyes once the scorching summer hit. My first two potted seed-start experiments were utter disasters.

It looked hopeless.

But about six months ago, my partner and I bought each other houseplants as housewarming gifts. Those two houseplants have grown to six (and counting!) and are thriving! So, my dream of being able to play in the dirt and dote like a proud mother on strong green plants may soon be a dream come true. I hope to be able to share with you the triumphant stories of my harvests in the next few months.

We planted spinach, tomatillos, beefsteak tomatoes, and cucumbers in one of the raised beds, and herbs in the other such as cilantro, chives, basil, rosemary, catnip, sage, parsley, and lemon balm.

And to think, it all started with a compost bin and some horse manure – and a dream.

Keep posted, as I provide updates on the pitfalls and prideful successes this new adventure in gardening provides! Eat clean, locally, and well, everyone.

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