Baked Squash with Spicy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe

I volunteer every month for an event called Produce On Wheels With Out Waste (POWWOW), and come home with bushels of food as a thank you. The event allows foods that may not be pretty enough for the market or are leftovers to still get to people who are in need. The event allows you to purchase 60 lbs of food for $10. I love this program!

So when I got home a couple of weeks ago and I had so many dang acorn squash that I didn’t know what to do.

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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.

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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

How to prepare:

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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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What’s for dinner? My mystery meals

These days, I just never know what’s going to end up on my plate for the evening.

With recently having to acclimate to feeding two people over a week’s time, my former two-meal plan which I usually prepared on Sundays no longer carries me through the week. With little time during the week for either of us to take a meaningful trip to the supermarket, we’re often left having to get a little creative in the kitchen and cook on the fly when supplies run low. Since we are not a pre-fab food type of couple, it can make things difficult in our busy lives that we have to find time to prepare something. Yet we both find it a sexy challenge to root through the cupboards to come up with something rivaling a gourmet restaurant meal.

As a character on the TV show Six Feet Under once said, “Cooking is alchemy!”

So tonight was one of those lean nights. After work, a 10-minute shopping spree and $20 later, I was on the way home tonight with only a couple of items to throw in a frying pan for dinner with nothing else in the fridge worth mentioning. Or so I thought. At this point, I still only had the vaguest idea of what this concoction would be. I knew it would be some version of a stir fry over some brown rice noodles I’d had sitting in the cupboard for awhile. Stir fry’s, particularly, have become our best friend. They are quick, easy, and we’ve found that just about anything works when cooked together and thrown over rice, quinoa, or noodles.

To start off with, I cut up a white onion and let it fry in the pan with a generous portion of low sodium soy sauce and a good dash of vegetable stock. I washed a carton of pre-cut mushrooms and stirred to steam cook with the onions. Hmm. Still looked empty. And rather unappealing, not to mention tasteless. The mouth-feel likewise would have been atrocious.

So, back to the fridge.

There were all manners of odds and ends. Hmm. Half a zucchini? Why not. Leftover yellow squash? Sure! A dash of turmeric. A bouquet of cilantro. Chopped up leftovers of a red bell pepper. The last few leaves of a bunch of kale from last week. A not so subtle sprinkle of garlic powder.

Aahhh. Getting there. Smelled quite intriguing.

Ah well, I was hungry, and the rice noodles were waiting. I took the pan off the stove, ready to serve. That was until I stumbled over the package of soyrizo (vegan chorizo, or spicy sausage) laying on the counter. I had bought it specifically as the star of the show and had forgotten all about it! I had seen it so many times at the market, so tonight I gave in to the urge to give it a go.

Snip snip of the plastic casing. I squeezed the pulpy innards into the pan, and stirred until everything was piping hot again. Hmm, what else was missing? I rummaged through the spice cupboard. A container of black sesame seeds winked at me. A good few shakes went into the pan, and stirred.

DinnerAh. Dinner yet? I poured the cooked concoction over the noodles. I then sat down to one of the best impromptu meals I’ve ever made. I even managed to make three meals out of the mixture to carry us through the next couple of very busy days. I had slapped together a creation that I had completely made up as I went along. Something I’ve learned to excel in.

Why is it the greatest things we make or do are usually done by the seat of our pants? Best part of tonight’s dinner is, it was completely vegan, organic, and gluten-free (well, except for the soy sauce). It was colorful, tasty, bright, and I would definitely make again!

By the way, it was the first time I’d ever had brown rice noodles. L.O.V.E. I could almost give up pasta completely with this stuff! I am still a pasta junkie trying to dry out my addiction, though.

And thus it goes, these days, as my companion and I forage through our pantry and fridge in lean, pre-market spree times to generate something to keep us fed between work, class, and sleep. And we never disappoint each other. What’s in your mystery meals? Ever had one become an instant favorite?

Bon apetit, friends!

The fresh connection

The fresh connection

A couple of weeks ago, my partner and I brought home our first-ever CSA (community supported agriculture) care package from an area organic farm. A CSA is simply an agreement where you pay a local farmer a certain amount for a set period of weeks, for which in return you get a weekly bag of the farm’s crop. They get the monetary support they need for daily operation, and you get a very healthy reward. Win-win for everyone.

When I ever got this bag home, I swore it was related to a clown car. The food just DID NOT stop coming, or so it seemed. This bag was simply BRIMMING with goodies, with even some greens I couldn’t identify. But that never scares us away. It just makes it more fun!

There were fruits, veggies, greens, spices… everything you could ask for. Two weeks later, I’m still trying to get through the last of it. And it was only $25.

Also let me tell you that when it comes to food, nothing says fresh better than taking your produce out of your “shopping bag” (pay no attention to the WHOLE FOODS logo on the side, does not indicate origin!) and each item is still covered with dirt and silt from the ground. They were probably only a few hours old out of the earth.

Aaaaaaaah!

Still think it’s expensive to eat SOUL-fully? Search for yourself to find local organic farmers in your area, and see if they either have Farmer’s Markets or offer CSAs. I don’t think that you would regret it.