So, every grocery shopping trip as of late is never complete without a bunch of heirloom tomatoes in the basket. They're the hottest item during this season in my book. I love chopping them up and making my own pasta sauce, so that's exactly what I did last night- served over brown rice pasta... A perfect early Fall dish that your whole family (even you men) will love! Not to mention, it's wheat/gluten/lactose free!
Garlic, Shallots, Heirloom Tomatoes equal the workings of an amazing homemade pasta sauce.
What you'll need:
3-4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1-2 small shallots, minced
1.5 cups chopped Heirloom tomatoes
1/2 Red Pepper chopped (optional; gives off a sweetness that is lovely)
2 tablespoons Fresh Goat Cheese (Goat Milk= Lactose-free!)
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
Generous amounts of black pepper
In a skillet, heat up oil and throw in garlic and shallots till tendery. Then add in tomatoes and pepper, and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
(In the meantime, boil brown rice pasta. (I used Brown rice Fusilli; this pasta is wheat and gluten free, made entirely from organic brown rice! No fuss, no bloating, no sinking feeling afterward). Cook for 20 minutes or so. Then drain and RINSE: that'll get rid of the starch.)
Keep mixing the sauce, adding in salt and goat cheese, mixing until creamy smooth. Simmer...
Throw the pasta into the skillet of sauce, stirring till well mixed. (For meat lovers- this would be a great time to add in some meat of choice.) Sprinkle over some black pepper... Serve and enjoy!
What's better than a weekend that includes Organic Mexican dining (loaded with drizzles of Cashew Cheese), Bi-Rite Creamery, and a Neighborhood Garden Party full of local goodies- not to mention- lots of good company and no-jacket-required weather? In this town, that's the life!
Maybe a tad dramatic, but that's how good this one is. I used to go to Whole Foods in New York just to scoop up this Vegan Tuna business from the salad bar and loved it every single time. (The WF here in San Francisco doesn't have this and that needs to change). I remember this one quite well, so I recreated it and can now enjoy it time and again. Trust me, this one is sure to become an instant favorite and keeper; it is THAT good!
What you'll need:
1.5 cup total of soaked sunflower seeds and almonds (remember my post about soaking nuts and all the great many reasons why?)
1 small shallot or 1/2 a small onion
1 lemon squeeezed
3-4 stalks celery
1 tablespoon fresh dill
3 teaspoons natural sea salt
Loads of black pepper
Blend all ingredients in your food processor till smooth, adding drops of water to thicken and bond. That's it! Just scoop and serve over a bed of fresh Arugula and Spinach. Drizzle over some Olive Oil and Balsamic, and there you have yourself a beautiful, healthful, delightful, and nutrient-rich salad! Also enjoy it as an app, using fresh Endives, Brown Rice pita or carrots/celery to scoop up.
Eh hem. This is what I'm saying people. The NY Times just released an article about the importance of eating well to be well. It's all in the title. But it expounds on the importance of doctors prescribing a healthy lifestyle (not just drugs) to clients and harping on good nutrition. Not to mention, they must walk the talk and practice healthful eating as well, as a lot of doctors do not because it's easy for them not to.
Read about this Bay Area- Father/Son- Doctor Duo who are bringing healthy food-related initiatives to the hospital scene.
Did you know that the skin is the largest eliminatory organ in/of the body? More than one pound of waste is detoxed through the skin each day! Therefore it is essential to keep the skin's pores active so that impurities don't get caught beneath the skin's surface, leading to a variety of skin conditions, irritations and infections. This also leads to an overworked kidney and liver- the two other eliminatory organs- thus causing disease.
So how to keep the skin's pores active in eliminating waste products from beneath the skin? Dry brush! Taking a dry brush to your skin (not in the bath or in the shower!) will stimulate your blood circulation and lymphatic system, which is responsible for ridding the body of toxins. Skin brushing improves the skin's surface circulation, removes dead skin cells and cellulite, strengthens the immune system, and overall, allows your skin to look and feel healthier, softer, and more resilient!
How To Dry Skin Brush:
Start at the soles of the feet and work your way up your legs, your front and your back, brushing as vigorously as you feel able. Then brush your hands and up your arms. Focus the brush strokes- when doing your chest and upper back- towards your heart (see diagram). Don't do your face, but brush the back of your neck and your scalp. For hygiene reasons you'll need a separate brush for each member of the family. And of course, wash the brush itself every couple of weeks.
Make this a daily habit and see improved skin conditions almost immediately.
What's your experience with the Dry Brush? Do tell!
My line-up of mason jars displays different grains and beans and inspires me to cook up something new each week. My pick today: Black Beans. Step on up, Black Beans!
Low in fat but high in essential fiber and protein, black beans naturally lower cholesterol and keeps blood sugar from rising too rapidly, which makes these beans a great choice for diabetics. Black beans are also loaded with huge amounts of antioxidants, which when taken regularly- destroys free radicals and resists cancer, aging and heart disease. They're versatile- bc you can whip them up in a variety of ways, but they're also filling- which makes this a great meal choice for men and also for days when you're needing extra energy.
I made this simple and yummy Black Bean Dip which is very similar to my hummus recipe, save a few switcharoos. You know me- I love dips and spreads: perfect over salads, in sandwiches, for parties, for noshing!
What I used:
1.5 cups Organic Black Beans soaked, cooked, drained and rinsed (I buy grains and beans in bulk, and fyi: soaking beans with a strip of sea veggie like Kombu will take the gas out!)
1/2 Organic Red Pepper
1/2 cups fresh water
2 cloves Garlic
1 lime squeezed
3 tablespoons tumeric
1/2 to 1 tablespoon Natural Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (my secret; optional though, of course)
Blend all of the above in food processor until smooth and creamy...
My one and only sis got married this weekend...
Twas lovely indeed.
Be back tomorrow!
Don't cringe at the word "detox". My 21-day Fall Detox program is not about depriving yourself or being hungry all the time. Never! It's about "rebooting" your system and taking a break from our bad eating habits that tax the body. To do so, I'll introduce you to a world of delicious and nutrient-dense food that you'll enjoy, that will help you feel more energetic, healthy and clean. You'll get nearly 50 recipes, group/community support and in-person meetings, constant check ins and email correspondence, and a final dinner party to reward and celebrate your efforts with new friends. Learn more!
Changes you can expect to see as a result of detoxing:
*Cessation of digestive ailments
*Clearer skin and eyes
*Break from addictive habits
In person meetings will be held on 3 Saturdays at Yoga Garden:
10/23, 10/30, 11/6 at 2-3:30pm
Final Dinner Party: Friday 11/12 at 7pm
Sign up through Yoga Garden here! $125 before 10/9; afterward $145.
Join me on this journey. You don't have to be perfect. No one is.
Questions or concerns? Ask me anything!
This past weekend, Benny and I volunteered some time at a neato community garden called Garden for the Environment, nestled in the Inner Sunset of San Francisco. GFE is a sizable, urban demonstration garden that offers education programs covering urban composting, organic gardening and sustainable food systems. above: Benny chopping up branches for the compost. We loved our experience at the Garden and the community it musters, and can't wait to return to revel in its splendor and even take an intensive gardening + composting workshop.
Join in on the all day festivities on Saturday 9/25, as GFE celebrates their 20th anniversary, complete with local eating provided by Santa Cruz's Freewheelin' Farm, Arizmendi, and Produce to the People. See you there!