Health Begins in the Kitchen

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Arugula and Macadamia Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Arugula and Macadamia Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Arugula and Macadamia Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (The “No-Brainer” Brainy Salad) Nitric oxide doesn’t sound like something that should be good for us. You might be thinking it sounds pretty close to those nasty cancer-causing chemicals found in things like deli meat and bacon (nitrates). […]

Waldorf Kale Salad

Waldorf Kale Salad

641.5 is my happy place in the library (the Dewey Decimal stamp of all things cooking).   You can imagine my thrill when I came across a cookbook, The Wikaninnish Cookbook (641.5971 to be exact), straight from the place my husband and I spent our honeymoon!  […]

Brains and Brawn Salad (Kale, Spinach, Avocado and Eggs)

Brains and Brawn Salad (Kale, Spinach, Avocado and Eggs)

    If you’re a bit like me, when I eat a salad, I have this smug little look upon my face that says, “look at me, eating this salad and getting all healthy.”  Well that’s not exactly what I’d say but I do congratulate […]

Blueberry and Pistachio Kale Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Blueberry and Pistachio Kale Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Well here we are again!  Gearing up for another school year.  Coco begins grade 3 in just a few days and I’ve been reflecting on her growth over the years–oh how her personality has blossomed into a feisty, independent, creative and centered child.  I have […]

Honey Lime Garlic Quinoa Bowl

Honey Lime Garlic Quinoa Bowl

Lazy Saturday afternoons in the summer are what I like best.  If food preparation threatens to destroy the mood, I will now turn to this quick side dish that pairs nicely with a good solid protein like salmon steaks or even an organic grass-fed weiner […]

“Cheesy” Quinoa and Cauliflower Puree

“Cheesy” Quinoa and Cauliflower Puree

It wasn’t too many years ago that I can say I cooked without ever looking at a recipe book.  Was I a culinary prodigy that had ingrown chef skills in my DNA?  Certainly not!  I had committed to eating healthy early on probably because of […]

Sunflower Seed Milk (vanilla or chocolate)

Sunflower Seed Milk (vanilla or chocolate)

Every once in awhile I go to my pantry to retrieve something and I see my lonely little nut bag begging to be used.  Last night I felt the guilt and immediately started looking for some almonds.  Sadly I was out but in all dire […]

Miso Mushroom Sauce

Miso Mushroom Sauce

The first time I made this I thought I’d reached culinary heaven.  The lovely rich, earthy, meaty mushroom meets the sweet yet dry taste of sherry with a little nutty cheesy addition coming from the nutritional yeast.  If it tastes this good, there must be […]

Sauteed Mushrooms on Spinach

Sauteed Mushrooms on Spinach

When I first came across a recipe that called for Sherry to be added to mushrooms, I was very hesitant.  Being a proponent of optimal health and having an underage daughter, I was not really in favor of using a liquor I had never even […]

Sauteed Asian Coleslaw

Sauteed Asian Coleslaw

My daughter saw cabbage in the fridge and immediately said, “can we have this for dinner tonight?” Bless her little health-conscious soul.  She obviously had fond memories of our eating lots of coleslaw in the summer.  To tell you the truth, I went a little […]