Simple Recipe to Make Fermented Pickles

Here is a simple recipe to make ‘refrigerator pickles’ or ‘fermented pickles’ in your kitchen. *Updated with photos Ingredients Cucumbers Green Beans Garlic Red Pepper Flakes Dill Mustard Seeds Grape leaves or horse radish leaves Brine ingredients Water (2 quarts +) Sea salt (5 Tbs per 2 Qt +) Mix brine (5 Tablespoons of sea salt to 2 quarts of …

Chia Seeds: Benefits and How to Use

What are chia seeds? Chia seeds are small seeds, often dark grey, brown, tan or sometimes black in color. Chia seeds come from a plant called “Salvia hispanica”, commonly known as chia. The chia plant is a flower in the mint family and originates from Southern Mexico and Gautamala. Historically, like Spirulina, another popular ‘superfood’, records show chia seeds were …

Keep Strawberries and Other Berries Fresh Longer

Here is a quick tip to preserve berries naturally. Instead of regular vinegar, we used apple cider vinegar. To keep the strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator, use 1 Part White Vinegar to 10 Parts Water.  Soak the strawberries, leaves and all in the vinegar/water mixture for a few minutes.  Then drain the strawberries in a colander until they are …

How to Use Spirulina in Smoothies and Cooking

*Update* Things are never as simple as they appear apparently. A recent post by Dr. Andrew Weil is critical of Spirulina and he claims it is not safe. Is Spirulina safe? No. To my mind spirulina never has been safe. I have been warning against it for years, and the finding that a neurotoxin found in some spirulina may be …

Thinking About Soil – Joe Salatin TED Talk

Check out this thought provoking talk by organic farmer and author Joel Salatin at TED MED 2012. “Even worms won’t eat processed foods. Why should we? And why do we insist on over-processing and damaging the soil we need to produce nutritious food? Organic farmer Joel Salatin digs deep at TEDMED 2012.”  

Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

For the past year or so I’ve enjoyed starting mornings with warm lemon water. Drinking warm lemon water is part of a number of different detox programs in addition to being good for you in general. This “recipe” makes two cups with one lemon. Squeeze out all the juice and as much pulp as you like. Adding a little ground …

Food Matters – Full Documentary

Anyone who eats food should check out Food Matters. There are many food and health documentaries out these days. Some food documentaries that come to mind are Food Inc. Forks Over Knives, The World According to Monsanto, The Future of Food, King Corn, Killer at Large and the list goes on. Food Matters is similar to existing food documentaries. The …

Lentils with Steamed Brussels Sprouts and Beets

This is an extremely simple and healthy recipe. The basic overview is: Cook lentils and steam the Beets and Brussels Sprouts over lentils while they are cooking. Once cooked add White Balsamic Vinegar, Sesame Seeds and serve. Ingredients 1/2 Cup of Green Lentils 3 Cups of water 1 tbs Olive 1 tsp Salt ~1 tsp Pepper ~1 tsp Thyme 2 …

Millet, Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Recipe

Here is a simple recipe I found on veggie cookie which involves millet, brussels sprouts and mushrooms. These ingredients are a nice combination, I love millet recipes. Ingredients For the Millet: 1 cup – Millet 2 cups – Water For the veggies: ~1 to 2 Tbs – Olive oil ~ 1 to 2 tsp – Salt ~ 1 to 2 …

Simple Vegan Pizza from Scratch

Here is a simple recipe for making a veggie pizza from scratch in about a half hour.  This recipe includes making the crust, sauce and preparing the toppings. The pizza in this recipe is vegan but it would also work fine with cheese. It may need to be cooked slightly longer for cheese to melt. Ingredients for the crust 1 …

Preserve Lettuce, Greens and Other Leafy Vegetables

Here is a quick tip for preserving leafy produce. If you have lettuce, chard, collard greens, beet greens or any other leafy vegetable you want to last a bit longer, wrap them in a damp dish towel or cloth. Get the towel wet, wring it out any excess water and wrap up your produce before putting it in the refrigerator.

Simple Rice, Beet and Kale Recipe

Here is a very simple recipe for steamed beets and kale with rice. Ingredients: 1 cup rice (this recipe uses long grain basmati brown rice) 2 cups water (2 to 1 ratio for cooking rice) ~1 to 2 cups chopped beets 1/2 bunch of kale (about 6 to 10 full leaves any kind of kale will work, this recipe uses …