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Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons

Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons is a protein and nutrient packed salad that contains a variety of vegetables (green beans, kale, red cabbage, red pepper, cucumber, and scallion) along with quinoa and nutty roasted tempeh. Drizzled with a homemade orange mustard vinaigrette, the salad is cornucopia of flavors and textures. Serve for dinner on a warm summer evening or as a side salad on a cool evening with a hot bowl of soup.

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A L’OLIVIER Fruit Vinegars

France’s oldest (1822) oil and condiment makers – A L’OLIVIER – makes 7 fruit vinegars – Passion Fruit, Mango, Raspberry, Fig, Black Currant, Tomato, and Espelette Chili Pepper (a red pepper grown in the Basque region) – that make a refreshing addition to summer salads. With a thick sauce-like texture and a fruity-tart sweetness, the natural bright-colored A L’OLIVIER fruit vinegars are smooth and delicious as is – or as the perfect addition to olive oil for a light summer dressing.

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Apricot Apple Crisp

When sweet, golden orange apricots start appearing at farmer’s markets and in supermarkets, it’s time to put away the dried apricots and take advantage of one of nature’s sweetest delicacies. Fragrant, juicy, and delicious, the apricot can be enjoyed fresh or in a summer crisp paired with apples.  The combination of textures and flavors – soft, sweet, delicate apricots and firm, tangy apples with a crunchy whole grain oat topping – make for a perfect summer dessert.

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Broccoli Salad

When cole slaw doesn’t create as much excitement around the dinner table halfway through the summer as it did over July 4th, its time to mix things up a bit and serve fresh Broccoli Salad, a colorful and refreshing alternative to the traditional summer salads. Choosing flavors and textures that complement each other in both taste and presentation is the key here while keeping it simple with four ingredients. Think earthy, sweet, crunchy, and tangy. 

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Flying Saucer White Nectarines

Bite into a Flying Saucer White Nectarine and taste the sweet and juicy “out of this world” flavor of a very special nectarine. Named for its flat shape – similar to the donut peach – the Flying Saucer White Nectarine was developed by the Zaiger Family in Modesto, California. Flying Saucers are now grown by Kingsburg Orchards, a family-owned grower, packer, and shipper in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley who also gave this unique variety of nectarine its well-suited name.”

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28
Jul

Anything Is Possible

Before you pick up the book, Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, do yourself a favor and read My Name is Lucy Barton first. Both books stand alone as good reads but collectively these fictional stories are even better because the first book sets the stage and introduces a cast of colorful characters whose lives intertwine in the most bizarre ways in the second book. Read more »

26
Jul

The Protein Craze

In our protein-obsessed culture, people spend enormous amounts of time thinking about how to consume as much of this nutrient as possible from animal sources. We’ve been conditioned to associate protein with muscle development, animals, and overall health but we need to step back and open our minds to both how much we need and where to get it. A generation ago, protein was associated with spinach (Where is Popeye of spinach fame when we need him?) but the emphasis is currently on getting protein from animal products. Why is that? Read more »

24
Jul

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

Savory and delicious, Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers  – Fine Ground Sea Salt – are crunchy gluten-free crackers that will make you think twice about snacking. Made with a nut and seed flour blend (made from almonds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds), tapioca, cassava (a starchy, tuberous root), organic sunflower oil, sea salt, organic onion, organic garlic, and rosemary extract (for freshness), Simple Mills Fine Almond Flour Crackers – Fine Ground Sea Salt – have nothing artificial, “ever.” Recognizable wholesome ingredients make for nutrient dense and great tasting crackers. Read more »

22
Jul

Avocado Toast with Radish Sprouts

…the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.   ~David Fairchild

How hard is it to make avocado toast? Not very but if you truly want extraordinary avocado toast then there are a few ingredients you need to use starting with a good loaf of bread – preferably a whole grain baguette that can be toasted yet still have a chewy interior texture. Read more »

20
Jul

What The Health

Every once in a while, something happens that changes the way you see the world.                  ~Andy Levitt

Renegade filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn are at it again. The duo’s first foray into filmmaking in 2014 resulted in Cowspiracy – a documentary about the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. The film was an eye-opener for the public, most of whom are had no idea the animal agriculture industry is the number one cause of global warming, water depletion, and water deforestation. Read more »

18
Jul

Lupa’s Ray of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat

Lupa’s Ray Of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat is an all organic blend of cereal (or snack food) with no added sweeteners (not even maple syrup). Made of sprouted buckwheat coated with organic Saigon Cinnamon (claimed by many to be the most flavorful cinnamon available), currants, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, dehydrated apple slices, walnuts, chia seeds, and goji berries, Lupa’s Ray Of Life Sprouted Cinnamon Buckwheat is a  nutrient dense blend of nature’s gifts to us. Read more »

16
Jul

Froozer: Fruit in all its Glory

It’s fruit, only cooler.

In the summertime, I crave cold refreshing snacks but I often leave the supermarket disappointed – and empty-handed – because there are so few options with no added sugar or with ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Until now.

Cool Frootz, LLC of Boulder, Colorado (why are so many cool food companies based in Colorado?) is the genius behind the Froozer:  a frozen snack made with 100% fruit: freshly harvested fruit picked when ripened that has been flash frozen and blended, carrots, and less than 1% of guar/acacia (a natural source of fiber that comes from the Acacia tree). Or in other words, a Froozer is a frozen smoothie. Read more »

14
Jul

Yellow Saturn Peaches

Until recently, Saturn Peaches were easily identifiable by their rosy-colored slightly fuzzy skin and juicy, white flesh.  Smaller and flatter than a regular peach, these summertime fruits are also known as Donut Peaches due to their rounded edges, nearly flat top, and super sweet flavor (which is how donuts are often described). But now, Yellow Saturn Peaches are being grown and harvested in California, and distributed by Trader Joe’s. Read more »

12
Jul

GOODBITES® Cookies, Macaroons, and Bites

When your brain is telling you to eat something “beautiful, delicious, raw, and healthy,” turn to GOODBITES® – snacks made by a California-based company that believes “all food – even snack food – can and should be nutritious and delicious.” Organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and plant-based, GOODBITES® Cookies, Macaroons, and Bites have no added sweeteners, artificial flavors, colors, or additives. No dairy, no eggs, no soy, no junk, ever! Read more »

10
Jul

Fresh Rambutan

For fans of sweet, juicy fruit, stop in at Trader Joe’s this week and pick up a clamshell packet of a dozen fresh Rambutan fruit – large round (golf ball-sized) reddish pink fruit with greenish prickly spines (they don’t hurt) on the exterior.

A tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia, the Rambutan is also grown in Guatemala and imported into the US. Sweet, juicy, and refreshing, the Rambutan is a wholesome, healthy snack that is often described as a big grape with a different kind of skin. Read more »