natural food

Put Mother Nature to Work Feeding Your Family

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 19th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, healthy-eating, natural food, organic, organic foods, organic garden

My grandfather, not one given to understatement, frequently declared many modern-day foods to be “poison” and dismissed them with a wave of his hand. Among the offenders? Margarine (“anything that doesn’t freeze at freezing temperatures isn’t right…”). Pam cooking spray (“work of the devil!”). Whipped cream in an aerosol (“Unnatural!”).

I can only imagine his response to today’s offerings.

Cool and Quirky Sources for Eco-Friendly Shoppers

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | February 16th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: fair-trade, gifts, green gifs, Green Living, natural food, organic products

green shopping cart containing plant

I had an interesting realization last month when I joined my sisters-in-laws on their annual pilgrimage to the mall for some Black Friday consumerism. We all left the mall pretty much empty-handed, and I realized that I just don’t really shop at malls and chain stores anymore, particularly for gifts. Instead, I am trolling the cute indie boutiques for the perfect, unique gift, and searching online for interesting options from fun online retailers. Luckily, when it comes to foodies on my list, there are plenty of options, so shopping’s a breeze. Here are some places to look online for some wonderful cooking-related gifts that have an environmentally friendly focus.

5 Things to Be Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 25th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, holidays, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving

I’ve mentioned before my family tradition of sharing what we’re thankful for before we begin eating our Thanksgiving feast.

While this year has been a challenging one for so many people I know (and certainly my family hasn’t been immune to this) I think that there is still plenty for us to be thankful for, particularly when it comes to food and our food sources. This year, I’m looking more broadly than my little family. Here’s what I think we all can be thankful for:

What I’m Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 19th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: food, holidays, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving

In our house, as in many, we have a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and each person shares what he or she is most thankful for. It’s a nice, introspective pause before we all dig in to an enormous feast that took days to prepare, and my only regret is that it’s something that we only do once a year.

Getting A Head Start on Turkey Day

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 12th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: food, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving dinner

This year, for the first time in many years, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my mom. It’s the favorite for both my mom and myself, so you can imagine we’re pretty jazzed about it. In fact, we’re already working on planning our menu and figuring out the timeline.

Healthy By Convenience

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: cooking, food, natural food

The other day I was frantically grocery shopping at 6pm, trying to find something nourishing and wholesome I could make for dinner that very night. My idea was stir-fried vegetables over brown rice, but I knew brown rice would take way too long to cook.

Yes, you need a peanut butter mixer

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | October 23rd, 2008 | 4 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Health & Wellness | tags: cooking for kids, healthy-eating, natural food, organic foods, peanut butter, peanut butter mixer

I have to admit that I’m not much of a peanut butter fan, but my nephews were coming to stay with me for the weekend so I picked up some kid friendly organic foods for them.

Summertime Grilling

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | May 16th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: food, Green Living, natural food, summer

How can I tell that grilling season is officially upon us? During the long Memorial Day weekend, we grilled outdoors not once, not twice, but three times. Our grilled meals included barbecued pulled chicken, grilled corn and zucchini; mahi-mahi on a Maplewood plank with grilled cauliflower tossed in vanilla and white wine vinegar; and chicken brats with yet another batch of corn on the cob.

Fiddlehead Fern Alert

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | April 29th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: food, Green Living, natural food

The other day I was shopping at Whole Foods and I spied one of my favorite springtime delicacies: fiddlehead ferns. If you have access to a good produce store, you’ve probably seen these strange-looking greens; they’re flat, tight coils, wrapping around tiny budding leaves.

Egg-ceptionally Nutritious

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | March 25th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: easter, egg, food, Green Living, natural food

Pretty much the only time I ever eat hard boiled eggs is after Easter. This year we have a surplus, since it was the first year that my daughter has been able to (albeit sloppily) participate in the egg-dyeing festivities.