organic food

An (Organic) Apple a Day + The Best Applesauce Recipe

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | October 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: apple fritters, apple juice, apple pies, apples, birth defects, budget, chemical pesticides, chemical warfare, clean 15, conventional food, dirty dozen, GMOs, high fiber, insecticides, kitchen coach, leukemia, nervous system, organic, Organic Applesauce, organic food, organophosphates, peanut butter, pesticide exposure, stanford, USDA, vitamin C, Whole Foods

apple sauceWhat should I buy organic if I’m on a limited budget?

As a kitchen coach, I probably get asked that question more than any others. If I’m in an expansive mood, my answer can quickly veer into eye-glazing territory. I’m pretty passionate about organic food and tend to get long-winded when discussing things like the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, the reasons why we want to avoid GMOs, the potential health risks of chemical pesticides, and, finally, how to clarify priorities since organic can be expensive.

But if I’m ever pressed to pick one single food to buy organic, the answer is quick and easy: apples.

Celebrate Earth Day — At Home!

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 20th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: apartment, carbon emissions, chemicals, Earth Day, eco-home, energy, environment, green cleaners, green home, Green Living, house, house plants, houseplant, LED lighting, lightbulbs, non-toxic cleaning supplies, organic bedding, organic food, organic sheets, organic towels, planet, plastic, toxic, water conservation

Earth Day Home BlogWith only a couple days to go until Earth Day, prepare to get inundated with a billion things we can do — should do — to save our planet. Although there will likely be plenty of events to attend and planet-themed parties to enjoy, one of the best places you can celebrate Earth Day is in your own home!

If our homes are a reflection and expression of our lifestyles and values, then it makes sense that we start making conscious (i.e. green) choices at home. The issues affecting the Earth — from the oil crisis to water shortages to disappearing species — are complex, and can seem distant and insurmountable, but it is essential to understand the correlation between our everyday environments and our larger ecosystem. Everything and everyone is interconnected, and even the simplest act, such as turning the water off when we brush our teeth, creates positive change.

“More, Peas!” One Mom’s Delicious Take on Plant-Based Dinners

Sarah Matheny by Sarah Matheny | August 24th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: black bean burgers, children, cooking for kids, dairy free diet, family meals, family-style dining, feeding kids, healthy food, healthy-eating, meatless, meatless lasagna, meatless Mondays, milk free, organic food, organic foods, organic ingredients, Peas and Thank You, plant-based diet, Sarah Methany, sustainable diet, vegan, vegan recipes, vegetarian, vegetarian lasagna, vegetarian recipe

Boy eating vegetablesWhen Sarah Matheny, creator of the popular blog Peas and Thank You, decided to eliminate animal products from her diet, she knew there’d be skeptics. Her grandpa was a butcher and her mom cooked with no fear of butter. But now Sarah is a mom who wants to feed her children right. Her new book, also titled Peas and Thank You, is a collection of recipes and stories from a mainstream family eating a not-so-mainstream diet. It’s filled with healthy and delicious versions of your favorite foods, but with no meat, lots of fresh ingredients and plenty of nutrition for growing Peas. From wholesome breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, it’s easier than ever to whip up crowd-pleasing meals that will have the whole family asking for “more, peas.” Here are Sarah’s thoughts on dinner, along with a few delicious recipes from the book.

Kernels of Wisdom

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | July 29th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: artificial sweeteners, buy local, carbohydrates, carbs, corn, diet, dietary fiber, folate, food, high fructose corn syrup, local corn, locally-grown food, michael pollan, nutrition, organic corn, organic food, peaches, sugar, summer, Summertime Salsa Recipe, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, tomatoes, vegetables, vitamin C, whole grains

Girl eating corn

For as long as I can remember, corn has been one of my favorite summertime foods. As a kid, I loved to sit on the picnic table in our backyard shucking ear after ear of the patchwork white-and-pale-yellow Olathe sweet corn my mom would bring home by the bushel. Later I’d slather it with butter and salt and sink my teeth in the way my dog attacks a meaty beef bone.

When I got my braces in fifth grade, I learned to eat corn on the cob one row at a time to minimize the hardware-cleaning process (corn was officially forbidden by the orthodontist, but I really think I outsmarted him on this one; don’t ask about my Milk Dud incident). I always thought eating something as nutritious as a fresh vegetable — especially since I loved it so much — was worth it.

Coming Soon, to a Kitchen Near You

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | March 25th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: bamboo, Bambu, Circulon, cooking utensils, cork, Cuisinart GreenGourmet, cutting board, cutting knives, EarthPan, EcoLife utensils, Fagor, Fissler, green kitchen equipment, GreenPan, Halogen Tabletop Oven, International Home and Housewares Show, local food, Meyer, NextLife seal of sustainability, organic food, PFOA, portable induction cooktop, sustainable materials. energy efficient appliances

I just got back from the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, which is one of the biggest industry events for the world of kitchen products and home cooking equipment. It’s where new products get introduced and retailers decide which ones they’re going to put on their shelves.

Rules of the Road Trip

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 20th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: green-travel, healthy-eating, organic food

I just got back from an 11-day visit to my mom’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Normally, this visit is call for an orgy of cheese-laden enchiladas, deep-fried sopaipillas smothered in honey, and chips and salsa with every meal. But, since I was with my toddler daughter, I had to exercise restraint. And, being away from our own well-stocked refrigerator and regular routine made me realize how easy it is to let a vacation mood (even when you’re staying with family) interfere with your best-intentioned eating habits.