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Fermenting Food – Help from the Microbes

By: Mau - Northampton MA I mentioned fermented foods in my last post (and likely in other posts). This is probably one of the most significant omissions of the modern convenience food diet. Fermented foods have been a part of virtually every culture throughout time....

RECIPE | CAULIFLOWER COUSCOUS

By: Bettina - Bolinas, CA I made this totally surprising vegan and gluten-free "couscous" the other day.  It's a great dish that low in calories, super tasty and a great dose of vegetables since it's all pretty much just cauliflower. All you do is grab a raw...

RECIPE | RUSTIC VEGETABLE PIE

I'm on a mission here, people, I want to vegetables all day long.  I usually eat a ton of vegetables but in these 30 days I have ramped that up.  Taking recipes that I have tried before and swapping out the main ingredients for veggies.  (You will notice my newfound...

ANTIOXIDANTS | A FEAST OF COLORS

By: Bettina - Bolinas, CA Breakfast for one... I get a bit uninspired when cooking just for myself. Rather, as I write about this I realize that maybe I get more creative (while less into the planning and less excited about the possibility of creativity). On further...

CANCER & GRATITUDE

By: Bettina - Bolinas, CA Somewhere in my dreams, I would have enough time to dedicate to doing meaningful things that fill my soul with joy.  I think we all strive for the same thing.  When I get to do them, it fills me with such deep gratitude... Yesterday I was...

RECIPE | MUJADDARA w/ YOGURT

By: Bettina - Bolinas, CA Today I worked on something I have been wanting to try for a LONG time.  Mujaddara!  As I am sure you have noticed by now, I love middle eastern spices.  Vegetables can be bland but if you use the right spices, it unlocks their essence and...

HEALING THROUGH BALANCE

By: Bettina - Bolinas, CA Life is a great teacher.  It's funny how if we listen for a minute, the universe will tell you what you need in order to feel more balanced. And isn't that what we all strive for?  Do we even want to be blissful all day, everyday?  We want to...

JUST THINKING…

JUST THINKING... Today I had a little sciatic nerve flare up. I have been running almost daily and it seems that isn't great for sciatica. Ooops. So my beau very kindly drove me down to Mill Valley for an acupuncture appointment. While there, we decided to have dinner...

FUNDAMENTALS | FOOD Compass

By: Mau - Northampton, MA There's a lot of confusion about what to eat. There's a great deal of fear around food - some will cause heart disease while another will make you fat, the other is filled with carcinogens and yet another causes diabetes, etc. I'd like to use...

RECIPE | COLORFUL SOUP

While working on breakfast today, I had left over vegetables: the tops of the leeks, some extra red cabbage... so I figured I'd make it into a nice fresh soup.  Great way to get your vegetable intake up.  What you will note missing from below is fat... no oil.  So I...

30 DAYS | GREENS @ BREAKFAST

It stopped raining here in Marin County.  We were so happy to see the locals so ecstatic about the rain this weekend (Northern California and especially Marin with all of it's farms have been suffering over the lack of rain), but the torrential downpours that caused...

RECIPE | MINIMALIST BAKER MINI CHEESECAKES

[gallery ids="2256,2260,2262,2264,2257,2261"] One of my favorite blogs, Minimalist Baker, posted this spectacular recipe for vegan "cheesecakes" using only 7 ingredients.  No, I am not kidding. Oh wait... the crust is the best thing since sliced bread and it's...

30 DAYS | BRUSSELS SPROUTS BREAKFAST HASH

Hash doesn't always involve potatoes.  I woke up thinking of my Chef friend, Carolina Santos Neves this morning and her obsession with Brussels Sprouts.  When we cooked together at the restaurant Comodo in Manhattan, where I was lucky enough to intern under her, she...

BETTER BREAD

A lot of what I have been hearing from you guys is asking for more info.  Like why no gluten? Or why Omegas? So here goes... Bread just ain't what it used to be.  This morning we had some dense, thick flax and sunflower seed sourdough and sweet jesus... THAT is bread....

30 DAYS | LEARNINGS

It's funny how much one can learn in 7 days of repetitive actions. 1. Just do it. If it's food will it always taste good? Look good?  Be good? Nope.  If it's exercise will it always be your best time? Be free of injury? Be life changing? Nope.  Even a short walk after...

RECIPE | DELICIOUS ZUCCHINI & APRICOT SOCCA

I adapted this recipe from The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier.  (I am loving her book by the way). I decided on this recipe because, well, it's gluten-free and we are really trying to stick to it.  My culinary partner in crime has some pretty bad...

RECIPE | CREAMY (VEGAN) BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

This was so easy I can't begin to explain. This morning while I was putting together that weird breakfast of tempeh and cauliflower... I sliced a butternut squash in two and threw it into the oven at 350 for 25 minutes. No oil, no salt, nothing. Today at lunch time I...

30 DAYS | EXPERIMENTING

This was a definite experiment but I'll share it anyways. Just goes to show that even culinary school doesn't exempt you from making stuff that is on the fence... This plate is tempeh from last night, with freshly cooked cauliflower and a coconut masala sauce. What's...

RECIPE | TOMATILLO SHAKSHUKA EGGS

RECIPE | TOMATILLO SHAKSHUKA EGGS (10 minutes) I woke up this morning with a craving for middle eastern shakshuka eggs. A dish where you poach eggs in stewed tomatoes, onions and peppers. But I saw some tomatillos I got yesterday sitting on the counter and thought...

30 DAYS | PREP & LUNCH

Last night as I got in bed, I realized I need a bit more of a plan.  Improvising is fine but some inspiration is always welcome.  I bought a cookbook I like quite a bit in Point Reyes the other day.  It's called The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier.  It...

30 DAYS | IMPROVISED DINNER

Today was more busy, work-wise, than yesterday. So 6pm crept up with no plan for dinner.  Oops.  So it was a bit of a mish-mash but we kept to our health plan and it tasted pretty good.  For a protein-laden starter for these two people who ran a beach (me) and did two...

30 DAYS | QUICK LUNCH

Quick lunch: grilled miso tofu on a bed of quinoa (made on Sunday). Broccoli slaw warmed with lemon. Lettuce with oil and vinegar. Harissa carrots (also from Sunday prep). Voila! Lesson learned: having some basics Prepwared over the weekend makes being healthy...

30 DAYS | VEGGIES & LIVER

By: Bettina - Bolinas, CA I am being reminded of many things on this 30 day adventure.  One is that the world does not stop no matter where you are. I am in this remote town but my work has kept on at lightening speed.  Not a bad thing, seeing as how I love my work,...

RECIPE | WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

For our first night in Restorative Kitchen's 30 Day's of Health... I made a Roasted Cauliflower entree that was very satisfying and delicious. Why cauliflower? I keep seeing it used as a replacement for steak. It absorbs flavors really well and has a great texture....

TRAVEL | 30 days of Health

By: Bettina I am about to embark on something that has kind of freaked me out to blog about.  It's all about Restorative Kitchen lifestyle but somehow putting it out on the web means I have to do it which makes it a little intimidating... to not say flat out scary!...

RECIPE | BETTER BREAD

By: Bettina - Miami, FL I'm not a huge consumer of bread.  Mostly because there aren't an abundance of good breads out there.  By "good" bread I mean bread the way it used to be made: at home, whith whole grains and chock full of nuts and seeds.  (I have a post coming...

Vegetarians (that sometimes) eat MEAT!

By: Mau - Northampton, MA Well no, not all vegetarians eat meat. But this one does from time to time. Actually, we can just discard the "vegetarian” designation altogether - it always bothered me anyway. I think the reason it bothered me is that it suggests that I am...

RECIPE | Veggies for breakfast?

By: Bettina - Miami, FL I know, I know.  Vegetables for breakfast?  Weird.  But I have been feeling not 100% with all this travel and jet lag.  A 10.5 hour plane ride will do anyone in.  But the perfect cure really is eating well.  So I prepared this insane looking...

RECIPE | Herbed Green Quinoa Salad

I made this for the same baby shower but this recipe deserves a posting of it's own.  Sami Tamimi (who follows me on Instagram, thank you very much) and his business partner Yotam Ottolenghi are sort of like rock stars of the culinary world.  Palestinian and Israeli,...

RECIPES | TOMATO CONFIT & GOAT CHEESE PIES

By: Bettina in Miami, FL Me and my European continent jet lag arrived in sunny Miami to cook for my cousin's baby shower. She's more like my sister and she deserves it so I did it with a smile.  😉 I made three dishes for 50 people.  Massaged Kale Salad with apples,...

RECIPE | Huevos Pasados por Agua

By: Bettina in Madrid, Spain I just saw some "huevos pasados por agua" on a menu here in Madrid. My beau sent me an article the other day - link below - on why it may be better to eat eggs almost raw.  It made me remember that my mother always made me and my brother...

TIPS | UNWRAPPED FOOD DIET

By: Bettina - Madrid, Spain Since we started adding our bylines with who is posting and where we are... you may have noticed just how much I travel.  In the past 30 days I have been in LA, Tahoe, Miami, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and Madrid.  But everywhere I go, I...

RECIPE | HOMEMADE NUT BUTTER

By: Bettina - Miami, FL I for the past couple of days I have been walking around with this very strong craving for fresh nut butter. Our local organic farm, Glaser Farms makes an amazing Cashew Walnut butter that is heaven in a jar but alas, that meant waiting till...

COOKING | Vacation Chefing

By: Bettina - Cabos Corrientes, Mexico I am in Mexico, starting the year out at a yoga and surf retreat.  I've been mostly disconnected from the internet but thought I should post a little bit about this experience.  We've been eating clean and simple meals made by...

TIPS | Cholesterol

By: Mau - Northampton, MA I had a FB convo with a friend that's currently living in Pakistan. She's been worried about her high cholesterol. I gave her some basic tips, that may seem counter-intuitive for many, on lowering cholesterol. It's a long post but read it...

SHARING | UNDER THE WEATHER LUNCH

By: Bettina - Miami Beach, FL Feeling under the weather today in a "girl" kind of way.  So I started the day with some wheatgrass to detoxify my blood from whatever it is that is ailing me. Then for lunch made myself a play full of enzyme-rich greens and washed it...