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RECIPE | 10 minutes to cook

Mau - Northampton, MA I had about 10 minutes to cook up a decent meal. I wanted lots of green accompanied by some substantial savory stuff. Green Beans, mushrooms & Tempeh! 1st thing I did was turn two burners (my crappy electric burners) on high, each with a cast...

TIPS | Dirty Salt

I like dirty salt! By: Mau - Northampton, MA Salt, like many other foodstuffs, has been bleached and whitened for far too many years. It's finally starting to be understood that scientific purity and uniformity in food is not so good for us. The bleaching,...

TIPS | BE PREPARED

By: Bettina - Miami, FL How many times do you find yourself eating out or eating pre-prepared "food" because you had no options?  It will serve you well to be prepared.  I fly across the country tomorrow for work and we know airports do not offer not the healthiest...

SHARING | Food Class – What is it?

By: Mau - Northampton, MA I’m gonna be posting about my FOOD class from time to time. I Started the ‘FOOD’ class as a way of addressing the epidemic in not so good eating. By watching the food habits of teens at North Star (the alternative learning center I work at in...

SHARING | SUGAR!!!

By: Mau - Northampton, MA The single most dramatic change I have made in my life in recent years has been the reduction of sugar in my diet. I usually shy away from making gloating statements like that but the benefits I've enjoyed from this simple change afford such...

TIPS | MODERATION

By: Bettina - Miami Beach, FL This week is Art Basel in Miami.  It's a time when your days are full of sensory overload in galleries and conventions and your nights are laden with parties and openings.  There are drinks to be had and delicious food to be consumed.  So...

RECIPE | MASSAGED KALE SALAD

By: Bettina - Miami Beach, FL Yes, yes, I've heard the joke... I don't even give my husband a massage, why would I massage a salad?  Well, because kale is a buzz word that all of you are likely hearing but you may buy it and decide you'd rather choke on the sole of a...

RECIPE | SWEET SMOOTHIE WITH HIDDEN GREENS

SWEET SMOOTHIE WITH HIDDEN GREENS 😉 (Makes two smoothies) 3-4 Frozen organic peach slices A fistful of frozen organic kale 1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries 10 frozen organic cherries 1 star fruit 1 cactus pear Cactus pear and Star fruit are both low on the...

TIPS | QUALITY INGREDIENTS

Using quality ingredients is probably the biggest change I have made in my diet. Here is a little breakfast that is comforting and really filling for active days. We start with an anti-inflammatory juice: ice, parsley, mint, lemon (including rind so it has to be...

RECIPE | MOROCCAN DINNER

[gallery link="none" columns="4" ids="1868,1869,1866,1864,1861,1863,1862"] MOROCCAN DINNER Last night I decided to go a little more elaborate than my usual because I was having friends over for dinner. My guests included my best friend who is 9 months pregnant. So I...

NEW TRENDS | OMEGAS, GLUTEN & PROBIOTICS

I keep noticing that everyone is asking me about some common subjects over and over lately: Omega 3s, probiotics, gluten gluten gluten!  Has anyone noticed that we didn’t hear about these things 10-15 years ago? Why are we suddenly taking Omega 3 in prescription...

RECIPES | POWER PACKED BREAKFAST

I have been a little crazed lately (as you can see i haven’t been posting as often).  This includes a stint of skipping dinner last night because I was simply to tired to do something as simple as eat.  This is a rare occasion for me, I usually work really hard to...

THOUGHTS | COOKING WITH KIDS

[gallery] THOUGHTS | COOKING WITH KIDS Made breakfast with my business partner’s kids in LA this morning! Kids can cook, yes even over heat… if you guide them and watch them. These kids are 5 and 7. We made eggs with mushrooms; seasoned avocado to spread...

ONE THOUSAND LIKES

Wow!! When I launched the Restorative Kitchen blog almost exactly two months ago, my dream was to share with my friends little things I have learned that healed my body from the inside out.  I never dreamt that in 60 days we would have over 1000 Likes.  That was my...

THOUGHTS | BE LESS HARD ON YOURSELF

I spent this weekend in Napa and Marin County.  Beautiful areas outside of San Francisco where Farmer’s Markets reign and one assumes everything is organic.  That being said, many of the restaurants are heavy on the calorie and indulgent side.  And everything is...

RECIPE | CONFIT TOMATO SALAD

Today I was craving a salad but with a warm element.  So I made some confit tomatoes with vidalia onions.  Confit just means to cook something in oil, sounds fancy, right?   You can make a big batch of these tomatoes and use them as a garnish, a side dish, a topping...

RECIPE | LIVER LOVE VEGGIES

Today I had a ton of work that I am behind on so I needed to make QUICK LUNCH.  Something I could prepare in less than five minutes and walk away while it was ready. These vegetables are specifically detoxifying for your liver! 1 bunch asparagus 1 vidalia onion,...

RECIPE | BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Life in a warm beach town requires a healthy, light start to the day. LIGHT BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE 1Tbsp Plant Protein Powder 1Tbsp Green Food Mix from We Care Spa 1 Tbsp Upgraded Whey (from grass fed cows) 6 frozen strawberries 4 ice cubes...

RECIPE | Quick Fish

In these days where my kitchen and entire home look like a bomb exploded… boxes everywhere, newspaper all over and spices galore to be organized, I tried really hard not to eat out and make myself some good food.  I now have a Whole Foods across the street so it...

TIPS | INGREDIENTS

We are all confused about what to eat. In the media, one day garlic is good for you, the next day they say it’s bad. Eggs are bad, no wait, they’re great and we need the choline. Fat is horrible, just kidding it’s great. This morning I was thinking...

RITUALS | NEW HOME

We have been packing, moving, road tripping and unpacking for the past week.  Leaving New York City is not an easy task.  Love it or hate it, NYC is a force that leaves an indelible imprint on anyone it touches.  I am lucky to have been touched and shaped and molded...

[gallery] "It’s autumn in New York that brings the promise of new love. Autumn in New York is often mingled with pain. Dreamers with empty hands may sign for exotic lands but it’s autumn in New York. It’s good to be alive again!" (at Cómodo)

[gallery] Made fresh cashew milk this morning. Soak cashews overnight. Rinse. Add double the volume in water and blend in a vitamix for delicious, creamy milk! (at Bettina’s Tiny Kitchen)

[gallery] There is something to be said for ugly food. Real food isn’t always shaped the way it is in our children’s books. More often than not real fruits and vegetables will have dents and funny shapes and if we are really lucky it will have unexpected...

[gallery] Made some quick baked sweet potato strips this morning. It took 5 minutes to cut the sweet potatoes, drizzle them with olive oil, red pepper, salt and a sprig of fresh oregano and thyme from my windowsill plants. Cooking time: 35 minutes at 375. Good healthy...

INTRODUCTION

I figure that at almost 1000 Facebook followers, I should formally introduce myself and tell my story. My name is Bettina and I am a Holistic Chef and Certified Health Counselor.  I travel constantly and live between various cities.  My life has led me down a path...

DETOX | RECIPE

SMOOTHIE RECIPE When transitioning off of a detox fast, a lot of people assume when you don’t eat for a week, all you want is a hamburger and fries, but oddly enough your body craves healthy goodies. I am transitioning to solid food today: vegetables and fruits...

RECIPE | Detox in the City Soup

So I left the Palm Springs Desert Oasis and traveled al day to get back to Manhattan, while fasting. I found that there is no juice place in the Palm Springs or DFW airport, furthermore, Texas seems only to sell sugar or red meat. So I traveled with powdered Green...

TIP | Restorative Nightly Fasting

Quick Tip: Give your body a 12 hour break from eating each day.  I am Cuban and by nature and culture, we eat late like our Spanish ancestors.  Being raised in the States, when left to my own devices, I learned the American habit of eating early.  This is a very wise...

FASTING | JUICE CLEANSE

By now you know we are fans of daily vegetable juicing to get extra nutrients into your body… This week we undertook a cleansing juice fast to give our bodies a long break from constantly digesting. Have been drinking fresh vegetable juice and lots of fiber...

[gallery] Detox starts today. Last “meal” is a green smoothie. I asked them to replace the apple juice with almond milk and asked for barely any banana. Ready for my five days of juicing and cleansing at the spa.

Have Food, Will Travel

TRAVEL TIPSI am traveling cross country today, heading west for a couple of days of road tripping followed by a detox cleanse spa. It is so hard to eat while traveling, both at airports (not to mention plane food) and then on the road. But it’s amazing how easy...

Busy Days

I have had a couple of weeks of craziness. In the past ten days, I have graduated from culinary school, hosted visiting family, worked 80 hours of my internship at Manhattan’s Comodo restaurant and all the while still running my busy production business. 18 hour days...

[gallery] Working @comodonyc for brunch today. 🙂 (at Cómodo)

RECIPE | Green Gazpacho

At the behest of a few friends and fans of my green gazpacho inspired by Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Plenty… I am posting the recipe (which I only realized this morning that I had never done which is crazy as it’s what people ask me about most). Mise en place for the soup…...