(Soup and) Salad Days

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Featured Posts, Recipes

Stretch Your Wallet and Your Pantry with These Easy, Nutritious Recipes

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When it comes to comfort food, few things fit the bill like a big bowl of warm soup and a fresh, crunchy salad. Not only is soup nurturing – it’s the food we go to when we’re not feeling well – it’s easy and satisfying to make; usually with items pulled from your cupboard or pantry. And, soup and salad can also be one of the healthiest and most nutritious meal parings, and a great way to add more vegetables and legumes to your diet. Soup is also budget-friendly and helps stretch food that you have on your hand. Plus, a big pot of soup on the stovetop is just plain good for the soul.

DIY Make Your Own Kimchi

Written by zzz zzz. Posted in D.I.Y., Recipes

Kimchi is Korea’s national dish and considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods.  Low in calories and with loads of vitamins and dietary fiber, Kimchi is an ideal food to kick off the New Year. One serving can provide 50% or more of the daily recommended amount of carotene and vitamin C as well as good helpings of vitamin A, B1, B2, iron and calcium. And, because it contains a variety of lactic acid bacteria, it provides great digestive properties to boot!

make kimchi, kimchi recipePerhaps you are now wondering how you can make your very own kimchi. Well, you could get all traditional and bury that shit in your backyard but let’s not get crazy! Here’s a quick and easy version of it that we sort of adapted from Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee’s Quick and Easy Korean Cooking (which is an awesome cookbook, by the way).

Make This Now: French Vegan Picnic

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Featured Posts, Recipes

What’s better during the long, lazy days of summer than packing up a basket with yummies and heading out to a favorite park with a few buddies, the family, a sweetheart, or just a good book, and enjoying a leisurely meal al fresco, beneath the summer sun or stars?

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It seems like almost everyone loves a good picnic, but the French have a special affinity for the summer tradition. French food is typically not associated with the vegetarian or vegan diet, but here we present three delicious vegan and gluten-free traditional French recipes perfect for enjoying au plein soleil. What makes these dishes especially great for a picnic is that because they have no dairy products, you can keep them out of refrigeration for a long time without worrying about spoilage.

Make This Now: Ivory Lentil Salad

Written by Jessica Young. Posted in Jessica's Blog, Recipes

On a recent trip to the market, I discovered a new legume I’d never seen before: Ivory Lentils.

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Gorgeous, aren’t they? So small and pearly, I just had to put them in my cart. I tend to be one of those MacGyver cooks—I like to buy new foods and see what I can make with them, so after flipping through some recipes and a stroll through the produce section, I came up with this recipe for a lovely, simple Ivory Lentil salad. It’s a perfect side for an outdoor picnic or a great light meal when it’s too hot to turn on your oven. Plus, these little babies pack a great nutritional punch. They’re a great source of iron, fiber and ¼ cup dry provides nine grams of protein!

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