Here are some easy ways to prepare common summer veggies—flash-in-the-pan side dishes that enhance their already vivid flavors. Use organic vegetables whenever possible, though to save money, consult the Environmental Working Group’s list of Clean 15 produce that is safe to use in conventional form. Formal recipes aren’t needed! Use what you’ve got, make as much as you need, and keep these ideas in mind for making easy accompaniments to meals all year round. more→
Few fruits offer as much sensory pleasure as strawberries, especially in their true season, late spring and early summer. Just be aware that strawberries consistently rank near the top of lists of foods most heavily sprayed with pesticides. Read more about that here. The only answer is to buy organic strawberries. They’re more expensive, but they’re usually also riper, sweeter, and juicier than mass-produced strawberries. That being said, let’s dig in! Above, as with all desserts that spotlight fresh fruit, the season’s best berries make Laura Samuel Meyn’s Rustic Strawberry Tart shine. more→
We all know that a home-cooked meal is worth its weight in nutritional value. Compared with takeout, your home creations probably use less fat and cooking oil and have better portion sizes—two things that can help with healthier eating and weight management.
But it’s hard to convert to home cooking when you’re not used to it—especially when, after a long day, ready-made food seems like such an easier and quicker option. Still, there’s a lot you can do to save time and take advantage of your energy when you have it, so that cooking will be easier and simpler. Here are a few changes to make in your kitchen today to get healthy, fresh food on your plate faster. more→
Are you ready for your hot date tonight? Don’t worry, I haven’t hacked into your social calendar—I am referring to the naturally sweet and energy-dense fruit. Dates are packed with fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. Here’s your guide to dating with ease. Excerpt from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season © 2015 by Rebecca Leffler. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment.
Though you can buy pre-made coconut milk beverages in stores, I love making my own, and it only takes a few minutes. Plus, this doesn’t have carrageenan and other questionable thickeners and emulsifiers. Instead, I use sunflower lecithin powder to keep the coconut fat from separating and hardening. Also, make sure to use only unsweetened and preservative-free shredded coconut. Note that this is not the same thing as canned coconut milk, which is very concentrated. This recipe makes about 4 cups (1 quart). Recipe and photo from Raw and Simple Detox by Judita Wignall, @2015 Quarry Books, reprinted by permission. more→
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If you’re looking for a great new addition to your gluten-free pantry, consider almond flour. Unlike other gluten-free flours, especially rice flour, which is often characterized as gritty or grainy, almond flour has a smooth mouthfeel and a rich, buttery taste. Start with these tips, excerpted and adapted from Almond Flour: The High Protein, Gluten-Free Choice for Baking and Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett, (© 2016 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission) will get you started. more→
Contributed by Jennifer B. Niles, author of Eating Vegan – On a Budget! One of the persistent myths about adopting a vegan diet is that you need to buy lots of expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case at all! Here, we’ll learn 5 ways to make this healthful and earth-friendly lifestyle a frugal one as well. more→