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’tis the season to celebrate seasonal apples

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Tweet With autumn festivities in full swing, there is nothing more rewarding than the simplicity of celebrating nature’s generous gift du jour: seasonal, locally-picked apples. And a sumptuous gift indeed. This year, we discovered arguably the best apples ever to be eaten– called Zestar! (yes, spelled with an explanation point–well deserved emphatic punctuation but not added by […]

vegan summer Pad Thai

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Tweet This Pad Thai dish using locally-grown summer vegetables gets the selective omnivore’s seal of approval since it’s good enough for hubby to eat. The recipe hits all the right spots: both hearty and light, packed with flavor, protein and nutritious vegetables. The cabbage–early summer veggie–can be substituted for green and yellow squash, which grow prolifically […]

home made organic watermelon juice

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Tweet With spring in full bloom and seasonal fruit in abundance, there is no better time that the present to make a refreshing, simple, healthy drink from scratch for the entire family: home made watermelon juice. Sweet Bean used an organic watermelon; however, watermelon is one of several fruits considered to have relatively low levels of pesticides, […]

chunky root veg soup

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Tweet When in need of comfort food with a healthy twist, look no further than this shockingly simple 3-step recipe for chunky root veggie soup using nothing more than seasonal produce and a few kitchen staples for added flavor. When I say 3-step, I live up to my promise: Step 1: Wash, peel and cut your favorite root […]

when organic isn’t enough

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Tweet Right when we thought we’ve come so far in our efforts to embrace the organic movement and subsequently protect the planet, someone has come along and popped our proverbial, righteous bubble. Dan Barber, chef of the sophisticated, suburban New York farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, knocks tree-hugging environmentalists on their behinds while issuing a sharp critique of […]

gluten-free sweet potato chamomile muffins

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Tweet Nothing hits the spot on a bitter winter morning more than a mighty muffin rich in flavor and nutrition. This gluten, dairy and sugar-free recipe uses sweet potatoes–prolific this time of year and a root veg of choice for seasonal produce loyalists–gluten-free millet flour, a dash of garbanzo bean flour for added nutrition, and Norbu, which Sweet […]

sweet potato chili latkes

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Tweet Tis the season to honor our traditions while re-inventing them to bring more nutrition and style to your holiday table. With that thought in mind, this recipe brings a hearty edginess to traditional Hanukkah latkes by using sweet potatoes and fresh or dried chilis. I love cooking with sweet potatoes when in season since they are a power […]

eco fashion ignites

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Tweet Just in time for global warming and the excess garbage crisis, we have a movement in the fashion industry to embrace conscious choices: making clothing, shoes and accessories that are organic, plant-based and/or vegan (free of animal products).     Some major retailers are hopping on board. H &M, the Sweden-based clothing company, now features […]

last days of summer cabbage stew

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Tweet   When I received a massive head of Napa cabbage from my last CSA vegetable delivery, I thought it best to chop the entire thing up and transform it into a low-fat, crunchy stew that would warm the heartstrings as the chill of Autumn begrudgingly arrives. The simple stew included most of the items in […]

vegan thai (spicy ‘n sweet) muffins

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Tweet This recipe for Thai spice muffins is whole grain and vegan with an outside-the-box flavor profile:  moistened with coconut milk, sweetened with fresh basil and honey or agave, with ground coriander and cinnamon added for that extra kick. It’s presented here with a Thai-inspired butter made of margarine mixed with agave, basil and coriander, which is particularly indulgent if melted […]