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’tis the season to celebrate seasonal apples

applepie

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

padthai

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 […]

seasonal arugula garlic scape pesto

seasonal arugula garlic scape pesto

Tweet It’s summer CSA veggie time again, and, in keeping with the inspiring summer ritual, I schemed up this light, creamy recipe for pesto bursting with flavor that uses numerous ingredients from my weekly delivery in early June. This vegan recipe with a heavy load of leafy greens is more of a sauce than a traditional […]

Andalou Naturals: plant-based luxury in a bottle

Andalou Natural's 1000 Roses Collection

Tweet Sweet Bean recently won a contest on my beloved cruelty-free fashionista online mag Girly Girl Army for a cosmetics collection from the Novato, California-based skincare company Andalou Naturals.  A hapless loser who never wins contests or prizes, I was pleased at the news. What I didn’t expect from my winnings:  a box packed abundantly with the […]

chunky root veg soup

root veg soup

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 […]

gluten-free sweet potato chamomile muffins

SPchamomilemuffin

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 […]

new, no-sugar goodness

n0rbu

Tweet Current knowledge of the harmful effects of cane sugar, corn syrup (proven to cause inflammation and high blood sugar) and processed sugar alternatives (studies are showing that low-calorie artificial sweeteners convert to fat and sugar in the body after they are eaten), is making conscious eaters seek alternatives. Of  course, while baking with brown rice syrup or maple […]

last days of summer cabbage stew

summercabbagestew

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 […]

spicy eggplant dip using summer CSA veggies

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Tweet When I received my first weekly share of summer CSA veggies, my eyes popped at the sight of the fresh salad greens, half-foot long green beans, a glowing zucchini, lengthy scallions, bright green chilies,  and non-GMO corn. But the bulky eggplant was another matter. How to prepare it other than to grill it? Then I thought of […]

Bay Area with kids: creative play & veg eats galore

fairyland

Tweet Sweet Bean took a bi-annual trip to the Bay Area–chez mutta and sista–that happens to be a wonderful place to travel with kids. We had our agenda set from the get go: hit the several fantastic outdoor play spaces for the boys, including  The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and the Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, and munch on […]