{Thrive} Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products + Giveaway

A few months ago, an instagram post inspired me to give “Plastic Free July” a try. Like most attempts at changing a habit, the first few weeks are more about awareness than success. Wowza. While I was far (I mean FAR) from plastic free for even a day, the exercise sparked in me a willingness to change. So now, I share with a you a few of my favorite products, some tried and true and some new plus a few tips on decreasing plastic and living more sustainably because even small efforts make a difference. Plus, win a pack of reusable straws. Giveaway at the bottom of post!  Continue reading “{Thrive} Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products + Giveaway”

{Nourish} Cooking Video: Sorghum Tabbouleh with Grapes

I don’t know about you but I refuse to rush the end of summer! There’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill and enjoy outdoor dining. Whether I’m cooking for my family of three or entertaining friends, I love the idea of family-style dining and shareable dishes. That was was the inspiration for this beautiful Mediterranean Plate that features a Whole Grain Sorghum Tabbouleh made with Grapes (yum) as the centerpiece. I partnered with Simply Sorghum to re-introduce you to this versatile, naturally gluten-free grain. 

What is Sorghum?

Another great question. Sorghum is a naturally gluten-free whole grain that, like quinoa, is a good source of protein. Plus, whole grain sorghum helps keep you fuller longer and provides beneficial dietary fiber for digestive health. Toothsome in texture (think barley), sorghum has a mild, nutty flavor.

Speaking of Whole Grains, try this Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Pistachio and Mint

Healthy Benefits of Sorghum 

Sorghum grain is packed full of nutrients you need to stay healthy.

  • Protein provides the building blocks for bone, muscle, skin and enzyme development
  • Iron strengthens the immune system and oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood
  • Vitamin B6 is integral in synthesizing antibodies and enhancing nerve function
  • Niacin provides improved blood circulation
  • Magnesium aids in calcium absorption and body temperature regulation
  • Phosphorus helps form healthy bones
  • Fiber supports healthy digestion 

How to Build a Mediterranean Plate?

I like to think of this as a deconstructed Greek Salad of sorts and the nice thing is, there isn’t one way make this or a set number of ingredients you have to use. Here are some ideas and you can take it from there – make it your own! It’s a great way to clean out the fridge of veggies that you’ve been meaning to use. 

 

Proteins and Dairy: 

  • Grilled Meat, Chicken or Fish
  • Tofu or Tempeh
  • Bean Salad
  • Feta, Haloumi or Mozzarella Cheese (you can use any cheese you like though)
  • Hummus (Try this Roasted Eggplant Hummus

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Greens like kale, spinach or even grilled romaine 
  • Fresh or roasted tomatoes and peppers, sliced cucumbers 
  • olives
  • Citrus (lemons and oranges)
  • Grilled Zucchini, Asparagus or Eggplant
  • Steamed Green Beans 

Additional Items: 

  • Naan
  • Pita
  • Pita Chips
  • Crackers 

New To Sorghum? Try one of these delicious recipes: 

Za’atar Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes, Sorghum, Apples and Kale (Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Friendly)

Sorghum Salad with Lemon and Tahini

Sorghum Tabbouleh with Grapes and Dill

Yield 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole grain sorghum  
  •  4 cups water
  •  1 cup halved green grapes
  • 2 cups diced English cucumber
  • 2/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup chopped dill
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  •  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the whole grain sorghum.
  • Bring 4 cups of water or stock to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Add 1 cup of whole grain sorghum. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Fluff the sorghum with a fork and transfer to a medium mixing bowl to cool.
  • Once the sorghum is cool, combine the grapes, cucumber, herbs, oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper. Serve

{Nourish} Crockpot Giveaway with Summer Recipes

Friends, I have admittedly been MIA. Life has been nutty so I hunkered down and prioritized my work commitments.  As much as I love this blog and all of you, I had to stay true to my new, healthier self, and not over do it. This is self-care in action and it helps, I can tell you! That being said, I have missed this site and I am eager to get back into the swing of things and to re-connect with all of you. As a thank you for your patience, I am psyched to giveaway this fancy new Crockpot. Truth be told, I have never been much of a crockpot cooker but I appreciate it’s beauty as a time saving trick. Again, self-care means making your life easier and cutting out the stress, so it’s fitting. Knowing my limitations and lack of experience with the whole slow cooking thing, I teamed up with some friends to share a few summer inspired crockpot recipes. While we don’t often think of a crockpot as a summer thing, it;s quite efficient and effective as it contains the heat so your house will stay cool. I’m all for that. Forget those soups and stews from the winter for now, here are some recipe ideas that you can make in your slow-cooker right now. And if you don’t have one of your own, enter the giveaway at the end of the blog! 

 

 

WIN THIS 6.5 Quart Programmable, Touch Screen CROCK POT! Enter at the end of the blog! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lively Table Crock Pot Pulled Chicken Sliders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triad to Wellness Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom’s Kitchen Handbook Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Nourish.Breathe.Thrive} Sorghum with Lemon Tahini Dressing

 

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Vegan | Sorghum and Arugula Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition to Fit Coconut Lime Chicken Collard Wraps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triad to Wellness Chicken Cacciatore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lively Table Slow Cooker Green Chile Corn Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Lydon Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Cheese Lentil Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few more goodies! 

Halsa Nutrition: Slow cooker chicken chickpea mango curry

Hummusapian: Slow cooker loaded baked potatoes

The lean green bean: SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Comment Below with your favorite summer crockpot recipe 
  2. Share the link to this blog on Facebook and Tag me, @katiecavutord 
  3. Winner Announced Wednesday, 8/15. Only US Residents are eligible to enter. 

{Breathe} A Simple Exercise in Body Love

I recently asked a teenage client to share three parts of her body that she loved. She paused, looked at me with startled and fearful eyes and replied, “Really?” Yes, really. I could empathize with her reaction because this exercise used to be really hard for me too. Honestly, there are days when it still is, and that is why it’s so important. The real work comes when we start to bring our awareness to the parts of our body that feel difficult to love and change the story.  Continue reading “{Breathe} A Simple Exercise in Body Love”

{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Double Chocolate Raspberry Quickbread

Holidays beg for baked goods like this Double Chocolate Raspberry Quickbread, which we plan to whip up for a Mother’s Day brunch with friends. Yes, this quickbread that I created in partnership with Simply Sorghum, happens to be gluten-free and dairy-free but it definitely isn’t lacking in flavor or decadence. You might even venture to say it’s pretty darn nutritious. You’ll definitely vouch for all of its deliciousness!   Continue reading “{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Double Chocolate Raspberry Quickbread”

{Nourish} The Dish on Medicinal Mushrooms

In the land of superfood trends, medicinal mushrooms are quite the rage. If you’re curious to learn a bit more before you spend a pretty penny testing them out, this is the post for you. I too was curious as these fungi lore you in with lofty health claims and a lofty price tag to boot. So, I’ll share some facts and you can decide for yourself.  That being said, ‘ll leave you with this as you start to read…there is no one (or ten) super foods that can heal you. Our health is holistic – a balanced plate, balanced mind and balanced life will serve you best.  Continue reading “{Nourish} The Dish on Medicinal Mushrooms”