{Thrive} Is Your Olive Oil a Fake?

untitled-designYou picked up some olive oil because you heard it was a healthy cooking oil, right? Right! But the thing is, they are not all created equal so you’re left standing in front of a sea of oils, vexed, doing you’re best to make the right decision. Ah, the grocery store. Could it be more confusing? I mean seriously. Lucky for you, I spend a ton of time in the grocery store so I am going to break it down for you. Olive Oil is nourishing and when you know what to look for, you’ll feel confident that you picked a healthy option. Continue reading “{Thrive} Is Your Olive Oil a Fake?”

{Nourish} Everyday Herb Oils

DIY Herb Oils Around this time of year, my herb garden begins to take on a life of its own. In other words, it’s out of control and then I feel out of control  because seriously, what am I supposed to do with all of those herbs!? I used to get totally freaked out at the thought of wasting them. It felt like such a loss. The same loss I feel when a bunch of purchased, fresh herbs begin to look weepy and abandoned in my fridge. Well, weep no more. This everyday herb oil may be my all-time favorite kitchen hack/cooking tip.
I honestly can’t remember what gave me the idea to make large batches of herb oil–maybe it was my go-to ritual of making and freezing pesto to use up my basil bounty. What ever it was, I am grateful because these herb oils have become the foundation of so many recipes. The possibilities are endless.

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{Nourish} Buddha Bowl with Almond Turmeric Aioli

Buddha Bowl Turmeric Aioli

{Sponsored Post} It’s Almond Day and this Buddha Bowl with Almond Turmeric Aioli is the perfect way to celebrate. I partnered with California Almonds this year to count down the days to Almond Day by developing tips and recipes to help you achieve your wellness goals. This is one of the 16 recipes that I developed and I figured it would be fun to share a few of my tips here too!  Continue reading “{Nourish} Buddha Bowl with Almond Turmeric Aioli”

{Nourish} Turmeric Super Seed and Nut butter

NutButterHave you ever made your own nut butter? If not, you should. It’s fun, easy and really gratifying plus you can get really creative with your flavor profiles and add-ins. This turmeric butter is my latest concoction to follow the Cocoa Hazelnut Butter I created a few weeks back. I was craving something more savory and was eager to experiment with a variety of nuts and seeds. I had some fresh turmeric on hand and, well, this awesome spread is the result! Continue reading “{Nourish} Turmeric Super Seed and Nut butter”

{Nourish}: Roasted Beet + Poppy Seed Hummus

HummusI have been on a major hummus kick lately. We all have actually–even my four year old son who recently discovered his love for celery and for dipping it in hummus. I love making my own hummus considering it is as simple as throwing some beans into the blender with lemon, garlic and tahini–staple ingredients in our house. I also love the fact that a traditional hummus is the perfect canvas for other ingredients and flavors. A few of my favorites? This smoked paprika and butternut squash hummus or the variety I make with roasted eggplant, yum! I am all for ease when it comes to whipping up good-for-me eats and this beautifully hued beet hummus takes first prize in that category. Why? It you take a few short cuts this is a two ingredient dish! Here’s how… Continue reading “{Nourish}: Roasted Beet + Poppy Seed Hummus”

{Nourish} DIY Chocolate Nut Butter

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Move over Nutella, there is a new spread in town! News Flash– Nutella, though decadently delicious, is really not great for you (sigh). The first ingredient is SUGAR which is followed by palm oil and finally hazelnuts–I could go on. This is not great considering your nut butter should be made with NUTS first and foremost and it should only contain minimal amounts of sugar–if any! So, one of my young cooking class clients, a 9 year old girl, LOVES Nutella (really all things chocolate–who doesn’t?). We recently worked together to recreate some of her favorite treats and this was the result: a nutrient dense, low sugar version of the super sweet spread! This revamped version is equally as delicious as the original and way better for you. Bonus–like most of my recipes–its really easy because there is rarely time for anything but easy! Continue reading “{Nourish} DIY Chocolate Nut Butter”