Update: For more nourishing holiday treats, visit The Nourishing Gourmet !
The holiday season is full of culinary temptations, for sure. I’ve been pretty good about avoiding the cookies, fudge, and candy canes, but there are some treats that I really do miss, such as peppermint bark. Fortunately, I came up with a very satisfying sugar free alternative packed with good calories! Read the rest of this entry »
In case anyone else out there is feeling overwhelmed by commercialism and haste, I thought I would share some tips for a more simplified Christmas; one which will allow room to celebrate the true meaning of the season and enjoy priceless time with the gifts we have already in our lives!
One of our favorite gifts from year to year is an amazing homemade salsa made by dear couple friends of ours. There’s nothing like it! Last year I made a homemade, gourmethot cocoa mix with real fair-trade chocolate, Rapadura, and organic milk powder.
One of my favorite web resources for Gifts in a Jar isthis website. I enjoy the challenge of tweaking the recipes and making them more nourishing! More on that in a future post.
Plato’s Closet is a for-profit company that encourages recycling by purchasing your old clothes and selling them. These clothes are all high quality name brands at a fraction of the cost. This is a great option for anyone who has a teenager or young adult on their list to shop for!
Ten Thousand Villages supports sustainable business in third world countries by selling the beautiful artisan crafts from around the world.
Those random Holiday Bizarres you see advertised everywhere this time of year.
Searching websites like the Sustainable Business Network.
Shop Etsy and directly support many small-scale artisans.
4) Consider Unique Gifts with a Small Carbon Footprint:
Some of our favorite gifts are paperless, but at the same time support local organizations. If you are shopping for children who already have every toy they’d ever need, why not buy them a membership to your nearest zoo, science, or children’s museum?
Tickets to a play, movie, sporting event, or concert are also welcome, but unique gifts. Gift certificates for massage, pedicures, facials will excite any woman on your Christmas list.
Perhaps a membership to a CSA would be a great family gift for you or a family on your list.
Ideas abound for making a more simple/green/thrifty Christmas celebration, yet the bigger question remains: how do we change our expectations for giving and receiving? This is a huge philosophical and spiritual question with which to ponder. Further, how do we raise children that don’t have the expectation that they’re always going to get tons of new things each year?
Currently, being “green” and simple is a choice many of us make on principle. Someday, it may not be an option.
Another myth often believed by traditional foodies is that good food can’t possibly be quick and easy to prepare.
Doesn’t everything have to soak for like 2 weeks before it can be consumed?
Thankfully no! Now granted, many of my breakfasts in my menu plans require lots of advanced preparation, but recently I concocted a deliciously satisfying breakfast “cereal” of sorts that had all the trappings of cereal: milk, crunch, and sweetness– but without all the yucky extruded, processed grains involved.
I call it “Apple-Cinnamon Crunch” and its 100% RAW!!
Here’s what I did:
Apple Cinnamon Crunch: The non-Cereal
1. Shred the apple into large bowl.
2. Toss with cinnamon.
3. Add walnuts, buckwheat sprouts, and raisins, if using.
4. Top with desired amount of milk or cream.
This alkalizing breakfast is light, yet filling, fresh, and alive!
Photo courtesy www.localhs.com
You’ll need to procure the following products that may or may not be homemade staples in your kitchen:
*Corn tortilla chips ( you can thriftily make these by frying regular corn tortillas–think Winco, they sell like a million for $1.29– until crisp in coconut oil)
*Refried black beans (I happen to cook like a gallon of dried black beans in my slow cooker and freeze them. I then re-fry them in coconut oil and season with taco seasonings later)
*Tomato salsa of choice (again can be easily made like so: whirl a couple tomatoes, an onion, a jalapeno, and salt in the food processor for an ultra simple salsa)
*Guacamole (quite simply: 1 mashed avocado, juice of 1 lemon, sea salt to taste. done.)
*2 chopped scallions
*Cortido (Latin American Sauerkraut. Optional but incredibly worth every minute it takes you to make this)
Layer the above ingredients in the order listed. Purposefully omit forks from your table setting. Purposefully include an extra napkin.
Delicious. Filling. Satisfying. pH balanced. No, really.
Disclaimer: By the way, if you’re wondering what’s up with that orange stuff adjacent the blue chips in the photo above, it’s a butternut squash “cheese sauce” I threw together a while ago. I used the photo for purposes of highlighting the blue chips. Unfortunately for the above recipe, my memory card was full and I was unable to patiently clear my card before consuming my supper, thus no picture of the nachos of which I write.
I’m working on refining the exact recipe for the squash nachos and will keep you posted.