Spiralized Apple-Pear Pomegranate Slaw with Honey Poppyseed Dressing

Spiralized Apple-Pear Pomegranate Slaw with Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing above - BoulderLocavore.com

I absolutely love fruit but it takes a back burner in the winter.  It’s cold outside, fruit is generally cold and I want warm foods like soup.  When I do eat fruit it’s seasonal, like apples, pears, and some citrus.  My repertoire broadens when adding it into smoothies but I don’t give it much thought to eat on its own. Having said all of this I also find by this time of winter I’m regularly dehydrated.  And as a consequence I begin to crave fruit again.  Not like in the summer when if no other food existed I’d be happy.  This is more like a desperate craving trying to extract any available moisture into my parched core. I’ve made no secret of my love of my Spiralizer.  I bought it last year with high hopes of creatively developing new, fresh recipes that would allure my family … {continue reading}

Smoky Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds and Egg & Brassicas Cookbook/Giveaway

Smoky Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds and Egg {Brassicas | 10 Speed Press} BoulderLocavore.com

Brassicas.  Maybe you are reading this because you have no idea what that is and want to know.  Maybe you DO know and know they are the cold weather powerhouse vegetables everyone is talking about.  Maybe you, like me, find yourself with a limited preparation repertoire for some of these cruciferae and want to expand your horizons.  Whatever the reason this is a delicious and healthy day to hop on for a read! Brassicas get a bad rap.  Sadly less creative ways of cooking have scared off many, leaving them unavailable to dabble in the superfood benefits of this formidable family of vegetables.  You know them all: Kale, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Brocoli Rabe, Arugula, Cress, Bok Choy, Chinese Brocoli, Mizuna, Napa Cabbage, Tatsoi, … {continue reading}

Thai Chicken Thigh Basil-Quinoa Bowls

Thai Chicken Thigh Basil-Quinoa Bowl. A light, filling dish with fantastic Thai flavors! - BoulderLocavore.com

Whenever I am trying to change up my diet, whether it be to improve the quality of what I’m eating or for weight loss, I find a great place to start is swapping foods or ingredients that could be better for me.  Having a dramatic change to my eating regimen often backfires; it’s just too digital a shift.  When I look at what I’m tending to eat daily it often is quick grabs on the go or lazy high calorie choices that with some effort could be much better for me. In my past I have been known to go for no fat foods or artificially produced ‘food look alikes’ when trying to lose weight.  You know those foods; fake foods that are close enough to pass for their natural food counterpart, but boasting no calories or fat.  It struck me at one point that though I could lose weight that way I … {continue reading}

Lean Turkey Black Bean Quinoa Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Lean Turkey Black Bean Quinoa Burrito Bowls - BoulderLocavore.com

One thing being gluten-free has offered me is a chance to reinvent standard dishes in a new ways which are healthier and often more tasty.  Inspiration has also come from some unexpected sources.  For instance, there is a great fast food drive-thru restaurant in Boulder which serves pasture-raised beef, with no antibiotics or GMOs.  Fast food is not something we are able to eat easily as gluten is usually afoot.  This restaurant has the option of ordering a burger wrapped in iceberg lettuce instead of a bun.  At first I wasn’t sure how that was going to be but I love it.  The lettuce is cool and crispy, providing a much better solution to a burger with no bun.  It’s a bit messy to eat but in the end I’m not stuffed from a bun.  A great way to cut calories or carbs too. Similarly … {continue reading}

Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad with Watercress, Mint and Toasted Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad with Watercress, Mint and Toasted Sesame-Ginger Dressing - BoulderLocavore.com

Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad may not be the first food you’d think of to eat in January but I promise after one bite you’ll be hooked!  I was walking through the produce section of Whole Foods when cucumbers caught my eye.  I actually stopped and stared for a moment to see if maybe they were some other exotic produce.  Cucumbers seem to be a perfectly summer type of vegetable; cool, refreshing, hydrating and subtle on flavor.  It was like running into an unexpected guest at a party that seems totally out of place. I bought some.  I’ve been loving my Spiralizer and am compelled to find more and more things to make with it.  I love a bit of whimsy in life and my food, and the Spiralizer delivers.  It keeps me interested and from falling into a food boredom, eating expected winter foods … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Light Almond Milk Tapioca Pudding {dairy-free}

Slow Cooker Light Almond Milk Tapioca Pudding - BoulderLocavore.com

Something I love about January is the opportunity for reinvention.  I’m not a diligent resolution-maker but do feel the effects of beginning a new year.  A bit like completing a chapter in a book, when the last page turns everything does feel fresh.  It’s a natural time for reflection, renewed resolve about healthy habits developed over the prior year as well as trying on new things, experimenting, and freshening-up life a bit. I keep a running mental list of new things I want to try and foods I want to make.  I find I can get into a rut like a trail horse walking the same route repeatedly day after day.   Routine does not play to my strengths and I’m most happy when mixing things up.  Lately I’ve wanted to incorporate more healthy plant-based options into our family diet for the health … {continue reading}