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}

10 Best Skinny Salad Dressing Recipes from Pinterest

10 Best Skinny Salad Dressing Recipes from Pinterest - BoulderLocavore.com

When healthy eating or weight loss enter the dining arena, ‘salad’ is usually the first thing that pops into people’s minds.  As I mentioned in the 25 Fantastic Fruit and Green Smoothie Recipe post, those fresh produce dishes are most commonly associated with summer.  Salad?  In the winter?  Well, yes, salad-in-the-winter.  It’s not unthinkable but for me it all comes down to the dressing. Winter salads can be as flavorful as summer salads, in fact even more so with the distinctly flavored produce of the season.  Candidly if you wander into a Whole Foods or comparable market dedicated to a great selection of produce, seasonality is stretched thanks to the wonders of worldwide logistics.  Fresh tropical fruit from Central and South America can arrive at your store in the blink of an eye; … {continue reading}

Skinny Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodle Soup

Skinny Chicken Sweet Potato Noodle Soup - BoulderLocavore.com

It can be a pretty steep turn from the holiday celebrating to reconciling to a healthier and/or lower calorie diet approach.  I frankly think it’s an easier change to do in the summer.  Fresh produce abounds with lots of salad makings, smoothies, grilling and frankly it’s hot so we don’t want to eat as much. Winter is for comfort food.  We crave stick-to-your ribs recipes that fill us with warmth.  Most of those dishes are heavy and often higher in calories.  They make us feel full which I frankly think satisfies an evolutionary need to bulk up in winter when food used to be scarcer.  Sadly unlike the caveman who burned calories braving the elements in winter, most of us are probably less active making the road to a healthier, svelter self a struggle. One of the first recipes I … {continue reading}

25 Fantastic Fruit & Green Smoothie Recipes to Start the New Year

25 Fantastic Fruit & Green Smoothie Recipes BoulderLocavore.com

It seems so cliché and predictable to kick off a new year with a smoothie list.   The internet is rife with them right now I’m sure, however I think I have a persuasive stance for my choice.  Before last January I’d shared one smoothie recipe (Banana-Peach Almond Smoothie).  It showcased a trick I’d learned in college for making a smoothie creamy with no ice.  The effect still dazzles me every time. Christmas before the one just past, my husband bought a Vitamix.  I shared when introducing it last year that to me a blender was not a particularly sexy kitchen appliance.  I felt like he bought us a new vacuum and I was supposed to get excited.  I've had friends who swore by their powerful blenders.  I’d listen in their kitchens whilst watching the machine ferociously devour ice like a … {continue reading}

Boulder Locavore Reader Favorites: Top 10 Recipes for 2014

BoulderLocavore.com Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Is it just me, or does this year seem to have flown by?!  Time seems only to be accelerating making it important to appreciate the goodness in every day. 2014 has been full of adventure for me personally and for Boulder Locavore.  With over 200 new posts, we’ve cooked together through decadent desserts, sumptuous main dishes, fun holiday recipes; dived into Smoothies, experimented with Spiralizers, poured cocktails, and fired up the slow cookers for special dishes that don't have to be difficult to make.  You’ve come along on a road trip through the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Phoenix Arizona, sharing food finds and 'must do' outings (one of which was a reader favorite top ten post), as well as enjoyed some spicy sips in Santa Fe! I loved sharing the sites of Paris from our ten day … {continue reading}