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A DIY Compost for FREE (or almost)!

I published this post on May 15th, 2013. Five years later it is still relevant and the exact procedure I use to this day. Have a read and inspire yourself to end the days of adding unnecessarily to the endless waste we produce as humans and turning that waste into something useful with very little effort!

Composting has become quite popular- en vogue if you will, kinda like having the urban chicken coop. Some folks I know have been doing it for as long as I can remember, hardly trendy- just plain smart, eco-friendly and easy. My parents (both sets of them) have fabulous composting systems that feed their prolific gardens year after year. Many of my friends now also have their own systems, some of which are simply acting as decomposition for natural waste (rather than sending it to a landfill), not necessarily for going back into food production. read more…

Zucchini Pasta & Kelp Noodles with Sunflower Cilantro Pesto

Kelp noodles are one of my favorite ingredients these days and this Zucchini Pasta & Kelp Noodles with Sunflower Cilantro Pesto dish is a happy new addition to my growing repertoire of both kelp and zucchini noodle recipes..

I LOVE to eat and I don’t count calories. Yet there is no denying that too many of them can be unkind. Enter kelp noodles! Now the words “kelp noodles” do not conjure up visions of an unctuous and mouthwatering morsel….however they have no flavor and are basically a vehicle for amazing sauces.

The only trick however is that while they do not need to be cooked, they do need to be soaked in warm filtered water and baking soda for at least 20 minutes to let them soften. This is not something that you will find instructed on the packaging…it seems to be underground intel that I am happy to have, and happy to share! So whether you are ambitious to make the recipe below or you just want to throw some store-bought pesto or peanut sauce on these puppies you will not be disappointed, I promise!

Kelp Zucchini Noodles

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How to Sprout Most Beans

Sprouts are fun and easy to grow and are delicious, alkaline and packed full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. These fun little projects are also a great source of vitamins E, C, B and A as well as potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and protein. Sprouting unlocks the nutrients & protein inside the plant cells more readily and makes the protein found beans as well as nuts & seeds more bioavailable and more digestible. Sprouting as well as soaking, or fermenting foods also significantly reduces enzyme inhibitors, greatly increasing the digestibility and absorption of all nutrients in food, including amino acids.

For a more in-depth look at why sprouting is so awesome, check out my guy Dr. Josef Mercola’s article. 

FullSizeRenderStep #1 Select Your Bean & Quantity:
Use organic beans such as adzuki, lentils, mung beans or chickpeas. The beans beans will at least double in size during sprouting, so only prepare as many sprouts as you can eat in about 4 weeks. The fastest to sprout are mung beans and lentils, especially if you live in a humid climate. My favorite beans are adzuki beans (shown here) for their nutty texture, high protein and iron and anti-oxidant content. Most dry beans are good for sprouting but you want to avoid black beans as they can be toxic. Note that “split” beans or peas will not sprout.

Step #2- Soak Your Beans:
Place your beans in a wide-mouthed glass jar and fill with filtered water until the beans are covered by about 4 inches of water (use this rule for any amount for beans). Allow them to soak in the water overnight, or for about 8 to 12 hours and then rinse and drain them very well as they can go off if they are too moist. I do this several times inside the jar. Cover with a piece screen from the hardware store (shown here) or a piece of cheesecloth. Leave the jar in a semi-lit place while the beans sprout (I like my kitchen near the window). read more…

How I Changed My Diet and Why

Many of you might have the notion that I am uber healthy, a model for wellness, that I have “it down” and rarely stray from the perfect eating and exercise routine. Not so. Read on to see How I Changed My Diet & Why…

While I do eat “well” compared to much of America- I do not necessarily always walk the talk.hacienda-photo14

“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. YES! But what does this mean?

I am healthy. I almost never get sick, I don’t go to the doctor, I eat my veggies, practice yoga, go to the gym, spend time outdoors. Then why do I feel like crap a lot of the time? Low energy, constant body aches, mood swings, a back that hurts almost constantly, weight fluctuations.

It’s in the food. Well and the in the wine perhaps.

How do I know this you ask? Because promptly returning from a three week holiday trip filled with essentially whatever I felt like I wanted to consume- my husband Anthony and I went vegan, kicked the gluten, sugar, dairy and booze (don’t worry, I still have my coffee!). read more…

Herbed Farinata with Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes- Easy Gluten-Free “Pizza”

I went to Italy a few years ago with a group from Slow Food Miami to the Terra Madre global food gathering…to say it was breathtaking, fantastic and delicious would be a huge understatement. If you are interested in food, sustainability and a global community that impact change through food- I highly recommend it!

also recommend trying this Herbed Farinata with Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes- my adaptation to an incredible dish that I discovered while on this trip. Farinata is a Tuscan street food made with garbanzo or chickpea flour and topped with pizza-like toppings. You make a thin crepe type batter and pour into a hot pan and then add your favorite toppings. It makes a quick, protein rich meal that is dee-list and super fast. You can keep it simple or add any toppings you want, and of course it is gluten-free and vegan if you choose.

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Cinnamon Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

This outstanding Cinnamon Tahini Oatmeal Cookie recipe is an adaptation of my dear dear friend, fellow chef and devout foodie Robbin Russell. I have always been a sucker for oatmeal raisin cookies and these are a unique and easy twist to the classic cookie and of course gluten-free, refined sugar free and can be made vegan. This recipe literally takes 5 minutes to prep and only 10 minutes to bake so no excuses! There are tons of fun things that you can add to change them up to your tastes.

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Cinnamon Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 pastured egg or 1 flax egg*
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup quick cooking oats (or 2/3 cup rolled oats)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
pinch of sea salt

Makes 1 dozen 2 inch cookies

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Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

This fabulous, decadent and somewhat “naughty” recipe for Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies was the brainchild of our Chef Heather Valdes. She created it for one of our clients who is not super concerned with healthier alternatives, he just wants clean and thoughtful food made in a classic style. You may know by now that at The Naked Bite we rarely use conventional baking recipes so of course we needed to experiment on our own and try a “nicer” version. Both are here for you to choose which option you want to make, whether your feeling naughty OR nice. Thank you Heather, my husband just LOVES himself some double chocolate chip cookies!

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Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

The NAUGHTY Version

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, softened
2/3 cup organic cane sugar
1 pastured egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup high quality raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips

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