All the cool kids are drinking kombucha now, but the rest of the world has been on trend for a couple thousand years already. If you’re new to the home-brewed ‘booch game and want to dabble in some DIY, you’re gonna have a ton of questions about methods and looks and smells and tastes. Below, I try to answer all of them for you and share my way of doing things.
I entered a contest recently that focused on using cacao in new and different ways. Fudge, admittedly, isn’t a revolutionary use of cacao, but I thought infusing it with rosewater was pretty nice, and the petals were so Instagram-worthy.
I’m not vegan, but I lean towards eating that way most of the time, and part of my experiments with making plant-based swaps in my favorite meals has brought jackfruit to my plate. I’ve seen it used as pulled “pork” and have had it smothered in BBQ sauce on a salad at Veggie Galaxy, but I had never tried it at home, so I ventured to the Super 88 Market and got myself a few cans to play around with.
You don’t realize how much bang you can get for your buck until you get a spiralizer. Who knew there were so many noodles hiding inside of a regular sweet potato? Whereas we’re used to sitting down to a baked potato and devouring the whole thing in one sitting (nothing wrong with that), spiralizing really stretches out your ingredients, especially when you can add a few more vegetables in the mix to make it more exciting.
‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice! Cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, allspice – these are the reigning flavors of fall and if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth well before Thanksgiving rolls around, these Pumpkin Pie Balls are a delicious, all-natural way to get your fix.
Here’s a recipe I made for the 10-Day Energy-Boosting Meal Plan that got cut—not because it wasn’t delicious, but because it didn’t align with the goal of making meal prep a breeze. These apricot bars do take a good chunk of inactive time, but prepping them is actually pretty quick, so if you plan on spending a rainy day at home, these are perfect for tossing in the oven while you get cozy on the couch with some tea.
This was a quick recipe I posted on Instagram last week. I was playing around in the kitchen trying to use up some fresh tomatoes from my friend’s garden, and adapted a Bon Appetit recipe to what I had in my fridge. The chipotle peppers give this spread a smoky kick and it’s a great way to make use of late-summer tomatoes.
There is no fat on this earth more precious to me than ghee. If I could eat it with a spoon like ice cream, I would, letting it drip down my face into slick, emollient pools on my thighs, which I’d rub in because on top of being a great nutrition source, it’s actually a pretty moisturizing ingredient to add to homemade natural beauty products. Fun fact!
But that’s not why we’re here.
Cherry season is the best season! They’re currently on sale for less than $2/lb (from $5/lb) so after seeing that I got so excited I blacked out and bought 7 lbs. My blood is the juice of cherries.
Other than snacking on them plain, I like to have them with coconut yogurt, make a quick chia jam (you can use that recipe for any berry), dip them in raw chocolate and freeze them for when my sweet tooth needs a hit, and, of course, freeze them for smoothies!
The weather here in Boston has been so gloomy every day and not spring-like at all, but luckily our vegetables know what time it is. In my neighborhood, the Fenway CDC has a Fair Foods program offering fresh vegetables for $2 per bag twice a month, regardless of income level, and the last one was filled with more fresh, crisp asparagus than I knew what to do with!