Posts By: Sitarani Palomar

Rice Pudding for Anyone and Everyone

Whether simple or decadent, this sweet treat has a variation that’s sure to please you. Find Chef Sita’s favorite, basic recipe here, and then get creative! For a soothing, sweet flavor, use ginger and chopped dates. For a royal, unforgettable flavor, stir in saffron threads and coconut milk. For a spicy, exotic pudding, try chai spices (like… Read more »

Homemade Basic Tahini Sauce

Tahini, aka sesame butter, is a pantry staple that mixes well in dips and sauces – making everything creamier, nuttier, and a little bit Mediterranean. It is also a great source of calcium and the essential amino acid lysine. Try this simple sauce over dark leafy greens, grains, tempeh, sweet potatoes, or as a dip… Read more »

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream

Traditional or Dairy-Free Traditional Whipped Cream 1: Choose your tools and favorite recipe Nested whisks Hand mixer Mason jar 2. Chill EVERYTHING (bowls, tools, heavy cream, coconut cream, etc.) 3. Combine cream in bowl with some vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, and a liquid sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup (incorporates… Read more »

Simple Ways to Enjoy Squash

The season is abundant with them. As Mark affectionately named these “globes of joy,” winter squashes burst with sweet, nutty flavor, are packed with antioxidants, and can be as versatile as your creativity allows. To help you get started, here are some of Chef Sita’s favorite ways to enjoy winter squash.   1. Roasted Acorn… Read more »

Three Easy Ways to De-stress

1. AT WORK Limiting the amount of time you spend on email help reduce anxiety and be more productive throughout the day. Here’s how: Step One: Clean your Inbox. There’s no reason to have 150 (or more!) unaddressed items sitting in your Inbox. The constant reminder of these open ideas and conversations can make you… Read more »

Holiday Entree with only Five Ingredients

Just how creative can you get with 5 ingredients or less? VERY when one of your ingredients is a pre-made spice blend. Today: Fall Holiday Entree with 5 Ingredients or Less Shiitake & Wild Rice Stuffed Squash with Pomegranate Seeds serves 6 Ingredients 2 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed 1 cup uncooked wild rice,… Read more »

6 Natural Tips to Avoid Skin Redness This Winter

The natural flush from cold air on your cheeks can be alluring — and yet too much redness during the winter months can be a bother. Here are some tricks to keep skin redness to a minimum during chilly days, and allow your natural glow to shine like fresh fallen snow. Moisturize! Cold weather and… Read more »

DIY Aromatherapy Body Scrub

Once you start making your own bath products, you’ll be hooked. They’re easy, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit your – or your gift-recipient’s – exact preferences. Sugar is a wonderful exfoliant, and coconut oil has been used as a topical healing agent in cultures around the world. Honey is popular ingredient in many… Read more »

Cinnamon-Chili Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon-Chili Sweet Potatoes Serves 6-8 A wonderful source of Vitamins A, C, potassium and calcium, this recipe, with a couple omissions, is equally good for mom and baby. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, making them great for digestive health, and the cinnamon and coconut oil are superstars, too. Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar, and… Read more »

Vegan Pumpkin Pie in 3 Easy Steps

Mais, oui! Plus: low glycemic index and almost no baking! Step One Place any of the following winter squash, cut-side down, in a preheated 375 degree oven: 3 lb Sugar Pie Pumpkin (halved; 1 ½ hours) 3 lb Delicata Squash (halved; 30 minutes) 3 lb Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded, and cubed; 40 minutes) Step Two… Read more »