Posts Categorized: Food & Health

4th of July Pasta Salad

  Looking for a pasta salad alternative to take to this year’s 4th of July picnic? Try Chef Sita’s Quinoa Salad with Pesto & Mozzarella served with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts. For a fun way to serve, skewer Bocconcini mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes, drizzle with pesto, and serve over cooked quinoa… Read more »

Healing Disease Through Holistic Nutrition: Crohn’s Disease

  Crohn’s Disease:   A chronic, or long-lasting, disease that causes inflammation—irritation or swelling—in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Most commonly, Crohn’s affects the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. However, the disease can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. Source: National Institute of Diabetes and… Read more »

Healing Disease Through Holistic Nutrition: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS): An unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. (Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society) As a faculty member for the nutrition consultant and natural chef programs at Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Arts, Brigitte Mars… Read more »

Coconut Delicata Squash Chips

Coconut Delicata Squash Chips so simple, so satisfying Ingredients 3 delicata squash, halved, seeded, and cut into thin half rounds 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon sea salt Procedure Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, toss the squash with the melted… Read more »

Organic Holiday Dog Treats (and for the rest of the year, too!)

If you like to spread the flavor of the season among your 4-legged family members as well, try this easy, healthy, and inexpensive recipe. Your furry friends will love it! Carrot Apple Dog Treats INGREDIENTS 2 cups chickpea flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 organic egg 1/4 cup organic applesauce 1 cup grated organic carrots DIRECTIONS… Read more »

Romaine Salad w/ Rotisserie Chicken, Peaches & Blue Cheese

Recipe courtesy of  Earl’s Organic Produce.  Romaine Salad w/ Rotisserie Chicken, Peaches & Blue Cheese This no cook recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and is perfect on a hot summer day. Serves 4-6 People INGREDIENTS 1 10oz package organicgirl Romaine Whole Leaf 4-6 medium sized peaches 1 Rotisserie Chicken ¾ cup blue cheese… Read more »

“Brown Bag” Lunch

Although we love a good PB&J, there are plenty of easy options for a creative, healthy and easy homemade lunch for days at the office (or school!) Whole Wheat Veggie Wrap Hummus Baby greens/spinach/sprouts Sliced veggies (cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, carrots, onion, whatever you like) Sauerkraut (optional) Avocado (optional) Served With 2 fresh apricots ¼… Read more »

Carrot Ginger Soup

A recent trip to Berkeley’s Mission: Heirloom, an organic, completely holistic, predominantly paleolithic restaurant, reminded me just how good so few ingredients can be (something our friends at S.W. Basics know extremely well). The big revelation came in a glorious bowl of Carrot Soup, one so simple that every ingredient could be detected by flavor, and they all… Read more »

Safeguard Your Summer: Natural Bug Repellents

As the sun begins to set, our dinners move al fresco, and our children play outside until we call them home, we look for ways to protect our loved ones from life’s little annoyances — insects. Few things can ruin outdoor activities as quickly as bugs. This list will empower you with holistic insect repellent… Read more »