Nicki’s Secret Marinara

marinaraSimple and delicious. I prefer this instead of bottled organic sauce.

1 pint of organic cherry tomatoes
3-4 kalamata olives
1 medjool date OR substitute a pinch of organic pure cane sugar
Sea salt
2 cloves garlic
Fresh chopped oregano, parsley and basil

Blend all ingredients either using a food processor, an emersion hand blender or in a regular blender.

Soba Noodles with Asian Veggies

soba noodles vegIngredients
1 T rice cooking wine (optional)
3 T Bragg Liquid Amino
2 cloves grated garlic
½-1 T fresh grated ginger
1 T Sunflower butter (any nut butter will substitute fine)
3 T almond milk
Half an onion chopped
2 scallions chopped in large pieces
1 large handful of snow peas
Bag of frozen organic broccoli
½ an organic zucchini
Top with basil, cilantro, sesame seeds and a squeeze of lime

Soba (buckwheat noodles). Cook according to directions. I only use enough for 2 servings because I like lots of veggies and a little less noodles.

Cook the Soba noodles and drain. Set aside.

Heat a little bit of water in a sauté pan, add garlic and fresh grated ginger. Cook briefly (20 seconds), throw in the rest of the liquid ingredients and nut butter, stir and add the frozen broccoli. When that is not frozen, but not all the way cooked, add the rest of the vegetables. Do not over-cook. Add the noodles to the pan and toss. Top with torn basil, chopped cilantro, sesame seed (you can toast in a pan, but not necessary) and a squeeze of lime. Serve hot or cold.

Flu Shot or Juice Shot?

I picked my son up from school early the other day so we could go to the movies. It was a rare treat (for me) because he hates to miss any amount of school. While I was waiting for him to come to the office and wondering if he was really my kid since he would rather go to 7thperiod than see Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D, I noticed the inordinate amount of zombie-like kids waiting to be picked up by their parents. I could only assume they weren’t off to a secret movie date or even an orthodontist appointment. They looked like Typhoid Mary had sneezed on them. Continue reading “Flu Shot or Juice Shot?”

But My Kids are Picky Eaters

The most common genetically modified organisms (GMO) offenders are: corn, soy, canola oil, sugar and cottonseed oil. There are others but start with these. Avoid these or use USDA certified organic.

If your kids are old enough, discuss why you are making some changes in the foods you are eating. If they are young, you can make changes without them even knowing. Continue reading “But My Kids are Picky Eaters”