I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

Soup. I make it all the time and yet I rarely make it the exact same way twice. Soup is often an exercise in thriftiness…a way for me to use up vegetables, etc. that are “on their way out”. At other times, it’s just an easy way to combine various ingredients into a nourishing meal.

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

This Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup is both thrifty and easy/nutritious. It’s not quite vegan/vegetarian due to the pancetta (and the chicken stock, if you use it), but these can definitely be left out if you don’t do meat. The recipe come from Alice Waters’ new book The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

The Art of Simple Food II

I love this book: it’s a wonderful volume of recipes spotlighting seasonal produce. There’s also an extensive section on starting or expanding a garden…reading through it has me already longing for next year’s garden. If you have a vegetable lover in your life, you should gift them with this book (or gift it to yourself…you will adore it!).

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

Broccoli rabe can be a little bitter, but there’s nothing wrong with bitter! In fact, many of us would do well to include more bitter foods in our diets. Bitter foods are excellent for your digestion :)
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Due to a few technical difficulties, I can’t share the recipe I was planning to share with you today. I will get it posted tomorrow though, for sure…in the meantime, here’s my kitty Leo!

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I’ve written something for National Blog Posting Month for the past 8 days. I’m not going to lie…I am a bit burned out…so it’s just going to be a photo today. I took this shot with my iPhone while on a walk with my husband and dog today. I rather like it :)

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This post is going to be short-ish because it’s late in the day and I don’t want to be up until all hours writing here. Though I was extolling the virtues of being forced to write everyday for National Blog Posting Month earlier in the week, right about now I am wondering what on earth possessed me to sign up!

I had an article published over at MindBodyGreen today. It’s called “Is It Time To Stop Worrying About Sugar”. It’s a slight reworking of this recent post about homemade oreos and sugar.

I’ve written about eating sugar (and all things, really) in moderation quite a bit lately. That’s because I personally feel very comfortable with moderation these days: it is an eating strategy that works very well for my body and my mind. But I have noticed that the mention of moderation seems to send some folks into a rage. I am not at all joking: I’ve been called “irresponsible” and many other not-so-nice names for saying that I don’t believe you have to avoid sugar/gluten/carbs/you name it (or follow an extreme diet) to be healthy.

Here’s the thing: there are plenty of people out in the world telling us that everything we want to eat is going to harm us…I don’t need or want to be one of them. Why? Because there’s an awful lot of orthorexia out there already and I have no interest in contributing to it! I feel strongly that stressing out over everything you put in your mouth in the interest of your health is, in fact, antagonistic to health. Also, I am simply not onboard with restricting foods for arbitrary reasons…I believe we should all strive to eat as wide a variety of foods as possible.

So, I have a few questions for you, my readers. What does moderation mean to you? Does the concept of moderation resonate with you or make you upset? If it upsets you, why is that? What’s wrong with moderation? I would really love to hear any your thoughts on this topic.

I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

Weelicious is a charming site dedicated to feeding kiddos run by the lovely Catherine McCord. Catherine has also written two Weelicious cookbooks: Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes and Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals. The recipe for Fruit and Seed Bars that I am sharing today was adapted from Weelicious Lunches.

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What I most appreciate about Catherine’s blog and her books is that the recipes are creative yet simple. In addition to these bars, I made her homemade fruit leather and it was terrific! I honestly had no idea it was so easy to make your own fruit leather.

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These bars are super quick to throw together and they are very yummy. I like them as is, slathered with additional nut or seed butter, and also crumbled into a bowl and splashed with some milk (like granola). Catherine’s recipe in the book calls for sunflower butter so her recipe is 100% nut free and appropriate for those with nut allergies. Note that I substituted cashew butter because that’s what I had on hand (so these are not nut-free).
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