How to make vegetable stock |

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

I make lots of soup this time of year and I rely on homemade stocks to get the most delicious results. I use chicken (or turkey) stock most of the time, but I occasionally use vegetable stock instead. Vegetable stock is an obvious necessity if you don’t eat (or if you are cooking for someone who doesn’t eat) animal foods, but I think its value is even greater than that.

Because I have been writing monthly posts about things we can all do to combat food waste, I am hyper focused on making sure I use up all the vegetables that I buy lately. Homemade vegetable stock is a really great way to get something out of vegetables that are a bit past their prime. It’s a way to avoid tossing something that’s still useful in the trash or compost.

By following Glad’s protection pointers, I’ve learned how to extend the life of many of the fresh foods that I purchase starting the day I buy them. But there are still the odd items that get forgotten at the bottom of the crisper, you know? I am talking about the carrots that get a little withered, the greens that turn a little not-so-green, and the herbs that don’t find their way into recipes. These, along with the scraps and trimmings (like cabbage cores and broccoli stalks) that I purposefully save can all be “upcycled” into a flavorful stock!

veggies for stock |
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I have a lovely relationship with a few different publishing houses and I am so thrilled when they send me newly released cookbooks. I was looking at my shelves the other day and realized they’re positively bursting, though…I really have too many cookbooks right now. So I’ve decided to pass some of them on to a lucky reader; I’ll also give that reader a signed copy of my new book!

Big Book Giveaway |

The copy of my book is brand new, of course, and most of the other books are very new, as well (about half have not been used at all). A couple are gently used and/or have a little tear of the dust jacket near the bottom of the spine. The Food52 Cookbook is a few years old: I am giving it away because I have an extra copy.

Here’s what’s included in this big book giveaway:

One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life: this is my book! It was released 2 weeks ago and the first printing sold out quickly. Here’s your opportunity to get a signed copy for free.

Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped: Easy Doughnut Recipes to Fry or Bake at Home: make homemade donuts! This book is new: I made a few of the recipes and they are yummy.

American Heart Association The Go Red For Women Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Heart-Healthy Weight and Good Nutrition: this one literally just arrived in my mailbox. It’s pretty but it’s not for me.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good: I flipped through this one but it’s not for me, either.

The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks: As I mentioned above, I have 2 copies of this book so it’s time to give one away. Two of my recipes are in here and it’s a great book :)

Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week: I like Melissa D’Arabian and this book a lot, but I don’t really cook from this book so I want someone else to have it.

The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen: this is a really sweet little book. Clotilde Dusoulier’s work is always charming.

The Casserole Queens Make-a-Meal Cookbook: Mix and Match 100 Casseroles, Salads, Sides, and Desserts: I haven’t even opened this book…casseroles are not really my thing.

Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners: I haven’t had a chance to open this one either so I figure I should pass it along.

Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes: I LOVE Nigella Lawson and her books. This one is lovely but I have too many Italian cookbooks already.

So, there you go: one of you will win all 10 of these books! So that I don’t incur crazy shipping charges, this giveaway is only open to my readers in the USA. The Rafflecopter widget will be open for entries until December 23, 2013 at 12:00 EST. I won’t be able to ship the books in time for Christmas but I will get them out to the winner asap.

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ps If you are interested in other opportunities to win my book, please check out the following giveaways from some of my very favorite bloggers:

Food Loves Writing
Sassy Radish
Lucid Food

Holy cow you guys. People are reading my book and I still can’t believe it. I don’t know what I expected, but I certainly did not expect the first printing of the book to sell out so fast. It was a small print run, but still…not what I expected. Just five days after the release, there were no more copies left on None. Again…I can’t believe it.

(My publisher is printing more books and they will be back in stock at soon. In the meantime, you can buy the kindle version…you may use the kindle app to read it on your ipad, computer or phone if you don’t have a kindle. You may also order it online from Barnes and Noble or search by your zip code for local bookshops that carry One Simple Change on Indiebound.)

So many people talked up the book the first week it was out and I am so grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has posted on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc…you’re all so awesome! I also want to give a special shout out to the following folks:

MindBodyGreen: for featuring the book in their 7 Best Books of 2013 list.

Alta from Tasty Eats at Home: for writing a lovely review and doing a giveaway.

Cathy aka Mrs. Wheelbarrow for posting an incredible review.

Gail from A Healthy Hunger for for writing lovely things.

Jenny from Nourished Kitchen for bowling me over with this fantastic feature.

Melissa of Soul on a Platter for mentioning the book in this heartfelt post.

Kelly of A Girl Worth Saving for her terrific review.

Beth from Tasty Yummies for putting the book in her beautiful holiday gift guide.

Gina from Running to the Kitchen for including the book in her wonderful gift guide.

Ella for generously adding my book to her lovely list of gifty books.

Laura from Glutton For Life for including the book in her amazing gift guide.

You all rock for helping me to spread the word about One Simple Change. Thank you SO much!

And now for the Kimchi recipe :)


I devoted a whole chapter in my book to the health benefits of cultured foods: I love and eat all sorts of cultured foods and kimchi is one of my favorites. This recipe is adapted from Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods. I also have a couple more kimchi recipes on my blog (here’s one).
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I adore making homemade gifts for family and friends during the holiday season. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites in this post.

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For gift giving, homemade candies are always a hit and they keep really well…the same can be said of my body scrubs and bath salts. And of course, cookies and granola make yummy gifts, too. I personally like to pack up samples of a few different things in little boxes or glass jars and give folks a small bag of my goodies. Hanukkah was very early this year so I’ve missed the boat on that, but I will probably be sharing a few more homemade gift ideas here in the weeks to come so look out for those.

These marshmallows are SO good. I’ve been mini-fying them and putting them in hot cocoa. Yum.

homemade marshmallows |

This Spiced Pumpkin Granola is delicious. I need to make a big batch stat.

spiced pumpkin granola |

Boozy Candied Kumquats with Vanilla Bean…need I say more?


These Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies made with fair-trade chocolate are a favorite of mine this time of year.

chewy chocolate mint cookies |

These grain-free thumbprint cookies are crazy easy to make and a great way to put homemade jam (or lemon curd or nutella) to use.

grain-free thumbprint cookies |

Candied orange peels are really tasty, and they’re even better when you dip them in chocolate.

candied orange peels |

Body scrubs are easy to make and they are fun to give away. This tangerine sugar one is really lovely.

homemade sugar scrubs |

Super easy-to-throw-together bath salts are a great last-minute gift.

homemade bath salts | www.healthygreenkitchen

Here are a few more homemade gift ideas:

Pear Liqueur
Nutty Olive Oil Granola
Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Caramel Popcorn with Rosemary
Preserved Meyer Lemons
Homemade Body Scrub
Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub
Jam Filled Bow-Tie Cookies

Now, because not everyone has the time or desire to do the homemade gift thing, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway! It’s for a $500 gift card. You can use it to buy anything you want or need…you can keep what you buy or give it away! You will find the details about the giveaway, and the widget for entering, below.This giveaway is now over.

This giveaway will be open from today (Friday December 6th, 2013) through Wednesday December 11th 2013 at 11:59pm EST. You must be 18 years old to enter and you must live in the USA. One winner will receive a $500 gift card to Amazon.

Please be sure to check out the blogs of my fellow bloggers who with me are sponsoring this giveaway!

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Ari’s Menu | Yeah…Imma Eat That | The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman | Tasty Yummies | Real Food Whole Health | Texanerin Baking | Beard and Bonnet | With Food + Love | So…Let’s Hang Out | Running to the Kitchen

After months and months of writing, and then months and months of waiting, my book One Simple Change is now available for purchase!

One Simple Change | Healthy Green Kitchen

One Simple Change is like me: it’s small but it’s packed with information :) In it, you’ll find many, many practical tips for improving your health (and the health of our planet, as well) laid out in an easy-to-follow format. The book is about making small changes, one step at a time, so you can feel great about yourself and your life. It’s based on my own experiences, my education, and lots and lots of research: there are pages and pages of references. And while it’s not a cookbook, but there are 15 of my favorite recipes in the book, too.

One Simple Change will make a great gift this holiday season! I sincerely hope that you will read the book and that you find it to be useful. I also hope you will recommend it to others. Thank you for your support!

You can buy One Simple Change on and other online retailers as of today, but if online shopping is not your thing, please look for the book at your local independent bookseller. If they do not already have plans to carry the book, I’d very much appreciate you asking them to do so. Again, thank you so much for your support.