Homemade Pear Liqueur

If you really want to get into the fall spirit(s), try this simple homemade pear liqueur recipe. The hardest part is the wait!

Tara’s Fig and Ginger Cluster Granola

I have shared many granola recipes here on the blog over the years, but it’s been quite a while since I made a new batch. I’ve even caved and bought granola from the supermarket a few times recently …gasp! But homemade granola really is much tastier in my opinion, and with milk or yogurt, it’s truly one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast or for a snack. So I figured it was high time to get my act together and make some more.

fig and ginger cluster granola | healthy green kitchen

This recipe, from Tara O’Brady’s new book Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day, is a definite keeper. It’s clumpy, nutty, sweet, and a wee bit spicy (from the ginger), and I love it. I’ve been eating it topped with all sorts of fresh berries including local strawberries, gooseberries from my garden, and black raspberries from my yard.

fig and ginger cluster granola | healthy green kitchen

Though I don’t personally know Tara, I have admired her work from afar for years (feast your eyes on her cakes!!!). Her photos, both on her blog and in this cookbook, are exquisite, as her writing. So far, I have read and cooked almost exclusively from the Breads and Breakfast chapter: I look forward to making my way through more of Tara’s stories and recipes.

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Fresh Vegetable Juice #SAVEITSUNDAY

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 am a really big fan of fresh juice. I don’t drink it every day or anything (nor do I engage in juice fasting), but I’m always happy when I do get the juicer out to make a nourishing drink. I enjoy all sorts of fruit and vegetable combinations (depending on what I happen to have in the refrigerator): I even included a chapter on fresh juice in my book.

Carrots and beets are both root vegetables and they are both quite sturdy (meaning: they keep extremely well). It is because of this sturdiness that I wanted to highlight them this month, since my #SAVEITSUNDAY posts are all about being mindful of “loving food more to waste it less”.

Carrots and beets can last for up to a month if you store them correctly: it’s best to keep them unpeeled (remove the tops if they are part of a bunch) in the refrigerator. The folks at Glad recommend placing the unpeeled carrots and/or beets in a large plastic bag (such as a zipper quart or gallon-size bag) and squeezing as much air as possible out of the bag when sealing. They’ll then do best in the crisper drawer. (To learn more about the best ways to prepare and store your produce, please visit Glad’s Food Storage Protection Pointers.)

carrot, beet, apple juice | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

It’s Valentine’s Day…why not make fresh vegetable juice for yourself or someone you love? Not just today, but any day? It’s an excellent way to bump up the amount of raw foods in your diet and each glass is extremely nutrient dense. Plus, this juice has such a lovely hue thanks to the inclusion of beet.

What about all the pulp, though…the fibrous by-product of juicing? We don’t want to waste that, right? Well, The Kitchn’s got you covered with 7 ideas for its use, Vegetarian Times has 20 suggestions for using pulp, and here’s a whole Pinterest board dedicated to not wasting the pulp when you juice.

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One Simple Change News + A Recipe for Kimchi

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 Amazon.com. None. Again…I can’t believe it.

(My publisher is printing more books and they will be back in stock at Amazon.com 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 :)

kimchi

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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The Benefits of Juicing (Plus a Green Juice Recipe)

juiced greens

Welcome to Week 12 of One Simple Change: my year-long series of holistic lifestyle tips! Today I want to follow up on my discussion of Healthy Drinks and talk about the benefits of juicing. I also want to share a favorite green juice recipe with you. I have been drinking fresh juice on and off … Read more