Homemade Organic Popsicles

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Organic popsicles…yes, I said it…that are bright colors, easy to make and full of ooey, gooey yumminess!

Ready for the super specific recipe? Here goes!

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Fish & Garbanzo Bean Burgers

These burgers are the best meal I’ve made for my family in weeks! This is a good thing since we’ve been getting sick of the same old fish recipes, and since we eat fish or vegetarian meals 5 times a week I am excited to find another fantastic recipe!

Fish & Garbanzo Bean Burgers
Cooking spray
1 lb fillet of tilapia
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
1 cup canned white beans
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
Whole grain buns or bread

Romaine lettuce
Tomato slices
Tartar sauce

1.  Preheat oven to 375°F. Spritz baking pan with cooking spray and add fish. Season with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Bake until flaky, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove fish from oven; leave oven on.

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Healthy & Eco-Friendly Bake Off

For a treat tonight we made berry-licious smoothies with the girls. While making them I told them a “story” (they listen better to what I have to say when it starts with “once upon a time” and includes a few princess references) to go along with what we were doing. I told them how what we were making was really food for our bodies and would give us tons of energy. I also let them know the berries came from the local farmers market last year (I bought and froze TONS of berries) and why it is so important to buy from local farmers.

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Maranatha Nut Butters & Yoga Prize Package Give Away

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Heather Dunham recently wrote in praise of Maranatha Nut Butters… our family agrees that these fabulous spreads are worthy of praise, and we are pleased to offer a GIVE AWAY from MaraNatha (pronounced “mare-uh-Nah-thuh”).

I’m thrilled that not only are these nut butters produced in the United States and are in NO WAY related to any peanut butter recalls from PCA, but also that the MaraNatha Nut Butter Company facility is right here in Oregon (you may recall reading about Ashland and low vaccine rates on ECP).

Here is some information provided by MaraNatha about the Peanut Butter Recall and why we should continue to consume safe nut butters: (Stay with us after the jump for the GIVE AWAY) [Read more...]

Cookbook Review: Vegetarian Cooking for Mommies

Vegetarian Cooking for MommiesVEGETARIAN COOKING for Mommies is an aesthetically pleasing book, as you can tell by the cover, by Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian. The focus of this vegetarian cookbook is making fruits and vegetables the “star” of your meals.

Whether a dedicated vegan or serving an occasional vegetarian meal, this book offers over 60 healthy and delicious alternatives to “store bought” fare.

There are so many reasons that women (and men) should be vegetarian or eat a mostly vegetarian diet (I admire those folks who practice animal husbandry, as I could never butcher an animal and eat it).  From the environmental impact of cutting meat from your diet to the health benefits, VEGETARIAN COOKING for Mommies makes it easy to go veggie.

I love how the recipes in VEGETARIAN COOKING for Mommies are organized:

  1. 5 Minute Prep
  2. Quick Prep
  3. Advanced
  4. Vegan
  5. Dairy

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Black Bean Brownies Recipe

chocolate brownie

With the recent scare of mercury in high fructose corn syrup many parents are worrying about the foods they have been feeding their children. Sweet snacks and treats are large concerns as they often contain a large amount of the potentially dangerous substance. Many parents are now looking for alternative foods they can feel comfortable giving their children. Companies that do not use high fructose corn syrup in their foods, such as Newman’s Own Organics, are becoming even more popular due to this new health risk.

However, parents can go an extra step and choose to make their own treats rather than buy prepackaged foods. Not only is this healthier and often less risky, it also cuts out the negative effects of packaging and transportation. One favorite healthy treat in my house is Black Bean Brownies.

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Ethnic Cookbooks for Kids: Traveling the World, One Recipe at a Time

Teach your kids to cook ethnic food with their own cookbookI can’t say that I love to cook, but my daughter does.  When we gave her Honest Pretzels for her first cookbook, she did not put it down for days.  The possibilities of preparing food were very exciting to her, that’s why when I discovered another cookbook for kids that focuses on international cuisine, I knew my seven-year-old daughter would love it!

Handstand Kids doesn’t just offer a cookbook, but it is a kit.  Each cookbook introduces kids to one country and comes with a cooking accessory. The first book in the series focuses on Italy and comes with a chef’s hat and cookbook packed in a pizza box. The Mexican kit comes in a plastic tortilla bag along with an oven mitt, and has been named Toy Directory’s Top Toy of 2008.  The recipes are not vegetarian like Honest Pretzels; however, most of them can be adapted and they are all natural.  I can’t wait to try the Wedding Cookies and Mexican Hot Chocolate (can you tell I have a sweet tooth?). Personally, I would prefer the Mexican kit came in something other than a plastic bag. [Read more...]

Grandma Kate's Pumpkin Bread Recipe (the perfect, affordable present for friends, teachers and colleagues)

Notice I didn’t saw low fat. Or low sugar. Or healthy.

I’m talking sweet, delicious pumpkin bread with a buttery, pretty glaze on top.

I don’t really bake. But this recipe is handed down to me by my mom, who also doesn’t really bake. And if she can do it, so can I. My mom bakes dozens of these loaves of pumpkin bread and freezes them. Then she hands them out to friends and colleagues in the days before Christmas. She is famous for this, and folks look forward to her pumpkin bread with great anticipation. And I get to imagine her as domestic for a mere moment, but then the image is gone.

So I am trying it this year. It is a nice affordable present for people, one they are bound to enjoy. It’s not from Wal-Mart. Not imported from China, at the Christmas Tree Shop for 2.99. It’s straight from Grandma Kate (minus the shortening) to your kitchen, friends and family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. And your kids can help you make it. Check out the picture of my oldest stirring the batter.

(It is much better to double this recipe. You’ll want two loaves anyway, and then you don’t have to worry about using up the rest of a can of pumpkin.)

Grandma Kate’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe
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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Organic Cashew Golden Gravy

cashewsI never understood gravy as a child.  My grandmother’s gravy didn’t have much flavor and was lumpy. I was always grossed out by the innards and turkey juices used to make it. Needless to say, when you make tofu turkey from scratch, as we do every year, there really aren’t juices to make the gravy from, so here is our recipe:

Vegan Cashew Golden Gravy

Saute in oil:

  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 onion

In a separate fry pan, preferably a cast iron skillet, lightly toast. Stir often and be careful not to burn the flour:

  • 1/3 cup organic flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 1/3 cup ground organic cashews (easy to grind in the blender)

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Ben and Jerry's Breast Milk Ice Cream?

Fictional FlavorIce cream made from breast milk would benefit both cows and humans, according to a letter sent from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream:

If Ben and Jerry’s replaced the cow’s milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.

Using cow’s milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer’s health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America’s leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow’s milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America’s number one cause of death.

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Dad Does Dessert: A Recipe for Nuttiness

Rolled OatsI like dessert. Especially if it’s quick and easy and healthy… We don’t eat it every day, but some days just call for dessert.

This recipe is an all-time favorite at our house, and it has many variations, depending on what ingredients we have. It’s great for the summer, because it doesn’t require cooking and won’t heat up your kitchen. It also makes awesome travel, backpacking, or biking food, kinda like a home-made energy bar. [Read more...]

Vegan Kid-Friendly Recipes: Super Easy Cucumber and Pumpernickel Bread Hors d'Oeuvres

I live mini pumpernickel bread, but I have had a hard time finding it without preservatives. I have tried making it, but it never turns out the same. During a recent trip to San Francisco, I was excited to find natural pumpernickel cocktail loaves at Whole Foods, although they were not organic. I bought a couple of loaves, and we made vegan cucumber and pumpernickel hors d’oeuvres for my daughter’s last day of school celebration. This recipe is so easy that I am not even sure it qualifies as a recipe since there is no cooking involved. My daughter was able to help me make them, and they quickly disappeared at the school party.

Super Easy Vegan Cucumber and Pumpernickel Bread Hors d’Oeuvres

Ingredients:

  • Cocktail pumpernickel bread
  • Sliced organic cucumber (leave the skins on!)

Healthy First Birthday Cake

birthday-cake.jpgParents are often looking for a healthy alternative to the standard, sugary, preservative-filled birthday cake for their baby’s introduction to the wonderful traditions of birthdays. We’ve heard from parents looking for ways to buy an egg-free cake, to those seeking recipes for “healthy” cakes, or even whether to make/buy two cakes (one for Here are some ideas that keep the tradition of the birthday cake treat, but add some healthy twists (you can use these ideas for any age!): Egg-free: If your baby has not been introduced to whole eggs by their first birthday, this is probably not the occasion to give them a try. Many egg substitutes contain eggs, so to be safe, look for cake and frosting mixes labeled “vegan” which are free of all animal products. You’ll need to go to a health food store to find these products. Or jump on the Internet, Vegan Baker is one company that offers cake and frosting mixes. If baking is not for you, many urban cities also have vegan bakeries too – check the Yellow Pages or ask someone at a vegetarian restaurant. [Read more...]

Organic, Vegan Blueberry Oat Muffins

blueberries-1.jpgMy children dearly love muffins, especially making them. They like to pour the ingredients into the bowl and put the unbleached muffin cups into to our stoneware muffin pans.When it comes to putting the batter into the cups, I have to admit that I am a bit of a control freak and don’t let my children help, but then the aroma of baking muffins fills the kitchen, and soon we are rewarded for our cooking efforts.This recipe is super simple, vegan, and best when made with organic ingredients. It is adapted from the cookbook The Garden of Vegan.Organic, Vegan Blueberry Oat Muffins Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine: