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    • Happy Holiday Season (recipe)

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    •  11/27/2010 10:06:38 AM
    •    I hope everyone had a great weekend filled with family and friends. I know I have enjoyed  myself, maybe a little too much. I still have days (sometimes weeks) where I struggle to find that balance of eating well and not beating myself up over the little things. I'm a work in progress :) This year I hosted Thanksgiving (as I do most years) I had big plans to go all vegan-ish, maybe even try the tofurky..... I chickened (ha chicken) out. I had family members scared to eat at my house because of the weird food I might be serving!! It's still funny to me that eating actual REAL food is some how scary, but opening a box of whatever with ingredients you cannot pronounce seems safer? How did our nation get so mixed up?  Anyhow back to my weekend,  I made a very tiny turkey, 4lb to be exact. It was great for the guests. I went with traditional sides adding a few extra green side dishes for myself. No one noticed that I didn't eat the turkey and all was well.  Then the dessert.. pies pies pies and more pies with ice cream and of course whipped topping right .... wrong!! I made the BEST dessert, it was satisfying and no one complained! Hooray! 

       Orchard Delight




      8-10 Large apples (any type, a variety is best)

      1/4 cup or less sugar

      1-2 TBSP cinnamon

      optional: our RAW granola  or any granola of your choice


      Wash, core and chop the apples. Place them in a crockpot.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. 

      Cover and cook:  4 hour high or 8 hours on low. Serve warm.

      Sprinkle with granola and fresh chopped apples.  Serve warm with rice or soy vanilla ice cream! 


      It was a hit at my house, I think some people topped it with caramel as well.

      Happy Holidays! I'd love you to send my any holiday recipe ideas. 



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    • Curry Cilantro Lime Cauliflower

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    •  11/23/2010 11:47:04 AM
    • Cauliflower... YUM! The often forgot about CRUCIFEROUS veggie. I am thrilled to remind you that is it full of ANITOXIDANTS, CANCER-FIGHTING, and HEART HEALTHY powers!! Cauliflower is a close cousin to kale and broccoli, chock full of folate and luteins. Even I have left cauliflower out, because its not bright green, I just forget how wonderful it is.

      I was flipping through Whole Living magazine and was delighted to find a new recipes all about it cauliflower. I love taking their ideas and changing it up a bit. This one is a hit at my house, I love anything with curry!

      Curry Cilantro Lime Cauliflower:   

      Preheat oven to 450 degrees



      1 head of cauliflower

      1/2 bunch of cilantro

      1/2 lime

      1 TBSP curry powder (more or less to taste)

      2-3 TBSP olive oil

      Sea salt and pepper to taste


      Cut cauliflower head crosswise, into 1 inch thick slices. Place them flat on to a rimmed baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle curry powder, sea salt, and pepper to taste. Place in oven and bake for about 15minutes, until golden brown. Then flip them carefully and continuing baking for another 10-12minutes. Top finished cauliflower with fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro leaves. Serve warm.


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    • Quick kale tips

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    •  11/12/2010 9:58:45 PM
    • Lately I have been getting bored with my nightly steamed Kale, which means I end up skipping it. Not good! The last few nights I have tried some new things and LOVED them! I had to share.


      Dinosaur Kale with Leeks and Peppers


       Tonight I steamed my kale as usual, then I sprinkled it lightly with garlic and onion powder, then a bit a dried oregano. It was delicious! Be careful with the garlic, too much will ruin it.

      A few days ago, I had left over Butternut squash and carrot soup that I poured over a big bowl of steamed broccoli and kale, it was a delightful change. 

      I am having fun finding new ways to enjoy my greens!  I would love any other suggestions. Feel free to share :)



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    • Studies confirm grilled chicken (PhIP) breast cancer culprit! (lawsuit moves fwd)

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    •  11/5/2010 9:19:26 PM
    •   I just got this email Wedneday from PCRM and had to share:


      California Court to Grill McDonald’s about Cancer-Causing Chemical in Chicken




      grilled chickenA California lawsuit against McDonald’s and five other chains is moving forward. The restaurants will go to trial for serving grilled chicken containing a cancer-causing compound.

      Last week, the California Supreme Court rejected the fast-food chains’ petition for review. That decision means the case, in which PCRM is the plaintiff, could soon proceed to trial.

      In independent laboratory tests commissioned by PCRM, 100 grilled chicken items from McDonald’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, and TGI Friday’s were all found to contain PhIP, one of a group of carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs).

      PCRM’s lawsuit was filed under California’s Proposition 65, which states that consumers must be warned about products that contain known carcinogens. If PCRM prevails, fast-food chains will be compelled to post warnings in their California restaurants alerting customers to the presence of PhIP in grilled chicken.

      The court’s decision comes just as a study in the October issue of the journal Toxicology confirms that PhIP is a potent breast cancer culprit not only because of its ability to damage DNA, but also because it exhibits hormonal activity. The scientists conclude that PhIP could increase the likelihood that breast cancer cells already present will become metastatic, worsening existing disease.

      PhIP and other HCAs are formed from the creatinine, amino acids, and sugar found in muscle tissue, and are produced by long cooking times and hot temperatures. As mutagens, HCAs can bind directly to DNA and cause mutations—the first step in cancer development. The National Institutes of Health has identified PhIP as carcinogenic, as have the state of California and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

      Burger King has settled the lawsuit and posted warning signs in its California restaurants. PCRM filed a separate lawsuit against KFC, which also sells grilled chicken that has tested positive for PhIP.

      Learn more about the dangers of PhIP and fast food at"


      Hello, did it just say this "study in the October issue of the journal Toxicology confirms that PhIP is a potent breast cancer culprit not only because of its ability to damage DNA, but also because it exhibits hormonal activity"??? This should be on the front page of every newspaper in the country! Why isn't this front page news? How many people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and probably never know, or ever be told about this study? Why are cancer centers not sharing this info with patients?

      This is of course a subject close to my heart, but even for those who don't have cancer in the family, I would think want the right to at least know this stuff. Go PCRM! Can't wait to see the signs up all over CA. Now what about the rest of the country? Hopefully people will start to take notice?



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