spring

Greens,greens, greens!

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Juices, spring, Vegetables | 0 comments

Spring has sprung and with it comes greens! As a working mom, I know exactly how challenging it is to find ways to make greens appealing to the kids (sometimes for everyone!). Here’s a few tips that have made it a bit easier for me. - Wash your greens (collards, kale, swiss chard etc.) before you store them. I even go so far as to prep them – remove ribs, stems etc. This way they’re always ready to go. Sometimes it’s the cleaning and prep in the middle of a busy meal that makes them the most difficult. - Add greens (especially chard, spinach and kale) to soups. My whole family loves soup. It’s easy to prep ahead if you want, and they are...

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Finding Peace

Posted on May 31, 2012 in Kid Friendly, Meat, Salad, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, spring, Vegetables | 0 comments

Finding Peace

I’m still glowing from the peace and relaxation of a long weekend. It’s really amazing what good weather, a three day weekend, and time with friends and family can do for your spirit. I was able to take a few quick little naps here and there, do some planting, and spend time with people I love – it just doesn’t get much better than that. I am so seasonally affected. The sunshine and summer-like weather seems to be breathing new life into my mind and my perspective. It’s such a good reminder to build time into our busy lives to just relax, enjoy, and be. I am taking a much fresher, relaxed and light approach to cooking it seems as well. Lots...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Posted on May 25, 2012 in Meat, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup, spring, Vegetables | 0 comments

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I am finishing up a really interesting book The Everlasting Meal by Tamara Adler. It’s a very different approach to cooking and I’ve been inspired by some of the tips, thoughts and approaches to cooking. You will see her style of “beginning from where you are with whatever you have” in many of the dishes this week. Her cooking encourages using all the parts and not wasting anything – because it all has flavor and value and because it’s economical. It’s a bit of a theme in our home – we’re trying out composting right now. The jury is still out on the composting, but Adler’s approach is a winner. It’s fun,...

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The Curve

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Casseroles, Poultry, Salad, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup, spring | 0 comments

The Curve

I’m a planner. There are some days when the planning is the only reason I survive the day. And one of the best practices in the Nourish kitchen is to do some planning and prepping ahead of time whenever you can in order to make it that much more possible to sit down and have a meal together. I’m the first to encourage a meal plan, an hour or so of roasting or dicing or freezing on the weekend, or a double batch of this or that to save for later. I’m also a working mom and wife; with that comes many a curve in the road. It’s at that curve that we have the opportunity to lean into the change and maybe express a little of that creative side that gets...

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What a difference the sun makes

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Salad, seasonal recipes, spring, Vegetables | 0 comments

What a difference the sun makes

Haas avocado , Valencia oranges, strawberries, red grapefruit, bananas, turnips radishes, fennel, baby leeks, bok choi, red mustard, Swiss chard, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers,  heirloom tomatoes, sprouts, lettuce, fennel, purple kale,sorrel, beet, parsley, arugula, naval oranges, lemons. We are finally seeing some sun for the first time in many days. The sluggishness is moving out and being replaced with a lightness and joy. When the sun starts warming my skin and the grass below my feet I run to the barbecue. It’s still cold once that sun starts to fade and the (Super) Moon appears, but it’s nice to pretend like it’s summer. We eat outside with...

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There’s just too much goodness

Posted on May 4, 2012 in Kid Friendly, Pasta, Poultry, Salad, seasonal recipes, Sides, spring, Vegetables | 0 comments

There’s just too much goodness

This week’s post will be all about some of my favorite ways to use this week’s Spring bounty….there’s just so much goodness to go around! Avocado ,Valencia oranges, strawberries, red grapefruit, mango, peppers, carrots, beets, Swiss chard or bok choi,  heirloom tomatoes,  lettuce, shallots, arugula or cilantro, red potatoes, broccoli, red leaf lettuce, baby spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, mustard greens, turnip, basil or dill, oro blanco grapefruit, navel oranges, radishes, sprouts, strawberries. Oh My!   Sunday    Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Mustard Chicken This is definitely a meal fit for a Sunday dinner. It’s more...

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