Monday, May 9th, 2016

Swiss Chard Salad – A Thing of Beauty – Inspired by Hegia in France

Organice swiss chard salad. Simple and full of flavor.

Organice swiss chard salad. Simple and full of flavor.

I was watching a show featuring renowned chef, Arnaud Daguin, at his Michelin rated guest house in Basque country. As I hung onto every word and scene of beauty, I picked up a great tip for swiss chard (and promised myself that someday I would visit his place, Hegia).

This is food porn to me.

This is food porn to me.

Chef Arnaud said that cooking the chard stems would degrade their gorgeous color so he set to thinly slicing them. I loved the idea and happened to have a bunch of organic swiss chard from the farmer’s market with which I was trying to decide what to do.

So, that’s what I did with my salad.

Once I thinly sliced the stems, I found myself thinly slicing the entire thing. I tossed them in a bowl with pinch of icelandic sea salt, a scoop of thinly sliced, homemade pickled cucumbers, and a quick drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. The fresh green flavor of the swiss chard was gently front and center, supported by bites of spice from my pickled cucumbers, and the olive oil smoothed everything out.

Tres magnifique!

Similar Posts:

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

I Get So Excited At The Farmers’ Market – My Food Porn

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, gluten free, Kristen Suzanne, paleo
I can't take my eyes off these beauties.

I can’t take my eyes off these beauties.

I know I’m probably a bit weird, though I know I can’t be totally alone, when I say that I get super excited at the farmers’ market. Seeing all of that fresh organic produce, quite frankly, makes me want to pee my pants. (I’m the same in a bookstore.)

You’re probably not surprised though, after I shared with you how I can’t get enough of scratch cooking. It’s my passion.

This past week, I was particularly smitten by those gorgeous carrots you see above.

And, then there was this purple sweet potato that I had to cut into wedges and roast with ghee, garlic, rosemary, spices, and sea salt.

Purple sweet potato wedges, roasted.

Purple sweet potato wedges, roasted.

So good.

I’m happy.

Similar Posts:

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Recipe: Lavender Rose Almond Milk (Raw Vegan)

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

I was inspired to make this beautiful floral almond milk.

It was so simple… I had some almonds soaking to make a raw vegan almond milk. I grabbed my jars of organic dried lavender and rose petals. (I bought the lavender and rose from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

It was really easy.

I soaked the raw organic almonds overnight, and then let them sprout a bit the next day.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

I put them in my Vita-Mix high-speed blender with a bunch of my favorite spring water, Castle Rock Water. It was my first time using spring water in my nut milk. I also added a pinch of sea salt.

At this point I added a couple hefty 3-finger pinches of the lavender and then of the rose petals.

I blended this beautiful concoction for about a minute.

I strained out the milk.

Now… I’m enjoying it.

Where's my coffee and gluten free granola?

Where’s my coffee and gluten free granola?


Similar Posts:

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie. I Love Fat.

A "healthy" green smoothie.

A “healthy” green smoothie.

This delightfully fatty and low carb smoothie is a regular in my life. Who would’ve guessed that people would start going all gaga over fat?

The day has come. Fat is a star (healthy fats, of course).

You should make this smoothie.

It’s amped with nutrition… check it out.

  • Broccoli sprouts. Those are powerful.
  • Ginger —> anti-inflammatory.
  • Avocado is fiber, fat, nutrients, and helps us absorb the other nutrients in the smoothie.
  • Spring water is a no-brainer for me these days. I finally bought into that whole thing. Literally. I ordered a pallet of it.
  • Cucumber is hydrating and good for the skin.
  • Celery is tasty and has potassium and folate.
  • Lime is fun. (vitamin c, bioflavonoids, etc)

Go make one!

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie

  • 1 to 1/2 cups spring water (I like Castle Rock)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Lime (peel and all)
  • Avocado (no peel… or pit)
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli Sprouts!

Blend it up in a Vita-mix (<– A Vita-mix is worth the hefty price tag – I’ve had mine forever).

Similar Posts:

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Simplicity from The Tao of Daily Life Inspires Watermelon and Ginger Essential Oil Elixir

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

In my search for a more calm life, I find myself immersed in books and teachings of the Tao.

While reading this week from the book The Tao of Daily Life (<— it’s so good), I came across the story of Empress Tz’u-hsi and the teaching of simplicity.

Essentially, the story told that if Empress Tz’u-hsi wished to experience the joy of simplicity, she had to reduce complexity in her life.

I took that to heart. So often I’m making recipes and adding a little of this and a little of that… then more of something else, and more of something like that. The result can be good, but the process elaborate and time intensive. And, sometimes, the individual simple flavors cease to shine as they become muddled and mixed with everything else.

I was inspired to make a watermelon elixir where I blended watermelon with only one other ingredient: Living Libations Ginger Root Essential Oil. (<— the best essential oils)

The result was a delicious marriage where I effortlessly experienced both flavors, two of my favorites: watermelon and ginger. The drink was beautifully pink and vibrantly refreshing. It taught me that, yes, some things (probably most, in fact) are better left simpler.

I’m eager to apply this to other areas of my life outside of the kitchen. It bears repeating that The Tao of Daily Life is great. It’s one of my favorite books right now.

Similar Posts:

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Guacamole: “This Shit Is TOO Easy!” (Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, flax, gluten free, MCT oil, paleo, recipe, vegan
Guacamole - such an easy lunch.

Guacamole – such an easy lunch.

I whipped up some organic guacamole on Sunday for lunch. As I was making it with lightening speed I was reminded of the funny movie White Men Can’t Jump where they’re running around exclaiming, “This shit is too easy!”

Guacamole is that for me. Easy.

My guacamole always includes some garlic powder because it adds depth. <– That’s one of my guacamole secrets. 

I also use cilantro (super healthy and flavorful – sometimes I even add one drop of coriander essential oil from the one and only Living Libations).

I also add organic ground coriander (I prefer it’s brightening floral-ness over cumin).

Of course there is chopped organic green onion, diced celery, sea salt, superfood vinegar, and I usually add some Brain Octane to energize my brain and lubricate it up nicely (lube up the guacamole, that is).

Read More »

Similar Posts:

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

(Recipe) Chocolate Coconut Cookies (almost paleo, gluten-free, oat-free)

Chocolate Protein Cookies (almost paleo)

Chocolate Protein Cookies (almost paleo)

One of my favorite cookies from childhood is a no-bake cookie. Over the years I’ve tried to make a Kristen-approved version that I can enjoy without a second thought, but honestly… I always fail.

Sure my cookies meet my high health standards, but do they remotely resemble no-bake cookies? Nope. I don’t even try anymore. They really need peanut butter to make that ol’ no-bake cookie flavor, but I can’t bring myself to buy peanut butter.

That said, my Chocolate Coconut Cookies are so good(!) and they don’t need to be baked. They have vitamin E rich sunflower seeds, they’re full of texture and flavor, and they have ample protein and fat. They’re pretty much paleo if you don’t mind a bit of butter (you could substitute some delicious grass-fed ghee if you wanted, or coconut oil).

Read More »

Similar Posts:

Monday, July 20th, 2015

(Recipe) Qi and Jing Boosting Elixir


Qi and Jing Elixir #TCM

Qi and Jing Elixir #TCM

If you’ve ever heard of David Wolfe, then you know his latest passion is talking about the importance of eating colorful foods and, more specifically, what those different colors (and those colors’ shapes!) can mean for your health.

For example, I recently heard an interview where he discussed how eating orange foods can offer anti-inflammatory compounds, consuming green foods can offer detoxing and liver benefits, red foods are prized for energy, blood, and qi (pronounced chee) health, and black foods are associated with adrenal/kidney health and jing.

I dig it.

Read More »

Similar Posts:

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

(Recipe) Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Eating healthy is what I do.

It matters to me because, well, I like to feel good. Who doesn’t?

I want to live a looooong time, too. I still have a lot to do in life. I mean, like, have you seen my skills bucket list for bad-ass-ed-ness?

At the risk of being obvious I’ll state that a key to living a long time (and feeling well, too) is eating healthy (and exercising and meditating, but let’s keep this post focused on the food part or we’ll be here all day). One way to accomplish healthy eating is getting fresh organic produce in your diet.

Enter: Green Smoothies… with smart ingredients.

Today, I’m adding an ingredient that you might not have tried in your green smoothie.

Read More »

Similar Posts:

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Recipe: The Lazy Flax Bars

The Lazy Flax Bar - Vegetarian treat.

The Lazy Flax Bar – Vegetarian treat.

I can’t say exactly why, but I’m drawn to flax seeds lately. More specifically, ground flax.

When an article offering me 70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed arrived in my inbox, I knew it was destiny: eat some flax.

As a result, I whipped up these bars and, well, they’re awesome. They’ll satisfy any sweet tooth, as well as make any momma proud to serve these to her family (after she gobbles up a couple of them herself, of course).

Why call them The Lazy Flax Bars? 

Well. I entered the kitchen to make these with crazy ambition to make Flax Balls. But, as I mixed up the recipe and saw the amount of “dough” being created, I quickly abandoned the idea of rolling out a gazillion balls. Read: I’m lazy.

Um, I quickly pressed them into a baking dish.

Therefore, these are ridiculously easy to make. They’ll freeze well if you want to save half for another day.

The Lazy Flax Bars are full of some good ingredients, including flax seeds. <– Good for your boobs.

(Tip: Buy flax seeds “whole” and grind them before using to receive the optimal nutrition.)

I also included Brain Octane oil, which is optional. <– Good for the brain.

I added dark chocolate chips. <– Good for the brain and heart, and let’s not forget our souls.)

Oh, there’s raw honey in there. <– Magical stuff. Nuff’ said.

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor, give her a whirl. Done.

Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.

Ridiculously easy treat made with your food processor.

The Lazy Flax Bars

Yield 8×8 glass dish (call it 16 + bars)

  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup dark, fair-trade chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons MCT oil, optional
  • Good pinch sea salt
  1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it is of a texture that holds together when you squeeze some with your fingers.
  2. Press into an 8X8 glass baking dish. Enjoy as is or with full-fat grass-fed yogurt or ice cream.

Similar Posts: