Posted: 27 Jan 2014 01:45 PM PST
The internet abounds with food blogs. So much so that it can be overwhelming. Like in any supermarket which is full of products you don't need, there is a lot of blogs, website, etc. claiming to offer you "healthy options". However, for all the bad food blogs out there, there are plenty of good ones, and in a world where more and more people are focused on eating better, buying local foods and cooking seasonally, there's a plethora of conscious eating inspiration.
Need some help navigating? Luckily Organic Authority rounded up some of their favorite conscious food blogs, in no particular order:
Who should read it: Anyone who believes that regular oatmeal is boring.
Who should read it: Anyone that thinks healthy food is boring.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.
Who should read it: Those wondering how they are going to convince their significant other to go vegetarian.
Who should read it: Anyone that needs a vegetarian resource but doesn't want to buy another cookbook.
Who should read it: Those pining away for the Nordic lands but want to keep using chia seeds.
Who should read it: Anyone that has ever gone on a farmers market shopping spree and ended up with too many vegetables.
Coconut Sweet Potato Cookies).
Who should read it: The person who wants a t-shirt with the sentence "eat well, eat often" on it.
Who should read it: Anyone who has ever thought of pairing beets and grapefruits.
Black Bean Brownies and a lot of things that can be made with ingredients you probably have hanging around the house.
Who should read it: The cheapskate foodie who doesn't want to look like one.
Who should read it: Anyone that has sworn off buying another cookbook ever again. But still wants another one.
[via Organic Authority]
Posted: 27 Jan 2014 09:30 AM PST
Prepackaged meals. we all try to avoid them, but actually may end up with a few in the cupboard. While they aren't too pricy, a majority of the ingredient list is more than a little concerning. Hydrogenated this, hydrolyzed that. And the sodium content? Sheesh. Looking at the nutrition label of a popular boxed meal, and one serving of the stuff will give you 770mg of sodium. An adult's daily intake is usually more than sufficient at 1,500mg—most of us don't even need that much.
As always, we aim to provide you with recipes and meal idea made from locally sourced, organic ingredients, using what you already have in your pantry. In the long run, it's less expensive and the nourishment value is much higher than in prepackaged meals. So, if you're in search of a way to steer clear of putting your money towards meals that come in a box and don't last very long, here are a few that you can make yourself.
BreadsticksThis recipe is referred to as "Breadsticks," and while it does make amazing breadsticks, it can also be used to make pizza, calzones, dinner braids, or a quick loaf of bread. If you master this simple recipe, you will never have to buy one of trans fat tubes of dough again.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Combine 1 tablespoon yeast, 1 ½ cup warm water, ½ teaspoon sugar. Let them rise and set on top of your stove; it's getting warm, which makes for an ideal place for the yeast to get going.
Once the yeast is bubbly, add 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and about 3 cups of flour—or a little more if needed—just enough to make a nice, soft dough. (It shouldn't be sticking to the bowl or your hands.)
Take your ball of dough out of your mixing bowl, grease the bowl, and put the dough back in. Cover the bowl with a damp towel, and place it back on the stove.
Let it rise for ten minutes.
Now, on a floured surface, roll the dough out until it's about ½ inch thick. With a pizza cutter, cut into 4×2-inch strips. Dip the strips into melted butter, then place them on a baking sheet. Let them rise for 15 minutes, then bake them for 12-14 minutes.
BrowniesNo need to buy a mix when you've got cocoa powder on hand. You can make several batches of brownies for the cost of one mix.
For a family of four, cutting the recipe in half is just about perfect; there's enough for dinner and for a few leftovers for the next day, and you can save the rest of the ingredients for another batch later on.
Chicken Pasta SaladStir together:
Roasted Red Pepper HummusIn a food processor, blend the following:
Sidenote: while throwing everything into the blender makes a good hummus, mixing everything else – the tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and oil — and then blending it in with the beans makes it even better.
Cheese and Broccoli SoupIn a large microwavable bowl, melt 6 tablespoons butter, then add 4 tablespoons flour and 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon; stir well.
Return to microwave for 1 minute, then whisk in 4 cups milk.
Return to microwave for 18 minutes or until thick; stop and stir every 4 minutes.
Add one jar of Cheez Wiz and stir until it melts into the soup.
Add 2 large bunches of chopped, cooked broccoli.
[via Everyday Family]
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