Old Is New Again, Teaching The Fine Art Of Cooking

I have been hearing the term “old is new again” quite a lot lately.  People talk about how we should live like our grandparents.  While I agree, it is a bit more challenging to live like our grandparents when real, organic, non-GMO food prices are so high. Today double and single incomes alike need to find ways to save money and time by taking more of a DIY approach to food.

The most effective way to save money when eating clean, non-GMO and organic food, or as your grandparents called it, “Food” is to cook at home with ingredients you have selected.

Don’t Have Time To Make a Fancy Dessert? Fudge It!

I have been looking for new ways to use my coconut oil.  While coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is quite healthy in moderate doses. Coconut oil has been villified in the past, but the health benefits are becoming more touted.  The other day, I was browsing Facebook and found what looked to be the easiest dessert recipe of all time and it called for coconut oil.

Chocolate Coconut Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Honey

 

Don’t Pay The Gluten-Free Fee

Now that it has been a week without Gluten, I wanted to share some tips and observations.  First off,  I noticed that Gluten-Free products are usually more expensive than their Organic “only” counterpart.  There is a wide selection of products.  Since gluten-free brands are usually focused on the clean aspect of food, buying the organic and gluten-free may not be 100% necessary, saving you some money.

Save Water, Plant A Garden

A good friend served in the Peace Corps stationed in Ghana and brought home stories of how little water was available to the village and the time and effort to get one bucket of water.  This was a real eye opener for me and made me more aware of how much water I have been wasting.  Having a garden, I wanted to find ways to use water I may otherwise be wasting.  Here are some tips that I have picked up along the way.

Gluten-Free, Not Like Being Locked-Up In An “Eaters-Prison”

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.  1-in-133 Americans have a gluten and wheat intolerance, known as Celiac Disease.  I have been eliminating gluten to test out my digestive system and general health to see if I am gluten intolerant.  At first the gluten-free part sounded like a tall order, but there are so ways to enjoy many of your favorite foods without it having to be gluten-full.  Here is what I have learned about surviving and thriving on a start-up gluten-free diet.

I Bike, Therefore I Am Learning

May is National Bike Month and Los Angeles devoted this week to Bike Week LA where residents are encouraged to ride bikes to work.  A great perk is that anyone with a bike gets free rides on Metro busses and trains for the day to help get passed a rough riding spot, like Sepulveda Pass.  I conduct as much of my day-to-day business and personal errands on the bike.  Like a car, the more you use it, the more moving parts will require your regular attention to assure a safe and trouble free ride.

Pizza Party With Pizzaz, Hold That Gluten

Crust +

I took advantage of a great deal from local Venice Bakery and that yielded at least a 2 months supply of gluten-free pizza crusts and flatbreads great for sandwiches.  To keep as long as possible, place in the freezer.  I have to admit, I was skeptical at first but after trying these crusts, I didn’t miss the gluten one bit.  You too can enjoy Venice Bakery as they deliver via the “interwebs” to your door.

Mommy, Look At Me-I’m a Chegan!

So I’ve recently become a chegan (a cheater vegan who eats organic, free-range eggs). Like most things I’ve had to tweak my commitment just left of left to feel authentic…but that’s another post. Basically I don’t want to support anything that doesn’t support the health and welfare of animals or my community (including me and my family). And this vegan-egg thing does that for me.

The other day I was in a Mommy-and-me class with Matteo, and one of the mothers was commending me for not forcing Matteo to eat the way I do. I was flattered but also a little perplexed. A part of myself has been on pause for over a week wondering why I let Matteo eat humanely-raised meat and dairy. Intuitively I feel I should allow him this, but I wasn’t fully aware why.

Chickens and Compost and Mothers Oh My!

It is never too early for a Mom to teach their child about compostingHAPPY ALMOST MOTHER’S DAY!  Composting Chick here, and I want to send a shout out to all of the wonderful mothers out there.  You know who you are.  Mother’s Day may not seem green, but it is a worldwide celebration of all things Mom, just keep reading you are sure to find lots of green elements. 

My very own Mother has surprised me in how much she loves me.  She has a love for her sons and daughters that is unbelievable and I’m so fortunate to be a part of it.  Here is an email from her when I told her I was starting my own blog about composting (she loves her capital letters, by the way. haha!):

How To Green Your Home For Free, Less = More

I attended the Green City Fair organized by the TreePeople in their adopted park in the hills off Mullholland Dr in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, there is no public transportation anywhere close to the facility though Tree People has been lobbying the city.  Instead, I drove the shortest distance and parked inside Franklin Canyon Park in northernmost Beverly Hills and hiked about 1.5 miles up and around a little lake and reservoir through a neighborhood of homes with great views all the way to the event.