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March 30, 2018

Move over plain carrot sticks. Meet the new kid on the block! Garlicky, a little salty, crisp and just spicy enough, these carrots are the bomb diggity!

Lacto-fermentation has been around for a long time. If you've been curious about making some lacto-fermented foods yourself, but not sure where to start, this is the PERFECT recipe to get you started. It is super EASY and requires no special equipment.

First though, you may be...

March 23, 2018

Who doesn't love a big scoop of guacamole? [Disclosure: when I was growing up in San Jose, CA we had a huge avocado tree in our front yard, but I wouldn't touch the ripe avocadoes... too green, too slimy, too weird. Glad those days are over!] Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, Vitamin C and plenty of minerals.

There may not be quite as many variations of guacamole...

March 16, 2018

Guys - check out these gorgeous PURPLE Brussels sprouts! Seriously, are these not stunning?? Yes. They are. This is partly because we aren't accustomed to seeing Brussels sprouts in this color and anytime we see food in a color that is unusual, we are immediately drawn to it, and partly because... you know, PURPLE! No explanation required.

As a nutritionist, I immediately catalogue these under, "High in anthocyanins. Eat this!...

March 8, 2018

No matter what the temperature outside, ratatouille is a comforting classic. Delicious hot or cold, dressed up or down, you can't beat its simplistic flavor. In the colder months, I like to serve it over creamy polenta with plenty of red wine.

In this version, I've added mild Great Northern beans for extra protein, fiber, minerals, thiamin and folate. I've also kept it rustic (no need to fuss about perfectly cut veggies!) and...

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Hi there, I'm Catherine! 

I'm so happy you stopped by my little corner of the internet. So, are you hungry? Me too! What to eat, is the question. As an organic produce grower, classically trained personal chef who eats mostly plants, and a dietetics student, I'm always thinking about food.... how it looks, smells, tastes, makes us feel and affects our environment. I regularly geek out on the science behind what makes plants scrumptious and why we should eat more of them. I love to share my experiments with YOU! So grab an apron, sharpen your knife and let's go!

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March 1, 2019