I have a confession to make. Before Sunday I had only been to one farmers market in LA the entire 2.5 years I’ve been here (embarrassing, I know). But that spell was finally broken last Sunday, when I went to the Larchmont Farmer’s Market.
It was amazing! And so cheap! I got fresh, organic Golden Beats for $2. Then I found a table with rows of different greens and herbs; each bundle was only $1! I picked up a gigantic thing of Basil, Mint, and two bundles of Kale. My new plan/goal is to try to buy the bulk of my produce from farmer’s markets.
One of the best things about the Larchmont Farmer’s Market is that it is exploding with free samples. Everywhere. Everything. I pretty much ate a meal off of free samples.
And they had some interesting things, like these mushrooms:
And there was a puppy adoption going on nearby. I’m not even a dog person, but these guys were way too cute:
If you ever visit Larchmont, definitely check out Lette as well. The $1.70 price per cookie is a little expensive, but oh-so-scrumptious. I got an Earl Grey macaroon and came back for seconds to try the Caramel. I have to say, the Pistachio is still my favorite, but the Earl Grey comes close. (The caramel was a little overpowering.
Nom nom nom.
Back home at my juicing station, I have more Kale, mint, and basil than I know what to do with, so I juiced it all together (well, not all of it — I still have enough for like, 10 juices). I have to say, this one of the best juice concoctions yet!
Give it a shot. The mint and basil make it super sweet and super delicious. I’m also a huge fan of the golden beets. You get so much juice out of them!
Happy Memorial Day everyone! It is beautiful and sunny out, so I thought something sweet, cool, and slightly tropical would be great for Pantry Essentials and Recipe Monday!
If you’ve looked through some of my older posts, you know I am a huge fan of Chia Seeds (see recipe for Sprouted Chia Drink or Green Protein Oatmeal). Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these seeds have a ton of great health benefits, including; anti-inflammatory properties, detoxification, weight loss, energy, brain power, and more (see a complete list here)
If you’re looking to add a bag of chia seeds to your pantry, I order mine online in bulk from AZ Chia. They have good quality seeds at very reasonable prices. You can also buy Chia Seeds in bulk at your local health food store.
Raw Blueberry and Macadmia Nut Yogurt Parfait with Sprouted Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, and Peaches:
1 TBSP Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts
1/3 Cup Water
3 Dates (take the pits out)
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Ripe Peach
1 TBSP Goji Berries
Place the Chia Seeds in a bowl and cover them with a thin layer of water. Let them sit while you are prepping (at least 20 minutes).
Let the Macadmia Nuts and Dates soak in water for about 15 minutes. I like to give them a little pre-soak to make it easier on my awful blender.
Drain the nuts and dates and place them in the blender. Add 1/3 cup of water and the 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries. Blend until you get a thick, even paste. If it is too watery, add a couple of nuts, or if it gets too thick, add a splash of water.
Pour out the paste in to a bowl and stir in the sprouted chia seeds. They will add a gel-like texture.
Cut up the peach and place in the bowl, and then top it off with the goji berries!
(Note: when the blueberries melt it will thin out your yogurt, so eat quickly after making!)
Welcome to the first post of an upcoming weekly tradition: Pantry Essentials + Recipe Mondays (aka PERM), where I’ll post every Monday about an item I love and give you a recipe to try out as well.
I realized there were so many delicious things I love, and so many ways to prepare them, that why not share them all!
I’m also open to any companies sending me free samples (I mean, who doesn’t love free samples?), and I will always let you know what delectables I have discovered on my own versus what has been provided.
Let’s start it off with another one of my impulse buys at Whole Foods (yes, I found this on my own): Grama’s Sweet Chilli Sauce. This sauce is fantastic. I use it in stir-frys, as a dipping sauce, and even on salads. It gives dishes that extra pizazz.
Tofu Stir Fry with Lentils & Sweet Chilli Sauce:
4 oz Firm Tofu (cut in to 1/2 inch thick squares)
1/2 C Broccoli Florets
1/3 C Frozen & Shelled Edamame
1/2 C Precooked Lentils
1 Clove Garlic (minced)
1.5 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Water
2 TBSP Grama’s Sweet Chilli Sauce
Heat the olive oil over med-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place the tofu in the skillet. Let it fry on each side for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Add the garlic, mix it around, and cook for another minute.
Add the broccoli and edamame, and about 2 TBSP water and cover with a lid (the water will steam the vegetables as it is sauteing at the same time!). Let it cook for 4 minutes.
Uncover, add the lentils and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add to your plate, cover with sauce to taste (I suggest about 2 TBSP).
After coming back from Coachella, I ended up battling a 2 week fever/cold. As soon as I felt mostly better, I was back in action and working non-stop between acting and my new job; it’s safe to say, I started pushing myself a bit too soon and kept feeling like I was about to get sick again.
After complaining to a friend, she told me about Elder Berry Extract.
This stuff is seriously amazing; if you take it when you’re about to get sick, it helps boost your immune system and stops the illness. If you take it when you are already sick, it helps speed up the process and you feel better sooner.
As soon as I started taking it, I felt completely better within the next 1-2 days.
The dark blue/black berries of this plant have many naturally-occurring nutritional substances such as Rutin, Quercetin (flavonoids) and Anthocyanins. Current research supports the long held beliefs about Elderberry’s health benefits on the body. Elderberry syrup has been traditionally used to help support the immune system, especially during the winter season or when experiencing extra stress.
So if you’re feeling a little run down, maybe a cold or flu sneaking up on you, give it a try!
Simply make quinoa the night before: boil 2 parts water, and add 1 part quinoa in. Reduce to simmer, and let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. (Note: most quinoa must be rinsed before cooking!).
Let it cool completely (I usually let it chill in the fridge over night), and then add it to the yogurt in a 3 parts yogurt: 2 parts quinoa. A good starting ratio is 1 C yogurt with 2/3 C cold quinoa.
I am totally obsessed with juice. The problem is, when you’re buying tons of produce, it can add up quickly. But here is a simple recipe, and using the ingredients below, it comes out to about $1.50 per juice. Not too shabby when you compare it to $5 or $6 drinks.
1 Bag of Organic Carrots (I use the Organic Trader Joes Carrots which has about 10 medium carrots)