recipes

  • West African Yam and Bean Patties

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
    Makes 8 patties

    1 tablespoon coconut oil, extra for frying

    1 onion, diced

    1 pound yams, diced

    1 carrot, grated

    4 - 5 cloves garlic, minced

    1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

    1 cup cooked brown rice

    1/4 cup quinoa flakes

    1/4 cup finely chopped almonds

    Sea salt and pepper, to taste

    Lime wedges, for garnish

    Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about three to five minutes. Stir in the yams and add a pinch of sea salt. Cover and cook until the yams are completely tender, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, ginger powder, paprika, and cayenne, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Empty the pinto beans into a large bowl, and use a fork to mash them. Add the cooked vegetable mixture along with the cooked rice, quinoa flakes, and almonds. Stir to combine and then add salt and pepper, if desired. Hand-shape the mixture into eight patties. Heat a small spoonful of coconut oil in a pan over medium-low, then set a couple of patties in the hot pan. Cook the patties for about six minutes, then flip them over: you should see a nice crust on the cooked side. If they break apart during the flipping, just reshape them with the spatula—they’ll hold together once the second side is cooked. Cook for the second side for another six minutes. Repeat until all patties are cooked. Serve the patties on your bun of choice or atop a bed of greens à la “protein style” with a lime wedge on the side for garnish. Source: Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier

  • Grilled Radicchio Salad

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    Serves 4

    1 head radicchio

    2 heads baby bok choy, chopped

    1/2 cup minced scallions

    1 carrot, shredded

    2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari

    1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar

    1/4 teaspoon mirin

    1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

    Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill with canola oil. Lightly mist the radicchio with olive oil spray. If using an outdoor grill, put the intact head of radicchio on the grill and close the lid. If using a grill pan, put the head of radicchio on the pan and cover with an inverted heatproof bowl to create an oven effect. Cook until marked and softened, about six minutes. When the radicchio is cool enough to handle, quarter it to remove the core. Chop the radicchio and put it in a medium bowl. Add the bok choy, scallions, carrot, tamari, agave nectar, mirin, and oil and stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature. Source: Grills Gone Vegan by Tamasin Noyes

  • Easing the Transition to Gluten-Free

    What do you really know about gluten? That it’s a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye? That people are sensitive to it, or that some are making its avoidance a go-to diet?

    If you feel you know the basics, it’s time to really dissect the craze and find out where gluten may be lurking.

    Gluten: For Better or For Worse?

    Gluten Avoidance 101
    By Amy Vergin
  • Just Raw: Satisfying Summer Drinks

    The joys of summer are endless: sunshine, being outdoors, relaxing on sandy beaches, and biking along park trails. And what better way to cool off than with some healthy summer drinks?

    Not so fast: just because you are drinking a sports drink or refreshing lemonade doesn’t mean it’s good for you. It could actually be loaded with sugar.

    Say yes to fruit and no to sugar
  • Cook’s Corner: Ditch the Carbs, Ditch the Weight!

    Summer is a great time to slim down (you are going to swim this summer, aren’t you?) and a time-honored and effective way to do it is to pump up the proteins and healthy fats and skinny up on the carbs. This can be a bit daunting if you’re not used to it—we Americans do love our carbs. If you want to make a run at it, here are some great recipes to get you started.

    Protein-packed recipes
  • In Season: Strawberries

    Strawberries are one of summer’s most beloved fruits, hitting peak season from April to July. The wild strawberry has existed for over 2,000 years. Now there are over 600 varieties, all differing in flavor, size, and texture. The most commonly cultivated species is Fragaria ananassa.

  • Perfection in Pawpaw

    The sweet tropical fruit papaya—known as pawpaw in other cultures— is one of the healthiest fruits and a wonderful superfood. With its sweet and aromatic undertones and soft, butter-like consistency, there’s no question as to why Christopher Columbus dubbed it the “fruit of the angels.”

    A plant of odd proportions

    Discover the key to overall health
  • Mean Green Cleaning Machine

    Between those balmy, beckoning summer nights, kids going back to school in the fall, and the blustery, hole-up-and-conserve-energy days of winter, it’s easy to neglect cleaning. Sure we’ll pick up toys and do the dishes, but I mean the down-and-dirty, scrub-until-the-floors-are-white kind of clean.

    Win the war on dirt and germs—the green way
    By Amy Vergin
  • Cook’s Corner: Chutney, Pizza, and Garden-Fresh Salad

    Whether you grow your own or frequent your local farmers’ market, there’s nothing quite like those first fresh vegetables of the year. (If you’re interested in growing your own, check out our “Raised-Bed Backyard Gardens” feature in this issue.)

  • Let Them Eat Greens!

    I understand how intimidating bunches of kale, chard, and collards can look on those grocery shelves. The only lettuce I ate growing up was some iceberg drowned in Thousand Island!

    How to buy, prepare, store, and cook with leafy greens
    By Dreena Burton