There is no doubt that autumn is in the air here in beautiful Seattle. It is time to start prepping your veggie and other gardens whether they are on a farm, estate, yard, or balcony. The best thing that you can do for your garden (or pot) is refreshing your garden (or pot) with some organic mulch. We use our favorite, honest, local brand Cedar Grove Organics Compost Mulch.
Inspired by a gorgeous photo on the cover of Food & Wine we set out to create our own modified version David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl’s fabulous recipe. We of course we recommend using all local, organic vegetables and fruit for this recipe to really make the flavors pop.
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
2 nectarines, cut into thin wedges
1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large orange, green, and red bell pepper, finely julienned
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
3 Persian cucumbers cut in half and sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Optional few slices red onion (finely chopped)
Optional 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans
In a large bowl, whisk the lime zest and juice with the olive oil, scallion, jalapeño and shallot; season the dressing with salt and pepper. Gently fold in all the fruits and vegetables. Refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours. Fold in the cilantro just before serving and serve the salad chilled.
Are you like us and always on the hunt for a delicious organic wine at a reasonable price? One of our favorites that we discovered at our local Whole Foods is Innovacion by Santa Julia. It is a fabulous blend of Temparnillo and Malbec grapes from Argentina that pairs perfectly with a grass-fed beef or tomato based pasta. At a price of only $11 you cannot go wrong with this wine.
It is movies like Hungry For Change that can re/invigorate you to take hold of your life (and your family’s) to start choosing better. I watched this fabulous documentary again last week on the struggles we go through with food, exercise, our health, and the politics that play into them. Urge you to buy or order this movie via Netflix.
We believe that living a sustainable and eco-friendly life begins with your own personal health. Opting for local,seasonal, organic foods that haven’t been doused with pesticides and are rich in nutrition are not only the best for you but the environment too. When you opt for fresh food free from packaging you’re not only maximizing the vitamins, but you’re reducing waste that processed food is packaging heading to landfills.
Encourage the entire family part of the cooking process. Source a healthy recipe online or from a friend that everyone can make together. Kids can pick the fresh ingredients from the garden or fridge, wash and prep or whisk the ingredients together. When everyone’s bellies are full don’t forget to store the leftovers in your BPA-free Preserve Food Storage containers.
Opting to walk or ride your bike to the office, coffee, store, dinner, not only keeps you fit, but obviously reduces your carbon footprint. When I used to live in car-loving Dallas I used to put my errands into my backpack, jump on my bike and buzz around town dropping of dry cleaning, picking up groceries, meeting friends for coffee, yoga, etc). You will be able to take in some fresh air, burn some calories, and get a little Vitamin D.
Don’t forget beauty comes from the inside AND out. The old saying, “You are what you eat,” rings true. A healthy diet is an essential part to having a beautiful complexion. Average and unfortunately common skin care products are filled with toxic and synthetic chemical ingredients. Read the labels before you wash your face or smear night cream on your body’s largest organ. Our favorite organic and all natural skin care brands right now are Odacite, Amala Beauty, G.M. Collin’s BioOrganique, and Arise Skincare. For hair and body we are loving the entire Intelligent Nutrients line for shiny locks, Blithe and Bonny‘s luxury bath goods, The Soap Cartel bath bars, and LuLu Organics Hair Powder.
Start a back to basics healthy lifestyle and live a life more aware.
We love giving gifts that are useful and won’t just sit on a shelf collecting dust. Maybe a little splurge on the price and style, nevertheless used and appreciated. Let’s face it, Dads are always in need to new underwear and socks. Ted Baker’s organic cotton socks and trunks are perfect for the Dad on the go. Socks are a steal at 3 for $38.
We are using Threshold’s 325 thread count organic cotton sheet sets in our Green Home Remodel. These sheets fit well, feel incredible, and are reasonably priced. We use the same colored solid sheets for all of our beds. If a pillowcase goes missing you don’t have to worry about buying an entire new set. Need some pizzazz on the bed? Add a contrasting printed sheet for some flare.
Can’t afford all organic produce? Start with the ‘Dirty Dozen’. The ‘dirty dozen’ are the 12 fruits and vegetable found to be the most contaminated with pesticides. Whether you are buying all organic or not, always wash your produce thoroughly with a vinegar based solution. Our favorite veggie and fruit scrub, Environne, is inexpensive and can be bought at Trader Joe’s or online. Minimize your exposure to pesticides and maximize the nutrition to you and your family.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ includes imported grapes, peaches, apples, pears, bell peppers, potatoes, celery, spinach, red raspberries, nectarines, cherries, and strawberries.