Monthly Archives: October 2014

New Food Monday Continued…

So last night we continued with New Food Monday and my kids were a little nervous. So I made a deal with them – they could pick a ‘new-ish’ food they liked and I would pick something they had not tried before. They picked the chicken pancakes from last week which I was happy about as it was a good reinforcer of that particular high protein dish. I then picked a vegetable side disguised as rice – aka cauliflower rice with onions, peas and turmeric. My friend Rosie sent me over a great recipe a few weeks ago and I’m hooked. It’s packed full of fiber, vitamins and anti-inflammatory turmeric. They tried it, it wasn’t a big hit but the deal was one bite and no complaining. My youngest child had a whole bowl of it! The older two didn’t get 10/10 for their effort but it’s new to them so I’ll give them a pass. In order to avoid the ‘rice’ they ate all their chicken so I guess it was a win-win. Here is my attempt, and the recipe for cauliflower rice is below. Tip – orange cauliflower does not have as pungent a smell as white and so your house will recover a lot more quickly :-). photo 1-8 Recipe from Rosie:

1 cauliflower, grated in Cuisinart
1 large onion, chopped 
olive oil (i use a generous amount, maybe 3 Table spoons, but you don’t have to)
salt
1/2 tea spoon turmeric
1 cup frozen peas, or anything else you want to add, pepper, mushrooms, grilled chicken, etc.
Sauté onion in olive oil until softened. Add turmeric. Add cauliflower. Mix everything. Check if you want more turmeric, depending on color. Add salt. Add peas. Cover and let it cook for a few minutes in low heat. Cook until the consistency that you like. 

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Read about CleanGreenPantry in the Hamlet Hub!

I had great fun working with Nicole from the Hamlet Hub last week. We talked so much in 90 minutes, time FLEW by. There is so much to share – everyone wants to know more about our food system and the additives in food. It’s a mine field. That’s why I love what I do now.

“I feel like I now have GPS and roadside assistance to help me navigate through the fog of food labels, supplements, grocery stores, and meal choices.”

See the article here: http://news.hamlethub.com/rye/life/1328-rye-mom-launches-fantastic-new-business

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The Pop Tart Vs Organic Cookie Ant Showdown… A great experiment to do with your kids!

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I’ve often wondered if insects and animals can tell when food is not really food. I think ants are a good test subject because they seem to come out of nowhere when food is around. A few months ago, my sister came to visit and accidentally bought Pop Tarts (cookies and cream variety), not knowing that they were full of chemicals and not really for breakfast. She didn’t feed them to her kids, we made home made pancakes instead. I think Pop Tarts are seen as a ‘treat’ breakfast and bring back fond memories for a lot of people. Who can resist them? BUT – the ingredients in Pop Tarts today are not quite what they used to be. Now they contain multiple chemicals, GMO ingredients and synthetic vitamins. Here is the list; http://tinyurl.com/kvkztx4 

So I decided to do a Pop Tart and organic cookie face off with some ants as my smart unbiased test subjects. I chose a cookie and not a pancake or a breakfast item because the ingredients in the Pop Tart do not warrant a label of ‘breakfast food’ in my opinion. Decide for yourself what they determine to be the real food winner! Try it with your kids. It took around two minutes for the ants to swing by…

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Welcome to my new site!

I’m very excited to officially start consulting in Westchester, NY. I have been helping families locally for over a year while studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I am happy to say that I have graduated and am now a certified health coach. My passion is trying to balance difficult food choices with the unavoidable modern conveniences.We all live very busy lives and it’s tough to eat clean food all the time, but I think over time I have found ways to make it easy. One of the most liberating thing to do is open your pantry and clear it out!! It’s a gradual process, it does not happen overnight. Labels can be very difficult to decipher and add in a few family allergies into the mix and it’s a nightmare.And just to add to parents’ worries, more and more children today are coping with allergies and this presents many challenges. I’ve been through all of that and happy to say I came out the other side. My main tip for parents is to start with the produce aisle and go organic or better yet, your farmer’s market. Here is a list to start you off. The dirty dozen is the list of produce that you should try to buy organic at all times and the clean fifteen list is the one where it’s ok to go conventional if that is all that is available. For more information http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

I look forward to working with families in the near future. In the meantime please feel free to contact me with questions or visit my FB page for more regular updates : https://www.facebook.com/cleangreenpantry

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October 8, 2014 · 5:56 pm