Officially losing our minds over these brussels sprout crisps in the kitchen. A friend mentioned she makes them for her kids and they gobble them up, so we had to try. The recipe is rough as it's mostly to taste and patients for quartering brussels sprouts... I suggest making a big batch as they go fast. You can use a dehydrator overnight or pop them in the oven similar to kale chips. Brussels are nutrient and fibre full. They also have vitamin C, almost 50mg in a 1/2 cup. With daily intake varying from 25mg to 120mg depending on your age and gender, this is a delicious way to get some extra vit C into your body. Brussel Crisps  1 lb brussel sprouts 3-4 tbsp organic olive oil himalayan pink salt  black pepper Wash sprouts, chop stumps and compost, quarter length wise, toss well with olive oil and season as needed. Place on dehydrator tray overnight or until crunchy.

Photo Cred Lisa Who knew! You can sprout organic popping corn, I mean it makes sense it just didn't occur to me until I saw these guys at Sorauren Farmer's Market on Monday evening. The Kind Organics booth had a wide variety of sprouts and greens as usual but these little fellas caught my attention. Now I'm not even sure that I like them, they're a touch weird, they start off bland and a bit grassy and then your mouth fills with that sweet taste you only know if you've had wheatgrass juice or too much stevia. They are really cool looking, just almost too sweet if you can imagine. I'm going to toss them in the dehydrator and see if I can make a smoothie sweetener out of the dried powder. If it works you'll hear from me and if not... let's just pretend this post never happened.

Photo Cred Lisa We're scheduling our ah-mazing classes before the holidays. Whether you want to combat the usual holiday bulge, prep for your New Year's resolution or just mix up your weekly meals, our classes are a perfect way to get started. We'll demonstrate 5 to 6 recipes for you to try, discuss what's important when shopping, preparing and storing real foods. Plus you get special access to the notes and recipes on our site, plus a little something special to take home. Real Go-to Foods - Sunday, November 4 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm, $50 So smoothies are your new bestie, you’re feeling the amazing benefits of including real food in your daily routine and now you want more… well you’re in luck, the magic doesn’t end with green drinks. Introduce a delicious superfood packed coffee alternative, some daily no-brainer lunches and even a guilt free late night snack or two. Come see The Goods, we’ve got your back on all things lifestyle and food related. Kickstart Smoothies - Saturday, November 17 at 10:00am to 12:30pm, $50 Keep it simple with green drinks. We’ll get you started with some shockingly tasty smoothies, full of all the good stuff like vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants, amino acids and none of the bad stuff. These super easy recipes will open your body and mind to the potential of real food and they will change your life for the better… you’ve been warned. Sprouting For Life - Sunday, December 9 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm, $50 Did you know you can grow fresh, local, organic food in a jar all year around? Well you can with sprouts! These tasty little miracles are full of everything you need to be vibrant and healthy rain, snow or shine. We’ll show you some fancy techniques and load you up with the tools and recipes too. And they're perfect in the case of Stormageddon... or Armageddon for that matter.

Photo Cred Lisa The discussion of the day is dehydrators, lots of questions coming in which is timely with the arrival of the dreaded cold weather. I use a nine tray Excalibur without a timer. It works like a dream for fruit leathers, crackers, flat breads, wraps, dog treats, chips and seasoning to name a few. There are several types of dehydrators on the market that come with added features but ultimately it's a basic device so I suggest keeping it that way. If you're looking for something pretty then the Sedona is it, personally there is too much going on with this system for me. And if you're curious but on a tight budget the round dehydrators are fun to play with. Both Upaya Naturals and Juicers 4 Life have great selections and competitive prices. Here's an good recipe to experiment with: Homemade Chili Seasoning  9 habanero peppers 9 green chili peppers 1 red onion 1 bulb garlic 2 large red tomatos Chop peppers in half lengthwise leaving the seeds for extra kick, slice remaining ingredients to about 1/4" thick or less. Lay everything flat on dehydrating screens (no teflex), set temperature to 115° for approximately 18 hours or until ingredients are completely dry. Blend into a fine powder, careful not to inhale "smoke" it's hot!!! Store in a glass container, and add to dressings or in your fav recipes for extra flavour.