In the blink of an eye we'll be complaining about how hot it is... until then let's cook something. Amaranth grain is gluten-free, packed with protein, a great source of magnesium and iron and is very filling. It can be challenging to cook, easily turning to a glue like consistency. Quinoa is everywhere and for good reason, it's a fantastic plant source protein, a gluten-free seed often assumed to be a grain that's packed with fiber. Cooking quinoa and amaranth together gives you the fluffiness of quinoa with the added nutty flavour of amaranth. The combo goes well with flavourful sauces, seasonings and of course added to a salads. Quinoa Amaranth Combo 1/2 cup organic quinoa 1/2 cup amaranth 1-2/3 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Place water, grains and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency.    

  Our Naked Burrito inspired today's daily email to our Goodies. It went something like this:
Holy Guacamole! Here are a few interesting facts about this ancient concoction.
  1. Back in the 1900's a Spanish-English pronunciation guide listed guacamole as a "salad of alligator pear". Charming.
  2. On two days a year: Super Bowl Sunday and Cinco de Mayo, over 20 million pounds of avocados are used for guacamole.
  3. Early recipes from the California Avocado Advisory Board (Calavo), published in the 1940s, were accompanied with a pronunciation suggestion: "Say Huakamole".  (TOTAL SIDEBAR: Could you imagine the inter-boardroom fights at Calavo coming to the above mentioned pronunciation suggestion? "I don't care what you say, I think it should be pronounced GUAC-amole"......"What? That's simply madness, you know it originates back to the Aztecs, they would have never accepted that pronunciation, you are knowingly compromising the integrity of the avocado, and I will not stand for this insubordination, I think you should leave...all in favour, say I.")
  4. Here's a redic delish recipe for an amazing guac-salsa dip. Enjoy.

20131004-111205.jpg Everyone could use a little help in the kitchen sometimes, ya get bored and need to switch it up. Here are a few of my favourite cookbooks... or un-cooked books if you need some inspiration.  Elaina Love's Pure Joy Kitchen, Vol 1 & 2 The Complete Book of Raw Food Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet ReFresh The Art of Raw Food Annie Nichols' Healthy Vegetarian, Healthy Life Now with your freshly stocked pantry and a few new recipes in hand you'll live it up all winter long.

Photo cred Cat Oh I love hummus. Hummus, hummus, hummus.  I just learned a few things about this original prepared food. First of all, hummus is the Arabic word "chickpea". And if you go back to Socrates and Plato days, you'll find that they even wrote about it cause the shit is so damn good. Good for you with all its iron, vitamin C & B6, fiber, protein and potassium. I have to say it's perfection and it is (and always has been my desert island food - you know that game of "if you were stranded on an island with one thing what would it be?"). We introduced a new salad today, the Baouleh Baouleh and it came with a creamy hummus dressing. Hummus combined into a salad dressing? I'm in heaven. So here's the recipe for all you other hummus lovers out there. 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tbsp tahini 2 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp mineral salt 2 tbsp olive oil Blend'er up & enjoy.

photo cred Cat Just got back from a fabulous mini trip to Cancun, sans l'enfants. It was 3 days, it was beyond glorious but why does my body always have to pay for it?  It was an all-inclusive, need I say more? It was a complete assault on my body. I ate and drank way too much and in a nutshell, my body shut down. Oh I ate all the glorious fruit, fresh guac & salsa I could but let's be honest, I'm was not eating all my usual stuff (you know, the stuff with all the fibre, if you get my drift). But I wasn't completely unprepared. I knew this would happen so I actually brought a ziplock of the magic muesli. I should have had it everyday but the day I did, it worked and I felt instantly better. Next time, I shall eat it every day while I'm away -- and maybe opt for a non-all-inclusive next time. I swear...I'm my own worse enemy sometimes.