Pantry We know the key to eating better is having easy access to good food (and green smoothies on the regular of course). But where to begin! Here is a starter list of ingredients any healthy whole food eater should have in their pantry. This makes it easy to whip up delicious meals with only having to pickup a few fresh ingredients. We suggest buying a few items at a time, real food is a bit more expensive but it lasts so don't fret. And it's always cheaper than eating out. Keep an eye on competition, health is hot right now and some retailers will try to cash in. Click here for cheap stuff west end, cheap stuff big box, cheap stuff online. And don't be overwhelmed, this is a lifestyle change, so replace what's in your cabinet with good stuff as you run out and in no time you'll be stocked. Oils Coconut Oil Olive Oil Avocado Oil Toasted Sesame Oil  Sugar and Spice Dates Unpasteurized Honey Stevia Coconut Sugar Mineral Salt Black and white pepper Garlic and onion powder Cinnamon Cayenne Organic, non-GMO Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce basically) Organic, non-GMO Miso (good cheesy alternative) Nutritional yeast (another cheesy alternative) Apple Cider Vinegar  Raw Cacao Maca Seeds, Nuts and Butters  Hemp Hearts Chia Flax Pumpkin Seeds Almonds (or almond butter) Walnuts Tahini (sesame butter) Cacao butter Grains and Legumes Long Grain Brown Rice Quinoa Adzuki Beans Lentils Mung Beans 

Vegan Army A friend from college emailed me this week about food. He had a bunch of questions, some concerns. I find the process intriguing, watching people. They dismiss you, then argue, circle, question. Something has caught their eye, a few too many glimpses behind the curtain. They're doubtful. It doesn't make sense... I thought, but I always, how could I not, it's too much. Not possible. Well maybe it's kinda true, just a little, balance... The thoughts cumulate, they think about it when they take a bite, when they're buying, and when they're planning, the dots connect. They start to notice, they feel better and look better. People notice, things work better, others agree, everyone seems to agree. And this difference, these changes, make it better, to live this way, to feel this way. They'll always be this way! They forget and remember, and forget and quickly remember, forget and remember again. It doesn't matter, it's sticking. And it is better, for you, for family, for friends. It's better for the community, local economy, the environment, world hunger and resources. You knew it the whole time, you can't unknow it. It's real. It's contributing. It's good.

RW Mitts THE GOODS is a group effort, every one of our followers, lunch goodies, students, friends and family members have been part of our creation. We get emails, stopped on the street, phone calls, text messages, tweets, Instagramed and Facebooked. We love it and we love you. Today we are especially excited, we have a new goodie joining our daily team. Raina Kirn is a long time friend of both Cat and mine. She has incredible style and a passion for real food. Come on, she's a West coaster, it's in her blood. Raina's first order of business is to bring the Nori Bowl to lunch delivery. This salad is made with crunchy napa cabbage and spinach, peppers, cucumber and organic edamame. Topped with a sprinkling of black sesame and shredded nori. Mix it all up with a creamy ginger-miso dressing and a side of rice. It is delicious! More exciting updates to come from THE GOODS... maybe we can even convince Raina to do a food photo blog or two...

So the lovely Labute made a new salad yesterday. It's called Strawberry Fields, it's all organic, dairy, nut and gluten-free gorgeousness and contains such things as: fresh picked, local strawberries, jicama, zucchini, spinach and red quinoa. Not to mention the sweet and sour tamarind dressing and tiny seasoned seed mix with hemp, sesame, chia and poppy seeds. Wait a minute, did you say jimaca? What tha..? Well, this legume is round, tan and bulb-like so kinda looks like a turnip. Its lovely white insides are smooth and crisp and some think tastes like an apple. It's high in vitamins C, A and B, along with calcium and phosphorus and TONS of dietary fiber. But remember: The skin is inedible so remove it first. Here's a recipe I found on line that I'm totally trying this weekend (with my own tweak).  But let's be honest - I'll probably just sit with the bowl and a spoon. Corn Jicama Salsa 2 cups of corn, roasted ½ cup jicama, peeled and diced ¼ cup cooked black beans 1/8 cup of shallots, minced 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped fine ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 avocado diced Small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped with membrane removed (optional) Mix together, refrigerate for an hour.

photo cred Cat This is going to be the easiest blog entry ever.  In short was responsible to provide dinner for 4 this past Saturday night. Had 2 extra salads from The Goods so I mixed them up, divided by 4, grilled some gorge fresh wild salmon and Bob's your Uncle. I looked like a culinary goddess (it was for some out-of-towners so didn't have to mention that Lisa actually made them - they didn't' ask, I didn't say), I was happy knowing that beautiful food was being served and best of all - Zero preparation. So with warm nights and dinner parties getting underway - make it easy for yourself. Order a couple of salads - pick 'em up at MISFITSTUDIO, (if we don't already deliver to your office) and serve them as a glorious side to whatever floats your boat. Or even easier, just order everyone their own salad and you'll have even less to do. Yessssss, my kinda meal yo.