Author: bgreen

Organic Pizza Party

Who doesn’t love pizza? There’s nothing like biting into a warm, gooey piece of pizza piping hot from the oven. Not only can you make your family a healthy, organic pizza that tastes as good, most likely better, than the store-bought or pizzeria ones, but a homemade pizza is budget-friendly as well. Here is a recipe for organic dough, an organic sauce with hidden veggies, plus suggestions for organic toppings that are sure to have your whole family ready to chow down. For the dough: Ingredients 1/2 envelope (1 teaspoon) active dry yeast 1 cup warm (not hot) water Pinch of sugar 1 1/2 cups organic unbleached white or bread flour, mixed with 1/2 cup whole wheat flour if you prefer 1 tablespoon each toasted wheat germ and ground flaxseed (optional) 2 teaspoons kosher salt (or half as much table salt) 1 tablespoon olive oil Directions 1. Sprinkle yeast over water in measuring cup, add sugar, and let dissolve for about 5 minutes. If any dry yeast remains on the surface after that, stir briefly to mix in. Then choose your method: Food processor: Pulse flour with wheat germ and flaxseed, if using, and salt. Add oil to yeast mixture and, with processor running, pour liquid slowly into the feed tube. The dough should cohere and form a ball that sits on top of the blade. If it doesn’t,...

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Fill Your Favorite Mug With a Hot Organic Treat!

Cozy up to the fireplace with one of these delicious treats. No matter what the weather outside, it will be toasty warm inside. Organic Apple Cider Ingredients: 16-18 whole cloves 8 small organic apples, such as gala 2 oranges, thinly sliced 2 quarts organic apple juice (fresh organic apple juice, if you can find it, is the best) 1/4 cup raw sugar 1 teaspoon allspice whole nutmeg cinnamon sticks, for garnish Directions: Stud apples with cloves. In a large pot, combine remaining ingredients except for the cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat. Ladle cider into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve. http://www.organicauthority.com/organic-food-recipes/spirits-and-drinks/hot-organic-apple-cider.html Spiced Organic Hot Cocoa Ingredients: 4 cups 2% Chocolate Milk 2 cups organic Half & Half 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 cup blue agave syrup 1 package  Mulling Spice Directions: In a 2-quart saucepan or large crock pot, combine milk, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon and agave. Place Mulling Spice in muslin bag or banded coffee filter, and add to liquid mixture. If using crock pot, heat on high for 30 minutes then turn down to low. If using stovetop, heat over medium heat, stirring often. Remove Mulling spice and serve when desired temperature is reached. http://thenutrifarm.com/irresistible-spiced-cocoa-recipe/  Spiced Hot Cocoa    Makes 6 cups  Ingredients: <img id=”imgVideo” title=”Vanilla Extract vs Vanilla Bean”...

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Organic Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

  Some foods are referred to as “comfort foods” for their ability to bring us back to a time and place where life seemed simpler and more, well, comforting. However, as we become adults and focus more on eating healthfully and taking care of our bodies, many of the comfort foods we enjoyed in our childhood years are suddenly too unhealthy to eat “as is.” That doesn’t mean you can’t “have your pie and eat it, too,” to borrow from the popular expression. You just have to make some tweaks to your favorite recipes to bring them into the...

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Curious About Pomegranates?

They start showing up around this time in supermarkets, and it seems there’s two types of people in regards to these deep red delights: those that love pomegranates, and those that are curious, but nervous. Never fear, all you need to know about how to eat a pomegranate is here, plus a few delicious organic recipes to get you going! How to prepare a pomegranate: 1. Fill a large bowl with water. 2. Use a sharp knife to make two deep cuts in the top of the pomegranate in the shape of an ‘x’. 3. Place the pomegranate in the bowl of water. 4. Pry the pomegranate open at the slits to make wedges. Do this underwater so the juices don’t splash. 5. Pull the wedges apart into manageable pieces. Remove the white membrane, still keeping the pieces underwater. 6. Use your fingers to remove the red seeds. The seeds sink to the bottom and the rest floats to the top. 7. Skim the white membrane pieces and the skin off the top of the water. Pour out the water while keeping the seeds. Keep rinsing until all the white membrane and skin are gone and all that’s left is red seeds. Now, you’re ready to enjoy your pomegranates! You can eat the seeds plain, or use in one of these delicious recipes: Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken prep: 20 mins total...

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Easy Organic Recipes Make Use of Your Halloween Pumpkins

After the kids have had their fun scooping out the insides and carving scary faces into it, your Halloween pumpkin may sit out for all to see, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Making use of all parts of the pumpkin is delicious and healthy when you follow these recipes for making use of the pumpkin insides and the seeds. First up is a soup that is perfect for enjoying on a chilly night that is made with organic ingredients, and can be dressed up with some homemade croutons or parsley before eating. Next, a fun treat for adults and kids alike: toasted pumpkin seeds, which are so easy and addictive! Organic Pumpkin Soup Recipe from: MyOrganicRecipes.com, Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 cups homemade vegetable broth 2 cups water 3 organic scallion stalks, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 2 lb peeled organic pumpkin, chopped 3 organic tomatoes, skinned and chopped 2 tablespoons organic butter 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon whole french cloves 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped salt and pepper to taste Directions: In a medium saucepan melt the butter and sauté the scallions, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, pumpkin, bay leaves, cloves, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the homemade vegetable broth , water and coconut milk.. Bring to a boil...

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