Sprouts: Growing Sustainable Food On Your Countertop


Eating sprouted seeds is a relatively recent culinary trend in the U.S., even though they are ridiculously easy to grow and can be an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, folate, beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. These days, bean sprouts, grain sprouts, and salad sprouts are readily available at farmers markets, natural foods stores, and in the produce section of many grocery stores. But I grow my own because it’s easy to do, saves me money, and I like to keep control over the process to ensure that the sprouts I feed my family are safe and at the peak of flavor and nutrition.

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Posted by Ashley

Nourishing Herbal Broths

 

I am a firm believer in broths for their gut-supporting, extremely tasty, and nourishing qualities. You can pack so much nutrition in each little sip. Adding a myriad of herbs to our broth base is the perfect vehicle for incorporating wellness into our modern lives.

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Stir Fry Sauce: Oyster Sauce & Hoisin Sauce Substitute + Stir-Fry Recipe

We are big stir-fry and Asian food fans at my house, and I love a really good stir-fry sauce. But I struggle with the high fructose corn syrup and the way-too-many-preservatives-and-ingredients-I-can’t-pronounce problem in most bottled sauces. Also, the presence of seafood and/or gluten are issues for my vegetarian and gluten-free family members. And finally, for many households like mine, it’s hard to get through an entire bottle before the contents spoil. All of this means I refuse to purchase pre-made stir-fry sauces and the oyster or hoisin sauce that is so common (and delicious) in my favorite Asian sauces. I wanted to create an easy-to-use substitute that packs in the umami goodness I love about these sauces.

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Posted by Heidi

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Made with Agar

I like inclusivity in food, and my friends and family group includes omnivores and vegetarians/vegans, as well as people with food allergies, autoimmune diseases, religious restrictions, etc. I love to feed my people, so I’m always experimenting, which is how I found myself going down this agar-agar as a replacement for gelatin rabbit hole, and then one thing led to another, and I got curious to know how much agar is the right amount for the best mouthfeel in vegan gummies (welcome to my brain). I made elderberry juice gummies, which were tasty and a fun way to get an extra boost of vitamins and minerals. Then I discovered apple cider vinegar gummies—I love these little ACV morsels!

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Posted by Heidi

How to Build a Home Mocktail Bar + Recipes

As the new year approaches, many of us attend holiday parties, visit friends and family members, and reflect on the past year. This season is notoriously known for celebrating with lots of drinks, most of which contain alcohol. Fortunately, if you find yourself wanting to enjoy tasty beverages but avoid the dreaded hangover, you can still experience the holiday magic with herbal mocktails!

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Posted by Ashley

Herbal Compound Butter Recipes (2 Ways)

Compound butter is believed to be of French origin, though there is no doubt in my mind that herbs have been incorporated into butter and fats long before they were first attributed to fine French cuisine. While butter gets a bad rap for its high fat content, fat is essential for our bodies and like all things in life, it’s about moderation! With compound butter, not only are you adding herbs and spices for flavor, but you are also incorporating the beneficial constituents of those plants into your culinary preparations. Am I insinuating that this is a health-food recipe?Not at all. But I do believe that a balanced diet that includes herbs and spices at every turn is important.

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Posted by Jessicka

2023 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

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Each year, when I make my holiday gift list, I aim to meet a set of criteria. Offerings that are thoughtful, personal, and useful are amongst the most important to me. I have generally found that homemade gifts are more appreciated than things I can find in mass quantities at any big box store. Small-batch DIY gifts also allow customization, making them personalized for your beloved recipient. It can also help to keep waste out of landfills.

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Posted by Jessicka

What is Inulin and How it Supports Digestion + Herbal Recipes

What do dandelion, burdock, chicory, and garlic have in common? They all contain inulin. Inulin is a naturally occurring polysaccharide made up of chains of fructose molecules that are not digested in the small intestine and belong to a class of dietary fibers known as fructans.

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Pinwheel Cookies with Herbal Powders (4 Ways)

Pinwheel cookies (also called spiral cookies) have been a holiday tradition for decades. Often made with vanilla and chocolate or red and green food color, they show up on cookie plates throughout the season. I like traditions like this… and I also like to see how far I can push those traditional recipes to accommodate more flavors and spices.

This classic “icebox” cookie recipe (modern world translation: refrigerator cookie) is essentially the same one my great grandmother—and thousands of other people—used to make in the 1930s and it’s remained a standard ever since. It’s a dough you can easily change into a variety of different cookies with small additions like spices, nuts, dried fruit, crushed candies, etc. And it’s also an accommodating dough for rolling and cutting. These two qualities make it an ideal choice for delicious pinwheel cookies infused with herbal powders!

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Posted by Heidi

Homemade Caramel Apple Slices with Herbal Chocolate Glaze

Caramel apples have always been one of those mixed-feelings food experiences for me. I love good caramel and I love apples, and when the two things come together in a perfect synergy, it is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Unfortunately, a typical caramel apple falls short. First, the caramel is often too sweet rather than buttery-delicious. Second, I want caramel and apple in every bite, and once I work my way around the caramel-y outside, I’m left with a lot of apple and no more caramel. Finally, I don’t like that I end up with caramel all over my face and in my hair every time I eat a caramel apple on a stick. Recently, however, I found the solution: caramel apple slices! So, of course, down the caramel apple rabbit hole I went and I’m so glad I did!

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Posted by Heidi

Elderberry Gummies Made with Agar

There are a number of effective and delicious ways to bring the nutrition and immune benefits of elderberries into our diets.* Tincture, tonic, syrup, tea, and culinary recipes abound. And, of course, there are gummies! I’m a big believer in putting fun into our lives when and where we can, and an elderberry gummy is a morsel of fun that also provides support for our immune systems. Most gummies, however, contain gelatin, which is a hard no for vegans and followers of some religious faiths. We set out to create an elderberry gummy that anyone can enjoy. How do you get a gelatin-type gummy without the gelatin? It all comes down to agar-agar powder.

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Posted by Heidi

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Sprouts: Growing Sustainable Food On Your Countertop

Eating sprouts is an easy, delicious way to capture nutrients, minerals, and vitamins at their peak. Learn how to sprout seeds on your countertop!
WRITTEN BY Ashley

February 16, 2024

Nourishing Herbal Broths

Homemade herbal broths are easy to make and offer a flavorful way the enhance the flavor and nutritional value of soups, stews, sauces, and more.
WRITTEN BY Alex Queathem Payne- Guest Author

February 7, 2024

Stir Fry Sauce: Oyster Sauce & Hoisin Sauce Substitute + Stir-Fry Recipe

This gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly stir fry sauce is a perfect substitute for oyster sauce or hoisin in your favorite Asian dishes.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

January 31, 2024

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Made with Agar

Want the gut-supporting benefits of apple cider vinegar but don’t like the taste? Try these DIY apple cider vinegar gummies made with agar-agar.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

January 20, 2024

How to Build a Home Mocktail Bar + Recipes

If you want to limit your alcohol intake this coming year, you will enjoy these tips for creating a home mocktail bar. You'll also find some of our best mocktail recipes for inspiration. Happy and healthy sipping!
WRITTEN BY Ashley

December 26, 2023

Herbal Compound Butter Recipes (2 Ways)

Bring flavor, color, and the benefits of herbs to the dinner table with these simple compound butter recipes.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 22, 2023

2023 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

Find DIY gift inspiration with this 2022 DIY gift guide, complete with a FREE gift tag template. Choose from over 50 homemade gift ideas for foodies, herbalists, essential oil lovers, and natural product enthusiasts.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 9, 2023

What is Inulin and How it Supports Digestion + Herbal Recipes

Did you know that some of the most common herbal allies contain inulin, a gut-supporting prebiotic?
WRITTEN BY Suzanne Tabert- Guest Writer

November 21, 2023

Pinwheel Cookies with Herbal Powders (4 Ways)

Pinwheel cookies are a beloved holiday favorite. Did you know you can color and flavor them with organic herbal powders?
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 3, 2023

Homemade Caramel Apple Slices with Herbal Chocolate Glaze

It’s caramel apple season! Make this once-a-year tradition even better with caramel apple slices, homemade cinnamon caramels, and herb-infused chocolate!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

October 26, 2023

Elderberry Gummies Made with Agar

Vegan elderberry gummies are easy to make and work exceptionally well in candy molds. What a fun way to give your body some immune support!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

October 24, 2023