How to Grow Wheatgrass, and Juice it (without a Juicer!)

How to Grow Wheatgrass + Juice it (Without a Juicer)

Do you love wheatgrass juice, and want to make your own? This easy tutorial will show you How to Grow Wheatgrass, and then also How to Juice Wheatgrass (without a juicer!).

How to Grow Wheatgrass + Juice it (Without a Juicer!)

Do you love wheatgrass juice, and want to make your own?  This easy tutorial will show you How to Grow Wheatgrass, and then also How to Juice Wheatgrass (without a juicer!).

Do you ever have moments where you pause, and realize that if your younger self saw what you were doing, they’d be completely bewildered?  I have.  If you were able to travel back in time, and tell college-age me that one day I’d be growing and juicing my own wheatgrass, here’s what would have happened.  First, I’d have put down my Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper (gag) and my baked potato chips, and then I would’ve said, “What’s wheatgrass?”

What’s my point?  First of all, making my own homegrown wheatgrass juice reminds me that I’ve been slowly morphing from a city-loving, high heel-addicted fashionista into an herb garden-growing, nature trail-hiking foodie– and that confuses me.  Second, you don’t have to be a fabulously talented gardener to grow wheatgrass.  If you want to give it a try– this tutorial will show you how to grow your own wheatgrass, and then how to juice it without a juicer!

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This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce. It's perfect for date night or Derby Day! Best of all-- it's ready in about 15 minutes!

Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod

This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce. It's perfect for date night or Derby Day! Best of all-- it's ready in about 15 minutes!

Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod

This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce.  It’s perfect for date night or Derby Day!  Best of all– it’s ready in about 15 minutes!  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Years and years ago, before I happily devoured seafood day after day, I ordered a bourbon-glazed fish at a restaurant… and was AMAZED.  Back then, I wasn’t really sure what bourbon tasted like, and I wasn’t even sure what types of fish I liked best, let alone how to fix fish at home.  What I that day, however, is that bourbon with fish is a fantabulously delicious combination, and I wanted more!  This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod is perfect for a fancy-schmancy date night and bourbon-filled Derby Day parties, but is so quick, easy, and delicious that you could make it for a weeknight dinner too!

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The easy Seared Paprika Salmon with Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

This past winter, I had a love affair with hot smoked paprika. Ever since, I’ve been sprinkling it on fish obsessively.  So far, my favorite fish and paprika combination is salmon covered in the earthy red spice, and seared to perfection.  This easy and delicious dinner is ‘fancy-schmancy’ enough for dinner parties or date night, but is so quick to prepare and addictively flavorful that I make it for weeknight dinners too!  This Seared Paprika Salmon is heavily dusted with paprika, quickly seared, and then topped with a delicious grape chutney.

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Bright Cellars Review - Monthly Wine Club

Bright Cellars Review – Monthly Wine Club

If wine delivered straight to your door sounds like a dream come true, dream no more!  Bright Cellars Monthly Wine Club sends you four wines a month, custom picked for you!  I tried it for a month, and here’s what I thought.  Note: Bright Cellars sent me their wines in exchange for my honest review.

Are you overwhelmed by wine lists?  Do you stand frozen in confusion in the wine aisle at your local supermarket, trying to figure out the difference between a shiraz and a syrah?  A wine club can help!  Personally, I love the idea of wine clubs, because even though I don’t think I’m completely clueless with wine– there is SO MUCH that I don’t know!  Bright Cellars is here to help with their Monthly Wine Club.

Keep reading– Bright Cellars also sent me a coupon for you!

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Pie for Pi Day! This Pi Day, celebrate with round eats! - from champagne-tastes.com

Pie for Pi Day!

Pie for Pi Day! This Pi Day, celebrate with round eats! - from champagne-tastes.com

Pie for Pi Day

This Pi Day, celebrate with pie!  Eat your way through all 3.14 sides of this mathematical holiday with these deliciously round eats.

It’s almost here– the husband’s favorite “holiday”– Pi Day!  Pi Day is a mathematical celebration of all things round, a circular excuse to devour pizza, gobble down tarts, and most of all– eat pie!  If you’re confused, here’s the deal–  The mathematical symbol ‘Pi’ stands for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it equals (approximately) 3.14.  (Actually, the number’s quite a bit longer than 3.14, but we’ll forget that for now.)  Math nerds everywhere, along with their math-indifferent food-loving friends (like me!), use this fabulous formula to celebrate pi with pie on the calendar’s closest equivalent to 3.14– March 14th!  And then we come full circle.

Confused?  That’s okay!  All you really need to know is that March 14th is a fantastic day to eat pie.  This Pi Day, celebrate with all things round– and especially with PIE!  Want inspiration?  Check out these circular eats!

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This Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs is a healthy and flavorful way to add vitamins B and C into your diet.

Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

This Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs is a healthy and flavorful way to add vitamins B and C into your diet.

Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

This Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs is a healthy and flavorful way to add vitamins B and C into your diet.

This cold season has been rough.  Actually, that’s an understatement– it’s been ridiculous, and staying healthy has become priority number one.  Normally, throughout cold and flu season, I load up on those little vitamin C ‘immune-booster’ powder packets, and drink one every day.  Do I really think they work?  Not necessarily, but it made me feel like my immune system was protected with a lovely little layer of immune-boosting vitamins.  Plus, they’re tasty.  Recently, however, I looked up the ingredients list for my normal vitamin packets,* and was a little alarmed to see ‘fructose,’  ‘dried cane syrup,’ AND ‘corn syrup solids’ on the list.  I checked out a few other brands, and was just as startled.  With ingredients like that, how could those possibly help me to stay healthy?

Determined to boost my vitamin intake, I decided, radically, to get my vitamins from food.  (Are you shocked at my extremism?)  An orange might not technically have as much vitamin C as the immune-booster packets, and a banana has less vitamin B than you’d get from a supplement, but the vitamins are more potent and better absorbed when they come from real food.  This vitamin B and C packed Banana Orange Smoothie is a delicious, fast, and easy way to add a few extra vitamins to your diet.

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This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor. This salad is perfect all by itself, piled on top of sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad

This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor. This salad is perfect all by itself, piled on top of sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad

This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor.  This salad is perfect all by itself, piled into sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

I’ve got a story– a tuna story.  Are you ready?  It’s exciting!  It has problem solving, excitement, and there’s even a lesson learned.  Last summer, the husband and I went on a hiking, camping, glamping, road trip ‘experience.’  Before we left, I started planning, and I had a problem.  A food problem, to be precise.  What, exactly, does one eat when you’re in a car, with no refrigeration or cooler, no microwave, no stovetop.  If peanut butter pops into your head– I agree– but not for three weeks!  My solution was tuna.  Actually, it was this Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad.

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3 Seafood Stews from Orca Bay - Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup) from Orca Bay

Orca Bay Dinners – 3 Seafood Stews

3 Seafood Stews from Orca Bay - Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup) from Orca Bay

3 Seafood Stews from Orca Bay – Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup) from Orca Bay

These three gourmet seafood stews for two from Orca Bay are ready in minutes, and deliciously perfect with practically zero effort.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

I adore soup.  All winter long, I want soup as often as possible, in as many flavors as possible.  As much as I love homemade soup– sometimes I’m short on time,  sometimes I’ve run out of the ingredients I need for made-from-scratch soup, and sometimes I’m just looking for a quick and easy dinner solution.  What then?

It’s tempting to reach for canned or boxed soup (and sometimes I do), but I’m always a little worried with how much salt is in pre-made soup.  Orca Bay has another, much tastier, less salty solution.  What is it?  Frozen soup.  That’s right– soup that you buy in the freezer aisle.  These tasty concoctions have all the flavor, all the freshness, and all the deliciousness of a homemade soup.

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How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Do you love adding sprouts to your soups, sandwiches, and salads?  This easy food tutorial will show you How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts!

First of all, what are mung bean sprouts?  Sprouts are formed when seeds start to ‘sprout’ into a full vegetable.  Mung bean sprouts are… (wait for this)… sprouts from mung beans!  They’re a delicious, vegetarian source of plant-based protein.  You’ve probably eaten them (or at least seen them) if you’ve eaten Pad Thai or the Vietnamese soup Pho.  If you’ve seen an Asian or Asian-inspired recipe that calls for ‘bean sprouts,’ it probably meant mung bean sprouts.  These tasty veggies are crunchy, delicious, and incredibly easy to grow at home.

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This vegan-friendly Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is a delicious and easy Indian curry.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala

This vegan-friendly Mint Tea Hot Toddy hot cocktail is the perfect "get well" drink for for cold winter days.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala

This vegan-friendly Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is a delicious and easy Indian curry that needs 5 minutes of prep work, and 4 – 8 hours to slowly cook through.

A few months back, the husband’s family started gushing about a slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe they’d been making.  I won’t lie– I was suspicious.  Using a slow cooker seemed so… untraditional for a curry.  And then, I tasted the sauce.  I was sold.  Hook, line, and sinker– sold.  It was AMAZING, and I needed it in my life.  (But– I wanted it with veggies!)

This Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is EASY– it has minimal prep work, and only a few steps to follow at the end.  My favorite part about this curry, and the reason I’ve been obsessed with it for the last few weeks, is that allowing the curry to cook slowly over several hours gives the spices time to come alive.  This slowly-cooked curry actually tastes better than the same recipe cooked on the stove top!

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