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Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:04

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Fresh Tomato and Basil Pizza
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 29 June 2015 21:24

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Recipe: 4 medium tomatoes/2 tablespoons fresh oregano/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided/3 large garlic cloves /cornmeal for dusting pizza pan/1 15-inch premade or homemade pizza crust/pinch of sea salt /drizzle of olive oil. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place 2 tomatoes, oregano, 1 tablespoon basil, and garlic into a food processor. Process until they reach pizza sauce consistency. Dust pizza pan with a little cornmeal to prevent sticking. Place pizza crust on top of the stone or pan. Spread pizza sauce evenly on the pizza crust. Slice remaining tomatoes and spread as a topping on the pizza. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edge of the crust starts to brown. Remove from oven and place remaining basil leaves on as a pizza topping. Bake for an additional 3 minutes, until the basil leaves begin to wilt.

 
Vegetarian Spinach Quiche
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 19 June 2015 13:37

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Recipe: 2 tablespoons olive oil / 1/2 onion, finely chopped /1 clove garlic, minced /1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed  /1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère (or dairy free)/1 9-inch unbaked pie shell /3 large eggs, lightly beaten (or egg substitute) /1 1/2 cups milk (or dairy free) 1 tomato thinly sliced / sea  salt and pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a small skillet over medium heat olive oil . Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer, stirring. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool. Sprinkle onion mixture, spinach and Gruyère over bottom of pie shell. Beat eggs and milk together, season with salt and pepper. Gently pour into crust. Top with tomatoes.  Bake quiche for 40 to 45 minutes, until set and nicely browned. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

 
Pasta with Garlic, Roasted Tomatoes and Kale...
Healthy Eating
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Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:34

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Recipe: 8 ozs.of your favorite pasta /1/2 red onion, sliced / 3 garlic cloves, chopped / 2 1/2 cups chopped kale /1/2 cup vegetable broth /1 tablespoon dried oregano /3 large plum tomatoes/ 4 tablespoons olive oil /sea salt and black pepper to taste. Wash and pat dry kale. Set aside. Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Cook pasta and set aside. Slice red onion, garlic cloves and tomatoes. Set aside. On a nonstick baking sheet, add the sliced tomatoes and drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil over them. Add a pinch of sea salt & black pepper. Place in oven on center rack. Roast for 15 minutes, turning once. When done set aside. In a large pan over medium-low heat, add two tablespoons olive oil. When hot, add in the onions, plus a pinch of sea salt. Saute for a few minutes until soft. Add garlic. Cook for three minutes, then add in the chopped kale, another pinch of sea salt, pepper and oregano. Saute the onion, garlic and kale together for about two minutes, then pour in the vegetable stock. Cover the pan for about three minutes to steam the kale. Remove the lid and toss with tongs. Add cooked drained pasta and toss with all the ingredients. Serve with roasted tomatoes on top.

 
Pineapple Mango Pico de Gallo...
Healthy Eating
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 17:33

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Recipe: 2 cups ripe mangos, diced /2 cups pineapple, diced /2 cups red peppers, diced/2 cups sweet onions, diced /4 cups Roma tomatoes, chopped /1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped fine /1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro /1/4 tsp each sea salt and pepper. Assemble all ingredients and mix well. Serve chilled.

 
Raw Lemon Meltaways
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 15 June 2015 11:31

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Recipe: 1 1/2 cup almond flour/1/3 cup organic raw coconut flour/1/2 teaspoon sea salt/1 tablespoon organic maple syrup )raw honey optional)/ juice from 3 organic lemons/2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract/1/4 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid). Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined. Take out about a spoonful at a time and roll them in the palms of your hand into a ball shape. Leave them plain or roll in shredded coconut flakes, almond flour, or powdered sugar (not raw). Put them in the refrigerator to firm for about 10-15 minutes. Keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve because they will get soft if left out at room temperature as the coconut oil melts.

 
Dessert: Sugar-Free, Healthy and Raw...
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 14 June 2015 14:29

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Raw desserts are primarily made from fruits, nuts and seeds which are chilled and/or dehydrated instead of subjecting it to any form of cooking. This retains a lot of heat sensitive nutrients as well as enzymes. A small portion of a festive fruit salad or skewer is a great example of a raw and healthier dessert.

 
Are Wooden Pallets Safe? Find Out How They Were Treated...
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Monday, 29 June 2015 21:25

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Wooden Pallets are used in all kinds of DIY home projects. USDA regulations require manufacturers to treat wooden pallets before shipping to prevent the spread of pathogens. They either treat pallets by fumigating them with methyl bromide, a toxic pesticide, or by heat-treating them in kilns. For reusing purposes, look for pallets stamped with an “HT”, which means they haven’t been exposed to chemicals (at least not in the treating process.) Avoid unmarked pallets or those with “MB” for methyl bromide.

 
San Luis Obispo bans Styrofoam Food Containers...
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Saturday, 20 June 2015 09:39

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A grassroots movement started more than a year ago has resulted in San Luis Obispo becoming the first city in San Luis Obispo County to ban Styrofoam. To the delight of members of SLO Foam Free, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the use of expanded polystyrene food and drink containers and require food vendors to use eco-friendly alternatives. The new rules, which will come back for final approval at an upcoming meeting, also prohibit the retail sale of Styrofoam products not covered with a more durable material. Products that would be exempt could include coolers encased in hard plastic, for example.


Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/06/02/36617...

 
Reuse Idea: Reclaimed Wood? DIY Message Center!
Reuse Tips
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Thursday, 18 June 2015 13:36

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TIPS FOR SAVING WATER OUTDOORS...
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:34

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Outdoors: Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Save: 25 gallons/each time you water. Choose a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Remember to turn it off when it rains. Save: 15 gallons/each time you water. Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.Save: 30- 60 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.Save: 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft. Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. Save: 8-18 gallons /minute. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes. You can invest in a water broom which attaches to your hose but uses a combination of air and water pressure to aid cleaning. Water brooms can use as little as 2.8 gallons per minute (gpm)to remove dirt, food spills, leaves, and litter from concrete and asphalt while a standard hose typically uses 5 to 20 gpm. Wash cars/boats (if you must) with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle. Save: 8-18 gallons/minute.

 
"Agrihoods" - Suburban-Living Makeovers!
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:32

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When a new $1 billion Florida development of 2,900 homes centered around a nine-acre farm was announced recently, some journalists didn’t mask their enthusiasm for the project. “What has you most excited about new $1B agrihood near UCF?” asked theOrlando Business Journal. Because what’s not to love? Housing and farms! Call them agrihoods, agritopias, or community-supported development—whatever the term, residential development where farming and housing coexist could be the next wave of sustainable agriculture, proponents argue. Last year, the Urban Land Institute estimated that about 200 such developments had been built or were under construction across the country. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea, however. Critics call it a way to greenwash otherwise undesirable development projects. It’s a criticism that has been raised in Orlando too. “It’s still sprawl, sprinkled with some salt and pepper to make it taste better,” read an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel.

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/04/30/agrihoods?cmpid=foodinc-fb

 
Reuse Idea: Concrete Blocks and Reclaimed Wood?
Reuse Tips
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Monday, 15 June 2015 12:31

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Monsanto GMOs Defeated by Oregon Organic Farmers as Federal Judge Upholds Seed Ban...
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:42

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Oregon, May 30, 2015: A coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds. Mark D. Clarke, a federal magistrate judge, dismissed a legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa seeds. The non-organic farms sought to overturn a 2014 ordinance passed by Jackson County voters that banned the use of such seed stock, claiming that the anti-GMO ordinance violated their right to farm.

http://www.alternet.org/activism/monsanto-gmos-defea...

 
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