Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Win a Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, $69.95 value

For someone who writes recipes, maybe surprisingly, I use a fair amount of convenience foods. Even though I like to make my own pasta sauce, I almost always have a jar or two of sauce in my pantry. The same goes for refried beans. Life with busy schedules and juggling jobs, means sometimes (often) I need a little help wherever I can find it.

Even though I buy packaged non-dairy milk (and there is an ever-increasing variety available!), I am thrilled that I can always make some healthy, protein-rich hemp milk whenever I need it for a recipe or for my coffee or tea or to add to cereal or oatmeal.

Combine hemp hearts or hemp seeds with water to make your own hemp milk.
Shelled hemp seeds and water combine to make do-it-yourself hemp milk.

Making your own hemp milk could not be easier! All you need are shelled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts, as they are sometimes called) and water. Then you blend them together. That's it. You can add some sweetener like agave or maple syrup and a pinch of salt for taste. You can filter it through a nut bag or coffee-filter-lined strainer for texture. For basic hemp milk, though, all you need is hemp seeds and water. I used hemp milk all the time while I was writing the recipes for Super Seeds. It's packed with nutrition from the hemp seeds -- fiber, protein, iron, magnesium and zinc -- and it's creamy, easy-to-use and delicious. 

Check back for a recipe for Strawberry Hemp Milk (or Pink Milk) in a few days. 

Basic Hemp Milk
Makes approximately 6 cups

  • 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 5 to 6 cups water 
  • Optional: agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar, pinch of salt

  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Strain if desired.

If your water has a distinctive taste, though, you are going to want to use filtered water. The folks from ClearlyFiltered sent me a water filter pitcher to try. I really like this pitcher. According to the company, the filter will last for up to 200 gallons, unlike the 26 or 40 gallons that other brands can filter. Their literature also states that ClearlyFiltered can eliminate almost all chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, & chromium 6.

I love that you don't have to remember to change the filter all the time. I also love that I can offer one of these pitchers to one lucky reader! The folks at ClearlyFiltered sent me two pitchers. One to try and one to giveaway. This giveaway is only for readers from the United States or Canada, sorry!

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I received two ClearlyFiltered water pitchers from the company; one for my consideration and one I am giving away. Any opinions are my own.  

Happy Cooking!

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Have you ever had a friend who makes you want to be a better version of yourself?

I have a friend like that. My friend Stacy Snyder, the no-BS mama behind the awesome parenting blog, Parent Unplugged, makes me want to be a braver version of myself. When I see her face life head-on, she makes me want to try new things, too. 

On my road to living life more bravely, I participated in a live storytelling event at Martyrs' in Chicago. This is an incredible music club (and I have been to a whole lot of music venues). They book awesome acts, have a great stage and a really cool vibe. 

Kate Hill, one of the owners of Martyrs' is a creative and community-building force. She and a partner, Dee, have put together a new live storytelling monthly event called Louder Than A Mom. They asked me to tell a story, and I took a deep breath, and worked on one that fit the theme of summer camp or summer vacation.

I thought I'd take a break from food and share it with you. 

Happy Cooking!

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.