Archive for the ‘kombu’ Category

I’m Digging Two Moms In The Raw

May 28, 2010

Here’s my latest discovery – Two Moms In The Raw. Nope, it’s not a video you can get fired for looking at on your work computer. It’s the name of an amazing brand of gluten-free, organic, 100% raw crackers and granola bars made from millet, buckwheat, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds. And they’re delish.

What started out as a quest for wellness resulted in a product line dedicated to creating these convenient, nutritious, raw products for the whole family.  Thanks to Two Moms In The Raw, you and your kids can enjoy dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, organic and raw treats that are not only super good for you, they are addicting!

Try their granola bars in goji berry, raisin, cranberry or blueberry or have their sea crackers made with flaxseed and kombu in garden herb, pesto or tomato basil. You won’t regret it.

But the real story here is how I discovered just how delicious these products are. I tried them right in the aisle at Whole Foods.

As I contemplated purchasing these products, I must admit I hesitated slightly because they are a little pricey.  So I did what I normally do and ask around if anyone has ever tried them before I spend my hard earned cash on them.  No one had so the Whole Foods guys told me I could just open the bag and try them.  Imagine that!  Of course I shared them and everyone loved them.

Next up, I try the same tactic at the Hermés store.

Meatless Monday!

January 25, 2010

Hey, it’s Meatless Monday! You know what that means – well, it’s Monday and we’re not eating meat. Anyway, here is an easy delicious meat-free  recipe from the fabulous www.candlecafe.com.

Black Bean Soup

2 ½ cups black beans, rinsed

1 1-inch piece of kombu*

8 cups vegetable broth

1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano

1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried rosemary

1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1. Put the black beans and the kombu in a large poi or bowl and cover by about 2 inches of cold water.  Soak the beans for at least 6 -8 hours of overnight.  Drain, discard the kombu, and set the beans aside.

2.  Put the beans, broth, onion, celery, carrot, oregano, rosemary, and thyme in a large soup pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 45 minutes, until the beans are softened.  Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

*kombu is a sea vegetable that aids in digestion.  You can find it at your local health food store or whole foods.