My family has been picking fiddleheads each spring for as long as I can remember. My Dad would take us every year to our *Top Secret* family spot. With his passing in 2005 (from colon cancer), I hold this tradition close to my heart and share it with my children each year.
Fiddleheads actually hold a very significant meaning for mean. So much so, that I use them in my logo on Fresh4five. They are green (my favorite color). They bring me and my family to the outdoors (where I am meant to be) and they honor my amazing father.
Fiddleheads are actually the Ostrich Fern, still coiled up emerging from the ground. They are found along the sides of creeks and rivers in the spring time.
My kids love the family adventure through the forest. They pack little backpacks with magnifying glasses and binoculars so they can explore and investigate nature. They also usually end up a little wet! Those rubber boots are never high enough
Whether you are a parent, a spouse, a student, or a professional, meal planning is essential to a healthy week of eating. Traditionally, you’ve started the meal-planning process by gathering recipes for the week and making shopping lists. But when you shop at the Farmer’s Market, you never know what you’re going to find. Once you embrace the excitement of the unknown, you will be surprised at how delightful the experience can be.
How to Meal Plan at the Farmer’s Market:
I spend a lot of my time thinking about food. Cooking food. Writing about food.
Even with all of that, I still sometimes get overwhelmed trying to figure out what food I should buy.
For example, when do I need to buy organic and when can I spare my overburdened food budget and buy conventional produce?
Lucky for me there’s help figuring that out. I check with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Every year they produce a list of the “Dirty Dozen” — produce that’s the most impacted by pesticides when grown conventionally that you should buy organic. The current list includes these fruits and vegetables: apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, imported nectarines, potatoes, spinach and strawberries. The current list also includes two additions: kale/collard greens and summer squash because when they were tested they carried residues of toxic pesticides that aren’t in use any more.
EWG also produces a list of produce that’s probably okay to buy conventional. These they call “The Clean Fifteen.” These include: asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mango, mushrooms, onions, papaya, pineapple, frozen sweet peas, and sweet potatoes.
Are you ready to go crazy for kale? I hope so because I’ve got quite a treat for you today!
Just a few weeks ago, I released a brand new e-book, Crazy for Kale: Glow from the Inside Out with 40 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes. And today, I’m sharing one of the recipes and giving away a copy to one lucky reader!
But first, more about the e-book…
Since last summer, I’ve been having fun in the kitchen with kale coming up with recipe after recipe that feature this amazing powerhouse of a food. You might think I’d be sick of kale by now, but I’m pretty sure that’s impossible.
Crazy for Kale offers 40 wholesome recipes that make the most of kale in everything from salads to main dishes to snacks and sweet treats. Whether you’re a longtime kale lover or new on the leafy green scene, you’ll find yourself making these healthy recipes again and again. Crazy for Kale also teaches you about kale’s many health benefits, how to properly store it, and the most common varieties available.
Flavorful yet approachable, all of the recipes in Crazy for Kale are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free with many grain-free and vegan options.
Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find inside:
- Orange Greensicle Smoothie
- Tropical Asian Fusion Salad
- Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies (yes, brownies!)
- Pistachio Banana Ice Cream (yes, ice cream!)
- 33 Paleo/grain-free recipes
- 31 vegan or optionally vegan recipes
Reasonably priced at just $5.99 (that’s just $0.14 per recipe), the e-book comes to you in the form of a convenient PDF that you can download safely and securely to read on your Mac, PC, and most smartphones. (Also available for Kindle here.)
Keep reading to enter the contest AND get Hallie’s incredible recipe…