The last weekend in October Bobby and I went down to NJ to visit my family. My dad sent us back with a late birthday present of CSA meat. Of course I forgot to snap a picture of the delicious chili that I made with it, but here is the simple recipe – based on this primal chili from The Grok Pot (my dad’s suggestion).
Paleo/Primal Crock Pot Chili
- 1 pound grass fed organic ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup leftover pasta sauce
- 1 14 oz. can chopped tomatoes (I try to make sure I get mine from Eden foods or other organic companies that don’t have BPA in the cans)
- ~1 cup leftover veggies (from Chinese food the night before) (optional)
- 1-2 tiny Thai peppers (optional; you can just add more chili flakes if you don’t have hot peppers)
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*If you didn’t see it already, check out my guest post over at A Nourishing Glimpse – it’s part of Danielle’s Plates From Around the World series. My post is on Asian food in the Bay Area. Thanks again, Danielle!*
I first went to Slice Perfect pizza back in May. It’s very vegetarian/vegan friendly and we adore the food. We actually liked it so much that we considered having them cater our wedding – but we ended up going with a local place because it was easier to coordinate. Last time I got a delicious salad and just had a few bites of pizza and bruschetta; this time I actually got a slice.
This (above) was my slice. It’s called the “Wizard” – it’s a bruschetta pizza on honey whole wheat crust. The crust is topped with all-natural marinara sauce and fresh bruchetta (tomatoes, red onions, basil, sundried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & olive oil). It was delicious. Needed some cheese though! I love cheese. So I had some of this too:
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If you haven’t checked it out already, Foodbuzz just launched a new Healthbuzz section. I’m one of the Contributing Health Editors, along with a few of my favorites – there are too many to list so go check them out yourself.
I mentioned yesterday that my sister came to visit me for the weekend. So…
Bobby and I have been meaning to go to this organic pizza place – Slice – on the upper east side for a while now. I’d heard of it through my Cornell listserve (the owners are fellow Cornellians) and apparently Bobby’s business partner is actually friends with them. We decided to take Julia there for her first night in the city (Friday).
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This innovative recipe uses loose tea leaves for a fun and fresh take on a salad. The raw eggplant is delicious and almost meaty… I didn’t know you could do this with eggplant until I had it the other day.
Raw Eggplant Tea Salad
- 1/2 of a large eggplant, diced in ~1cm cubes
- 2 small tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 small/medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon loose rooibos tea (any kind)
- chili and garlic powders, to taste
- salt, to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Mix everything together. Let sit for 20+ minutes for the flavors to really mesh.
The inspiration for this recipe came from the chef of Sanctuary T Restaurant, who was demo-ing his tea spice mixes at Whole Foods. Unfortunately for him I didn’t buy his spices, but I did make my own version!
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I’m blogging two nights in a row… what am I, unemployed again? (I’m not; still loving the new job and keeping busy.)
First, I must say – I loved all of your comments on yesterday’s post (about chilling out re: exercise). Guess what – no exercise today either (does 4 blocks of walking count?). But it’s all good. I don’t need much to be happy.
This weekend was jam-packed with fun. On Saturday night my best friend from high school (she lives in NJ) came up to visit me and Bobby. She brought her boyfriend as well. Bobby and I took them to walk down 5th Avenue, which is gorgeous this time of year. We stopped at the Rockefeller center to see the tree…
Oddly enough, I have a really similar picture of the two of us in the same pose (with a Christmas tree behind us) in Princeton from 2005 (I think). We love Christmas.
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Last week on Tuesday night I met up with one of my favorite bloggers… Dori! She took us to a great vegan place on the upper west side called Peace Food Cafe. It’s completely vegan and they also have a lot of raw options.
Unfortunately neither of us had working cameras so I don’t have a picture of us together… but I did manage to take (crappy) pictures of the food with Bobby’s Droid. Bobby and I split 2 dishes – the kabocha sandwich ($9) and the mushroom duxelle pizza ($9.95). Dori got the kabocha sandwich too.
Did you really think I wouldn’t get the kabocha sandwich? It’s actually listed as roasted japanese pumpkin sandwich on the menu. It came with some kind of pickled veggie and sprouts. It was really good, but the bread was a little bit dense for my tastes. I loved the caramelized onions and mashed squash in the sandwich. The vegan cheese and walnuts didn’t sit too well in my stomach either.
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