Beat That Cold & Enjoy Some Down Time

 

It happens to me mostly in the Summer months for me and it happens to best the of us MAMAS -- sick days are just no fun. But why not make them fun? When you're run down your immune system tires and well, you get sick. So I like to think of my sick days as my body's way of telling me to go ahead and pamper up! 

Sick Day Recipe

After a GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP:

1) green juice - lots of vitamins and hydration

2) 2 poached eggs - good healthy fat and protein

3) tea with honey - honey helps coat the throat and herbal teas are soothing

4) lots and lots of water with lemon and cucumber - getting enough water is crucial

5) steam shower or steam room - a little sweat helps rid that bug

6) eucalyptus oil - helps you breath better. put water + oil in a bottle and spray while in steam or shower

7) follow up with a cold shower - gets your blood flowing and help clear your brain of the fog

8) maybe end the day with a good bowl of miso soup - lots of vitamins in there

Good luck! And enjoy your down time! Why not?

image credit for green juice 

My Current Favorite Things

I've just posted pictures of my favorite things right now. I literally have been obsessed with these products and recipes and web sites. 

My Favorite Things: 

1) Pretty Geometric Patterns 2) Free People Earrings 3)  Homemade Kale Burritos {see my easy recipe below} 4) Amazing Sugar Facial Scrub  5) Target Sandals + Lace Shorts 6) Paso Robles Syrah wines 7) Everything you see in the last pic is from Fab.com - MY favorite site right now for buying stuff! IN LOVE for sure and you really should join. 8) Plui bath toys {these are so fun in the bath & look cool too}

I figured I would share this with you in case you were looking for something to obsess about this month! 

Kale Burrito Recipe

2 handfuls chopped kale
2 Tbls olive oil
2 pinches sea salt + pepper
1 small avocado or 1/2 large avo
1 tortilla {whole wheat or gluten-free or spelt}
2 Tbls garlic sauce
3 Tbls shredded organic parmesan cheese {optional}

In a bowl combine chopped kale, avocado, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Mix and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat tortilla on stove. Coat in garlic sauce. Sprinkle on shredded parmesan. Let it heat for about 5 minutes. Once finished add kale & avo mixture. Roll it up and DEVOUR!!!!!!!

A Peek Into Meredith's New Book

Writing a book is a major case of delayed gratification. By the time the book is published (usually close to 2 years after you sign the contract) you've almost forgotten how it happened. You are essentially in another phase of life. Still equally excited, but some of the nerves have warn off. You've sat with it, gained confidence about it, tweaked it, edited it, shown it to all your friends and family, bragged about it, bashed it, and when the book finally gets published you are pretty excited (ok, cant wait!) to share it. 

Within all of the waiting there are some spurts of major excitement- #1 is definitely getting back photos to share! 

Yesterday was a typical Tuesday, but it became A-typically exciting when I opened my inbox and found an email from Adrian Mueller with a link to his website and photos from my book shoot- which meant, I get to share some of the photos! 

We've mentioned Adrian before. He is the photographer with whom we've worked with on the last 3 books. This was the 4th time that Adrian and I have worked together - and you know, 4th times a charm ;-) Anyhow, Adrian is incredibly talented. I have learned so much about food styling and photography working with him. He is incredibly precise, meticulous, thoughtful and creative when it comes to his work. He has taught me to see things that I would have never before noticed- the details of details. I am so grateful for these experiences. 

I am so excited to share these photos with you! I really think that these might be the best yet. 

For more of Adrian's beautiful photography and some more of the work we've done together - check out his website 

Meredith's {Vegan} Pad Thai Amazingness

Meredith is amazing in general and today she completely blew me away with her Pad Thai recipe! She kills it in the kitchen and I'm so excited to share this with you. Here is her story:

Working in the food biz- doesn't always make for the most creative cooking at home. Sometimes when you think about food all day, you just want something really simple for dinner. We have a rotation of about 3 dishes that we always do variations of. 

But sometimes.... we mix it up! As I mentioned in my last post, we have a lovely intern Carly Gross here helping us this summer which gives me more ambition in the kitchen (does that rhyme?) and an extra set of hands. Not that you couldn't easily make this dish solo. It is very very easy.  

Anyways, the other night we made a lovely version of Pad Thai. It was absolutely a crowd pleaser, and not hard to put together at all.  It will certainly be a major player all summer long. 

The only special equipment need is a spiral slicer, but you could easily get away with doing a very thing julienne to the vegetables. 

We were serving 5 people so the recipe is kind of big- feel free to cut in half! 

Simple and delicious! 

We served it with an amazing bottle of chilled rose. 

Pad Thai Recipe
Serves 5

Vegetables / Salad

- 2 Zucchini’s, made into noodles with a spiralizer. Salt the zucchini for a least 30 minutes before serving. Rinse and drain. This takes the excess water out of the zucchini. 
- 3 Carrots, julienned 
- 2 Coconuts worth of meat, thinly sliced
- 2 Cups sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
-1 handful cilantro, chopped lightly
-Juice of one lime

Assembly

Toss vegetables with sauce. Garnish and serve immediately. 

Pad Thai Sauce

- 1 Cup Almond Butter
- Juice of half of a lime
- 1 Cup Coconut Water
- 1-2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated 
- 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Red Chili, diced 
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil 
- 1 Tbsp Nama shoyu 
- 1 Tbsp White Miso 
- Salt to Taste 

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. 

Curried Cashews

Toss chopped raw cashews with a few teaspoons sesame oil, curry powder, and lots of salt. This MAKES the dish. If you don't like cashews you could sub almonds. 

Garnish 

Lime Wedge 
Cilantro 
Sesame Seeds 

And look at the set-up. Meredith is SO-COOL in SO many ways! {Thanks Meredith}!

20% Off | Smiling Planet | Darling Clementine {horray}

 

I have the pleasure of not only working with Lindsay from Darling Clementine again this week but Olivia Haviland too this time. Olivia is the owner of Smiling Planet. If you aren't familiar with her company, you really should be. 

You see, I was going to end this week with a long-winded post about plastic. Reminding everybody that chemicals are poison and plastic being one of the worst. I believe, as many others do as well, that most ailments, disease and health problems often go hand-in-hand with chemical and pesticide exposure. It's all around us. In everything we do, buy, clean, touch, and sadly...eat. 

At home my kids have plastic toys and other plastic stuff. As mindful as we are, it's just so hard to stick to WOOD ONLY toys and glass bowls for meals. GLASS? Really? That wouldn't last long. We'd be buying new bowls every day. 

So, you could imagine my excitment when I came across these cool bowls and plates. Not only are they made from the hightest quality, non-toxic, medical grade plastic, they are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!! 

OH and not only did I find out that Olivia's family LOVES kookie karma {her words, no joke}, she told me that her kids favorite health snack is an apple!

AND...of all her products her favorites are:

2) which of your products is your favorite?

"our circle of life plate, both boys and girls love it, i love the peaceful and whimsical quality of the drawings.

our wrap me not gift set which encourages parents to give the present as is. I really like the wrap me not manifesto on the side and the one can write the To:  and From: directly on the box."

She also reaffirms to me that

"the plastic (number #5) that we use is medical grade, so i know that it does not leach any harmfull chemicals. number #5 is regarded as a safe plastic by such leading authorities as healthy child healthy world, and the plastic we use is medical grade which adheres to higher standards than food grade. The decorations are printed sub-surface and not printed on top like most children's dinnerware. My daughters use them every day."

AND BEST OF ALL, LUCKY US...in honor of this fun post today, Lindsay from Darling Clementine is offering 20% off all Smiling Planet products for PUREmamas readers! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO. I'm not kidding this the best news ever. So hurry up and enter PUREMAMAS at checkout and receive 20% off ... deal only lasts 2 weeks. 

THANK YOU LINDSAY! And thanks Olivia! We are SO excited. 

SALE ENDS JUNE 15, 2012! CLICK HERE FOR ALL ITEMS ON SALE .