Happy Earth Day!

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Thursday, April 22, 2010
A colleague of mine wrote a great blog post on creating a healthy kitchen that is earth-friendly.  I think she has some great ideas, so check it out!

Here's my #1 earth-friendly tip: Stop buying water in plastic bottles.  Cut down waste by drinking from a reusable BPA-free water bottle.  I bought one for $2 at Old Navy and love it!

Edamame Pate' Sandwiches

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Monday, March 08, 2010
Are you tired of eating turkey sandwiches for lunch?  If your are anything like many of my nutrition clients, you are looking for simple meal ideas that are healthy, yet taste good!

I just tried a recipe that may be a solution to your deli-meat doldrums.  Edamame Pate' Sandwiches are a simple, nutritious, and easy way to change up your lunch routine.  Simply blend up the ingredients and store for the coming week.  Then dollop on whole grain bread, tortillas, pita, or crackers.  It's a great vegetarian swap for chicken salad. 

The edamame and walnuts are excellent sources of fiber, protein, and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.  Enjoy!  I did. :)

Edamame Pate' Sandwiches (courtesy of Vegetarian Times*)

1 1/4 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed (You can buy frozen, shelled edamame at any grocery store.  I have bought it locally at Trader Joe's and Market Basket.  Simply run under cold water to quickly thaw.)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup mint leaves (packed)
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbs. lemon juice (I recommend fresh, and with lemons .33 a piece, why not?)
3 Tbs. water

Puree the first 5 ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped.

Add lemon juice and water then process until smooth.

Eat with any whole grain of your choosing and make it tasty with toppings of your choice.  Consider arugula, avocado, roasted peppers, tomato, cucumber, and goat cheese.

I ate mine rolled in a whole wheat tortilla with arugula, roasted peppers, and cucumber. MMMmmmm.

*For more simple, nutritious, seasonal, and scrumptious recipes consider subscribing to Vegetarian Times.

*If you are looking for other ideas for your frozen edamame, check this old blog post.

14th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Saturday, October 17, 2009
Save the Date!  Boston's 14th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival has expanded to two days.

When: Saturday, October 31st from 10-6 & Sunday, November 1st from 10-4
Where: Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St in Boston, easily accessible by public transporation
Why: Enjoy delicious/free food while learning about how to incorporate healthy vegetarian living into your life.  Plus IT'S FREE!!!

Here is a run down of the festivities:

• 120 exciting exhibitors
• free food sampling!
• grocery and natural foods store exhibits
• food producers and new products
• cooking demonstrations by noted chefs
• book and cookbook publishers and authors
• top national speakers
• educational exhibits on protecting animals and the environment
• Festival discounted shopping
• registered dietitian consultants
• children's activities
• restaurants
• exhibitors of products and services which support a vegetarian way of life
• free parking and a subway stop across the street

Here is a link to the speakers and cooking demo schedule.

In honor of the upcoming festival, I'll post some of my favorite vegetarian recipes for you to try.

Farmers' Markets in Cambridge

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Friday, July 31, 2009
Below is some basic information on Farmers' Markets in Cambridge.  I thought this blog posting may be helpful to my friends and clients in the area.  If you don't live near me, perhaps this may inspire you to check out a farmers' market in your neck of the woods!  Summer is a great time for fresh and local produce, so stock up and enjoy.  Be sure to check out my Farmers' Market Quesadillas below.

Monday:
Central Square
11:30-6:00

Tuesday
Harvard, near Sanders Theatre
12:30-6:00

Wednesday
None

Thursday
Kendall Square
11:00-2:00 (along with a jazz concert series every Thursday at 12:00)

Friday
Charles Hotel in Harvard Square
12:00-6:00

Saturday
Cambridgeport
10:00-2:00

Sunday
Charles Hotel in Harvard Square
10:00-3:00

Here's a link to a web page with more specific details such as address, email address, dates, and times.  And more good news, every farmers' market in Cambridge accepts WIC coupons.  Awesome.

Farmers' Market Quesadillas

Ingredients
Assortment of fresh veggies: squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, etc., sliced
Olive Oil
Cooking spray
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Whole wheat tortillas

Directions
1.) Add a bit of olive oil to your non-stick skillet and add your favorite spices and seasonings (think garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin, black pepper, etc.).  Let heat on medium heat for less than a minute.
2.) Throw in your sliced veggies and cook until just tender, around 7 minutes or less.  Remove the veggies from pan and set aside.
3.) Coat the same pan with cooking spray and add one tortilla to your pan.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on your tortilla and fill half the tortilla with your cooked veggies.  Fold in half and cook until both sides are golden brown.
4.) Serve with your favorite salsa, green salad, and sliced summer fruit.  Enjoy!