#fridayfoodandwellness...for your soul

As the zero-waste movement gains popularity, many of us are thinking of different ways to share our abundant produce. In addition to cooking your fresh food immediately, re-purposing leftovers, and composting, there's something else we can all do with a pantry and refrigerator sweep: donate our goods to our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. Where does this fit in with urban farming? Well, the food banks are stocked with condensed soups, grains, and processed foods, which are wonderful and very appreciated donations. But from a nutritional standpoint, they're lacking nutrient-rich fresh produce, simply because it goes bad quickly and a lot of people aren't really sure how to cre

Recipe Development

My friend Emily from Fort Worth Food and Wellness came over to help recreate an old favorite candy of ours- Whatchamacallit candy bars. Those bars are loaded with unpronounceable additives, tons of sugar, and contain peanuts, which I'm allergic to. Despite their deliciousness, candy bars just aren't that good for you. But dang do I have a craving for some old favorites lately! Y'all know I'm all about growing your own food and cooking it. Candy is something I'd never attempted before now. The recipe development commenced; and I can tell you, it's not for the faint of heart! Here are some photos of our messy and fun day: What ingredients do we need? Ah, let's just get everything out that soun

Urban Farmer Ayurveda

I love incorporating ancient practices and different food lifestyles into my daily routine. Sometimes I get a little off track with healthful eating and need to hit the reset button on my digestive system, as I'm sure you do too! I designed this one-day cleansing recipe, combining Ayurvedic medicine with a Texas twist. Try it! Step 1: Get your ingredients together. Here I have carrots, celery, butternut squash, and garlic from my local farmer's market. The kale and parsley are from the urban farm. (No measurements. Use your intuition!) Chop everything into large chunks, which will make fishing the veggies out easier when the broth is ready. Step 2: Add everything together in a large ceramic

Zero-waste kitchen leftover fun!

I used to really, really despise eating leftovers. Never would I take them from a restaurant, or reheat something I made from the night before. I'm not sure where this disdain for leftovers came from, but I bet it's the same with a lot of people. After all, what's more boring that having the exact same thing as you did the night before? Unless it's a dish that only gets better the next day, chances are you're not exactly mesmerized by the prospect of repeats. Welcome to zero-waste cooking with a twist! I've started experimenting with foods I have in the fridge and pantry while them with produce from the garden, and I'm very inspired to create new dishes in the spirit of not wasting perfectly

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