Tuesday, October 16, 2012

not your mommy's edamame

Saturday was our first day as a vendor at the Gilbert Farmer's Market.  We had loads of fun talking to people about healthy eating and selling three of our fabulous creations.  High protein energy bars in two flavors - Cranberry Almond and Wild Blueberry Pecan - were a big hit.  We created quite the stir with our KICKS smoothie power packs.  And, the seasoned whole wheat lavosh crackers (SNAPS) made us start thinking about new ways to enjoy these crispy futons for your food. 

OK - something fresh tasting with a bit of a zing and a lot of flavor.  Hmmm......let's start with edamame for a protein filled lunch.  After a bit of experimenting, we found the perfect combination of flavors for an edamame salad that goes great with the light crunch of our Toasted Onion Snaps. 

Sharing the recipe with you just seemed like a great idea.  After all, it's our mission to make the world a healthier place for you and your family.

Edamame Salad
1 bag frozen edamame (shelled)
2 tblsp. Wildwood Zesty Garlic Aioli*
1 tblsp. capers
1 tblsp. caper juice
1/8 tsp. tarragon
1/8 tsp. chives
pinch of dill weed
pinch of basil
pinch of chervil
pinch of cracked pepper

Boil edamame according to package directions and drain.  When cool, mash until no whole beans remain.**  Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Add more aioli or spices to taste.   Stuff heirloom tomatoes or enjoy on your favorite crackers.

*If you can't find Wildwood Zesty Garlic Aioli, substitute Veganaise and add a bit of garlic powder to the spices.

** We use a pastry dough blender to crush the edamame.  Fast and easy to clean.

Feel free to modify this recipe to suit your taste buds.  We like LOTS of capers and caper liquid.  Modify the spice blend and you'll have so many variations, you'll never get bored


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Healthy Body - Happy Tastebuds

OK everyone - seize a fork and jab it into some delicious fresh fruits or vegetables.  Isn't it time you started feeding your body AND your taste buds? 

What do we mean?  Well, it seems that we've gotten to a place where we feed our taste buds first - without even giving a thought to what it might be doing to the health of our bodies.  Our only qualification for food is that it tastes good.  But, is that right?  Is that the way it's supposed to be?  We don't think so.

Food should taste great, but it's primary purpose is to nourish our bodies and keep us healthy.  Think about that when you're eating over-processed "food like substances" and washing them down with a diet soda.  Your taste buds might be happy for a few minutes, but your body will not be thanking you with energy, stamina, great looking skin and hair, and vibrant health.

Welcome to Seize the Fork - a blog about feeding your body AND feeding your taste buds - in that order.  Can food that is good for you delight those very picky and demanding taste buds?  We answer with a resounding "YES"! And, we should know because we are vegan personal chefs and vegan lifestyle coaches on a mission to create delicious healthy food every single day.

Stay tuned for great recipes, tips, and information to help you put your health back where it belongs - in first priority.  If you just can't wait - follow us on Facebook or check out our great pins on Pinterest.