A Toast To Mother Earth

Don't go rolling your eyes thinking this is just another tree hugging Earth Day inspired post. I mean, a little bit. Just embrace the fact that someone made the wise decision to dedicate just one day out of the year to bring awareness to how we can be more green - beyond rolling around in blades of grass at Coachella. Perhaps you read this as you sip water from your BPA free Camelback. You're already partaking in the act by avoiding another plastic bottle that would have just gotten tossed out. You get the point. 

The awareness should extend beyond today and there are several easy breezy ways to live a greener lifestyle - from the foods that we eat to the products that we use on a daily basis. Better yet, you can "celebrate" just by exposing yourself to nature and getting outdoors for some fresh air.

Now first of all, remember those dirt cups you had growing up? The ones with oreo crumbles and gummy worms? Well, there's a grown up version that still contains those childhood chocolate-like cookie crumbles, however this fancy kind is topped with edible flowers. As an alternative to the cream cheese, I suggest layering with a cashew based cream for a nutrient dense and satisfying treat. 

With the warmer weather beginning to show its face, dust off your patio furniture and invite company over for some cocktails, particularly these cucumber coolers with an unexpcted ingredient - peas! Give peas a chance with this one. 

Better yet, extend your happy hour and invite your guests to stay for dinner with a very green-inspired menu, from a brussels sprouts salad to basil pesto pasta and green tea ice cream. 

You can also get your green fix by increasing your chlorophyll intake with leafy green veggies and adding toxin eliminators like cilantro, parsley and mint to your morning smoothies. 

Last, but certainly not least, put some spring into your step and go for a walk or roll out you yoga mat in the company of some lovely tunes - heartbeats of spring, as I like to call them. 

Because an appreciation for delicious, quality food is one of our biggest commonalities and a perfect way to get back to our roots, here are a few recipes to keep you inspired and appreciative of the amazing ingredients that Mother Earth provides to us. 

Kale Pesto Baked Zucchini, starring zucchini, kale, tomatoes, and basil

Herb Flecked Spring Couscous, featuring fresh fava beans, English peas, asparagus, basil, parsley, and chives

Beetroot Ravioli with Cashew Turmeric Filling, gently panfried in coconut butter and served with a basil dressing

Juicy Stuffed Tomatoes, tomatoes, button mushrooms, black olives, cannellini beans spinach, basil  and parsley

Sweet Potato Bowl with Chickpea-less Hummus, combining a delicious blend of quinoa, kale, sweet potatoes, and a zucchini & tahini based hummus