Being a Conscious Consumer + prAna

The terms sustainability and conscious consumerism get peppered into conversations and onto the page a lot.  By “a lot,” I mean they are everywhere.  Who you ask determines what they mean.  In fairness, the terms can refer to many things, which isn’t bad.  In fact, its good! I think the most compelling arguments for each exist amidst these intersecting definitions. When its a question of sustainability, my personal philosophy starts by asking myself the following questions. How does this practice impact:  the environment or ecosystem? others (the people who produce, grow, or participate)? myself or my body? the future? When it comes to being a conscious consumer, I ask very similar questions.…

Back-to-School: Chipotle Shakshuka

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! When I have a can of whole tomatoes – which is always because I’m Italian and have a Costco card – there are roughly a million things I want to do with them.  But when I have fresh eggs (thank you, farmers’s market), all I ever want to make is shakshuka. Especially as the evenings start to get…

Back-to-School: Coconut Milk Poached Cod with Bell Peppers and Pineapple

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! In August, the husband and I stole away for a little over a week in Kauai. It was equal parts invigorating, relaxing, and exactly what we needed before launching into a crazy season that will involve a move (never fun) and lots of changes (all, good and necessary). Kauai and Hawaii, in general, may not be known as…

Summer Sides and Salads: Chimichurri Peach and Avocado Salad

You guys, its stone fruit season, which means PEACHES, PEACHES, and more PEACHES!  This salad takes advantage of all of the summer flavors: fresh cilantro and lemon juice, spicy peppers, creamy avocados, sweet peaches, and crunchy cucumbers! If you have had the oregano heavy chimichurri with meat (usually steak), this is its fresher lighter cousin. I’m opting for cilantro instead of oregano, tons of spices, and a little heat from a serrano pepper!  I can’t even explain the magical burst of summer this sauce and salad evoke on my tastebuds.  Can’t even. I will be very sad to see stone fruit season come to and end.  And nine out of…

Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…
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