Saturday, March 27, 2010

Easy Raw Food Dish: Tabbouleh With a Twist

I found this recipe in a new raw food uncookbook that I purchased last night, "Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day", by Erica Palmcranz and Irmela Lilja. I was a little concerned once I realized that the authors were Swedish (weird food?), but I discovered that while some of the recipes are different, they are so in a good way. Like this one!

Basically you take the following:

Bunch of parsley (great for digestion and alertness)
Thick slice of red onion (cancer fighter)
Large roma tomato
1/3 of a just ripe avocado (superfood)
Chop each item and mix together. Add about 1/4 cup of finely chopped raw almonds (I used almond meal). Mix again. Squeeze a nice amount of lemon on top, add about a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste. This will make one serving for a meal, two for a side dish. Eat with pleasure and swipe the bowl with your finger to get every last delectable drop!

Green Drug Store Finds at Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies

Check out the latest green drug store finds. 1 &2) Hair care products free of parabens 3) Body wash and moisturizing products made with mostly natural ingredients and paraben free. $5.99 for about a 6 oz size of foot cream that works very well. Bonus - 1% of all profits go back to environmentally conscious organizations and projects. 4) Living in a house that is surrounded by maple and oak trees, I have more leaves than I can ever mulch with my mower, so I will use these biodegradeable lawn bags to hold the excess. My son asked if I was going to throw the bags in the ravine behind our home, but I told him that I didn't think people would realize the green bags were compostable, so I will probably experiment with them and keep them behind the shed to see how quickly they decompose. 5) Saving the best for last! Sunchips now come in fully compostable bags! The only problem is that if you are trying to sneak and eat some on the sly, the bag is incredibly noisy. I have found many green products at CVS and Walgreens, including, soy candles, recycled paper folders, Burts Bees products and other items. Wal-Mart also has a decent selection of organic and environmentally friendly products. It is nice to know that having respect for the environment and human safety is finally seen as economically viable, thanks to people like you that shop their values.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Women's Health And The Environment: New Science, New Solutions

On April 21st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hundreds of women, physicians, activists and environmentalists will converge upon the eco-friendly David L. Lawrence Convention Center, to address issues around the area of women's health and the environment. Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Chief, will give the keynote and the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin will kick-off the morning. This is going to be the place to be if you want to meet all of the players in the fight against environmental toxins. I will be there. Will you? Click here to register, it's free but spaces fill up fast.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This Week In The Indoor Garden

My houseplants have been delivering gifts of spring. Check them out! They can't wait for warmer days ahead. 1) Bird of Paradise 2) Pelargonium or S. African Geranium 3) Trandescantia Pendula

Finally, A Fighter For The Environment and Justice In The EPA

A change is gonna come. Is your business ready? Check out this article on Lisa P. Jackson's serious efforts to improving our environment.

My New Raw Food Staple: Live Un-Stir- Fry With Cauliflower "Rice"

This is the most delicious and satisfying raw entree recipe I have tried to date. It combines your typical stir fry veggies - cabbages, green onions, snow peas, red peppers and onions - with a few unconventional ingredients - cilantro and cashews. It is then topped with a Thai inspired sauce that is made with lemongrass, ginger, apple cider or plum vinegar,peppers, lime peel, agave, nama shoyu, garlic and tamarind paste. The full recipe can be found in the March issue of Vegetarian Times or online in its healthy recipe index in about another month. It is one of many delish recipes by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray, authors of "The 30 Minute Vegan" and "The Complete Idiots Guide to Eating Raw".

The "rice" that you see in the photo is made by pulsing 2 cups of cauliflower florets, 1/4 cup of macadamia or pine nuts, 1/2 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes, 1/4 tsp sea salt and 1/4 tsp garlic powder in the food processor.

It lasts for about 3 days in the fridge, store the rice in a separate container. I like to eat this at room temperature.You can even pass it off as a salad at a potluck, but still enjoy the satisfaction of thinking of it as a stir fry when you are enjoying it!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Help Wanted: An Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaner That Works

This product drove me back to Drano. Any suggestions on an eco-friendly drain cleaner that works? I have tried vinegar and baking soda with hot water. Dud. Help!

Great Green Eclectic Funky and Ethnic Design Books To Feast Your Eyes On

I was in my favorite shop a while back enjoying these books and thought I would share a sneak peak into each of them with you. They weren't technically green interior design books, but are theoretically green, because they show you how to use thrift, flea market, natural and vintage finds to make a fabulous and cozy home. The two inch thick "African Interiors" book gives you a head rush simply by flipping through its pages with its myriad of motherland styles, designs and colors.

Elite Women Regional Economic Development Trade Summit

Hello friends! I apologize for not posting for a while, but I have been busy as the co-chair of an inaugural women's economic development event that takes place on May 5th in Cleveland, Ohio, "The Elite Women's Regional Economic Development Summit". I am meeting some amazingly talented women and some pretty cool guys as well as we plan for the big day. This program could not be organized without the collective efforts, talent and passion of these experts. The goal of this event is to help women business owners to take their companies to the next level. This will be done through bringing them together to exhibit, network and promote their businesses, participate in a selection of 30+ workshops and  two panel discussions. The workshops will be facilitated by gifted speakers and practitioners and will include topics on social media, marketing, access to capital, government contracting, procurement, affordable health insurance and of business. You know if I'm part of something, green is going to be on the agenda and it will be as green as possible. In fact, we are going to feature a panel discussion titled "Green Is The New Black: Growing Your Profitability In The Green Economy" it will be attended by most of the participants that day. There will also be an afternoon panel discussion which addresses the issues of developing tomorrow's leaders. Following this event, will be a Women's Global Business Summit in September, so watch out world!

One part of our green event strategy is to reduce paper and use social media to promote the event as much as possible andI am working with some marketing and technology business ladies that know their stuff! I know the attendees will realize a huge return on their investments as I am learning quite a bit just from being around these experts. I will share some of our green promotional strategies and links to the event in another post.

That's all I have time for today!

Keep it green.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

G To-Go Series / Utensils Solutions

G To-Go Series / Utensils Solutions Swiss Army Tools has developed an excellent tool for those of us that always leave our silverware at home. Think of the Swiss Army knife, but with a fork and spoon option. Eat, clean and put it in your purse or pocket. Just don't take it to the airport with you!