As St. Paddy’s Day approaches, you might be thinking about how you can get festive, bright green foods on your table (and in the kids’ lunchboxes, etc.) without toxic food dyes (linked to hyperactivity, allergic reactions and tumor growth—and banned in Europe). Here are some fun St. Paddy’s Day alternative snacks, desserts and entrees, using naturally green goodies like spinach, avocado, kale and more (your kids don’t need to know what’s in them!), plus a DIY food dye that can be used in a million creative ways.
Traditional soda bread contains just flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. Depending on the baker, you’ll find loads of variations on that theme including brown breads, dessert breads, and the classic Irish-American version with raisins and caraway seeds—the one you’ll find in most U.S. bakeries. If you’re a DIY bread maker (and this one is easy…no kneading!), play around with different recipes this St. Paddy’s Day, and see which one you like best. Or come into Rising Tide St. Paddy’s Day week and try ours (we make Irish Soda Bread scones, and they are FANTASTIC).
What is better on a cold winter day than a steaming, comforting, filling hot bowl of SOUP? The only thing better is a soup made from scratch, and being around to enjoy the warm, savory aromas while it cooks.
Let’s clear one thing up from the start: making soup is NOT difficult. Aside from some chopping and stirring, it virtually cooks itself, makes a large quantity, and freezes like a charm.
Start off a meal with a helping of soup and studies show you’ll feel fuller, longer. Make your own stock (so easy!) or bone broth (great for digestion and immunity) and you up the nutrition ante on any recipe you use. (If you don’t have time to make your own, there are some great bone broths at the store, located in the refrigerator case across from the Deli.)
We’ve got a bunch of recipes here for you, but don’t feel like you have to follow them to the letter. The nature of soup is that it is very forgiving. Change nearly all the ingredients and it will still taste wonderful!
A NY Times Guide to Making Soup
10 Bloggers Share Their Favorite Soup Recipes
17 Soups to Make and Eat All Week Long
Jamie Oliver’s Gorgeous Winter Soups
Recipe: Beef Bone Broth
Bon Appetit: Homemade Veggie Stock
Snacks. You love ‘em and you hate ‘em. But either way, you’re most likely having them. According to one study, some 90 % of adults surveyed admitted to snacking at least once daily; 50% nosh 2-3x/day. But what, exactly, are we noshing on? And are we serving our bodies in a way that helps us to stay healthy, strong and satiated? If your snack is too carb heavy, the answer is no—all you’ll get from that is the inevitable sugar crash an hour down the line.
We’ve all been there, and we get it. That’s why when we’re really on our game, we opt for snacks that meet a few key criteria: a) convenience (it’s got to be grab and go for us!), b) a healthy mix of fat, protein and carbs for satiety, strength and blood sugar regulation, and c) it’s got to be tasty.
Make this the year of the no-bake protein bite. A breeze to whip up (most take 15 minutes or less), made from only whole foods, and unlike some other healthy snacks really delicious, they’re the answer to our snack prayers. Plus there are so many different kinds, you’ll never get bored. We’ve included a few recipes here, but there are hundreds of others online (do a search for “protein balls” or energy bites”). Have one or two when you’re in a slump, and they’ll keep you full until your next meal. With zero guilt.
It’s common knowledge…the amount of holiday cheer you’ll enjoy is directly related to the quality of your TREATS! Whatever you celebrate in December, you’ll want to get your hands on some holiday-specific goodies that’ll really make your season bright. You really want your stuff to sparkle? Make them yourself.
Take a cue from Martha herself and keep it simple with this assortment of kitchen-tested recipes. Come into Rising Tide for all your baking staples, including a ton we’ll have on sale this month for the occasion.
Ensure your guests are nice and toasty; round out your holiday nosh with a festive hot drink (preferably with a fairly serious hit of booze!). Here are some stylishly delicious options from the folks at Saveur.
Whatever you do, and whatever you serve…we hope all your holiday festivities are healthy, safe, and filled with joy!
For all our vegan friends out there, we’ve got your back this holiday season! We checked in with Alyson, our Assistant Store Manager (and one of Rising Tide’s resident vegans) to see what ingredients she uses to make all the magic happen for her family on Christmas.
Here are some vegan MUST-HAVES…from Alyson’s holiday table to yours:
- Earth Balance sticks (for baking)
- Miyoko’s Coconut Butter (for garlic bread using roasted garlic and fresh-baked baguettes from Rising Tide)
- Miyoko’s Alpine and Rustic nut cheeses (for a cheese plate)
- Organic asparagus, Miyoko’s Fresh Mozzerella, and Upton’s Naturals Seasoned Seitan for a Vegan Lasagna (Alyson riffs on this recipe by adding organic asparagus and the organic seitan)
- Organic peppers, onion and garlic (for this Tempeh Sausage Puffed Pastry appetizer)
- Organic blueberries for a Vegan Blueberry Crumble
- Dandies vegan marshmallows (for vegan hot chocolate)
- Almond Milk Holiday Nog from Califia Farms
- From the Rising Tide Deli: Vegan Spring Rolls, Vegan Crabcakes, Rosie’s Vegan Blackout Cake
If you have any questions about how to “veganize” your traditional holiday favorites, just ask! We have all kinds of ideas for simple swaps that’ll make your holiday meet YOUR needs.