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Home Grown Organic Foods

GOAL: To get you easy access to whole foods and provide guidance along the way!

Since moving back home to the HRM I had my eye out for a service I became quite accustomed to in Toronto… food boxes.

Skip the shopping, skip the supermarkets, hey, skip the decision making! A box of produce straight from farmers gets delivered right to your door on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Of course you don’t have much say in what you get, but it’s quite an exciting experience. You’ll discover fruits and veggies you’ve never had a chance to work with before, while packing in all those delicious vitamins, minerals and fibre!

Halifax offers such a service folks! Affordable, organic, local, food boxes delivered right to your door. Home Grown Organic Foods.

How is it so affordable? Well, they skip the middle man, and relay the food to you as direct as possible. You can order 4 different sizes, they are delivered on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can send in a list of allergies and dislikes or even create a special order. HGOF offers extras that you can add to your order as well: breads, meats, organic groceries etc.

I just received my dogma box (local source only) last night. Lots of fall harvest and hearty veggies!

Sign up for a box, and follow me along the way to whole food eating as I search for healthy and easy recipes for all this fantastic produce :)

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley

Cilantro Conundrum

Too much cilantro! The grocery store never gives me an option with cilantro, all or nothing. So I always end up with a huge bunch, more than I need for sprinkling on soup or adding to my guacamole. Have you ever run into this problem with produce?

It wilts and withers away in my fridge. I feel guilty, but my recipe vocabulary hasn’t grown large enough to whip something up quickly. That’s when the internet comes in quite handy. Typing in “cilantro recipes” the first thing that appears is cilantro pesto! I love pesto, so why not try a new twist by substituting the basil for cilantro.

Here’s the recipe that popped up: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fabulous-cilantro-pesto/detail.aspx

I substituted lemon for the vinegar, black pepper for paprika, used walnuts not pecans and skipped on the cheese.

I enjoy it most on brown rice pasta.

FYI: Cilantro is know as Chinese parsley and its Latin name is Coriandrum sativum. Energetically it’s bitter, cooling and pungent. This is a food that can be used as an antidote for hot spicy foods, or a great herb to used in the dead of summer. Historically used for indigestion, the burning of reflux, UTI’s, sore throats, rashes and allergies. 

“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can cure the patient with food” -Hippocrates 420 BC