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Eggs with Everything

Eggs with Everything

Written by Denae

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Breakfast food is amazing! Not just for breakfast, but lunch… and especially dinner! So while this recipe may be called appear “breakfasty”, don’t deprive yourself of deliciousness just because the time of day. 

This meal always makes me think of Saturday mornings with my siblings. We’d sit around the kitchen and talk while I made breakfast, and for some peculiar reason it was always eaten in a cup instead of on a plate. I suppose those were pre-arugula loving days though. However, I will debate that it still does taste just a little better inside of  a cup 😉

This recipe has a lot of flexibility, which is always nice if you’re looking to whip something up real quick. Since I don’t cook by recipes (making it really hard sometimes to remember to measure and write stuff down when doing these recipes) I’ve done a lot of different varieties of this same kind of dish.

The beauty is that it’s general enough that you know you could throw whatever leftovers/veggies/meat/anything hanging out in the fridge, in with the eggs and BOOM you have a meal! When I made this recipe I had a bell pepper and red onion that needed to be eaten, so this was a perfect reason to use those up. The ingredients can be anything. Over the years we’ve thrown in anything from leftover steak, to frozen pre-seasoned potatoes, to food that was going to be tossed in a day or two if it wasn’t used. 

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Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Gather all your ingredients together. And chop them in to bite-size pieces
  2. Add the 2 T of olive oil to the bottom of a pan and thoroughly cook any meat or potatoes with the onion. Move those to another bowl and add the remaining 2 T of olive oil to the pan. Cooking the vegetables will vary depending on if you want them crunchy or soft. For soft veggies: Bell peppers soften about 10 minutes Zucchini softens in about 5 minutes Green Beans soften in about 3-5 minutes Tomatoes soften in about 2 minutes
  3. While the veggies are cooking, beat the eggs together in a separate bowl. Remove the veggies from the pan and scramble the eggs. Mix together all the cooked ingredients, mix in the cheese, and serve warm!
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Written by Denae

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I kind of have an obsession with shrimp. It’s not as severe as my obsession with coconut, but you can only imagine how happy coconut shrimp makes me! I’m also constantly on the lookout for making recipes that are easy, fast, and tasty! Aside from some manual labor on the shrimp, which can easily be avoided by purchasing shrimp that are already shelled and deveined, this meal is super fast!

The tart lime and flavorful seasonings make this dish a real treat. Although I always pick quinoa over rice, it can be served with rice and still be wonderful. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa (or rice) according to the instructions on the bag. I add the juice of half a lime to the water to give the quinoa more flavor.
  2. If you bought shrimp that wasn't already shelled and veined, these pictures will help you. Pinch the end of the shrimp and pull the shell off the surface, then remove the feet from the bottom of the shrimp. After, cut along the outside of the shrimp, just deep enough to see the colored vein. Remove the vein from the shrimp and throw away.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep pan. Toss in those shrimp and drizzle with the other half of the lime as they turn from gray/blue to pink. This should only take about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained black beans and drained sweet corn. Mix in the spices. Mix in the quinoa. Simmer until everything is warmed up.
  5. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro and a sliver of lime. Voila! Dinner served and family is happy 🙂
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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Written by Denae

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One of my very best friends, Melissa, introduced me to these meatballs. Since I don’t eat grains I decided to change them up a little bit, and I was really pleased with how they turned out — even though they didn’t have oats! 

We are big on making freezer meals, but did learn that these don’t seem to hold together week after being made up then frozen again. If you find a way to make them stick, post-freezer, please let me know! Otherwise, you’ve been warned 😉

These meatballs can be used several ways, but regardless they’re tasty! You can make mini meatballs and they are a great appetizer served on a toothpick. Or you can make them full size and they can be served over a variety of starches or grains. 

I paired this with the Gala Apple & Kale Salad and it was a hit! You can also pair it with:
Kale & Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Quinoa & Arugula Salad
Gourmet Asparagus

Hope you enjoy this delicious meal as much as we do!

Love,

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the meatballs.
  3. Form the mixture in to balls. (Either full-size for a meal, or mini for a toothpick appetizer) Then place in a deep pan, they can be touching.
  4. In a small pot, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over the formed meatballs.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Flip the meatballs, and cook for an additional 15.
  7. Serve hot with the sauce drizzled on them over rice, quinoa, potatoes, or by themselves.
Recipe Notes

Pair these meatballs with our Gala Apple & Kale Salad recipe for a delicious, and super easy, meal!

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Apples–The Fruit That Can Do Everything!

We’re Coming Up Galas at Lassen’s!

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The Gala apples are gorgeous and so delicious!  I love the crispy snap of Galas, and the taste has just enough tart and just enough sweet.  A friend of mine recently used Gala apples, sliced thin, in a turkey sandwich!  Great idea!

Yesterday I took advantage of the proliferation (and great price!) of Gala apples, and made some apple crisp for my family.  This is one of the simplest fruit desserts possible, and you can use all kinds of fruits to make a crisp!

Gala Apple Crisp

 
 
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You’ll Need:

  • 5 organic Gala, or other crisp apples (you could also use pears–especially the firmer Asian varieties, cherries, berries, or any combination of fruits desired.)
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached white or whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3/4 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 TBSP organic butter, softened
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Wash, peel (if desired) and slice the apples into a 8- or 9-inch baking dish
  • Pour the maple syrup over the apples, and stir to coat.
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  • Mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seeds until well blended.
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  • Add the softened butter and blend with the back of a large spoon. 
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  • Blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
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  • Pour the oat mixture over the top of the apples
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  • Spread the topping evenly over the apples.
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  • Bake 35 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender when pricked with a fork.
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  • Remove from the oven, and serve warm.  I poured a little half-and-half over my warm apple crisp!
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I’d love to hear your favorite ways to use apples!  

Make a comment with your ideas for cooking or baking with apples!
 
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Pears to the Rescue!

Simple, Delicious, Nutritious!

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I have always love Bartlett Pears.  They are sweet and the texture is just right.  We would eat them by the dozens when I was growing up.  But when I left home for college I learned that some people did not love them like I did!  
 
Maybe you are one of those who haven’t yet learned to appreciate the humble pear.  So here are some great facts about them!
 
A medium pear has about 100 calories, and no fat, cholesterol, or sodium.  They are nutrient dense; high in Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  A single pear has almost 25% of the recommended daily amount of fiber!   Here is a brochure with pear facts and more recipes.
 
Pears are one of the few fruits that do not ripen on the tree.  They are mature, but still green, when they are harvested.  If you leave the green fruit in a bowl for a few days, you’ll see them begin to lighten to a nice yellow color.  Eat them before they get too yellow or start to brown.  Delicious!

Pears are Wonderful in Many Recipes! 

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Many times when I am going out to eat I will find a spinach salad on the menu that appeals to me.  I often order it, and I’m always happy with my choice (I have no menu envy when I do!)
 
When I noticed that these salads often only have four or five ingredients, I realized that I could make them myself, and now I do–a lot!  
 
So instead of spending upwards of $15 for a spinach salad, make it yourself!  This recipe serves 3-4 (2 for a main dish salad).

Spinach Pear Gorgonzola Salad

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of washed, organic, baby spinach 
  • 2 TBP organic raw sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled organic gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 ripe organic Bartlett pears
  • Organic Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, or your choice of Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Optional — Candied Pecans

If you’d like, you can candy your pecans.  I think it adds a nice crunchy sweetness to the salad, but it is optional.  If you want to do it, here’s how.

 

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In heavy-bottomed dry pan, pour 2 TBSP sugar.  Shake the pan to spread the sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Turn the heat to medium and watch the sugar as it heats.  Be careful to not let the sugar burn on the sides, where the pan may be thinner.  You can stir it around.

 

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The sugar will melt.  Right when the sugar crystals have all melted, turn off the heat and sprinkle the pecans over the top.  

 

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Using a spatula, turn the nuts over.  You have to move quickly to coat the nuts with the sugar.

 

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Turn the nuts onto a plate to cool.  I try to separate them as much as possible as I get them onto the plate.
 
While the nuts cool, assemble the salad.  

 

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Place the spinach on a plate, core and slice the pears, sprinkle the cheese and nuts over the top of the salad.

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I twisted a few grinds of fresh pepper over the top.  
 
Then just choose your dressing!  Lassen’s carries a large variety of delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressings!  I like the Newman’s Own brand, but sometimes I just like to use plain Extra-Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Organic Balsamic Vinegar with some freshly ground salt on top.

 

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And there you have it!  A restaurant quality salad with your own, gorgeous organic ingredients, including the humble and delicious Bartlett pear!
 
Happy eating!
 
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Take Some Time to Save Some Time on Healthy Lunches

Homemade Lunch Rolls

Making lunches before school was always such an ordeal at our house.  With kids going different directions and with different schedules and tastes, it was a huge challenge every weekday morning.

 

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But one year I started doing something that made a big difference.  And yesterday I recreated it with four grandsons: We made pizza and ham-n-cheese rolls.

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Back in the day, about once per month, I would make a large batch of these rolls.  Then I would  individually wrap and freeze them, and each morning the kids could choose the kind they wanted (or make another kind of sandwich) and pack their own lunch.  Since the roll was frozen, it would slowly thaw until it was just right at lunchtime.  

It seems like a big job, but the kids had fun helping to make them, and then the morning routine was much faster.

You Will Need:

 
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Makes 12-15 Lunch Rolls

  • 2 cups organic whole wheat flour, divided
  • 2 cups organic unbleached white flour, divided
  • 1 TBSP yeast (or two packages)
  • 1 cup organic whole or 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup organic raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic butter
  • 2 organic eggs, beaten
  • Fillings such as pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sliced ham, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, left-over shredded chicken, pulled pork, etc

Step One:

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Make the Dough

  • Blend 1 cup each of whole wheat and white flour, add the yeast and stir together
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  • Heat to about 100 degrees (it should feel slightly warm to the touch) the milk, sugar, and butter.  Do not overheat or you will kill the yeast.
  • Slightly beat the eggs with a fork
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  • Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and blend on low with a hand mixer
  • Add the eggs and mix at medium speed for 3 minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup of white flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and blend, using a wooden spoon
 
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  • Remove the spoon and blend with your hand until the flour is incorporated.   Add enough of the remaining flour to get a smooth and slightly sticky dough.  You don’t want it dry.
  • Pick up the dough and pour 2 tsps organic olive oil on the bottom of the bowl.  Put the dough on top of the oil and turn it over and over until it is coated.  This will prevent the dough from drying out.
 
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  • Cover with a clean light dish towel, and let raise until double in size.  This depends on the temperature of the room, but it will take at least an hour
 
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  • Gather your fillings
  • When the dough has risen double, punch it down and clear your workspace.  Since I had helpers, I cleared the whole counter!
  • Take about a 1/3 cup size of dough, and flatten it into a circle about 5″ across and 1/4 inch thick

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  • Add your fillings–pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, or ham and cheese (Sun-dried tomatoes and olives would be great!  Or chopped broccoli and cheese!)
 
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  • Fold up three edges and pinch together, and then fold up the rest and pinch together to hold the filling inside
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I did it!
  • Place the rolls on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray
 
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  •  Brush with butter.  This will help the rolls to bake a golden brown color.  
 
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  • Allow to raise for about an hour.  The won’t get significantly bigger, but you’ll see the dough gets puffier.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until golden
 
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We had these for dinner last night with watermelon and cucumbers!

 

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Yum!
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Even the pickiest eater ate it!
 
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And the one-year-old loved it!

Lassen’s carries a selection of fun lunch boxes to help reduce lunchtime waste!  This one is a full kit! 

 
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Or you can add these fun reusable containers to the box you already have
 
 
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How do you like this stainless steel stacking set?
 
 
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Or a spaceship fabric set!
 
 
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With a little planning and preparation, making school lunches doesn’t have to be stressful!
 
 
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Happy Back to School!
 
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Cool Summer Drinks–Healthy and Easy!

It’s Not All About Soda

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You can see I had to drink some of them!  And I ate a few grapes, too!
This morning I whipped up these babies–perfect for some hot summer afternoons!

So Different and Delicious!

I am not much of a juice drinker–I love my ice water–but for these I will make an exception.  Pure ingredients, healthy, fresh–Absolutely no guilt here!  

No Juicer Required!

I made these delicious drinks with just a blender, so let’s get started.
 
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Rosemary Cucumber Limeade

You will need:

  • 3 large organic cucumbers
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh organic rosemary, plus four springs for garnish  (This recipe could also be made with fresh organic mint or basil, for a different taste sensation!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic lime juice
  • 3+ TBSP organic Agave Syrup (to taste)
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Score a cucumber lengthwise with a fork.  This will give your decorative slices a finished look.  Then cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.

 

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Peel and chop the rest of the cucumbers, place in your blender, along with the chopped fresh rosemary. 

 

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Puree until there are no chunks and the rosemary is well incorporated.  You’ll need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides.

 

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Pour the puree into a fine-mesh strainer which has been set over a bowl.  

 

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Push the solids a bit to get the juice into the bowl.  If you like a very clear juice, use cheesecloth.  I like more solids, so I pushed quite a bit through the strainer.

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Squeeze the limes until you have 1/2 cup, then add the lime juice, the water, and the agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice. 

 

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 Taste and add more agave if you’d like.
Fill four glasses half-way with ice, then pour 1/4 of juice into each glass.  Garnish with cucumber slices and a spring of rosemary.  

Make your own soda with healthy ingredients?  Yes!  

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Fresh Grape Soda

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Cups of organic seedless red grapes, washed and stemmed, plus more for garnish
  • 2 TBSP fresh organic lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP organic honey
  • 2 cups mineral water (I used Voss Sparkling Water)
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Wash and stem the grapes, and then puree in a blender until fine.  Pour the puree into a strainer, which has been placed over a medium bowl.  Press on the solids to extract the juice.  
 
 
 
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Add the lemon juice and the honey, and stir well until the honey is well incorporated.  
 
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Add the sparkling water, and mix.  Pour the mixture into four, ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a small bunch of grapes.
 
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Drink Some Fruits and Vegetables Today!

Have a great summer, and enjoy these delicious, healthy, and easy drinks!
 
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What’s the Big Deal About Organic?

I May Be Preaching to the Choir, Here

You may already be convinced that eating organic foods is the best thing for you, your family, and the planet.  But just in case you aren’t, here’s some information and some reasons why choosing organic makes a lot of sense.

 

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First, a Definition of Terms

“Organic” refers to the way in which food is grown.  This includes produce, dairy products, grains, and meats.  Farmers who grow organically do not use chemical pesticides or herbicides or drugs to control bugs, weeds, or diseases.  They are committed to using methods and practices that encourage healthy soil and water, as well as that reduce pollution.  Food that is not produced organically is termed “Conventional.”
 
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As you can imagine, an organic farmer has chosen to use methods requiring more labor and time.  For example, a conventional farmer will just preemptively spray crops for bugs and weeds.  But an organic farmer will examine the crops regularly for weed or insect infestation, and then pull weeds, use traps, hand-remove pests, or use friendly insects and birds to take care of the pests.  They may also use sophisticated crop rotation and organic fertilizers to encourage healthy growth and healthy soil, rather than chemical fertilizers.  They will spread mulch or manure to discourage weed growth.  Organic farmers also use targeted watering systems (such as drip or water tape) to make sure the water goes directly to the plants, rather than to weeds.  This also conserves water resources.   

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This is Burroughs Family Farms–Happy cows and happy chickens, and healthy soil and pasture grasses!

Organically producing foods generally takes more space, too.  Animals are allowed to have a large range to wander, rather than being grown in small-space cages.  Crops often have smaller yields, since the farmer is not using chemical fertilizers to spur growth.   

The United States Department of Agriculture has established strict guidelines for a food to carry the USDA Organic label.  Any product that carries this label must adhere to those guidelines, and be certified by the USDA.  There is an exception for those who produce less than $5,000 worth of produce per year, but if it is labeled “Organic” (even without the certification) it has to be grown according to the certification standards.  Lassen’s works only with reputable producers to make sure that what we carry in our stores really is the best quality organic food available.

What Does the Organic Seal Mean?

 

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“100% Organic” means that everything in the product is wholly organic.  “Organic” means that at least 95% of the ingredients meet the organic standard.  Products labeled with “Made with Organic Ingredients” have to have at least 70% of the ingredients organic.  If a product has less that 70% organically grown ingredients, it cannot use the word “Organic” on the label or include the USDA seal, but it can list the organic ingredients in the ingredient list.  
 
Organic regulations also prohibit or severely restrict the use of food additives, processing agents, and fortifying agents.  This means that organic processed foods (such as cereals and canned goods) will not have the preservatives, colorings, artificial sweeteners and flavorings, as well as chemicals such as MSG that conventionally produced foods may have.  Produce will not have waxes and dyes sprayed onto the foods to make them look better and may give them a longer shelf life.

So What’s the Benefit of Buying and Eating Organic Foods?

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No Pesticides.  I know that conventionally grown foods do not exceed the Government Standard for an acceptable level of pesticides in my body.  But I don’t really want to be voluntarily eating any poisons.  This link will take you to an article about the produce items that have the most pesticides in them.  Their premise is to cut back on pesticide ingestion by changing to organic on these dozen items, but although those are the worst, all conventional produce has pesticides and insecticides.  My goal is to eat as little as possible.
 
No Chemical Weeds Killers.  Ditto the above.  No matter how much I wash my produce, those chemicals are designed to be absorbed into the plants.  And they are still there when I or my family eats them.

 

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Taste.  I think organic just tastes better.  It is subjective, but a fun family activity might be to do a taste test.  Buy both conventional and organic foods and compare the taste.   We have found that apples are a good test subject.  And meats!

Nutrition.  The jury is still out on the question of if organically produced food is more nutritious than conventionally produced food.  There are some studies that suggest it is.   There is clear evidence of more phytonutrients in organically produced foods.  Click here for more information about some of the studies being done.

 

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Better for the Environment.  If more of our food was produced organically, we would not have the threats to our water and soils that we do now.  The residue of all of those chemicals is washed through the fields, absorbed into the soil, and spilled into our waterways.  Then the fish and other sea life are impacted by those chemicals. 

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You can tell this Burroughs Family Farm almond grove is Organic because there are grasses under the trees.  A commercial grove would be bare–the grasses killed by herbicides

Sustainable.  Many fertilizers are made from fossil fuels, on which I think we’d all like to reduce our dependence!  Soils are healthier when organic farming is practiced.   

No GMOs.  This is a big topic that will have to wait for another day.  There is some great information in this article (17 Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food) on GMOs, as well as other great ideas.  
 
Better for Farm Laborers.  One day several years ago after riding my bike past some fields on the Oxnard plain, I developed a rash all over my skin that had been exposed to the air.  Legs, arms and face.  It was itchy and blotchy and took several weeks to go away.  I have no idea what had been sprayed on those fields as I was riding by, but can you imagine the exposure to dangerous chemicals that the farms workers and the neighbors are suffering?  

What About the Cost?

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Lassen’s always has several delicious–and always organic– produce items on sale!
There can be a concern about the cost of organic produce and other food.  As you can see, producing organic food takes more space, time, and labor, thus higher costs.  But we at Lassen’s are committed to bringing you the very best value in organic produce and other organic foods.  We also bring you local produce whenever possible, thus cutting down on shipping expenses (and, as a bonus, helping to reduce the carbon footprint.)  Click here for our website, and you will find a link there for our monthly sales newsletter, which always has great produce specials.  You can also find a link to the newsletter on the right-hand side of the blog.
 

This is a helpful article on organic eating.  And even TLC (the channel that brings us all kinds of shows about sugar–Cake Boss and DC Cupcakes!) has an article on why we should eat organic!  Click here to see their 15 reasons to eat organic food.

Come to Lassen’s and enjoy our beautiful, organically produced food and supplements!

love,

Lassen’s

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My Roasting Obsession

This Time It’s S–L–O–W 

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And I Do Mean SLOW

Remember this post about one of my favorite cooking methods, roasting?  I roast vegetables at least 4 times every week.  That why I was so intrigued when I stumbled across this recipe for Slow Roasted Tomatoes in the Cooking Light magazine that I picked up at the Ventura Lassen’s.

Warning:  Start This In The Morning!

Slow Roasting?  Really?  Roasting to me meant very high temperatures and fast cooking.  
 
So I thought I’d try it.  This is adapted from the Cooking Light recipe.

 

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Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

 

You’ll Need:

  • 4 lbs (about 16) Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.  (Yes, you read that right.  Two Hundred.)

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Prepare the tomatoes by washing, patting dry, and then cutting lengthwise in half.  I also removed the small core.

Combine the oil, spices, and honey.  It will mix together like a paste.  
 
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Add the cut tomatoes and stir with a large spoon until the tomatoes are coated.  The tomatoes will give off some juice and that will help to get the spices on all of the tomatoes. 

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Place the seasoned tomatoes on a large baking sheet.  I hate to waste anything (blame my depression-era parents) so I scooped the spices and juice that were left in the bowl and spooned it over the tomatoes on the pan. 

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Then pop those babies in the oven and let them slow-roast for 7-8 hours.  Yes.  Hours.   

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I just could not resist checking on them periodically throughout the day.  They smelled so yummy!

Voila!

These were SO. GOOD.  The slow-roasting intensified the flavors of the tomatoes and spices.  Awesome.
 
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I served them as a side dish (with spinach and arugula) to soup, but they would be great tossed in pasta, or next to grilled chicken or fish.  And here’s a bonus–This dish is Paleo!  (See this post for more information about the Paleo diet.)

I wonder what else I could roast slowly?
 
Happy (slow) roasting! 
 
Lassen’s
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ADVENTURES AT NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST 2013

Once again the trip to Natural Products Expo West this year wast an adventure, both thrilling and dangerous! Thrilling because of all of the new and wonderful sights and smells! Dangerous because, well, by the time I left I thought my stomach was going to explode! I’m usually very good at stopping when I’m full – expo is one of those rare times when I decide to ignore that little voice that says “Ahoy there! You’re done! Quit eating!” … but there’s no much to try!!!
 
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Here are a few of the highlights!

Of course the first place I ran to (if you can remember last year’s Expo blog) was Barleans. I was particularly excited for the prospect of frozen Omega Swirl, as they had done the previous year. Thankfully when I arrived, mouth salivating and eagerly awaiting a frosty delight… 

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I was not disappointed!
 
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Not only was my frozen treat waiting for me but it was also the icy debut of their new flavor for the Essential Women’s blend of Omega Swirl, formerlly chocolate raspberry, it has now been changed to chocolate-mint… which happens to be my favorite!
 
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Wandering over to the MegaFood booth, I get a tip that momentarily Dr.Weil will be having an interview.
I popped into that for a minute. Click HERE for a little article on that conversation. 
 
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As I made my way through the supplements portion of the Expo I caught glimpse of Now Food’s Cranberry, mannose + probiotics concoction and I thought I might take a little taste. It was pretty darn good I tell you!
 
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Host Defense Organic Mushrooms has a neat and informational booth displaying the actual wild mushrooms that they put into their supplements! 
 
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By this point green coffee bean extract has practically become a household name for it’s weight loss supporting properties. I got the chance to try Genesis Today’s Skinny Coffee, a creamy cappucino using green coffee bean extract. Yum! 
 
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I had to stop by Spring Dragon to check out their Wild Reishi extract. While there I was also able to try Ant Extract… something I never really thought I’d try…
 
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Natural Vitality was sampling out their new product Plant Sourced Minerals liquid which is made from fossilized plants! Craazy! 
 
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Here’s a new one! 100% Organic Aronia Berry Flax Oil from Sawhill Hallow!

 
On to the foods…
 
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Gotta stop by Angie’s…
 
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For some Politely Sweet & Spicey popcorn! Nom nom nom!
 
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Clif revealing their NEW protein bar which yields 30g of protein!
 
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Pretty self explanatory… kale chips are probably one of my very favorite things to eat…
that is, of course, until CHOCOLATE comes into view…
 
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Absolutely  wonderful gluten-free chocolate brownies from Flax4Life!
 
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With my sweet tooth singing, we come across Halo Top – DELICIOUS light ice cream!
While the vanilla was yummy…
 
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my heart belonged to the lemon cake ice cream.
 
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So  Delicious was freshly baking fancy little cinnamon pecan scones!
 
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Suja’s raw, cold pressed organic juices are currently in our locations but until this moment I had yet to try them. My favorite flavor, Glow: green apple, cucumber, celery, collard, spinach, kale & spearmint!
 
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That WAS until I tried Spark:the delightful mix of lemon, tart cherry, strawberry, honey, stevia and then WHOOOOOOOO cayenne! 
 
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“SUUUUUJJJAAAA!!!” she cried into the night.
Until she spotted Daiya..
 
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Well hello there!
 
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I don’t feel captions are necessary for these. 
Just  take in these pictures. 
Feel what you gotta feel. 
I think I just feel hungry.
 
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Some organic maple syrup to sooth the soul.
 
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Mia’s kitchen set up a little vinegar and oil tasting station. 
 
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Here was a cool company with some awesomely fantastic all-natural dips..
 
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including this caramelized onion yogurt dip which was knee weakening-ly good.
 
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Another new one – bombay curry dried green peas!!! mmmMMMmmm!!
 
Suddenly I spotted the words EPIC. by first instinct was to laugh – my thoughts jumped to an image of two surfer dudes pumping fists. “That was an EPIC surf sesh Brah…”
 
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Epic at Expo West meant grass-fed beef, bison and turkey protein bars mixed with fruit.
While this may sound strange, I assure you, it was truly epic in taste!
 
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…and I’m pretty excited about them.
 
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OH! Goodness me, this was great! Arugula pesto vegan alfredo sauce! 
 
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This was seriously cool: a great way to drink iced coffee. 
Fair Trade cold brew coffee concentrate from Secret Squirrel!
 
Another tasty beverage that I got to try…
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How good does pineapple, coconut nutmeg soda sound? Well guess what, it is!!!
And it’s coming soon to Lassens!
 
Probably one of my very favorite things that I ate whilst
 browsing the long and lovely aisles at Expo was this bad boy…
 
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Feta cheese, raw beet and spinach tossed in balsamic vinegar on lavash bread.
Make it – eat it – love it.
 
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Time to get festive!!! Susty-party makes compostable plates, cups and straws for 
 entertaining friends and family! And they’re cute to boot!
 
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Silk Road Teas, just beautiful.
 
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and the winner for most adorable packaging at Expo West (unofficially and just according to this 25 year old female blogger … you may not agree. It’s cool!) goes to Worker B, honey and bee’s wax products.
 
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Aside from the cute labels, this company also won my heart
 for their honest and simple list of ingredients.
 If it isn’t on the table there, you won’t find it in their products.
 HERE HERE!
 
Hey! This is cool!
 
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Nova Scotia Fisherman Sea Kelp soap!
 
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Coming Soon to Lassens!!!!
 
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To end our long awaited journey at Natural Products Expo West, I decided to check out the Hugo Natural’s booth where some fancy looking artist boys made some beautiful spring-time art out of Hugo’s beautiful soaps.
 
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Look at him go!

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The end result – Gorgeous!
 
Well, we all had a SUPER time… (har har har)…
 
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But all good things must eventually end.
 
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You won this time Expo West… but I guess I did too!
Until we meet next year. 
 
If you saw something that you loved and that we’re not yet carrying at Lassens, tell us about it! Leave us a message here or on our Facebook page (the locations are listed on the right side bar on our lassensloves.com page. Is there something else that you were hoping we would find at the expo? 
Let us know! We’re dedicated to bringing YOU what you want and need
…but we’ll never know unless you tell us 😉
 
Wishing you a happy healthy day!
Love,
Lassens
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Focus on Local… Lori’s Original Lemonade and New Oak Ranch Lavender

Yes, there is a Lori!

 
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This is Lori, owner of Lori’s Original Lemonade.
 
It started with a lemon tree in the front yard 
and three kids who wanted to make some money.
So Lori made some lemonade and the kids set up a stand outside their home in Ojai to sell that lemonade.  
It was a big neighborhood hit! 

But then Lori had an idea…

…to spruce up that lemonade with some lavender.
 
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She got some lavender from a local farmer, brewed some lavender tea, and infused her lemonade with that delicious lavender flavor.
Soon people–including her three children–
were encouraging Lori to bottle her lemonade.  

Mom… you can do it!

So a year ago Lori took a deep breath and jumped into the business.  
 
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Recently Bethany (Marketing Director), Mykey (Art Director and Graphics Designer) and I met Lori at New Oak Ranch in Ojai, where Lori gets the lavender for her delicious lemonade. She told us her story and shared her excitement for her wonderful product.
Lori started by selling her lemonade in several Ojai shops, but then decided to expand.  
She had a goal to put her three kids through college.
 
She visited our buyer, Josh, at the Ventura store and was thrilled when he wanted much more than she expected him to order.  
 
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Lori uses Organic lemons for her lemonade, as well as Pure Cane Sugar–

No high fructose corn syrup!

Lassen’s is proud to have helped Lori as she was launching her business!  
 
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New Oak Ranch

We also got to meet Bill, the owner of New Oak Ranch.  
Bill showed us the different kinds of lavender and taught us all about it.  
The culinary variety of lavendar is Provence, but Bill also grows the Grosso variety, 
which is used for oil.  
 
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It takes about 30 lbs of lavender buds (shown here) to make (through steam distilling) 
6 oz of oil!    
It is used in many kinds of bodycare products.
 
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This beautiful variety, Buena Vista, holds its color and is often used for decorating and in other items that need the color retained.
 
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Bill also showed us his greenhouse where he has propagated (by cuttings) a full crop of new lavender plants.  
The cuttings take about 8-10 weeks to be strong enough to be planted.  
Bill will soon plant a full field of these new plants.
 
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Bill also grows Olives, Ojai Pixie Tangerines, and Walnuts at his ranch.
 
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With her unique and delicious recipe, Lori is getting rave reviews for her lemonade.  
Mykey, Bethany and I decided that heating up the lemonade to soothe a sore throat just might make feeling a little under-the-weather not so terrible!
 
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Stop into Lassens and try LOL–Lori’s Original Lemonade!
Maybe her family motto will rub off on you too:
“Wish It, Dream It, Do It, and Anything is Possible!”
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s
 
PS–and by the way, the drive through the Ojai Valley is spectacular!  Take Highway 150 through Ojai and beyond (keep following it and you’ll get to Santa Paula) for a beautiful drive!
 
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So Here We Are In San Francisco…

The “Fancy Foods Show” is Not an Overstatement!

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Bethany, Peter and me with a gorgeous view of San Francisco from Alcatraz Island
 

It’s January, so some of us from Lassen’s have come to San Franciso for the Fancy Food Show!

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We came a little early so we could enjoy the beautiful city.  We rode bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge!

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We are attending seminars about how to better serve you, our community!  We have gone on store tours and listened to lectures.  We have been inspired with some great ideas to improve not only the stores, but to strengthen our communities.  Most of all, we have seen so many great new products that are nutritious, delicious, and beautiful!

There are hundreds of vendors here, and thousands of products.  It’s a little overwhelming, but it was worth it to see so many great new items that we think you will love.

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We are all really excited to share what we have learned to help make your experience at Lassen’s a great one.  So keep your eyes open for new products, and we’ll feature some of them here!

love,

Lassen’s